Mar 26


at The Music Hall at World Cafe Live

Philadelphia, PA

Show: 8:00PM


Event Details

COVID INFORMATION: Until further notice, all guests will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for entry to World Cafe Live. Masks must be worn by all attendees at all times except when eating or drinking. By purchasing tickets, you acknowledge that everyone in your party will follow any regulations in place at time of show (subject to change), and will not be entitled to a refund for noncompliance. Please check here for current venue protocol. Thanks for your support & cooperation in ensuring a safe return to live music!

Claud has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 per ticket goes to supporting The Ally Coalition and their work to provide critical support for organizations dedicated to bettering the lives of LBGTQ youth.

Spotify Presale begins Wednesday, Nov 10th @ 10AM 
Venue Presale begins Thursday, Nov 11 @ 10AM 
General On Sale Friday, Nov 12 @ 10AM 

$17 - $24 ADV // $19 - $25 DOS + FEES

Doors 7:00pm
Show 8:00pm

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From beginning to end, the sparkling pop tunes off Claud Mintz's magnetic first album, Super Monster, capture the assorted stages of a relationship's delight and dejection -- the giddy sensation of a first kiss during the beaming "Overnight," the heartsick longing of a pending rejection during the yearning "Jordan," the reluctant call for a requisite breakup during the smoldering "Ana."

"I'd write about how I felt in the moment, then two months later, a year later. My perspective evolved on one relationship with the same person," Claud says. "I changed so much that it feels like a different person writing some of these songs -- but it's just me."

The debut release on Phoebe Bridgers' Saddest Factory Records, Super Monster is a vertiginous but joyous coming-of-age reckoning with such young love. Claud sees relationships as games of endless wonder, intrigue, and second-guesses, a roller-coaster thrilling you even when it's terrifying. If "Gold" turns the tension and indecision of a bad match into an undeniable bit of lithe disco, "That's Mr. Bitch To You" uses a spurt of righteous indignation to fuse a little soul and emo into one breathless hook. Super Monster is like a compulsive compilation that Claud culled from a lifetime of musical enthusiasms -- the arcing alt-rock of '90s airwaves, the rapturous pop of '00s chart-toppers, the diligent genre-hopping of modern online life. Claud emerges as the chameleonic mastermind of this mélange, channeling all of love's emotions into songs so sharp they make even the hardest times feel fun.

During the Summer of 2018, Claud released an EP under the name Toast, their duo with Joshua Mehling, Claud's best friend since their first day at Syracuse University. The band was casual but enthusiastic; Claud would spend whatever time remained between classes writing to beats, eventually opting to skip classes to give these burgeoning tunes more attention. They were stunned when anyone else responded, especially when Terrible Records released their debut EP during Toast's second semester. What would happen, Claud wondered, if all their time could go to music? Claud soon left Syracuse and subsequently settled on this new solo name. "Leaving school," Claud says, "gave me space and time to become a better writer. And I knew no one could explain me better than I could."

Claud's life and output became feverish. Though based in New York, Claud would visit their mother in California and father near Chicago or go on tour and make new friends. More than 50 songs emerged during that brief span, reflections on the flings and loves of life as a young artist. Early in 2020, Claud decamped for a few months to their father's home, the same place Toast had finished its debut. Claud sorted through those dozens of pieces, whittling them down to the baker's dozen that shape Super Monster.

Claud finally emerged from that Midwest cocoon, heading to New York to record at Electric Lady Studios exactly 50 years since Jimi Hendrix's first session there. For years, Claud had fantasized about working at Electric Lady, so they recruited a wide network of close friends and new collaborators to finish Super Monster. Mehling played on and co-produced several tracks, including finale "Falling With the Rain." That enchanting closer is performed by Shelly, a friendship band consisting of Claud, Mehling, Claire Cottrill, and Noa Getzug. Nick Hakim harmonizes on "Ana," while Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Jake Portrait adds synth and guitar. These friends and more buoy Claud, lifting their tender songs skyward.

