Leroy Justice with Special Guests Sephus Lee and Radio Days
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
Above The Weather is the next level for Leroy Justice, and a potential career breakthrough for the New York City quintet with roots in the Wyoming Valley (Scranton/Wilkes Barre) region of Pennsylvania. Here is a multi-hued portrait of a band that reaches back to the American musical bedrock - and t… read moreAbove The Weather is the next level for Leroy Justice, and a potential career breakthrough for the New York City quintet with roots in the Wyoming Valley (Scranton/Wilkes Barre) region of Pennsylvania. Here is a multi-hued portrait of a band that reaches back to the American musical bedrock - and the best qualities of the American character - to create contemporary rock music that may question our troubled present but also points to the better world that may yet be possible. show less
The Defibulators with Special Guest The Mixus Brothers
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
The Defibulators, described alternately as "Hee-Haw on mescaline" and "CBGB-meets-Grand Ole Opry," will release Debt'll Get'em,' the follow up to their acclaimed 2009 debut 'Corn Money,' on August 27th. Recorded in Woodstock with D. James Goodwin and Eli Walker and Brooklyn with co-producer Brian Be… read moreThe Defibulators, described alternately as "Hee-Haw on mescaline" and "CBGB-meets-Grand Ole Opry," will release Debt'll Get'em,' the follow up to their acclaimed 2009 debut 'Corn Money,' on August 27th. Recorded in Woodstock with D. James Goodwin and Eli Walker and Brooklyn with co-producer Brian Bender (Langhorne Slim, Jose James), the album is an au courant, urban take on classic country, channeling the frenetic energy of their legendary live shows into tight, punchy hooks and foot-stomping sing-alongs.
From "Pay For That Money," a pedal steel and fiddle lament about debt, to "Ponytail Run," a dreamy ode to beauty just out of reach, the album is full of gorgeous harmonies and razor-sharp wit. "Everybody's Got a Banjo" is a biting, 70's swamp funk-inspired nod to the instrument's recent ubiquity ("If you don't know how to play it, well it still looks cool"), and "Cackalacky" is the tongue-in-cheek story of an Appalachian musician who moves to New York City to make it big in roots music.
The band's boundless energy and infectious sense of joy onstage earned them a nod as one of Brooklyn's best emerging bands in Vice Magazine, and a devoted following in a city not known for its love of country. "It's most fun to play for people who don't think they like country music," says singer Erin Bru. Guitarist/singer/songwriter Bug Jennings agrees, adding, "There's something about the fast-paced, frantic, neurotic energy of New York that makes our style work."
The band garnered immediate critical notice for their debut in 2009, with New York Magazine raving that "[Bug] and singer Erin Bru slip into harmonies that recall the storied Gram Parsons-Emmylou Harris duets," Under the Radar hailing it as "a boozy concoction worth swigging until last call," and Pop Matters describing it as "a drunken square dance on speed." show less
David Wax Museum with Special Guest Bombadil
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
When future music historians look back at the strong currents circulating between the Americas in the 21st century, they will find Los Lobos, Calexico, and a charismatic, lanky Missourian singing tight harmony with a Southern belle rattling the jawbone of a donkey. David Wax and Suz Slezak form the … read moreWhen future music historians look back at the strong currents circulating between the Americas in the 21st century, they will find Los Lobos, Calexico, and a charismatic, lanky Missourian singing tight harmony with a Southern belle rattling the jawbone of a donkey. David Wax and Suz Slezak form the artistic core of the David Wax Museum, and together with multi-instrumentalist Greg Glassman, fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, infectious melodies, and call-and-response hollering, DWM was hailed by TIME for its "virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies" and has built a reputation among concertgoers all over the U.S, Canada, Europe and China for "kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility" (The New Yorker). With the release of Knock Knock Get Up (September 2012), David Wax Museum has reached a level of cross-cultural integration and musical fluency that allows them to speak electrifying and heartfelt poetry with a tongue that is wholly their own.
