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10 Quick Q's with Ryan Davis of Animal House

By Kevin Stairiker of Fly After 5

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10 Quick Q's 

with Ryan Davis of Animal House

Photography by Dalton Bauder

Since 2013, Animal House Productions has been responsible for some of the best underground shows in the city. Artists such as Jessica Lea Mayfield, Girlpool and Big Thief were all guided to Lancaster by Ryan Davis, figurehead and main booker for Animal House. Their next show is this Sunday, Nov. 11, featuring This Will Destroy You and Bells, so we sent Davis 10 questions and he happily spoke at length about all manner of Lancaster music.

Fly After 5: Outside of who you’ve already booked and have scheduled in the future, who would be an ideal artist to bring to Lancaster?

Ryan Davis: Hobo Johnson, Karen O, Angel Olsen, HIRS, SRSQ, Hunx and His Punx.

FA5: I saw recently that you at ate a pickle for the first time. Thoughts?

RD: Yes, after 23 years I finally ate a pickle. I guess my body chemistry has finally changed because it wasn't so bad, but sure, eat one if you want to ruin the taste of the rest your meal or a sweet kiss.
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Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker talks 'Capacity' and early start in music

By Jenelle Janci of Lancaster Online

Adrianne Lenker, second from left, fronts Big Thief.  Photograph by Shervin Lainez

Adrianne Lenker, second from left, fronts Big Thief.
Photograph by Shervin Lainez

Nothing about Adrianne Lenker is ordinary.

Her childhood sounds like something out of a novel. Lenker was born in a religious cult in Indianapolis. Her parents left the cult when she was 4, and Lenker lived in several places with varied characters throughout her youth. As a teenager, she worked on launching a pop career instead of attending traditional high school.

Even as an adult, Lenker, now 25, can’t help being extraordinary. As the frontwoman of Big Thief, her lyrics are powerful yet economical, her voice haunting and emotive.

The Brooklyn band’s upcoming album, “Capacity,” is one of the most anticipated indie-rock albums of the year. Big Thief will perform Wednesday at the Chameleon Club, two days before the album’s release.
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