Another HOULIGAN 2 DOLLAR Party!
$2 at the door
$2 Dollar Lonestars
$2 BOOM BOX TACO
Doors: 8 pm
Another HOULIGAN 2 DOLLAR Party!
$2 at the door
$2 Dollar Lonestars
$2 BOOM BOX TACO
Doors: 8 pm
BUY TICKETS: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/936717
Grisbee is a folk-rock band from Houston, TX that formed in 2012 when singer-songwriter Jeremy Grisbee moved to town from Springfield, MO. After playing a few solo shows in the city, Jeremy encountered a handful of talented musicians who were interested in seeing what they could bring to a batch of songs he’d written. These songs would eventually become Grisbee’s debut album, Sail Another Day (2015), a brutally honest — but ultimately optimistic — document of the extreme highs and lows a relationship can experience. Though the tracks still maintain the folk roots common to singer-songwriters, the band's sound is stretched in a few diverse ways due to the unique backgrounds of the players. Seth Plemmons' lead guitar lines reflect his background playing country and rock licks. Kate Wasserman’s mandolin work hews closest to the Americana sound of the Ozarks that initially birthed the songs, but her backing vocals lend an ethereal quality atypical to the genre, ghosting in the background as if at times giving a parallel take — with a subtle spin — on Jeremy’s stories. Bassist Jack Gordon and drummer Gus Alvarado, veterans of a handful of Houston rock bands, bring a focused intensity that provides a strong backbone for the songs. These elements combine on the album and live to provide an energy and range only possible when a talented bunch of musicians truly feel at home with each other as a band.
$8 Advance, $10 Door
Doors: 7 pm / Showtime: 8 pm
All Ages Welcome
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Hailing from Athens, GA., of Montreal have carved their own niche -- establishing themselves as a band that thrills fans with compelling live performances, delights critics with their constant innovations, and continually showcases their musical evolution by drawing from a different set of influences for each album.
Primary songwriter Kevin Barnes pours emotion -- heartbreak, frustration, elation, whimsy -- into lyrics that shift from adopted personas to invented alter egos to unobstructed views directly into his psyche.
Surface To Air Missive
$17 adv / $20 door
Doors: 8 / Show: 9
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$10 advance / $12 door / 6:00 pm
South Florida's Abiotic emerged in 2010 with a flourish of riffs, solos, and technical breakdowns that culminated in the release of their debut EP in 2011. "A Universal Plague" set the stage for the band's first few years of existence. What was immediately apparent: guitarists John Matos and Matt Mendez formed an absolutely lethal guitar duo, and bassist Alex Vasquez's finger style bass playing provided an athletic sounding low end that helped to vault Abiotic to the forefront of the underground touring circuit. The video for "Vermosapien" (directed by Dan Drescher) immediately racked up tens of thousands of views and attracted the attention of Metal Blade Records.
Abiotic signed to Metal Blade Records and released their debut album, "Symbiosis," which was followed by regional and national touring. Reviews for the album were predominantly positive - Terrorizer Magazine called the record "a monstrously ferocious first full-length" and Decibel Magazine claimed that Abiotic "could eventually help propel some kind of post-djent prog bandwagon." The promotional cycle for "Symbiosis" concluded with a support tour with Dying Fetus and Exhumed. By the end of 2014, Abiotichad re-tooled their line up by adding vocalist Travis Bartosek and drummer Brent Phillips. The quintet was more than ready to record their sophomore full length, "Casuistry."
In the late summer of 2014, Abiotic ventured to Basement Recordings with acclaimed producer Jamie King. The collaboration would prove fruitful. Guitarist John Matos elaborates: "Working with Jamie was unlike any other studio experience we've had before. Tracking with someone who's produced bands like Between the Buried and Me, Wretched, and The Contortionist put our minds at ease and allowed us to put total trust in Jamie to achieve the sound we were looking for. It made the experience so comfortable and relaxed that we were really able to explore and create without boundaries. I think that's something that can be felt with this record."
The intent on "Casuistry" was to top anything the band had done previously. This isn't to say they wanted to play faster, or write more challenging music. The focus was on composition, delivery, and crafting songs that would translate in a live environment. At this stage in their career, they have the live experience and hundreds of shows under their belts, and they've seen firsthand what can and what might not translate live. Matos continues, "We wanted to put something together that was more focused and more about composition, create something where every track would captivate listeners in a different way, and make it as dark, melodic, and punishing as possible."
