State Theatre Portland
Of Monsters and Men

Of Monsters and Men

Doe Paoro, Elle King

Mon, July 30, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

State Theatre

Portland, ME

$20 advance / $25 day of show

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This event is all ages

Buy tickets in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at The State Theatre Box Office will be open one hour before doors on night of show.

Of Monsters and Men
Of Monsters and Men
Of Monsters and Men is an amiable group of day dreamers who craft folkie pop songs. But last year, the normally mild-mannered six pack -- who's releasing their EP, "Into the Woods," on December 20, 2011 -- transformed into total rock stars after stomping out their competition during Musiktilraunir, a yearly battle of the bands in their native Iceland.

In September, Of Monsters and Men threw celebrated their full-length debut, My Head Is an Animal. The album, which was released in Iceland and hit No 1 there soon after, dropped in the United States in early 2012. calls the album "The Best Music of 2012 So Far."
Doe Paoro
Doe Paoro
Brooklyn-based artist Doe Paoro describes her music as "Ghost Soul," characterized by a dolorous, ethereal sound that evokes the resurrection of "a choir of ghosts who haven't completely detached from the human experience." Echoes of attachment and detachment permeate her debut album, Slow to Love, out February 14, 2012.

The album's first single, "Can't Leave You," was co-produced by cellist Yuri Hart and Decibel Studios' Lasse Mårtén, who began collaborating with Paoro after he saw a YouTube video of her
performing it on the piano. The official video for the song, produced by award-winning cinematographer Jon Fordham (Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Sublime, Shiny Toy Guns), recently premiered on Contact Music.

Paoro's haunting vocals are strongly influenced by her in-depth study of Lhamo—a powerful, unusual, and vocally acrobatic Tibetan-style opera—that she encountered while traveling alone through the Himalayas this past year. At times she channels Coco Rosie, Lia Ices, and even Julianna Barwick. During her travels,
Paoro spent several weeks practicing silent meditation. The high-contrast nature of her music is directly influenced by these studies and experiences, as she was forced to reflect on the deep and expansive space between silence and sound.

Upon returning to the U.S., Paoro sketched out Slow to Love while
isolated in a cabin near her hometown of Syracuse, New York.

Paoro has been compared to Lykke Li and James Blake, but her haunting vocals and spacious arrangements are singular, realized in a state of sorrow without bitterness, passion without pretense. To add cliché to an artist otherwise devoid, Doe Paoro is going to make a huge mark in music in 2012.
Elle King
Elle King
Elle King sounds like Billie Holiday having a shot of whiskey with Johnny Cash. She loves banjos and hobos. Born in Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, Elle retains her roots in a style that blends those worlds of both grit and mid-western charm. She ties her old soul, blues, and rock 'n' roll influences into a sound that's all her own. She's far from a bully but she ain't a punk. To hear her is to believe her.

"Living proof that if you use a Ouija board properly, you can summon the ghosts of Bowery balladettes and Robert Johnson while the angels run a capella and the devil duets on banjo to create Elle King's shockingly sexy-sorrowful songsmithery. The Brooklyn-based siren has a sweetheart-with-a-knife voice that promises potentially dangerous intimacy on a grand, spooky scale." – Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle
Venue Information:
State Theatre
609 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101