Z Berg, Johnathan Rice

Sid The Cat Presents

Z Berg

Johnathan Rice

Allie Crow Buckley

Fri, March 15, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 / $15.00 Day of Show

This event is all ages




Z Berg
Z Berg
Z Berg is a true Angeleno, born and bred, and her music reflects the contradictions of the city. The beauty, the anxiety, the idyll encroached by asphalt, the utopia always one gust of wind away from being swallowed by an inferno, one drop of rain away from drowning in mud.
Her acid wit and preternatural talent fueled her first band the Like, who made dreamy new wave and spiky mod pop, anchored by Berg’s world weary romanticism and fierce intelligence. The band would work with Wendy Melvoin (of Prince and The Revolution) and Mark Ronson before their untimely demise.
Next up was Phases, an exercise in pure pop exuberance formed with a group of dear friends including Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet and Jason Boesel of Rilo Kiley and Bright Eyes.
Her stunning new solo songs are yet another departure, a sort of Gothic-Romantic neo-classical folk-tinged chamber pop, influenced by Nico, Nick Drake, Henry Mancini, Leonard Cohen, Francoise Hardy, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits, the Shangri-las, and Nancy Sinatra.
She was assisted in recording by a cast of LA musical luminaries, including (producer) Ethan Gruska, Blake Mills, Patrick Warren, Johnathan Rice, Madison Cunningham, and Phoebe Bridgers to name a few.
She describes her sound as such: ‘If Laura Palmer didn’t die… And Roman Polanski made a movie about her twenties, scored by Andre Previn, with lyrics by Scott Walker, sung by Dusty Springfield.
Her literary influences are also on strong display. Shades of Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Goethe, and Amis, all figure strongly in her devastating lyrics.
Johnathan Rice
Johnathan Rice
Johnathan Rice is a singer, producer, and writer living in Los Angeles. Born in Virginia and raised between there and his parents native Glasgow, Scotland, Rice has spent his adult life inhabiting different corners of the entertainment industry. He works in music, film, and books. Signed to Reprise Records at the age of nineteen, His debut record “Trouble Is Real” arrived in 2005, the same year he played Roy Orbison alongside Joaquin Phoenix’s Johnny Cash in Walk The Line. He released a second solo record, Further North, in 2007, in between world tours with Jenny Lewis. Rice joined Lewis’ band in 2006 when she launched her solo career, and the two artists would collaborate extensively for twelve years. Rice co-produced and co-wrote Lewis’ second record Acid Tongue, and their collaborative album as Jenny and Johnny was released in 2010. They wrote seven original songs for Anne Hathaway’s film Song One in 2013. During Song One, Rice and Lewis worked closely with Jonathan Demme who later asked them to write an song for Meryl Streep to perform in what would be his final film, 2015’s Ricki and The Flash.

Rice released his third solo record Good Graces in 2013. He worked extensively on Jenny Lewis’s “The Voyager” record, which arrived in 2014. In 2016, he moved from his longtime home in Laurel Canyon to Echo Park, where he would begin writing the new record. Around that time he also started posting haiku poems on the Instagram App. The haikus gained a rabid following and led to the publishing of Rice’s first Book “Farewell, My Dudes: 69 Dystopian Haikus” by LA’s Hat & Beard Press. It became the fastest selling book in the company’s history, buoyed by celebrities like Mandy Moore and Anne Hathaway’s “readings” of their favorite haikus on Instagram and Rice’s appearances in bookstores, comedy clubs and concert venues nationwide. W Magazine called Rice “the beat poet of the Instagram generation.”

In 2017-18 Rice recorded his fourth solo album The Long Game in LA. The songs, Rice says, are “a view from inside the tunnel of a disintegrating relationship, and the walk to the light at the end.” Produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Public Image Ltd, Aimee Mann), The Long Game is easily the most stark and direct music of Rice’s long career. He released the title-track of the record - a duet with Courtney Marie Andrews, as a single in May 2018. A second single, Meet The Mother, will arrive in September. Producer Tony Berg spoke about the material on The Long Game: “The usual wit and self-deprecation are still there but what’s new (along with a just-discovered resonant baritone) is a wonderful immediacy to the music; unfettered by production dilemmas that might bring with them a kind of self-consciousness. In fact, this is a record devoid of artifice. Smart as a whip— and sometimes just as lacerating.”
Venue Information:
Pappy & Harriet's
53688 Pioneertown Road
Pioneertown, CA, 92268