Agness Twin
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Agness Twin

Oakland, California, United States | SELF

Oakland, California, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Americana

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Jan
29
Agness Twin @ Fox and Goose Public House

Sacramento, California, USA

Sacramento, California, USA

Dec
23
Agness Twin @ Naked Lounge Downtown....1111 H st Sacramento, Ca

Sacramento, California, USA

Sacramento, California, USA

Dec
22
Agness Twin @ Filmoore st

San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco, California, USA

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The story of Oakland-based dark-rock solo project Agness Twin’s name apparently began in Tehran, Iran, in 1944, when twins Alice and Agness were born. Agness passed away at the age of 2 due to hives, but her memory lives on through Alice’s daughter, Elisa or Lady E, and her music. Her style is reminiscent of pre-Cobain-era Hole and most certainly PJ Harvey. In 2007, Lady E worked with David J of the original Goth group Bauhaus on the album A Light Awake Inside. If all of this doesn’t warrant a listen, her custom, double-necked electric 12-string and six-string guitar should get some attention, which gives her a very imaginative and unique sound. 1111 H Street, - Sacramento News and Review


Excellent rock/alternative from San Francisco. Imagine PJ Harvey mixed with every 4ad record.Great stuff.You're going to want to buy this record.
- Ballad Of a Lady man


Lady E graced us with angelic raspy escapades - Mis Oblivious


I wanted to put together a bunch of Agness’ links and media here so I can come to one little room for a hit. njoy. - Ritzgirl


"Strange birds sing of frightening things, too obvious to mention" --Jon Langford - Spinatron Radio Playlist




Agness Twin is the brain-child of one Lady E who wrote all the material found on "Wating for my Ghost" as well as handling the singing/guitar playing/synth administrating duties.

What the Lady presents is a collection of noir-tinged songs based in the dirgey, slightly droney-rock whose heritage can be traced backed to greats like PJ Harvey and Tanya Donelly. The rock element is by turns driving and hypnotic. To this she adds the cello work of Joyce Rooks and the occasional piano bits curtesy of the great Vinsantos which gives the album a wonderfully sepiachord edge.

The end result are songs that swing smoothly from driving rock to off-kilter numbers that are like the evil flip-side of pop. Lady E is sometimes brash, sometimes coaxing, but always remarkably seductive. I would happily spend more time in Lady E's world.

This one's a keeper.

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Agness Twin:
http://www.myspace.com/agnesstwin






- Sepiachord


Very dark pop songs from California band Agness Twin, which blend guitar, cello, piano, drums and synths into an unexpectedly folksy rock sound. Start with "Old Maid." - WLUR 91.5 FM


The ambitious Seattle International Cabaret Festival, organized by Can Can owner Chris Snell, showcased avant-garde cabaret acts from local artists and invited performers from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and New York City. I found myself going to many more of these enjoyable performances than I had planned to as I discovered new talents. The festival had an energetic atmosphere that combined elements of Victorian Gothic, vaudeville, burlesque, acrobatics, visual arts, poetry, film, music and dance parties with a community-oriented feel and enthusiasm.

Artist/dollmaker/filmmaker Miss Oblivious curated the acts at the cozy Pensione Nichols, a bed and breakfast on First Ave. She created an arts "salon" called Poe's Peculiar Parlor (after Edgar Allen Poe) in the public gathering room, which had a grand piano and a lovely, picturesque views of Elliott Bay. Low lamplights and candles created an intimate atmosphere where tarot card and palm readings took place, and tea was served with cucumber sandwiches and ginger snaps. Handmade dolls and paintings were on display and the acts here combined programs featuring filmmakers, writers and cabaret musical acts.

Of particular note was Veronique Chevalier, a wonderfully eccentric and comedic singer/songwriter from Los Angeles who looks like she just dove out of a painting by French Post-Impressionist artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. She also reminds one of a favorite, slightly crazy and extravagantly whimsical aunt, who lives in her own somewhat fantastical and a bit saucy universe. If Charles Dickens had written a Ghost of Mirth into his Christmas Carol, Veronique Chevalier would be she.

Chevalier loves to entertain and bring laughter and good cheer to her audiences, and isn't afraid of making fun of herself in the process. Accompanying her in her performances is her silent partner Napoleon, le corbeau (the raven), who, in true kooky Chevalier style, sits regularly upon her head.