The addition of Brent Phillips and Travis Bartosek were particularly influential on the recording process. Phillip's drumming allowed for the band to spend more time exploring tones and sounds than ever before. He brought a renewed sense of groove and feel to the process, along with being the fastest drummer the band has played with to date. Vocally, fans will notice the largest change here. Bartosek took over lyric writing duties and topics range from suicide, Middle East conflict, religion, and a bit of misanthropy. John Matos adds, "Travis did write all of his own lyrics and I think that with his catchy wording and phrasing, fans will be able to follow along to the tunes and it'll translate really well live." An additional note on vocals - John Gallagher of Dying Fetus can be heard lending his trademark sounds on "Cast Into the Depths."
An Abiotic record would not be complete without space-y leads and the bands brand of breakdowns. Leads were a major focus for the album. Seven of the nine tracks contain guitar solos from both John Matos and Matt Mendez. And, of course, Alex Vasquez's bass flourishes can be heard throughout. There's even a drum solo on "Molecular Rematerialization." And, as an added challenge for the band to learn to play live, guitarist Paul Waggoner from Between the Buried and Me offered a solo of his own on "Absence of Purity." It's all of these elements, flourishes, and individual musical muscle-flexing that gives Abiotictheir trademark sound.
From Under The Willow
An Author, A Poet
& more TBA
PRE-SALE available at www.houligancollective.com
brought to you by houligan collective & treaty oak!!!
doors @ 7 first band at 7:45
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A Moon Honey show is not just a collection of dense, dizzying sonic splendor, but a visceral experience that saturates every sense. A guitar solo spins into a soaring vocal arpeggio only to slam down to earth with a thud. Moon Honey’s music is like a bomb going off inside a Fabergé egg—an accurate depiction of the new single “Boy Magic” crowned “The sonic equivalent of sunshine” by Noisey/VICE.
Moon Honey has a penchant for epic songcraft, a practice culminating in the critically acclaimed 2013 album Hand-Painted Dream Photographs, mixed by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. The New York Times’ Jon Parales described Hand-Painted as, “Whirlwind virtuosity, extremes of delicacy and impact, melodies that leap all over the place, suite-like structures, cryptic lyrics based on literary conceits.” Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered called it, “Cotton candy dipped in peyote.”
Guitarist Andrew Martin and vocalist Jessica Ramsey hail from the swamps of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. New Orleans’ bohemian streak, in particular, inspire the band, but they transcend the trappings of such an influence. After a number of cross-country tours, Moon Honey relocated to Los Angeles and immediately began an expedition with a new band (Logan Baudean on drums and Anders LaSource on keyboard/synth bass), including an official NPR Top 100 SXSW showcase, Treefort performance and an in-studio KEXP session. An album is on the rise, but most of all, they continue to climb that scaffold to the moon, seeking a taste of the celestial sweetness their music evokes.
Doors: 8 pm / $8 advance / $10 door
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- Carson McHone
The life of the traveling songwriter certainly seems romantic. But as David Ramirez notched mile number 260,000 traveled in his 2006 Kia Rio, the novelty began to wear off.
"I've learned a lot from being alone and isolated," says Ramirez, who until recently toured completely by himself, without a band, manager or anyone else for company. "Yes, it's romantic in a way. But it has also been kind of rough on my head and my heart. After a while it made it difficult to connect with people on a personal level when I got home. In hindsight, I can see that it's been kind of detrimental. You know, when you travel around alone for months at a time, the world revolves around you. There's no one else in the equation. Everything was just about me. It's a selfish way of living. And I'm ready to move on from that."
It's taken three years since that realization, but with his new album 'FABLES,' out August 28 via Thirty Tigers, Ramirez takes strides towards that personal growth both as a musician and as a man.
The album's title, 'FABLES,' was inspired by the first single, "Harder to Lie," which captures the moment Ramirez realized, as he puts it, "I couldn't bullsh*t with her anymore. She knew me completely. It got me thinking about how much I bullsh*t in my life - exaggerating stories, faking a smile, or whatever. Just telling fables. When you don't know who you really are you can end up hurting people."
After years on the road touring as an opening act for artists like Noah Gundersen, Gregory Alan Isakov, Shakey Graves and Joe Pug, Ramirez is excited to finally embark on his own tour. "Fans have been paying high-dollar tickets to watch me open for other bands, and I'm very thankful for it. I've also had the chance to see how other songwriters I respect work on a professional level. I've learned a lot and been challenged a lot. It's like I've been going to school. I've been taking notes. And now I think I'm ready for the job. I'm really excited to finally go out with a band and do my own full set. It will be more fun and energetic."
