Chicago’s V.V. Lightbody coined herself as “nap rock”, but she’s the first to admit how much
her sound is changing. “Make a Shrine or Burn It”, her much-anticipated Sophomore LP, comes
out May 1st, 2020 on Acrophase records.
Make a Shrine or Burn It is V.V. Lightbody’s most deliberate work yet. Much like the title, she
leaves cryptic metaphors behind, delivering songs with a stunning and almost bone-dry vocal.
The album explores the chaos of short-yet-meaningful relationships, anti-jealousy, existential
dread, bliss, anger, and the acceptance of reality. Expect to hear dark acoustic guitars, tight
snares, unhinged Farfisa solos, and in the place of flutes, stabbing saxophones. MASOBI
features cinematic string sections by Macie Stewart of OHMME, whose tear-worthy
arrangements were recently featured on Whitney’s Valleys. Engineered by Dave Vettraino (Lala
Lala, Makaya McCraven, Deeper), the record features some of Chicago’s most talented
musicians who often accompany her on stage.
V.V. Lightbody (Vivian McConnell) is a staple of the Chicago Music Scene. She has opened for
Whitney, Jeff Tweedy, Gia Margaret, Haley Heynderickx, Tasha, Bedouine, Shannon Lay, and
OHMME. She recently became a touring member of Lala Lala and has accompanied Chicago
acts such as Divino Niño, Accessory (Jason Balla of DEHD), and OHMME.
V.V. will be playing SXSW this year as well as touring in May to support “Make a Shrine or Burn It”
Caley Conway takes the stage in candy apple red, slinging a matching telecaster and a new set of rules for the singer/songwriter paradigm. Rooted in folk but hardly bound to it, her inventive style ranges from jazz to post-rock, hints at the familiar, and embraces a dissonant beauty. The Milwaukee native’s breezy voice and disarming wit belie a deep complexity that has earned her praise as “the next big thing in folk music” by No Depression Magazine. Paste Magazine praised her 2016 full-length Silk for Life as “an ambitious piece that puts Conway on the map.” 2018 saw her sharing stages with the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Joan Shelley and more. Equally enthralling as a solo performer or a full band with backup singers, Conway leaves rooms hushed; her audiences somewhere between chilled and chuckling. Her new EP is slated for release early this year.