Kendall Core (Duo) – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – May 13th, 2018

Kendall Core (Duo)

A $5 Bill with the soulful Portland folk singer releasing a new LP, 'Crazy Dog'

Kendall Core (Duo)

MAITA, Sarah Parson

Sun, May 13, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Kendall Core (Duo)
Kendall Core (Duo)
The gothic, Folk-Rock sounds of Kendall Core and her band are quickly becoming a compelling presence in Portland, Oregon. Her debut album ‘Crazy Dog’ is inspired by the process of grief and healing.

The vulnerability of Core's lyrics are carried by a soulful warm tone, occasionally operatic, echoing with a haunted yearning (not without moments of diminished brightness.) Her voice cuts through, raw and pure, a perfect vehicle for slow and hard stories about the darker side of life. The lyrics are born of troublesome questions and truths leaving just a few windows where light breaks in. There is a guarded hope in her reflection along with time-worn wisdom, captivating when discovered in someone so young.

The overall sonic impression of the group offers a timeless and nostalgic feeling one might expect from traditional Americana roots. However, the players incorporate a heavier texture that betrays them as contemporary. 'Crazy Dog' may be the most appropriate soundtrack for a pensive and longing shift, alone on a barstool, that ends in knowing not all has fallen apart. These songs reflect the poetry and passion of visionaries like Patti Smith, Neil Young, Neko Case and Jeff Buckley.

Crazy Dog was produced, engineered, and mixed by Justin Phelps at Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon. Kendall Core co-produced the album. It was mastered by John Baldwin. The record features Taylor Kingman (Guitar, Bass), Alexis Mahler (Cello), Buddy Weeks (Drums), and David Lipkind (Harmonica).
Portland indie-folk songstress MAITA’s "focused, American realist psalm...sets her far apart from her indie contemporaries (American Standard Time).” Her songs stand testament to the beautiful mess that we call life, offering rallying cries for the quiet warrior, the inquisitive seeker and the fierce lover. Her two most recent releases in 2018 display opposing sides of MAITA's carefully crafted coin, from 'Japanese Waitress', comprised of a "sobering melody" and "deeply personal storytelling" that "calls both Sufjan Stevens and Joni Mitchell to mind (NPR)", to 'Kid Anymore', a "perfect two-minute pop rock song (Vortex)" recently featured on Vortex Music Magazine's limited pressing vinyl compilation. MAITA strings these two sides together with her deliberate lyricism and wistful vocals. She is currently hard at work on her debut full-length, set to be released sometime in 2019.
Sarah Parson