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Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

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Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

ATLAS GENIUS, Night Riots

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Higher Ground Ballroom

South Burlington, VT

$27.50 + $.50 charity advance | $29.50 + $.50 charity day of show

This event is all ages

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Andrew McMahon, of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin fame, has reinvented himself as Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness and has seen the biggest success of his 16 year career with hit single, “Cecilia and the Satellite.” His forthcoming album Zombies On Broadway due Feb. 10, 2017 is a follow up to the eponymous album that produced the smash single, “Cecilia and the Satellite,” which became a Top 5 hit across both Alternative and AAA radio, Top 10 hit at Hot AC and which also climbed up the Pop chart. “Cecilia and the Satellite” found great commercial success having been featured on FOX’s "Red Band Society" trailer, MTV’s "Real World”, and the TV promo for Warner Bros. Pictures’ film PAN. McMahon performed the single on “CONAN” and on “TODAY.” Most recently, he completed a massive summer tour across North America with Weezer and Panic! At The Disco. His current single off the new record, “Fire Escape,” is quickly rising across airplay at Alternative reaching Top 20 and growing at AAA Radio.

Aside from his professional successes, McMahon is a 10 year survivor of leukemia and founder of the Dear Jack Foundation, one of the first Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) specific cancer foundations which advocates for and supports initiatives that benefit AYAs diagnosed with cancer. McMahon lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 10 years Kelly and their daughter Cecilia.
ATLAS GENIUS
ATLAS GENIUS
For brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery, home holds a certain kind of magic. The coastal Australian city where they grew up is more than the cradle of their youth – it was the soil for their dreams and the birthplace of their success. Australia was where they forged their breakout hit, "Trojans," which earned them a gold record and took Atlas Genius from studio project to critically acclaimed international act.

After a few months turned into two years on the road in support of their debut album, When It Was Now – after exploring distant towns in distant countries, pouring their souls out in theaters all over the world – home called. But back in Australia, the blank canvas the brothers faced reflected back two very different people from the ones who had crafted When It Was Now. In the time they had been away, they had created a new normal – built a new community, endured heartbreak, and seen the world.

"All of a sudden we're back in the same place but we're totally different people. We just couldn't stay if we wanted to challenge ourselves and take the next step."

Keith and Michael headed to Los Angeles to record new material in the city that had sparked undeniable creative energy for so many artists before them. Home, for now, would be the bright Angeleno expanse. Juxtaposed against the darkness of the unknown, this duality quickly became the through line that would tie together Atlas Genius' second album, Inanimate Objects.

The album is a foray into darker emotional realms of songwriter and vocalist, Keith Jeffery, as he explores relationships and experiences, past and present – a journey that maintains the catchiness and sense of melody that the band is known for while exploring the gamut of musical possibility. "It didn't make sense for me musically to write a bunch of happy, cheery pop songs. We were constantly being drawn to darker guitar and synths sounds, as well as some slower rhythms."

This new exploration afforded the brothers the courage to experiment recklessly with sounds, techniques and genres creating a newfound dynamism. What emerged was something brand new – an amalgamation of ambient, driving pop, punctuated by kinetic electronic beats, guitar and grimy synths.

The album's underlying sonic current is wonderfully cohesive, but the diversity of influences and breadth of experimentation are everywhere. On first single "Molecules," their reconciliations with their own destinies are translated from swirling chaos and angst to pure danceability. "It's a song about equality and our place in the universe. It's also about the relative scale of things. Do we really have as big of a say in our destiny as we like to think we do? On a universal level, I would say that perhaps we don't."

This existential crisis also gave birth to songs like the muscular "Stockholm," written by Keith on a trip to Sweden. "I had gone partly to write and partly to assess the state of a long distance relationship I was in. I really felt like I was drowning emotionally and needed to let myself breathe." The musical result was perhaps one of the first and clearest departures from their first record. The result is a song infused with a pulsating rhythm section that reflects the ardor of the human spirit in fight.

On the other end of the spectrum is the mesmerizing earworm, "Balladino," which harnesses frustrated energy in darker, contemplative verses which release into soaring, cathartic choruses. Keith explains: "Sometimes there are these long, unrelenting periods of darkness that we go through in life. At times, it feels endless, yet it eventually passes. "Balladino" is about holding out hope."

"For me," says Keith, "each song is a tiny little intimate moment that explodes." And that's what Inanimate Objects is – a collection of moments that speaks to the heart of the human experience. It's a search for hope, embrace of change, and, finding one's home.
Night Riots
NIGHT RIOTS is setting the alternative underworld ablaze as swift and smartly as their brooding, melody rich and timeless songs have already endeared them to critics. The Southern California based band has a unique melodic sensibility delivering transcendent pop music that is both modern and timeless; as well as both sinister and romantic, with the downbeat flare of new wave, '80s
movie soundtracks.

Frontman Travis Hawley spent five years in England before moving to a small coastal town with only one traffic light, where he met guitarists Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw, bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg and drummer Rico Rodriguez. Now heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the "Top 16 Unsigned Bands in North America," Night Riots are currently on tour with Young Rising Sons and have shared the stage with a diverse group of bands including Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon, Meg Myers, OK Go, The Mowgli's, Wild Cub, Driver Friendly, Youngblood Hawke, The Front Bottoms, Angels & Airwaves and many more.

After the tremendous success of their debut EP, 'Young Lore,' and praise from the likes of Billboard, Earmilk,KCRW, MTV, FUSE, Huffington Post, KROQ, All Things Go, NYLON, AV Club and Filter, Night Riots show no signs of slowing down. Signed to Sumerian Records, Night Riots recently released 'Howl,’ produced by Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Trash Talk, Waaves, Mars Volta). "Contagious," the EP's lead single, climbed the radio charts skyrocketing to #1 on SiriusXM's Alt Nation Alt 18 Countdown, and breaking into the Top 50 at Alt Radio.
Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403
http://www.highergroundmusic.com/