Korby Lenker, Exquisite Corps, A House for Lions (closing set)

Korby Lenker

Korby Lenker is a sneaky-good songwriter. And singer. And multi-instrumentalist.

An abbreviated list of Lenker’s achievements so far includes: a significant amount of airplay on the legendary Seattle indie rock station KEXP; a BBC 2 interview with Bob Harris, which is only about the highest honor a rootsy singer-songwriter touring the U.K. can get; opening slots for acts ranging from Willie Nelson to Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek, Keith Urban, Susan Tedeschi and Tristan Prettyman; a successful run with one of the hottest young West Coast bluegrass bands of the aughts; and wins in the Merlefest folk songwriting contest as well as the Kerrville Folk Festival’s elite New Folk songwriting competition.

Lenker’s composition “My Little Life” brought him the Kerrville honors this year. It doesn’t seem possible that one song could work so well in such disparate worlds, but it also proved its powers as a galvanizing piece of indie-pop, drawing a small army of likeminded, rising Nashville artists and personalities—Jeremy Lister and Katie Herzig to name two—to make lip-syncing, ukulele-strumming cameos in Lenker’s music video.

Exquisite Corps

A tiny garage in a downtown alley. A cello, a guitar, and a voice.

From these minimal beginnings, Exquisite Corps sprang onto Sacramento's music scene in the spring of 2010. Taking a year to solidify a line-up, they have since become a marriage of both classical and modern sounds melding string trio and indie rock trio into a whole. They have shared the stage with such acts as Said the Whale, Sister Crayon, The Ganglians, Sea of Bees, and many more, playing at Launch Fest two years in a row, the 2011 Sammies and Concert 4 Charity's Ballet+Live Music at the Crest Theater. On the heels of their recent sold out performance at the Crocker Art Museum's new auditorium they will release their debut record in July of 2012.

A House for Lions (closing set)

A House For Lions is a very special band for us here at Young Giant. They were, and remain, one of our first and longest lasting crushes, a band behind the kind of textured sound that, without having to do too much explaining, just feels right. An L.A. band at heart, their origin story remains unique, involving European wanderlust, Craigslist, and imagining the possibilities beyond the surface of reality. Having received rave reviews from sources every young, emerging band hopes to, including but not limited to Billboard.com, NPR, The Deli, Filter, The L.A. Times, and Buzzbands.la, the band has established an imprint both in L.A and around the country as one to watch. A House for Lions evokes a certain smoky, emotive blend of alt-rock, folk, and a "garage ferocity" to create one of the most unique stamps on modern rock to exist in the paradigm of new music today.


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