Tickets On Sale This Week: April 30, 2015

ON SALE: Friday, May 1 at 10:00am CT

Corey Taylor of Slipknot & Stone Sour (Solo Acoustic) Turf Club SUN JULY 12

ON SALE: Friday, May 1 at noon CT

Gramofone | The Persian Leaps | The Person & The People Turf Club THU MAY 28
Get Togethr 3: Peace, Love, Unity, Rrrespek
featuring Mark Farina, DJ Funk, and more
Mainroom SAT JUNE 6
SUUNS + Jerusalem in My Heart Turf Club WED JUNE 17
Christopher Owens 7th St Entry SAT JUNE 27
Jamaican Queens Turf Club WED JULY 15
Cayucas 7th St Entry THU JULY 23
Happyness 7th St Entry SUN JULY 26
Heaters 7th St Entry TUE JULY 28
A.A. Bondy Turf Club TUE JULY 28
TV On The Radio Mainroom THU JULY 30
Bear’s Den Turf Club MON AUG 3

ON SALE: Saturday, May 2 at noon CT

Day of Familia ft. Ying Yang Twins Mainroom FRI JUNE 12
The Fucking Best Show Ever ft. P.O.S & more Familia HQ SAT JUNE 13


Turbo Fruits with Eternal Summers 7th St Entry FRI MAY 1
700 Degreez with DJ TIIIIIIIIIIP Record Room FRI MAY 1
Movies. Music. May with Actual Wolf & Friends Clown Lounge SUN MAY 3
CSL | Warehouse Eyes 7th St Entry SUN MAY 10
Movies. Music. May with Actual Wolf & Friends Clown Lounge SUN MAY 10
American Cream | Jet Legs Turf Club THU MAY 14
Movies. Music. May with Actual Wolf & Friends Clown Lounge SUN MAY 17
Real Numbers | Smart Alex
The Badinovs | The Silverteens
Turf Club FRI MAY 22
Baumhaus - A Night of Improvised Minimal Techno
with tiny deaths & Friends
Clown Lounge SUN MAY 24
Lawnchair Records Compilation Tape Release
ft. Frankie Teardrop & more
Turf Club WED MAY 27
Movies. Music. May with Actual Wolf & Friends Clown Lounge SUN MAY 31
ECID 7th St Entry THU JUNE 4
Rich Mattson & The Northstars Record Release Party Turf Club SAT JUNE 6
Zach Deputy Turf Club THU JUNE 11
Baumhaus - A Night of Improvised Minimal Techno
with tiny deaths & Friends
Clown Lounge MON JUNE 29
Tobias Jesso Jr. The Cedar TUE OCT 6

This Week at the Turf Club: April 28, 2015


Ryan Traster is a Minneapolis-bred singer/songwriter currently residing in Portland, but the restless troubadour has spent the better part of the decade traveling the world making music on stages and in studios. He has had the privilege of recording or performing with members of The Jayhawks, Golden Smog, and Jonathan Wilson. He was also a key member of Small Towns Burn A Little Slower, a Minneapolis buzzband that made a mark on the emo/post punk scene in the mid 2000's. Chris Pureka has been touring the US for the last 10 years and Europe the last three, performing unadorned, country-inflected folk music at cozy clubs and grand theaters, grassroots festivals and urban block parties. She had criss-crossed the states sharing the stage with such artists as the Lumineers, Sera Cahoone, and Y La Bamba. Pureka's latest release, Chimera II, is an expression of transition, collecting seven tracks old and new, borrowed and original. Like its predecessor, it's both a coda and prelude, an assortment of songs that are vital and revealing and yet don't quite fit within the focus of her full-length albums.

