Mackenzie Scott is a powerful force. Her confessional lyrics seem magnified by the force of each performance, and on Friday night at the Rock and Roll Hotel it was no different –just as mesmerizing and just as strong as ever.
Mackenzie Scott, better known as Torres, will release Three Futures, her third studio album, via 4AD on Friday, Sept. 29. That very same day, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter will perform at Rock and Roll Hotel!
As the green and purple lights flickered in and out, casting an enigmatic glow upon the stage, Mackenzie Scott pleaded, ‘Come out wherever you are.’ in the thoughtful and sorrowful song “Helen”.
Known as TORRES, Mackenzie warmed up the 9:30 Club crowd on November 6th spilling in for the first night of Tegan and Sara’s two shows. Indeed, just to get in for doors open the line extended down the block and around the corner. Something I’ve rarely seen at the 9:30 Club.
Both Tegan and Sara shows at the 9:30 Club (November 6th and 7th) are sold out, as you may have noticed.
If you don’t have a ticket yet (what?), be resourceful! But if you do already have your ticket, you’ll want to get there early to catch TORRES (aka Mackenzie Scott) as she once again visits DC, this time as the opener for both shows.
TORRES came through DC last January and I caught her performance as she pulled double duty as the opener of both Garbage shows in October 2015. Read that review here.
Her most recent album, last year’s Sprinter, includes the self-titled single and “Strange Hellos”, which glides slowly before jumping to a full-throttle growl of emotion and sound. A theme you will become familiar with.
Remember, get there early!
TORRES (Opening for Tegan and Sara)
Sunday, November 6 and Monday, November 7, 2016
$36 (Sold Out)
TORRES (Mackenzie Scott) returns to DC on Tuesday, January 19th after a successful stint as the opening act for Garbage’s two shows last October.
This time she headlines her own tour and comes to the Rock and Roll Hotel on the strength of last year’s second album, Sprinter.
We had the chance to catch TORRES perform with Garbage at the 9:30 Club. You can read our review here.
From an interview with Pitchfork, Mackenzie Scott said, “I start to write once I’ve been made to feel powerless in some way; I like to subvert that and have the last word.”
Make it a point to discover the last word.
Tickets are available here.
Rock and Roll Hotel
Tuesday January 19, 2016
Doors @ 7pm; Show @ 8pm
$13 Advance; $15 Door
TORRES (aka Mackenzie Scott) started off the concert evening, opening for Garbage at the 9:30 Club on October 28, 2015. (And again on October 29, I only went to the first show.)
The waves of sound and riffs and beats vibrated through the 9:30 Club, tingling and priming the sold out crowd for what was to come. They had come to see the Shirley Manson fronted Garbage, but so many came an hour early, it must have been by design. They were also here to witness TORRES.
Whether she was crooning softly, belting all out with a howl or sharing lyrics of faith and loss and love, she didn’t hold back on her emotions.
Every song by TORRES was a baring of the soul.
TORRES (aka Mackenzie Scott) joins Garbage at the 9:30 Club for two shows in October, on the 28th and 29th.
In anticipation of touring with Garbage, TORRES did a cover of their song “Special”, a subdued version that focuses more on her vocals than the accompanying melody and beats.
TORRES released her sophomore album, Sprinter, last May.
“Sprinter is the sound of an artist at the moment her vision snaps into startling focus.” — NPR Music, “NPR Music’s 25 Favorite Albums Of 2015 (So Far)”
The title song flows as a drawn-out, melancholy croon about losing faith.
Both shows are sold out, but check the resale sites, as you won’t want to miss it.
TORRES (Opening for Garbage)
Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29
Doors @ 7:00pm