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Mister Lies opened for Tycho in late spring at Belly Up in Solana Beach, and though he was the opening act and the audience was still streaming in during his performance, the reaction to his set was one of awe and delight. The crowd, a mix of teens, young professionals, artists, and everyone in between seemed mesmerized by the music.


Mister Lies is Nick Zanca, 19-year old philosophy student at Columbia College in Chicago, and music producer. Don't let his age fool you.

He told Pitchfork in a May interview this year, "One of my favorite plays of all time is Tony Kushner's Angels in America. There's a character in it who has this imaginary friend named Mister Lies. My music has to do with imaginary things . . ."

His music has been labeled nocturnal pop and emotional electronica with trip hop influences like Portishead. Mister Lies performs in San Diego on January 9 at Soda Bar (3615 El Cajon Blvd). The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets cost $8-10. Matthew David, Room E, and Different Sleep will also perform.

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