Bombshells
Nov
21
8:00 pm20:00

Bombshells

18+ 

Tickets are $12 in advance for reserved seating, $10 at the door for GA

 

Celestial Shore, TBA
Nov
30
8:00 pm20:00

Celestial Shore, TBA

18+ $6

doors 8pm

Celestial Shore's second album, "Enter Ghost," is a directive, a confession, and a confrontation. It's the reflection of its makers -- Sam Owens, Greg Albert, and Max Almario -- and the followup to "10x," their 2013 debut. It's a rock record, and one with the power to time travel with its instruments intact: the electric guitar, the electric bass, and the drum kit. This musical skeleton is sentient. It rattled and rolled us here only sixty years ago. We've danced with it. We've dissected it.Celestial Shore's rock, sometimes appended with words like "art" and "angular" (words that could describe all music), has actually wiggled every which way since birth. It starts and stops with both intention and abandon. Sometimes it's saying three things at once. Sometimes it's saying one. It sounds like love. Recorded in the band's Brooklyn hometown last winter and road-tested on tour with Deerhoof in the spring, "Enter Ghost" is out on Hometapes this Fall and begs to scratch its name into every tree.

Creation Myth (video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVNfYUWjKdU

Gloria (single) - https://soundcloud.com/hometapes/celestial-shore-gloria-2

celestialshore.tumblr.com/
facebook.com/celestialshore
celestialshore.bandcamp.com
youtube.com/celestialshoreband

Francisco The Man, TBA
Dec
4
8:00 pm20:00

Francisco The Man, TBA

18 + $10

Doors 8pm

https://www.facebook.com/Franciscotheman

Los Angeles indie rock foursome Francisco the Man just released the first single “Progress” off their debut Loose Ends, which is scheduled for release in October. The track was featured on Pitchfork to a great review and the band has just recently signed with Fat Possum Records for the upcoming album.

“Progress”- Pitchfork review
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16992-francisco-the-man-progress/

Stream Loose Ends (please keep internal): https://soundcloud.com/robbins-lochness/sets/francisco-the-man-loose-ends/s-1sDFQ

“Progress” Music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExK-OqKmGI4#t=60
 

 

Kurt Travis, Hotel Books, Tommy Boys
Dec
6
8:00 pm20:00

Kurt Travis, Hotel Books, Tommy Boys

18+

$10 pre/$12 DOS

Kurt Travis

is an American singer, musician, and songwriter best known as the former vocalist of the band Dance Gavin Dance and current vocalist for the band A Lot Like Birds. Shortly following A Lot Like Birds's release, Conversation Piece in October 2011,[2] Travis also released a solo EP, on which he wrote and performed all of the material. And did so in the comfort of his parents home. Using only his Laptop computer. At times using their baby grand piano. And a drum played by his friend. Also you can hear his parents dogs barking in the background on the intro to "Time to Make A Plan;Not Getting Younger "[3] The record, entitled Wha Happen?, was released by Doghouse Records in January 2012.[4] In March 2013 Travis released a much darker expression with Mt Utumno through Equal Vision Records. Kurt married Lauren Johnson-Travis September 14, 2013, who accompanied him on bass for his most recent tour. His first full length album and first solo headlining tour, featuring Hotel Books and So Much Light. Entitled [Everything is Beautiful] which he wrote with the help of Zachary Garren ex-DGD and released through Blue Swan Records (Will Swan of DGD)


Wild Ones, Radiation City, Autumn Sky
Nov
18
8:00 pm20:00

Wild Ones, Radiation City, Autumn Sky

18+ $7

Doors 8pm

Wild Ones

In late 2012, Wild Ones was on the verge of collapse. Guitarist Clayton Knapp had blown out an eardrum, the band’s original drummer left the group and his replacement, Seve Sheldon, was in the hospital with a punctured lung, practicing songs on a drum pad with a tube sticking out of his chest. The band’s members had funneled all of their money into a debut record, Keep It Safe, that had taken a year to write and nine months to record and mix. Fans and followers began to wonder if that record would ever see the light of day. It was make-or-break time. Wild Ones made. Instead of folding in the face of financial drama, injuries and personnel changes, Wild Ones took a deep breath and adjusted to its new surroundings. This band is used to adjusting. Since its formation in 2010, Wild Ones has insisted on operating as a DIY collective. The band recorded and mixed its debut as a group (with help from engineer David Pollock). Sometimes considering each members’ opinion meant endless revisits and tweaks to the album’s tracks. The process was time-consuming, but it was also worth it. “That was a reaction to the bands we had been in before,” says lead vocalist Danielle Sullivan. “This band was born out of our desire to have a democratic, all-inclusive music-making process.” Going it alone—even the artwork on Keep It Safe was created by Wild Ones keyboardist Thomas Himes—comes with its fair share of challenges. Most of Wild Ones’ debut was recorded in a two-story East Portland warehouse rehearsal space, where the band was surrounded on all sides by rock acts like Quasi and the Thermals. Wild Ones would get to their practice space around 8 am to record, often grabbing quick takes between thunderous drum solos from down the hall. “Somewhere on the record, if you listen close enough, you can probably hear the metal band next door,” Himes says. “When we went in that room in March, it was raining,” says Knapp. “When we finished recording in October, it was raining.” Keep It Safe, the album that finally emerged after well over a year of gestation, is bigger than the sum of its meticulously gathered parts. Even now, the band’s sound continues to evolve. Wild Ones’ members come from vastly disparate musical backgrounds—guitarist Nick Vicario was a Portland punk icon long before he turned 18; bassist Max Stein is a classical composer—and all of their experiences inform pop music that is influenced by everything from german techno to American R&B. These are sounds that don’t usually come packaged together, but in the able hands of Wild Ones, they seem like a perfectly natural fit.

