Confident and carefree, Jessica Anne Newham, better known as Betty Who, sashayed onto stage at 9:30 Club on Sunday for a sold-out performance that showcased her sex appeal and poise.
After a few songs at 9:30 Club on Sunday night, Vérité turned to a much anticipated cover.
“I didn’t write this one,” Vérité said with a smile to a pretty full house, gathering to see her and Betty Who in a sold-out show that night. She then launched into her cover of “Somebody Else” by the 1975.
Kelsey Byrne, aka Vérité, has released a string of EPs since her debut in 2014, and now she’s set to release her debut full-length album, Somewhere in Between, via Kobalt on June 23. On her way to her record release, Vérité stops at 9:30 Club to open for Betty Who on Sunday, April 16. The show is sold out, but get there early for Vérité if you already have tickets!
As the members of SHAED walked triumphantly off the stage at the 9:30 Club, the audience exploded with cheer and began to chant mightily, “One more song! One more song!”
SHAED opened (along with VÉRITÉ) for Marian Hill on Saturday, September 10th, part of the early show at the club that night (scheduled before a separate DJ set at 11pm). Opening bands don’t get an encore in that situation, but the crowd was not having it. Finally, with the expectant crowd in full chant mode, Chelsea Lee (lead singer) had to come back on stage to put the nix on our hopes.
Formerly known as The Walking Sticks, local DC band SHAED performs at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, September 10th, opening for Marian Hill, an electronic duo with R&B influences from Philadelphia.
Get your tickets here.
With new music to their credit, SHAED looks to keep winning over DC denizens to their cause.
SHAED is Chelsea Lee on vocals and the twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst on all instruments.
They released two new singles recently, “Thunder” and “Running Through the Fields”, both highlighting their groovy, pop sounds and Chelsea’s powerful voice.
I first saw them play a few times when they were still The Walking Sticks, and enjoyed their performances then. With their new songs now available, it’s time to give them a another listen and come down to the 9:30 Club!
Also on the three-act bill is VÉRITÉ, electropop songstress Kelsey Byrne.
SHAED (Opening for Marian Hill)
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Brooklyn electropop chanteuse Kelsey Byrne, aka VÉRITÉ, has released a new EP and she’s launching a tour at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Sunday, May 15.
The new five-track EP Living, released on May 6, pairs VÉRITÉ with a host of producers, including Stefan Graslund (Charli XCX), Tim Anderson (BANKS), and Peter Thomas (Betty Who). All of the songs, particularly the lead single “Constant Crush,” serve as strong showcases for VÉRITÉ’s sweeping voice and a fondness for putting unconventional twists in her soaring oohs and aahs.
Listen to the Living EP via Soundcloud:
Previously, VÉRITÉ has released two well-received EPs — Echo and Sentiment. In commenting on the process behind the new EP, VÉRITÉ released the following statement:
“Living was written in the wake of ‘Sentiment’ and after the first tour. It was the first time I had been able to dedicate all of my time to the project and writing. If I’m being honest, it was really uncomfortable and oddly exhausting and forced me to over analyze my writing and process in a way I wasn’t used to. The EP takes these tiny moments and magnifies and over analyzes them until they are unrecognizable. The idea was to present an unadulterated look into how my mind works.
“Sonically, I tried to elevate and push away from what is traditionally ‘alternative electro pop’ or whatever labels I had been associated with. I worked with a different producer for each song, which in the beginning was unintentional but became a challenge. The goal was to tie in those conflicting perspectives to sound like one cohesive voice. Ultimately this started as an experiment in how to deal with and interact with time. Hoping that people can resonate with it in any way.”
Rock & Roll Hotel
Sunday, May 15