Julien Baker

9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall

Julien Baker

Grayling

Mon, September 12

7:00 pm

U Street Music Hall

Washington, DC

$18

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Julien Baker - (Set time: 8:30 PM)


Sometimes, things just seem to happen for a reason. The pieces fall into place in unexpected ways, and life takes a turn no one could have predicted. This rings strikingly true for the solo career of Memphis, Tennessee's Julien Baker.

For years, Baker and a group of close friends have performed as the band Forrister (formerly The Star Killers), but when college took her four hours away, her need to continue creating found an outlet through solo work. The intent was never to make these songs her main focus, yet the process proved to be startlingly cathartic. As each song came into shape, it became more apparent that Baker had genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories to tell from her thus far short life (she turns 20 this fall). Tales of her experiences are staggering, and when set to her haunting guitar playing, the results are gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. There's something wonderfully hypnotizing about Baker gently confessing her soul with such tremendous honesty.

At the prompting of a friend, Baker ventured to Richmond, Virginia to record a number of her new songs at Spacebomb Studios. The tracks from this session were circulated among Baker's friends, meeting high praise and lots of encouragement for the songs to see a proper release. Soon, she found a home on 6131 Records' increasingly diverse roster, and plans were made to release her debut full length, 'Sprained Ankle.'

To call 'Sprained Ankle' a happy accident would be misleading as to the nature of these poignant, emotive songs. Yet no one, least of all Baker, could have predicted she'd be releasing an album, especially as a solo artist. Thankfully, now the world will be able to share in her passion and sorrow.
Grayling - (Set time: 7:45 PM)
Grayling


There’s something very special about music created by a single artist. No bandmates, no safety nets, just the talent and vision of one individual, that rare artist that can create a dynamic release all on their own. Philadelphia, PA’s Grayling, the musical moniker of Lexi Campion, is that rare artist, and her debut EP, Everything That Burns, is that rare release.

Everything That Burns is five finely-tuned tracks: crafted and performed by one immensely talented 20 year old. From gently strummed indie to massive alternative swells, Grayling’s debut displays a wide span of dynamics and textures all held together by Campion’s striking vocals. The soaring crescendos and brooding lows of her voice are a clear highlight on Everything That Burns, but they’re far from her only skillful performance as Campion played every instrument, from drums to guitar, on the album.

Grayling’s debut is not a peek into a young artist finding their footing, it’s a fully formed body of work from a young woman who, at only 20 years old, has already devoted much of her life to songwriting, and the result is a release that’s sure to impress.
Venue Information:
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/