CLERIC (Dallas, TX)
CRAWL (San Antonio, TX)
STEEL BEARING HAND (Dallas, TX)
TOLAR (Dallas, TX)
PEASANT (Houston, TX)
ULLATEC (Houston, TX)
GOD FEARING FUCK (Houston, TX)
Dallas/Houston family show.
Also celebrating Mark and Billy's birthdays.
8pm / $10
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$22.00 Day Of
This show is All Ages
- The Get Up Kids
- The Hotelier, Josh Berwanger Band
Kansas City's Get Up Kids play melodic, pop-inflected emo similar to the Promise Ring and Braid, with whom the band released a split single in 1998. The influential group -- vocalist/guitarist Matthew Pryor, guitarist/vocalist Jim Suptic, bassist Robert Pope, and drummer Ryan Pope (Robert's younger brother, who replaced Nathan Shay early on) -- debuted in 1996 with a slew of 7"s, including Shorty on the Huey Proudhon label and All Stars on Doghouse Records. Both the Woodson EP and their debut full-length, Four Minute Mile, the latter recorded with Shellac's Bob Weston, were released in 1997. The well-received albums started a growing buzz around the indie rock scene, even causing the bandmembers to field offers from major labels, which they ultimately turned down. In 1998, the Get Up Kids toured extensively with bands like the Promise Ring and Jimmy Eat World and released more singles, including "I'm a Loner, Dottie, a Rebel," which also appeared on their classic 1999 album, Something to Write Home About. Released through their own label Heroes & Villains and their patrons Vagrant, Something to Write Home About featured newly added keyboardist James Dewees and focused the scrappy energy of their promising debut into a visceral and intelligent collection of highly introspective and melodic songs that would go on to influence countless bands; the album garnered high critical and fan praise and made the Get Up Kids heroes of the emocore scene.
The band resurfaced two years later, re-releasing some of its early works as the album Eudora and hitting the road with Green Day, Hot Rod Circuit, and Weezer along the way. It wasn't until 2002 that a new album, On a Wire, surfaced, featuring more sparsely arranged and somber songs different than the stirring emo-pop of before. The relatively more upbeat Guilt Show, the band's fifth album and third effort with producer Ed Rose, appeared in spring 2004. The concert album Live @ the Granada Theater surfaced a year later, marking the band's tenth anniversary. But 2005 also marked their presumed final set of tour dates, as the guys announced around the same time that they would be calling it quits -- the apparent last Get Up Kids date was held at their hometown's Uptown Theater on July 2, 2005. The bandmembers continued on with various individual projects, including Pryor with the New Amsterdams and his kids' music project, the Terrible Twos; Dewees with Reggie and the Full Effect; Suptic with his own Blackpool Lights; and the Pope brothers with Koufax. However, the group reunited in 2009 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Something to Write Home About with a deluxe reissue and a tour. Not wanting to waste an opportunity, they wrote an album's worth of new material that was released as a series of EPs during 2010. The first, Simple Science, arrived in April and promptly reached the Billboard charts, proving that the band still had a devoted audience. After the release of Simple Science, the band scrapped their three EP plan, instead combining the other songs with even more new material and releasing it as a full length album. The result was their fifth full-length, There Are Rules, which the band self-released through their own Quality Hill label. ~ Heather Phares
$10 / 6:30 pm
RADIATION PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS...
$10 / 6:00 pm
RADIATION PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS...
TALK SICK BRATS
The mythos of Sheer Mag begins like so many other celebrated rock ‘n roll bands of yore: with two brothers. Following in the tradition of The Bee Gees, Oasis and The Allman Brothers, the brothers Seely conspired to create a rock ‘n roll band to end all rock bands. The sheer magnitude of the endeavor required the recruitment of a daring drummer, a fearless lyricist and a diva who could party good AND write the rent check. With the pantheon assembled, MAG quickly recorded and released their debut 7" to cosmic acclaim. The band now stands poised on the brink of world domination or complete destruction. Is it Punk? Is it Rock ‘n Roll? We'll leave that to the music "critics." But it is punk.
Doors: 8 PM / Show: 9 PM
$7 Advance / $10 Door
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$15.00 Day Of
This show is All Ages
- Titus Andronicus
- Spider Bags, Baked
In July of 2005, the rock band Titus Andronicus made their first live appearance, performing for a few friends in an unfinished basement. The ensuing decade would see nearly 800 shows, 18 members, and the release of three full-length albums and 14 7-inches, as the group rose from their obscure beginnings in the tri-state DIY scene to the heights of international "indie stardom," only to (nearly?) throw it all away in a vicious cycle of depression and decadence. The culmination of that ten-year journey is The Most Lamentable Tragedy.
