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*POSTPONED* KXCI Presents! Helado Negro and KAINA Ticket Giveaway

May 11, 2022

Helado Negro with KAINA opening on the Hotel Congress Plaza

Helado Negro creates electronic avant-pop with bilingual lyrics exploring his Latinx identity.


*CLICK FOR CONTEST RULES* The deadline to enter is through noon on May 19th.  The winners of (1) pair of tickets will be selected at random (one entry per person). Ticket winners will be put on the guest list and must present ID at the venue box office on the night of the show to gain entry. Winners will be notified to the email address entered in the contest.

Helado Negro with KAINA opening

Club Congress Plaza – Friday, May 20 – $15 adv / $18 dos + Taxes & Fees, all ages


25+ Dates Have Been Announced Across North America And Europe In Support Of The Acclaimed New Album ‘Far InHelado Negro‘s Biggest NYC Headline Show To Date Is Scheduled For May 5 At Brooklyn Steel; Scroll Down For Full Tour Details

Watch A New Live Performance Of The Single “There Must Be A Song Like You

Roberto Lange Has Also Announced Kite Symphony, A Multidisciplinary Exhibition Which Opens January 22 At Ballroom Marfa In Texas

’Far In’ is filled with celestial lullabies that confront earthly anxieties… his first album for the stalwart indie label 4AD, will bring his subtle hymns to what may be his largest audience yet.”
– NEW YORK TIMESA collection of quietly shimmering songs that demands to be played loud.” (4/5 stars)

Dappled with joyous, rhythmic love songs suited for the dancefloor alongside more somber, nature-minded tracks with lush strings, wind instruments, and piano.”

Helado Negro has announced an extensive world tour in support of his acclaimed new album ‘Far In.’ He will perform 25+ dates from Mexico across the U.S. and Europe next year. The tour announcement is accompanied by the release of an official live video for the recent single “There Must Be A Song Like You.”

‘Far In’ is Helado Negro‘s first album on 4AD and the seventh full-length album in his catalog. When Roberto Carlos Lange began writing ‘Far In’ immediately following his breakthrough 2019 release ‘This is How You Smile,’ he could not have predicted that we would soon need to learn how to stay at home and be the stars of our domestic dance floors with intimates and online communities.

Escape is never out there, you have to go inward,” Roberto reflects on developing an epic Helado Negro double album during these extraordinary times, embracing the dark of the unknown with openness, pleasure, and growth. Throughout Roberto’s career, imagined beings, ghosts and haunted machines appear in sci-fi stories and his own conjurings. On ‘Far In,’ Roberto says he “celebrates the ghosts,” embracing pleasure and freedom to follow the metaphysical further.

A significant portion of the new album was written in Marfa, Texas where Roberto and his partner, the visual artist Kristi Sword had originally planned to visit for a collaborative residency in early 2020. The pandemic extended their stay to six months. Roberto and Kristi are set to return to Marfa for Kite Symphony, a multidisciplinary exhibition which opens January 22. The project features a newly commissioned film, outdoor composition, installation, and a special Earth Day performance on April 22. Sound is the throughline between these diverse elements of this long-term project.


KAINA’s music can feel like a bridge to others or a reflection of yourself. With lyrics that balance comforting warmth and sharp interrogation of her thoughts and the world around her, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter knows exactly how and when to pluck at listeners’ heartstrings. Her critically acclaimed full-length debut, 2019’s Next to the Sun, was anchored by a resolved steadiness in her voice, with unique ear-worms sung over genre-bending production. Serving as a vehicle to uplift and build community, the project introduced KAINA’s signature sound lined with a sweet-hearted optimism and devastating authenticity, which catapulted KAINA to the forefront of a new wave of artists transforming the music landscape with deeply honest and innovative expression.

Born and raised in Chicago to Venezuelan and Guatemalan parents, KAINA always carries her lineage with her, often singing about healing generational trauma and expressing what it means to grow up as a first-generation kid. “We’re all as a family unlearning a certain fight or flight mentality,” she explains. “So I’ve seen how that impacts my parents. And I’m seeing how it impacts me, brings up childhood anxieties, and things I couldn’t understand within myself hindered me. Through my songwriting, I’m able to reframe how I view those experiences by adding context and nuance.”

KAINA is a self-proclaimed product of non-profit organizations and youth programming in Chicago, which she credits for giving her confidence in her voice as an artist and inspiring her to do the same for the next generation. The raw authenticity and care for community instilled in her are inseparable from KAINA’s approach to music and life as a whole. Her commitment to these ideals cemented her place in the vibrant fabric of Chicago’s musical impact on a global scale with her collaborations with artists like Saba and The O’My’s or shared bills with NNAMDÏ and Jamila Woods.

On It Was a Home, KAINA flourishes as a skilled producer and writer while she experiments with dreamy soul and lush sonic universes that push past the discomfort that comes with such intense vulnerability. The album also features striking collaborations with devoted supporters of KAINA such as Sleater-KinneyHelado Negro, and co-executive producer Sen Morimoto. Ultimately, the album’s stunning new artistic direction coupled with KAINA’s unrivaled authenticity position her as one of today’s most essential artists.


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