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Independent musician rocks out in Cambridge

Julia Jacobsen
King Isis serenading the crowd at Middle East Night Club on Feb. 25.

Born and raised in Oakland, genre-blending artist King Isis kicked off the night for indie artist Mehro in a sold-out show Feb. 25 at the Middle East restaurant and nightclub.

The now Los Angeles-based King Isis is a pioneer in blending multiple genres to create a unique sound that speaks to them. With influences from R&B, rock, jazz and blues, they aren’t afraid to show the world their voice.

Growing up, one of their biggest influences was their great-great grandmother, Omega King, one of the first Black opera singers in Chicago. Because of this, their moniker honors her and her impact. Through later discovering alternative influences and music, they were able to expand on their musical knowledge and find their own voice.

With the support of the crowd and friends, they took to the stage with a guitar in hand and bubbly energy. 

They started the night with their most popular song, “im fine, thx 4 asking” which packed a powerful rock punch. Songs from their 2023 EP “scales” were also performed throughout the set, giving the audience a taste of their sound. 

At the end of every song performed, they made sure to thank the crowd for taking the time to arrive early and support their art. After a few songs were played, they even cracked a few jokes about getting used to Boston weather and city life. As the set progressed, the crowd cheered on the young star.

From more mellow tracks to the usage of heavy guitar, they took the audience along for the ride. Although touring is new to them, it wasn’t uncommon to look around and see others head-banging and feeling the music. Through the mixture of multiple genres, anyone in the room could find a song that resonated with them.

Concertgoers were even more captivated when the artist even pulled out covers of “Smells like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana and “Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish. 

Their new single “MONKI” which was released Feb. 22 was also performed, bringing in similar themes of their signature sound with their powerful vocals and passionate energy. 

Between the mix of released songs and covers, they teased some new songs coming off of their new EP “shed” releasing March 22. 

It was evident King Isis is very proud of this upcoming project.. 

In a regular news post for the EP announcement, they spoke about the meaning behind the new EP, saying “‘shed’ is a cathartic release of a past that no longer serves them and a rebirth for a brighter future that awaits.”

King Isis has been a guest artist on Mehro’s U.S. leg of the “Reason to Live” tour. Their last stop together is March 25 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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