BourbonTheatre.com http://bourbontheatre.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:48:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 RL Grime http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/22/rl-grime/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/22/rl-grime/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:53:38 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9719 Saturday, November 22nd
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$20: Advance || $22: Day of Show

$75: V.I.P.

V.I.P. includes: (30 maximum)
- One general admission ticket
- VIP early entry into the venue
- Exclusive meet & greet with RL Grime
- Personal photograph with RL Grime
- Specially designed RL Grime tour shirt
- Official meet & greet laminate
- Limited availability

The Bourbon Theatre & Rad Kadillac present...

RL Grime

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Gloved Murderess & Occult Movie Premiere http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/22/gloved-murderess-occult-movie-premiere/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/22/gloved-murderess-occult-movie-premiere/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:38:19 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9709 Wednesday, July 30th
Event: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
FREE: 18 and up

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SoMo Presents: The Wide Awake Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/21/somo-presents-the-wide-awake-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/21/somo-presents-the-wide-awake-tour/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:12:53 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9702 Monday, November 10th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
$20: Advance || $55: Early Entry || $125: VIP

Wide Awake SoMo VIP Meet and Greet Package ($125)
-1 General Admission Ticket
-1 Priority Early Entry Pass
-1 Meet and Greet with SoMo
-1 Autographed Exclusive Tour Poster
-1 VIP Laminate
-1 Ticket to Sound Check (Watch the end of "soundcheck" for an
intimate, 1-song acoustic guitar performance from SoMo with brief Q&A)

Wide Awake SoMo VIP Early Entry Package ($55 + service fees)
-1 General Admission Ticket
-1 Early Entry Pass
-1 Autographed Exclusive Tour Poster
-1 VIP Laminate
-1 Ticket to Sound Check (Watch the end of "soundcheck" for an
intimate, 1-song acoustic guitar performance from SoMo with brief Q&A)

The Bourbon Theatre & 1% Productions present...

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SoMo -- aka Joseph Somers-Morales -- will never forget being on stage as a kid. At six-years-old, he sang at a popular club on historic 6th Street in Austin, TX.

"I was way too young to be in a bar," he laughs.

However, his life took a bit of a detour away from music for quite some time. It certainly loomed in the background, but he had other things on his mind.

"My dad was in a jazz rock band called Duck Soup, and he wasn't always there," admits SoMo. "Because of the lifestyle, I just wanted to grow up, be normal, and have a family. My mom really raised my brother and me. I didn't fight music, but I didn't necessarily embrace it either. I wanted to do my own thing."

Throughout high school in Denison, TX, that's precisely what he did. He played football and hung out with friends, distancing himself from the proverbial "stage" as much as possible. However, in 2009, music called to him in the strangest and most serendipitous way. Receiving a piano from his mom for Christmas, he taught himself how to play by ear and recorded a cover of Chris Brown's "Crawl".

Uploading the performance to YouTube, it soon went viral. With his brother John's encouragement, he teamed up with producer and engineer Cody Tarpley and continued to cut covers periodically over the next year. Prior to the release of Drake's "Take Care" in 2011, he recorded a medley of the entire album and dropped it on the album's release day. That medley would go on to garner over 4 million views, and it started to solidify the SoMo phenomenon.

Throughout 2012, the singer and songwriter began to buckle down and work on his first original music. His efforts in the studio yielded the independent debut mixtape, My Life. A powerful, palpable, and passionate collection, it merged R&B spirit with pop soul, showcasing his dynamic voice and songwriting prowess. Released for free on his birthday September 11, My Life opened up SoMo's world.

"It was important to stand out," he goes on. "On My Life, we implemented different styles to show I could write over any type of music. At the same time, it's a cohesive story about my actual life since I started making music. There are party moments. There's heartbreak. There's love. It's real."

My Life spawned his first hit "Ride". Without any radio support and no label at the time, the track began selling 10,000 digital tracks weekly, while its music video directed by Dan Gotti accumulated over 3 million views. It offered a fitting introduction to SoMo with its sexy hook and slick, soaring, and seductive sound.

"It just happened one night," he remembers. "A girl came over, and I was drinking some red wine. I started playing the piano, and I hit my favorite chord. I wrote the hook right away. I was deeply in love with this girl and the song essentially says, 'I'm going to ride. I'd die for you. My love is forever'. Of course, there is that sexual element though. It's fun."

