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Julien Baker, Half Waif, Petal

  • Majestic 115 King Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Nolan Knight.

Photo by Nolan Knight.

Memphis singer/guitarist Julien Baker's 2015 solo release, Sprained Ankle, delves into her internal struggles with faith, identity, substance abuse, and depression. On this quiet and profound album, Baker tackles her internal conflict of sexuality and faith (she is a proclaimed Christian and also identifies as a lesbian), crafting shimmering melodies but singing with a dreary tinge. Sprained Ankle confronts her love for her home state of Tennessee and shows the world that being gay and Southern is not an anomaly. Baker's newest single, "Appointments," is full of bright guitars that swirl into epiphany, backed by piano and Baker's haunting lyrics: "Maybe it's all going to turn out alright / And I know that it's not / But I have to believe that it is." This single is from her new album Turn Out The Lights, due October 27. The night will start off with a performance from Half Waif, an electro-pop group whose recent release, form/a, is a dreamy adventure. Lo-fi Scranton, Pennsylvania rock band Petal will be opening the night. —John McCracken

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