Knock Knock Get Up is a fiercely original, rhythmically undeniable love letter to the Museum's growing global audience. It's peppered with field recordings and natural sounds from the city of Santiago, Tuxtla in the Mexican state of Veracruz. From deep in sun-drenched southern Mexico where most of the album's songs were conceived, the earliest version of Knock Knock Get Up traveled all the way to the frozen winter landscape of the Great North Sound Society in southern Maine. The album is the band's second made in collaboration with producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter), and was recorded in a month-long marathon at Kassirer's rustic farmhouse studio in January 2012. The Wax Museum's fourth LP is a mature and playful evolution of the band's sound: classical Mexican strumming patterns are translated onto electric guitars sporting halos of fuzz; the leona, a deep-voiced traditional Mexican guitar plays licks like an old-time, stand-up bass; and the track "Vivian" was first written as a bluegrass hoedown before it grew a Caribbean inspired accordion hook and a Brazilian drum part in the studio. With an expanded musical palate of autoharps, organs and mariachi trumpet loops, Knock Knock Get Up is gritty, intoxicating and vibrantly lush.
David Wax Museum's eclectic sound has deep roots in Mexican and American soil. On several trips south of the border, including a yearlong Harvard fellowship, David Wax has immersed himself in the country's rich traditional music culture, son mexicano, learning from the form's living masters. Suz Slezak was homeschooled by her father on a small farm in rural Virginia, and reared on music - old time, Irish, classical, and folk. The two met in 2007 and began blending their unique musical perspectives to form the band.
The bonfire of success David Wax Museum has kindled with its innovative, grass-roots approach is currently roaring. After years busking at house concerts and touring with The Avett Brothers, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Old 97s, DWM picked up the 2010 Boston Music Awards Americana Artist of the Year. In 2011 they released their second album, the acclaimed Everything Is Saved. The album's single "Born with a Broken Heart" won the BMA's Song of the Year. But critical mass came with the band's breakout performance at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival, an opportunity won by DWM fans in an online competition. NPR called their concert at Newport a highlight of the entire weekend, Bob Boilen of All Songs Considered filed their sound under "pure, irresistible joy", and the Museum was invited back to Newport to play the 2011 main stage. With an illustration in The New Yorker, #8 on Paste Magazine's list of the Best Live Acts of 2011, and a nod from TIME magazine as one of the top ten acts of 2011's South by Southwest, David Wax Museum has become one of the hottest new indie bands around. show less
Cabinet / Holy Ghost Tent Revival with Special Guest Cry Fire
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:00pm doors / 8:30pm show
Cabinet When it comes to the music of Cabinet, the essential bywords are soul, simplicity, and serious musicianship. In concert, the combination of these qualities invariably yields an experience that is so celebratory and moving that the very word Cabinet takes on a new, vivid meaning for anyone i… read moreCabinet
When it comes to the music of Cabinet, the essential bywords are soul, simplicity, and serious musicianship. In concert, the combination of these qualities invariably yields an experience that is so celebratory and moving that the very word Cabinet takes on a new, vivid meaning for anyone in the audience. An inclusive and engaging energy is the uniting through-line as Cabinet weaves bluegrass, country and folk influences to powerful effect. Tight dynamics punctuate gorgeous, soaring harmonies as down-to-earth rhythm and lyrics give way to dreamy jams that are the musical equivalent of the back road scenic route. Cabinet is a band that has outgrown any "regional favorite" tag and has progressed to a broader fanbase, all while retaining their signature sound. The band has played many great venues and festivals across the land and has shared the stage with Infamous String Dusters, Railroad Earth, Dark Star Orchestra, Keller Williams, 7 Walkers, and many more.
Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Holy Ghost Tent Revival, based in Greensboro, NC, has swept away audiences over the past five years and built a reputation for energetic, tightly crafted music with meaningful lyrics presented in signature memorable, passionate performances. It is this music that moved Chris Hillman from The Flying Burrito Brothers to exclaim "Man! You guys have really got something," as he watched from offstage at the Loveless Cafe in Nashville. This feeling manifests itself in the band's upcoming album, Sweat Like the Old Days. Listeners will find the group maturing away from their blend of Dixieland and ragtime inspired folk rock into a more electric, horn and rock driven sound.
Their first release from 2008, So Long I Screamed, is indicative of the national folk explosion taking hold of musicians at that time. Essentially an acoustic album, it has the ring of bluegrass, yet has all the sensibility and infectious energy of rock; an album chock full of driving horn sections, rich harmonies, and catchy melodies. This progression continued the next year with their second release, Family, enlisting A-list musicians to supply additional talent to their expanding electric sound. Here, the band allowed the tape to roll well before and after each take, and this laidback approach not only calls to mind the quality of an Alan Lomax field recording from the 1930s, but also invites listeners into the loose and raucous affair.
