A Free Evening of Alternative Music featuring: Graph Rabbit
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
For fans of: Sigur Ros, Bjork, and Radiohead.
Graph Rabbit is the Brooklyn-based duo of artist/composer Austin Donohue (guitar, vocals, bells) and experimental pianist Shy Kedmi (analog synths, bells, etc). Graph Rabbit’s debut album Snowblind – released October, 2012 – is produced by Allen Farmelo (The Cinematic Orchestra, Talk Normal, Mike Jorgensen/Wilco) and mastered by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Sigur Rós).
Graph Rabbit originally began as the solo project of Brooklyn-based artist/composer Austin Donohue in 2010. But it wasn’t until Donohue, an accomplished filmmaker, musician and composer in his own right, began collaborating with producer Allen Farmelo that Graph Rabbit began to find it’s true form.
The result is Graph Rabbit’s debut album Snowblind – a deftly nuanced concept album, sweepingly cinematic at times and hauntingly minimalist at others. The album follows an unnamed character as he wanders through a surreal, minimalist snow-scape, falling in and out of sleep, following birds through fields, arguing with a river and eventually just surrendering to the silence of snowfall.
The production on Snowblind is minimal – one finger picked guitar, one curiously small analog synth (knows as a Pocket Piano) and Donohue’s singularly beautiful voice send it all soaring, with the eerie rattle of sleigh bells, twinkling glockenspiel, and an Estonian handbell ensemble lacing the songs with the unexpected textures of metal.
After completing the album, Donohue invited collaborator Shy Kedmi to join as an official member of the band. The duo are now performing the record in it’s entirety throughout the East Coast. “Performing the album front-to-back on all analog / acoustic equipment with no computers is a risk but we wanted to take it” explains Kedmi. “It’s the only way we can really bring the world we’ve created, the world ofSnowblind, to our audience,” Donohue adds.
For fans of: Ryan Adams, Matt Nathanson, The Lumineers
The Roosevelts are craftsmen, specializing in heartfelt songs with real guts. The band is breaking out of Austin, TX with their rhythmic Americana-pop.
Founders James Mason and Jason Kloess began writing songs together in Austin in 2008, having moved to the capital city from Houston and Birmingham, respectively. For years, the pair whipped up sweaty crowds in dance halls and fraternity houses with covers on the weekends to pay the bills, while building their original repertory on the side.
Inspired by the pop singer-songwriter explosion of their formative years, namely Ryan Adams and Matt Nathanson, and modern folk-rock, the duo set out to create something current and classic with The Roosevelts. Armed with an arsenal of songs, they enlisted producer Dwight Baker, who steered organic pop/rock records for Brandi Carlile, Alpha Rev, and Bob Schneider, to guide their sonic vision.
The result is the Cold Sheets EP, which will see its national release this Fall. The 6-song set tugs at the heartstrings while drummer JJ Johnson (John Mayer, Tedeschi Trucks) and bassist Dave Monsey (Fiona Apple, Edie Brickell) maintain a steady, driving pulse.
Fashion and music monthly, Tribeza, comments: Poised between the quiet tenderness of My Morning Jacket and the ballads of John Mayer, Mason and Kloess spin musical narratives of heartbreak and longing.
Poised between the quiet tenderness of My Morning Jacket and the ballads of John Mayer, Mason and Kloess spin musical narratives of heartbreak and longing.