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JUL 24, 2015

Black Box Sounds presents:
Bent Shapes, Aloud & Tommy from Babydriver

Bent Shapes


Hyperliterate, tightly-wound, and irreverent, Bent Shapes released a string of cassettes, flexis, 7”s, and even VHS tapes as Girlfriends from 2009 until their debut full-length, Feels Weird, arrived in 2013 under their new moniker. Their output has earned them praise from outlets as diverse as Maximum Rocknroll, NPR, and Pitchfork, and led to tours and shows with John Vanderslice, Fucked Up, Ted Leo, and The Bats. The band spent early 2015 recording their second LP with Elio DeLuca (Titus Andronicus), promising an album full of meditations on mental illness, the struggle to bring goodness into the world, and faith in humanity as a renewable resource.
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"Feels Weird serves as an eclectic, vivid primer on its creators' sprightly misanthropy...explicit, electrifying, and outright funny...a quintessential example of Bent Shapes' immaculate attention to wordplay." - Pitchfork

"[Feels Weird is] an essential no-filler record with some of the best indie pop songwriting you’ll hear all year. ” – Stereogum


Aloud is a four-piece rock n roll band based out of Boston and signed to independent record label, Mother West. The band is co-fronted by husband and wife Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa who also co-write the songs. Aloud's music has been featured on MTV, ESPN, and most notably on NPR's Innovation Hub where it has the honor of being the show's theme song. The band has been written about in the Huffington Post, Elmore Magazine, Impose, the Boston Globe, and Time Out to name a few. They have been invited to CMJ and SXSW music festivals and have shared the stage with acts such as Lady Lamb, Lake Street Dive, Cage the Elephant, Alpha Rev, and Hunter Valentine, among others. Most recently, the band released a full-length titled "It's Got To Be Now" and have been relentlessly touring and releasing videos in promotion of it. The Fall sees the band touring South with a new single in tow.
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“Powerhouse vocals… and soulful delivery.” - The Boston Globe

“Aloud come at the style with their own, unique twist with… that loose, shaggy excitement that made all of us fall in love with rock & roll to begin with.” - Elmore Magazine

Tommy from Babydriver (solo)

Babydriver is the art pop moniker of Boston songwriters, Tommy Palmer and Chris Mara. "Warm, groovy indie rock with occasional hints of southern twang," recounts critic Anna Novikova, with a sound that "might be best described as smile-inducing," despite a sharp albeit often bleak lyrical focus on subjects like classism, sexism and homelessness. No matter the genre/s they color to mold as their own, song craft is central to the band's intentions, says Nashville-born Palmer.

Leave soundscaping duties to producer Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Das Racist, Beyoncé), who is collaborating with the group on their sophomore LP, "Let All The Sun In," bouncing from dark folk to beat-driven pop gems. Just like their records, Babydriver's live shows often include a rotating cast of their favorite collaborators, including Jeremy Mendicino (Pretty & Nice) and Ian Gustafson (Half Sour).

Andrew Sadoway (Bent Shapes) and Mike Tucker (P&N) round out the rhythm section that will support Palmer & Mara on their east coast tour this summer in support of the new full-length, followed by an extensive national tour this fall that will see the band visiting much of the southern and west coast regions for the first time to date.


"Sad Soldier Red, the new recording from Boston scene vet Tommy Palmer under the Babydriver name, is a playful, purposeful journey through his twangy rock dreamscape." – Performer Magazine


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  • Location: Jackie Liebergott Black Box in Emerson/Paramount Center 
  • Featured Performances: Bent Shapes, Aloud & Tommy from Babydriver (solo)
  • Ticket Prices: $10 advance - $12 door 
  • Doors: Open at 9 PM