Simultaneously, SoMo released a cover every single Sunday as part of his "SoMo Sunday" campaign. Speaking directly to his fans, he offered up new music each week, and the series has accrued 50 million-plus views on YouTube.

As "Ride" continued to gain steam, SoMo hit the road for a sold out headline tour. Struck by all of his success, Republic Records reached out and offered him a deal in October 2013. Now, he's prepping his self-titled major label debut for a 2014 release. For the artist, nothing has changed though.

"That's why I'm calling the record 'SoMo,'" he reveals. "That name has been with me for so long. In seventh grade, a girl wrote me a note and called me JoSoMo. I thought it was cool so I made an AIM screen name JoSoMo. All of my football teammates and coaches started calling me SoMo on the field. This is who I am."

Ultimately though, it's his intimate, infectious, and irresistible music that's going to make everyone remember that name. "When I sing, I really mean it," he leaves off. "If I'm singing about a woman in the studio, I sing into the mic like it's her ear. If I'm singing about something sad or happy, I'll put myself in that mood. My music is driven by emotion from the inside. My motto is, "If it sounds good, people will listen."

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Sleepy Kitty http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/19/sleepy-kitty/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/19/sleepy-kitty/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:41:53 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9698 Monday, August 25th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

Sleepy Kitty

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What do Pavement, MGM musicals, Robert Rauschenberg, Iggy Pop and Jean Luc Godard have in common? Not much, to most people. But for St. Louis-based duo Sleepy Kitty, all these sublimely weird and seemingly contradictory art forms are source material and inspiration for their sophomore release, Projection Room.

Projection Room is a gorgeous art-punk achievement by the band that sees them creating a cohesive new sound, while still including flagrant waves to their pop culture influences. It’s art-school reference and experimentation with rock instruments and flaming guitar solos, but a musical theater backbone and '60s stacked harmonies. And it's catchy as hell.

Sleepy Kitty began to take shape at the end of 2008, when Evan Sult, who was drumming for Chicago's Bound Stems after an eight-year stint in late-'90s alt-radio band Harvey Danger, met Paige Brubeck at a party. She was studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and playing in the all-girl band Stiletto Attack. For a project that originally began as an outlet for the duo to do “weirdo stuff that our own bands weren’t interested in doing,” as Sult says, Sleepy Kitty has quickly become a full-fledged enterprise. Based out of their self-described “art castle,” a studio space in the middle of Cherokee Street in St. Louis, MO, Sleepy Kitty is a multimedia project: the two collaborate professionally on music, rock posters, album artwork, and fine art together. It’s this space that has birthed two Sleepy Kitty EP releases and a debut LP, Infinity City (2011), and is home to a blossoming art and graphics project under the same name.

The band is gaining momentum at an incredible pace, securing awards as Best Indie Band several years running in the Riverfront Times, St. Louis' weekly paper, and scoring support slots for the likes of Deerhoof, Best Coast and Jeff The Brotherhood, as well as performances at LouFest and Middle of the Map Fest in both 2012 and 2013. With Paste Magazine calling their 2011 release “spectacularly catchy,” with “just enough cute...combined with distorted rock and a heavy drum beat,” 2014’s Projection Room is a natural step forward for the duo, and is their own garage-pop dream.

From the found-sound snippet of "(Opening Scene)" to the glittering vocal harmonies of first single "Don't You Start" to the French-pop ye-ye kicks of "Nothing = You," Projection Room quickly establishes a brashly cinematic scope. "What Are You Gonna Do When You Find Bigfoot?" poses a frank question to Sasquatch hunters everywhere (as well as anyone chasing a dubious dream), and "The Hoax" builds from sunny day to sudden summer storm as Brubeck whips up some righteous anger over a disappointing relationship.

But the cameras really start to dolly for the sprawling, epic centerpiece "Godard Protagonist Inflection," a song inspired by Brigitte Bardot's doomed character in Jean Luc Godard's 1963 stunner Contempt. “There's so much space and emotional tension throughout the film, you want to intervene and help these two characters communicate with each other,” says Brubeck. “The track is a musical interpretation of the film. It was a beast to record, but one of the tracks that we're most proud of.”

Sleepy Kitty's conversational interaction with film, radio, and visual art across the decades is the key to Projection Room. “The Agony and Ecstasy of Mike Daisey” reflects on a painfully awkward episode of NPR's This American Life, a show the band listens to faithfully. “All I Do Is Dream of You” updates a 1934 song from the classic musical Singin’ in the Rain with a sweetly bright surf rock vibe, and "Batman: The Ride" is a funny, poignant recreation of the long, long wait for the Six Flags ride, with some unexpected details.