Radiation City

F

 

ounded in 2009 amid the glow of one budding love affair, Radiation City quickly blossomed into a family, finding itself with a second couple and another multi-instrumentalist besides. If the quintet's early live shows and debut LP The Hands That Take You quickly earned them a reputation as one of Portland, Oregon's most promising young acts, the subsequent national tours and 2011's EP Cool Nightmare made good on that promise as they were named Portland's Best New Band in 2012. The band's expanding soundscape of new romanticism and recent full-length release of 'Animals in the Median' (released May 21, 2013) has drawn accolades from Rolling Stone, NPR, Time, and KEXP to name a few.

Magic Bronson, 8th Grader, Pregnant
Nov
16
8:00 pm20:00

Magic Bronson, 8th Grader, Pregnant

18+ $8 

Doors @ 8pm

Drawing on a large cache of influences and genres that vary from the pounding kick drum of hip hop to the fuzzed-out bass of punk rock, Magic Bronson bridges the gap with a fresh sound. Between Matthew Lieberman’s live bass and Michael Nicastro’s expressive, raspy, and sexy voice, Magic Bronson creates a sound that stands out amongst today’s garden variety dance and electronic music.
Frontman Michael Nicastro is a commanding presence at 6' 6”; with long hair whipping across his face, Nicastro is constantly in motion with his unwavering energy fueling the audience’s frenzy. You’ll find Nicastro banging an electronic drum kit, looping effects, and singing his heart out through an array of reverb, delay, and echo.
No slouch himself, Lieberman holds down a steady pulse and beat while jumping, twisting, and flailing about. You know it’s been a successful show when Lieberman is drenched in sweat and grinning from ear to ear.
Lieberman and Nicastro write all their own music; recording and producing it at their clandestine and, truth be told, borderline-seedy lab/hideout located somewhere in Los Angeles. Following the release of their Nor'easter EP in May 2013 (which spent five weeks on the CMJ Top 200 charts and landed the band a showcase at the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon) the duo set their sights on making a full-length record. Armed with enough demo material for a double album, they left the noise, and the smog, and the traffic of LA behind, and headed up to a small town in Northern California. For two weeks they holed up in a vintage studio two miles in the woods, surrounded by towering Redwoods and Firs. There, they turned their demos into the ten tracks that make up their debut full-length record, aptly named "Wildlife,” due for release November 4th via War Cry Records.

Be Forest(Italy), Tennis System, Desario, DJ Heretic (DKFM)
Nov
15
8:00 pm20:00

Be Forest(Italy), Tennis System, Desario, DJ Heretic (DKFM)

18+ $7

Doors 8pm

In the spring of 2011 Be Forest‘s debut album, Cold, was released, causing an earthquake among the music press in Italy and abroad. Music zines started buzzing about the “Pesaro-scene”: a town on the Adriatic coast of Italy that gave birth to bands such as Soviet Soviet, Altro, and Brothers in Law, and that brought out sharp sounds, chilly atmospheres, and new energies. Be Forest‘s sound traveled across the globe reaching the ears of many new fans, and convincing Japandroids to have Be Forest open for their European tour. 

 

If with Cold, their sound was characterized as “dark”, with Earthbeat the sun seems to have risen, brightening the Riviera. Be Forest‘s melodies have always had a dreamy lightness as their striking feature, but now it is possible to feel a new warmth. Take “Captured Heart”, which echos intimate percussions and flutes, or “Colours”, that manages to combine an hypnotic progression with ethereal form, or again take the idyll of “Hideaway”, austere and romantic at the same time. 

