Photo credit: Colin Medley

Lookin’ for a good time? Look no further than next week. August Hall is hosting Toronto-based Andy Shauf, whose latest album The Neon Skyline dropped in January (ANTI-). The album is Shauf’s sixth album and his second concept album. Following 2016 album The Party (which earned him several nominations and a couple big wins, including Western Canadian Music Awards’ Pop Artist of the Year), Neon Skyline is full of story songs with a touch of humor à la Randy Newman or The Kinks’ Ray Davies. Shauf’s pleasing inflection, a warm array of woodwinds and interesting arrangements make for a fine listening experience, indeed. Shauf says, “There’s moments on the album where the characters are thinking ‘this is the end of the world.’ But there are also moments with some clarity and perspective: Nothing is the end of the world.”

Here he is performing “Neon Skyline” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! A nice little taste of what you’ll be seeing at next week’s show. Do not miss the opener Molly Sarlé, whose new album Karaoke Angel is a beautiful collection of sad folk pop.

Andy Shauf
August Hall
February 21, 2020
9pm, $25

Photo Matt Pang