Heidi Spencer Bringing Her Dreamlike Self to SXSW

Heidi Spencer in rustic setting with old clock and antiques

Heidi Spencer & The Rare Birds have confirmed two dates at SXSW (see below) and their NYC debut at The Living Room on March 29. More U.S. dates will be announced soon.

Heidi Spencer’s Tour:
3/16 - Threadgills / 301 W. Riverside (Music Fog SXSW Session, set time: 11:30 AM *no badge req.)


3/18 - Central Presbyterian Church / 200 East 8th Street (Bella Union SXSW Showcase, set time: 9pm)
3/29 - The Living Room (New York, NY, set time: 7pm)

HEIDI SPENCER’S SELF-DIRECTED MUSIC VIDEO – “HIBERNATION”

hibernation from Heidi Spencer on Vimeo.

Heidi Spencer & The Rare Birds Confirm New Release on March 29, 2011

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HEIDI SPENCER & THE RARE BIRDS CONFIRM “QUIETLY HEARTWRENCHING” BELLA UNION DEBUT, ‘UNDER STREETLIGHT GLOW,’ OUT MARCH 29

Singer-songwriter Heidi Spencer

Singer-songwriter Heidi Spencer (Photo by Deone Jahnke)

After years creating films, Heidi Spencer’s voice is finally being heard – but it’s not because of her celluloid creations. On March 29, Bella Union will release ‘Under Streetlight Glow’ by Heidi Spencer & the Rare Birds. With songs described as “dark, dreamy” (Direct Current) and “quietly heart-wrenching” (Onion A.V. Club), the album – named after one of Spencer’s short films – possesses an equally cinematic quality; haunting, elegant orchestrations curled up with Spencer’s hushed, exquisite voice.

Spencer was raised in Milwaukee, her father a musician and central figure in the city’s underground arts scene of the 1970’s. As a young adult, she lived an itinerant existence out of her car, calling 12 different states home before ultimately settling back in Milwaukee, where she quickly earned a reputation as a filmmaker and songwriter. Spencer’s restless spirit imbues both her films and her songs: “Am I coming? / Am I leaving?” she sings on “Hibernation.” “You get so used to something, you just can’t quit.”

‘Under Streetlight Glow’ was recorded in Milwaukee’s ShipRec Studios with producer and Rare Birds drummer Bill Curtis.
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