Associated with soft, intimate vocals, day-dreamy atmosphere, and rumination, Clairo is singer/songwriter Claire Cottrill. Alternating keyboards and guitar as accompaniment, and often coloring her recordings with samples and sound effects, the Boston native began sharing dozens of her stylized but low-key, melody-driven tunes to music-sharing sites as a young teen in 2013. She eventually had a minor viral hit with 2017’s “Pretty Girl,” and a bigger one with “Flaming Hot Cheetos,” whose video garnered millions of views in 2018. Officially dropping the “bedroom” from bedroom pop, Clairo made her full-length debut with Immunity in 2019″ (Marcy Donelson – Rovi, 2019).
“The heady sound of 90s alternative pop is being well scrubbed and shined by 21st-century teenagers. Enter Beabadoobee, aka 19-year-old Pavement aficionado Bea Kristi, born in the Philippines and raised in west London. From there, she writes sweetly sung sad songs that recall the dreamy sounds of Belly and Lush, and more contemporary touchstones such as US singer-songwriter Florist. Kristi’s lyrics peer inward, tearing gentle lines around subjects such as lost love (Disappear), self-harm (Bobby) and realising you love people (“Wait, I do – fuck!”, she sings on Apple Cider)” (The Guardian, 2019).
“Hello Yello is a band from Oakland consisting of Jaden (bass), his brother Dylan (vocals and guitar), and their friend Martin (drums). Together, the trio make music that feels nostalgic and forward-thinking all at once. Though they’re all young (their ages range from 20 to 22), the group’s songs have a maturity beyond the years of the bandmembers.” (Fader, 2019)
Concert Notes and Photography by Jamal Lawson