Saturday, October 29th at WOW Hall in Eugene:
Vita and the Woolf
$15 advance/$18 door
Doors 8pm, Showtime 9pm
RASPUTINA: Pioneers in the use of cello as the sole instrument within a rock band, Rasputina has been inspiring young string players to commit a number of musical sins since 1896. The group's concept was written as a manifesto, and manifested accordingly by directress Melora Creager as a wily subterfuge for a plot to open audiences to adventure. The funny, the sad, the heavy, the tender-- it can all exist together.
Employing elaborate costuming spanning a number of historical periods, Rasputina brings marginalized historical female figures and stories to light in the pop form, using archetypal characters such as Indian princesses, Hawaiian handmaidens and Medieval queens.
VITA AND THE WOOLF is the brainchild of Jennifer Pague. It is an electronic soul pop music group from Philadelphia consisting of Pague on vocals and synths and Adam Shumski on percussion. They have recentlly added a guitarist to the mix.
The vocals often get compared to Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine, and other similarities include Bat for Lashes, Regina Spektor, and James Blake. The haunting harmonies and vocal layering combined with crazy instrumentation and simple drumming produce a sound that reflects R&B, soul, jazz, and powerful choral ballads.