Since 2009, the band has played 150 dates per year up and down the East coast and as far west as Chicago and Austin, headlining festivals like Shakori Hills, Bele Chere, and Bristol Rhythm & Roots. Withstanding the loss of their founding bassist in the fall of 2011, the band has nursed their sound after months in the studio into an even more concentrated rush of electric joy that may surprise listeners accustomed to vintage Ghost. Their third studio album, Sweat Like the Old Days, which is slated for release summer of 2012, reveals a group of songwriters producing mature, thoughtful lyrics atop lush arrangements. It is a wholly original sound, unshaken by change, which signals a bright and enduring future for years to come. Online at http://holyghosttentrevival.com/ show less
Meat Puppets with Enemy Planes
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 8:00pm doors / 9:00pm show
MEAT PUPPETS Curt Kirkwood - Vocals/Guitars Cris Kirkwood - Bass/Vocals Shandon Sahm - Drums Elmo Kirkwood - Guitars Original. Influential. Uncompromising. Unpredictable. Not very many rock bands warrant being linked to such descriptions, but the Meat Puppet certainly do. With a career that… read moreMEAT PUPPETS
Curt Kirkwood - Vocals/Guitars
Cris Kirkwood - Bass/Vocals
Shandon Sahm - Drums
Elmo Kirkwood - Guitars
Original. Influential. Uncompromising. Unpredictable. Not very many rock bands warrant being linked to such descriptions, but the Meat Puppet certainly do. With a career that has spanned four decades, the Meat Puppets have witnessed countless musical movements and fads come and go, but despite it all, have stuck to their guns and retained a dedicated fan base. Along the way, the Puppets have made admirers out of some of rock's most renowned names - most obviously Kurt Cobain, who personally invited the Puppets to appear on Nirvana's classic performance, MTV Unplugged in New York - and have amassed a canon of timeless songs ("Plateau," "Lake of Fire," "Up on the Sun," "Backwater," etc.).
Formed in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona, the original Puppets line-up consisted of singer/guitarist Curt Kirkwood, bassist Cris Kirkwood, and drummer Derrick Bostrom. Throughout the decade, the group steadily issued classic indie recordings, including 1984's Meat Puppets II, 1985's Up on the Sun, and 1987's Huevos, and were constantly criss-crossing the States, becoming a must-see live act in the process.
Jumping to a major label in the early '90s, the band saw their greatest commercial success in 1994, thanks to the aforementioned Nirvana Unplugged broadcast/album release (in which three Puppets classic were performed - "Plateau," "Oh, Me," and "Lake of Fire"), and a gold-certified album, Too High to Die, which spawned the MTV/radio hit, "Backwater."
Although the original Puppets line-up would splinter in 1996, Curt kept the band afloat with a new line-up for a spell, during which time he enlisted the aid of drummer Shandon Sahm. The Kirkwood brothers eventually reconciled in 2006, resulting in two more critically acclaimed albums - 2007's Rise to Your Knees and 2009's Sewn Together - before Sahm signed on once more, resulting in such modern day Puppets classics as 2011's Lollipop and 2013's Rat Farm. And recently, Curt's son, Elmo, joined the band as second guitarist.
"It's going to be real blown up folk music," explains Curt about Rat Farm. "I tried to write stuff that would be kind of easy to learn and easy to play, try and get it to stand on its own that way - just the chords and the melodies, and play it kind of straight. I think that was the guiding boundaries that I gave myself."
"I didn't want to get too complicated. It was one of those things where a lot of times, in the past especially, Cris would go, 'Well, that's all there is? Let's put a prog rock part in the middle.' But I tried to hold it off as much as I could. I'm a lot of times trying to do that - be as simple as possible - because it tends to make something stick for me a little better, because I don't have to think about it that much when I'm playing it. And that I might actually wind up playing it live at some point, which is what I'm trying to do. I made it a point to do that."
Additionally, the band's entire career was recounted in book form around this time, with the release of the must-read Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets, which retells the band's entire history. Assembled by journalist/Puppets fan Greg Prato, the book features recollections from band members past and present, as well as such admirers as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Peter Buck (REM), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), and Henry Rollins (Black Flag/Rollins Band), among countless others, and pulls no punches in telling the band's wild and wooly tale.
This far into their career, the Meat Puppets continue to offer inspired live performances and strong recordings, which match up extremely well to their earlier classics. And as evidenced by Rat Farm and their upcoming live dates, you'll soon have the opportunity to experience the power of the mighty Meats yourself.
CLUB CAFE SUNDAY BRUNCH
Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 10:30am doors / 10:30am show
Club Cafe, a landmark of Pittsburgh's South Side, is now hosting Sunday Brunch with an international twist. With the curtains drawn up, soft daylight pours into the recently remodeled music venue, bringing a new feel to the room so familiar to its concert patrons. The concept of the European Cafe co… read moreClub Cafe, a landmark of Pittsburgh's South Side, is now hosting Sunday Brunch with an international twist. With the curtains drawn up, soft daylight pours into the recently remodeled music venue, bringing a new feel to the room so familiar to its concert patrons. The concept of the European Cafe comes to Pittsburgh here, combining imported ingredients with fresh, locally sourced items to keep prices reasonable for comfortable dining with subtle refinement. Head Chef Monique Achaia Ruvolo created a menu that fills the soul and excites the palate, pairing well with a craft cocktail list exclusive to Sunday Brunch. Open every Sunday from 10:30am with last seating at 2:00pm. show less
AcoustiCafe Open Stage
Monday, October 7, 2013 - 7:00pm doors / 7:00pm show
No Cover! Pittsburgh's #1 Open Stage returns to Club Cafe with host Grey's Fool (Crystal Morgan & Jeremy Colbert). Fashioned after some of the high profile and wildly successful open stages in Nashville and New York City, AcoustiCafe's open stage intends to create a supportive environment for art… read moreNo Cover!
Pittsburgh's #1 Open Stage returns to Club Cafe with host Grey's Fool (Crystal Morgan & Jeremy Colbert). Fashioned after some of the high profile and wildly successful open stages in Nashville and New York City, AcoustiCafe's open stage intends to create a supportive environment for artists to network with their peers, test new music or haul out old favorites, and most importantly, extend their reach in the local scene.
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Hey Marseilles with Special Guest Surf Machine
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
Five miles south of downtown Seattle is the neighborhood of Columbia City-a leafy stretch of old brownstones and new condos which, according to local legend and loosely interpreted census data, boasts the most diverse zip code in America. Not far from Columbia City's main drag, amidst a swirl of lan… read moreFive miles south of downtown Seattle is the neighborhood of Columbia City-a leafy stretch of old brownstones and new condos which, according to local legend and loosely interpreted census data, boasts the most diverse zip code in America. Not far from Columbia City's main drag, amidst a swirl of languages and colors and food and accents, sits a 100-year-old, two-story house that's home to the world-weary, six-piece orchestral-pop ensemble known as Hey Marseilles.
World-weary in spirit if not in practice: Hey Marseilles first won hearts across the US with its 2010 debut, To Travels and Trunks, an album that reveled in the education and inspiration only globe-trotting exploration can provide. With Matt Bishop's lyrical wayfaring abutting an instrumental palette that embraced folk tradition-accordion, strings, and horns; gypsy, Gallic, and classical-To Travels and Trunks gave musical voice to the universal longing for unfettered freedom. NPR called the record "sublime and heartfelt."
A lot has changed in the world since 2010-that house in Columbia City, for instance. The vacillations of the economy allowed Hey Marseilles violist Jacob Anderson to acquire it in 2011; he and his younger brother, cellist and producer Sam Anderson, helped renovate it. Since then, most of the band has lived in it, and the entirety of their new album was written and recorded in it, or nearby. (Other recording spaces included a tunnel in Seattle's Golden Gardens Park, a mostly abandoned brick office building, and a church sanctuary, all because of their advantages for the band's acoustic instrumentation.) Not surprisingly, Lines We Trace is not about going out and searching. It's about finding you're already where you need to be.
Make your way back home again, Bishop sings on the dusky ballad "Cafe Lights." I am here still.
"These songs articulate a sense of longing, but it's a longing to appreciate what's in front of you as opposed to finding meaning in somewhere or someone else," says Bishop. "It's about finding and creating home where you're at and as you are." The 12 songs on Lines We Trace represent a band steady enough in its sound-poignant, panoramic, unreservedly gorgeous-that it can expand beyond it. The string section that hums throughout "Elegy"-quintessentially sweeping, Hey Marseilles style-shifts into finely composed abstraction for the song's final minute. Colin Richey's skittering rhythm on "Bright Stars Burning" is a gentle breakbeat, a sly nod to atmospheric drum 'n' bass. "Madrona" and the album-closing "Demian" are Hey Marseilles' first fully instrumental songs, a pair of echo-laden piano-and-cello dirges that are simultaneously solemn and sumptuous. "Dead of Night" trots along on an almost funky, waltzy swing and gives the album its titular lyric, trumpet triumphant as Bishop sings, The lines we trace have a thousand ends/We'll count the ways we can't begin/And stay in our homes, remain on our own...