The Most Lamentable Tragedy [hereafter TMLT] is the fourth studio album by Titus Andronicus [hereafter +@] and the band's debut for Merge Records. A rock opera in five acts, it will see release on the 28th of July 2015 as a digital download, double CD, and triple vinyl LP. "[In July 2005] I turned 20 years old—I started the band and closed the door on my teenage years," says singer/songwriter Patrick Stickles, "and on July 28th this year, I'm turning 30. Putting out this record is my way of closing the door on my twenties—sharing what I have learned, sorrowing what I learned too late."
"It should always be the dearest hope of the Artist that the Art they create could have been created by no one else," Stickles says suddenly, unprompted, "and that if it cannot be adored, it should be despised. Cast wide the poles! +@ is undaunted and TMLT will not be quietly abided."
Nor can it be denied—TMLT is the pinnacle and the missing piece, both the crown jewel of the band's discography and the legend that contextualizes their entire body of work. It reveals that +@ are what hardcore fans have said they are for years, and what the world must now recognize them to be: not merely the greatest rock and roll band of this era, but one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.
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About YONATAN GAT:
"A frequently dazzling display of the trio's impressively far-flung influences." -Pitchfork
"You've never seen anything like it before. Cults have been formed over less." - SPIN
"Echoes of funk from Benin; Cuban son from Senegal; Chicano rock from Los Angeles; Afro-Brazilian soul from Rio de Janeiro; and the pentatonic and Arabic scales that connect much of the world - but there's always a lilt and an invitation in it. He leaves a space for you to get in." -New York Times
It should come as no surprise that after years of touring with his band Monotonix, once hailed by SPIN as "the most exciting live band in rock'n'roll", that Yonatan Gat would carry that same intensity in his own act. Live, his power trio is experienced on the floor inside the audience, with contrasted lighting pointing at the band members as they tear through "a wholly fresh fusion of psychedelic sounds and rhythms from around the globe, with nods to free jazz and served with an unabashed punk spirit". Gat's unparalleled guitar remains mysterious, wildly inventive and dynamic, taking unexpected psychedelic turns throughout the recordings, backed by Gal Lazer's virtuosic hard-hitting African-inspired grooves, and Sergio Sayeg's (of Brazilian garage rockers Garotas Suecas) pumping bass.
$7 Advance, $10 Door
Doors: 8, Show: 9
(Drag City. Psychedelic rock from Chicago, IL)
(Austin TX. As seen on tour with Spoon. Members of A Giant Dog/Bobby Jealousy)
GET A LIFE
(Houston TX. Members of Children of Pop/Deep Cuts)
"...YEAH, WELL, NOW THEY SOUND LIKE BOB DYLAN, THE STONES, STOOGES, NEIL YOUNG, WAYLON JENNINGS... WELL, EVEN WILLIE. I GUESS THEY'VE BEEN AT IT FOR A COUPLE YEARS NOW. BACK IN SUMMER OF '09, BACK WHEN I MET EM, WEZ AND ZACK WERE EATIN WEED BROWNIES AND THEY REALIZED THEY NEEDED SETH IN THE BAND. WELL, THEY DECIDED THEREFORE AND THEN TO START THE GREATEST ROCK N' ROLL BAND IN THE WORLD-- NATURAL CHILD. PROBABLY KNOWN AS MUCH FOR WHAT THEY SAY AS WHAT THEY DO, THEY'VE EARNED A REPUTATION OF GIVING AUDIENCES THE STRAIGHT DEAL. WORLDWIDE. THEY ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF BUYING BILL WYMAN'S BASS AMP FROM 1970. GOD BLESS EM."
Doors: 8 pm, Music: 9 pm
$8 Advance / $10 Door
Tix available now!
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$18.00 Day Of
$20.00 Box Office
This show is All Ages
- The Revivalists
- Whiskey Shivers
It's actually surprising that when The Revivalists take the stage, the entire planet doesn't hear them playing--yes, their sound is that big. It's not just because this band - who have performed everywhere across the country - has seven members and perform with a wide breadth on instruments. It is because there is so much passion spewing out of these guys that it's completely impossible to ignore them.
After seven years of making music together, New Orleans rock hybrid The Revivalists (David Shaw - vocals, Zack Feinberg - guitar, Andrew Campanelli - drums, Ed Williams - pedal steel guitar, George Gekas - bass, Rob Ingraham - saxophone, and Michael Girardot - keyboards & trumpet) are set to deliver their latest studio album, Men Amongst Mountains. The forthcoming release, out on July 17, is an album about growth. It is appropriate, then, that the band set out to challenge itself while writing and recording their latest batch of music.
