The room steadily filled as Anna Wise hit the stage at 7th Street Entry on Wednesday night. She stood in front of a table of pedals and beat pads and built magnificent vocal loops for every song on her setlist. The independent singer-songwriter may not be a household name yet, but hip-hop fans might recognize her voice, which has been heavily featured across four of Kendrick Lamar’s recent albums. Her impressive vocals make it easy to see why Lamar recruited her, but her fearlessly feminist lyrics are what really set her apart from the rest of the indie music scene.
Wise prefaced her song, “BitchSlut,” with the story of what inspired the explicitly-titled number. She was 11 the first time she was approached and catcalled by a man and ever since it has remained a constant in her (and every woman’s) life. How does one turn down such a humbling offer? The chorus echoes the lyric “I know what kind you are if I say no I’m a bitch/say yes I’m a slut” which captures the reality of the disrespect so many people face on a daily basis.
The Grammy Award-winner just released her second LP, The Feminine: Act II, which is full of more feminist-charged lyrics and brassy, eclectic vocals. Check out her latest music videos for “Stacking that Paper,” “Free From The Normal,” “Balance In All,” and “Coconuts.”
New York-based duo Lewis Del Mar headlined the sold-out night. Vocalist Danny Miller and drummer Max Harwood create genre-melding, experimental music that has earned them millions of Spotify streams and a growing fan base. Miller managed to portray a level of raw emotion and passion through his performance that is scarce among artists even beyond his caliber.
The duo, with three supporting members, are currently on tour across the country in promotion of their 2016 self-titled LP, Lewis Del Mar. They opened their set with the first track off of the album, “Such Small Scenes,” a relatively tame tune that features Miller’s reggae-like vocals. Their second song of the night was “14 Faces,” which has a harder rock vibe and set the tone for their diverse setlist. A rainbow of lights backlit the stage while they performed their single “Painting (Masterpiece),” giving the Entry a whimsical ambience, matching the impression of the song.
The band brought Anna Wise back on stage to close out the night with an incredible cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway.” Together, their voices complemented each other perfectly and made remarkable harmonies. They brought the house down closing their set with their beat-driven track, “Loud(y).” Despite being one of their earliest released singles, “Loud(y)” has found success recently and can be heard on alternative radio.
Lewis Del Mar and Anna Wise will continue touring across North America through June. Make sure to catch this spectacular show- you won’t regret it.
Lewis Del Mar Setlist:
Runaway (Kanye West cover)