Halloween Against Hunger 2019

Halloween Against Hunger 2019

Saturday, October 19

Annual event for FITE (famine is the enemy). $10 admission.

Costume contest w a $500 gift certificate for a tattoo as the prize ($5 entree fee)

Music by:

Big Frank

DeadCentered

Tomb of Nick Cage

MegaWitch

This side faces the sky

Quarx // Koodookoo

Quarx // Koodookoo

Thursday, October 17 | doors 8pm

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Psychedelic rockers Quarx do a hometown throwdown, and they invited Austin, TX based prog/jam band Koodookoo!

Tickets available soon!

::About Koodookoo::
Koodookoo invites you to travel the furthest reaches of the multiverse and dive into the deepest parts of your heart and mind on a consciousness-expanding journey. Formed in 2017 from the live music capital of the world, Koodookoo has developed a tidal wave of sonic abilities that bend reality, push boundaries, and transform all preconceived notions of where music can go.
Since busting out in the Austin jam scene in early 2018, Koodookoo has wiggled its ways into the ears and hearts of an ever growing family they have dubbed the Koodookrew. Koodookoo has supported acts such as The Werks, Funk You, and Greasy Hands, and has also headlined several shows in Austin to an always enthusiastic crowd. The band recently released their debut EP, "Koo d'etat," and are booking a busy and exciting calendar for 2019 in Austin and beyond. Keep updated for new events and news because things are moving fast for the Krew!!!