The Revivalists cloistered themselves within the intimate confines of Bogalusa, LA's Studio in the Country for nearly two weeks while recording Men Amongst Mountains, taking advantage of the studio's generous acoustics by setting up in a single room and recording to tape in an effort to induce a more performance-based sensibility. New Orleans' Esplanade and Living Room Studios hosted the finishing touches to an album which leans first and foremost on capturing authentic moments in warm, rich tones and with a distinctly raw, old-world feel.
Mirroring the broader themes which connect the individual songs on the album, the recording and instrumentation on Men Amongst Mountains represents the next step in The Revivalists' ever-evolving depth and maturity. Like the band's vaunted live shows, Men Amongst Mountains can and will turn on a dime. The gentle gives way to the heavy, the acoustic to the orchestral. Despair becomes hope. Fire becomes light. At times, the obstacles and troubles in our lives can make the world seem impossibly, hopelessly big. Men Amongst Mountains, ultimately, is about the journey that makes us greater than the mountains standing in our way.
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$17.00 Box Office
This show is All Ages
- Toxic Holocaust
- Lord Dying, Mastema, Krvshr
Toxic Holocaust are a punk-inflected death metal band from Portland, OR, associated with Relapse Records. Influenced by hardcore punk and proto-death metal bands of the 1980s such as Discharge, Hellhammer, Bathory, Venom, and Possessed, Joel Grind founded Toxic Holocaust in 1999. He originally wrote and recorded all of the band's music himself, and after a couple demo releases (Radiation Sickness, 1999; Critical Mass, 2002), he made his official full-length album debut as Toxic Holocaust with Evil Never Dies (2003). Two years later, after some touring with a hired backing band, Grind released the second Toxic Holocaust album, Hell on Earth (2005), which once again he wrote and recorded by himself. The album notably features cover art by Ed Repka, known for having created iconic covers for classic metal albums by Megadeth, Death, and others. Extensive touring followed, along with a recording contract with America's premier death metal label, Relapse Records. In addition to releasing the third Toxic Holocaust album, An Overdose of Death... (2008), Relapse reissued Evil Never Dies and Hell on Earth. ~ Jason Birchmeier
Shahin Najafi and band will be on tour from May through the end of the year in Europe and North America to promote his new album SADE.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Doors: 7PM | Show: 8PM
$36.00 in Advance
$45.00 at Door
For more info please contact: SNHouston2015@gmail.com
FILM SCREENING: The Dicks From Texas
The Dicks From Texas film about the hardcore Texas band out of Austin is currently making the festival rounds and ready to be shown publicly. The Dicks were a communist gay Texas hardcore band that set the standard for hardcore punk. They relocated to San Francisco in 1982 and lead singer Gary Floyd has gone on to front bands like Sister Double Happiness and Black Kali Ma.
In addition to the film screening, expect LIVE sets from:
SCREECH OF DEATH
POOR DUMB BASTARDS
BLACK IRISH TEXAS
7:00 pm / all ages welcome / more info TBA
8:00 pm / $15 advance / $17 door
BØRNS may hail originally from the lower peninsula of Michigan but his dreamy blend of folk, glam and electro rock sounds like it comes straight from the cosmos. This tree-house dwelling LA transplant will be bringing his angelic voice and dynamic live show across the U.S. this fall. Do not miss a chance to catch this unique, otherworldly talent.
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Jandek is the musical project of an outsider musician who operates out of Houston, Texas. Since 1978, Jandek has self-released over 70 albums of unusual, often emotionally dissolute folk and blues songs without ever granting more than the occasional interview or providing any biographical information. Jandek often plays a highly idiosyncratic and frequently atonal form of folk and blues music, often using an open and unconventional chord structure. Jandek's music is unique, but the lyrics closely mirror the country blues and folk traditions of East Texas.
$5 advance / $8 door
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm sharp
All ages welcome
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Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$12 advance / $15 door
For Noah Gundersen, the past few years have brought about immense growth and change, both as an artist and as a young man grappling with issues of identity and independence. It should come as little surprise, then, that his stunning new album, 'Carry The Ghost,' is so heavily influenced by existential philosophy. What's so striking, though, is hearing a 25-year-old articulate such weighty themes, packaging them into heartbreakingly gorgeous melodies with a plainspoken language that cuts to the quick upon first listen. Then again, Noah Gundersen has never aimed for ordinary.