 

“Italian trio Be Forest are masters of mood, making swoony dreampop informed by the classics but very much in the now. The band released their second album, Earthbeat, earlier this year... if you like Slowdive, '80s-era 4AD and modern stuff like The xx, you should take a listen.” — BrooklynVegan

 

“Be Forest's take on pop-rock is as atmospheric as it is aerobic– sturdy backbeats laden with plentiful reverb, many layers of guitar tremolo, and ethereal coos. Fans of Stereolab, Broadcast, and Little Dragon will probably dig it.” — Stereogum 

 

“‘Captured Heart’ sounds like the dark expansiveness of Cranes with the laid-back groove of Mazzy Star.” — Music Insanity

SUCK FEST: DJ Larry Rodriguez's Bday!
Nov
13
6:30 pm18:30

SUCK FEST: DJ Larry Rodriguez's Bday!

$6 18+

6:30pm DOORS

Eight bands & performers from all over the world (but mainly Sacto) come together in mutual appreciation of each others staggering sucktitude! 


Featuring: 
NON GRATA (Performance troupe from Estonia)
The Croissants
The Buk Buk Bigups 
MOM
Night Nurse (reunion)
Art Lessing & the Flower Vato
Christine Shields 
*PLUS A SPECIAL MYSTERY BAND FROM THE U.K. (Hint: faves of Mark E. Smith and recently signed to Kill Rock Stars).

Jeffrey Lewis, Doofy Doo, Be Brave Bold Robot
Nov
2
8:00 pm20:00

Jeffrey Lewis, Doofy Doo, Be Brave Bold Robot

18+ $6

doors 8pm

Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis leads a double-life, as both a comic book writer/artist and a musician (or is that a triple-life?).  His band also has a multi-faceted existence, restlessly exploring a stylistic swath from contemplative folk narratives to distortion-fueled garage rock to soundscape abstractions and more.  Most often a trio (though occasionally just Jeffrey solo, or as a duo, and on some tours as a four-piece), the Jeffrey Lewis group has shuffled its name a number of times over the years, from Jeffrey Lewis & The Creeping Brains to Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters, Jeffrey Lewis & The Jackals, Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Jeffrey Lightning Lewis & The Rain, and others, in 2014 becoming Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams. These various formations (often in the past featuring Jeffrey's brother Jack on bass and Bronx-native David Beauchamp on drums) have toured the world from Los Angeles to London, Berlin to Beijing, Melbourne to Moscow, blowing minds all along the way and sometimes sharing stages or full tours with the likes of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Devendra Banhart, Devo, The Mountain Goats, Thurston Moore, The Fall, The Vaselines, Roky Erickson, Pulp, Beth Orton, Frank Black, The Fiery Furnaces, Daniel Johnston, Scout Niblett, The Moldy Peaches, Cornershop, The Cribs, Dr. Dog, Kimya Dawson, Adam Green, Akron/Family, Black Dice, Au Revoir Simone, The Television Personalities, Jarvis Cocker and many other luminaries.  Live shows often incorporate "low budget videos," Jeffrey’s large illustrations displayed to accompany certain songs, such as Jeffrey's educational multi-part "History of Communism" or flights of fancy like "The Creeping Brain."  In 2001 Jeffrey Lewis signed to the venerable Rough Trade Records label (home to The Smiths, The Strokes, and many more alternative legends) and has since released six albums worldwide on Rough Trade/Beggars, the most recent of which is 2011's "A Turn in the Dream-Songs" which was recorded at an all-analogue studio in Manchester, UK and features musical cameos from Dr. Dog, Au Revoir Simone and The Vaselines among others.  Jeffrey has been self-publishing a comic book series called "Fuff" since 2004, has lectured around the world on topics such as the Watchmen comic book and independently produced music, and in recent years his work has been featured by the History Channel, the New York Times, the Guardian, NPR, and elsewhere. As of 2014 his most recent projects have been creating the soundtrack for the film Radio Unnameable (distributed by Kino Lorber), illustrating Jaimee Garbacik's academic book Gender and Sexuality For Beginners, writing/drawing a 9-page comic book biography of Woody Guthrie for the Paul Buhle-edited book Bohemians, writing/illustrating/publishing three installments of Sonnet Youth (an attempt to rewrite the discography of Sonic Youth in sonnet form), and finally publishing Fuff #9.

 

Jeffrey's side-project band with Peter (Holy Modal Rounders) Stampfel released their second album "Hey Hey it's... The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band" in May 2013.

Miss Ashleigh's Bday
Oct
30
Oct 31

Miss Ashleigh's Bday

18+ $5 w/ costume

Doors 9pm 

Performances by:

Clyde Moore, Peso Harlem, Sean LaMar, and many more!

Fibers, Beauty School
Oct
26
8:00 pm20:00

Fibers, Beauty School

Experimental music, electro-acoustic, extended technique, ugly beauties from the bay.

