Lucius: Fronted by the enchanting Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Lucius has drawn acclaim for powerful songs showcasing taut hooks, along with their mesmerizing stage presence and bold visual aesthetics. The New York Times described Wolfe and Laessig’s vocals as being “especially gorgeous,” while Rolling Stone says Lucius is “powerful enough to knock you over.” Talented multi-instrumentalists Peter Lalish and Dan Molad round out the group. After wrapping up back-up singer duties on the Roger Waters, arena-conquering Us + Them tour, performing over 170 shows in two years around the world, 2019 finds Lucius back together for an intimate acoustic tour in support of last year’s critically-acclaimed 10-track acoustic album, NUDES. Wolfe and Laessig have become in-demand collaborators on their own -singing on albums for artists including Waters, John Legend, Nathaniel Ratecliff, Ingrid Michaelson, The War on Drugs and Kurt Vile.
Pure Bathing Culture: It’s a rare and beautiful thing when a band emerges fully formed, but it makes perfect sense in the case of guitarist Daniel Hindman and keyboardist Sarah Versprille’s Pure Bathing Culture. Having backed folk rock revisionist Andy Cabic in Vetiver, the New Yorkers partnered up and moved West in 2011, settling in Portland, Oregon. Building off their past experiences as musical collaborators, in a short time the duo have created a sound that is undeniably their own: soaring synths, chiming keyboards, and shimmering electric guitars move in lockstep with bouncing drum machines. Sarah’s crystalline voice floats on top of it all with divine purpose. It’s a sound that looks back momentarily for inspiration — Talk Talk, Prefab Sprout, Cocteau Twins — but then fixes its gaze firmly on the present.