The Basement - Columbus, OH
Friday, November 11, 2016; Doors open at 7:00 PM
$12.00 Advance / $14.00 Day of Show
General Admission - All Ages
On “Blood in the Cut” — the moody and magnetic lead single from her new EP Crush Me — K.Flay turns emotional damage into unlikely transcendence. Kristine Flaherty, the L.A.-based artist who made her debut as K.Flay with a series of releases in 2010. The first signing to Night Street/Interscope Records (an imprint helmed by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds), K.Flay instills that energy into a batch of songs highlighting her seamless flow and head-turning lyricism. But while Crush Me builds off K.Flay’s hip-hop background, the EP also channels her punk sensibilities and DIY spirit into a lush but gritty sound rooted in live drums and guitar. Throughout the EP, K.Flay spikes her lyrics with confessional barbs but never loses her breezy cool. One of Crush Me’s loveliest and most melancholy moments, “Dreamers” owns up to feelings of loss and regret but explores the redemptive power of creativity. And on the hazy and quietly heartbreaking “You Felt Right,” K.Flay offsets her lovesick, ripped-from-real-life storytelling with the occasional self-effacing dig. Though Crush Me endlessly reveals her easy grace as a songwriter and producer, K.Flay is quick to point out that she “fell into music very haphazardly” at the age of 19 — a decade after her dad first taught her to play guitar. Upon graduating, Flaherty moved to San Francisco and kept up with music, making her breakthrough with the 2011 mixtape I Stopped Caring in ’96 and soon landing a deal with a major label. Not long after putting out her 2013 EP What If It Is (featuring a collaboration with Danny Brown), K.Flay launched her own label for the release of her full-length debut Life As a Dog (a 2014 album). For K.Flay, that weird joy surpasses “all the crazy adventures” she’s experienced since dedicating herself to music. “There have been a lot of really high highs and low lows over the years, but the experience of taking nothing and creating something makes me happy and helps me not be anxious or depressed,” she says. “In and of itself, just the act of making music is still so life-affirming to me.
Official Website: www.kflay.com
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