Lynx and Tender Forever

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 8:30pm
Event Time: 
$10 Advance, $12 Door

On Thursday, November 14, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome Lynx back to the WOW Hall for a CD Release Party with special guest Tender Forever.

Last here in April, Lynx is an extraordinarily dynamic artist and musician.  She has staked a claim as: multi-instrumentalist, producer, vocalist, beat-boxer and genre masher, with influences ranging from folk to more cinematic beats and production driven music.  Lynx's newest offering, Light Up Your Lantern (released October 22) switches from folky sounds to edgier and expansive beats, all driven by raw melancholy melodies and deeply infectious hooks.

From the Bay Area by way of Colorado, this young future star has already broken new ground in both the live and electronic music scenes by playing events all over the world including the US, Asia, Europe and Canada.  Some of her performance highlights include appearances at Coachella, Austin City Limits festival, Boom festival, as well as improv collaborations with Bassnectar, Matisyahu, John Popper and more.  Lynx spent last fall and winter on tour with Beats Antique, gaining legions of new fans in the process. 

Voted the WOW Hall’s Favorite Female Performer of 2011, Lynx is best known for her live shows where she expertly brings her audience on a journey through her world -- from live electronic folk with her laptop and a guitar, to banjo and soft vocals, to a phenomenally executed solo beat box jam, Lynx's is the one-of-a-kind performer that one can't wait to share with friends.

Light Up Your Lantern was co-produced by Tommy Cappel of Beats Antique.   Lynx's fans responded to the news by donating more than $15,000 via Kickstarter to fund her new record and a music video.  The film, featuring an actual pirate ship, is set to the music of "Light Up Your Lantern".


Tender Forever’s new album Where Are We From takes lost souls by the hand to create a chain of blinding light that leads to freedom and togetherness. Each song is impeccably different from the last and yet together, the collection is undeniably holistic and tightly interlaced. This is what you listen to on a road trip to your new self, louder than everything as the interstate ahead of you ribbons into dust. This is what makes your hands beat into your steering wheel and your head throw backwards to sing along. This is what you listen to when you need to shrug off an old armor in order to be reborn and washed clean while a steady hand gently pushes you in the direction of growth. Where Are We From is your new path, should you be brave enough to walk it?

Tender Forever is the Franco-American pop project of Melanie Valera.  Born in 1977 in the village of Maurrin, in southwest France, Melanie attended the University Michel de Montaigne of Arts in Bordeaux where she developed her first musical projects The Bonnies, and later, Garrison Rocks.

Tender Forever became Melanie’s project in 2003, a solo effort which simplified and concentrated her music. A laptop, a long mic cord and almost too much enthusiasm was all it took. Tender Forever from the start was as much an experience as a band. That girl with the mic moves with passion, pounds out fear, falls to her knees, cranks up the visuals and passes it off to you. All of this quickly led her out of Bordeaux to the state of Washington and that weird, weird city of Olympia. New friends and collaborators of a like mind included Mirah, The Blow, Anna Oxygen and Calvin Johnson.

The Soft and the Hardcore, released by K Records in 2005, was the culmination of everything Melanie had done up to that point and then some. With her 2007 release, Wider, Melanie stretched out across both the globe and an expansive musical landscape. The album was recorded between Bordeaux and Olympia in the Dub Narcotic studio, hotel rooms, friend’s basements and guestrooms.

Melanie’s third album, 2010’s No Snare, moved away from the more exuberant dance oriented songs into a darker and more melancholy direction. We get a deeper, denser sound, with songs that push through the forest as the evening comes, dripping wet. Perhaps it’s her current residence in the damp and dirty Pacific Northwest. Maybe it’s adulthood.

For all their power, Tender Forever songs remain just that — tender. A song is a delicate thing and Melanie coaxes these fragile things into the larger world. Tender Forever is the biggest, softest sound you’ve heard. It’s a kick drum in an empty warehouse while little kids play right outside.

In addition to four opuses and more than 800 international shows, Melanie has worked on  multimedia  projects including collaborations with film maker Ted Passon, multimedia artist Nick Lally and producer Christopher Doulgeris.

       Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Doors open at 8:30 pm and showtime is 9:00.