Throughout, Philip Kobernik's accordion is less pronounced than previously, Nick Ward's guitar more so. The result is less old-world, more new school. "With our first record, we were inspired by traditional folk instrumentation and arrangements, but at our core we were trying to make solid pop songs," Bishop explains. "We see this album as a continuation of that goal, but we hope the arrangements reflect our maturation as musicians and songwriters." An update. A progression. A musical analog to a line in
"Looking Back": If you're looking back that's all you'll ever see.
Six years after Bishop first got together with Kobernik and Ward to jam at Seattle's Gasworks Park, Hey Marseilles is an experienced band with a slew of major festivals (Bumbershoot, Sasquatch!) and a national tour under its belt. They've come a long way-only to find themselves back home. Put another way, as Lines We Trace suggests, sometimes you don't have to go far to find a meaningful experience. Sometimes the comfort of the familiar is all you need to grow. show less
Jon McLaughlin - Holding My Breath Tour with Special Guest Mikey Wax
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
Jon McLaughlin has sold more than 170 thousand albums and more than 1 million digital tracks. McLaughlin released his 2007 debut album Indiana, followed by OK Now in 2008. The albums yielded placements on the TV Series Scrubs and movies including Georgia Rule and Bridge to Terabithia. Following this… read moreJon McLaughlin has sold more than 170 thousand albums and more than 1 million digital tracks. McLaughlin released his 2007 debut album Indiana, followed by OK Now in 2008. The albums yielded placements on the TV Series Scrubs and movies including Georgia Rule and Bridge to Terabithia. Following this, McLaughlin's song "So Close" was featured in Disney's Enchanted starring Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams and McLaughlin was later asked to perform "So Close" at the 2008 Academy Awards. McLaughlin's fourth album Promising Promises was released last year and included the single "Summer Is Over" featuring Sara Bareilles. McLaughlin's currently working on his fifth album which is set to be released in Fall 2013. show less
The Tontons with Special Guests Wreck Loose and Influx
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
It's funny. The Tontons don't have a readily available mainstream band to make an off-the-cuff comparison, so in this space we won't tell you they sound like Indie Flavor Of The Week or Noted And Weighty Classic Rock Name. The Tontons simply sound like the Tontons. That sounds like false bluster, bu… read moreIt's funny. The Tontons don't have a readily available mainstream band to make an off-the-cuff comparison, so in this space we won't tell you they sound like Indie Flavor Of The Week or Noted And Weighty Classic Rock Name. The Tontons simply sound like the Tontons. That sounds like false bluster, but anyone who has been tracking them since 2008 will tell you the same thing. Up front is Asli Omar, that vocal vixen who can make men and rock nerds alike quake in their boots. Bassist Tom Nguyen, whose rumble forms the dermis of the band and then them boys Adam and Justin Martinez come in with titanic guitars and drums to make sure you are still moving your feet. This is a band that has been fully embraced by their native Houston, and the Tontons have hugged the city back with relentless gigging around town, and now it's time for the world to get some love from The Tontons show less
& Ticket Giveaways
- Thu 04/10 Open Air Stereo / Miggs
- Wed 04/16 River Bottom Quartet
- Tue 04/22 Jessica Lea Mayfield
- Wed 04/30 Jay Farrar
- Thu 05/08 Dan Bern
- Tue 05/13 Little Hurricane
- Wed 05/14 Matt Pryor
- Thu 05/15 Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line
- Sun 05/18 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
- Thu 08/21 Eric Sommer
- Leroy Justice
- The Defibulators
- David Wax Museum
- Meat Puppets
- CLUB CAFE SUNDAY BRUNCH
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Hey Marseilles
- Jon McLaughlin
- The Tontons
- (Early Show) Denison Witmer
- (Late Show) The Semi-Supervillains (Album Release Show)
- (Early Show) Choro No Vinho
- (Late Show) Flexure (Release Show for the Vinyl LP 'Insert Title Here')
- CLUB CAFE SUNDAY BRUNCH
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Carolina Story
- Blue Sky Black Death
- Ezra Furman
- Those Darlins
- The Men
- CLUB CAFE SUNDAY BRUNCH
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- American Babies
- Kung Fu
- (Early Show) Mike Stout & The Human Union ('Time To Build A New World' CD Release Party)
- (Late Show) Olympus Mons
- Mustard Plug
- CLUB CAFE SUNDAY BRUNCH
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Poor Old Shine
- Lincoln Durham
- The Toasters