Sophie Auster & Angelica Garcia
1700 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Sophie Auster released her self -titled debut under the French label Naïve when she was only 18 years old. While still at Sarah Lawrence College, Sophie toured and played festivals across Europe and South America on her school vacations. In 2007 Sophie appeared on the cover of Spanish Rolling Stone. She has also been featured in Vogue, Elle, Les InRocks, Spin, Glamour, Paris Match, Rolling Stone,Velvet, Paper, Nylon, Porter, and was spotlighted as one of W Magazine's rising young stars.
In 2012 , Red Weather, was released as an EP. The music highlights her visceral vocals and heart-wrenching lyrics. " Sophie Auster is not the kind of singer likely to come up too often. Like a cross between Fiona Apple's righteous rage and Gillian Welch's homespun folk yarns, her bittersweet alto's deft sense of delivery is a shot to the scull, wrapped up in some of the most alluring, seductive torch songs you're liable to find..."(Mike Levine, The Deli)
Sophie's recent showcase at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC earned rave reviews. "From track to track, Sophie whipped her hair, swayed her hips, and jerked her body around as the band struck gold after gold. Her voice ranged from a sensual rasp to a growing melodic boom that commanded the attention of everyone one in the venue" (Stage Buddy). As always, Sophie writes her own music.
Dogs and Men, Sophie's latest full length album, has been praised by The New York Times for its "sultry, folksy vocals" and W magazine calls it "soaring".
John Osburn of the acclaimed music blog, Obsburt raves: "Each song was a realization, and a high point. Her voice is relentlessly surprising, shimmering with folk, blues, concert rock, and cabaret. She fills up lyrics like balloons, every word a bubble of meaning, smart in the way that denies distinction between thought and feeling, impulse and enunciation...Something in her voice prompts synesthesia: her lyrics are, in their writing, expert, in their singing, polished like silver."
Says Auster: "The new album is called dogs and men. The title represents the two halves of the album. The subject matter is split in two. Men represent love and heartache and dogs the more surreal and dreamy side of the album. The album was produced by Jared Samuel.
Angelica Garcia appropriately likens her journey to “going down the rabbit hole.”
Upon graduating from Los Angeles School for the Arts, the 17-year-old native Angeleno found herself living in a 200-year-old gothic brick home encircled by magnolia trees and under a blanket of bright stars in Accomac, Virginia. Her stepfather traded a career in the music industry for Episcopalian priesthood, and an Eastern Shore church would serve as his (and the family’s) first congregation. Behind that residence where Union General Henry Hayes Lockwood once passed through during the Civil War, Angelica began to fashion her musical world in the dusty old parish house. Nodding to her personal “holy trinity” of Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and Jack White, she tenaciously penned music.
“Living there helped define my sound,” she declares. “It was really hard for me, because all of my friends were in Los Angeles. I didn’t know anyone, and I felt very isolated. So, I went into that parish house alone. When you’re sitting there by yourself, you don’t have to ask for permission. There’s no one to judge you. You get to do everything you want to. I had the chance to be free musically. A lot of it was my way to resurrect hope and feel better. You write what you know because nobody knows what you know. That’s the best way to be honest.”
The singer and songwriter’s vision embraced the environment as she recorded the sounds of crickets, drumming on a shoebox, creaking doors, and more to build a rich soundscape with just her piano, guitar, and MacBook. Those ideas would eventually evolve into the 12 songs comprising her 2016 full-length Warner Bros. Records debut, Medicine For Birds.
In 2014, the label signed Angelica based off the strength of the parish house demos, and she embarked on her first national tour with Delta Rae. She’d take the initial ideas to a Nashville studio with producer Charlie Peacock [The Civil Wars, Switchfoot] in January 2015.
“It’s like the songs grew up at that moment,” she explains. “Charlie showed me how big and crazy they could be. I felt like a hermit coming out. He was the ambassador to this sonic realm I didn’t know about it. The music became limitless.”
Now, her style struts between ghostly gorgeous countrified blues and sly swamp Americana. With a childlike whimsy, quirky sense of humor, and dynamic delivery, it could easily soundtrack an apparitions’ ball in some Faulknerian mansion. Punctuated by stomping percussion, revival-worthy handclaps, and airy banjos, “Woman I’m Hollerin’” conjures up a heavenly haunting chant, “They want my blood!”
“I wrote it in one sitting,” she recalls. “It’s all about being afraid people are going to come after you. We all get scared, and it captures that feeling. You’re worried and reaching out for help.”
Elsewhere, “Magnolia Is Medicine” pairs a lithe finger-picked acoustic guitar with her breathy verses. It uncovers the meaning behind the album title too. “The Magnolia tree represented the South for me,” she says. “It was the medicine that made me feel better. In the same way, I want these songs to make other people feel better.”
“Bridge Is On Fire” spins a psychedelic electric sitar into a gloomy, grim narrative of towering flames and the ashes of a relationship. “I’m telling the story of a guy and girl,” she continues. “He’s panicking about this bridge burning, and his love being on the other side away from him. However, it turns out she lit the blaze. Her decision to start this fire was more important than the relationship. It’s a self-actualization.”
Medicine For Birds is Angelica’s actualization. It’s the culmination of a life devoted to music that began in Eastern Los Angeles harmonizing with her mother at 5-years-old and performing at the city’s most famous haunts in high school to landing at the bottom of the rabbit hole on the other side of the country.
It’s the gateway to her wild world…
“I love it when someone tells me they relate to my work,” she concludes. “that’s the ultimate validation. When you’re all alone working on music, you open up. The more songs that I write, the more I realize this world. It’s kooky. It’s spooky. It’s playful. It’s funny. It’s somber. It’s goth. It’s light. It’s me.”
At 18 most kids are writing essays for college applications. However New York native SEE was writing a very different kind of essay.
“I’d decided I wasn’t going to go to college; I wanted to do music full time. My parents were definitely freaked out, but at the same time they were really supportive,” she explains. “One night, I gave them a big presentation outlining the paths of a bunch of successful musicians and once they had seen that, they were on board. I just showed them that I really felt confident that I could make it. I didn’t believe in having a Plan-B.”
A self-taught musician boasting an impressive repertoire that includes piano, drums, guitar, bass, ukelele, and more, SEE showed that she had the confidence and drive needed to succeed in music at a very young age. At fifteen she was crafting full-length instrumental tracks in her bedroom, and soon after began drumming and writing in alternative/indie rock bands. But it wasn’t until she started singing during her senior year of high school that things truly fell into place for the alt-rock darling.
Utilizing everything she had learned over the years, SEE began her solo journey with The Time Thief, a carefully crafted seven-song demo that showcased her incredible vision and talent. It wasn’t long before the self-produced demo caught the attention of Blue Élan Records, who signed the artist shortly thereafter.
Now just twenty years old, SEE is preparing for the release of her much-anticipated debut EP Ties. The record is the culmination of a month in the studio with producer Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Sunny Day Real Estate, Say Anything) and co-producer Walter Dicristina, and embodies a collection of tracks as multifaceted as SEE’s unique talents. “I really wanted to focus on making a body of work that wasn’t too similar all across the board. I didn’t want to make a record that sounded the same,” she confides.
Ties is spacious and spellbinding – a series of songs as introspective as they are engaging. SEE’s lilting vocals float effortlessly over acoustic guitars and electronic elements alike, resulting in a seamless blend of alt-rock and pop.