Seth Bedford accompanied Chevalier on accordion. Bedford, from New York City and originally trained as a classical cellist, also played original material, as well as a few old standards from the Great American Songbook with his band, Huxley Vertical. The band was arranged for violin, viola, piano, bass and accordion in a chamber-like setting.

Vinsantos, a self-described "glam-cabaret" performer from San Francisco, entertained with an expressively painted white face and facial glitter and a hat cocked mysteriously over one eye. Under the soft light of a candelabra, Vinsantos sang original, darkly emotional songs at the piano and was joined intermittently by the otherworldly blues singer Agness Twin, who was also up from San Francisco.

A short film of particular note shown at the Parlor was California artist Christy Kane's moral tale of the importance of having patience and not letting your temper get the best of you. Called Callalily, it was an animated film, starring one of her many unique handmade dolls named Callalily.

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Zoe Boekbinder, who has an unusual, rich voice with a country twang, performed original material at the Parlor and Triple Door, deftly using multiple electronic loops to round out her sound with layered rhythms and harmonies.

Vagabond Opera, a wonderful group from Portland which combines opera, original songs and music from different countries in their native languages, performed a lively show at the Triple Door on November 11. The late, great Circus Contraption celebrated their new CD The Show to End All Shows with two entertaining shows of music and circus arts on November 12 at the Triple Door.

The Can Can Castaways, a modern dance/burlesque dance troupe who are all graduates of the Cornish College dance department, brought a lot of energy and their distinctive, funky choreography to the Can Can and in performances with raucous band The Bad Things at ACT and at the Moore Theatre for the big finale on Sunday, November 15.

Baby Gramps was as wonderfully funny and entertaining as always in his ACT performance, and was joined by the fabulous acrobatic duo of Dr. Calamari and Acrophelia, formerly of Circus Contraption, as part of the "Cabaret Macabre" on lucky Friday the 13th. On November 11, Arnaldo! the Drag Chanteuse performed his tribute to Eartha Kitt at ACT.

The finale at the Moore on November 15 also featured aerialist Michelle Francis; The Circus Contraption Band; a steamy performance by "boylesque" burlesque artist (and documentary star) Waxie Moon; wild, wacky, non-sequitorial, creative performance artist Queen Shmooquan; Betty Boop-like singer Stella Rose; and the grand finale with Orkestar Zirkonium, playing energizing Klezmer music and leading a parade from the Moore Theatre to the Can Can for a big, festive closing dance party with visuals and music by Global Ruckus with Steve Kamke.

It was a rich festival with lots of great and unusual talent, and was impressive for a first outing as it gave a lot of local and visiting artists a forum for their artistry.

For more information, visit www.thecancan.com/cabaretfestival. - Seattle gay news


Discography

New Ep "Waiting for my Ghost" was released in OCT 2009.
The cover of "girls on film" by Duran Duran is currently streaming on the sixteyone, followed by other songs on the album.

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Agness Twin was created by Lady E in 2004. It began as a collaboration of different artists with her as the main focus of the project. The styles of the songs range from , down tempo, shoe gaze, Americana and rock with an ambient tone creating eclectic sounds. In 1998 Lady E began her music career in San Francisco and formed the band "Agness" who was played frequently on the college radio station KUSF. The name Agness stems from a true story of her mother's twin "Agness" who died from the hives at only two months of age. She lives on through the music. In 2003 Lady E moved to LA and went solo thus creating "Agness Twin". She recorded, produced and engineered a cover of the Duran Duran song "Girls on Film" in 2005. In 2007 she worked with David J (of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets),and Vinsantos, on Vinsanto's album "A Light Awake Inside". She is featured on the songs "After All", and "16 Seconds". She has worked with cellist Joyce Rooks who is featured on all of the songs on the album 'Waiting for my Ghost" . Lady E is also in a band with Drew Pluta called "The Glowering Eyes" who have played all around LA and San Francisco. Agness Twin's live shows are a range of songs with ambient beats, live drums and screaming guitars to intimate acoustic guitar and vocals. The album "Waiting for my Ghost " is Agness Twin's first debut album. The songs are dark ballads of lost love, triumph over tragedy, and alter egos. It takes you to a far away place and brings you right back. Ambient, dreamy, and catchy.