Inspired by storyteller- songwriters such as Leonard Cohen and Laurie Anderson, bandleader Alicia Jo Rabins creates first-person songs based on obscure stories of Biblical women, investigating the hidden places where their complicated lives overlap with hers. Half You Half Me retains the emotional vulnerability and poetic focus of Girls in Trouble’s self-titled debut while broadening the band’s sound into eclectic, atmospheric landscapes.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, biblical scholar and violinist based in Portland, OR and Brooklyn, NY. Girls in Trouble began as a way to get out of writing a traditional Masters thesis and developed into a full band that has toured together across America and Europe. Alicia wrote Half You Half Me on an acoustic guitar in the tiny Brooklyn apartment she shared with husband/bassist Aaron Hartman (Old Time Relijun, K Records), who helped transform the album’s songs into their full gorgeousness: intimate vocals surrounded by electric guitars, big drums, analog synths, and Alicia’s intricate violin arrangements.

For booking information, interview requests or other questions, please contact the band here.


LA Weekly:

"Mesmerizingly arty folk‐rock...On "Yiftach's Daughter," she strums an austere acoustic‐guitar pattern while cooing with a sweetly beguiling intimacy, joined by hauntingly lovely pastoral harmonies."

Chicago Reader:

"Catchy indie-rock originals. Her retelling of...often scandalous, murderous tales usually distills them to a universal essence, so that they work as reflections of contemporary life, not just as fables."

Upcoming Shows

  • November 2, 2014
    4:30 pm
    Portland, OR, USA
    Alicia presents on a workshop panel about Art, Activism and Storytelling for the Siren Nation Festival.
    At the Kennedy School, free!
  • November 16, 2014
    3:00 pm
    online from anywhere!
    Alicia leads a live session of online learning about Miriam based on the Girls in Trouble song, "Snow/Scorpions and Spiders" as part of the Global Day of Jewish Learning
    in conversation with Judith Rosenbaum of Jewish Women's Archive.
    Free to participate from anywhere in the world!
    For more info:
  • March 13, 2015
    10:30 pm
    Seattle, WA
    Alicia will perform brand new songs at this interdisciplinary event
    with readings from writers Tiphanie Yanique, Jess Walter, and Megan Snyder-Camp.
    Theme: The Parent Trap
    More details: