Bird & Thorn, MAWD, Purmamarca, James and the Giant Beast

Bird & Thorn is an indie-folk band that blurs the lines of musical genres, combining backgrounds of folk, rock, jazz, and pop punk. Since releasing their first single “To the West” in late 2016, Bird & Thorn has been diligently crafting their debut album. The album is dynamic in both emotion and arrangement with songs featuring violin, brass, and luscious vocal harmonies.

The band’s live performances have been described as fun, energetic, and heroic. You could always catch the multi-talented members switching instruments between songs, sometimes even mid-song.

While writing and recording through 2017, Bird & Thorn released their second single “Into the Night,” a moody tale of what could have been. Their third single “Daisy” will come out on December 18, the first song off their debut album “Let It Out”, which is slated to be released the following month on January 16.

MAWD is the moniker of California musician Madeleine Mathews. Citing contemporary acts such as The Head and the Heart, The Staves, First Aid Kit, and the Alabama Shakes as influences, MAWD’s sound gravitates towards an eclectic mix of genres including indie folk, folk rock, retro rock, cosmic Americana, with a touch of pure rock n’ roll. The soulful, textured timbre of MAWD is diverse and ranges anywhere from a breathy and sultry folk/blues vibe to a powerful Janis Joplin-esque/Karen O. belt.




Born and bred in Northern California, Madeleine made her mark around her hometown of Placerville by playing her original songs at weekly local open mic nights. Recently graduated with a BA in Music (focusing in music industry), Madeleine found a community in her college’s (California State University, Chico) music department and blossoming local scene while fronting and writing for numerous bands. Winning local singer/songwriter competitions and playing at all of Chico’s top venues, including two sold out shows at the renowned Laxson Auditorium (capacity 1,200) (for an Abbey Road Tribute Show) which has pulled artists and speakers ranging from Brian Wilson, Mavis Staples, Gloria Steinem, and many more,



Now recording under the pseudonym MAWD, Madeleine is working with Roger Gisborne of Los Angeles based record label Sound x 3 and The Cave Studio owner/producer/songwriter Josiah Mezzaschi (Deap Vally, Built to Spill, Rilo Kiley, Kate Nash, The Jesus and the Mary Chain) to refine her sound and record her second EP. With a little over a year under her belt promoting herself as MAWD, Madeleine has already toured to SXSW to play numerous corporate gigs, opened for Larkin Poe at a sold out show at The Hotel Cafe, opened for Robby Krieger (of The Doors) at The Gibson Showroom, toured to Sweden and all over Northern and Southern California, and that's just touching the surface. She's had her music spun on KCSN 88.5 LA Buzzbands Hour multiple times, featured in various music blogs including The Line of Best Fit, LA Weekly, Live Nation's One's To Watch, BuzzbandsLA, and has been added to several indie blog Spotify playlists as well as an official Spotify playlist (Fresh Finds: Six Strings) for her song "Summer in a Dream". MAWD has been making a name for herself in the short time she's been in LA, playing multiple shows per month with her incredibly talented backing band "The MAWD Squad" and is becoming known for her powerful and energetic live performances.

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