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      October 20, 2012

      Saturday   9:30 PM

      311 East Congress Street
      Tucson, Arizona 85701


      Supporting Acts: Faun Fables


      Sister Kindhook, Rasputina's seventh album, finds band directress Melora Creager expressing a thematic fantasy of Colonial Federalism. Subject-wise, she also touches on feral children ("Snow-Hen of Austerlitz"), the Anti-rent Wars of 1844 ("Calico Indians"), and Early American portraiture ("The 2 Miss Leavens"), not to mention the theory that giants were indeed real, but killed each other off in a self-genocidal holocaust ("A Holocaust of Giants"). Sister Kinderhook is a return to Rasputina's early, more organic sound. Melora produced and engineered the thing at her homestead in the country. Hudson, NY is home to many fabulous female artists that gained notoriety in the 1990's, including Melora, Melissa Auf Der Maur and M'Shell N'Degeocello. For the first time, Rasputina employs a male cellist. Daniel DeJesus came of age listening obsessively to Rasputina records, and can play and sing the entire catalog. Catie D'Amica was a local punk-rock teenager. Melora thought, "If I put her behind an eccentric kit that included a concert bass drum, a djembe and ankle bells, and if she played her simple but cool punk-rock beats, we might really have something." When the internet compared Catie to a "Native American drum machine", Melora knew that experiment was successful. In addition to voice and cello, Melora played banjo and harpsichord. Born and raised in Kansas, Creager comes from a musical family and received classical training. At 18 she moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design. While majoring in photography she began playing her cello in rock bands and became involved with drag performers. She formed "The Fingerlakes Trio," a falsely geeky classical group that performed covers of disco hits, before joining NYC's Ultra Vivid Scene who recorded three albums for cult British label, 4AD. It was her first exposure to the professional rock world — UVS opened for label mates like The Pixies, Belly and Throwing Muses. Following a tour with Nirvana as a cellist on their In Utero tour she desired to do a project of her own, and she created Rasputina.

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