Though only a little more than a year has passed since the 2014 release of 'Ledges,' 'Carry The Ghost' finds an older, more sophisticated Gundersen attempting the difficult work of unraveling our purpose here, searching for answers about the nature of man and the meaning of our relationships. Gundersen came to an understanding of himself as the sum of his experiences, a view he embraces as a positive one and which led him to delve into the works of existentialist writers and philosophers like Ortega. For Gundersen, the personal history that shapes each and every one of us is the titular ghost, and it's the thread that ties the entire record together.
The album's more ambitious scale showcases a natural evolution following the success of 'Ledges,' which earned raves everywhere from NPR's World Café to CBS Saturday Morning. Hailed as a "powerful debut" by SPIN, the record delivered on the promise of a string of previous EPs, which poetically tackled issues of faith and doubt and loss and desire as Gundersen transitioned into adulthood. It earned him a devoted national fan base, with many introduced to his music through placements on popular television series like 'Sons of Anarchy,' where his introspective and brooding songs proved to be an invaluable piece of the storytelling.
With 'Carry The Ghost,' Gundersen once again looked inward to find inspiration. "This album grew out of a desire to know myself, to know how I was supposed to live," he explains. "And in that process, I realized that maybe there is no 'supposed to be.' The concept of 'Carry The Ghost' is that we're made by our experiences and to accept that instead of fighting it. The last several years have been a process of accepting things as they are and to not see them as so black and white or right or wrong, to accept that we're not made to be a certain way, but that we are involved in an ongoing process of becoming."
Recorded at Seattle's Litho Studio, 'Carry The Ghost' explores issues of self-discovery and existentialism with an erudite sophistication across 13 magnificent tracks. Collaborating more than ever before with his touring band—which includes his sister Abby and brother Jonathan—Gundersen set out to push boundaries and confound expectations, experimenting with tone and structure and creating rich sonic textures that ebb and flow beneath his stirring, solemn voice.
The album opens with "Slow Dancer," a haunting piano meditation on the anger and frustration that can often be a part of the process of healing from a broken heart. "Light me up again if it makes you feel free," he sings. Dramatic as it can be, this is not an album about conflict, but rather acceptance and understanding. "Why try and fix it?" he asks on "The Difference." "Maybe you were made this way / Maybe the pieces were intentionally different." Later in the album, he strives to "understand the space between the man and the mirror," and on "Show Me The Light," he looks to his first love and recognizes, "You were the worst and the best thing that happened to me."
"With 'Show Me The Light' in particular, there's a dualism that shaped me and I'm ultimately grateful for, even though it was painful," says Gundersen. "There are good things to be taken from most bad things. Again, that's the idea of embracing our history."
"There's a social and religious tendency to see ourselves as inherently broken and in need of fixing," he continues, "and this is me challenging that idea, saying, 'Maybe we were made this way and maybe we are not actually broken and maybe it's okay that we don't have the answers.'"
While Biblical references have frequently played a role in Gundersen's songwriting, he casts off his last subconscious bonds to religion in "Empty From The Start," which plays out as something of an existentialist manifesto. "This is all we have / This is all we are / Blood and bones no holy ghost / Empty from the start," he sings. But rather than leading him to embrace nihilism, the revelation causes Gundersen to find more meaning than ever in humankind, and brings out a new degree of selflessness, as he concludes, "The only thing worth loving more than me is loving you."
"If we are ultimately alone and there is no God and no one will ever truly know what's going on inside of us, I think the most valuable thing we can do is to at least attempt to know someone," he explains. "And that's what I think love is, whether it's romantic love or familial or simply friendship or companionship. To make someone else feel slightly less alone, and in that process become slightly less alone yourself, that to me seems like one of the few truly valuable things that we can do in this life."
The concepts of value and meaning are clearly ones that occupied much of Gundersen's consciousness during the writing of the album. He tackles the notions on "Selfish Art," asking, "Am I giving all that I can give? Am I earning the right to live?"
"I think that's a question that I've come to terms with more recently," he says. "I realized while writing these songs that so much of what I do in life as a professional artist, the idea of getting paid to talk about your feelings, is inherently selfish and narcissistic. While I do believe in the transformative nature of art, I have to be conscious of not becoming self-obsessed, which can come so easily."
It's a difficult balance, but perhaps the greatest triumph of 'Carry The Ghost' is that Gundersen pulls it off with a seemingly effortless refinement. This is the sound of a songwriter looking inward to look outward, accepting his limitations to liberate himself. It's the sound of an artist pushing himself mentally and musically to understand his place in the world and seize control of it, and in doing so, illuminating a portrait in which others may see themselves. If Ortega is to be believed, 'Carry The Ghost' is the sum sound of Noah Gundersen's past, but it's also nothing short of a thrilling preview of his future.
