Our community recently lost an amazing friend, activist, counselor, and music fan – Esme Barrera. I had the honor of working with Esme for 4 years at Girls Rock Camp Austin. We rarely encounter people so inspiring – who’s compassion and smile are contagious.
In honor of her inspiration, we will be releasing a new song next week with all proceeds going to support her family. Our friends Ringo Deathstarr have done the same here and several benefit shows and music compilations are in the works. Please donate what you can to her family now below and help spread the word to keep out community safe.
“Drink cheap P.B.R. tallboys while the Black Angels and Ume, both rock specialists and local favorites, litter the atmosphere with piercing waves of noise. Resolutions always sound better when they are ricocheting off loud speakers.”
Emo’s, Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
Ume at 9pm, followed by Wooden Shjips and The Black Angels
FEB. 12 DENVER, CO @ Larimer Lounge
FEB. 14 SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ Urban Lounge ^
FEB. 15 BOISE, ID @ Neurolux ^
FEB. 17 SEATTLE, WA @ Neumo’s #
FEB. 18 VANCOUVER, BC @ Media Club #
FEB. 19 PORTLAND, OR @ Bunk Bar #
FEB. 20 EUGENE, OR @ Wow Hall #
FEB. 22 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Great American Music Hall – NOISE POP #
FEB. 24 LOS ANGELES, CA @ Troubadour #
FEB. 25 POMONA, CA @ Glasshouse #
FEB. 26 SAN DIEGO, CA @ Casbah #
FEB. 27 TEMPE, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom #
FEB. 28 ALBUQUERQUE, NM @ Launchpad #
MAR. 2 KANSAS CITY, MO @ Record Bar #
MAR. 3 OMAHA, NE @ Slowdown #
“…The ephemeral pull of her vocals cuts with a sharper edge as she launches uninhibitedly center stage, attacking her instrument in a flailing tempest of hair contrasting with her short black dress. She’s both possessed and in possession.
This is the essence of Ume, whose lyrically raw songs expose emotional uncertainty and wanting buffeted by the countering forcefulness of a power trio. Live, Larson’s an ambivalent siren, letting the crowd feed on its own objectifying presumptions – of sexuality, admiration, innocence, vulgarity, or vulnerability – only to shatter all of that upon the rocks of her own complete immersion in the music, the melodic lull and devastating pummel of Ume…”