Kimya Dawson

May 12, 2018 - 9:00pm

On Saturday, May 12, the Community Center for the Performing Arts, University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA and As You Like It proudly welcome Kimya Dawson back to the WOW Hall.

Voted the WOW Hall’s Favorite Female Performer of 2015, Kimya Dawson is a celebrated writer and singer of songs and an all-purpose force for good in the world.

First making her artistic mark as half of the antifolk duo the Moldy Peaches, Kimya soon turned to solo work, where the twisted punchline poetry of the Peaches was deployed in the service of Dawson's gem-like personal narratives, creating such singular works as I’m Sorry That Sometimes I’m Mean (2002), My Cute Friend Sweet Princess (2004), Hidden Vagenda (2004), Remember That I Love You (2006), and Thunder Thighs (2011), and earning her a 2009 Grammy for her work on the soundtrack for the film Juno.

More recently, Kimya joined forces with hip-hop artist Aesop Rock to form the Uncluded, whose debut record Hokey Fright was released to critical acclaim in 2013.  

Dawson frequently tours the world, often with her kid Panda by her side. Her children's album Alphabutt was released in 2008. Song titles include "The Alphabutt Song," "Seven Hungry Tigers," "Little Monster Babies," "Wiggle My Tooth" and "Pee Pee in the Potty," and collaborators include former Third Eye Blind guitarist Kevin Cadogan and a number of Dawson's other musical friends and their children.

In September 2012, Dawson appeared in a campaign called "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.

Five of Dawson's solo songs, two from Antsy Pants, as well as one from the Moldy Peaches, are included on the Juno soundtrack.  Composer Mateo Messina also based the film's score on Dawson's music.  The soundtrack album made the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 and Soundscan charts, and won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack in 2009.  

Dawson performs on recordings by Third Eye Blind, Ben Kweller, They Might Be Giants, The Mountain Goats, John Wayne Shot Me, Your Heart Breaks, and The Terrordactyls.  She has performed numerous times with Paul Baribeau (whom she references several times in her songs) and played An Evening of Awesome at Carnegie Hall with John Green and Hank Green in 2013.  That year she also released her first music videos as The Uncluded on YouTube, a group featuring Aesop Rock and herself.

Tickets are $13 in advance, $16 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.

 



 

Door Time: 
May 12, 2018 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$13 Advance, $16 Day of Show