Stephen Steinbrink Returns With Friends

August 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment · By

I’ve honestly lost count of how many times Stephen Steinbrink has played here in Charlottesville in the last three years, but I think tonight is the tenth (lets see: Outback Lodge, Tea Bazaar, Magnolia, UVA Chapel, Nalle Street, The Garage at least once, Tea Bazaar again). Suffice to say, I’m a big fan. At 23 years old, Stephen already has a pretty incredible catalogue of home-recorded pop gems rivaling, in my view, what any other songwriter is doing today. He’s got a tremendous skill for simple catchy melodies, beautiful harmonies, and honest, unpretentious lyricism. It’s safe to say Stephen draws a lot of influence from the K Records crowd (Mount Eerie / Microphones, Karl Blau, etc.) and, as such, it’s appropriate that his forthcoming album was just recorded at K’s Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, WA, where many a great album has been produced. Here’s Stephen performing live at the UVA Chapel, care of Nailgun’s own Gary Canino).

Stephen’s bringing along a couple friends on this trip. One is ALAK, who he produced a really nice split EP with a while ago. She’s got a similar lo-fi sound, but her songs seem a little more aggressive and unhinged in an unsettling, but exciting way. The third member of the touring party is a guy who plays under the unusual name of Pregnant. I’ve only heard the one song on his site, but it sounds really fantastic, so I’m looking forward to hearing his set as well.

This is all going down at Alhamraa (in the Ix Building) at 9PM tonight, and costs $5.

Meanwhile, for your late night listening pleasure, Robin Tomlin of the infamous Grits-N-Gravy duo, will be spinning records for your hangout time down at Radio Bistro at the C&O. That kicks off sometime around 10PM I think and goes on until last call.

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  • 1 James // Aug 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    fun fact: in addition to good music, Stephen makes really amazing zines and comics, including a series of “Simpsons”-themed comics that are incredibly depressing and thus, somehow, kind of perversely hilarious. I was trying to find my copies of his comics so I could put one of them on the poster, but my life is a mess and I have no idea where they are, so I just said “fuck it, I’ll use a Gary Panter drawing.” (the physical, paper version looks much more legible, by the way… I am not so sharp with a scanner)