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Address: 6 Delancey Street
City: New York
State: NY
Date Time Event Description
Jun-05-20 06:00 PM King Buzzo & Trevor Dunn
Jun-05-20 06:00 PM King Buzzo with Trevor Dunn Tickets (18+ Event)
Jun-05-20 06:00 PM King Buzzo (18+ Event)
Jun-06-20 08:00 PM Archers of Loaf
Singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, guitarist Eric Johnson, bassist Matt Gentling, and drummer Mark Price formed Archers of Loaf in Chapel Hill, NC, in 1991. Icky Mettle was the first of four studio albums for the band that seemed to personify what SPIN magazine deemed "a tremendously optimistic time in underground music, that 15-minute period in the early 1990s when it looked like indie rock really might take over the world."The band never officially broke up. Eric Bachmann had another musical project he was working on (Crooked Fingers), and the grind of the traditional album cycle and touring started to weigh on the Archers' desire to continue making music together. After a 13-year hiatus, the band performed a secret show in January 2011 at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC, with The Love Language. The show proved they hadn't really missed a beat, and so a larger tour was booked in mostly smaller venues to replicate the raw live experience for which the band had always been highly regarded.
Jun-10-20 07:00 PM Henry Jamison (18+ Event)
Jun-17-20 07:00 PM Pokey LaFarge with Esther Rose
The man singing these songs isnt exactly the same man who wrote them, says Pokey LaFarge of Rock Bottom Rhapsody, his eighth and latest studio release. This album is about the story of who I used to be.In early 2018, LaFarge searching for the sort of artistic freedom and inspiration he wasnt finding in the Midwest relocated from his longtime home base of St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles, California. New songs came quickly to LaFarge in his new environment, but new temptations soon found him, as well. Though he declines to get into specifics, LaFarge admits that he experienced a significant fall from grace during the last months of 2018. Things sort of started to unravel in my mind, he recalls. I was letting evil spirits and demons rule me, and I came into certain agreements with them, and it took me down. I was giving too much power to the darkness, and I got in too deep, and I made some bad decisions. The reality of the situation is that I hit the closest to rock bottom that I ever had, and Ive definitely had some hardships in my life.While songs like Fuck Me Up, End of My Rope, Fallen Angel and Aint CominHome were all written before LaFarges life went into a downward spiral, their lyricsdefinitely speak of a soul in crisis even though their author himself wasnt fully aware of it at the time. Its a case of me writing the story and writing the song, and then unfortunately living it, he reflects. The last three, four years have just been the hardest that I can remember. Id played the Ryman, I was selling theaters and clubs out all over the world, I got to travel the world, I was making a living, I got to buy a house; I could have whatever food and booze I wanted at any time, women but I was unhappiest Id ever been, because I dont think I really believed that I deserved my success, even though I worked so hard to get everything I had. And I was going towards the darkness.I was longing for death more than I was longing for life not necessarily literallylonging for actual death, but destruction definitely ensued; self-sabotage andself-destruction definitely happened. But shortly before the recording of Rock Bottom Rhapsody began, LaFarge experienced a spiritual awakening and the faith he re-embraced in his hour of darkness helped to buoy him through the making of the album. I wrote this record before the fall from grace, and then it was recorded after the fall from grace. So you see how that could be kind of odd, he says. What I was searching for was peace and humility in the aftermath of the carnage, of things I had wrecked, and seemingly at the time completelydestroyed. I was just, like, trying to survive; I had to fight every time to get up to thatmicrophone and just sing. It was kind of like a last stand, like the Alamo, or something. I was like, Man, Ive gotta get this out, and then Im gone. This could be it. I didnt know if I was gonna kill myself, or if I was going to pack up my things and walk away and disappear or if this was going to lead to some sort of personal redemption through my reborn faith, and the pursuit of enlightenment and wisdom and peace and all those things that God can bring into ones life, if we just stay the heck out of the way. Though he was struggling for spiritual equilibrium at the time, LaFarge at least had some rock-solid musical support to lean on. Recorded primarily at Reliable Recorders on Chicagos Northwest side, Rock Bottom Rhapsody was produced by LaFarges friend and collaborator Chris Seefried (who also co-wrote several of the albums tracks), and features the considerable talents of guitarist Joel Paterson, keyboardist Scott Ligon, upright/electric bassist Jimmy Sutton, and drummer Alex Hall (who also engineered the record), with additional vocal harmonies added by Ligon and Casey McDonough.Its pretty much the same guys as I had done [2015s] Something in the Water with,and the same studio where Id recorded it, so there was definitely some familiarity and comradery there, says LaFarge. I would put those guys up against any Nashville band, any L.A. or Austin