Katie Sin is the solo project of vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Katie In (also of Pink Neighbor). A transplant to central Iowa from Chicago, Katie writes songs that are influenced by everything from Chicago-style blues and international film scores to dusty old country tunes. Her performances teeter between the driving energy of the city and the wide open heart of the country. At the core of it all is a dynamic alto voice often compared to Fiona Apple for its eclecticism, Bedouine for its warmth, and Patsy Cline for its sensitivity and power. In her recently released debut EP, Harmonia, Katie Sin meshes broad sonic influences into songs that are rootsy and familiar-sounding, all while offering a fresh, 21st century lyrical perspective.
Will Bennett & The Tells conjure a delicious mix of supercharged country and toe-tapping rock & roll. The result is a sound that will resonate just as well with fans of The Replacements’ literate barroom rock as those of cowpunk stalwarts such as the Old 97’s and Lydia Loveless. At the heart of it all are instantly memorable tunes—infectious without being syrupy, clever without being obtuse—that dig into the marrow of murky, mid-twenties love and loss.
The band’s debut album Wichita, released in 2016, has garnered high praise from a variety of genre tastemakers, ultimately landing at #40 in the No Depression Year-End Readers Poll and earning a spot on Americana Rock Mix’s “Best of 2016” podcast. In the past year, Will Bennett & The Tells have released a standalone single “Tumblin’ Down" and opened for national alt-country acts such as Cory Branan and the Yawpers.
Will Bennett & The Tells formed in 2014 when the singer-songwriter packed up his guitar and left his hometown of Grinnell, Iowa for Columbus, Ohio, where he joined forces with drummer Daniel Martinson. Now based in Chicago, the Tells are rounded out by Ethan Kenvarg on bass and Wilson Brehmer on guitar.
Misty Aeons is a drifting, evolving songwriting and performance project, open-ended in arrangement and primarily focused on conceptual and imaginative lyricism, diverse instrumentation, and ambitious production.