by Andrew Sacher

Itasca

Itasca (aka LA-via-NY songwriter Kayla Cohen) has been making bare bones folk albums for a few years now, most recently releasing Unmoored By The Wind last year via New Images. Kayla's minimal instrumentation and lightly-psychedelic touches recall late '60s / early '70s cult folk singers like Sibylle Baier and Vashti Bunyan, whose resurgence has inspired a handful of contemporary artists (Angel Olsen, Jessica Pratt, Marissa Nadler, etc). Itasca does that sound justice, as you can hear by streaming two songs from Unmoored By The Wind below.

Itasca has several tour dates coming up between this week and early August, including two stops in NYC. One of those is this month with guitar great Daniel Bachman at Union Pool on May 24. That show is also with Ignatz and Sarah Louise, and admission is $12 at the door (no advance tickets). Then this summer she returns to the road as an opener on Ducktails' tour, including the NYC show happening August 7 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx presale, and the general on-sale begins Friday (5/8) at noon.

All dates are listed, with those song streams, below...

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Itasca - "Nature's Gift"

Itasca - "After Dawn"

Itasca

Itasca -- 2015 Tour Dates
Saturday 5/9 - Tucson, AZ - 1032 N. 4th Ave*
Monday 5/11 - Marfa, TX - The Lost Horse Saloon*
Tuesday 5/12 - Austin, TX - Las Cruxes*
Wednesday 5/13 - Houston, TX - Brasil Gallery*
Thursday 5/14 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa*
Friday, 5/15 - Northport, AL - The Grocery*
Sunday, 5/17 - Chapel Hill, NC - The Station*
Monday, 5/18 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight w/ Bitchin Bajas, Sarah Louise
Tuesday, 5/19 - Atlanta, GA - Eyedrum w/ Bitchin Bajas
Wednesday, 5/20 - Lexington, KY - Best Friend Bar*
Thursday, 5/21 - Columbus, OH - Used Kids Records* w/ Meadows, Mike Shiflet
Friday, 5/22 - Philadelphia, PA - Rigby Mansion* w/ Rosali Middleman
Sunday, 5/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool w/ Daniel Bachman, Ignatz, Sarah Louise
Tuesday, 5/26 - Chicago, IL - The Observatory* w/ Bitchin Bajas
Wednesday, 5/27 - Minneapolis, MN - Pine Cone Castle*
Thursday, 5/28 - Omaha, NE - Almost Music * w/ David Kenneth Nance
Friday, 5/29 - Amarillo, TX - 1212 SW 15th Ave C * w/ Hayden Pedigo
Saturday 5/30 - Santa Fe, NM - Ghost * w/ Trummors, Grove of Baal
Sunday 5/31 - Phoenix, AZ - SoME*
Tuesday 6/9 - Olympia, WA - Obsidian
Wednesday 6/10 - Portland, OR - Holocene w/ Valet, Ilyas Ahmed
Thursday 6/11 - Eugene, OR - Yinz Haus
Friday 6/12 - Nevada City, CA - KVMR Studios
Wednesday 6/17 - San Francisco, CA - Viracocha w/ Danny Paul Grody, Sophia Knapp
Friday 7/31 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle^
Saturday 8/01 - Cleveland, OH - Euclid Tavern^
Sunday 8/02 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop^
Monday 8/03 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's^
Tuesday 8/04 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch^
Wednesday 8/05 - Toronto, ONT - Garrison^
Thursday 8/06 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo^
Friday 8/07 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom^
Sunday 8/09 - Boston, MA - Great Scott^

* - w/ Julia Nowak / Oath
^ - w/ Ducktails