On the final night of work at Electric Lady, studio manager Lee Foster called to ask if Claud liked Daniel Johnston, the late and legendary songwriter whose artwork he manages. Foster arrived on bike a few minutes later, brandishing a scan of an unpublished Johnston painting called "Claud & the Supermonster." A person sprang from the grass -- a monster maybe, but absolutely jubilant all the same. The image resonated with Claud's own quest for an individual identity as a queer person, sometimes bound up in feelings of isolation. Claud asked Foster if they could title the album Super Monster as an ode to Johnston's kindred outlook. The cover Claud painted -- a stunningly surreal self-portrait, as rich as these deceptively sophisticated songs -- offers an homage to Johnston's universe and a kind of introduction to Claud's own world.

Perhaps you are in the throes of one of these romantic moments yourself right now, resentful of a frustrating paramour like Claud during "Pepsi" or indulging in lust like "In or In Between." Or maybe these songs recall those wild days and tough situations. Incisive, instant, and addictive Super Monster works on either level -- to remind us of love's wild ups and downs or to help us deal with them in real time.

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"I don't know how anyone could not like music," says KALI, the 16-year-old singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer whose debut EP Circles is coming soon. A few years ago, KALI began writing and recording glistering, catchy indie-rock songs in the bedroom of her family home, a rent-controlled apartment in Santa Monica, until she received a noise complaint and moved to a small lockout studio. "Landlords don't like rent-controlled tenants," she says, regretfully.

For KALI, music is a foundation. At an early age, her parents acknowledged her musical inclinations, putting her in piano lessons at the age of four. Her heart had been set on the guitar, which she now plays as well as bass, keyboard, drums and violin, but agrees that piano lessons were a fit place to start: "It was a great idea because it's the center and the foundation of everything theory-wise." A prodigy of sorts, KALI grew up playing recitals and covering Beatles songs, taking private lessons with music teachers and going to after school music programs, and even taking songwriting masterclasses to nourish her passion. In 2017, KALI assembled her first band, Big Wednesday. Intuitive and eager, she taught herself how to use Garageband and began writing and demoing songs that she would later teach her bandmates for their shows. Their relatable and honest indie-surf arrangements drew sweaty, teenage crowds to local venues like The Smell and The Viper Room.

Today, KALI spends the earlier part of her days getting through her independent study high school program on Zoom, and finishes her afternoons and evenings at the studio working on new music. "As I got older, I started to have experiences that were much more emotional and personal, and songwriting became an actual necessity instead of something that was fun for me to do," KALI explains, describing the gut-wrenching introspective process that led to her solo project as KALI, and her new EP Circles. "Sometimes it's so hard to articulate how you feel in life, and songwriting is like a vehicle for me to express myself and get my thoughts out," she says. "It brings so much clarity." KALI's songs are boundless, magical, and honest. They emphasize dramatic loops and meditative open space, creating emotionally complex environments with entrancing repetitions and moments of sonic simplicity. Her vocal melodies, both intricate and vast, nearly float above a blend of alt-rock sounds, from shoegaze to psychedelic rock and dream pop.

Wise beyond her years, KALI was inspired by the turbulence of her first on-and-off relationship -- Circles is a vulnerable portrayal of teenage emotion in all its complexity and lesson-bearing potential. "It was so foreign, these feelings of compassion and infatuation, not knowing if you're doing the right thing and wanting things to be better," KALI says about the tone of her EP. She draws from her daily life acutely in her music, referencing things her friends would say in lyrics, sampling phone conversations as she does on the EP's buoyant opening track "Back to the Start," and experimenting with distortion and repetition to emulate the circular essence of releasing and regaining feelings for someone you know isn't right for you.

KALI says listening to early aughts guitar-driven bands like The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys helped her with self-expression on the louder, angrier "Too Tired." "It came out like liquid," she recalls about the cathartic "I Just Wanna." Elsewhere, she drew from a playlist she'd made featuring the sombre of Billie Holiday and Chet Baker for the raw, stripped down "Someone to Hold." KALI's most recent track "Again" -- one she says brought her closure -- closes out the EP, creating the perfect circle. "Emotions and feelings come and go and fluctuate, and it's important to accept that -- that's what that song was for me," KALI says. "When I think about this project, I want the message to be communicated that it's OK. Things change. People change. Situations change. Feelings change," she adds, touching on what making music means to her. "It's especially important with people my age because there's so much awkwardness and insecurity at this point in our life. There's this fear of the unknown. We really haven't lived that long, so it's scary having these weird experiences, but they're all okay."

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The Music Hall at World Cafe Live

3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

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