Who is she?
Born, raised and based in Baltimore, Amy Reid has been making music and performing since 2010. Baltimore, blossoming with incredible creative people and energy, has been a motivating and supportive force for her musical endeavors. Chiffon, Reid’s current band alongside collaborator Chase O’Hara formed in 2012 and has been performing locally, nationally and in Europe since then. Reid’s solo project was formed when music became a necessary therapy and form of expression for a series of complex life experiences. “These songs felt very personal but, still relatable and emotive,” Reid says. Reid arrived at the title “Hirsute” to reference growth; in terms of relationships with oneself, others held close, and sexuality. “It is a reflection of organic, very human experiences getting tangled with outside factors out of one’s control… These sonic explorations embody experiencing chaos balanced with love and tender moments. Anxiety and serenity.”
Extending beyond Chiffon and her solo work, Reid is the founder of a Baltimore Collective called GRL PWR made up of herself, Pangelica, and Waqia Kareem. GRL PWR aims to create a platform for a diverse array of artist and creatives, specifically: womyn identified, POC, trans, non-binary, femme & queer artists. GRL PWR events have brought together artists from across the US for unique and unforgettable events.
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Flock of dimes & amy reid @ottobar!
I still remember hearing Jenn Wasner's first solo turn as Flock of Dimes, 'Prison Bride,' a lively song blending looping electronic beats and Wasner's rich vocals. It was quite a departure from Wye Oak, Wasner's guitar-oriented project with percussionist Andy Stack that by this point had started getting national recognition with 2011's "Civilian"; yet more evidence of Wasner's immense talents as a writer and arranger, and a sign that she was not to be pigeonholed by genre. As Wye Oak continued to forge new ground, including the addition of synths and electronic production on 2015's "Shriek," Wasner nursed along her solo project, releasing a couple singles here and there and, in 2016, the first proper LP, "If You See Me, Say Yes." Suffice it to say the album delivers on all the promise first heard in 'Prison Bride'—delivering a wide-ranging collection of electro-pop that hits all the right sweet spots. Wasner lives out of state now, so the show will be a homecoming of sorts, and she'll be getting opening support from Amy Reid, one half of the electro-R&B duo Chiffon, whose forays into solo work have also shown immense potential. 9 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $16, advance $14. (Brandon Weigel)