BEAUTY SCHOOL

Matt Chandler: bass guitar

Tom Djll: electronics+trumpet
Jacob Felix Heule: percussion+electronics

FIBERS

Kevin Corcoran: percussion

Wes Steed: electronics

Allo' Darlin(Slumberland), Arts & Leisure, Holiday Flyer
Oct
25
8:00 pm20:00

Allo' Darlin(Slumberland), Arts & Leisure, Holiday Flyer

18+

$10 at the door

ALLO DARLIN'

Allo Darlin’ are a fan’s band, with a DIY ethos. They are close friends who found each other and the music they make in London. Elizabeth and Bill are from Australia, Mike and Paul are from Kent. Their self-titled debut was released on Fortuna Pop in June 2010 to widespread critical acclaim. Their second album, Europe, was Rough Trade’s best-selling record of 2012 and was highly placed in many best of the year polls, including Rolling Stone, Emusic and Rough Trade. The band’s third album, called We Come From The Same Place, will be released by Fortuna Pop and Slumberland in Autumn 2014.

ARTS & LEISURE

Arts & Leisure combines elements of ’60s pop, ’70s power pop, ’80s new wave, and ’90s shoegaze, all of which helps to craft the group’s own brand of buzzy, hook-laden dream-pop. The band's lush harmonies and addictive melodies often invite comparisons to artists such as The Breeders and The Primitives, but ultimately Arts & Leisure has a style all its own. Debut album "Choose Your Adventure" available now on Test Pattern Records!

Husalah of the Mob Figaz
Oct
24
8:00 pm20:00

Husalah of the Mob Figaz

$20 18+ ID required

Come on out and Rock with Husalah of the Mob Figaz performing live @ The Witch Room

Hurry, tickets are limited.

Strict Dress Code NO HATS. NO SPORTS ATTIRE. No Visible Tattoos. No Shorts. NOTHING GANG RELATED.

No Refunds

 

Tickets accepted until 10pm. People with tickets must come before 10pm. 

 Husalah's Bio

 Husalah is an American rapper from Pittsburg, California. He began his career with the Pittsburg, California-based group Mob Figaz. Their first album, C-Bo's Mob Figaz, was released in 1999 and was a minor hit on the Billboard Hip Hop charts, entering in at #63. The album sold well making 160,000 units sold. His first solo album, entitled Dope, Guns, and Religion, was released in 2006 was one of the most anticipated Bay Area Hip-Hop albums at the time. 

Have questions about Husalah of the Mob Figaz Live? Contact Nu-Ricks.com

Have questions about Husalah of the Mob Figaz Live? Contact Nu-Ricks.com

Bodacious Bombshells Presents "Devilish Dames: A Night of Gothic Glam"
Oct
23
8:00 pm20:00

Bodacious Bombshells Presents "Devilish Dames: A Night of Gothic Glam"

Doors 8:00 / Show 9:00

 

$10 Cabaret Seating in advance online @ http://devilishdames.brownpapertickets.com]

 

$12 Cash at Door 

 

The Bodacious Bombshells Burlesque Revue is proud to present 'Devilish Dames: A Night of Gothic Glam'.  Come one, come all, to Sacramento's Witch Room for a night of dazzling burlesque performances that are sure to both TERRIFY and TITILLATE you all! 

 

Special Guest DJ Jetrock will be spinning the best of the Dark 80's, Gothic rock, Post-punk, and Halloween favorites for your listening and dancing pleasure! PLUS...a male model contest for  a Steampunk themed magazine! The founder of Clockwork Magazine will be in the house as one of the judges as he seeks out one lucky guy to feature in the magazine. Guys, come out in your best and most bewitching Steampunk attire and strut the stage for your chance to be featured in this stellar mag!   

 

There'll be SINGING!!!! There'll be lots of LAUGHS!!! There'll be DANCING!!! And most IMPORTANTLY.....there'll be STRIPTEASE!!! 

 

We will be holding a raffle of HORRIFIC proportions to benefit the lovely and much beloved Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. Tickets go for $2.00 each OR three tickets for just $5.00. The prizes are going to be some of our best yet!  We will be donating to the Front Street shelter at another show in the very near future.

 

The ravishing Raven LaRoux will serve as your Mistress of Ceremonies and Libertine the Obscene will be Co-Emceeing throughout the evening!

 

STARRING:

Special Guest DJ Jetrock!   

Raven LaRoux! 

Batty Brulee!

Sugar Cheeks!

Belle Du Jour!

Jenna Jezebel!

Libertine the Obscene!

Georgette Von Gorejuss!

Dahlia D'Vine!

Dulcinea Discordia!

AND Veriti Von Blu!

 

Plus, our charming Chickadees & Cockatiels, gorgeous Guy Fridays, and The Art of Master Nick!

 

www.bodaciousbombshells.com

 

Artwork & flyer design by Master Nick Roberts - https://www.facebook.com/TheArtOfMasterNick

Love Inks, Travis Hayes, Martin Purtill
Oct
22
8:00 pm20:00

Love Inks, Travis Hayes, Martin Purtill

$7 18+

Doors 8pm

Love Inks

Minimalist pop trio Love Inks held onto the material that makes up their soon-to-be-released second album, Generation Club, for quite some time. "Many of the songs onGeneration Club were written a few years ago," recalls lead singer Sherry LeBlanc. "We weren't able to start recording until 2013, so a lot of time passed."

