august, 2021

09aug8:00 PM9:30 PMCLEM SNIDE - LIVE AT TOURISTS8PM | TOURISTS | Free8:00 PM - 9:30 PM 915 State Road, North Adams, MA 01247


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We’re thrilled to welcome Clem Snide back to the Sing for your Slumber stage. He was one of our final shows prior to the pandemic shutdown, so this return appearance is extra sweet.
As always, admission is free, but free-will donations that go directly to the artist are welcomed and encouraged. Space is limited, so come early for cocktails and good seats.
Although much admired by some of music’s biggest names, (Bon Iver, The Avett Brothers, Ben Folds), and praised by the likes of NPR, the AV Club, and Rolling Stone, Clem Snide – the project led by singer/songwriter Eef Barzelay – has managed to stay mostly below the radar for well over a decade.
The road to ‘Forever Just Beyond,’ Barzelay’s stunning 2020 album under the Clem Snide moniker, was an unlikely one, to say the least. Produced by Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers, the record is a work of exquisite beauty and profound questioning, a reckoning with faith and reality that rushes headlong into the unknown and the unknowable. The songs here grapple with hope and depression, identity and perception, God and the afterlife, all captured through Barzelay’s uniquely off-kilter lens and rendered with an intimate, understated air that suggests the tender comfort of a late-night conversation between old friends.
Named for a William S. Burroughs character, the Clem Snide project first emerged from Boston as a three-piece in the early 1990’s and would go on to become a cult and critical favorite, picking up high profile fans over the course of three decades and more than a dozen albums. NPR calls the Israeli-born Barzelay as “the most underrated songwriter in the business today, with a sneakily firm grasp on poignancy and humor,” while Rolling Stone hailed his songwriting as “soulful and incisive.”
While much of the new album tackles big picture ideas, Barzelay’s strength as a writer has always been in his specificity, and he manages to humanize thorny existential issues on the record with a novelist’s deft touch.
“All this flesh and blood, that’s not the realest part of us,” says Barzelay. “The real stuff is eternal and free. They say that 95% of the universe is held together by dark matter that we can’t see and we can’t measure, but we know it’s got to be there, and if that’s not a metaphor, then I don’t know what is.”


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915 State Road, North Adams, MA 01247