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LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES
What awaits you when the needle drops on Dereconstructed, the new album by Lee Bains lll & the Glory Fires? Nothing less than pure fucking heaven, that's what.
Consider the record's opener, "The Company Man." It revs up with a riff sleazy enough to clog Rod Stewart's stomach pump as an incantation that only a Yellowhammer can truly understand is bellowed and then screamed. Before you know it, the joint is hotter than a Birmingham soaking pit while you, the listener, are reminded, lest you forget, don't ever trust the company man.
Dereconstructed is a careening, road raging, all night party of a record. Informed by a distinctly southern hoodoo, it is a master class in authentic Gulf Coast choogle. Having cut his teeth in the Dexateens, Lee Bains lll has been properly schooled in how to throw down, so much so that even his hyper literate musings are no match for the blown out distortion that gives this record its blistering urgency.
Songs like "The Kudzu and the Concrete," "Dirt Track" and the roaring, blissfully shambolic title track could be anthems looking for a stadium, but they're also reminders as to why Lee Bains lll & the Glory Fires are such a formidable party machine. If your hometown is graced with a scuzzy dive and a few warm bodies to populate it, you'd best believe that the Glory Fires have been there, or are on their way back.
Doors: 8 / Show: 9
$7 Advance / $10 Door
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ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT
Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice are Ed Schrader's Music Beat from the fair city of Baltimore MD. In 2008/09 many had seen Ed "live" with just a floor tom, one light, plenty of jokes, and commanding voice. This era often left people with a sense that they had just seen a man unhinged trying to tell them something sacred in the form of a song, or something, they weren't too sure what they saw. After a few tours on his own, in 2010 Ed asked Devlin to help him expand the songs with his limited knowledge of the bass guitar. Now the "live" show is one guy playing a drum with a light shining, singing his ass off and another dude with a bass, in the dark laughing at the other guy's jokes. This era (which still continues) tends to leave people with that same fascination of the sacred unhinged but now it seems a little less scary, more familiar and they can can bring their dates to see this "cool band that you might not have heard of".
This union shortly brought about the release of Jazz Mind on Load Records which featured collaborations with Randy Randall of No Age and Baltimore sound gurus Matmos. Jazz Mind captured the raw and jarring "live" show with songs that seem equally loud and destructive, pensive and haunting. Since the albums release the duo have been touring non-stop through North America and Europe, by themselves mostly but have also been seen in opening slots with Dan Deacon, Future Islands and hardcore luminaries Ceremony.
Party Jail picks up where Jazz Mind left off with a greater focus on making the listener aware that Ed Schrader's Music Beat are not nut jobs who just play their best guess at punk. They wish to reveal that they are secretly a band that write pop songs, whether you know it or not.
Doors: 8 / Show: 9
$7 Advance / $10 Door
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Strange Wilds is a musical power-trio from Olympia, Washington.
There are three members: Allen, who plays drums; Sean, who plays bass; and Steven, who sings and plays the guitar. There is also a freight train, several buzzsaws, a banshee, and some heavy, heavy Pacific doom-and-gloom up in the mix.
The group formed in 2012, when Steven met Sean while Sean’s band from Boise was playing a gig in a house where Steven lived. They became friends, and several months later Steven called Sean, who had just relocated to Olympia for college, to form the band. They were called Wet, and gigged around the West Coast as a four-piece. Allen was added as a full-time member in 2014 after a line-up change, and the band changed its name to Strange Wilds to release a 4-song EP and tour immediately. Sub Pop came calling, and signed the band last fall. The band is now set to release its full-length debut, Subjective Concepts, July 24th, 2015.
