Sam Valdez, Rodes Rollins

The Wayfarer Presents

Sam Valdez

Rodes Rollins

Kleinahexa

Sat, February 23, 2019

8:00 pm

$8.00

This event is 21 and over

Sam Valdez
Sam Valdez
Sam Valdez is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, whose music is built upon the fusion of shoe-gaze and vintage Americana indie folk. Embodying the best of both genres, Valdez has created dreamy, yet haunting atmospheric soundscapes that resonate with her listeners.

Valdez grew up at the edge of the Nevada desert, in Las Vegas and credits the desert as a major influence in her writing and composing. The vastness and solitude of desert life is apparent throughout her writing, with cinematic resonance and euphoric arrangements.

After performing in numerous bands, she found the essence of her solo sound and decided to run with it, indulging in her own creative process and ultimately developing a sound that is true to her own. As a classically trained violinist, Valdez has a sense of musical maturity within her songs, adding technicalities that bring her to the forefront of her genre.
Rodes Rollins
Rodes Rollins
If a spaghetti western and Nancy Sinatra had a love child, it would be Rodes Rollins. The 23-year-old singer could fool you into thinking she’s from another time, care of her haunting vocals and sprawling psychedelic-tinged Americana rhythms. But it’s 2019 and Rollins proves that her music transcends space and time.

Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, the singer-songwriter - born Talia Taxman - has been making music since she was eight years old. After her sister decided guitar lessons weren’t for her, Rollins picked up the instrument and started songwriting, eventually recording songs in her guitar teacher’s studio at nine years old. From childhood until she was 19, music was a hobby for Rollins. It wasn’t until her time studying at NYU’s Gallatin School that she would consider becoming an artist her full-time gig. With time spent living abroad in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, she was compelled to take more risks and began performing during her travels - something she had never done before. Initially Rollins began making music under her given-name but soon realized she transformed into a different person when she was on stage. It seemed natural for her to become a character; so, Rollins chose a moniker with a meaning. “Rodes” was derived from a “rode” - a thick rope that attaches to an anchor of a ship, while “Rawlins” was the name of a town in Wyoming she once saw on a bumper sticker. It was the perfect fit: the town paid homage to the western ethos of her songs, and it reminded her to stay grounded.

In 2017, the Rodes Rollins project really began. The rising musician released her debut EP Young Adult with the help of producer Alex Goose (Weezer, Kevin Gates): a coming-of-age tale full of vintage rock, ethereal pop and wavy melodies. Tracks like “Young & Thriving” and “Wes Come Back” stood out on the EP, inspired by her first love who had a momentary lapse in judgment and was put in jail and later deported. With a story so heavy and personal, she spent the five-track EP analyzing the lack of humanity there was surrounding his situation. Now Rollins is ready to introduce the world to more of her self-described “cowgirl poetry.”

Throughout 2018, Rollins released a series of singles - “Nasty Woman” and "Boom Pow". With these two songs, Rollins was truly focused on opening up the narrative. For both singles, Rollins collaborated with Goose once again, but recruited Portugal. The Man’s Kane Richotte to play drums. This isn’t the first time she’s worked with big players in the game: Rollins’ recordings have featured accomplished artists like Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint, Matthew Compton of Electric Guest, and Greg Rogove of Devendra Banhart. Major Lazer’s Jillionaire has even championed Rollins over the years, helping facilitate a collaboration between she and producer Branko for his album Atlas.

In Fall 2018, Rollins began a new chapter in her discography with the launch of "Velvet" an A/B Side produced by Noah Georgeson. Velvet shares a new, evermore opiated country side to Rollins' writing.
Kleinahexa
Kleinahexa
"Kleinahexa is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Kyara Kalb. Drawing inspiration from Joni Mitchell and Elliott Smith as much as David Bowie and The Velvet Underground, they've cultivated a warm sound any fan of melancholy songcraft can enjoy. The heartfelt instrumentation is coupled with to-die-for four part vocal harmonies and the songs all feel like a friendly arm around the shoulder. There's also a conscious desire for Kleinahexa to push the boundaries for women in general. Even if the songs are more Carole King than Kathleen Hanna, the heart of the group is one beating for feminine empowerment. If you've ever wanted a band with the spirit of riot grrl filtered through the downbeat, hazy and homey sound of Laurel Canyon, you owe it to yourself to hear Kleinahexa."

- Written by Mack Hayden
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
http://www.wayfarercm.com