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Strange Talk are the flourishing melodies heard behind rooftop conversations amongst strangers. They’re also moonlighting as the anthem to your club and festival night. That’s the kind of beguiling juxtaposition that the Melbourne duo, comprised of Stephen Docker and Gerard Sidhu bring to your summer soundtrack.
Low Cut Connie is a rock and roll band established in Philadelphia in 2010 by frontmen and founding members Adam Weiner and Dan Finnemore. The band has been recognized by various media in the US for their records and high-energy live show, of which the L.A. Weekly recently said "Their ferocious live show...is unmatched in all of rock right now."
Nashville country-rock combo Promised Land Sound (formerly Promised Land) chose to begin at the beginning, unselfconsciously; they named themselves after an immortal road-dogging Berry jam and proceeded from there. For such a young band—belying their seasoned and subtle musicianship, they’re astonishingly all around or well under the quarter-century mark—they’re remarkably attuned to historical precedents, working the same red dirt/swamp boogie and country-fried choogle as the Flying Burritos, Jim Ford, Gene Clark, Jesse Ed Davis, Link Wray, the Band, CCR, Dennis Linde, Johnny Darrell, the Stones, et al. And yet their tweaking of tradition never registers as revivalist or dilettantish, but rather intelligently informed, refreshingly sincere, and reflectively rooted in the highest calibers of Southern vernacular songcraft. The woodshedding and session-vet vibes are palpable, the live show compellingly unhinged and propulsive, all close harmonies, high-Stax changes, and “whoa, did he just do that?” guitar breaks, punctuated by moments of Velvets-style thud.
Kate Boy is a Stockholm-based electro-pop group. The members are Kate Akhurst (originally from Australia), Markus Dextegen and Hampus Nordgren Hemlin of the Swedish trio Rocket Boy. All three members participate in writing, producing and playing instruments.
Honeyhoney is the jazzy, twangy, rollicking collaboration between vocalist Suzanne Santo and guitarist Ben Jaffe. Prior to joining the duo, Jaffe recorded music for TV and film; he then met Santo (an actress whose résumé included stints on Law & Order and Blind Justice) through a mutual friend, who took Jaffe to see one of Santo's solo gigs. The two began holding informal songwriting sessions and soon discovered a musical partnership. Adopting the name honeyhoney, they also discovered an early supporter in Kiefer Sutherland, who signed the band to Ironworks Music, a label he co-owned with musician Jude Cole. Honeyhoney made their studio debut by issuing the Loose Boots EP in early 2008; the musicians then hit the road with Lifehouse (another band on the Ironworks roster) while finding time to work on their debut album. First Rodeo was released later that year, featuring varied influences that ranged from crossover jazz to neo-soul to engaging alt-country. Raymond Richards of Local Natives produced Honeyhoney's sophomore effort, Billy Jack, which arrived in October 2011 on the group's own honeyhoney imprint, distributed by Lost Highway. The duo next signed a recording contract with the esteemed roots music label Rounder Records, and their third album, produced by Dave Cobb and simply titled 3, appeared in April 2015. ~ Margaret Rege
Who, What, Where, When, Wednesdays!
Teams of 4 or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo.
It’s only $2 to participate and the winning table gets an $80 Drake Gift Card, not to mention bragging rights! So grab a brew, enjoy a whole lot of laughs and get ready to play. Please click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team! Don't be dismayed if reservations are full, we save quite a few tables for our walk-in pals.
James Hersey is an independent solo project/band. The 24 year old guitarist writes, produces, and performs soulful songs with unique pop sensibility and vocals. Launched in Vienna, Austria (home to half of his family) in 2010, James rapidly gained support from major alternative outlets as well as mainstream media. His current single "Don't Say Maybe" is charting in the Top-5, and his mixtape "TWELVE" earned him an Artist Of The Month title at Radio FM4. Sold-out shows in his hometown, as well as support slots and collaborations with the likes of Train, Left Boy, and Manu Delago (Bjork) promise a long career for the young singer songwriter.
Before the rush of the holiday season and dealing with your own dysfunctional families come join us for a dance film screening of Asylum of Spoons and meet the ultimate dysfunctional family (seriously it will give you perspective before you head home for the holidays!)
Stay after the film for a special chat back with choreographer and filmmaker Allen Kaeja and some of the original cast. Admission to this screening is free and the kitchen and bar will be open so you can watch the film with some cozy comfort food and wonderful libations. Reservations not required but space is limited.
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Asylum of Spoons is a chilling and evocative film adaptation of the original stage work choreographed by Allen Kaeja, with additional choreography by Karen Kaeja and directed by Allen Kaeja and Mark Adam. Asylum of Spoons chronicles the underlying fears, impulsive acts, unspoken desires, longings for acceptance and the power of overwhelming love in a truly eccentric family. Playing with a turn-of-the-century aesthetic and following a dominant Matriarch through her great manor, she strives to attain absolute control. Asylum of Spoons challenges our inherent need for familial love against all odds. Thousands of stainless steel spoons permeate the film, serving as poignant metaphors and objects of desire that establish conflicts and hierarchies, driven by Kaeja’s trademark athleticism and award-winning choreography. Kaeja d’Dance’s exceptional performers, led by Karen Kaeja’s mesmerizing performance as the domineering Matriarch, propel Asylum of Spoons, evoking hunger, tender anguish, bizarre humour and gripping love. Asylum of Spoons is a compelling, imagistic narrative of contemporary dance, beautifully captured with stunning cinematography. In their eighth film collaboration, the artistically acclaimed, Gemini-nominated team of Mark Adam and Allen Kaeja reveal their passionate visions in Asylum of Spoons.
Some days, being John Moreland has to hurt. As others bury experiences and stifle regrets, Moreland pokes old wounds until you’re sure they’ve got to be bleeding again. It’s painful. But in Moreland’s care, it’s also breathtakingly beautiful. With the release of his highly anticipated third solo album High on Tulsa Heat (out April 21st via Thirty Tigers), he offers another round of the lyrics-first, gorgeously plaintive songs that have earned him devoted listeners across the country. High on Tulsa Heat is a triumphant sequel, pulsing with the sharply drawn imagery and cutting vulnerability that his listeners have come to expect. Produced by Moreland, the 10-song collection features a strong cast of players including Jesse Aycock (Hard Working Americans, Secret Sisters), John Calvin Abney (Samantha Crain, The Damn Quails), Jared Tyler (Malcolm Holcombe), Chris Foster, and Kierston White.