Matthew Mercury & Ryley Walker (solo)
Matthew Mercury & Ryley Walker (solo)

$15 advance | $20 day of show


Matthew Mercury is a story. A story about keeping the light on and having a vision. Matthew Mercury pays homage to the feeling of New York narratives a la Lou Reed, punctuated by Television-like guitar signatures, while making a detour out to the earnest romance of Springsteen's darkened trestles, all the while genuflecting to the artistry of Brill Building-esque hooks. Born out of a songwriting and production partnership between Matt Dublin and Ezra Oklan, Matthew Mercury aims to celebrate stories threaded into catchy choruses with an overall pop delivery that no healthy boy or girl can resist. What can I say about these guys that won't sound like more swirling arpeggios of sophistry, except play their sound. Loud. You will understand. And don't get mad if they get stuck in your head and turn your light on too.


Ryley Walker currently resides in New York City. But his latest LP is a Chicago record in spirit. The masterful Course In Fable, the songwriter’s fifth solo effort, draws from the deep well of that city’s fertile 1990s scene, when bands like Tortoise, The Sea and Cake and Gastr del Sol were reshaping the underground, mixing and matching indie rock, jazz, prog and beyond.

Walker spent his formative years in Chicago, absorbing those heady sounds and finding ways to make them his own. Even though he emerged at first in folk- rock troubadour mode, it makes sense that he’s arrived at this point; each LP has grown more intricate and assured, his influences distilling into something original and unusual. To put it simply: Course In Fable is Walker’s best record yet, full of active imagination and endless possibilities.


COVID-19 Safety Guidelines:

+ We will be following all State of Vermont Health guidelines and mandates.

+ Per Governor Scott’s ‘Vermont Forward’ guidance, masks are encouraged, but not required.

+ Please exhibit mutual respect and kindness for your neighbors.

+ Stay home if you're sick or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.


2 & Under FREE

Venue Information:
Backside 405
405 Pine St

Burlington, VT, 05401