Michael Alden Hadreas leads Perfume Genius in a performance at 9:30 Club on March 25, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)
Though they’re unfortunate in the first place, calamitous life experiences can in rare cases provide the motivation for what become some of the most remarkable forms of artistic expression.
Michael Alden Hadreas is one of the many gay people in America who, as an adolescent and then even more so as a teenager, suffered deplorable treatment from cruel peers who were part of a nation struggling, and still to this day, with its own homophobia.
Kevin Morby rocks a sold-out Ottobar on April 20, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Kevin Morby is troubadour who is cut from the same cloth as Lou Reed and Bob Dylan with a bit of Will Oldham or even Jason Molina (of whom Kevin and Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield covered recently). Last year, he released City Music on the Dead Oceans label. Last Friday, he performed to a sold-out Ottobar.
Hand Habits performs at the Ottobar on April 20, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Hand Habits, the musical monicker of LA-based / New York native Meg Duffy, is something special. Meg is an incredible guitarist who has played with Mega Bog and currently with Kevin Morby but over the past several years she has honed her songwriting craft in her own project, the debut full-length of which was last year’s Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), released on Woodsist Records.
Hand Habits (Photo courtesy the artist)
Singer-songwriter Meg Duffy, guitarist for Kevin Morby, launched Hand Habits, a solo project, a few years back, and last year she debuted a full-length album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), via Woodsist. Hand Habits is on tour now, opening for Kevin, and the show arrives at Ottobar in Baltimore on Friday, April 20.