Friday, Jan 25, 8 PM

Joyce Manor

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828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA
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Let's start the story of Joyce Manor's Million Dollars To Kill Me at the end of Million Dollars To Kill Me-at the last not-even two minutes of "Wildflowers," a song about light and beauty and wonder that ends the record like a sunrise after a long exhausting night. It's not a sing-along single or a bleaked-out slow-burner. It's brief, understated, and simple but sophisticated as it says what it needs to say in seven sharp lines. And it ends the album with a question instead of an answer, because on an album like this, questions are more honest. If 2016's Cody was about growing up, then Kill Me is about what happens next-the reckonings with love, money, doubt and confusion, and the hope that persists despite it all. That's where "Wildflowers" comes in. Says Barry Johnson, band co-founder/guitarist/vocalist: "‘Wildflowers' is my favorite song on the record-maybe my favorite song I've ever written. It's about how something can be so beautiful it breaks your heart."

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