Still, the lengthy pause between writing the follow-up to 2011's E.S.P. and actually committing it to tape didn't discourage the Austin unit. "Yoko Ono has a piece in [her 1964 book] Grapefruit where she instructs you to put a memory in one half of your head and then totally forget that it exists, and then let the other half of your brain long for that memory," LeBlanc tells SPIN. "Our minds spent two years longing to return to these songs and bring them to life."

Luckily, LeBlanc and her bandmates — Derek Brown and Kevin Dehan — were able to remember 10 tracks' worth of lithe synths, chattering percussion, and colorful melodies that break through the cloudy vocals. Generation Club isn't officially out until September 24, but you can stream the entire record right now. 

Travis Hayes

Travis Hayes may not be a household name just yet, but his honest and heartfelt music charms audiences and listeners near and far. Based out of San Francisco, the singer/songwriter captures a unique perspective on heartbreak and coming of age - all while sipping a glass of whiskey.

Travis Hayes has shared the stage with Chuck Ragan, Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio), Joey Cape, Dave Hause, Nathaniel Rateliff, Tim Barry, Cory Branan, John Moreland, Audra Mae, David Ramirez, Kevin Seconds, Jon Snodgrass (of Drag the River), Glossary, 3 Doors Down, Daughtry, Josh Krajcik (of The X-Factor), The Rocket Summer and Ty Segall.

Walter TV (Captured Tracks), TBA
Oct
21
8:00 pm20:00

Walter TV (Captured Tracks), TBA

$6 18+

Doors 8pm

Walter TV features Pierce McGarry (vocals/guitar) and Joe McMurry (drums). You may know these guys as the touring band for Mac DeMarco. If you do, then you are familiar with their captivating, happy-go-lucky stage presence. The band are playing and recording as much as they can between tours with Mac. 

 

Captured Tracks are re-issuing Walter TV's first LP, and releasing their new EP in October. Stream the original release out on AmDiscs here:
 http://pitchfork.com/news/48697-stream-the-new-cassette-from-mac-demarcos-band-walter-tv/

 

Puka Shell Necklace Music Video (featuring Mac DeMarco): 
http://pitchfork.com/news/52522-watch-mac-demarcos-band-walter-tv-shares-video-for-puka-shell-necklace-releasing-new-album/

Ape Machine, The Burning of Rome, Paper Pistols
Oct
17
8:00 pm20:00

Ape Machine, The Burning of Rome, Paper Pistols

18+ $6

APE MACHINE

Blending equal parts Rock n’ Roll, Blues, Stoner-Rock and Psychedelia, Ape Machine is out to pound the apathy out of otherwise jaded listeners with a wall of heavy rock n’ roll. The name APE MACHINE is a nod to the days of reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recording; a fitting moniker for the heavy-hitting quartet as the band plays through vintage tube amplifiers and lays down its songs using exclusively throwback quality studio equipment. With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, APE MACHINE’s music carries an organic depth and warmth rarely heard since the time of rock’s glorious early years (or your Dad’s bad ass record collection) infused with an exceptional modern sensibility. When the mystical lyrics of vocalist Caleb Heinze lock in with the band’s stone-cold groove, APE MACHINE demonstrates an earth-shaking ability to rock. A true four-piece, the group has been called “a rock and roll band with a finger on the pulse of the 70′s and their asses firmly in the present” and “real heavy-psych for the iPhone generation” that delivers “true guts and glory rock and roll.”

Death Valley Girls(Burger Records), Death Party At The Beach
Oct
15
8:00 pm20:00

Death Valley Girls(Burger Records), Death Party At The Beach

18+ $6

It’s easy to mistake Death Valley Girls for a biker gang. First of all, the members of this snarling garage-rock quartet all look like they jumped out from the pages of Karlheinz Weinberger's Rebel Youth (an amazing book documenting '50s and '60s juvenile gangs). And at any one of their shows, a row of ratty, raked-out choppers can be seen lined up in classic motorcycle-club formation.

Even their names are reminiscent of vintage biker B-movies: Bonnie Bloomgarden is the leader of the pack. Peering out from a straight line of jet-black bangs is a bass player who just goes by “Rocky”. Laura Kelsey (formerly of surf/garage girls The Flytraps) plays Mo Tucker meets Nick Knox style drums and Larry Schemel who played in the last incarnation of legendary L.A. punk pagans The Flesh Eaters plays fuzz-heavy guitar like he just might be the bastard son of Davie Allan.

Speaking of guitar, you'd be hard-pressed to find a meaner one than the opening riff for “No Reason,” the most menacing song from DVG’s debut album Street Venom. It basically sounds like Larry plugged his guitar straight into a hornet hive and then kicked it. When the rhythm section kicks in it gives the song a sinister kind of rumble that would make Link Wray proud. Bloomgarden’s snotty, bratty vocal sneer cements their sound with old-school girl-gang attitude.
- Eric Shea

Cove, Sama Dams, TBA
Oct
14
8:00 pm20:00

Cove, Sama Dams, TBA

18+ $5

Doors 8pm

Cove

Cove is a band. Cove lives in Sacramento, California, where it was born in a cement basement. All members of Cove are more attached to chasing good music than they are to any one instrument. As a result, Cove is a loud thing and Cove is a quiet thing.

Cove is a folky thing, and Cove is a crumbling, pulsating, and ambient thing. Cove is a city creature with wild ancestors. Nobody in Cove is particularly superstitious, and yet Cove would really rather not play without the leather horse on the piano.

Sama Dams

What a tangled web Sama Dams weaves, and what an enjoyable one to get caught in. The Portland group—named after their clarion-voiced frontman, with the space moved one letter over to avoid confusion with our former mayor—release their new full-length, No Vengeance, at tonight’s show. It’s a challenging, mathy step forward for the local trio, embracing the technical intricacies of bands like Dirty Projectors and Slint and shrugging off the band’s cozier, folkier sound of the past. It’s also a phenomenally impressive piece of work, demonstrating a fearless exploratory spirit as opposed to trying to be willfully obscure. While I haven’t yet found anything on No Vengeance that hits me on a gut level like their splendid 2011 EP Draw This Bitter Blood, I’m gonna keep listening—no matter what level of accessibility they’re working on, Sama Dams is one of Portland’s most interesting, and best, bands.

Vibragun, Mondo Deco, Black Market Sunday
Oct
13
8:00 pm20:00

Vibragun, Mondo Deco, Black Market Sunday

$5 18+

Doors @ 8pm

"One of the top 20 albums of 2014" - Huffington Post UK

"VibraGun channel the fuzzy force of 80s and 90s rock royalty like Swervedriver, Catherine Wheel and Curve. Album opener ‘Send Me To Dream‘ is a heady rock anthem, with stadium ready riffs and the attitude to match!." Sounds Better With Reverb
$5 18+


"Mood moving shoegaze here alights on the more rock-edged side of the genre..ethereal beauty that refuses to give up its catchy pop dynamic even when it’s pulling into the stratosphere. " - Big Takeover #74, Spring 2014

KEXP Song of the Day, April 2014 - KEXP.org

Woolen Men, Landlines, Darling Chemicalia
Oct
12
8:00 pm20:00

Woolen Men, Landlines, Darling Chemicalia

$5 18+

Doors @8pm

The Woolen Men are three — two Oregon natives and a Washingtonian. They play punk influenced DIY music in the Pac-NW tradition of Dead Moon and the Wipers. More than a sound or style, that means a kind of work ethic — do-it-yourself and do it a lot. The band is happiest touring up and down the I-5 or bunkered in their practice space with the cassette 4-track rolling. And it shows. Live, the band is thunderous and energetic and the magnetic chemistry of the three of them playing together shines through in the recordings.

This self-titled album released by Woodsist Records is their debut LP, following a handful of largely self-released EPs. Instead of changing their technique of recording fast and loose to capture the live energy of their sound, they recorded and recorded and recorded until they had enough songs to make up an album only of material with that elusive spark of a great recording. The ten tracks here represent five different sessions, and as many songs made the cut as were left behind. The LP was made to endure, with little attention payed to current trends or “in” sounds — what matters to the band is that the songs are well written and executed with integrity. The whole thing was recorded to analog tape.

The Woolen Men are Alex Geddes, Lawton Browning and Raf Spielman. They live and work in Portland, OR. Raf previously released an album of solo material under his Polyps moniker for the Woodsist sister label Hello Sunshine.

 Erk Tha Jerk
Oct
11
8:00 pm20:00

Erk Tha Jerk

18+ $20

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/erk-tha-jerk-live-junkfoodandvegetables-tour-tickets-12391249561

Erk Tha Jerk is not your every day, ordinary rap artist. In an era where the majority of artists are all sounding the same, looking the same, and doing the same things, Erk stands out as a real one of a kind artist. At first glance, you would not assume that Erk was a rapper/producer/songwriter, but with his trademark glasses, wit, and laid back persona, he brings something that your average music listener can embrace and relate to. He explains, “Being myself is a must. That’s the kind of music I make. Real sh*t. I don’t feel the same everyday. Some days I’m on my get money sh*t, then the next I’m on my chill at home sh*t. I just make sure everybody can relate”.

Erk found that finding credible production to accompany his lyrics would not be an easy task, which led him to start teaching himself the art of making beats. After some time, Erk’s production talents had become quite formidable, and he produced all of his own work, and other artists began seeking him out to produce their work as well.

