Hand Habits by Audrey Trinnamen(photo: Aubrey Trinnamen)

As if this hasn’t already been a great year for music so far, Hand Habits just released their new LP placeholder on March 1 via Saddle Creek. Now out on tour, Hand Habits will headline a show on March 23 at Swedish American Hall with support from Oakland-based artists Stephen Steinbrink and Wizard Apprentice.

Hand Habits is the musical project of Meg Duffy (who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns), currently based in Los Angeles. While Duffy took more of a solo, DIY approach to their home-recorded 2017 debut Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), they decided to record placeholder with collaborators in a studio.

Now playing as a full band, Duffy takes the role of singer, songwriter, composer and producer. As a gifted guitarist and now a bandleader, Duffy also plays organ, piano and synth on the album. Duffy’s lyrics have an air of wistful confidence, with themes of change and self-discovery abound. It all comes together as a gorgeous sophomore effort, with placeholder becoming more of a standout than the title suggests.

Stream placeholder bellow, and catch Hand Habits with Oakland’s Stephen Steinbrink and Wizard Apprentice at Swedish American Hall on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Hand Habits, Stephen Steinbrink, Wizard Apprentice
Swedish American Hall
March 23, 2019
7:30pm, $17.50-19.50 (all ages)