Author: Bridget Benevides
Who’s playing this week?
Mt. Joy at The Neptune Theater—Tuesday, March 26rd
Quinn XCII at Showbox SoDo—Friday, March 29th.
First, let’s talk about Mt. Joy.
Mt. Joy started off as a rekindling of shared musical ambitions between Philadelphia high school friends Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar). Reunited in Los Angeles thanks to the ebbs and flows of adult life, the pair met multi-instrumentalist Michael Byrnes through a Craigslist ad. They named themselves Mt. Joy as an ode to a mountain in Valley Forge National Park near Sam’s childhood home, and together, with Byrnes’ roommate Caleb Nelson producing, they recorded three songs and sent them out into the world, hoping for the best. Mt. Joy is a little bit folk, a little bit rock and a whole lot of fun. It is a show I am super excited to see. My favorite songs by them are “Astrovan” and “ Jenny Jenkins”, go check them out! Tickets for their show can be found here.
Now, a little about Quinn XCII.
Quinn XCII is a Detroit-based vocalist and songwriter who fuses pop, hip-hop, reggae, and EDM into his own unique sound. His songs are typically about failed relationships and heartbreak, but they’re often sung or rapped over bright, sunny backing tracks that partially disguise the melancholy sentiments of the lyrics. His debut full-length, The Story of Us, was released in late 2017. And just recently he released a new album called From Michigan With Love (and one of these songs features Jon Bellion, so its all my favorite boys in one place!) I have been a big fan of Quinn for a while, his voice is very unique and his beats are super smooth and easy to listen to. I am so excited to see him, and I have no doubt it will be a good show. Tickets for this show can be found here, see you there!
BRIDGET BENEVIDES | KXSU Music Reporter