Family of the Year - SOLD OUT!

Family of the Year - SOLD OUT!

The Maykit, Megan Burtt

Thu, April 18, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Family of the Year
Family of the Year
Most bands function like a family, seeing how touring, writing, and studio time force them to share a lot of small spaces for extended periods of time. But Family of the Year has taken that familial feeling a step further, and not just with its moniker. The members of the Los Angeles outfit have formed unbreakable bonds amongst themselves that come from cohabitating in a run-down house and relying on each other for inspiration and support, which has led to the kind of camaraderie that allows members to finish each other’s sentences. It also doesn’t hurt that frontman Joe Keefe and drummer Sebastian Keefe are real-life siblings.

Not surprisingly, many of the group’s songs feature numerous voices, and more than a few include a chorus of joyous handclaps. Some even sound like they should be sung by the tight-knit group around the campfire while the s’mores are melting and the wine is flowing, especially the ones that name-drop members of the band. Guitarist Jamesy Buckey, in particular, has received the lion’s share of shout-outs in FOTY songs, to the point where it’s become a Family tradition.

Family of the Year’s story began in 2009, when Joe assembled a band around an album, Songbook, that he completed while decompressing from a five-year stint with Unbusted, the alt- rock trio he started in Boston with Sebastian that gained some notoriety for its inclusion on the soundtrack to the Farrelly brothers’ film Stuck On You. Instead of relying on the distortion of his past, suddenly pianos, horns, acoustic guitars, and other assorted instrumentation were being used to display a more sophisticated—yet equally as playful—indie-rock sound that brings to mind classic pop bands like The Smiths, The Byrds, Fleetwood Mac, and The Go-Betweens.

To say that Family of the Year has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time would be an understatement. In addition to Songbook, the band has issued a pair of EPs on its own Washashore
Records imprint - 2009’s Where’s The Sun, 2010’s Through The Trees – in addition to last year’s 2011’s St. Croix. Songs from all four discs have made their way onto various international releases. Media attention has come from various corners of the world, including heavy rotation on French radio as well as glowing reviews from NME, BBC, IFC, Rolling Stone and Spin.
The Maykit
The Maykit
“What a horrible way to begin.” I couldn’t disagree more with the opening lyrics of The Maykit’s third full length album, Moonboy. From the onset, this record has everything it takes to make a complete, well-rounded banquet for the ear. For appetizers, you’ll receive somesoft, ethereal sounds and samples. You might find yourself asking how did they get a recording of angel wings fluttering through the ether, or is that the tinkling melody of broken dreams dancing through a starry night? I’m afraid there can be no answer, but for the next course your ear-palate will get a deliciously bright, well balanced mix of rocking, rolling, and swaying with a creamy dollop of this sweet, sing-along quality. By the end of the third song, “Bottom of the Ocean”, you’ll be feeling satisfied by thewell-roundedness of this recording and the beautiful mix of simplicity and subtle complications, but you’ll still be craving more. Then comes the main course of this album, “Sinking Ships”. Enter the dreamy cadence of the violin, and who’s that sing/screaming in the background, and how does he manage to so perfectly complement this melancholy jam? Oh, it’s Adam Fisher, I remember that guy, from Orbs and Fear Before the March of Flames. The course continues, with all the highs and lows one would expect from an album that starts as well as it finishes. You’ll linger over a rich, deep glass of sound-wine, and maybe get a little tipsy from the exquisite and, for a lack of a better word, experimental sounds and effects present in this album, which are so well placed that you’d hardly notice them, or the brilliant overall effect they have. And finally for desert just savor the melodious, silvery speech of the guitar and let the aftertaste of beauty, sadness, euphoria, and revelation wash over you with Moonboy’s closing song, “The Outcome”.

​Now you’re probably wondering a little bit about The Maykit, like who are they, and what have they done to me? The Maykit is Max Winne, self-effacing front man, singer, guitarist, songwriter and musical samurai. He is accompanied on this album by Joel Matthews on drums, and Noah Matthews on bass and some guitar. Joel and Noah constitute The Maykit’s live band. Also on this album are Ryan Brasher on violin, and Adam Fisher with background vocals. The record was mixed and mastered by Tim Garak at Mammoth Cave Recording Studios. Album artwork, by Andres Guzman. The Maykit has been making music since 2009, their first full length album was released in 2011. In 2013 alone The Maykit has played with a lot of indie heavy hitters like David Dondero, Tim Kasher(Cursive), Damien Jurado, Kevin Devine, Slow Club, andPoor Moon (members of Fleet Foxes). Follow The Maykit as they tour nationally and come to a city near you @themaykit on twitter, give a listen at iTunes or Spotify, and make them your friend on Facebook.
-Levi Andrew Noe
Megan Burtt
Megan Burtt
Megan Burtt makes lists. Megan Burtt also makes lists of her lists. This list tells why Megan Burtt is one of the most exciting upcoming artists of the year.

While earning her degree in Professional Music and Songwriting from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Megan formed her band, The Cure for Love, selecting some of the most talented young musicians in the country. Her drummer, James Williams, has played on Gary Burton's world tour. Lead Guitar, Kyle Hurlbut is the co-writer of the 2007 Nashville Songwriters' International Association Song of the Year. And Bass guitar, Adam Popick, is a sound engineer and producer for several published Nashville artists.

Along with her singing and songwriting skills, Megan also plays acoustic and electric guitar and piano. Following the 2006 success of her first EP, Portrait, Megan began learning to play the harmonica and travelled to Mississippi to play delta blues with the people who know it best. Seamlessly mixing elements of folk, blues, and rock, Megan's shows include meaningful lyrics and impressive instrumentation.

Megan won Colorado's statewide Colgate Country Music Competition when she was only 16 years old. She was a finalist at the 2007 Berklee Songwriters Showcase and received an honorable mention at the 2006 New York Songwriters Circle Competition.
When she is not playing music, Megan is usually listening to music, snowboarding or practicing Yoga. She has been known to jump out of airplanes and drive faster than the posted speed. Her music is influenced by Bonnie Raitt, growing up in Colorado, and traveling through South America, Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, and …well…Asia.

Her previous tours have taken her to the East and West Coasts and include gigs as a solo act as well as with The Cure For Love in New York, Boston, Nashville, Austin, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Seattle, Las Angeles, and the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Megan's music holds wide appeal. She has played in front of audiences consisting of liberal students and conservative retirees. She has entertained ship captains, soldiers, and children of the '60s. And that seems like a pretty good list of reasons to come see her next show.
Venue Information:
Hi-Dive
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
http://www.hi-dive.com/