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Smino

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When: Wednesday 6th February
Where: Metro Theatre

Astral People and Handsome Tours are proud to announce the return of Smino for a huge headline show. Alongside his appearances at Laneway Festival, Smino will be performing at the Metro Theatre in Sydney. Reared in the Midwest in northern St. Louis, MO, Smino was born with creativity coursing through his veins. His grandfather, father and mother were all musicians, encouraging Smino’s early curiosity towards the art form. After releasing his 2017 album, blkswn, the St. Louis native is reopening the gates of the Gateway to the West. His path toward that goal has been paved with both commercial success—sold out shows in New York, Chicago and L.A.—as well as critical praise: Pitchfork lauded Smino’s “melodic vocal style ... stretching and warping his vocals to form a new vocabulary,” while Pigeons & Planes marveled at his “totally unforced confidence” and versatility. To cap off a huge year, Smino performed on T-Pain's acoustic tour, released a remix to “Anita” with the pop legend, and played on 30+ dates in direct support of SZA on her Ctrl Tour. The 314 native continued his upward trend in 2018, juggling a laundry list of festival appearances with a tour of Australia, notable collaborations with Noname and Mick Jenkins, and the preparation of his second full length album. Touting love from The FADER, Rolling Stone, Clash, Vibe, and many more, Smino is in high demand. Don't miss his return to Sydney & Melbourne stages this Summer. "The St. Louis-area MC makes music that channels the pain and possibility of modern black life" - FADER. "Smino stands apart from most artists in a way his melody and lyric go in and out flawlessly. He can sing as easily as needed and give you bars real quick; that’s not a feat brought on easily it must be developed and mastered." - Shawn Granted.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Snarky Puppy

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When: Sunday 21st April
Where: Enmore Theatre

The New York based quasi-collective has gone from the best kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that can reach the most critical or most carefree audience. This convergence of musicians from white and black America have performed regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake and Marcus Miller among many others. Formed in Texas 12 years ago by exceptional young musicians, the band is a collective that is orchestrated by bassist Michael League, whose creative grass roots approach to a tougher than ever industry has developed a new model for independent artists. The last four years have brought dramatic changes for Snarky Puppy. After a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred/New York-based quasi-collective suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But as the category names for all three of the band’s Grammy® awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016 and 2017), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band. It’s probably best to take Nate Chinen of the New York Times’ advice, as stated in an online discussion about the group, to “take them for what they are, rather than judge them for what they’re not.” Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 25 members in regular rotation. They each maintain busy schedules as session musicians (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and D’Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby, and Salif Keïta), and solo artists (many of whom are on the band’s indie label, GroundUP Music). At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Shakey Graves

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When: Monday 22nd April
Where: Factory Theatre

Shakey Graves a.k.a Alejandro Rose-Garcia was born in Austin, Texas to a musical family and is best-known for playing a smoky, spectral fusion of blues, folk and rock in a stripped down one-man-band style established in 2007. Shakey Graves live performances can be deceiving. Up to now, he's been categorized as an Americana singer-songwriter, thanks to his traditionally rooted songs, fluent acoustic-guitar picking, Texas roots and from wearing his cowboy hat, looking like a one-man country band. But, the tag will undoubtedly be dismissed as restrictive and irrelevant once discerning listeners hear his radical new album performed live with his full band in Melbourne and Sydney this April. Back in December 2017, Shakey Graves proclaimed on his Twitter page, "Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders." The tweet was tongue-in-cheek, but Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Austin native who's been plying his trade as Shakey Graves since 2007, was making a dead-serious point about his latest album, Can't Wake Up. This ambitious, audacious work heralds an artistic metamorphosis for the 30-year-old veteran, whose risk-taking in painting outside the lines has been rewarded tenfold. "This record is the most I've ever intentionally worked on a project, musically speaking, in terms of the scope of it and how much thought went into it," he says. "It's a dense album; there's a lot of information going on." Known for his interactions with the fans during the show and bringing his full band along for the ride - we're looking forward to seeing Shakey Graves live in Melbourne and Sydney this April!

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Article by Factory Theatre.

 

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