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April 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
With special guest Belle Skinner
Over a decade ago, singer-songwriter Philip Price scrawled the name “Winterpills” on the wall of The Bay State Hotel, a now-dead but fabled Northampton, MA watering hole and music venue. Initially, it was going to be the name for a dreamt-of electronica project, but, somewhere along the line, it blossomed into a critically acclaimed indie band with a deep catalog of elegant, dark chamber pop.
Since their first album came out in 2005, Winterpills have been slowly tugging on ears with their fragile-but-dangerous chamber-pop songs that The Washington Post called “densely packed but hugely evocative, tiny bombs of feeling and meaning… fiendishly melodic.” From the group’s origins one cold winter in 2004 as a song circle for heartache, the band has truly blossomed, releasing three full-length albums — the eponymous debut in 2005, The Light Divides in 2007 and Central Chambers in 2008 — and the 2010 E.P. Tuxedo of Ashes, which The New York Times Jon Pareles praised for “elegant arrangements” of “songs that stay haunted.” 2012’s All My Lovely Goners embraced the hushed vocal harmonies and graceful chamber-pop sound the group has made its trademark, while pushing the quintet into new sonic realms. MOJO magazine included the album in their 2012 top 10 Americana list. In October, 2014, Winterpills released their 5th full-length, the archival cover’s project Echolalia. Their newest full-length, Love Songs, is out March 18, 2016.
Belle-Skinner aka Maria Brosgol is an upstate New York singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her work is a blend of classical and indie-folk music, featuring intricate fingerpicking, bell-like vocals and themes inspired by travel, literature and film. Major influences include Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens, Elliot Smith and St. Vincent.In 2013 she was awarded a Maguire Fellowship to study music production in London, where she recorded her most recent EP, Operator. Opening for acts such as Saint Saviour and Bill Ryder-Jones in the Roundhouse Theatre in London and Sean Rowe at WCPH in Albany, she has since performed as a showcasing songwriter at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Colorado. In August she will be playing at MusikFest 2016 on the LyrikPlatz stage.