Closing track and second single “Hold Yr Ground” is a true story about St. Louis, that begins with a message from the band to the unknown dude who stole their first tour van. “St. Louis is an amazing, beautiful and unique city," says Brubeck, "and it also turned out to rougher than I thought it was.” The track is a fitting end to the record, an anthemic ode to the town and the street that has shaped them.

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The Lonely Biscuits http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/18/the-lonely-biscuits-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/18/the-lonely-biscuits-2/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:36:57 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9691 Friday, September 12th
w/ A Ferocious Jungle Cat
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $12: Advance || $15: Day of Show

The Lonely Biscuits

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The Lonely Biscuits, formerly known as Gravy and the Biscuits have been together since September of 2011. Founding members Grady Wenrich and Sam Gidley were random roommates at Belmont University, in Nashville, where they started jamming and making music out of their dorm room. John Paterini, current lead singer of the band came into the picture in September after hearing some of their tunes from his dorm room across the hall. Then, two months later, Nick Byrd joined the band as an official biscuit playing bass guitar. Blending soul, funk, and pop with rap; The Lonely Biscuits have created a unique sound that has appealed to a wide array of people. The Lonely Biscuits have toured the country playing at universities, festivals, and clubs, gaining dedicated fans everywhere they go. The band was recently named mtvU’s first ever “College Artist of The Year”, and traveled to Austin, TX, to perform at the mtvU Woodies Festival at SXSW. The band has independently released three EPs. Their latest EP “A Girl Named Destiny”, charted on Billboard’s Regional Heatseekers Chart, and gained national coverage from numerous notable music blogs and magazines. The Lonely Biscuits continue to write, record, and perform new music that can relate with anyone, and they will continue to share it with as many people as possible.

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Jerry Garcia’s Birthday Bash http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/17/jerry-garcias-birthday-bash/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/17/jerry-garcias-birthday-bash/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:58:49 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9688 Friday, August 1st
w/ The Jerry Pranksters, The Midland Band
Doors: 6:30 p.m. || Show: 7:30 p.m.
$6: 18 and up

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Luke Jenson’s Birthday Show http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/16/luke-jensons-birthday-show/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/16/luke-jensons-birthday-show/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:17:08 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9682 Friday, August 15th
w/ $pencelove, JMNM, Audbawl, Realeyez
Doors: 8 p.m. || Music: 9 p.m.
$3: 21 and up || $5: 18 and up

All proceeds go to the Lincoln Public Schools music program.

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Lighthouses / Better Friend / Arkham / The Easy Mark http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/16/lighthouses-better-friend-arkham-the-easy-mark/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/16/lighthouses-better-friend-arkham-the-easy-mark/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:09:09 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9679 Wednesday, August 6th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

 

Lighthouses

Better Friend

Arkham

The Easy Mark

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WORLDfusion International ft. RMV & DJZION http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/16/the-meditation-band/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/16/the-meditation-band/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:01:41 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9677 Sunday, August 3rd
w/ RMV, DJZION
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Grieves: A Different Kind of Wild Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/15/grieves-a-different-kind-of-wild-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/15/grieves-a-different-kind-of-wild-tour/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:26:06 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9670 Tuesday, October 14th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $12: Advance || $15: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, July 18th @ 10 a.m.

Grieves

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Seattle rapper Grieves returns to deliver his fourth studio album, Winter & The Wolves, on Rhymesayers Entertainment. The insatiable, devil-may-care MC is well known for his meticulous exploration of life, love and loss, through a unique medley of hip-hop and soulful music. Together with B. Lewis, Grieves created 14 new tracks, combining organic pianos and guitars with boisterous synthesizers, to paint a colorful backdrop for his unique blend of rapping and singing.

A reflection on growth and maturity, Winter & The Wolves is about the instinctual fight for survival. It’s about suddenly finding that you’re all alone, facing countless hindrances to your livelihood, and having the courage to overcome them all. Tackling difficult obstacles like addiction and heartbreak, Grieves wrestles with the realization that life doesn’t get any easier as you get older. His signature combination of humor and gloom culminate to depict the struggle of a man’s inner turmoil between abandoning the dreams of his youth, and carving out a new path for himself in this world.

