Two of the coolest, buzziest, and most refreshing fixtures in the synthy, r&b infused indie pop scene, both with creative careers fostered in Brooklyn, breakout duo Wet and singer and multimedia artist Kilo Kish are teaming up for a co-headlining tour with LA indie pop up and comer Hana Vu, which brings them to Nashville’s own Cannery Ballroom tonight, March 11. After a couple tumultuous years, Wet returned in 2018 with a stunning sophomore full-length, Still Run, and Kish, between high-profile guest spots and additional artistic endeavors, dropped her best work to date with last fall’s Mothe EP, meaning both acts will have some fresh tunes in tow for their Music City return. Easily one of the spring’s coolest shows, tickets are still available right here! Read on for more about the lineup.
Though they only came together in 2012, Brooklyn’s Wet have, already, seemingly had the massive breakthrough, inner-band drama, personal highs and lows, and triumphant comeback of a group with much lengthier history, remerging last year with a stunning sophomore LP and second wind worthy of praise. Initially made up of producer Joe Valle and guitarist Marty Sulkow, who met while attending NYU, and singer Kelly Zutrau, the trio made some early creative headway before splitting to different cities to pursue different paths, only to eventually reconvene in Brooklyn, move in together, and formally form the foundation of their synth-soaked, poppy, indie r&b sound. Soon nabbing a deal with buzzy indie label Neon Gold, before swiftly being snagged by major label Columbia, Wet released their critically adored, breakthrough eponymous EP in 2013, before retreating to rural Massachusetts to craft their earnest, moody, dreamy, and atmospheric full-length debut, Don’t You, which arrived in early 2016 following several years of mounting hype. Earning co-signs from Kardashians, tours with big names like CHVRCHES, and endless high-profile press, proclaiming them one of the most promising and important new indie acts of the decade, Wet spent the subsequent couple of years teetering on the brink of unlikely implosion, before regrouping with a renewed focus and even more sincere sound. In the lead up to last year’s sophomore effort, Still Run, Sulkow left the group, leaving Zutrau and Valle to overcome some personal struggles and rediscover a new working dynamic. Also bringing in ex-Vampire Weekend member turned prolific solo artist Rostam Batmanglij, who Zutrau briefly lived with in LA before returning to New York, and Andrew Sarlo, responsible for Big Thief’s masterful Capacity, to aid in production, Wet’s latest sees Zutrau come into her own creatively and thematically, more in control of the direction of the band’s sound, and willing to explore even broader sonic territory. A buzzworthy band who are just as important now as they were a few years ago when they first sprung onto the scene, Wet’s return to Nashville is sure to be one of the year’s coolest, most essential shows.
Hailing originally from Florida, alt pop/experimental vocalist and multimedia artist Kilo Kish got her start in music while attending fashion school in in New York, originally intending for her musical endeavors to be a stopgap, be instead kickstarting a flourishing and critically acclaimed several years of intermittent releases. Fostered by early ties to Odd Future, Kilo worked with OF offshoot The Internet on her buzzy debut EP, 2012’s Homeschool, and counted both Earl Sweatshirt and Matt Martians among the many guests on her 2013 mixtape K+, which also featured Childish Gambino, A$AP Ferg, and more. Kilo’s debut LP, Reflections in Real Time, arrived in 2016 to high critical praise, and between her mounting buzz and high-profile guest spots, between stints modeling and working on art installations, with the likes of Gambino, Flatbush Zombies, Gorillaz, and Vince Staples, who Kish toured with a couple years ago at the start of his mainstream ascent, she’s an absolutely dynamic, compelling, and essential artist to watch. Most recently, Kish, now seemingly Los Angeles based, released a new EP called Mothe, refining her dreamy, synthy, r&b and pop soaked, stream of consciousness sound meets art and multimedia sensibility with enhanced clarity and refinement. She’s an incredible compliment to Wet, harboring plenty of sonic parallel while still remaining wholly unique, and makes this tour even more compelling.
While she formally made her indie label debut last year with a stellar self-produced and recorded album called How Many Times Have You Driven By, Los Angeles teen indie pop singer Hana Vu has been cranking out DIY bedroom tunes for several years now. With a stunningly slick, staunchly confessional, dreamy, and pop primed aesthetic, her style certainly gels well with fellow young breakouts like Soccer Mommy (with whom she’s shared the stage) or Jay Som, and with impressive attention already coming her way, and even a guest spot from Willow Smith, there’s no doubt that Vu’s impossibly cool, raw, and refined behind her years style will catapult her to huge things in the coming years. Hana’s an inspired choice to open this tour, a name you should be keeping an eye on, and one seriously good reason to show up early.
Wet, Kilo Kish, and Hanna Vu will perform tonight, March 11 at Cannery Ballroom. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $30.