Sounds like: Girlyman, Small Towns Burn A Little Slower


"Eric Pollard is a Grand Rapids, Minnesota, boy better known by the name he shares with his stage persona, band and ethos: Actual Wolf. A few years back, he emerged from behind the drum kit to become a front man and accomplished songwriter. Listening to him was to hear to a wolf trying on sound; a vocal chameleon who could effortlessly channel Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Bob Dylan or a nameless country music singer drifting in on an AM signal. There wasn’t any doubt this guy could sing, write or play — you just didn’t know where it was going to go. Last year, Pollard left the Minnesota scene where he had just begun to make a mark to go to Nashville. On his way south he told folks he was going to make an album called Itasca, named for the county where he grew up — a land of 1,000 of Minnesota’s “10,000 Lakes,” tall pines, scrub brush and red dirt on the edge of town. Actual Wolf went all the way to the Country Music Capital of the USA to make an album that is required listening for a lonely late night drive up Highway 38 to Bigfork. [...] Itasca is country rock, but not the kind of country you usual hear on the radio. It’s wintery, with pine needles and skates. And while Actual Wolf is promising another album this year, attempting to keep up the Bob Dylan 1965 pace, this man and his band have given us something to keep us cool all summer." [MN Brown]

Opening up Wednesday's show will be Turf Club favorites, The Cactus Blossoms.


“It's all better on the other side,” guitarist and lead singer Abisha Uhl cries on Anthem, the new EP by Twin Cities rockers Sick of Sarah. Evidence of the band's cohesiveness, born out of ten years playing music together, is all over the album. In Sick of Sarah, everyone sings, keeping Uhl's clear melodies afloat on a sea of “whoa's” and “ahh's.” Meanwhile, Forsythe moves her drums from thundering to stuttering, Uhl and Murphy and Farmer keep their guitars set to “blistering,” peppering in rhythms that adds subtle sense of structure and urgency. The band's Place Your Bets Tour makes its Twin Cities stop this Thursday at the Turf, with tour-mates George Morris and local trio Strange Relations filling out the three band bill.

Sounds Like: Hunter Valentine, An Horse, The Cliks, Rachael Cantu


Bobby Bare, Jr. could've phoned in a career. He could've exploited the fact that he's the son of iconic Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, was born into Nashville's Music Row elite, and counted artists like Shel Silverstein as close family friends and George Jones and Tammy Wynette as next door neighbors. Instead, Bobby blazed a path of unique songwriting craftsmanship with a voice that blows through you like an unyielding wind on the desolate prairie. Undefeated is BBJ's first release since 2010 and what he calls his "break-up record," but the whole of it is much more involved: this isn't escapism; it's an emotional survival guide. Undefeated is ten songs of reality checks, clever wordplay, and daring arrangements, the aural companion to that buddy who pulls up a bar stool next to yours to help soak away your sorrows.

Sounds Like: Robbie Fulks, Lee Bains III, Old 97s, Golden Smog

SATURDAY: BIRTHDAY SUITS Record Release & 10 Year Anniversary

"Birthday Suits play breakneck garage rock punctuated by a combustible live show that focuses on substance over flash. They exert more energy in their 30-minute sets than most other bands who play double that time. Witnessing them perform exemplifies the power of music in all its sweaty and cathartic glory." [Gimme Noise]

Since their debut in 2005, the Minneapolis-based duo of Matthew Kazama and Hideo Takahashi has excelled at tossing elements of late-'90s mathcore and classic Reagan-era punk against the wall with disarming power and impressively fresh results. This Saturday at the Turf, the band will be celebrating the release of their latest record, Spin the Bottle : Adult Party (now available on Bandcamp and iTunes), and their 10 years of existence together as Birthday Suits.

Sounds Like: Future of the Left, No Means No, STNNNG, The Blind Shake


Following Wednesday's tape release show with The Cactus Blossoms, Eric Pollard will relocate downstairs to kick off a Sundays in May residency in the Clown Lounge. Doors for the shows open at 8pm and will feature a solo Actual Wolf set, along with a set from a different special guest each week. To coincide with these Clown Lounge shows, there will be a free movie screening each week upstairs on the main floor (movies will start at 7pm). Pollard hand-picked the slate of films that will be shown, starting this week with the 1994 John Waters dark comedy, Serial Mom. This Sunday's special guest in the Clown Lounge is expected to be announced at the Wednesday Actual Wolf show.



"Daikaiju make for a good mystery. The four-piece surf-rock outfit from Huntsville, Ala., take many of their song names from Japanese monster movies. The members go by the names Blast-man, Pulse-man, Rock-man and Secret-man. All four of them perform with Kabuki masks on. Their real identities are a secret. But like their clandestine surf-rock brethren Man or Astro-man?, Daikaiju make the fictional shtick seem appropriate by packaging it with otherworldly musical chops. Their skills take the form of rubbery guitar wailing and muscular riffing. And without any vocals to bother with, Daikaiju are freed up to call upon ancient powers when creating a furiously sweaty live show." [Isthmus]

Daikaiju (die-kie-joo) Who is the Daikaiju??? Premium action heroes deliver most high rocket music! Special reverb skill combo for full impact! Loud sonic boom for earful pleasure! Beautiful radiation of hyper-dimensional springy sound creates divine psychic wind for your special protection. Worship Psycho-surf band Daikaiju daily for good luck and health!

Sounds Like: Los Straitjackets, The Aqua Velvets, The Bomboras, The Mermen

Blog by Kevin Clancy

This Week in the Entry: April 27, 2015


Acid Mothers Temple is a Japanese project of ultra psychedelia, a freak-out group for the 21st century founded in 1995 by members of the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective. Led by Kawabata Makoto, who was already the leader of Ankoku Kakumei Kyodotai (aka Dark Revolutionary Collective) at the end of the 1970s, as documented on the two suites of Dark Revolutionary Collective (REP, 1989 - Qubico, 2001), for electronic keyboards, and Psychedelic Noise Freak. Opening the night will be the Texas-based psych/space rock legends ST 37 who have played over 400 shows and toured extensively all around the United States.

Sounds like: Merzbow, Bardo Pond, Boredoms, Hawkwind


Whitehorse's story has been told as two acclaimed musicians joining forces under one new name -- no drummer, no keyboard player, violinist or even bass player on call, and no producer. Just Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. The two present a full band sound using live loops, bits and pieces percussion, and swapping guitars left right and centre on stage. By the time Whitehorse took to the stage at Toronto's esteemed Massey Hall for their sold-out debut in 2013, the edge of the ledge effect of their earliest shows had transformed into a nimble ballet of moving instruments, layers of percussion, voice and keys, layered upon each other. Leave No Bridge Unburned is the band's latest release as of February 2015 - a fiery, forceful and finely tuned album.

Sounds like: Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, Ladybird, Veal


Every bar worth drinking at in these great United States has a character like Nato Coles. They know the jukebox so well that the reference catalog becomes meaningless. They're on first-name-basis with all the bartenders, spout trivia like someone's actually listening, and have a particular stool with their ass-print permanently worn in. But most importantly, they're storytellers, historians of low-culture, grizzled raconteurs that can effortlessly shake-out a cocktail of true facts and utter bullshit until it becomes as intoxicating as their "usual." Nato moved to Minneapolis in the spring of 2010 with a plan: put together a band that would fully realize his musical vision, and have a ton of fun with it while playing shows and making music and roamin' around in vans. With Mike Cranberry, Kyle Sando, Luke De Beaumarchais, and Sam Beer, this goal has been achieved in spades (special thanks to original lead guitarist Ross Fellrath as well).


For Panther Ray, Instruments and vocal mics trade hands regularly as the multi-instrumentalists celebrate a poly amorous cacophony of junk psychedelia, youth-powered garage rock, exuberant pop weirdness, and experimental studio wizardry. What at first seems amateurish or slapdash, quickly unfolds as fully-intentioned execution of precise tone, technique, and texture that haven't seen the light of day since 1968, if ever. "Get to You”, the first single from Panther Ray's new record Ripple, shows promise of a solid summer listen. Filled with hazy static lows and an upbeat rhythm section bolstering delightfully airy vocals and sprightly guitar hooks, the track embodies the vibrating, cicada-ridden, happy strolling, sticky-sweet ice-cream-melt of a late summer's dream daze." - JP Basileo, IMPOSE Magazine

Sounds like: Gospel Gossip, Signal To Trust, Leisure Birds


We just added a show in the Entry for this Friday: Nashville, TN's Turbo Fruits - who have made their name with notoriously wild live shows and frenetic rock songs about girls, drugs and frying their brains - will be headlining. On No Control, the band's fourth and most self-aware album (released just last week), the band emerges from their teenage haze of pot smoke with a fresh perspective, directly addressing the uncertainties and fear of serious relationships, real life and the chaos that can be created by life on the road. Roanoke, VA-based noise pop/power rock trio Eternal Summers, whose new LP Gold and Stone is due out on June 2, will be supporting. Doors for this show will open at 11pm, so come prepared for a late Friday night in the Entry.

Sounds like: JEFF The Brotherhood, Nobunny, The King Khan & BBQ Show, Pujol


Speedy Ortiz's second proper album—Foil Deer, recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn when the band wasn't pushing forward on its hectic 2014 tour schedule—just came out on April 21, 2015. The songs represent a leap forward, possessing a lightness that mirrors Dupuis's post-grad school outlook; they also have a deliberate nature to them, one that emanates from extra studio time and more experimentation with the band's essential form. (Ferm contributes a few unexpected guitar parts; Falcone's vocal harmonies zing in with more force.) Speedy Ortiz possesses big-tent rock swagger and punk's restless yet intimate spirit in a way that makes the impulses seem identical; while the quartet can still command crowds at festivals like Primavera Sound and Pitchfork Music Festival, they also relish playing Boston's teeming basements alongside the city's next generation of bands. That willingness to push not just forward, but in all directions, makes Speedy Ortiz one of rock's most exciting outfits.

Sounds like: The Breeders, Male Bonding, Polvo, METZ, Yuck


R. Ring is Kelley Deal & Mike Montgomery. It is voices, guitars and keys. It is sparse, chaotic, abrasive and lulling, often within the same song. Kelley also plays with the Breeders. Mike plays with Ampline. Kelley lives in Dayton, Ohio. Mike lives in Dayton, Kentucky.



Blog by Kevin Clancy

Umphreys McGee Debuts Prince Cover In Minneapolis

Umphreys McGee Debuts Prince Cover In Minneapolis:

The second show of a three-night stand at First Avenue showcased a new cover in The Purple One’s hometown.

It wasn’t until mid-way through “Bright Lights, Big
City” that the first cover of the night came out, the debut of Prince’s “When Doves Cry.” UM
had previously incorporated the Purple Rain track into one of its Halloween mashups
along with Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and their original “Pay The Snucka”
which they dubbed “Don’t Fear the Doves, Snucka” and played only once on October 31, 2013. Last
night’s proper debut of “When Doves Cry” led back to the end of “Bright Lights, Big City”
followed by a stand alone “Partyin’ Peeps.”

Umphrey’s McGee finishes up their three-night stand at First Avenue tonight. The show is being
webcasted over at TourGigs which you can purchase here.

