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K.FLAY

K.FLAY

A-1, Le VICE, DJ Lil Elle

Wed, November 23, 2011

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12 ADV - $14 DOOR

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

K.FLAY
K.FLAY

You may not expect one of the most compelling new voices in hip hop to wield dual psychology and sociology degrees from Stanford University or find inspiration in the buttoned-up world of indie rock, but for K.Flay, defying expectations is simply part of the game.

On stage, K.Flay is a one-woman whirlwind: whether she’s creating beats, singing, rapping and playing guitar, her wit and acerbic charm shine through. Her talents have led her to share the stage with a wide array of artists including spending 2010 on the road with Passion Pit (Campus Consciousness Tour), 3oh!3 (Streets of Gold Tour), and various dates with Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Travie McCoy and more, where she quickly won over audiences who hadn’t seen anything quite like her before. Further setting her apart from the pack, she serves as her own producer in the studio, methodically infusing her hip hop swagger with a dose of sonic exploration.

Kristine Flaherty grew up outside of Chicago, devouring her father's classic rock records and staying up late to dance to Parliament-Funkadelic in the living room. It was this same musical open-mindedness that would later spark her artistic development. She found her musical voice in college, fusing the eclectic power of the Bay Area hip hop scene with her own unique presence, inspired by strong, independent female artists ranging from Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill to Fiona Apple and Liz Phair.
K.Flay’s debut self-released EP dropped on October 12, 2010 and has been receiving rave reviews nationwide. Also released are two mixtapes available for free on her website: ‘Mashed Potatoes’ (2009) and ‘I Stopped Caring in ‘96’ (2011).
A-1
A-1

Consistent as a lyricist, A-1 brings acrobatic word play, hard hitting punch lines and poetic visuals to the forefront in his music. Introspective verses about his own life and the world around him from the perspective of a young, working class member of society, with a scatterbrained sort of versatility separate his music from the others.
Le VICE
Le VICE
Le VICE deftly blends a wide spectrum of sounds and musical styles, ranging from Rock and Electro, to Soul and Dance, to any other rad genres you can think of. After 5 (or 6 or 7?) years of building in the Bay Area’s “melting pot” music scene, Le VICE still finds a way to hold true to their diverse musical roots. Their palette or warm, fuzzy analog synths, matched with guitars which are sometimes meaty, and other times ghostly, float in vast space, cradled by full and driving bass and live drums. Marry these classic timbres with digital synth sounds and booming 808 drums and you have Le VICE… Well, kind of.

Because in the end when you mush all those flavors together, it is simply catchy, Pop music; viable for the masses.

Having had the opportunity this past year to work with songwriting and vocal producer guru Lashawn "Shiz" Daniels (Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Gaga, Whitney Houston) and hit maker Producer Donnie Scantz (Usher, Miguel) at the legendary Sound City in Los Angeles, lead singer Alex Lee and bassist/keyboardist Stillinger, have become quite the formidable songwriting team in their own right. The two have built themselves a squad of highly talented, formally-trained musicians, who happen to still be undeniably unique creatives. They are thick as thieves; they are family. And when you see them play together, it's obvious.

With her sexy, rich, raspy lower register, Lee embodies the spirit of the pied piper when performing. Entrancing the audience and leaving them compelled to call in sick to work in order to keep the party going. Back her with one of the best trios in the Bay Area, layer them with that edgy, diverse sound and sprinkle that sweet pop sensibility back on and there you have it…you really have it this time…Le VICE.
DJ Lil Elle
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