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Mon. December 10th 2012 8pm The Biltmore Cabaret (No Minors) 8pm
$14.00 +s/c in advance
Tickets at: Zulu Records, Ticketweb, Red Cat Records, Biltmore offsales
Presented by: The Biltmore Cabaret

Research fellow Tom Krell makes ghostly, lo-fi R&B under the moniker How to Dress Well, a name he stumbled upon and adopted as his own in a Minneapolis bookstore in 2004. As a little boy, Krell loved late-‘80s and early-‘90s R&B artists including Keith Sweat and Ready for the World, and since he was a late bloomer, he could sing along to songs by female vocalists well into his teens. However, in high school he played in various metal and hardcore bands, then switched to making drone-based music in his twenties.

He released the first How to Dress Well EP, The Eternal Love, in October 2009 as a free download via his blog, and more EPs followed at the rate of about one per month through April 2010. Krell signed to Lefse Records, which released his first official single, Ready for the World, in July 2010 and How to Dress Well's debut album, Love Remains, that October. Two years later, Krell returned with Total Loss, a more straightforward and cleanly recorded set of songs inspired by trying to be positive in the face of adversity.


Plays:four are a sample-based electronic trio out of Vancouver. They hold belief in the hypnotic value of beats, and parallel sound objects of undefined surface and tension.


Beginning in 2009, Krell started to turn out free EPs online. His debut album, Love Remains, was released in 2010 on Lefse in the United States and Tri Angle in Europe and Asia. It received a score of 8.7 and the "Best New Music" designation from music review site Pitchfork Media. Stereogum recognized him as one of its "40 Best Bands of 2010". S... more info
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