Tickets On Sale This Week: April 23, 2015

ON SALE: Friday, April 24 at 10:00am CT

The Hunts 7th St Entry MON JUNE 29
Dawes Cabooze Plaza TUE JULY 14
Brandon Flowers Mainroom THU SEPT 10

ON SALE: Friday, April 24 at noon CT

France Camp ‘Purge’ Release Show 7th St Entry FRI MAY 15
McNasty Brass Band EP & Video Release Turf Club SAT MAY 23
Sebadoh Triple Rock SAT MAY 30
Wrestlepalooza VI Mainroom SAT JUNE 20
KEN Mode ‘Success’ Release Party Turf Club THU JUNE 25
PINS 7th St Entry THU JUNE 25
The Answer 7th St Entry WED JULY 1
The Family Crest 7th St Entry MON JULY 6
Ceremony 7th St Entry FRI JULY 10
Trampled By Turtles Bayfront Park SAT JULY 11
Lydia Loveless Turf Club SUN JULY 19
Social Distortion Mainroom FRI AUG 7


Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band 7th St Entry WED APR 29
Filthy Animals | Rat Pit | Beau Blue & The Confused 7th St Entry THU MAY 7
Whitenoise | Grand Courriers | Laulu Turf Club WED MAY 13
Pseudoubt Album Release Show 7th St Entry MON JUNE 8
Unwritten Law 7th St Entry TUE JUNE 16

This Week at the Turf Club: April 21, 2015

TUESDAY: Communion Club Night April ft. Hey Rosetta!

Hey Rosetta! hails from the rocky and cold northeastern province of Newfoundland, Canada. In 2005, frontman Tim Baker arrived home from a road trip with a suitcase full of poems and melodies. Hey Rosetta! was formed soon after with the addition of a string section (cellist Romesh Thavanathan and violinist Kinley Dowling) and rhythm section (bassist Josh Ward, drummer Phil Maloney, and guitarist Adam Hogan). Since then, they've blossomed into a powerful group whose explosive live shows have earned them a devoted following. SECOND SIGHT, Hey Rosetta!'s first album in nearly four years represents the longest musical gestation in the band's history. In part, the delay was due to the lengthy touring cycle following the success of their last album Seeds, which was short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and resulted in the band's first JUNO nomination and a performance on the JUNO telecast. Also performing will be Brooklyn-native Kevin Garrett (no, not Kevin Garnett) and local-band Going To The Sun.

Sounds Like: Dan Mangan, Joel Plaskett, Wintersleep, The Rural Alberta Advantage


Veteran rockers Red Desert bring a unique and blended creation to the world of metal, combining heavy, deliberate elements of doom, the down tuned distortional fuzz of stoner rock, a unique and haunting vocal delivery, and, above all, a master craftsman's grasp of song structure with deep, twisted, metal tapestries interwoven around soul stirring melodies of exceptional insight and dispatch. This foursome from Minnesota come at you with abiding passion, an unshakable confidence, and a fierce and joyous delivery. Steeped in the exalted, dark arts of the intense rock of decades past, the brilliance of high desert music, and the heart of an explosive new breed of rockers, Red Desert have previously crafted 2 exceptional albums and will soon drop a third. Prepare for a furious, full throttle ride as Red Desert come at you full force, no holds barred, no excuses, in a full out hard rock onslaught. Fellow locals The Wolf Council and Kult of the Wizard round out the Metal Wednesday bill.

Sounds Like: Black Sabbath, KYUSS, Pentagram, High On Fire, Clutch

THURSDAY: Diarrhea Planet | Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

"Shred till you're dead, or go to hell." Diarrhea Planet is a six-piece rock and roll band from Nashville, TN. Their sound has often been described as The Ramones holding Van Halen hostage with an arsenal of fireworks and explosives. Diarrhea Planet's four guitarists provide enough riffs to make Jack Black squeal like a schoolgirl, while lead singer Hodan delivers enough hooks to straighten the curl out of Justin Timberlake's hair. In a world of unintelligible lo-fi recording, reverb drenched vocals, and tuneless guitars, Diarrhea Planet aims to put the backbone back into rock and roll. 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. 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.

Sounds Like: Bass Drum of Death, METZ, Ramones, Drive-By Truckers


Upon first listen, it's immediately obvious where BNLX's obsessions and influences lie. From the overdriven feedback fuzz that scores the record, to the epic, post-punk spirit that courses throughout, Jesus and Mary Chain and Echo and the Bunnymen are an easy reference point. But while many modern DIY projects can plug in and produce squalling reverb and angst-y vocals, in most cases the results reek of posturing and shallow imitation. BNLX, dare I say, transcend time. Special guests of Friday night include local talent The Melismatics, The Stress of Her Regard, and Stereo Confession.

Sounds Like: New Order, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine

SATURDAY: Hiss Golden Messenger

M.C. Taylor—the craggy-voiced patriarch behind Hiss Golden Messenger, the country-rock ensemble he leads out of Durham, North Carolina. Lateness of Dancers is the fifth full-length album from the band. It's an open, confident, immediate album, and it feels, at times, like a direct response to the darkness of M.C. Taylor's last record, 2013's Haw. Hiss Golden Messenger stretches out into the improv-rock territory of Traffic and the Grateful Dead and beyond. Touring with Hiss Golden Messenger is the talents of Phil Cook. Cook joins an exciting class of modern musicians who are carrying the torch of authentic folk music. Playing from the heart while keeping reverence for this country's history is indelibly present in Cook's tender and patient compositions.

Sounds Like: Wooden Wand, Strand of Oaks, Sturgill Simpson, Megafaun

SUNDAY: BAUMHAUS - A Night of Improvised Minimal Techno with TINY DEATHS + Friends (Clown Lounge)

tiny deaths will be holding court this Sunday in the Clown Lounge, making up dope dance music with their friends at an event titled "Baumhaus." This local group is poised to be the next breakout act from Minneapolis. Sounding simultaneously familiar and yet like nothing else, Grant Cutler (Lookbook, Wolflords) and Claire de Lune (The Chalice) have joined forces to create a fresh take on the dark, brooding electropop movement currently dominating indie rock. The result is a sexy, shimmering collage of color and texture, a refreshing blend of the electronic and the analog, the peripheral and the tangible. In this way, tiny deaths' live show is a dichotomy. It's something you can move to, with bass that pulses through your whole body. But lyrically it's delicate and introspective, and the vocals are so arresting, you could just as easily wind up so awestruck you're motionless.

Sounds Like: Phantogram, Beach House

Blog by Kevin Clancy

This Week in the Entry: April 20, 2015


Fateful encounters at Cleveland bars rarely lead to musical mythology, but SomeKindaWonderful have a different story to tell. A three-piece featuring Jordy Towers (vocals/lyrics), as well as Matt Gibson (guitar) and Ben Schigel (drums), the genre-bending group came together after Towers became a casualty of the major label system. Once signed to Interscope as a solo act, he refused to become yet another faceless persona and the label left him hanging on the vine. Towers knew it was time for a reset and headed to Ohio to re-examine his life. The band's hit song, “Reverse” is endlessly catchy, feeling both modern and classic, nodding to '60s soul and contemporary R&B with the dynamic range of big-room pop-rock and cinematic emotion. Its structure, which features Towers unraveling a backwards narrative with a cadence that merges rap and soul, provides a novel lyrical framework to a unique sound. Opening up Monday night will be Tired Tongues; the result of change based on previous circumstances by electroclash musician, composer, & producer, Taylor Nelson and drummer Adam Szczepaniak, of Minneapolis, MN. The duo of Tired Tongues came together when hard hitting electronic music clashed un-forcefully with hammering guitar riffs and larger than life synths, only to be duetted by the filling sounds of an aggressive drumming style.

Sounds Like: OneRepublic, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon


Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny has devised his very own system of musical composition, The Hexadic System, which is the basis for their newest album, entitled Hexadic which was released on Drag City on February 17, 2015. A lyrical mastery of acoustic finger-picking would be enough to build a body of work for most musicians; this is just the stepping-off point for Ben. From the earliest days of private-press psych home recordings, Six Organs of Admittance has sought out alternative spaces in which to make music and challenge audiences to keep up with his rapid advances into new terrain. Over the last two years Ben assembled a comprehensive system of musical composition. The System builds all of the tonal fields, chord changes, scales, and lyrics on Hexadic, creating the framework of the songs that the musicians engage with. Yet the System is open; within the framework, Chasny's own personal aesthetics - such as the production mode of loud guitars, the order of songs, the editing of length, were all conscious decisions made to communicate the pieces. Starting off Tuesday night, Elisa Ambrogio with her lyrical intelligence, guitar g'rilla, and awkward weirdo presence, is back (and forth, too) performing in the 7th St Entry.