Grieves emerged in 2007 with his independently released album, Irreversible, which served as a platform for several years of touring with some of indie-rap’s finest; Atmosphere, Macklemore, P.O.S, Brother Ali, Cunninlynguists, and more. He didn’t achieve national acclaim until his debut on Rhymesayers in 2011, with the album Together/Apart, which hit #1 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart, and #106 on the overall Billboard Top 200 chart. Since then, he’s been touring non-stop, headlining multiple national tours with sold-out rooms across the country.

Winter & the Wolves will be supported by full North American and European tours, with a re-developed live show including expanded band and light performances. As Grieves prepares to turn up the heat in 2014, don’t find yourself left alone in the cold.

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Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/15/machine-gun-kelly-mgk/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/15/machine-gun-kelly-mgk/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:56:09 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9660 Wednesday, September 24th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES || $35: Advance || $40: Day of Show

MGK EST 4 LIFE: Fans Only Tour

Machine Gun Kelly (MGK)

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Richard Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990), better known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly (or MGK for short), is an American rapper from Cleveland, Ohio, signed to Bad Boy and Interscope Records. His stage name was given for his rapid-fire lyrical flow and is a reference to notorious criminal George "Machine Gun Kelly" Barnes. He rose to fame after releasing his first four mixtapes, Stamp Of Approval (2006), Homecoming (2008), 100 Words and Running (2010), and Lace Up (2010). In August 2011, MGK secured a recording contract with Interscope and Bad Boy Records, after a meeting with Jimmy Iovine and Sean "Diddy" Combs. In mid-2011, MGK signed a deal with Young and Reckless Clothing.

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Styrofoam Sanchez http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/08/styrofoam-sanchez/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/08/styrofoam-sanchez/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:26:07 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9636 Tuesday, August 19th
w/ PLACK BLAGUE
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 18 and up

Styrofoam Sanchez

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Styrofoam Sanchez is a post industrial, mobile sound and sculptural installation of the personification of the plastic island in the pacific gyre. Spawning from a hybrid of human DNA and trash. Sanchez is a dystopian amalgamation of the magnification of failed civilizations, spliced rogue technologies gone awry spawning dark pulses of technological neurosis and inter special psychosis. When fish put fin to sand then you'll understand why fish carry guns.

Styrofoam Sanchez represents the last molecule before total conversion of humans into futuristic trash receptacles. Human your skull will be in a museum. Styrofoam Sanchez is represented exclusively through RATSKIN RECORDS, and will be conducting a full United States tour from August 16th-September 16th 2014 in support of a 12'' LP / DVD / book project, titled Empire Undewater.

Collaborative projects are in the works with the legendary Bastard Noise upon return from the tour, as well as a gallery installation at the MOCO Gallery in Oakland, CA as well as some other "in the works" works.

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PLACK BLAGUE: Leather Band 7″ Release Party http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/08/plack-blague-leather-band-7-release-party/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/08/plack-blague-leather-band-7-release-party/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:07:41 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9632 Saturday, July 19th
w/ Rich White Gorlz, Darren Keen
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 18 and up

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Theory of a Deadman // Black Stone Cherry http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/07/theory-of-a-deadman-black-stone-cherry/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/07/theory-of-a-deadman-black-stone-cherry/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:53:53 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9613 Thursday, September 4th
w/ 3 Pill Morning
Doors: 6:30 p.m. || Show: 7:30 p.m.
All Ages || $26: Advance || $30: Day of Show

The Bourbon Theatre & Mammoth Live present...

Theory of a Deadman

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Theory of a Deadman is a Canadian rock band from Delta, British Columbia, formed in 2001. The band is currently signed to Roadrunner Records as well as 604 Records. The band also includes traits of other music styles, such as country and acoustic, as well as their post-grunge and alternative rock base. So far, they have a total of seven top 10 hits on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including two No. 1 hits, "Bad Girlfriend" and "Lowlife".

Black Stone Cherry

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Black Stone Cherry is an American rock band, formed in 2001 in Edmonton, Kentucky. They are signed to Roadrunner Records. The band consists of Chris Robertson (lead vocals, lead guitar), Ben Wells (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Jon Lawhon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and John Fred Young (drums, backing vocals). Black Stone Cherry have released four studio albums: Black Stone Cherry (2006), Folklore and Superstition (2008), Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2011) and Magic Mountain (2014), as well as three EPs, and have charted eight singles on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.

