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Duke Arts Presents

Blonde Redhead feat. American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Misery is a Butterfly

Friday, October 14, 2016 | 8:00 pm

Reynolds Industries Theater

Blonde Redhead was born through a chance meeting between Japanese frontwoman Kazu Makino and Italian twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace in New York City in 1993. Since then, they’ve released nine albums, with Makino and Amedeo’s dreamlike vocals floating over a driving, cinematic soundtrack. With a contemporary sound unlike any other group playing then or now, they are “one of the most revered and inventive independent rock bands of the last decade” (Los Angeles Times).

Blonde Redhead play the entirety of their seminal 2004 album Misery is a Butterfly, a layered masterpiece that Pitchfork called “a gorgeous achievement.” The album, which emerged from Makino’s experience of being nearly trampled to death by a horse, emphasizes her otherworldly voice with lush, string-enhanced instrumentation. The band’s live performance of the album, augmented by selections from their catalog,  will feature Blonde Redhead and a full string section, making for a remarkable evening with a band that has never stopped pushing forward.