Noise for NOW
NOISE FOR NOW was founded by Santa Fe NOW members in partnership with Samantha Kirby Yoh of William Morris Endeavor. NOISE FOR NOW is a national initiative that enables performers to connect with, and financially support grassroots organizations that are dedicated to empowering women and protecting women’s health and abortion rights. NOISE FOR NOW is the link between touring musicians, progressive promoters, and their local feminist organizations in cities across the country.
NOISE FOR NOW: Grizzly Bear
The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Co.
Tickets go on sale on July 20th at 10am.
All proceeds directly benefit the Santa Fe NOW Action Network!
Grizzly Bear has seen incredible success with their latest album Painted Ruins (RCA Records). The album has earned widespread praise from the New York Times, NPR Music and GQ, who commended the band's "strikingly gorgeous music and harmonies." Esquire called Painted Ruins "their most mature album yet," and Rolling Stone dubbed the music "ornate" and "spellbinding." Rolling Stone also praised it in their Top 50 Albums of 2017 roundup: "Fully charged and ready to break new ground, this is the kind of post-hiatus comeback most band's fans can only dream of." In their 9/10 review, Under the Radar said, "the album is the sound of a band cohering as never before with a formidable swagger." The album has earned 4/5 stars from Mojo and Q Magazine and 9/10 stars from Clash and Uncut, and Paste Quarterly declared, "Grizzly Bear made an album for the times: something wild and alive, bucking assumptions and beaming color, their best yet."
Following the album's release, the band embarked on a 30+ date worldwide headlining tour, which took them through Europe, the U.S. and Mexico. The tour received tons of praise, as the Austin American-Statesman called the band's live show "dialed in and instantly appealing," and City Pages raved, "[The] simple but striking set perfectly augmented the band's dreamy, textured arrangements and soaring harmonies." In addition to the tour, Grizzly Bear also performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," "CBS Saturday Morning," and "CONAN" in support of Painted Ruins.
NOISE FOR NOW: St. Vincent and Andrew Bird
Santa Fe Opera
All proceeds directly benefit the Santa Fe NOW Action Network!
NOISE FOR NOW is a national initiative that enables performers to connect with, and financially support, grassroots organizations that are dedicated to empowering women and protecting women's health and abortion rights. NOISE FOR NOW is the link between touring musicians, progressive promoters, and local feminist organizations in cities across the country.
Santa Fe NOW Action Network undertakes charitable work in areas of specific urgency to women in New Mexico, such as reproductive justice, human trafficking, wage equity, immigration, gender identity, domestic and sexual violence, and marriage equality. Additionally, SF NOW Action Network supports organizations that provide vital financial assistance for non-medical expenses like transportation, food, and childcare for low-income women who need to access abortion in New Mexico.
St. Vincent's latest album, MASSEDUCTION, is a bold, emotional reckoning largely themed around power. Or as Annie Clark specifies, "All the forces that can swallow you whole."
The album comes at a pivotal point in her life. Clark's last album, St. Vincent, won her breakout acclaim plus performances on the season finale of SNL and with a reconstituted Nirvana for their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The album landed on several album-of-the-year lists (among them, Pitchfork, New York Times, and Rolling Stone), culminating in Clark's first Grammy nomination and win for Best Alternative Music Album. Around the same time her personal life was thrust into tabloids. The mass seduction she writes of includes notoriety and beauty, but it also basks in intoxicating distractions such as pills, sex, and sorrow.
MASSEDUCTION is, most accurately, a mosaic of Clark's experiences. "I have all this source material, because I never really stop writing," she says. "With this record, I had years' worth of notes and voice memos that I'd collected on the road. 'Here's this melody from Amsterdam.' 'Here's this lyric from Latvia,' and so on."
Turning that source material into MASSEDUCTION required monastic discipline. "For months, until I finished the record, I refrained from anything that could be a distraction. I wasn't drinking, and I was celibate," she explains. "I was a tabula-rasa version of myself, the conservation and focus of energy."
Much of Clark's creative process has entailed challenging, then surprising, even herself. "I started playing the guitar when I was 12 and really never stopped," she adds. It's somewhat inevitable that her identity would ultimately entwine with her creations. "Music is still my entire identity. There are so many ways to be creative."
Andrew Bird is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler and songwriter who picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and folk music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop.
Since beginning his recording career in 1997 Bird has released 14 albums and performed several hundred concerts worldwide. He has recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, appeared as "Dr. Stringz" on "Jack's Big Music Show," and headlined concerts at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and festivals worldwide. Mojo Magazine declared him "simply incredible live." In recent years he performed as the Whistling Caruso in Disney's "The Muppets" movie, scored the FX series "Baskets," and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation that exhibited at New York's Guggenheim Museum, Boston's ICA and the MCA Chicago. Bird has been a featured Ted Talk presenter, a New York Times op-ed contributor, and is an advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety. Additionally, Bird hosts an ongoing Facebook Live series of performances called Live From The Great Room, putting the creative process on display for fans as he performs and converses with friends and collaborators in a candid, intimate setting.
Noise for NOW Festival: Bon Iver, TV on the Radio, Tune-Yards, Lower Dens, and Heather Trost
Santa Fe Opera
All proceeds directly benefit Santa Fe NOW!
The Noise for NOW Festival is produced by AMP Concerts and co-sponsored by Meow Wolf.
Santa Fe NOW would like to thank all of the bands for their generous performances, as well as Samantha Kirby Yoh of William Morris Entertainment, Jamie Lenfesty of AMP Concerts, and Ami Spishock of Fort William Artist Management for the countless hours of hard work that made this very special event possible.
Pre-sale will begin June 20th for AMP Concerts members with public on-sale beginning June 23rd at 10am.
Fleet Foxes and Beach House
Santa Fe Opera
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pro-Choice Safety Network Fund
Fleet Foxes' [website | Amazon.com] self-titled debut made a profound impact on the international musical landscape, earning them Uncut's first ever Music Award Prize, and topping numerous "best of" lists, including Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s and Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2008. Fleet Foxes is certified Gold in North America and Platinum in both the UK and Australia. The follow-up album Helplessness Blues was met with the same critical praise as its predecessor (MOJO five stars, Rolling Stone four stars, Pitchfork Best New Music); that album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, went Gold in the UK, and earned the band a GRAMMY nomination.
On June 16, Fleet Foxes will release Crack-Up (Nonesuch Records), its long-awaited and highly anticipated third album. All eleven of the songs on Crack-Up were written by Robin Pecknold. The album was co-produced by Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset, his longtime bandmate, collaborator, and childhood friend. Fleet Foxes is Robin Pecknold (vocals, multi-instrumentalist), Skyler Skjelset (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Casey Wescott (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Christian Wargo (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), and Morgan Henderson (multi-instrumentalist).
Beach House [website | Amazon.com] is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. "We have been a band for over a decade living and working in Baltimore, MD. Depression Cherry is our 5th full-length record. This record follows the release of our self-titled album in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010 and Bloom in 2012. In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist."
"If you view a band as a long-term artistic project, then Beach House have always been perfect. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have done everything right: They've found the ideal balance of dim, lush tones; their sound progresses at a graceful, even clip; they leave just the right amount of time between albums... Depression Cherry might have the silliest, or at least the most inexplicable, title in their catalog, but in every other sense it's another impeccably measured step forward. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have grown so adept at spinning dreams that they can turn all the lights on the set and still dazzle us." (Pitchfork.com)