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Matt Awtry Birthday Bash http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/07/matt-awtry-birthday-bash/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/07/matt-awtry-birthday-bash/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:24:18 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9591 Saturday, August 2nd
w/ DFM, Cake Eater, Audbawl, Realeyez
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
FREE: 21 and up || $5: 18 and up

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Maha Showcase http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/07/maha-showcase/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/07/maha-showcase/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:14:58 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9585 Wednesday, July 23rd
w/ A Ferocious Jungle Cat, blet, Bogusman
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
FREE: 18 and up

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EZRA http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/03/ezra-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/03/ezra-2/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:48:51 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9600 Saturday, August 16th
w/ Dead Echoes, Violent Death Equipment
Doors: 7 p.m. || SHow: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $5: Advance || $10: Day of Show

EZRA

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EZRA is Nebraska's longest running death metal band. With nearly 20 years of crushing the Nebraska metal scene and throughout the midwest. Have shared the stage with such bands as: Master, Pentagram, Deicide, Gwar, Wasteoid, Goreaphobia, Millions of Dead Cops, Voetsek, L.A. Guns, Order From Chaos, Dirtfedd, Drain STH, Puddle of Mudd, Questions...and tons more.

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Angel & the Devils // Bloodrail // Drunken Text http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/03/angel-the-devils-bloodrail-drunken-text/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/03/angel-the-devils-bloodrail-drunken-text/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:39:10 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9598 Wednesday, August 20th
Doors: 5 p.m. || Show: 6 p.m.
ALL AGES || $5: 21 and up || $7: Under 21

Angel & the Devils

Bloodrail

Drunken Text

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Stanley and the Search http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/03/stanley-and-the-search/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/03/stanley-and-the-search/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:28:59 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9593 Wednesday, August 13th
w/ No Tide
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $5: Advance || $7: Day of Show

Stanley and the Search

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“Why keep singing if the song is dead?” Stanley And The Search singer Dominic Padilla prods the listener in the closing track to their second LP Weightless. The 5-piece indie/punk band hailing from Los Angeles, CA has been making waves since their inception in 2011, and their songs are very much alive and well. Touring constantly and consistently, SATS have made a name for themselves through their rugged tour schedule and relentless love for the road.

Dominic says, “We’ve made it a point to be honest and true to ourselves during the tenure of this band and we will continue to do what we do regardless of what the trends are.” Dominic continues, “If we’re about one thing…it’s solidarity.” Dominic’s honesty comes across perfectly on songs such as the guitar and vocal ballad “Dust You Off” or the emphatic closer “Sinking Feeling.”

Their latest release Weightless is a re-mastered version of their first EP “Weight” with 3 bonus songs. Weightless will drop on July 15th via Take This To Heart Records on vinyl and digitally. SATS are equally for fans of Polar Bear Club and Citizen as they are for Hot Water Music and The Loved Ones. Aggressively beautiful vocals sung over churning guitars and pulse-pounding drums, a mish-mash of late 90’s punk and newer style emo-punk sewn together into a patchwork quilt that can keep you warm on the coldest of nights.

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Roar! w/ Anthem (Plan 9 & Static) http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/03/db-night/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/03/db-night/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:16:44 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9589 Wednesday, July 30th
w/ Senseone, Moeglie, NU:Clear w/ MC ADB
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
FREE: 21 and up || $5: 18 and up

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Open Decks http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/03/open-decks-12/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/03/open-decks-12/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:12:25 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9587 Thursday, July 24th
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
FREE: 21 and up || $5: 18 and up

Featuring:

- House Kats
- Gunter
- Dojorok - Juan
- Will Gleason

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Justin Townes Earle http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/01/justin-townes-earle/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/01/justin-townes-earle/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:47:35 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9578 Friday, September 26th
w/ American Aquarium
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $18: Advance || $20: Day of Show

Justin Townes Earle

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On a rainy Nashville Thursday last October, Justin Townes Earle leapt onstage at the famed Ryman Auditorium to accept the 2011 Americana Music Award for Song of the Year. The triumphant evening capped a turbulent twelve months for the gifted young musician categorized by significant hardship as well as notable achievement including debut performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Just one week later, Earle retreated to the western mountains of North Carolina to record his next album, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now – an intriguing title given the importance of change in Earle’s approach to art. “I think it’s the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learning more,” he says. “The new record is completely different than my last one, Harlem River Blues. This time I’ve gone in a Memphis-soul direction.”

Those who’ve followed Earle’s growth since releasing his debut EP Yuma in 2007 won’t be surprised he’s shooting off in another direction. For an artist whose list of influences runs the gamut from Randy Newman to Woody Guthrie, Chet Baker to the Replacements, and Phil Ochs to Bruce Springsteen, categories are useless.

“Great songs are great songs,” Earle says. “If you listen to a lot of soul music, especially the Stax Records stuff, the chord progressions are just like country music. And just like country music, soul music began in the church, so it has its roots in the same place.”

Perhaps then it’s also not surprising Earle chose a converted church in Asheville, NC to record Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. Recorded completely live (no overdubs) over a four-day period with Harlem River Blues co-producer Skylar Wilson, the album sheds the rockabilly bravado of previous records in favor of a confident, raw, and vulnerable sound. Says Earle, “the whole idea was to record everything live, making everything as real as it could be, and putting something out there that will hopefully stand the test of time and space.”

The result: songs like “Down on the Lower East Side” and “Unfortunately, Anna” are equally timely and timeless. The former finds Earle channeling his Closing Time era Tom Waits while the latter echoes the dirges of Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town. That said, gentle heartbreakers like the album’s title track and “Am I That Lonely Tonight” are uniquely Earle, solidifying his role as one of this generation’s greatest songwriters.

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Summer Heat 2014 featuring Jay Say http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/01/summer-heat-2014-featuring-jay-say/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/07/01/summer-heat-2014-featuring-jay-say/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:25:50 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9574 Saturday, July 12th
w/ Cage Munnie, Khaos, Goldie Rakks, 2Much, Zulu, Jacob Mathec, Mic Calica, Joediggz
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Against Me! http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/06/27/against-me/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/06/27/against-me/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:28:41 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9558 Thursday, August 7th
w/ creepoid, Venus DeMars
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $18: Advance || $20: Day of Show

The Bourbon Theatre & Mammoth Live present...

Against Me!

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To pirate the title of one of their early songs (and still a set-list staple), Against Me! is a band that laughs at danger and breaks all the rules.

Fronted by Laura Jane Grace, AM!’s much-anticipated latest offering, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, is scheduled for release in January 2014. The title of their sixth album offers a direct nod to news that shocked fans and shook up the rock world when it was dropped—Grace is a transitioning transgender person.

Formerly known as Tom Gabel, she revealed her story in the May 12, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone (readers curious to learn more about the transition can check out Laura Jane’s “My First Year as a Woman” journal online in Cosmopolitan).

Because Transgender Dysphoria Blues marks the band’s first release with Grace as a woman, there are a lot of misconceptions: The record is neither a radical stylistic departure nor a “concept album.” Rather, it’s just another bold step forward for an artist doing what she has always done—forging her own path by processing the highs and lows of life through music.

Against Me! began as an anarchist solo act in Gainesville, Florida in 1997. After transforming into a traditional four-piece a few years later with the crucial addition of guitarist James Bowman, they quickly became a driving force in the punk scene—despite facing an abundance of unsolicited danger.

While emerging unscathed from two separate road tour spinouts and, more recently, enduring a flying mic stand which cost Grace her front teeth, Against Me! have played in all 50 states and 29 countries, cranking out an average of 200 sweat-drenched, fist-pumping, shout-a-long live gigs per year over the past decade. Their music runs the gamut from thrashing to anthemic to intimate, with Grace’s pointed lyrics and powerhouse voice blending vitriol and vulnerability like few other performers.

With a healthy dose of folk and even some old-school country in their sound, the band’s first three indie full-lengths (2002’s Against Me! is Reinventing Axl Rose, 2003’s As The Eternal Cowboy and 2005’s Searching For A Former Clarity) earned them a rabid and steadily growing following.

Their 2007 major label debut, New Wave, was produced by Butch Vig (Nirvana, Garbage, Green Day) and named "Album of the Year" by SPIN Magazine. The early-Springsteen-esque raver “Thrash Unreal” reached #11 on the Modern Rock charts, and in addition to a headlining tour, the band also supported the Foo Fighters on the road in 2008.

After 2010’s White Crosses (which peaked at #34 on the Billboard charts), the band parted ways with Sire. It was at this time that Grace went through an intense soul-searching phase and eventually decided to transition, going public with the gender dysphoria she had been dealing with since childhood.

