Belle and Sebastian

Collective Concerts, Indie88, Exclaim! & NOW Magazine Present

Belle and Sebastian

JULIEN BAKER

Thu, July 27, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm

Sony Centre For the Performing Arts

Toronto, ON

$59.50 - $99.50

This event is all ages

Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian
Since being launched on the River Clyde in Glasgow in 1996 the good ship Belle And Sebastian has sailed far and wide on the oceans of international indie‐pop, stockpiling a treasure trove of gold and silver records, a loyal legion of fans and critical kudos by the barrel‐load.

The current line‐up has been in place for more than 10 years, selling over 3 million albums, releasing a dozen singles and playing countless sold‐out concerts around the world. During this period the band also moved from their original label for the UK and Europe, Jeepster ‐ through which they released five studio albums ‐ to Rough Trade.

Moving to Rough Trade cleared the way for the band to collaborate with producer Trevor Horn in 2003 on Dear Catastrophe Waitress, their fourth gold‐selling record after debut Tigermilk (1996) If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996) and The Boy With The Arab Strap (1998). All three singles from the album reached the UK top 20.

Three years later, the band decamped to California to record The Life Pursuit with Beck producer Tony Hoffer, a record that took B&S into the UK album top 10 for the first time and went on to sell more than a half a million copies globally. A key highlight of the touring for the group’s seventh long player was a sold‐out show with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, where they played to an audience of 18,000.

B&S repeated the formula of The Life Pursuit in 2010 with Belle And Sebastian Write About Love, recording in California with Hoffer. Notable guests on the album include Norah Jones and actress Carey Mulligan, a long‐time B&S fan. In the UK, Write About Love equalled its predecessor’s album chart position of number 8.

The latest instalment in the illustrious recording career of Belle And Sebastian comes with the release of The Third Eye Centre in June 2013, a gathering of rarities and B‐sides from the past decade. Then, after touring festivals this summer, the band intend to get straight back into the studio. Belle & Sebastian’s 9th studio LP, recorded in Atlanta with Ben H. Allen III (known for his work with Gnarls Barkley & Animal Collective amongst others) will follow early 2015.
JULIEN BAKER
JULIEN BAKER
Sometimes, things just seem to happen for a reason. The pieces fall into place in unexpected ways, and life takes a turn no one could have predicted. This rings strikingly true for the solo career of Memphis, Tennessee's Julien Baker.

For years, Baker and a group of close friends have performed as the band Forrister (formerly The Star Killers), but when college took her four hours away, her need to continue creating found an outlet through solo work. The intent was never to make these songs her main focus, yet the process proved to be startlingly cathartic. As each song came into shape, it became more apparent that Baker had genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories to tell from her thus far short life (she turns 20 this fall). Tales of her experiences are staggering, and when set to her haunting guitar playing, the results are gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. There's something wonderfully hypnotizing about Baker gently confessing her soul with such tremendous honesty.

At the prompting of a friend, Baker ventured to Richmond, Virginia to record a number of her new songs at Spacebomb Studios. The tracks from this session were circulated among Baker's friends, meeting high praise and lots of encouragement for the songs to see a proper release. Soon, she found a home on 6131 Records' increasingly diverse roster, and plans were made to release her debut full length, 'Sprained Ankle.'

To call 'Sprained Ankle' a happy accident would be misleading as to the nature of these poignant, emotive songs. Yet no one, least of all Baker, could have predicted she'd be releasing an album, especially as a solo artist. Thankfully, now the world will be able to share in her passion and sorrow.
Venue Information:
Sony Centre For the Performing Arts
1 Front Street East
Toronto, ON, M5E 1B2
http://www.sonycentre.ca/