You Can Be Whatever You Want: A Preview of Haley Bonar & Night Moves

Banner Photo Credit: Haley Bonar photo by Graham Tolbert | Night Moves photo by Bryan Derballa

Seattle is the second-to-last stop on Haley Bonar’s fall Impossible Dream 2016 tour, and she’s bringing along fellow Minnesotan band Night Moves to Barboza on December 8th.

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Photo from Haley Bonar’s BandCamp

Haley Bonar has been releasing music under her own name for 10 years (in addition to being the front woman of Twin Cities band Gramma’s Boyfriend). Bonar’s new album, Impossible Dream, is diverse in theme and genre, alternating between vulnerable and somewhat melancholy songs, like “Hometown,” “I Can Change,” and “Better Than Me,” to more up-beat and grittier rock tunes, like “Kismet Kill,” “Called You Queen,” and “Blue Diamonds Fall.” At times, this album reminds me of singers like Aimee Mann, Jenny Lewis (mostly during her Rilo Kiley era), and Springtime Carnivore.

Psych-pop group Night Moves released their sophomore album Pennied Days on Domino Records last spring and has since garnered over 1.5 million plays across various platforms.

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Photo by Bryan Derballa

I’ve been trying to figure out how to describe this dynamic duo, comprised of John Pelant and Micky Alfano, for a few weeks now. While doing some research, I came across an article in The Guardian which described Night Moves’ vibe as “Neil Young-in-space,” and I’ve decided I can’t come up with anything more accurate. They’ve got this laid back style similar to The Flaming Lips, combined with a slightly synthesized Mac DeMarco (from Another One album) country-esque feel, which I find very intriguing.

We’ve got some native Minnesotan’s here on the KXSU reporting staff, one of whom has interviewed the headlining artist on this billing. Check out head reporter Julia’s interview with Haley Bonar.

Are you 21+ and need to relax after finals? Get tickets to see Haley Bonar and Night Moves on Thursday, Dec. 8th at Barboza here. Doors at 8:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:00 p.m.


EMMA PIERCE | “You are worth about 3 dollars worth in chemicals.” – Carl Sagan | KXSU Music Reporter

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