Haley Bonar

Haley Bonar

Emily Jane Powers, Weatherman

Thu, May 29, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


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Haley Bonar
Haley Bonar
Haley Bonar
Last War

Haley Bonar had already recorded an album as a teenager before leaving Rapid City, SD for Duluth, MN—where she immediately recorded again. Alan Sparhawk heard her at a local Iron Range club one night and a week later, she was transformed from a college student to an ambitious dropout with her guitar and a drummer crammed into a Honda Civic opening for Low. She was nineteen years old. That’s a story already.

But—there is more to this story. In the last decade, Haley has released eight more recordings to critical acclaim and mounting success: lots of touring, playing festivals, capturing awards and artist grants, inventive video productions, placing song tracks on prime TV shows and popular film, appearing on myriad Best-Of lists while continuing to write and perform locally. Oh… and she also had a baby in there somewhere. It’s no accident that her creative prowess drew the attention and respect of fellow collaborators like Dave King, Andrew Bird and Justin Vernon, not to mention the company she keeps in a rotating cast of premium band members including Jake Hanson (Halloween Alaska, Mason Jennings), Jeremy Hanson (Tapes ‘n Tapes), Luke Anderson (Rogue Valley), Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer) and Mike Lewis (Bon Iver, Alpha Consumer).

Haley’s musical adventure took on a passenger in the wack theatrics of her no/new-wave punkish side project Gramma’s Boyfriend with an attention-getting album already behind them and an audience building in front of them. She is always throwing a curve ball or adding another dimension, akin to her heroes: Joni Mitchell, Mark Mothersbaugh, Laurie Anderson, Amy Sedaris, Maria Bamford, Louis C.K., Margaret Atwood and Cookie Mueller. Like them, she remains true to her artistry regardless of trend, politic or scripted gender barriers.

Haley Bonar is more than a hard working musician. She is an innovator, creative ass-kicker and visionary dug into the trenches of living. She writes genuine, epochal and poetic tales that feel like our heartbreak, failure, frustration and joy. In a clear, insistent and often haunting voice, she tells real stories back to us, as if they were our own. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

I have dreams about the end of the story
there’s no explosions
there’s never any holy glory
just a bunch of people
lost and sleepy
trying to find someone
- Haley Bonar / “Bad Reputation”

Haley Bonar’s latest offering Last War will be released worldwide May 20 via Graveface Records.
Emily Jane Powers
Emily Jane Powers
Emily Jane Powers is a Chicago indie pop artist who plays guitar, violin, keys, drums, and sings. While she incorporates aspects of 60s pop, folk, and punk into her music, she has never looked to any influence but herself for a sense of direction. Known primarily for her densely arranged bedroom pop, Emily recently finished Part of Me, a new album that peels back the layers to reveal her most direct songwriting and creative production to date.

Emily's music has been a well-kept secret for over a decade. New listeners who stumble upon her back catalog will be overwhelmed by its size and richness. Starting in Michigan in 2002, Emily wrote and recorded an album nearly every year, honing a bedroom pop sound that was simultaneously lush, intimate, and playful. Fiercely independent, her albums were generally DIY in spirit and technique, but the final product had an undeniable universal appeal that set her apart from the lo-fi scene. Her sugary and multilayered sound reached perfection on 2009's Undertone, a joyfully luxuriant set of ten expertly crafted songs.

On Part of Me, Emily assesses the value and durability of her ties to the past. As with many of her previous albums, it explores past loves and friendships with a touch of nostalgia and a touch of hurt. Part of Me focuses largely on the latter, feeling more often like an exorcism than a celebration. Assigning blame and offering forgiveness, Emily weighs the costs and benefits of her connections to the past in a struggle to determine which to keep and which to sever.

Part of Me is more of a collaborative project than Emily's previous work, enlisting the help of Christopher Gilbert (Timetables), Andrew Sadoway (Bent Shapes), Alec Jensen and Eric Brummitt (Dream Version). In addition to her solo work, Emily has recorded an EP with Andrew Sadoway as Snooze and an LP with Jasen Reeder (Page France) as Introductions.
Weatherman is a minimal, experimental pop collaboration between pianist/vocalist Annie Higgins and drummer Jason Toth, with exploratory electronics from composer Joshua Dumas and harmony vocals from singer Angela James. Their inaugural recordings, engineered and mixed by Alex Inglizian at Chicago's Experimental Sound Studio, will be released by La Société Expéditionnaire in Feb 2015.
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642