band. Theyre just class. And if you want to record with them, you kinda got to go to them even if it means leaving the perennial sun of Los Angeles for the colder-than-Mars tundra of Chicago, with the polar vortex blowing through. Though full of soulful life, tracks like Bluebird, Storm A Comin and Lost in the Crowd all feature leaner instrumental arrangements than the ones that characterized 2017s Manic Revelations. Chris and I wanted to strip it back from the last record, LaFarge explains. We didnt want any horns, we didnt want anything to get in the way of the vocals and the lyrics. I think before, I was a little more concerned with style and concept, and that in turn made things just a little too complicated, like I was trying more to serve the music and the musicians than I was trying to serve the song I had already mapped out the sort of instrumentation I wanted to have on the road with me, he continues, and thats pretty much what you hear on the record. Its going to be me on guitars, then piano and organ, electric guitar, upright and electric bass, and drums a five-piece, including me. After taking a break from the album to take a dark, sad, villainous role in the forthcoming Netflix feature film The Devil All the Time The irony wasnt lost on me that, one month after finding God, the first feature film opportunity that comes across my table has that for a title, he chuckles LaFarge returned to L.A. and recorded the gorgeous Lucky Sometimes at Valentine Studios in North Hollywood. The recording features a string quartet led by violinist Paul Cartwright, and Miles Davis keyboardist Deron Johnson on piano. We did it live in the studio, Frank Sinatra-style, LaFarge exults. It was pretty cool!Through it all, LaFarges plaintive vocals remain pleasingly front and center. Ivealways loved crooners, he says. Some people might think of crooners in the sense of the Bing Crosby-Frank Sinatra-Dean Martin type of era, which of course I love, but also I would consider people like Roy Orbison, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan and Tom Jones crooners, as well. Ive always loved that narrative style of singing, always loved ballads just taking your voice to the limit and telling a story.Musically, LaFarge continues to mix and match a wide variety of styles and traditions, while never losing track of his own vision. I listen to a lot of Latino music, and I listen to a lot of French music, whether it comes from France or Africa, and I listen to a lot of rocksteady you know, fifties and sixties Jamaican music. Ill mess with rhythms and try to come up with stuff that sounds almost more traditional in certain genres, and then keep playing it and try and get it into something that Ill want to sing every night. This record is kind of like Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan hanging out with chanson singers and French jazz bands in like the forties, but I was never trying to make it sound like a particular person. It was more like, If it sounds too much like this person, I need to make it sound more like me.Despite the trying period that preceded its recording, Rock Bottom Rhapsody isultimately far more uplifting and life-affirming than its title would suggest. Thatdesperation, that struggle, LaFarge ponders, Did it add something to the record? Itcertainly did. I mean, I dont know if it made it better; it just is what it is. Its not up to me to decide if people are going to feel that Certainly, there are things in The Bible that Ive interpreted to mean that suffering is a part of life, he continues. And along with that, theres different seasons; and theres pleasures and joys and triumphs, as well. And when were on top, we think well never fall. But that fall has certainly given some deeper meaning to things that Ill write goingforward, and thats something to be grateful for.
Jun-18-20 07:00 PM JP Saxe Tickets (16+ Event)
Jun-21-20 06:00 PM Hot Mulligan with Heart Attack Man, Fredo disco and Super American Tickets (16+ Event)
Jun-22-20 07:00 PM GREER with The Honeysticks
Jun-24-20 07:00 PM Fuzz
Fuzz has abandonment issues.Abandoning expectation. Abandoning reservation, consummation, resignation, and trite dictation. Instinct is all there is when it comes to the divination of harsh salvation. Segall, Moothart, and Ubovich are exploring all the blank-ations of what will be, or has always been, Fuzz II. Tried and true methods mixed with tongue twisting, teeth shattering, seizure-inducing stabs at the norm. Who knows maybe thats wrong. Maybe its all done. Played out. Maybe its not for want of new but for lack of old. But probably not. Bathe in the heat wave that is Fuzz, and regret nothing in the time freeze. Necessity is the mother of invention creation; and devolution stakes its claim in the past as it continues to bind itself to the future.San Francisco, Los Angeles, heaven, hell, lunar fields, subterranean hallucinations, traffic jams, sleepless days, hazy nights, recollection or blind reflection. It is all there and so should be you. 2015 will bring a new surge of slime, fuzz, and otherwise bittersweet concoctions of earthly lettering. It will be heavy, chaotically controlled, softly serpentine, and blindingly barbaric. To translate the auditory from ethereal to saliva soaked semantics is to shatter a promise as its made.In the meantime, Ty, Charles, and Chad walk on. It is what it is. Just like everything else. And if you dont know, now you know.This message brought to you by In the Red Educational Services as it was before and is it will be again.