Heather Styka & Jess Robbins (Album Releases!) -Sat 6/2 Marytrs' · Hosted by Heather Styka Music and Martyrs'

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Date & Time:Sat, 06/02/2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ticket Price:$10.00 21+

With her new album North, Chicago songwriter Heather Styka is headed in the right direction. Styka dances where others fear to tread, cutting to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. She combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are smart and disarming. In a matter of days, sequestered in a small log cabin on a lake in northern Wisconsin, Styka and noted Danish backing band The Sentimentals recorded the entirety of North, tracking most of the album live. Call it folk, call it Americana, call it alt-country, but Styka’s heartfelt croon draws as much inspiration from classic warblers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as it does from Gillian Welch. “An album full of songs that do more than raise a fist in anger or denote a moment of universal heartbreak. The poignant stances… are that much more powerful with her innate ability to relate her own life's story to it all” - Pop Matters. “Heather Styka preaches what we all need to hear… Styka puts her vocal prowess on full display alongside her talent for telling stories and connecting emotionally. But besides that, the song feels strangely patriotic as Styka confesses her own love for her country while begging us all to examine what makes it such a loving, nurturing place underneath the turmoil” - Glide Magazine.

Jess Robbins wrote her first song in third grade about the distant and mysterious planet, Saturn. Today her songs focus the same sense of wonderment and reverie on subjects a little closer to the heart. Her natural, flowing sense of phrasing and meter belies the hours of hard work spent honing her craft. In 2010 Jess released her first album "Dear Fred" to positive reviews, and she has continued to play all over her native Chicago. In 2012 she released her EP, “Habitat” and is planning on releasing a new full length album in Spring 2018. Time Out Chicago called Jessica a promising new artist and wrote that her “smart songs veer toward the folkier end of the rock spectrum but often recall the bite of Aimee Mann”. Her songs explore the mysterious side of life - Jess truly enjoys the wild, electric combination of inspiration, spontaneity and music.


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Address:3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL
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