YACHT
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Downtown LA
Claire L. Evans looking like a million bucks in Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles’ photo booth.
Claire’s CV runneth over: she fronts utopia-pop outfit YACHT, is the editor-in-chief of the recent reboot of beloved science journal OMNI, and — along with YACHT co-hort/life-partner Jona Bechtolt — recently introduced the nimble, L.A.-centric events app 5 Every Day. Happy she was able to sit still for a few minutes.
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Polish sound postcards.
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In collaboration with Grovemade, we made a limited-edition iPhone 5/5S case emblazoned with the artwork from our single, ”Plastic Soul,” illustrated by the great Tim Lahan These are fancy: the design is direct printed onto hand-finished, domestically-sourced Eastern Hardrock Maple that has been hand-sanded and oiled in the Grovemade workshop in Portland, Oregon. Each case comes with the”Plastic Soul” cassingle and a free digital download. Buy it here.
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In light of the legislation being considered in Arizona which would allow business owners to justify the denial of services to same-sex couples on religious grounds—which is to say, allow state-sanctioned discrimination against the gay community—we want to say a few words.
YACHT is playing two shows in Arizona next month, in Tucson and Phoenix. This doesn’t represent tacit “support” of the state’s legislation. Some artists and public figures believe that a boycott of Arizona is an effective form of protest against the Arizona’s increasingly totalitarian policies. We don’t.
The political climate in Arizona right now seems to feed on a fear of difference: fear of immigrants, fear of people whose sexual orientations and religious beliefs are unfamiliar to an imagined majority. This fear doesn’t weaken when the offending parties avoid the state entirely—it grows stronger.
Punishing the citizens of a state for the actions of its government makes no sense to us, and imagining that the people in power entirely represent the people of Arizona is ludicrous. Kids in Arizona need weird bands and artists to pass through their towns, reminding them, if only for one night, that it’s okay to be exactly whoever they want to be.
TICKETS:
Phoenix — Friday March 7th | Viva PHX: Crescent Ballroom
Tucson — Saturday March 8th | March Radness: Club Congress

"FREE ARIZONA" poster: Screen (PNG) | Print (PDF)