José González will play Edmonton for the first time ever as part of the 3rd annual Up and Downtown Music and Art festival fundraiser. The festival will take place this October 9-11, 2015 in Edmonton, but before that UP+DT is throwing a fundraiser Tuesday, May 26 at the Myer Horowitz Theatre on the U of A campus. This is Gonzalez’s first and only Alberta show in 8 years.
UPDT 2015 Fundraiser featuring
with guest Braden Gates
Tuesday, May 26
Myer Horowitz Theatre, SU Building
University of Alberta Campus
THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT; THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF UP+DT 2015!
Doors at 6:30pm
Sweden’s José González‘s new record, Vestiges & Claws (his first in seven years) consists of years’ worth of musical sketches that in other hands might naturally sprawl wildly in sound and style, but here he has created a collection of songs that cohere just about perfectly, ensuring his position as one of the most important artists of his generation. The result is an album that is less purist, less strict. One can find traces of inspired protest songs and eccentric folk rock on Vestiges & Claws: staccato grooves and rhythms, frustration and optimism. It’s a collection that is simultaneously confident, free and uncertain.
González has been far from idle in the seven years since the release of his last solo record, In Our Nature. Besides making two Junip albums and touring the world both solo and with the band, González has been active in the studio in various contexts. One project in 2013 was José’s input to the The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty soundtrack, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. Besides previously released José and Junip songs, the film also contains exclusively written material as well as an interpretation of John Lennon’s “#9 Dream”. Earlier this autumn, the AIDS awareness group, Red Hot Organization, released the compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, where González and guests play a very groovy, sax-laden version of Russell’s “This Is How We Walk On The Moon.” During this time, his song “Far Away” won the “Best Song in A Game” at the Spike Video Awards and Rolling Stone named Junip’s “In Every Direction” a Top 50 single of 2010.