Born from a scene in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan & Alyosha have been an interesting pair from the beginning. The duo, originally from Seattle, Washington, released their debut EP, The Verse, The Chorus, in 2009 and has musically sought to debate the existence or non-existence of the idea of god ever since. This year, they are out with a new EP entitled, Fathers Be Kind. Alyosha, really Ryan Carbary, is a monk and calls himself a “holy fool” whereas Ivan, really Tim Wilson, debunks the idea of God.
According to NPR Music’s Song of the Day, Ivan & Alyosha are “utterly charming." The two brought their tender and mellow brand of indie-rock to the Java House’s stage in 2011 for this edition of Java Blend. The group also wowed audiences at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.