A-1, Le Vice, DJ Lil Elle
Wed, November 23, 2011
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pmThe Independent
$12 ADV - $14 DOOR
Tickets Available at the Door
This event is 21 and overhttp://www.theindependentsf.com/event/68325/
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).
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.
Imagine fix wheeled bicycles chained to a yacht, dirty Chuck Taylor's and Dom Perignon, Hip Hop and R&B with a hipster twist. This San Francisco foursome has managed to craft an indulgent sound that takes advantage of all the things we love to hate - a little sparkly bling bling mixed with a dash of dirty hipster.
Le VICE is an Indie Hip Hop and R&B band that's really an Urban-Indie-Rock- Electro-Funk-Hip Hop-Pop band. With as much swag as Lil B but the talent of highly paid session musicians, LV is on track to be the coolest new band in the business .They were recently coined one of the Bay's "Bands on the Rise in 2012" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, one of the Bay Area's most popular weekly publications. Their LARGE sound includes throwback 80s synthesizers, Rick James bass lines, angular guitar licks, and 808 drums. This is topped off with front woman Alex Lee's hip hop swagger and soulful singing. The result is part throw back and part futuristic. LV's sound refuses to fit into any 1 genre, but instead seems to borrow from all genres, leaving them with a sound that literally has something for everyone who listens.
Le VICE's 2010 self-titled debut was a hit on college radio, getting rotation on over 80 stations nationwide. The album hit the top of many of these stations charts, often holding on to the #1 spot for weeks at a time. The week their record was released they also made the CMJ Top 20 charts for "Most Added" to radio stations. Others on the list that week included Best Album Grammy winners Arcade Fire and Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding. Esperanza was only one spot ahead of them. All of this college buzz got them a coveted showcase at that year's CMJ Festival in Brooklyn, NY.
With a new project entitled Neverland slated to drop July 17, 2012, Le VICE is ready to take their college success to the pros. "People really like us. We got the talent and the drive, and this project murks our last one. It's only a matter of being seen by the right people and I'm sure we'll be competing with the big homies," says Alex Lee when asked how she feels about the upcoming release. This "project" of sorts contains everything from sex to Peter Pan quotes, from Rihanna's Birthday Cake to the SF Tenderloin. They even have a feature from Bay Area legend, Mistah F.A.B. If anything, this record proves that LV's diversity is still their strong point.
Le VICE's band members come from a variety of backgrounds and musical tastes. Alex Lee (vocals) and Sean Stillinger (bass/keys) spend a fair amount of their time riding bikes and hustling in San Francisco's music scene. Renzo Staiano (guitar) is about as precise and diverse a guitar player as they come. He's studied everything from Funk and Jazz to Metal - and has been known to play with some Peruvian guitar masters from time to time. Darrin Thomas (drums) brings the soul to the group. He's a heavy handed drummer who started playing gospel for his local church as a kid. Later he became a successful touring soul and jazz drummer.
With a band this diverse, skilled and based out of San Francisco, you can't help but wonder.. is Le VICE is a 2012 reincarnation of Sly and the Family Stone?
DJ Lil Elle