Sunday, May 1
Brooklyn’s Twin Shadow, a.k.a George Lewis Jr. must have fallen through a wormhole in time. The Dominican born singer and guitarist’s debut record, Forget—produced last year by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor—seems like it would fit snuggly on the shelf next to 1980’s new wave records like Depeche Mode’s Violator or the Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues with its haunting reverberated vocals and attention to detail. Unfortunately for Lewis, he was born in the same decade that new wave music hit the mainstream, so instead he has produced his nostalgic sound alongside new new wave bands like the Pains of Being Pure At Heart and neo-soul acts like Jamie Liddel. But Twin Shadow doesn’t just revisit this often-revisited genre, he re-imagines it with lyrics about his lonely upbringing, sung in his soulfully deep voice. “Bitterness is a good way to stay in your past and I have no interest in that,” Lewis said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “My past was pretty rotten!” Fortunately for him, a rotten past makes for great album material, and writing a hit record is a great way to let go. Twin Shadow will appear at Mohawk Place this Sunday (May 1) for an intimate performance. Hailing from Fredonia, up and coming female synthgazers Chromakid will open the show with a mix of electronic ambiance and pop melodies alongside pastel tinted new wave musician Vincent Brunetto a.k.a. Catamaran. —cory perla
8pm. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (465-2368 / themohawkplace.com). $12.