Kevin Devine is used to living life in the gray. For the past 14 years, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has oscillated between As and Bs: intimate acoustic moments and bombastic rock songs; deeply introspective lyrics and sociopolitical charges; the storm cloud and its silver lining.

Produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) and released via Brand New’s Procrastinate! Music Traitors label, Instigator is Devine’s ninth full-length album and comes on the heels of a busy few years. In addition to recording two albums with Bad Books (the indie-rock supergroup he formed with members of Manchester Orchestra), he released the Kickstarter-funded double-album collection Bubblegum and Bulldozer in 2013 along with the wildly ambitious 2015 Devinyl Splits 7” series with the likes of Brand New’s Jesse Lacey, Perfect Pussy‘s Meredith Graves and Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws.

Devine is a master storyteller, and he imbues Instigator – from the biting power-pop of ‘Both Ways’ and ‘No Why’ to the angular, Nirvana-esque ‘Guard Your Gates’ and gorgeously finger-picked ‘No One Says You Have To’ – with intricate details and often-uncomfortable truths. Their meanings are personal, but their themes are universal. It’s a skill that makes both his albums and his live show so alluring. Even when Devine’s writing about the world at large, he’s pointing a mirror back at himself.

Kevin Devine Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Instigator’ below:

Plus support from GEORGE GADD

Nottingham’s George Gadd blends heartfelt emo with folk-punk. As well as recently selling out a headline show at Nottingham’s Bodega, he has played alongside the likes of The Front Bottoms and Allison Weiss.

Released in January, George’s most recent EP Better Shape have received much critical acclaim and support from the likes of BBC Introducing, Counteract Magazine and LouderThanWar.

George Gadd Links: BandcampFacebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Millhouse’ below:

Plus support from FUGITIVE EMPIRE

Fugitive Empire is a stripped down alt & indie-rock collective, fronted by Alex Coates (Wall Market Racketeers).

During the last 8 years the band have played a host of gigs across the UK, opened for Birmingham’s adopted singer-songwriter son Levi Weaver on two tours and graced a Glastonbury stage.

For this show Alex will be joined by Birmingham-born band-mate and bassist James Wilkes (Civil Service), for a lo-fi set that’s cherry picked from 7 albums.

Fugitive Empire Links: Soundcloud | Facebook

Listen to ‘Forgotten Like Amnesia’ below: