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Bad Bad Hats and Good Graeff - TUE MAY 27 at 7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats is the songwriting duo of Chris Hoge and Kerry Alexander. Together, they write songs that are short & sweet, upbeat & smart. With the help of their bassist, Noah Boswell, they were discovered at Macalester College’s Annual Battle of the Bands. They did not win the battle, and are currently seeking revenge.

 

 

Made of twin sisters Brooke and Brit, Good Graeff (pronounced “grayf”) creates powerful folk-charged indie pop that centers on Brooke’s dynamic & original vocals and upbeat acoustic chord progressions, which are finessed into creative and memorable pop songs by Brit’s melodic, classically influenced cello riffs.

 

Gypsyhawk and Black Pussy - WED MAY 28 at 7th St Entry

"Gypsyhawk is four metal dudes playing rock and roll and bringing the party every time they get on stage," states guitarist Andrew Packer, and there is perhaps no better way of surmising the spirit and sound of the Pasadena quartet. Revisiting the electrifying sounds of bullshit-free 70s rock, the band are a breath of fresh air compared to the endless onslaught of breakdown obsessed bands cluttering up heavy music. Marinating their wares in whiskey and weed, they hurl out blistering riffs and irresistible hooks and grooves, doing their damnedest to ensure that everyone at their shows is having as much fun as they are.

 

Black Pussy’s heavy, bluesy sound and clear influences of Kyuss, Hendrix and The Who have found a niche in the ever-growing, global stoner-rock movement. The band exclusively uses vintage Sunn gear, pushing a massive 44 speakers when playing live and tends to land shows with the heaviest, sludgiest bands in the Portland, Oregon scene. However, their classic, upbeat, relentlessly hooky tracks have led to Hill coining the phrase “stoner pop,” like The Cars meets Black Sabbath. The band’s catchy music tends to seduce anyone, even those who walk in off the street after seeing the intriguing band name on the marquis of the venue.

Ben Ottewell - TUE JUNE 10 at 7th St Entry

As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, "Gomez's not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell." And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, "[his] voice is not of this world." Since his first solo release, Shapes & Shadows (2011), Ottewell has been pleasing audiences with a series of successful acoustic tours across the US, UK and Australia. Now with a newly-recorded album of songs for his second solo project, Rattlebag, the singer is set to return to the stage, this time with a band, performing his new music as well as a few Gomez favorites. The band will feature Ottewell on guitars and vocals, and two musicians who also appear on the album - Will Golden on bass and keys, and Al Sgro on drums.

The Knocks and ASTR - SUN JUNE 22 at 7th St Entry

After meeting at The New School in New York City, Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson both found themselves in need of a place to live. The two moved in together, and quickly set about making their neighbors hate them. “Our apartment was this small, shitty Avenue C apartment with paper thin walls. We both had studio set-ups in our rooms,” explains B-Roc. “It would be loud as hell, and the neighbors hated it. They’d knock on the walls and bang on the ceiling. We would go into each other’s rooms and say ‘I just got the knocks.’” Declared by the NME as one of the “20 hottest producers in music” as “cred-pop’s answer to the Neptunes” by The Guardian - they are now one of the most buzzed-about duos on the electronic circuit.

ASTR is a duo that lives, works and writes music in New York City. After meeting three years ago in a Manhattan yoga class, they discovered they shared a musical and artistic sensibility informed by cinema noire, Miami Vice and urban dreamscapes. ASTR was soon born. Zoe is a New York native and former major label refuge. After a hiatus from music to explore the world via spirituality she met Adam, a recovering vinyl addict with a penchant for 60's / 70's cinema scores, Disco, and the fingers for anything with keys (vintage synths, guitar and bass).

This Week at the Turf: April 22, 2014

TUESDAY: SOLIDSTATE | THE RECKLESS | BILLY SHADDOX

Solidstate is a up-and-coming 2-piece guitar/drum rock combo from St. Paul, MN featuring Atom Pechman (Guitars/Vocals) and Scott Bergmann (Drums/Vocals).

The Reckless began playing the Minneapolis club circuit, and after recruiting bassist Adam Couch, released their debut LP “Keep It Together” in late 2013 at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry. The album was described by The Mankato Free Press as "a surreal headtrip" with "poppy, new age swagger." The band's sound has been compared to the likes of Kings of Leon, Radiohead, and Coldplay, Subsequently sharing the stage with gold and platinum alternative rock acts like Dada and Everclear, The Reckless has been gaining momentum in the alternative rock scene.

Billy Shaddox is blessed with the ability to blend the western dualities of coastal dreamer and high mountain drifter into his deep, easy flowing songs. This is modern American folk music with pop sensibilities. Rooted in stories of love and fortune lost, perspective and enlightenment gained, Shaddox captures the mystique of the West with indelible lyrical imagery and sharply original musicality: the displaced modern man weary of coping with vanishing ideals, the present-minded realist, the uncontrollable jealousy of the downtrodden miner, and the bright-eyed morning traveler setting out to make his mark on the world.

Recommended If You Like:
Jon Spencer Blues Explostion, Kings of Leon, The Wallflowers, Jeff Tweedy

WEDNESDAY: UNITY THE BAND

Unity…the Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Appleton, WI. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove. They treat fans to old roots Reggae favs, along with original music blending influences of rock, roots, blues and reggae into their own unique sound.

Recommended If You Like:
Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Third World, Jimmy Cliff, Stevie Wonder

THURSDAY: KILL IT! COMEDY-OKE

Clap for the comedians, laugh at karaoke, or vice versa. If you have every wanted to get on stage at the Turf Club but you're not in a band, this is your chance! The open mic is for comedians who are new and comedians who have done a thousand shows. The karaoke is for everyone, even the comedians. [Facebook Event]

Recommended If You Like:
Laughter, singing karaoke, performing stand-up, Rana May, Arzu Gocken

FRIDAY: BIG LAKE CD Release Show

To promote their upcoming record release show at the Turf Club on April 25, Big Lake teamed up with Joey Ryan for this fragile, stirring cover of Big Star's "Thirteen." The intimate performance clip captures the collaborative group paying tribute to a song that clearly means quite a bit to them, while also showcasing their own musical talents at the same time. The acoustic, piano-laden cover manages to tap into the wistful poignancy of the original number, which will be immediately familiar to all of us Big Star fans. No telling if the groups will get together and cover this at the Turf, but Big Lake, Joey Ryan and the Inks, and Small Cities have plenty of their own poignant material to keep music fans more than entertained at the Turf. [Gimme Noise]

Recommended If You Like:
Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Megafaun, Volcano Choir, Teenage Fanclub

SATURDAY: LOOP

‘If I had a band, I’d want it to sound like Loop’ At some point in the late 80s, I said those very words. That the person I said it to sniffed in violent disagreement isn’t important. You can have your Jesus & Mary Chain and your Spacemen 3, I was froot-loops for Loop. Their crushing white-hot minimalist guitar mantras were the perfect pulverizing intersection between La Monte Young, The Stooges and Suicide. They were as intense as Killing Joke or The Pop Group and they took their name from a Velvet Underground rarity. Yes, please! [Dangerous Minds]

Recommended If You Like:
My Bloody Valentine, Can, Ride, Faust, Mercury Rev, Ultra Vivid Scene

SUNDAY: BLACK LIPS (SOLD OUT)

The story of Black Lips reads kind of like a trashy young adult novel. The band's two founders were kicked out of high school; another band member was killed just before their debut album was released. They did outrageous stuff at shows — there was pee, vomit, blood, and making out with each other on stage — and they got banned from more than a few clubs in the process. Yet after 15 years, they're still at it, having played on six continents and picked up fans around the world. Black Lips' latest album, Underneath the Rainbow, mines '50s rockabilly and '60s garage rock and twists it into something darker, even a little dangerous. [All Things Considered]

Recommended If You Like:
King Khan & BBQ Show, Ty Segall, Jay Reatard, The Mummies, The Sonics

MONDAY: NELO

"The most important thing in any song is that it's true to whatever picture you're seeing or feeling," nelo mainman Matt Ragland. "I really do want to paint a picture, and it happens when I'm honest." Nelo's self-titled album is chock full of those kinds of pictures. Ragland crafts an emotional and evocative portrait with brush strokes of airy rock, entrancing acoustic guitars, and vivid lyricism. It's a powerful and poetic ride that leaves its mark immediately. [ARTISTdirect]

Recommended If You Like:
Damien Rice, Keane, Daniel Lanois, Ryan Adams, Ray La Montagne


This Week in the Entry: April 21, 2014

MONDAY: Say Hi | Big Scary

Eric Elbogen, or Say Hi, is on tour this spring with Big Scary. As Barsuk labelmates, Say Hi and Big Scary make for an exciting bill considering their synergetic live presentation. Say Hi has also just released a new record, Endless Wonder, that features what Stereogum called, “[A] more bombastic release. Moving from brittle drums and glaring synths to sections of skronky guitars, it goes all over the map while still keeping a tight structure”.

Similar Artists:
Harlem Shakes, Oh No Oh My, Volcano Choir

TUESDAY: Lost in the Trees

“We were killers in our past life, but it turned out alright” comes from the first line of the seductively catchy song Past Lives. Lost In The Trees’ most recent single is more than alright; featuring pop sensibilities, licks, and loops that garnish a groove past the everyday beat with sensational ease. The Entry will feature Lost In The Trees in their lush and melancholy craft of electronic-rock. All Tiny Creatures are opening with a delightfully strange display of pop that beckons comparisons to other planets.

Similar Artists:
Shearwater, Great Lake Swimmers, Gem Club

WEDNESDAY: White Fang

Bad facial hair, pizza, and a cynical preference for party critique would sum up White Fang, if they did not also rock so hard. Surprisingly, White Fang does have a song that valorizes a sober approach to existence, “I don’t need drugs to make me feel stupid,” but maybe this is because their steady diet of Taco Bell has them so high on life. Opening for our White Fang is Skating Polly and local champs of life-in-the-fast-food-lane Frankie Teardrop. Crack open a Mountain Dew, finish that last slice of ‘za you bought last week, and head over to The Entry for party pants and weirdos.

Similar Artists:
King Tuff, Nobunny, Jacuzzi Boys

THURSDAY: Lydia Loveless

Loveless’ third album is a country-punk record laced with nuanced lyrics and americana rock and roll. Her live shows have been described as blistering and she chooses to refer to album as anxiety-provoking. There is something that is not quite addressed however, Loveless is an intelligent chemist of americana. Her affections for near classic influences like The Replacements, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, and The Pretenders makes for an excellent show. Taking the stage first will be local lovely folksters; The Sudden Lovelys.

Similar Artists:
Fleetwood Mac, Laura Marling, The Replacements

FRIDAY: Welcome 2 The Clover Release Party featuring Lil’ Flip & Absentu

Houston rapper, white cup gangster, and recent author Lil’ Flip is coming to The Entry with homegrown Absent to release his latest record Welcome 2 The Clover. Flip has been turning it up on social media for over a month to promote this show, and it’s going to be wild. Knick-named The Freestyle King, Flips live shows are never the same and be certain that the entire familia will be there to support his latest record, clothing company, new book, and special liquor.

Similar Artists:
Pimp C, Method Man, Paul Wall

SATURDAY: We Are Scientists

It has been two years since we have seen We Are Scientists, but they are back with a brand new experiement, TV En Francais. Humorous, but more often very often than that Keith Murray and Chris Cain are smirkingly intelligent and quite dancey. They have had an interesting progression as artists. They started in California, then moved to New York to satisfy a pleasent following in Brooklyn, only to tour the European scene and break into top twenty charts in the UK. It may be worth going to see them to also test yourself as to where your own music taste finds itself geographically. Please rate your experience LA-good to NY-great to UK-super-awesome-show-good-job-guys-I’ll-buy-a-shirt.

Similar Artists:
Tokyo Police Club, Hot Hot Heat, Bloc Party

SUNDAY: T.U.G.G.

The west coast of Wisconsin is not typically thought of as a hotbed of alternative reggae music. However, TUGG, hailing from La Crosse, WI has done an amazing job channeling tropical grooves and breezy melodies and has quickly become a top draw in the Midwest and beyond.

Similar Artists:
The Chill Flow, Dirty Heads, Rome

 


Tickets On Sale This Week: April 17, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, April 18 at 10:00am

Spanish Gold Triple Rock MON JUNE 9
Motion City Soundtrack performing I Am The Movie acoustic McNally-Smith TUE MAY 13

ON SALE: Friday, April 18 at noon

Old Man Canyon 7th St Entry MON JUNE 16
Reuben and the Dark 7th St Entry SAT JUNE 21
Rodrigo Amarante Icehouse TUE JUNE 24
Andrew Jackson Jihad 7th St Entry FRI JULY 18
Devon Allman Band 7th St Entry WED JULY 23

ON SALE: NOW

Kill It! Comedy-oke Turf Club THU APR 24
T.U.G.G. 7th St Entry SUN APR 27
Get Together 3: Spring House Music Party Mainroom FRI MAY 9
Konkrete Jungle feat. Marcus Visionary Record Room WED MAY 14

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