Banking on a productive summertime tour with buzz-band Cults, indie-rock duo Writer will move to New York City in early January. They'll live in Brooklyn, says guitarist / singer Andy Ralph. They plan to tour extensively and set up shows to play for New York-based record labels that have been in talks with the band, he says. Already, Ralph adds, they've turned down a couple of offers to put out an as-yet-unreleased album.
Meanwhile, Ralph, also a visual artist, will dive into the city's arts scene. As soon as they get to New York, he and brother James will start working on a sculpture for an upcoming exhibition at Flux Factory, a gallery in Queens.
Writer will play a farewell show with Chairs Missing at The Tower Bar on Friday, Jan. 6.
“It's kind of a weird thing, moving away from San Diego. But I honestly haven't had a chance to really think about it, because there's so much to do,” Ralph says. “Even though it's the dead of winter and we need to get snow boots, it just seems right.”
Jazz singer Miss Erika Davies recently released a take on “Silent Night” in which she plays all the instruments and sings multipart harmonies. The track is available via iTunes and her Bandcamp page, misserikadavies.bandcamp.com.
Worldly pop-rockers Liquid Blue are launching a monthly concert series to raise funds for, and awareness about, Occupy San Diego. The band will perform with Todo Mundo, The Rootstrikers and The Proles at the first “Occu-Party” at The Ruby Room on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Roots-rockers Nena Anderson & The Mules will play and DJ K-Reed will spin tunes at a toy drive on Thursday, Dec. 15, at Bar Pink. Bring $5 or a new toy; all proceeds go to Toys for Joy, an annual toy drive founded by Pastor Miles McPherson of The Rock Church.