Advance Base // Hello Shark // Liz & The Lost Boys // Matt Holden @ Safety Meeting

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Advance Base // Hello Shark // Liz & The Lost Boys // Matt Holden @ Safety Meeting

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<<< Spazz Presents >>> *Saturday February 28th* @ Safety Meeting 51st St. & Willows Ave (West Philly) Philadelphia, PA Advance Base, Hello Shark, Liz & the Lost Boys, Legs Like Tree Trunks (Solo) 7PM / All-Ages / $6 - $10 sliding Advance Base (Chicago, IL) Advance Base is new music by Owen Ashworth (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone). Dreamy waltzes, hazy ballads, & lo-fi torch songs are built from the sounds of electric piano, autoharp, Omnichord, antique rhythm boxes, & male/female harmony vocals. His work as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, an often lo-fi, not-always-Casiotone-based indie pop project that officially came to an end in 2010, encompassed a range of emotions that often tasted more "bitter" than "sweet." Regret, longing, desire, scorn, and jealousy frequently featured on the menu, but what made those feelings resonate was the presence of memory in his songwriting, the idea that even the most painful experiences are worth remembering. Advance Base’s sound is a new twist on existing elements. Fundamentally, he’s still making catchy two-to-three-minute pop tunes with keyboard kickers. But tonally, Ashworth has turned to softer, darker material more reliant on analog instruments.Accompanying himself on his Rhodes 54 electric piano, Ashworth sings nostalgic stories about lost loves, childhood friends, estranged siblings and hard feelings over simple drum machine rhythms & spare percussion. Ashworth’s keen ear for melody and idiosyncratic skill as a lyricist have only improved in recent years, pushing his memorable songwriting in all new directions. “A smart progression from Ashworth’s Casiotone recordings, presenting that project’s bittersweet introspection with more nuanced production” -Pitchfork Advance Base’s debut album A Shut in’s Prayer received a four star rating from MOJO Magazine. Hear it here: Hello Shark (Philly) Endearingly lo-fi, minimalist acoustic campfire ballads about topics as disparate as romance and insects, all delivered with aching sincerity. There are a few embellishments from Casio keyboards, drums, and guest vocalists, but for the most part it is simply the work of Linc Halloran and his guitar. Quirky, endearing, and disarming. Liz & the Lost Boys (Philly) Liz & the Lost Boys is the singer-songwriter project of Liz Ciavolino. Harp shares the stage with piano, guitar, bass and drums to create dreamy and jazzy baroque pop. Music that draws classical ideas from composers as disparate as Vivaldi and Schoenberg and places them on a melodic folk pop canvas. The quirky tunes are matched with conversational and confessional lyrics Matt Holden (of Legs Like Tree Trunks) *Philly* Matt Holden, guitarist/lead singer of the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia-based indie rock band Legs Like Tree Trunks will be performing a very special solo set sure to be full of mathy folky indie rock goodness. Brought to you with ♥ by Spazz Presents:
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