Dear friends,

midway I’m excited to announce that starting in July, I’ll be starting a monthly gig opening for Queeraoke! That means the second Thursday of every month (with an exception in August) you can come down to the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain from 9pm-9:45pm and hear me sing.

SHOW DATES

Thurs, July 11, 9pm
Thurs, Aug 15, 9pm
Thurs, Sept 12, 9pm
Thurs, Oct 10, 9pm
Thurs, Nov 7, 9pm
Thurs, Dec 12, 9pm

Cover is $5 and these shows are all 21+.

 

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My sets will be followed by Queeraoke! If you’ve never been, you must go. It’s just like karaoke, but you know, queer. Sometimes I sing 90’s pop songs and end up on my knees, as you can see here.

I’m very excited to be playing for such awesome folks once a month! Hope you can make it out to a gig.

xo Allison

 


Dear friends,

Memorial Day Weekend 2013 has inspired me to finally release this track I wrote and recorded with my penpal & collaborator Bryce Falcon in 2011. Bryce also created the instrumentation and produced the track. Emily Lupinacci sings on here as well.

It’s called “Flesh & Blood & Breath” and you can listen here:

I connect this song to Memorial Day for good reason.

we will take nothing but all
we’ve rallied the righteous and we’re ready to go
we will take nothing but all
they fought for our freedom but there’s nothing to show

We’re told this is a holiday to remember soldiers and servicepeople who have “died for our freedom,” when in reality it seems more like an excuse to get drunk, eat meat, and wear red, white, and blue. I agree honoring the people who have died in our names is important, but blind self-celebratory nationalism doesn’t honor them. If we value the lives of those we know and those we don’t, we must question our country’s devotion to war and the culture we create that justifies this destruction.

This song is also about loving from afar, appreciating the present moment, and the ongoing struggle to understand things. I hope you enjoy it.

xo Allison


I posted some new summer shows – I’m playing at Allston DIY Fest on July 21st and at a Free Pussy Riot benefit show at the Burrow August 4th, presented by Permanent Wave.

Here’s a newish song called “Epiphany” I wrote a couple months ago:

Below the cut you’ll find a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Two Headed Boy pt II”. (You can see Part I here!)

Continue reading ‘New Song “Epiphany” + “Two Headed Boy Pt II” cover’


I recently recorded a Podcast with Uncommon Discussion, a podcast from students who work at Mugar Library at Boston University. It includes a short interview about some activist work I’ve been involved with as well as several songs we recorded in studio. Thanks to Ali Donahue and Mike Tom for making this happen!

LISTEN: Allison Francis on Uncommon Discussion (4/2012)


I’m gonna skip the apologies for being a bad blogger and get straight to the goods. Here is a demo of a new song (new to the internet, anyway!) called “Morning Song (Faithless & Free)”. You can stream it or download it and do whatever you want with it! Y’all know I just want people to hear it.

I also updated this site with new photos and more accurate info and FEELINGS.

Dig this. Permanent Wave Boston, an amazing artist-activist collective dedicated to feminist art and causes, is having its first show on Monday, March 26th at Midway. And I’m playing! Other performers include Violent Vickie (“Peaches style electropop on tour from SF. Super fun. Super awesome”), Cathy Cathodic (“Boston ladywonder blowing minds with her fast words”) and Nicky Click (“queer femme pop”).

My genre, according to this Facebook event, is “badass anarchafeminist singer-songwriter with a side of corgis”. I’ll take it.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! I’m also playing at another lady-centric show on April 1st: Women Rock! at BU Central. This is my third year playing this event and I’m mad psyched. Other performers include SARALEE, Eva Walsh, & Miss Geo. Details to come.

Thanks for your loveliness! I’ll put out another album, someday…

xo