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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Doors at 7pm
For more than a decade, DeVotchKa has melded its influences – from Eastern European wedding bands to Norteno ballads – into an authentic and totally original blend of popular music. With the release of the band’s fifth album, 100 Lovers (Anti-, March 2011), the band returns to the epic settings of the Arizona desert with producer Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Neko Case) to create a collection of haunting stories. Songs like “The Man From San Sebastian” deliver on their intriguing titles with enigmatic lyrics and cinematic soundscapes.
Jason Boland & the Stragglers
plus: Turnpike Troubadours
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Doors at 7pm
Country music swashbucklers JASON BOLAND AND THE STRAGGLERS’ hard-hitting new live set HIGH IN THE ROCKIES: A LIVE ALBUM is an unconstrained collection of appealingly inventive Red Dirt country. Crackling with the raw outlaw voltage that has made them one of the fastest-rising forces in contemporary country, the resolutely independent Texas-based quintet’s execution and delivery is uniformly impressive, and with material divided between Stragglers standards and fan favorites, the album rises to a profound new elevation that is reflected in a most fitting choice of title. Whether reveling in the Okie kickback groove of “Tulsa Time” or re-defining the epic despair of Boland’s classic “Bottle By My Bed,” their sound, characterized by ebullient musicianship and passionate vocals, links country music’s past to its future with admirable expertise.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
early doors at 6
late doors at 9
Seven studio albums in fifteen years is, in itself, a measure of Jesse Cookʼs artistic
success. And, for this latest recording he wanted to trace rumba flamenco back to its
roots in Cuba. His instincts though got the better of him and he wound up spending time
in Bogota, Colombia.
The resulting body of work is sublime, a continuation of Cookʼs insatiable appetite for
world music in all its forms.
Loyal fans will be thrilled with “The Rumba Foundation”, as he has entitled the album,
while those who have never before experienced Cookʼs creativity will find themselves
tapping their feet to these extraordinary Latin rhythms wondering why they have not
experienced Cook before.
“The Rumba Foundation” continues the journey Jesse Cook has travelled ever since he
was first exposed to rumba flamenco while visiting his father in Arles in the south of
France. What other teenager can lay claim to jamming with The Gypsy Kings on his
fatherʼs roof? On this album Cook is maturing and his trip to Bogota appears to be time
plus: Cold Cave, The Entrance Band
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
doors at 7pm
Jamie Hince and his musical partner Alison Mosshart believe that your art is something you live, rather than something you merely do. Therefore, the conventional approach to recording an album – write some songs a bit like your last songs, book flashy studio and ear candy-providing producer, be professional and get home in time for tea – is not an option for them. The Kills make music that sounds like the stripped-to-the-bone nub of the crux of the sex and death and madness at the heart of the very best rock ‘n’ roll. And the only way to pull that off is to put themselves through the creative, physical, financial and emotional mangle.
plus: Foals, Holy Ghost!, The Naked and Famous
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
doors at 7:00 PM
Australian indie electronic trio Cut Copy take many of their cues from contemporaries like Air, Daft Punk, and LCD Soundsystem, but with a distinctly pop sensibility that draws on classic AM radio pop singles from the 1970s and ’80s, with elements of vintage disco and synth pop that appeal to song-based listeners as well as the club kidz.