Even though his status as a producer was growing, his heart has always been in his raps. In late 2007, he dropped “The Hood Nerd” mixtape, which created some buzz around him as an artist, and got the streets talking. The song “Dont need Em” became a favorite of DJ’s and listeners, and has been getting significant plays on 106.1 KMEL. In order to capitalize off the building buzz, Erk released “The Hood Nerd EP” exclusively on Itunes featuring the hit song “Dont Need Em”, which is a precursor to an upcoming album, which is in the making. In June 2008, Erk released “Im So Dumb” which is a witty, comedic song satirizing the “Hyphy Movement”, and effectively pronouncing it dead. The song has been receiving praise from all over the region for its blunt honesty, and has been considered a long overdue message by many of the most powerful figures and artists in the local scene.

 

In 2009, Erk collaborated with Bay Area Legend Too $hort on the single “Plane in the air”. Also in 2009, Erk struck gold by dropping his HIT Single “Right Here” which quickly shot to the number 1 spot on 106KMEL’s playlist. “Right Here” became one of the biggest records for the Bay Area from a Bay Area Artist the region has seen in years, further establishing his ability to make hit songs. Recently charting on Billboards top 100 and recognized by MTV as having a “Regional Hit”. His lyrical talents and vibrant personality are evident in the song, and has every one talking about Erk Tha Jerk. You can expect Erk to do what he does best, “Make hit music for real people”

Alicia Murphy, Tha Dirt Feelin, Scary Little Friends
Oct
10
8:00 pm20:00

Alicia Murphy, Tha Dirt Feelin, Scary Little Friends

18+ $5

Doors 8pm

Alicia Murphy is a singer-songwriter from San Pedro, CA. She sings her all-original songs with a fierce rhythm guitar, a kick-drum, and unexpected harmonies. Alicia recently released her It Is and It Isn’tEP, produced by multiple Grammy-winning Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers) and Ran Pink at Fonogenic Studios in Van Nuys, CA.

Alicia ‘s performances range from girl-and-her-guitar to full rock band. Most often she performs as a folky duet with her sister Sé Reed, who provides harmonies and light percussion.

She has performed at a range of venues throughout the West Coast, sharing the stage with an eclectic assortment of musicians along the way, including Matt Chamberlain, Daryl Hannah, Minnie Driver, Joesph ArthurGeorge Watsky,Ben Sollee, and Mother Falcon.

Alicia recently earned a B.S. in hydrology from UC Davis and is passionate about environmental conservation, particularly water conservation and clean water access, a theme that is present in many of her songs. Read more about her environmental advocacy on her water blog.

Norcal Noisfest
Oct
5
2:00 pm14:00

Norcal Noisfest

All Ages $10

Doors 2pm

BIG CITY ORCHESTRA (san francisco)
INSTAGON (sacramento) 
LORDS OF OUTLAND (san francisco) 
NOISEPSALM (camino) 
PHOG MASHEEEN (joshua tree) 
DELIETIST (oakland) 
BOTCHED FACELIFT (morgan hill)
YAWN (gilroy)
EAR SPRAY (san francisco) 
THE STOLEN ELK (sacramento) 

$10 cash cover
all ages welcome

Norcal Noisefest
Oct
4
2:00 pm14:00

Norcal Noisefest

All Ages $10

Doors 2pm

UBERKUNST (sacramento)
GANG WIZARD (long beach)
+DOG+ (los angeles)
XOME (sacramento)
ENDOMETRIUM CUNTPLOW (northridge)
JOHN FRANK / DON HAUGEN (Oregon)
OVERDOSE THE KATATONIC (seattle,washington)
DENTAL WORK (traverse park, michigan)
BLIPVERT (oakland)
LIVER CANCER (roseville/rocklin)
SMALL DRONE ORCHESTRA (los angeles)
STRESS ORPHAN (baltimore,maryland)
MASTER MORYA (sacramento)
DEMONSLEEPER (oakland) 
HANS VAN BARTLES (santa rosa) 
WORCERACS (davis) 

Literature(Slumberland), Soft Science, Amateur Hour
Oct
3
8:00 pm20:00

Literature(Slumberland), Soft Science, Amateur Hour

$6 18+

Philadelphia, PA’s Literature features Kevin Attics, Nathaniel Cardaci, Chris Schackerman, and Seth Whaland. Attics, who’d written for numerous music trades as a teen, met Cardaci and Whaland at the house venue they both operated in Austin, TX. Cardaci and Whaland each ran small imprint labels and, a million adventures later, the trio decided to form a band. Upon moving to Philadelphia the group befriended Schackerman who also joined the fold.

In 2012, following a well-received single and a track on Gerard Cosloy’s "Casual Victim Pile II" compilation they released their debut album, Arab Spring, which became a cult hit within the indiepop community. That album is sharp and immediate, almost mod-ish in its attack, but always tuneful and going for melody where it counts. They toured the US in support, and have performed with the likes of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Eternal Summers, Ted Leo, Sic Alps, White Fence, Gentlemen Jesse, Hospitality, and Brown Recluse. They also appeared on Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic.