As might be expected with such an intensely personal project, Grace took complete creative control of Transgender Dysphoria Blues. She not only assumed producing reins for the first time but even built the Florida studio, Total Treble, where the demos were recorded. Then—more danger struck. During a tornado, a tree crashed through the roof of the studio.

After that mishap, the full record was recorded without further incident at three separate facilities: Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios in Northridge, California; Motor Studios in San Francisco; and Earth Sounds in Valdosta, GA.

Which is certainly not to say Transgender Dysphoria Blues is a “safe” record. Grace’s soul is brutally laid bare here in this riveting 10-song collection. While four of the tracks directly address the unique anxieties and fears inherent with being transgender, they still crackle with universal resonance.

The song “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” written before Grace announced her transition, artfully folds the specter of hateful public perception (“You want them to notice, the ragged ends of your summer dress… They just see a faggot.”) into an irresistible chugga-chugga arrangement, given ballast as always by Bowman’s bouncing guitar and full-bore backing vocals.

Then there is the defiant battle cry of “True Trans Soul Rebel” (released in tandem with “FUCKMYLIFE666” on-line to fans through the Against Me! website in the Fall of 2013). Evoking fatalistic images of escape, the song ultimately showcases the strength both of Grace’s spirit and voice, soaring mightily as it does when she asks the question “Does god bless your transsexual heart?”

The balance of the record covers typical Against Me! touchstones—from matters deeply personal (the sizzling “Unconditional Love”); to political (“Osama Bin Laden as the Crucified Christ,” which recalls Sandinista!-era Clash and the band’s own “From Her Lips To God’s Ears (The Energizer)”) and even the music biz—“Black Me Out” is a flat-out showstopper, with Grace ramping a slow-burn into withering nuclear scorn, screaming at an unnamed power-abusing exec that she wants to “chop those brass rings off your fat fucking fingers” and “piss on the walls of your house.”

Joining Grace and Bowman in the band are a brand-new rhythm section. Longtime bass player Andrew Seward amicably departed Against Me! in 2013 after 11 years with the band. Fat Mike of NOFX (also the owner of Motor Studios) handled bass duty on the recordings of “FUCKMYLIFE666” and “Unconditional Love,” while Laura Jane played on the album’s other eight tracks.

Since that time, Inge Johannson (formerly of Sweden’s International Noise Conspiracy, and a surefire winner of the “Scandinavian Ramones Lookalike Contest,” if one is ever held) has come aboard as the full-time bassist.

The new drummer is punk stalwart Atom Willard, who launched his career as a teenager with Rocket From the Crypt and has had stints with the Offspring, Angels & Airwaves, and Social Distortion. Willard replaced Jay Weinberg, who’d toured with the band since late 2010.

With the lineup changes, Grace acknowledges that Against Me! may be in a state of flux, but the mission is still real: "If I didn’t feel like I had something that I really needed to say with the album we’ve been working on for the past year then I’d humbly hang the hat and move on," she said in the wake of Seward’s departure.

2013 saw another career milestone for Grace, as she co-wrote a song (“Soulmates to Strangers”) with rock royalty Joan Jett for Jett’s Unvarnished album. Against Me! is set to tour behind the new record in 2014 with an attitude perhaps best summed up by these lines from “FUCKMYLIFE666”: “No more troubled sleep. There’s a brave new world raging inside of me.”

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Old Salt Union http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/06/24/old-salt-union/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2014/06/24/old-salt-union/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:56:25 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=9545 Sunday, July 13th
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

Old Salt Union

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The five young men who make up Old Salt Union grew up in Belleville, Illinois, the flashpoint for the '90s alternative-country scene, and they're still growing. You've heard of Bluegrass, and some of you may have no affection for it. But before you dismiss this, stop and listen to these guys. It's not just Bluegrass. This is Newgrass. This is Popgrass. This is what happens when you fuse guys under the age of 30 who have pure and raw talent, each with a voice which can stand on its own.

They have been flown to L.A where they won 2 Indie Music Channel Awards, released an album, played Wakarusa Music Festival, toured to over 11 states this summer, opened for Sam Bush and The Del McCoury Band, and all of this in under a year of being together. Their immediate influences are of their time — Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, Devil Makes Three — and their sensibility is lyrical, romantic, and loose. If they'll win you over with their harmonies and homesick fiddle, they'll get you dancing with their rhythms. This band has got a bright future and a lot of picking parties yet to crash.

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