Saturday, October 2, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers w/ The Allendales and Brad Hoshaw & the Seven Deadlies
$15 adv, $18 door
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RIYL: Johnny Cash, Wilco, John Mellencamp
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers
Roger Clyne on the web
From Tempe, Arizona, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers is the only independent band to debut in the top ten on the Billboard Internet Sales chart for six consecutive albums, including two number one entries. They play some seriously catchy genre-crossing country jams that many critics foresee breaking them into the mainstream music world. On stage, Arizona Republic noted, “Clyne is a terrific showman, blessed with a charisma that few are born with. Add to that his sharp songwriting skills and a crack band...and you're guaranteed to have a good time."
Brad Hoshaw & the Seven Deadlies
With country sensation Dolly Parton gushing, “… he can sing me to sleep anytime,” it is evident that Brad Hoshaw is making his mark on the music world. Not only that, but Brad Hoshaw & the Seven Deadlies won 2010 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Adult Alternative/Singer-Songwriter. Hoshaw began composing songs at the age of eight, first playing piano by ear, then studying alto/tenor/baritone saxophone through high school, until he eventually settled on the guitar as his instrument of choice. Nowadays, he moves listeners with his genuine songwriting and expressive performances that seduce you and make you cry all in one night.
With a name taken from a significant Lincoln, NE street, The Allendales treat their hometown with a twangin’ Americana sound fueled by rough guitars and alcohol. They “rely on solid songwriting and three and four part harmonies that bring their songs together tight and seamless, moving almost effortlessly between country, pop, and punk to create a sound that isn’t exactly new but is definitely warped enough to fit their unique vision.” They’ve opened for national touring acts such as The Mike McClure Band, The Mighty Short Bus, and The Drams.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Brent Tactic w/ Ponce de Leon and Matte Fresh
9 p.m., free for 21+
Brent Tactic has been running game in Kansas for a minute. After dominating the scene with his production partner for the mid part of the decade, Brent has been holding it down solo in the barbeque city torching dancefloors with any and every genre. More recently you could say that Brent is the go to guy to bring that added flavor to any party. His work with KC legend DJ SKU led to the inception of the most popular Hip-hop party in KC, YEAHHH BUDDY!!! Consisting of a themed night based around famous hip hop labels, producers, and MCs Brent has schooled the masses in the ways of The Dungen Family, Death Row, dancehall, and more. He also hosts Pop Rocks(90’s) with Lords of Tokyo great Bobby Keys and Risky Disco with KC don Bill Pile.
As a production due Brent and Ben Fuller joined forces as Tactic in 2002 after building successful careers individually in the Kansas scene. Tactic found common ground in bleeding a broad cross section of club culture. Their 4 turntable dj sets blurred the line between hip-hop, electronic, and club music to getting everyone’s ass shaking. Comfortable with any crowd that is ready to get down, Tactic has performed alongside everyone from Diplo and Spank Rock to Presfuse 73. Tactic has proven just as productive in the studio as they are in the club. Their remixes, re-edits, and blends have garnered international attention with plays on NYC’s East Village Radio and London’s prestigious KISS FM as well as getting rotation in the dj sets of Diplo, Tittsworth, Flosstradamus, and Eli Escobar. Their remix of Blaqstarr’s Superstar was released on Diplo’s Mad Decent label and has become a staple in the crates of many great djs including Nick Catchdubs. Recently they have been featured as remixers on EPs by Udachi and DZ.
If raising a daughter and holding down a 9 to 5 isn’t enough, Brent also runs a label called Think2wice (with ben too, who now lives in Portland). With seven releasesdone Think2wice has pulled remixes from Salva, Dan Daneeka, Ghosts on Tape, B. Rich, and Dubbel Dutch as well as featured artist Norrit. Look out for upcoming EPs from Potions and B-Stee.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Pharmacy Spirits w/ Honeybee, Bear Country and Once a Pawn
8 p.m., $5 for 18+
RIYL: The Cure, Band of Horses, Mazzy Star, The Pixies
From Lincoln, NE, Pharmacy Spirits members deliver a new wave punk rock a la Joy Division and The Cure. Their sound is “crude, damaged, and charged, yet tempered with the persistence of hope.” It’s strong uptempo rock with haunting overtones. Their latest album “Teen Challenge” references the hardships associated with growing up in L-town and the hindrances that follow suit. The album is a hopeful launch pad to nationwide touring and exposure for the band. Pharmacy Spirits have shared the stage with Tilly and the Wall, Beep Beep, Birthday Suits, Head of Femur, Brimstone Howl, These are Powers, Eagle Seagull, Flaming Fire, For Against, Skeleton Breath, O’Death, Broken Spindles, Mercy Rule, Capgun Coup, UUVVWWZ, harvey Sid Fisher, Caustic Resin.
