Dent May

Bootleg Theater Presents

Dent May

Cones, Lily McQueen, DJ Pleather

Fri. March 3, 2017

8:30 pm

Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage

Los Angeles, CA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Dent May
Dent May
Dent May writes, performs, and produces homemade pop music from his home base in Mississippi. A stylistic chameleon, Dent’s recordings echo folk, disco, R&B, psychedelia, country-western, soul, and funk sounds of the past, present, and future. Increasingly, his songwriting has taken a turn toward existential classicism, channeling the tuneful longings of Harry Nilsson and Brian Wilson at their dreamiest.

Dent grew up performing in school plays and church choirs in Jackson, Mississippi, where he began writing songs and putting bands together by age 13. After dropping out of NYU film school, he moved back to Oxford, Mississippi. There he met Animal Collective while they were recording Merriweather Post Pavilion, and he’s been releasing music on their Paw Tracks imprint since 2009.

Dent recorded his third and latest album Warm Blanket alone in a rented Victorian home in St. Augustine, Florida during February of 2013. In contrast to the relentless optimism and upbeat thump of his previous LP Do Things, the new record is Dent’s most emotionally and musically diverse collection yet. Warm Blanket presents melancholy balladry alongside funky psych-pop with adventurous arrangements showcasing horns, strings, and bubbling analog synths.

Alongside the release of Warm Blanket in late summer of 2013, Dent will be touring the world with the latest incarnation of his live band, a revolving cast of musicians recruited from the ranks of Cats Purring, the self-proclaimed “North Mississippi Infotainment Cult.” He currently lives at their headquarters, the sprawling Cats Purring Dude Ranch, where infamous DIY shows take place and where Dent is already hard at work writing his next album.
Cones
Cones
Jonathan and Michael Rosen have been brothers their entire lives, and now they are also Cones. Growing up in San Francisco, the brothers were as close as could be – spending their free time eating cereal.

Jonathan was infatuated with pop music from day one. He cried when he realized Elvis was dead. He would build cardboard drum sets in his room and play along to the Bee Gees. In contrast, Michael had a technical and academic approach to music. Trained in piano and composition, he studied in the classical tradition, writing his first opera at the age of 16.

The two brothers are based in Los Angeles. Jonathan is an acclaimed hand-drawn animator. He has created music videos for such artists as Toro y Moi, Eleanor Friedberger, and Delicate Steve. His rock and roll dream was born on the set of HBO’s Vinyl, when he played the role of Johnny Thunders. Michael is a commercial/film composer and experiential sound artist. His fiercely technical brain works in collaboration with his heightened ear to create beautiful and strange sonic environments.

The two brothers first started playing music together while living in NYC. Jonathan joined Michael’s band Icewater. Eventually, Icewater began playing as the session and backing band for Eleanor Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces), helping to write and tour on her latest record New View. While on tour, Jonathan and Michael conceptualized a new project. One that would fuse Jonathan’s pop sensibilities with Michael’s lush soundscapes and key-heavy orchestration. One that would rely on an entire lifetime of brotherhood – sounds that Jonathan could draw and images that Michael could hear.

In the summer of 2016 Cones recorded their debut EP Whatever You’re Into in their Los Angeles studio, collaborating with friends old and new. They called the band Cones because orange is Jonathan’s favorite color and he loves the shape of cones as well as putting them on his head and running around.
Lily McQueen
Lily McQueen
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Lily McQueen started performing at her college upstate in an all-female country band. The girls performed covers from Bonnie Raitt to The Band along with original ballads. Lily returned to New York City where she combined her love for the supernova female musicians of the 70s and 80s with the radio pop of her youth. Over the past three years, between Los Angeles and home, she developed a repertoire of songs exploring nostalgia's ability to to alter our memory. Her songs bring us back to electric teenage nights, blasting the car radio in the summer, and lost loves. The result is her self-titled EP, which reveals an artist whose anthemic songs never sacrifice fun or intelligence. Lily McQueenwill release her debut album this fall on Concierge Records.
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
http://www.bootlegtheater.org/