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      January 22, 2019

      Tuesday   8:30 PM

      1011 Pacific Avenue
      Santa Cruz, California 95060

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      Dent May

      with BB Sinclair, Sollomon Hollow
      Dont wanna move to Southern California / I wasnt really meant for LA So sang Dent May once upon a time, now hes eating those words with a side of avocado toast in his new Los Angeles bungalow. What made the lifelong Mississippi boy pull up stakes and head west? No one looks at you funny if you wear a tuxedo to the supermarket. What he means is he moved there to shake up his surroundings, clear his head, and write the most accomplished record of his young career, the magical mystery tour de force Across the Multiverse.Following the lead of musical-polymaths-with-LA-ties before him like Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, and Harry Nilsson, Dents style on Across the Multiverse will be familiar to fans of his previous work. Yet theres something more refined about this collection Stately strings mingle with boogie piano like old friends. Synths weave a celestial backdrop throughout. Every verse, bridge and chorus in its right place, giving it the unmistakable feel of a true songwriting craftsman at work. Lyrically Dent has never been sharper, musing on themes like modern romance (Picture on a Screen, Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love), existential dread (Dream 4 Me, Im Gonna Live Forever Until Im Dead), and the distance to the moon (Distance to the Moon) as he searches for meaning among the infinite scrolling feeds of our 21st century augmented reality. The title track, a duet with Frankie Cosmos, is a deep space love song about finding love beyond impossible boundaries.Across the Multiverse was written and recorded in a sunny bedroom in LAs Highland Park neighborhood, with Dent producing and playing nearly every instrument himself. The tracks were selected from dozens of songs written after the LA move, a gold rush of productivity inspired by late nights DJing rare disco funk cuts at local watering holes. Its his first album for Carpark Records and will be released August 18th.

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