'Loop, Swoop & Pull' at Kryptonite

Todd Carey and STENDEK bring their innovative new tour to downtown Rockford June 19

Todd Carey will appear in concert at Kryptonite, 308 W. State St., at 10 p.m., Sunday, June 19. Tickets are $5. Carey will share the bill with St. Louis-based one-man-band “loop artist” STENDEK, as an added date to their newly formed “Loop, Swoop & Pull” Tour.

Both artists, whose admiration for one another’s unusual and creative performing styles, matriculated into booking an appearance together at a recent festival. Due to the tremendous crowd response, ideas soon developed into taking their back-to-back act on the road.

Carey’s innovative solo performances range from organic, poignant, and unmistakably warm singer-songwriter material to looping, sampling and layering on-the-fly rhythms, beats, and vocal harmonies. What results is a roaring orchestra of textured sonic nuances. Fans have described the improvised creativity like “watching a tapestry painted right before your eyes.”

The array of highly personable ballads, energized funky crowd movers, and layered looping compositions ultimately delivers a spectrum of moods.

Carey released his latest record in January 2005 on Los Angeles-based Kufala Recordings. Titled Revolving World, the CD showcases Todd’s well crafted melodic material, heartfelt writing, seamless guitar work, and wholly encompassed by honest, soulful, emotive energy.

Revolving World has received glowing reviews in various media outlets such as Singer Magazine, Glide Magazine, Discoveringartists.com and The Pioneer Press. The record is sold on I-tunes, Awarestore.com, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, various Chicago retail outlets, and directly from his label at www.kufala.com.

After spending six years building himself as an established and thriving musician in the Los Angeles club circuit with his band and touring machines, Telepathy, Carey moved to Chicago in late 2004 to find new ground and artistic direction in his musical path.

Carey’s notable history includes jam sessions with John Mayer and Ben Kweller. He also was invited to share the stage with critic favorites Jamie Cullum, Morphine, and Australia’s Jon Butler Trio, G.Love, The Samples, Ozomatli, Jurassic 5, Chuchito Valdez, members of Frank Zappa’s band, and Particle.

Tickets and info: 965-0931.

From the June 15-21, 2005 issue

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