In 2013 they released a follow-up 7", "Tie Dye" and contributed a track to Esopus Magazine alongside artists like Jens Lekman and The Shins. They also played at that year’s NYC Popfest, which helped cement the buzz that was steadily growing amongst savvy pop fans. Arab Spring was treated to a re-mastered re-press, which followed the first pressing and quickly sold out.

Autumn of 2013 saw the band begin work on their second album, Chorus, with lauded engineer Gary Olson (whose body of work includes records by Crystal Stilts, Mad Scene and The Beets) at his Marlborough Farms studio in Brooklyn, NY. As a beautiful autumn turned into one of the harshest winters in recent memory, Olson and the band began stretching out, enhancing the album with studio techniques dating back to the late 60s including true-tape flanging, sending vocals through Leslie speaker cabinets, and the same analog style of automatic double-tracking created at Abbey Road Studios.

The result is an album that is as immediate as it is timeless, full of effortlessly catchy and well-crafted tunes that echo pop legends like Smiths and Orange Juice. All of that time in the studio has resulted in a rich, considered sound that puts the band's arranging and playing front and center. Chorus is one of the most exciting pop records in years, and marks Literature at true contenders.

TBD Fest Pre-Party: Modern Magick Explored
Oct
2
7:00 pm19:00

TBD Fest Pre-Party: Modern Magick Explored

7PM Doors 18+

$5

Are you as anxious for TBD fest to start as we are?? You're in luck, the night before Sacramento kicks off the coolest music festival ever we're having a Pre-Party. Local dj's will be spinning Remixes of TBD fest artists all night long!

It is also the launch of City Mystic • New York's Tarot deck. This will be the first time this successfully funded local kickstarter project will be commercially available. City Mystic will bring along some magickal art installations as well.

Tons of amazing local talent will be on display painting the night away!!Shaun BurnerMolly DevlinStephen V Williams and more!

This is going to be a night showing how truly unique, talented, and amazing Sacramento is!

Drive Thru Mystics, Ancient River, The Spiral Electric, Milburray, MAD ALCHEMY liquid light
Sep
30
7:00 pm19:00

Drive Thru Mystics, Ancient River, The Spiral Electric, Milburray, MAD ALCHEMY liquid light

18+ $7

Doors 7pm

DRIVE-THRU MYSTICS

Drive-Thru Mystics are Sacramento's hardest working garage psych punk band that combines various elements of black comedy & Rock and Roll from the ages! Drive-Thru Mystics are a garage-punk/neo-psychedelic/rock-and-roll project started by A.A. Ron (Cobra Light) three years ago, first as Paisley Rumble, then Bond Girl Rejects, and now Drive-Thru Mystics. Aaron writes all of the songs and music. Fellow musicians have the freedom to play their parts as they please. The creative process is not micromanaged allowing the songs to evolve organically over the course of several rehearsals. Each member contributes their own personality and style to the group. 

Bass assistance is provided by The Good David (Capt. Amazing & the Okay I Guesses), and Drums are provided by Pat Hammer Hennessey. 

 

 

ANCIENT RIVER

Ancient River is the brainchild of prolific singer songwriter, J Barreto, grown out of his deep passion for rock music and a love of all things psychedelic. What started in the swamps of the American south has now evolved through various band lineups across one psych and one Americana album every year for the past three years, 2014 sees James and fellow bother in heavy drone arms, Alex Cordova, taking their immense live sound to the road once more in the wake of a new era for the band. Veterans of the psych scene, their wall-of-sound barrage has been honed by extensive touring across the states and beyond, including two appearances at Austin Psych Fest and playing Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2012And it all began in 2000, guitarist J. Barreto was making frequent trips to Gainesville to play with his instrumental psychedelic band The Ohm.  Over the next few years they recorded several albums worth of material, entirely on a 4-track tape recorder.  After moving to Gainesville to start his own project, Barreto began recording local bands, self producing several albums and creating music for local independent films. It was out of this period of musical exploration that Ancient River was born. Barreto's house grew into a full home-studio where the band rehearses and records, always honing in their sound consisting of everything from reverb soaked shoegaze and psychedelia to the Americana sound they visit periodically. Locked away in the pursuit of his sonic vision, J. Barreto earned himself a reputation as a creative hermit deep in his music. It was two years before he took Ancient River to the stage, re-emerging as an impassioned singer/front man, as well as wielding his unmistakable space-rock guitar sound creating a captivating live show. The inspiration for the band's name, Neil Young (who used the lyric "ancient river" in the classic song Thrasher) also provided inspiration for a trilogy of Americana rock releases.  

 MAD ALCHEMY liquid light
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