Henry Hall February Residency with Balto & Lucy Arnell

Henry Hall is not particularly cool, but he's not particularly uncool either. He's caught somewhere in between and can probably be summed up as... well, just weird. Luckily, this weirdness manifests itself in the form of Hall's signature anxiety-tinged alternative pop. Featuring his captivating falsetto paired with his witty, idiosyncratic lyrics, Hall's music is self-deprecating and soulful, as if The Smiths met Prince. Underneath Hall's tongue-in-cheek words and moving melodies are alluring guitar and synthesizer textures, which compliment his infectious vocal harmonies in a way that evokes Grizzly Bear and Mac Demarco. At age 10, Hall began writing songs about being 10 years old and how his friends didn't like him. Now, at age 24, Hall lives in Los Angeles and writes songs about being 24 years old and how his friends don't like him.

After graduating from Wesleyan University in 2014, Hall moved to New York City to play live shows and craft My Friends Don’t Like Me, his 2016 EP release. The project started to garner some attention online and eventually landed a placement on the Judd Apatow produced Netflix series, Love. Since the release, Hall has moved back to Los Angeles to focus on writing and recording his debut album. Look for Hall to continue to refine his disturbingly funny and catchy brand of indie rock on his forthcoming release.

At 21, after a failed attempt to begin a journalism career in Moscow and an overwhelming heartbreak, Dan Sheron’s life collapsed. Without so much as saying goodbye to his friends or bothering to pack a bag, Dan took a train bound for Siberia and headed east with a child's guitar and journal that quickly filled with songs. At some point in those manic months, Balto was born, in a third-class train car, singing and drinking among strangers, somewhere east of Novosibirsk.

Over time, Balto transformed from a songwriting vehicle into a rock n roll band – performing a boozy, swaggering style of American music rooted at the intersection of Motown, Big Star, Plastic Ono Band-era Lennon, and Jackson Browne. Their interactive live performances have drawn comparisons to indie rockers My Morning Jacket and Wilco, while Seattle-based curators Artist Home describe their latest LP Strangers (2017) as “a tangle of beautiful, messy emotions, wrapped up in a sound that’s warmly familiar yet brimming with soul and tiny details that are touched by magic.” They continue to describe, “a roots-rock storyteller with the heart of an Edwardian poet—full of romance, sharp observation, knowing humor, and at least a slug or two of whiskey.” Songs from the new record have been featured in official playlists for Spotify, Google Play Music, Tidal, Apple Music, & Deezer, and the band has toured steadily throughout 2017, supporting acts such as Blind Pilot, the Current Swell, the Donkeys and Communist Daughter. Dan returned to Russia on tour in fall 2017, to be followed with dates in Germany and Austria in March 2018 as the band continues tracking their next full-length release.

Lucy Arnell (b. August 22, 1989) is an American indie psych-rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her music has been compared to that of The Breeders and Jefferson Airplane, and incorporates a diverse array of contemporary styles. Her live performances showcase notably catchy, sincere songwriting and extended improvisational sections.

Her style is partially defined by a unique approach to the guitar, which incorporates many elements of what she would consider to be a classic attitude towards the instrument. Her songwriting has been praised as being thoughtful and original while also being memorable and cool.

She's played and/or recorded with the likes of Jon Fishman (Phish) and Butch Norton (Eels). She's recorded and released one EP and one LP, all co-written with and produced by guitarist-multi instrumentalist Jason Abraham Roberts (Norah Jones).


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