Generationals

9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall.

Generationals

Arum Rae

Sat, October 11

7:00 pm

$15

Tickets at the Door

Generationals - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Generationals
Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, friends since high school and Generationals co-captains since 2008, have been in each others' faces for most of this century. Natural songwriting partners, they made their first three records at home with the help of mutual friend Daniel Black, and in 2013 they launched straight into their fourth with surprising post-tour energy, but after years of creative brain-melding, the dyad had reached a point of ultra-familiarity and comfort in their work routine that, to them, threatened quicksand. They began to suspect their own productivity of being rut in disguise.
Determined to keep things fresh, they sought out a new producer who might be able shake things up, surprise them, and bring something new to the project. How about Richard Swift? they said. He's the best, he's the boss, he's like the John Keating of cool drum sounds—a perfect fit for a pair of poppy throwback tape-lovers like us.
The Louisiana duo made their way, yellow brick road-style, to Cottage Grove, Oregon, ready to give their tapes over to Swift's cultishly venerated magic touch, but the collaboration was hardly the scrap-it-all, start-from-scratch, give-up-the-reins-and-let-the-guru-do-his-thing scenario Ted and Grant had expected—hoped for even—when they began their pilgrimage to Swift's National Freedom studio in February. Swift deemed the demos album-worthy after all and the original versions were saved at his urging. With a little tightening rather than a vibe transplant, the songs solidified into a cohesive, finished, good-feeling record.
"I looked at the demos objectively and really just helped organize the sounds into something that was sonically cohesive," Swift said. "I knew they spent a lot of time on their own, on their headphones creating these beats and bells and whistles and felt no need to drastically change them."
The final version of Alix materialized as perhaps Generationals' most confident record yet, full of history and as multiphase as Ted and Grant's friendship. Built up with layer upon layer of rhythmic lines, computer noises, RZA beats, and poppy vocals that sometimes sound like a Janet Jackson/Prince face-off, Alix is everything T&G like about music: old and new, vinyl and youtube, vocal chord and microkorg, gathered up from everywhen and arranged with great care into a good-smelling, subtly sexy, catchy-or-die mish-mosh of sensibilities and time-warp senselessness, lightly peppered with that signature Swiftian element, but undeniably Generationals in taste. As Swift had decreed: 'tis a good idea to tear down and rebuild, but it's not always necessary to start from scratch.
Arum Rae - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Arum Rae
Arum's  name  is  derived  from  a  water  lily  (Arum  lily)  in  Latin.  Growing  up,  her  family  moved  often,  so  at  every  new  
stylings  of  Ella  Fitzgerald  and  Nina  Simone.
Nelson,  Rodriguez,  BB  King,  Dan  Auerbach,  Gary  Clark  Jr.,  Peter  Bjorn  &  John,  and  The  Civil  Wars,  to  name  a  few.  
and  Billboard.  
Arum  Rae,  formerly  known  as  White  Dress,  is  a  modern  day  siren  based  in  Brooklyn,  by  way  of  Austin,  TX.  Arum’s  
music  and  her  voice  is  here  to  inspire...  it  is  honest  at  its  core  so  that  you  can  do  with  it  what  you  please,  with  no  
regrets.  Everything  Arum  has  lived  through  and  all  of  the  songs  that  have  been  born  from  it,  are  not  meant  to  
impress.  They  are  meant  to  lead.  Her  ability  to  transcend  styles  allows  the  music  to  complement  country,  resurrect  the  
soul,  feel  the  blues,  and  ruin  then  re-­invent  rock,  through  her  deeply  rooted  foundation  as  a  singer-­songwriter.
school,  she  always  found  shelter  in  the  music  programs.  At  her  third  high  school,  her  choir  teacher  heard  her  
potential,  and  took  Arum  under  his  wing  and  helped  secure  her  a  scholarship  to  the  Berklee  College  of  Music.  
During  her  last  semester  in  Boston  she  started  writing  original  music,  learning  to  play  guitar  to  accompany  herself  so  
she  wouldn't  have  to  depend  on  anyone  and  find  her  own  voice...  artistically  and  literally,  studying  the  vocal  
After  relocating  to  Brooklyn,  Arum  was  introduced  to  producer  Sanford  Livingston,  and  the  two  hit  it  off  
immediately.  They  began  recording  together  in  August  2013  and  are  pleased  to  present  their  first  EP,  Warranted  
Queen.  With  a  minimal  use  of  instrumentation,  combined  with  Sanford’s  heavy  beats  tailored  around  Arum's  dynamic  
voice  and  lyrics,  the  EP  is  a  brilliant  fusion  of  their  mutual  influences.
Arum  has  toured  extensively  over  the  past  several  years,  opening  up  for,  and  sharing  stages  with  legends  like  Willie  
She  also  co-­wrote  the  song  "If  I  Didn't  Know  Better"  with  John  Paul  White  of  The  Civil  Wars  that  eventually  found  
its  way  to  the  season  one  theme  song  on  the  NBC  television  show  Nashville,  and  charted  as  a  hit  single  on  iTunes  
With  renewed  energy  and  passion,  Arum  looks  to  2014  and  beyond  to  place  her  mark  on  the  industry  that  has  given  
her  so  much.    A  mark  she  hopes  will  embolden  artists  and  singers  like  herself  to  pursue  their  passions  without  pause  
ARUM  RAE
 
Venue Information:
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/