Rising Seattle stars come to Space Craft stage

Seattle music stars on the rise Brenda Xu and Nathan Reed will share the Space Craft stage at Rolling Bay Hall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13 in a doubleheader concert.

Tickets, $12 in advance and $15 at the door, are available at www.spacecraftpresents.org.

Ambient/folk artist Xu (pronounced shoo) has been building a steady following since her arrival on the Seattle music scene a few years ago. The momentum she created with the release of her last album “For The Winter” in 2014 has led to two successful western U.S. tours and a recent feature in the MTV show “Awkward.”

Compared to artists such as Cat Power, Daughter and Aimee Mann, her sound has been described as “treading the delicate line between washed-out ambient tones and carefully crafted acoustic arrangements.” Her new album “Overflow” builds on the unique sonic landscape that she created on her last album with more complex song structures and musical arrangements.

As a DIY artist, she has successfully funded two Kickstarter campaigns to release her albums and music videos. She plans to tour the U.S. and Europe this year to reach a growing audience in new regions.

Singer/songwriter Reed’s work interweaves biblical allusions, robust American folk themes and personal parables into his signature ballads.

EarToTheGround Music hailed his songs as being ripe with imagery from scripture and harmonies that seem heavenly.

Citing influences from Justin Vernon to David Bazan, Reed’s 2016 EP, “The Boy and the Bird” echoes tones from “Rehearsals for Departure”-era Damien Jurado, blending a sort of magical realism with the pictorial backdrop of his home and muse: the Pacific Northwest.

An increasingly active member of the Seattle-area music scene, Reed has played at a host of venues with musicians such as Abby Gundersen, Lemolo, Zach Fleury and St. Paul de Vence.

He is currently working on a full-length project.