Concerts and Shows at The Magic Bag

Albert Hammond Jr. with The Marias

Thursday, April 5 - Doors 8pm - $14 adv.

Albert Hammond Jr is pleased to announce his fourth studio album Francis Trouble will be made available globally on March 9th.

Francis Trouble explores a deeply personal topic – the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event has had in his life and music. In November of 1979, Hammond Jr's mother, Claudia, miscarried. Although they rushed to the hospital, Claudia and Albert Hammond Sr. were told that the baby was far too premature to live. Albert continued to grow inside of his mother undetected until she was nearly six months pregnant.

Although he had always known of the existence of Francis, it was not until he was 36 years old that he learned from an aunt that part of Francis had remained behind in the womb and was born alongside him – a fingernail. With his music moving in a different path than before, Hammond Jr wondered if this new direction came from another avenue of himself, perhaps emanating from whatever he and the departed Francis had shared for the few short months they had together.

Taking a page from Bowie, Hammond Jr says: "What the music says may be serious, but as a medium it should not be questioned, analyzed or taken too seriously. I think it should be tarted up, made into a character, a parody of itself. The music is the mask the message wears and I, the performer, am the message."

Working within this mentality, Hammond Jr created Francis Trouble, an homage to both the death of his twin and his own birth, as well as the complexities of identity that arise because of their intermingling. The number 36 became especially relevant, as he had learned more of Francis's story at that age, and because he was born on the 9th day of the 4th month of the year. Significantly, the album is exactly 36 minutes long.

In celebration of Francis Trouble Albert will be on tour with The Killers. After a very short break, Albert will cross the pond for a run overseas with Franz Ferdinand followed by a US headlining tour.

Formed in Los Angeles in late 2016, The Marías are the psychedelic-soul lovechild of LA native, Josh Conway and Puerto Rican-bred, Atlanta-raised María. A smooth rendezvous of jazz percussion, hypnotic guitar riffs, smoke-velvet vocals and nostalgic horn solos, there's something undeniably sensual in the group's dreamlike fusion of jazz, psychedelia, funk and lounge.

With María on lead vocals and Josh on drums, the couple is joined by three of their closest friends and fellow musicians. On guitar, Jesse Perlman, born and bred of LA, with 'tones that can melt steel,' say his bandmates. On bass, Canadian born and Berklee trained Carter Lee. On keys, Edward James.

Drawing inspiration from both their vastly diverse backgrounds and the intimacy of their mystic Hollywood Hills commune, the band often writes, records and produces within the walls of their own home. Though Josh takes the lead as producer and architect to the The Marías' overall sound – 'The front man behind the scenes,' María calls him – what listeners hear is the vision of the group. Their creations seamlessly dance between synthetic and analog tones, weaving in an old-school, vintage aesthetic with a progressive touch. Says Josh, 'The production is as much about layering as it is about minimalism.'

First hitting the airwaves last year after an early Soundcloud demo was spun by Chris Douridas on KCRW's Eclectic 24 and the Anne Lit Show, the group began their foray into the LA music scene with KCRW's School Night. They have since built tremendous momentum, utilizing the freedom of independent operation to build an eclectic catalog, unrestricted by any one genre.

As they take to the stage, dressed like a dream from another era – María at the forefront, eyes closed, swaying rhythmically in a floor length smoking jacket and bright red lips – it's clear why fans cheekily compare their sound to 'having sex in the 70s' or like 'pouring cream into coffee.' Watching them, you feel transported, taken over by a sultry tranquility as you drift into a timeless space.

They will be releasing their first EP, titled 'Superclean Vol. I,' in the fall of 2017, followed by 'Superclean Vol. II' in early 2018.

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