Shannon & the Clams

Shannon & the Clams

Thursday, October 10

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Shannon and the Clams was formed by accident. Just outside the invisible borders of Oakland’s warehouse music scene, Shannon Shaw was absorbed in studying illustration at California College of the Arts, a 100-year-old institution that draws freaks into the city from across the country. For many, the school serves as a gateway into the sprawling music underground that agitates beneath the Bay Area, as a hub for fliers for illegal parties in backyards, basements, and overpasses.
During a bout of depression, Shannon took up a neglected bass guitar that had been a gift from an ex-boyfriend years earlier and played it for the first time, writing in a raw and untrained way. The urge to perform these songs soon took her to open mic nights around the East Bay.
“It was the perfect outlet,” Shannon says. “I never thought I’d be someone who played music, but one day I picked up this bass and started writing songs. I became addicted to it. It became my focus.”
Word got around that she was performing and the instigators of art school parties, always hungry for new talent, convinced Shannon to throw a band together and play. It worked, and it pushed her to aim higher, but the band was only meant to be temporary. Now, ten years later, her path has revealed itself and Shannon and the Clams are releasing their fifth album, Onion, this time collaborating with producer Dan Auerbach and his label Easy Eye Sound.
Over the last decade, Shannon and her chief collaborator, guitarist Cody Blanchard, have released four albums of 60s-inspired pop on indie labels, toured tirelessly and have gradually solidified a lineup of devoted Bay Area musicians, Nate Mahan on drums and Will Sprott on keyboards. Nate has played keyboard, guitar and drums in various Bay Area bands for a decade, and Will has served as front man and songwriter for his band the Mumlers and more recently his solo project, Will Sprott, releasing records on his own Hairdo Records. In this current iteration, Shannon and the Clams have developed notoriety for lively and genuine stage performances and a zealous following that craves their particular authenticity and innovation on classic sounds. Their last record, Gone by the Dawn, arrived in fall 2015 and took them to Coachella and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in the year following. On the album you can hear the band progressing from straight 60s-inspired rock and exploring their taste for psychedelic, dramatic throwback pop.
Shannon and the Clams had already begun writing for the Onion sessions in fall 2016, when their world was rattled by the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire in early December. A total perspective shift followed and the writing changed direction. In the wake of the fire, the band looked backward at their origins in the Oakland underground and the importance of that world to their genesis. From where they now stood, they could recognize the community as a delicate incubator for fringe art, an unstable but nurturing place for performers to practice and cross- pollinate where there otherwise is no platform.
In January 2017, the band flew together to Nashville and over the course of ten days, fleshed out their songs with Auerbach at his Easy Eye Studio, where he helped refine and embellish the songs and steer the album. “He works in this very layered style,” Cody says. “He has all these instruments in the studio mic’d up at all times, ready to go. You can go back and add all these layers of instruments really fast and then cut stuff away in the mix.”
With Shannon and Cody focused on pinning down the meat of the songs and tracking vocals, multi-instrumentalists Nate and Will were free to compose arrangement and accompaniment ideas and background vocals. They explored the studio’s wealth of instruments and tapped into their own years of songwriting experience to ornament and color the tracks and lend a refined ear in the control room.
The song “Backstreets” is Cody’s response to the Ghost Ship fire, and particularly the issues of artist housing and being forced to make your own way in a society that is not arranged to accommodate artists. Album closer “Don’t Close Your Eyes” is Shannon’s response, an inspirational ballad urging those suffering through loss to not give up in the midst of tragedy. The theme of origin and introspection had already been at play on the album before the shift of focus to the warehouse fire in December, and other songs on the record deal heavily with self- searching and looking backward, but on a more personal level; discovering our own individual origins and the path that has led us sometimes haphazardly to where we find ourselves, from childhood to now.
“I had this epiphany that was likening an onion to being human and how you’re nothing without layers of experience,” Shannon says. “Each time you have an experience it creates another layer in the onion. And that layer sticks with you forever and other layers grow on top of it, sometimes unevenly. When you get introspective and try to unravel yourself, you’re digging through the layers. Every time you think you’ve figured something out there’s just another layer beneath it. And I wondered, what happens when you get to the bottom, the center, the beginning of everything when there are no layers? Is there anything left at all? It’s a bottomless endless chase of getting to know yourself. Each song on this album is about problem solving and having realizations about yourself.”
“People say that artists are blessed with talent and live enchanted lives,” says Cody. “In truth, being an artist is excruciating and there is no clear path for you. It is a struggle to find your purpose and support yourself while scratching that endless itch inside your head. A lot of people don’t make it, lose their minds, more or less, to depression, anxiety, resentment, drugs, as a side effect of that struggle.”
“It’s Gonna Go Away,” is the album’s biggest stylistic departure, mixing elements of soul, disco, R&B, psychedelia, the Zombies, chanting and baroque. It was written by Shannon and muses on the notion that all in life is temporary, the good and the bad, and finding comfort in that. Album opener “The Boy” is quintessential Clams. Written by Cody, it is a heavily 60s rock inspired track with a mournful hook that speaks about the way childhood experiences stick with and shape you, for better or worse, and hang around forever like baggage until you choose to lose them.
“I hope my lyrics can be an entry point for people into introspection and self-analysis,” says Cody. “There’s a stigma around it and there’s so much distraction available, but you’ve got to sort through the chaos of your personality. I hope people hear what I’m singing and give themselves permission to look around inside their own heads.”
“It’s okay for people to interpret the songs,” Shannon says. “You can put your own story into it if that helps you heal. I just want people to feel something, whatever it is. When I’m performing I make a point to always go back to the place emotionally of when I wrote the song and tap back into it. I try to stay really connected to the original feeling and I hope people can see that. I feel like people appreciate our genuineness. That’s the thread we’ve been able to keep this whole time and we’ll always stay true to that.

Surf Curse

Surf Curse

Wednesday, October 9 | doors 7:30 | $10

Surf Curse is the indie rock recording project of Los Angeles based songwriters Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck. Seeing Surf Curse live has become a right of passage for disaffected adolescence in the South-West while Rattigan and Rubeck have spent their formative years between Las Vegas, Reno, and Los Angeles. Their new record, Heaven Surrounds You, is a coming of age epic, inspired by the many cult films they’ve cherished through out their young adulthood that are referenced across the album’s tracklist. Surf Curse’s songwriting and instrumental orchestration has matured on their third full length LP, adding layers of polish to their traditionally rough and visceral sound. Rattigan and Rubeck worked with veteran indie producer Jarvis Taveniere, carefully crafting their most lush and vulnerable record to date, during the fall of 2018. Heaven Surrounds You, satisfies the energy and passion that old fans would expect from a Surf Curse record, but expands the band’s songwriting to envelope new audiences into their cinematic sound.

