Fort Worth, Texas
KXT and Shipping & Receiving Present: Sarah Jaffe
Featuring : Ronnie Heart
For 28-‐year-‐old singer-‐songwriter Sarah Jaffe, Don’t Disconnect is both a mission statement and a call to arms -‐-‐ an album about getting to know yourself in a hyper-‐ connected world that makes it nearly impossible to do just that. The leadoff track from the Texas-‐born musician’s third LP sets the tone: “Middle of the line/ Middle of the road,” Jaffe sings over mid-‐tempo beats on “Ride It Out,” “Nowhere to hide on this logical plateau/ Gunna have to ride it out.” “Riding it out” -‐-‐ that is, facing your reality and learning how to cope with it, is a powerful opening credo for an album titled Don’t Disconnect, which emphasizes the power of staying truly “connected” without unplugging from the world around you.
In the six years since her debut EP Even Born Again was self-‐released in 2008, Jaffe’s endearingly stark narratives have gone from homespun folk-‐pop songs in the lineage of Lucinda Williams to decidedly cathartic blues-‐pop ballads that rest at the intersection of indie, folk, and electronic -‐-‐ without losing any of the thoughtfulness or intimacy. “In a testament to old and new,” she once sang on her EP’s title track, and that is a designation that stands even as her music continues to evolve.
May 2, 2015 8PM | $20 in advance, $25 at the door
KXT and Shipping & Receiving Present: Robert Ellis
Featuring : The King Bucks
Robert Ellis is the kind of songwriter who only comes along once in a great while. With his first two albums, a promise was made. With his new record, The Lights from the Chemical Plant, that promise has been delivered and fully realized. The music, like the artist, refuses to accept the confines of a box, and burns white-hot from the inside out. But what seems even more striking about this record, this musician, even at a first glance, is that feeling of unyielding authenticity.
May 8, 2015 8PM | $15 in advance, $20 at the door
KXT and Shipping & Receiving Present: Vaden Todd Lewis
Featuring : Special Guests
“There’s a certain uneasiness to the Toadies,” says Vaden Todd Lewis, succinctly and accurately describing his band—quite a trick. The Texas band is, at its core, just a raw, commanding rock band. Imagine an ebony sphere with a corona that radiates impossibly darker, and a brilliant circular sliver of light around that. It’s nebulous, but strangely distinct—and, shall we say incorrect. Or, as Lewis says, “wrong.”
“Things are done a little askew [in the Toadies],” he says, searching for the right words. “There’s just something wrong with it that’s just really cool… and unique in a slightly uncomfortable way.”
This sick, twisted essence was first exemplified on the band’s 1994 debut, Rubberneck (Interscope). An intense, swirling vortex of guitar rock built around Lewis’s “wrong” songs and abstract lyrics—like the smash single “Possum Kingdom,” subject to as much speculation as what’s in the Pulp Fiction briefcase, it rocketed to platinum status on the strength of that and two other singles, “Tyler” and “Away.”
May 16, 2015 8PM | $20 in advance, $25 at the door
KXT and Shipping & Receiving Present: Rhett Miller
Featuring : Special Guests
Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet Old 97′s, as well as an accomplished solo artist. In addition to his nine studio albums with the Old 97′s (a new 97′s album is set to be released in Spring 2014), he has released six solo albums; 1989′s Mythologies, 2002′s The Instigator, 2006′s The Believer, 2009′s Rhett Miller, 2011′s The Interpreter and 2012′s The Dreamer.
Rhett’s music has been featured in countless films, television shows and commercials. Rhett appeared in an episode of the NBC series 30 Rock and the Old 97′s were featured in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston comedy, The Break Up.
Primarily known for his songwriting and awe-inspiring live performances, Rhett is also a critically-acclaimed author whose work has appeared in several books and such well-known periodicals as Rolling Stone, McSweeney’s, and The Atlantic.
In 2011, Rhett established his own record label, Maximum Sunshine Records.
Born in Texas, Rhett resides in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife and two children.
He is currently in the studio recording a new solo album.