Sounds Like: James Blackshaw, Sun City Girls, Comets on Fire, Espers


The Howlin Rain we thought we knew has evolved, on Miller's newest, Mansion Songs, into something strange and true and beautiful, a sound made of cigarette ash and swollen moons, salt air and the eggshell light that comes just before the dawn. The result is an album that pines and yearns, lusts and wails. “Meet Me in the Wheat,” “Big Red Moon” and “Wild Bush” push the album into high gear, up-tempo jammers that form the yang to the mellow yin of the album's deep feel ballads. Tracks like “Restless” and “Lucy Fairchild” ache like raw wounds or sway like lost, half-sunken ships. “New Age” is bright and clear-eyed and full of wary joy. “Coliseum” prowls, red-veined and hungry - claws out and teeth sharp.

Sounds Like: Black Mountain, The Black Crowes, Comets on Fire, Wooden Shjips


On February 3, 2015, the San Francisco based guitar-drum duo Two Gallants released their 5th studio album, We Are Undone, on ATO Records. While singer and guitarist Adam Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel have stayed true to the two-person format since their acclaimed 2004 debut, The Throes, their sound has evolved considerably over the intervening years. Thematically, the album ranges from songs that attempt to make sense of the dramatically shifting social landscape of their home town, to the illusion of authenticity, impending environmental collapse, and romantic estrangement. Blank Range, will be taking the stage first Wednesday night. They're an American rock & roll band living in Nashville, TN. With nods to great things present & past, Blank Range stand tall as a unit and collapse wildly together in song and onstage.

Sounds Like: Neva Dinova, The Felice Brothers, Langhorn Slim


Sales is a collaboration between long-time friends, Lauren Morgan (guitar/vocals) and Jordan Shih (guitar/programming). The duo has been recording together on and off for years, eating an abundance of Thai food, and dreaming of tennis - but never really going the distance to the court. Instead, they have remained dedicated to their musical project, which has been described as minimalist guitar pop. Sales consists of vocal & instrumental improvisation, sampling, a lil' bit of chopping & screwing, and of course, friendship. Warehouse Eyes and Aubades will perform first Friday night. Warehouse Eyes is a dream/synth pop band formed in 2012 in Minneapolis. The band members are Jennie Lahlum (vocals/synth), Christopher Williams (keys/synth), Jason McGlone (drums), Colin Sheffield (guitar), and Kevin Scott (bass). Aubades is also a local, four-piece band.

Sounds Like: Tom Misch & Carmody, Seoul


Upon first listen, it's immediately obvious where BNLX's obsessions and influences lie. From the overdriven feedback fuzz that scores the record, to the epic, post-punk spirit that courses throughout, Jesus and Mary Chain and Echo and the Bunnymen are an easy reference point. But while many modern DIY projects can plug in and produce squalling reverb and angst-y vocals, in most cases the results reek of posturing and shallow imitation. BNLX, dare I say, transcend time. Saturday will be the second night of BNLXFest III (night #1 is Friday at Turf Club) and will feature three supporting local bands - Two Harbors, Frankie Teardrop, and Pale Spectre.


Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lot of love: International globe-trotter Dustin Thomas is making waves from Australia to Moscow with his infectious blend of beat-box/soul folk. Armed with a voice, a guitar and universal anthems of faith, love, and war; this young artist continues to inspire hearts around the world on his mission of music, joy, and peace.



Blog by Kevin Clancy


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