Matt Hires with special guests Rachel Platten and Alexander & The Grapes
When you listen to Matt Hires, what comes across is the sound of an artist self-assured, authentic, and at ease with being completely and utterly himself. On his debut F-Stop/ Atlantic release, Take Us To The Start, the 23-year-old Florida native fuses the intimacy of the great singer/songwriters with indelible pop/rock hooks and propulsive rhythms. The result is a mesmerizing collection of songs that are immediately enchanting, while becoming more deeply rewarding with each listen.
Rachel Platten is a New York City based musician who blends catchy piano hooks with a "light that seems to radiate"(NYC ARTISTS SCENE) from her unmistakably soulful, and uplifting voice. Though her lyrics explore serious themes, they are able to pull off the trick that all great pop music embodies: They do heavy philosophical lifting with a lightness that boosts the spirit. This is elegantly crafted, deeply melodic, intelligent songwriting that resounds with echoes of the Beatles and Carole King, Alanis Morissette and Regina Spektor. Her music is infectious, raw, and powerful and she's already got everyone from the Boston Globe to the New York Post singing her praises. Selling out clubs along her rigorous tour schedule, Rachel infuses a unique love and passion into each and every one of her performances.
"Alexander and the Grapes packs a sweet and juicy
wallop of pop, psychedelic and country. Whether those styles come at you mixed
up or distilled with pure directness, there isn’t a bad tune in the
-Julie Garisto, TBT