Alex Dupree + Annie Blackman + S.Raekwon

  • September 30, 2022
  • Blockhouse Bar
  • 205 S. College Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47404
  • 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Doors 7pm / Show 8pm / $10 / 21+ / vaccination card or negative test required

Alex Dupree, Annie Blackman, and S.Raekwon come to Bloomington on the Dessert First Tour, presented by Father/Daughter & Keeled Scales.

Alex Dupree

Dupree got his musical start in Austin, Texas, and his voice still has some Heartworn Highways-era color to it. In the mid 00s, he founded the Trapdoor Band, an improvisatory folk group and vehicle for his lyric-driven songwriting, before switching to the Idyl moniker in 2009.

 

Dupree moved to California to focus on poetry, studying and teaching at UC Irvine, with songwriting never far from his mind. He continued to hone his craft writing country songs for both the LA band Mister Paradise and a duet project called Dawn & Dupree (with Iva Dawn of They/Live). Despite a deep love for country music, Dupree’s songs never quite settled in that category, absorbing additional influences from the likes of Laurie Anderson, Arthur Russell, Bjork, and John Cale.

 

Annie Blackman

There’s a kind of necessary bloodletting that comes at the end of college—a moment of reckoning with thepast before you decide to get on with the rest of your life. Maybe you move back home, stew it over while the big questions start to tug at you. Who am I, for now? And when will my life begin?

 

That peculiar vertigo—the pleasant confusion that comes with being youngand unsure—is what colors Brooklyn, NY singer-songwriter Annie Blackman’s debut album, All of It. Born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, Blackman spent her college years in the flatlands of central Ohio, at Kenyon College. The music takes cues from each of these psychic zones. She wrote “Power” on a twin XL in her freshman dorm, and “Glitch” less than two weeks after unpacking her first apartment in New York, five years later; “Pickets” and “Glass House” were the result of an isolated pandemic summer at her parents’ place in New Jersey. In these songs, characters stumble through panic attacks and casual hook-ups, suburban train rides and virtual doctor’s appointments. The drama unfolds in miniature, but Blackman raises the emotional stakes with sunset chord progressions and a tender sound.

 

S.Raekwon

S. Raekwon, born Steven Raekwon Reynolds,is a producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist from New York City by way of Buffalo, NY. His life so far has granted him the warm allure of someone well-acquainted with matters of the heart. He always finds the feeling even when the words evade him, every note handled with care. The S. Raekwon project finds Reynolds documenting traces of a life both affected and infatuated by the power of difference. Some differences define us, some memories bear too painful to share, but S. Raekwon symbolizes a surrender to the power of one’s intimacy, reframing his circumstances to earn his truth in terms both whimsical and hardened.

Alex Dupree + Annie Blackman + S.Raekwon