Be the Cowboy Riding into Delmar Hall
“Catchy yet affecting” would be an apt way to describe the work of Japanese-American performer Mitski Miyawaki, otherwise known as Mitski. The singer-songwriter has been on a roll as of the past few years, scoring back-to-back critical and commercial successes with 2016’s Puberty 2 and Be the Cowboy, which came out in August 2018.
On the strength of those albums, Mitski has been selling out venues across the country several months in advance of her 2019 U.S. headlining tour that will see her come to Delmar Hall in April. Her deeply personal music, much of which reflects her cross-cultural identity as “half Japanese, half American but not fully either,” can make even the largest of concert halls seem like the most intimate space.
As pop music finds a foothold in earnestness as a result of several particularly challenging years in our country’s history, it’s artists like Mitski who have stood out from the crowd. Whether you are affected by her lyrics or find your head nodding to her beautiful guitar work, her show is a can’t-miss for indie-rock fans. -Brian Amick