Celebrate the release of Lizzie No’s new album Halfsies at an electrifying show at MASS MoCA this January. After a dizzying five-year span that saw the release of two stunning, eclectic albums (which drew praise from the likes of Billboard and Rolling Stone) — followed by appearances at AmericanaFest, the Newport Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and SXSW, and tours with Iron and Wine, Son Little, and Adia Victoria — genre-defying artist Lizzie No found herself at the forefront of a new vanguard of artists. Her new work finds her situated among her peers while still searching for freedom — from the constraints of categorization and also from the depths of her own personal despair and from an increasingly violent and nightmarish American cultural and political landscape.
To categorize artists might make it easier to organize record stores and playlists, but there’s no one term that could define any artist, least of all one like Lizzie No. “Some albums are stories, some are films. This album is a video game,” No says of Halfsies (Thirty Tigers / Miss Freedomland), which traces the journey of Miss Freedomland (a character that represents No herself and her audience) from a place of both internal and external exile to liberation. The album, No says, is meant to be immersive — these songs are to be inhabited, not just by the singer but by those who receive them. Experience her stirring, singular style live in B10 this season.