Biography
Known for their playful, cross-pollinated blend of neo-soul and pop/rock, Lake Street Dive have built a loyal fan base, weaving elements of jazz, folk, and funk into their sound. Showcasing vocalist Rachael Price, Lake Street Dive emerged from Boston's New England Conservatory in the mid-2000s and drew early praise for their exuberant live shows and inventive original songs. They garnered more buzz with their 2012 covers EP Fun Machine, where they reinterpreted songs by George Michael, Hall Oates, and the Jackson 5. The band's sound furthered gelled on 2014's Bad Self Portraits, which cracked the Top 20 of the Billboard 200. 2016's Side Pony brought even more attention, landing on top of three Billboard charts: Top Rock Albums, Folk Albums, and Alternative Albums. They have continued to evolve, combining their love of old-school funk and soul with feminist, socially conscious messages, as on 2018's Free Yourself Up and 2021's Obviously.

Formed in 2004, Lake Street Dive features singer Rachael Price, guitarist/trumpeter Mike McDuck Olson, bassist Bridget Kearney, and drummer Mike Calabrese. The group originally met while they were all students at Boston's prestigious New England Conservatory. However, prior to joining the band, Price (daughter of composer and conductor Tom Price) had already gained notice for her jazz singing. On her own, she released several independent albums and earned accolades, including reaching the semifinals of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute Vocal Competition. Naming themselves after an infamous street known for its numerous dive bars in Olson's hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lake Street Dive initially bonded over their love of jazz, soul, and country music. Combining their shared influences into an arty mélange, they issued two independently produced albums with 2007's In This Episode... and 2008's Promises, Promises.

After signing with Signature Records, the band released a self-titled effort in 2011. However, it was with 2012's Fun Machine EP that the group really started to grab national attention. Featuring their imaginative cover versions of songs like Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" and Hall Oates' "Rich Girl," Fun Machine caught on online, spotlighting the band's spirited, organic knack for soulful pop. After an exhaustive touring schedule that found Lake Street Dive playing hundreds of shows across the United States and around the globe, they followed up with 2014's full-length Bad Self Portraits. Featuring the wry "selfie"-referencing title track, the album hit number 18 on the Billboard 200.

In 2016, Lake Street Dive moved to Nonesuch Records and released their fifth full-length album, the Dave Cobb-produced Side Pony. Named after bassist Kearney's preferred hairstyle, the set hit number one on three of Billboard's charts -- Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, and Folk Albums -- and peaked in the Top 30 of the Billboard 200. Coming off the road again, the band returned to the studio, and in 2018 delivered their sixth album and second for Nonesuch, Free Yourself Up. Self-produced in Nashville with engineer Dan Knobler, the record included the singles "Good Kisser" and "I Can Change." Lake Street Dive also issued the EP Freak Yourself Out in 2018 as part of Record Store Day. After initially assisting the group as a keyboardist during a 2017 tour and contributing to the following year's album sessions, Akie Bermiss then became a fully-fledged member of the band. In turn, he provided compositional input to their 2021 Mike Elizondo-produced seventh LP Obviously. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi




 
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Lake Street Dive - June 10, 2021 - New Haven, CT - Complete show
Lake Street Dive - "Hypotheticals" [Official Music Video]
Lake Street Dive - "Good Kisser" [Official Music Video]
Lake Street Dive: NPR Music Tiny Desk
Lake Street Dive Plays "I Want You Back" On a Boston Sidewalk
BARDO: Full Concert with Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive in the Studio: Rachael Price Sings "What I'm Doing Here" In One Complete Take
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