Doors: 8 / Show: 9
$7 Advance / $10 Door
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$18.00 Day Of
$20.00 Box Office
This show is All Ages
- Modern Baseball
- Pup, Jeff Rosenstock, Tiny Moving Parts
Modern Baseball formed at Drexel University, Philadelphia in 2012 where songwriters Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald began writing catchy pop-punk-influenced indie rock, with nods to the likes of Say Anything and Motion City Soundtrack alongside the lyrical nous of Dashboard Confessional and the wit of the Front Bottoms. The high school friends started out as an acoustic act, but after they met Sean Huber (drums) and Ian Farmer (bass) at a typical college house party, they became a four-piece. Lukens and Ewald were in the midst of recording their debut record, Sports, at the university studios when Huber and Farmer joined, and it was released soon afterwards. The album quickly gained local traction and eventually, in 2013, online buzz started to pick up for their lo-fi songs that captured the awkwardness of teenagers surrounded by social media, and bungling relationships with girls. The quartet remained at university while taking time out when they could to tour, but that changed when they were offered a support slot with fellow Philly-based outfit the Wonder Years and they penned a deal with Run for Cover Records. They returned to the studio later that year to record their follow-up, You're Gonna Miss It All, which appeared in early 2014. ~ Scott Kerr
No fairy tale here folks. No love story to be told. Tweak Bird is two brothers in LA from Southern Illinois who just love to turn up and jam. Baritone guitar properly fuzzed, and an oversized drum kit passed down from the Melvins' Dale Crover make up the meatloaf, and the smooth yet broken tandem vocals drizzle the ketchup on top. Is it Filet Mignon? Nope! But who eat's that shit anyway? Its heavy rock with lite vocals. …are you getting this yet? Live shows are fun because you get the feeling that the hinges could come off at any moment. …and guess what? Sometimes it happens, and it's a total disaster, but, it's still more entertainment than a lame ass beep beep boop robot show. Plus Tweak Bird's not famous so you probably won't pay more than 10 bucks to seem them. Done deal.
Since 2008, the Bird brothers have released two full-length studio albums and two EP's. The band has also done some heavy touring in the last 5 years headlining in the US and in Europe as well as supporting tours with some slick acts like Tool, Melvins, Big Business, Black Mountain and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.
Doors: 8 / Show: 9
$7 Advance / $10 Door
Visual and Street Artists from Houston and surrounding areas are coming together for one night to showcase their talents and benefit the city in a huge way.
$5 cover gets you in to see tons of rad artists and vendors and will be donated to www.standupforkids.org to help keep kids off the streets.
MKT Bar & Phoenicia Specialty Foods will be providing snacks, and Topo Chico will supply us with refreshing mineral water. Photography for the evening by Sergio Leal and a special thanks to Blake Jones, for our rad flyer.
For your listenin' pleasure:
Rooben Jimenez will be spinnin' all night.
Joey Flaco and Ichikara IV Valdez from Killem Collective
AND a special performance by Adrienne Mack-Davis feat. Felicia Cruz
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Houston gets slathered with it first:
Indian Jewelry's "Doing Easy" advance release party.
Live sets by Indian Jewelry and Vockah Redu.
DJs Bad Bones, Record Money, and Andy V gonna bring you the biscuits and beef.
Doing Easy is a big buttery dollop of new Indian Jewelry available to the world on September 1, 2015 on Studded Left.
Doors: 9 pm / $7 advance / $10 door
Löwin was born March 2014 shortly after local Austin favorite, The Couch, decided to call it quits. Singer/guitarist Sara Houser’s new endeavor takes their moniker from the German word for “lioness.” Löwin’s sound can be described as a balance between the masculine and the feminine with loud guitars and bombastic arrangements coupled with delicate melodies and textures. Much like the band’s spirit animal, Löwin’s songs stem from the duality of fierce and gentle and the idea that those two sentiments don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Since the band’s inception, Löwin has been lucky to play some amazing local spots including tapings with The Good Music Club, DaveTV, and CityGram Mag’s House Sounds. They have been The Deli’s Artist of the Month and were voted Artist of the Year in 2015 by local peers in the music scene.
"Bantam Foxes have in just two years developed a sound that draws no easy comparisons in the canon of New Orleans rock 'n' roll. Members Sam McCabe (guitar, vocals), Collin McCabe (bass, vocals), and Jared Marcell (drums) combine wailing, urgent lyrics above fuzzy, grungy guitars and a pulsing backbeat in songs infused with blues, punk, and garage rock."
Gambit 2013 Music Issue - Seven Artists to Watch // September 2013
Doors: 8 pm
Attn: Current & Future Members
of the Mystic Crystal Revelations Movie Club:
Come out and celebrate all the kick-ass magic of B-grade crime flicks on August 20th with a screening of the one and only, VICE SQUAD.
(Your pre-screening show will be provided by Harry J., who is really good at 'em and a good friend who has been in the film screening game for a while! Thanks dude!)
SYNOPSIS: A heinously violent pimp named RamRod (performed with nothing but blood, sweat and guts by cult favorite, Wings Hauser) is killing prostitutes in Hollywood. A prostitute named Princess (Season Hubley of Escape From New York) teams up with Vice Squad cops to avenge the life of a friend who died by his villainous hand.
Doors at 9:30
Pre-Show at 10
Feature at 10:30
Hit up Zack at the bar & pick your poison.
Side Note: Also a birthday celebration for me. I am told there will be strawberry cake as it is my favorite.
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