What was once Melissa Geary's solo venture, Honeybee is now a collective of her close friends and high school sweetheart-turned husband - an awesome band with awesome music. It's an almost chilling twist on cute indie pop music and is completely and infectiously irresistible. Melodic vocals are supplemented by "guitar, organ, keyboard, electric drums, sand blocks, harmonica horn, wood floor creaks, things falling, and whatever Melissa can find to add a little something." Honeybee was listed as one of Omahype's Top 10 Local Albums of 2008.
Omaha's Bear County is pinpointed midwestern jam greatness with an "eclectic sound rooted in folk, classic country, blues, and the minimalist and cool movements. Bear Country’s sound palette is based upon the band’s focus to attain a dynamic and organic ensemble-like sound and is supported by a mix of voices ranging from breathy croons to throaty bellowed moans laying atop the amalgamation of minimal drums and percussion, stringed instruments and keyboards and their reverb-decay, and tempos that dip between boot-tappers and slow hip-swayers. Their songs range from soft, sweet, and flowing, to staggered and intoxicated volumes fortified in range by a song’s experience."
Once a Pawn
Since meeting in high school gym class, Catherine Balta and Eric Scrivens have developed the punk/indie/rock of Once A Pawn into a stellar two-piece that rivals similar and larger bands. Catherine Balta as the band's vocalist/drummer belts melodies over her outrageous drumming skills while Eric Scrivens energetically rocks out on his guitar. The Queer Control Records-signed band is original and amazing and definitely one to watch. They have been touring around the west and midwest playing with a variety bands from all over the country. They've been featured on Lincolns local music website, Starcityscene.com, in Omahas publication, The Reader, Lincolns annual presentation of the best in local music, Scenefest, and their song Writing A Letter was listed at 50 on top 100 on KRNU, the University of Nebraska's radio station.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The Love Language w/ Turbo Fruits and Diamond Kazzoo
8 p.m., $8 for 18+
RIYL: The Walkmen, Tilly and the Wall, T. Rex, moonshine
The Love Language
The Love Language's Stuart McLamb insists he doesn't seek chaos for art's sake -- it just seems to find him. "It's funny how that works," he says over cigarettes and coffee at a java joint in his band's hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. "I'll have these periods where just nothing is in my head. Then it's like a phoenix, coming out under stress. There's got to be easier ways to get the wheels turning."
But it's from that chaos that the Love Language arose. In 2006, McLamb was kicked out of his former band, garage rockers the Capulets, after he broke into their practice space in a drunken stupor to teach a girl to play drums and ended up trashing some gear. After a painful breakup with his girlfriend, his downward spiral culminated in a drinking binge of epic proportions. "When I came to, I was in a friend's apartment in handcuffs with my ankles bound, not knowing how I got there," says McLamb, 28. "That was a pretty ugly night, but it was also a turning point."
McLamb retreated to his parents' house and started recording what would become his debut, The Love Language (Bladen County), a casually stunning work of one-man-band lo-fi indie pop. McLamb's songs -- a mix of moody piano ballads and bouncy guitar rock -- are aching love letters to his ex that combine the emotional directness of Big Star with the raw immediacy of Guided by Voices.
Reminiscent of an explosive 1970s garage rock band or rather “barn rock,” as they describe themselves, Turbo Fruits hail from Nashville, TN and embody everything we love about sweaty, rambunctious southern garage rock. These Nashville rockers have had quite a busy year. Nonstop touring and playing a strenuous 17 shows at SXSW, this is a band that we will surely hear a lot more about in the future.
At full force Diamond Kazzoo consists of 6 members rolling out the best gosh darn bluegrass you ever did hear. It's a sound that truly challenges you not to stomp your feet, clap your hands, and get on up and DANCE!