May 23, 2007
Mark Mulcahy Returns To MASS MoCA to Share New Music
(North Adams, Mass.) Mark Mulcahy, pop master craftsman, local hero, and former front man for Miracle Legion -- a singer for whom widespread fame is long overdue -- will perform at MASS MoCA on Saturday, June 23, at 8 PM in Club B-10, part of the museum's Alt Cabaret series. After collaborating at MASS MoCA with Ben Katchor on The Slugbearers of Kayrol Island and The Rosenbach Company, Mulcahy has finished recording an as yet untitled album. He returns to MASS MoCA, with his band in tow.
The three-year gap between the release of Mulcahy's 2001 album Smile Sunset and the late 2005 release of In Pursuit of Your Happiness did not dim Mulcahy's notoriety with critics and musicians alike. "Thom Yorke [of Radiohead] loves the ex-Miracle Legion singer. It's time the rest of us caught up," says Peter Paphides of The UK Observer. "Far from just looking impressive on your shelf, his songs cast their spell long after the record's finished, scratching away at your subconscious until you go back of your own volition."
Praised for his vocal abilities, heartbreaking lyrics, and daring musical choices, Mulcahy offers his audience everything he has and more. Delusions of Adequacy explains, "Beneath all this stylistic expansion percolates the comforting wordplay of someone eternally philosophical about life's curveballs and painfully modest of his own abilities. Mulcahy's lyrics paint an idealistic picture of isolationistic bliss, where love is always sought but attention is best avoided." Liepaper describes In Pursuit of Your Happiness as "sophisticated, but down to earth, and he possesses a superb lyrical wit. His voice, an instrument in itself, still sounds incredible… Every once in a while I hear an album that I want to rally around. You know, one of those records that you want to make sure everyone around you hears. This is one of them."
Weather permitting; Mulcahy's Alt Cab performance will take place under the new Pavilion in Courtyard C. Designed and installed by Dutch sculptor Dre Wapenaar, the pavilion consists of sail-like tenting overhead and cozy wooden decking underfoot. Wapenaar's inhabitable artworks use the tent form to suggest new social arrangements. In inclement weather the show moves inside to Club B-10.
Tickets for Mark Mulcahy are $14 in advance or $18 the day of the event. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office located off Marshall Street in North Adams from 11 A.M. until 5 P.M. (closed Tuesdays). Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during Box Office hours or purchased on line at www.massmoca.org.
MASS MoCA, the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States, is located on Marshall Street in North Adams on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings.
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