Lady D & The Shadow Spirits, Bronwen Exter, Justin Roeland and Nightswimmers

DSP Shows

Lady D & The Shadow Spirits, Bronwen Exter, Justin Roeland and Nightswimmers

Sat · February 11, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

Bronwen Exter
Bronwen Exter
Turns out, moving home is complicated. You bring along what you hoped to leave behind, and don’t necessarily find what you remembered best about a place. The granddaughter of a Ukrainian communist, a Disneyland-tire maker, an Yves St. Laurent wedding dress model and the Chief Statistician for President Lyndon Johnson, Exter’s life has always been filled with stories and characters. At the age of six, from her bedroom in rural upstate New York, she recorded her first songs. She remembers the bright, grass-green carpet scrap and the old tape-recorder sitting on it. They were mostly songs about cowgirls.

Bronwen Exter’s second full-length album, “Junkyard,” released in June 2012, is a chronicle of heartache and homecoming. Her “warm, all-enveloping voice” (The New Yorker) works a dreamy hypnosis through lush arrangements and dark lyrics that describe a world of hometown characters, flirtatious glances, bedroom stories and solitude.

Onstage, she fronts a six piece band that ranges from the spare to the bombastic, the whimsical to the funereal. Exter’s songwriting is characterized by invented chords and haunting melodies, taking inspiration from Lhasa de Sela, Cat Power and T Bone Burnett.

Bronwen Exter’s début album “Elevator Ride” (2006) garnered comparisons to Rickie Lee Jones and the Cowboy Junkies. Performing Songwriter wrote, “OK, picture this: Lou Reed and Astrud Gilberto have a baby. She’s raised by the band Mazzy Star until the age of 16, when she falls in love with James Bond and runs away to Argentina.” At once visceral and sophisticated, fresh and retro, “Elevator Ride,” was named for a suicidal lyric that evokes the moments before a socialite’s tumble from the top of a skyscraper.

“Elevator Ride,” was co-produced by prolific Englishman Jonathan Spottiswoode of NYC cult underground band Spottiswoode and His Enemies, and Kenny Siegal, ringleader of rock and roll band Johnny Society. Recorded at Siegal’s haunted organ museum in Catskill, NY that houses Old Soul Studios (Beirut, Langhorne Slim, Joseph Arthur and Chris Whitley) by engineer Tom Schick (Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones), the record they made on vintage analog gear brought together the trademark rawness and punchiness of Siegal, the noir cinema of Spottiswoode’s songwriting, and the breathy vulnerability of Exter’s singing.

Tracks from “Elevator Ride” have been featured on primetime television (Six Degrees, The Secret Circle) and in the Dreamworks/ Paramount Pictures release “She’s Out Of Your League.”
Lady D & The Shadow Spirits
Lady D & The Shadow Spirits
Lady D & The Shadow Spirits capture an ethereal and soulful folk rock sound, this trio bridges the pull between the intimate and expansive with their deeply emotional lyrics and passionate poetic rhythm.
Justin Roeland and Nightswimmers
Justin Roeland and Nightswimmers
Justin Roeland is an American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as guitarist/keyboardist with the Long Beach,Ca psych-rock band, The Fling (Dangerbird Records) and chamber pop ensemble Greater California.Roeland released his first solo album, "Blind Spots" in 2014. The album was recorded partly in a textile warehouse in Signal Hill, Ca and finished in an off grid cabin in the Finger Lakes.

"...an album filled with the kind of classic songwriting that always has a way of marking those milestone moments in the lives of the audience. Listen to Blind Spots all the way through and you’re bound to seal your feelings about wherever you are in your life right now in a kind of musical amber. The music is that rich and evocative." -Saby Reyes-Kulkarni (Paste, Pitchfork, Feedback Deficiency).

Between The Lakes, Roelands latest release, was also recorded on the move in friends houses, cabins and in recital halls at Ithaca College.Since landing in Ithaca, Roeland has linked up with guitarist/singer Ryan Vanderhoof (Akron Family), multi-instrumentalist Eric Harvey(Spoon) and drummer Matt Succuccimorano to form Nightswimmers.

"Songwriter Justin Roeland's music bridges the cracks between genres as if they we're the proverbial lakes mentioned in the title of his new album. There is an overall beauty that runs throughout "Between The Lakes," with the opening track thoughtfully assailing ears while sounding like The Byrds when Gram Parsons briefly got his mitts on them."
-Frank Deblase (Rochester City Newspaper)
Venue Information:
The Haunt
702 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY, 14850
http://thehaunt.com/