Indie rocker Owen to continue alternative series

Singer/songwriter Owen.'SUNY Oswego’s Indie Series will continue with acclaimed singer/songwriter Owen performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The acoustic folk/pop of Gregory and the Hawk will open the show.

Building a fan base via touring, five well-received albums and Internet buzz, Owen is actually solo artist Mike Kinsella. Describing him as a “Chicago modern indie rock legend,” PopWreckoning notes his September release “New Leaves” is Owen’s most mature, reflecting Kinsella’s recent marriage and fatherhood.

“Kinsella brings to mind the acousticity of Elliott Smith,” Harp magazine noted, “with subtexts that range from the somber folk reflection of Nick Drake and the cracked emotionalism of Paul Westerberg to the glorious pop melancholy of Joe Pernice.”

Alternative Press called his previous release, “At Home With Owen,” “a masterpiece of brooding, introspective catharsis.”

Kinsella also fronted underground favorites American Football and has performed in other combos including Joan of Arc, Cap’n Jazz and Owls.

His often-soft vocals feature lyrics known for literary references, alluding to the work of authors from Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde to Raymond Carver and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Gregory and the Hawk, conceived by singer/songwriter Meredeth Godreau, also prefers music in an understated and literate vein. Releases including 2008’s “Moenie and Kitchi” showcase Godreau’s contemplative, hook-filled songs that earn comparisons ranging from Regina Spektor to Mazzy Star to previous Indie Series performer Madeline.

The Indie Series is sponsored by Artswego and campus radio station WNYO.

Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for SUNY Oswego students, and are available online at http://tickets.oswego.edu. For more information, contact the series’ artistic director, Jasmyn Belcher, at Jasmynrae@gmail.com.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Indie legend—Owen, also known as singer/songwriter Mike Kinsella, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom as part of SUNY Oswego’s Indie Series. Describing him as a “Chicago modern indie rock legend,” PopWreckoning notes his new release “New Leaves” is Owen’s most mature, reflecting Kinsella’s recent marriage and fatherhood.

(Posted: Sep 22, 2009)

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