Glacial Coffin EP Release with Swamp Stank and Booze

Glacial Coffin EP Release with Swamp Stank and Booze

Saturday, September 21 | doors 8:00pm | $10

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Glacial Coffin will be releasing the "Of Snow and Blood" EP in September. This show will be a celebration of that release. Our metal brethren in Booze and Swamp Stank will be sharing the stage with us as well.

Glacial Coffin - Death/Black Metal

Swamp Stank - Southern Metal

Booze - Experimental Rock/Metal

An Evening with Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom

An Evening with Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom

Friday, September 20 | doors 8:00 pm

An Evening with Eric Johnson performing “Ah Via Musicom” in its entirety, featuring original band members Kyle Brock and Tommy Taylor! VERY limited tickets available!

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Eric Johnson is touring in celebration of his 1990 release Ah Via Musicom, which was certified platinum plus and launched Eric's signature hit "Cliffs Of Dover," which won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Eric will be performing with an electric band at this show.

Johnson leapt to the forefront of contemporary music some 20 years ago as "an extraordinary guitar player accessible to ordinary music fans," as the Memphis Commercial Appeal hails him, with his landmark album Ah Via Musicom. Lauded as a "recording [that] has reached near-classic proportions within the guitar community" by All Music Guide, it was preceded by dedicated groundwork as a live performer that marked him as a talent bound for great things. And it's been followed by a diverse and fascinating musical journey that inspired The New Age Music Guide to rave that "Eric Johnson plays guitar the way Michelangelo painted ceilings: with a colorful vibrancy that's more real than life.”

The Rakers // The Junior League - Record Releases Early Show

The Rakers // The Junior League - Record Releases Early Show

Thursday, September 12 | doors 7:30 | BYOB

The Rakers are releasing their new album NUMBER FIVE and The Junior League are releasing their new album ADVENTURELAND! Both will release the rock ‘n’ roll within you!

Black Pumas

Black Pumas

Saturday, September 7 | Doors 8:00pm

This is an all ages event. BYOB for adults 21+.

Dalton Wayne & The Warmadillos with The Hitchhiker

Dalton Wayne & The Warmadillos with The Hitchhiker

Thursday, August 29 | doors 7:30pm | BYOB

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“Baton Rouge, it’s been a while. To tell you the truth we’ve been busy. Busy creating our new record. Your record, Baton Rouge.

On August 29th The Warmadillos will be coming in hot. HOT. Hot like the surface of the sun. For the first time in several months the Warmadillos will let it ride. We will let it rip. For you. In BRLA.

Can you stand it, Baton Rouge?
Do you have the guts to get in the kitchen with The Warmadillos AND the Hitchhiker? On an early Thursday night?

We’ve got something cooking for you.

August 29th at Mid City Ballroom.
Doors Open at 7:30pm and The Hitchhiker kicks things off early at 8pm. $10 gets you in the door and you bring whatever beverages you want to drink. Make it a night to remember 🔥

Tchoup // James McCann // DJ Matt Johnson

Tchoup // James McCann // DJ Matt Johnson

Friday, August 16 | Doors 8:00pm | $10

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Tchoup is back at Mid City Ballroom with their first ever headlining show! Plus James McCann makes his return to Baton Rouge with a very special solo set. DJ Matt Johnson will be spinnin’ the steel wheels throughout the show and until midnight, so spread the word ‘n come boogie!

Biscuit Hound // Oleskies // Mike Desmond's Dead Horse

Biscuit Hound // Oleskies // Mike Desmond's Dead Horse

Friday, August 9th | 8pm Doors | $10

Mike Desmon'd’s Dead Horse

Oleskies

Biscuithound

Julie Odell // Ship of Fools// Molly Taylor

Julie Odell // Ship of Fools// Molly Taylor

Saturday, August 23 | Doors 8:00pm | BYOB