Milow, Emily Wolfe
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
USA Today has called Allen Stone a “pitch-perfect powerhouse” and The New York Times has
likened his socially conscious music to that of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway
and Bill Withers. But the 25-year-old singer-songwriter from the tiny backwoods town of
Chewelah, Washington just sees himself as “a hippie with soul.”
One look at his long, curly blond hair and thick-rimmed glasses brings home the first part of that
equation – and perhaps leaves one unprepared for the raw, soulful power unleashed when Stone
opens his mouth to sing.
Like many soul singers, Stone got his start in church. He was a preacher’s kid, so whipping
crowds into a call-and-response frenzy as he performs “Say So” is second nature. Steeped in
gospel music and shielded from secular songs, Allen didn’t discover soul music until he was a
teenager and started collecting classic albums from the 60’s and 70’s.
“Soul music from that time wasn’t just about bumpin’ and grindin’ at the club – it was a huge part
of a cultural movement. That’s where my inspiration comes from,” says Stone, who was also
schooled by folk records of the period.
On his new album, Stone shines a light into some of the darker corners of his own era. “Contact
High” is a striking commentary on the toll technology has taken on relationships and the
sensuous sounding “Unaware” is a sly examination of the current economic crisis. This is the kind
of stuff that keeps Stone up at night and keeps him on the road, as he sings in the single “Sleep”:
“Spend my night shootin’ at the stars/Trying to change the world with this guitar/I know it’s a long
shot/But it’s working out so far…”
While he is in awe of music’s power to ignite change, Stone is equally enraptured by its ability to
simply make people feel good – as evidenced by songs like “Celebrate Tonight” and “Say So”
and the dance-offs that are de rigueur at his shows.
Stone has spent the past four years honing his unique style the old-fashioned way: crisscrossing
the country in a van with his ace band and playing any small club that would have him. Since
the digital release of his self-titled album via his own stickystones label in October 2011,
Stone’s shows have been selling out from coast to coast. The album jumped into the Top 10 of
Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and entered the Top 5 of iTunes’ R&B/Soul charts. His first national
television appearance – on “Conan” – came after the music booker saw a YouTube video of Allen
performing “Unaware” in his mother’s living room. Performances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Last
Call with Carson Daly” and “Live from Daryl’s House” followed and Esquire, CNN and Billboard
named Stone as an artist to watch – all before he had the support of a record label. Stone has
since signed to ATO Records, which is bringing the album into wide release.
Over the last five years Belgian artist Milow (born Jonathan Vandenbroeck) has emerged as one of Europe's most exciting young talents: a plugged-in singer-songwriter with the ability to touch a crowd and the pop know-how required to make great records. He's an old-school soul with a new-fashioned sensibility, a troubadour fascinated by technology. Milow's music gleams with the inherited songcraft of his heroes—Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Johnson—but it also reflects a point of view all his own, with specific concerns about growing pains and the future of his generation.
This combination of the intimate and the widescreen has won Milow a devoted fanbase across Europe, not to mention a list of achievements that includes number-one singles, platinum albums, sold-out tours, performances at some of the world's most prestigious festivals and millions upon millions of YouTube hits. What's more, he's accomplished all this as his own boss, releasing music through Homerun Records, a label he founded in his bedroom.
"I just never wanted to have to answer to anyone else," he says of the DIY operation. "It's always been my call."
Milow has shared the stage with Jack Johnson and Brett Dennen. Even Kanye West is a fan and posted Milow's cover of "Ayo Technology" to his tastemaking blog, helping drive the song's eye-popping video to its current total of over 65 million views.
"Every time I get on stage, I feel like that's an opportunity to show a little bit more of myself," he says. "Some of my songs are about really serious topics, but I also like to have fun, and I think my shows are where I can make that clear."
YouTube is littered with concert clips that prove he's right, and Milow can't wait to present the evidence live and in person. A sophisticated music-scene veteran with the bottomless energy of a beginner, Milow is ready for what's next.
Going into the studio with Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin, Heartless Bastards, Trail of Dead) earlier this year, Emily Wolfe had the full intention of putting together a full length LP. But as the new songs came to life, it was clear she was hearing two different sounds, two different sides of herself.
At first this was unsettling because Emily Wolfe thought she needed to put her sound in a box, be more consistent, stay loyal to the fluidity of Director's Notes. But then she realized she could create her own box; she could create as many boxes as she wanted.
Emily does not want to be a mechanical artist, and the only way to do that is to cover the spectrum - from one extreme to the other - but ultimately, to do what motivates her to keep creating music.
The two new EP's, set to be released in May and September of 2013, are like night and day. One is a collection of summer rock anthems and the other has an intimate acoustic feel. Emily does not want to be a writer with mechanical hands; she wants to be an innovator - an artist who is constantly evolving.
Each track pulls you further into the mood of the melody allowing your mind to wander through the stories until eventually, they become your own. "Dance on the Record Grooves" and "Never Let Me Go" make you yearn for love; punchy tunes like "Heavy" and "Lion Heart" make you crave independence from love; and the acoustic-pop vibes of "Before You Were Mine" and "Anywhere" make you fall in love all over again.
Director's Notes displays Wolfe's extraordinary musicianship as a multi-instrumentalist -- guitar, banjo, drums, percussion, bells, piano, Rhodes, helping her weave a layer of vulnerability through each recording.
Though Wolfe's magnetic voice attracts listeners of all generations and genres, her style has often been compared to the likes of an upbeat Sarah Jaffe, an indie-rock Brandi Carlile, or Sara Bareilles with a guitar.
Whatever your story or opinions of love, the genuine nature of Emily Wolfe's debut album, Director's Notes, will leave you pressing repeat.
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