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Thursday, March 13 • 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Matt Barber

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Matthew Barber Bio Matthew Barber lives his songs and sings from a place deep down inside. He lives for his songs, and they serve as his primary means of interaction with the world. Barber is clearly indebted to his heroes - Neil Young, Dylan, Petty, The Band, Brendan Benson, Jeff Buckley... yet he has undeniably carved out a sound of his own over his three records (2 LPs and 1 EP) to date. He is a bit of a chameleon, known to some by his hook-laden rock'n'roll tunes that have ricocheted throughout airwaves and bounced off the walls of rock clubs, and known to others as a lone troubadour whose power lies in subtle nuance. Barber likes it this way, as these two modes of expression satisfy complimentary needs. Barber burst onto the Canadian indie-music scene in 2003 with the independently-produced Means & Ends, an album full of poignant lyrical turns and raw, heartfelt performances. Means and Ends was licensed by upstart Toronto indie label Paper Bag Records and re-released to great critical acclaim. Later that year Barber signed to Warner Music in Canada, and in the following spring released a collection of roots-tinged power-pop on The Story of Your Life e.p. (2004). In 2005 Barber teamed up with co-producer Marty Kinack (Sarah Harmer, Apostle of Hustle) to make Sweet Nothing, his full-length major-label debut. The record embodied both sides of Barber's songwriting in one artistic statement about love, pain, and transition, and was toured extensively - largely with backing band 'The Union Dues' in tow. Some of the highlights were: two national headlining tours of Canada, a national tour opening for the Joel Plaskett Emergency, and a handful of solo theatre shows opening for Chris Isaak. Over the past four years of touring, Barber has had the pleasure of sharing bills with many acclaimed artists including Brendan Benson, Matt Mays & El Torpedo (for a cross-Canada tour), and his beloved sister, Halifax-based singer-songwriter Jill Barber. The summer of 2007 also brought Barber to Europe for the first time, where he performed a series of solo shows in support of the European release of Sweet Nothing on Rounder Europe. In November of 2007 Barber is returning to the studio with veteran engineer Ken Friesen to make an album that will explore the more intimate, stripped-down side of his music. The yet unnamed record is slated for a February 2008 release on Outside Music in Canada, to be followed by a cross-Canada tour with Jill Barber.

Thursday March 13, 2008 9:30pm - 10:00pm CDT
The Velveeta Room 521 E 6th St

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