Doors at 8:30
9 - Esty
9:45 - BELLSAINT
10:30 - Magic Bronson
11:30 - Cookie (of SWIMM)
DJ Sets by Caught a Ghost
Times are tough, and Magic Bronson is nervous. The Los Angeles-born-and-based duo has spent its six years together soaking up what’s going on in the world, and they’re profoundly uneasy. Their response to most situations is to write a song, which is how the 2017 track “Nervous” sprang into life – and if you’re new to Magic Bronson, “Nervous” is a good place to start. The itchy lyric – “All the things that make you nervous/ Crooked cops and guilty verdicts/ Fires, floods, parking permits” – is countered by an absolute swirling corker of a synthpop melody, and its earworm properties are pretty spectacular. Most Magic Bronson songs nail that same combination – stone-cold melody-making paired with lyrics that are provocative and sometimes trippy. What makes it special is that the duo - Matt Lieberman (bass, synths, most lyrics) and Michael Nicastro (vocals, synths, drum programming, production) - is constitutionally unable to write the same song twice. There’s a wry, slacker-cool and slightly stoned thread running through everything, but beyond that they never know quite what will come out of the pot once they’ve thrown in and stirred the ingredients. The only constants are fat bass, sumptuous choruses and lyrics that range from artful absurdism to plain old pure emotion, as expressed by two guys who’ve had a long day and need to vent.
SWIMM makes music that can be categorized as psych pop that makes you think. They combined sonic elements of weightlessness and psychedelic fluidity with lyrical content grounded in social commentary and a longing for clarity in the big issues... wrapped neatly in satirical prose that begs for more than just one listen. SWIMM is trying to break your heart but also make you dance through it.
You may not be familiar with the name BELLSAINT now, but with a sound reminiscent of a modern-day Nancy Sinatra meets Sia and Adele, this siren is on the edge of becoming a household name. Having released haunting singles and powerhouse debuts as BeLL, the new single “Landmines” will be BELLSAINT's explosive debut. While she may just be dipping her foot in the water of making a career out of being an artist, BELLSAINT is no stranger to music. BELLSAINT (Caroline Brooks) began polishing her craft and earned her stripes writing for other artists, including Natalie Imbruglia and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue. In time, she collaborated with renowned producer/songwriters Giorgio Moroder (Daft Punk), Paul Williams (David Bowie, Daft Punk), and David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood) and had songs placed in a Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial, as well as popular TV shows like The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, and most recently Famous in Love.
Divinely bloomed from concrete, Esty is a breakout acoustic soul/alternative R&B artist who blends her ethereal roots with the rawness of the female experience. She is renowned for her soft angelic tone, addictive melodies and timeless vocal. A singer, songwriter and guitarist of our time, with pure passion and desire to inspire authenticity through music.