AJ Woods: Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, AJ Woods has been a part of the underground Southwestern music scene for nearly a decade. In that time, Woods has released two full-length albums on Denver, Colorado’s Tinyamp Records (S/T, 2013, The Fence, 2016), as well as EPs, singles and live recordings, which have earned him comparisons to Jason Molina, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt. Still, “Woods'[s] lyrical style, guitar playing and singing are his own—something that can’t often be said.” (Alibi) He’s played with acts such as Mutual Benefit, William Elliot Whitmore, Julie Byrne, Richard Buckner, Big Sis and Des Ark, among many others. With music and lyrics that are “poignant and powerful,” (ABQ Free Press), Woods creates not only songs, but “unpretentious poetry….This guy’s for real.” (Alibi) A teacher, a musician, a poet, whatever he is, in times like these, when our sense of reality is shifting and dissolving, Woods’ music is a grounding force. It brings us back to the cold, hot, hard, soft, wet, dry earth on which we live and depend, the music; it reminds us that we have hearts, bones that break and heal, blood that can leave us; that we are related to, made and capable of many things. Since the critically acclaimed release of his latest album The Fence, Woods has toured California, opened up for the Handsome Family, and is currently at work on new music and plans for a tour.
Starover Blue: The unmistakable tones of a Juno 106, both expansive and nostalgic, give way to the layered textures and bittersweet vocals that define Portland band Starover Blue and their sophomore LP, Spacegeist.
After meeting in the music department at San Jose State in 2007, founding members Kendall and Dirk Sallay-Milotz began their musical partnership and quickly became inseparable. Live, they pull from a multi-faceted discography of experimental dream pop and have served as local support for a spectrum of bands including The Velvet Teen and Orenda Fink.