Bootleg Theater Presents
Winter, Umm, DJ Etwoms
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
American singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn is a shape-shifter who can’t sit still. Since 2010 she’s worked under the moniker The Mynabirds, releasing three critically acclaimed and stylistically different albums on Saddle Creek: What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010) and GENERALS (2012), both produced by Richard Swift, and Lovers Know (2015). She has also toured as a member of the Postal Service (2013) and Bright Eyes (2011), helped found Omaha Girls Rock (a non-profit helping young girls find their voices), and in 2013 gave a TED talk based on her “New Revolutionists” portrait project, exploring what it means to be a revolutionary woman in this day and age. Before the Mynabirds, Laura was a member of DC indie band Georgie James with Q And Not U’s John Davis, and also put out two self-produced solo albums on the label she founded herself, Laboratory Records.
Through all of her transformations, there’s one thing that remains constant: her voice. She’s been compared to Cat Power, Fiona Apple and Adele. And while her songs might show up dressed in new ways on each new release, they still very much embody Laura’s distinct songwriting style. “I’ve always been most inspired by the songwriter chameleons,” Laura says. “David Bowie, Harry Nilsson, PJ Harvey, Bjork. They play — with their arrangements, their tones, their personas. But when it comes down to it, every song could be strummed on guitar, or played alone at a keyboard. And at the heart of it, they’re storytellers.” Laura is setting out on a full US solo tour this fall, stripping all of her songs back to bare bones, the way they were originally conceived: just a piano and her voice.
“…songs so elegantly composed that many could pass for old standards… Burhenn is as heartbreaking and tuneful as her finest inspirations while investing her songs with a calm fatalism that sets her apart.” –Pitchfork
Winter is a breezy dose of sultry shoegaze and drippy dream pop whose sound was conceived in Boston. Beginning as a collaborative effort between Samira Winter and Nolan Eley, their first recordings culminated into the 2012 EP entitled Daydreaming. Following the release, Samira's relocation to Los Angeles brought on the recruit of additional members to create a band that would manifest her ultimate dreams.
The quartet released their first full-length album in cahoots with Los Angeles' Lolipop Records, earlier this year. The album - made from a coast-to-coast correspondence - features yet again a creative collaboration with Samira Winter (LA) and Nolan Eley (NY). The aptly titled Supreme Blue Dream floats on with a youthful sense of nostalgia and romanticized segues into adulthood. Touching on not one, but two languages (English and Portuguese), this bi-lingual group of dreamers do their part to lay us down softly while keeping listeners eager for each tune.
After their own month-long residency at The Echo for Supreme Blue Dream, and brushing shoulders on bills with acts like Luna, Iceage and Craft Spells, the group made themselves a home in the California scene while honing their distinct, east-coast brand of ethereal vocals layered over melodic guitars.
With Samira Winter at the helm, the live band features the talents of Matt Hogan (guitar), David Yorr (bass), and Garren Orr (drums) - a group whose passionate connection has flourished since the four were students together in Boston. Winter aspires to connect others with their inner child by making blissful, beautiful and ethereal pop music. They add love and positivity to the world as well as being positive role models for both boys and girls; especially those who are just starting to form their own musical opinions. Winter continues to tour the world and spread beauty and magic to people everywhere.
A new project from Stefanie Drootin (The Good Life, Big Harp, Bright Eyes) and Chris Senseney (Big Harp), Umm finds the couple dreamy, raw and slack as fuck, draping vintage harmonies and shards of fuzz over grounded, primitive rhythms and simple, aching pop melodies. Like the Everly Brothers and Suicide smoking cigarettes in bed and listening to the Breeders, but dual-gendered and neither naive nor pretentious. (Chris and Stef’s other project Big Harp has earned acclaim for releases on Saddle Creek, Fat Possum and Majestic Litter, ranging from literate folk to kaleidoscopic thrash-pop, as well as being lauded for their energetic live shows in the US and Europe.)