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Saturday 25 June
Walter's Downtown 08:00 PM All Ages $15.00 ADV $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Conflict, Total Chaos, The Scandals, Dead To The World
Conflict is an English anarcho-punk band originally based in Eltham in South London. Formed in 1981, the band's original line up consisted of: Colin Jerwood, Francisco 'Paco' Carreno, Big John, Steve, Pauline, Paul aka 'Nihilistic Nobody'. Their first release was the EP "The House That Man Built" on Crass Records. By the time they released their first album, It's Time to See Who's Who, on Corpus Christi Records, Pauline and Paul had left the band. Conflict later set up its own Mortarhate Records label, which put out releases by other artists including Hagar the Womb, Icons of Filth, Lost Cherrees, The Apostles, Exitstance, Stalag 17, Admit You're Shit and Potential Threat. In 1983, Steve Ignorant, who was at the time a member of the band Crass, guested on the band's pro-animal rights single "To A Nation of Animal Lovers". After the dissolution of Crass, Ignorant later became second vocalist for Conflict on a semi-permanent basis. This followed a 1986 gig in Brixton, London, when he had joined the band on stage for a few numbers. The band has always been outspoken regarding issues such as anarchism, animal rights, the anti-war movement and in their support for the organisation Class War, and a number of their gigs during the 1980s were followed by riots and disturbances. Former band drummer, Francisco "Paco" Carreno, died on 20 February 2015, at the age of 49. In September 2015, it was announced that vocalist Jeannie Ford had joined the band.

The band's increased political involvement, often in support of unpopular causes, led a number of their concerts to be broken up by the police; a 1987 appearance at the Brixton Academy even ended in widescale rioting (as documented on the live record Turning Rebellion Into Money, named after a Clash lyric). At about the same time, ex-Crass member Steve Ignorant joined Conflict as a joint vocalist. His tenure ended in 1989, the year the band released three different records: The Final Conflict, Against All Odds, and Standard Issue 82-87, a compilation of rare singles and album cuts. After four years of inactivity, Conflict released a single in 1993, followed later in the year by the album Conclusion. The record's title proved premature, however; by 1996, the group was back on tour, in support of a re-recorded, re-titled, and re-issued It's Time to See Who's Who Now. ~ Jason

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Sunday 26 June
Rudyard's 08:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV $11.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
New Madrid
New Madrid's chemistry and singular sonic stamp are undeniable. Years of relentless touring, hundreds of shows and several thousand hours playing together have yielded a battle-hardened brotherhood - a band on a mission. Arriving in hot pursuit of their acclaimed 2015 Record Store Day live EP Dawn Teeth Rattling and combining the best elements of their freshman and sophomore full-length releases Yardboat and Sunswimmer, New Madrid's new record magnetkingmagnetqueen, due April 8th on Normaltown Records, comprises a sprawling 15 tracks, equal parts groove and jangle, psyche and grit, rock and slow burners. Co-produced with esteemed engineer David Barbe (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Drive-By Truckers), the album rewards the careful listener with unfolding layers of experimental soundscapes and grooves, bearing new discoveries with each enthralling listen.

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Tuesday 28 June
Rudyard's 08:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Wizard Rifle, Cake Rangers, Sleeping Ancient
Drawing from the sounds of Lightning Bolt, Karp, Sonic Youth, Black Sabbath and High on Fire, Wizard Rifle cannot sit still sonically for more than two seconds. Prepare thineself...

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Wednesday 29 June
Raven Tower Patio 06:00 PM All Ages FREE ADV FREE DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Matt Harlan
Houston favorite, Matt Harlan is a troubadour of the first degree, bringing his handcrafted songs to stages across his home state of Texas, the USA and Europe.

Harlan is a winner of multiple songwriting accolades, from outfits like American Songwriter, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Billboard. He was named Singer-Songwriter of the Year in the 2013 Texas Music Awards and was featured alongside a stellar cast of characters (Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark) in the documentary, "For the Sake of the Song."

His first two studio albums were well received by national and international Americana radio, both earning the #1 spot on the Euro Americana Chart. "Raven Hotel" his third - and possibly best - record also hit the top spot on the Euro charts after its release in 2014. As with each collection, the newest one features a musical roux that showcases Harlan's literary grit with a variety of moods to fit the many themes on the record.

In his recent travels, Matt has shared stages with Americana greats such as Guy Clark, James McMurtry and up-and-comers like John Fullbright.- Exclaim (Mackenzie Heard)

"Check in to the Raven Hotel and let these twelve shots of magic soothe your soul."
- Kelly's Country (Kelly The Country Angel)

"Houston-based singer-songwriter Matt Harlan isn't one of those musicians who puts out an album every year…but you can bet that when one does finally show up, it's worth the wait."
- Sun209: Americana Music News (Paul T. Mueller)

"Matt's tales are clear, the stories surface level and as real as the land that raised them up from snippets of conversation, newspaper headlines or general life in the great state of Texas."
- The Alternate Root (Danny McCloskey)

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Wednesday 29 June
Walter's Downtown 07:00 PM All Ages $20.00 ADV $22.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Venom Inc, Sunlord, Necrophagia, Peasant, God Fearing Fuck
Mantas, Abaddon and The Demolition Man, ...back and more Venomous than ever...it;s time things got straight....got real.
The great VENOM is back!

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Thursday 30 June
Walter's Downtown 08:00 PM All Ages $12.00 ADV $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Special Duties, Potato Pirates, Black Coffee, Substance
In late 1977, Special Duties was founded by school friends Steve Norris (Aka Steve Duty) Steve Green (Aka Steve Arrogant) and Nigel Baker under the name X-pelled.

The three were punks who attended the same school, but the idea of forming their own band came when they saw The Adverts in Colchester. The fact that the three schoolboys couldn't play and didn't own any instruments didn't discourage them, as they realised that was not stopping hundreds of bands up and down the country from forming punk groups.

Initially the boys decided to put Arrogant on vocals, Duty on guitar and Baker on bass and penned two songs "Nothing Out Of Us" and "No Money, No Scandals" which were soon dropped from the set. In the early days the line up changed a few times and saw Baker on Vocals, Arrogant on Guitar and local punks Carl and Paddy given a try out on Guitar and Bass respectively. Sometime later, Stuart Bray joins the band on drums.

The name of the band was changed from X-pelled to Special Duties when a box of around 200 badges with "Special Duties" printed on them came into their possession after they had allegedly been stolen from a school in Colchester. The band decided they could save money on getting badges made by simply changing their name and so Special Duties was born.

Special Duties have also toured in the US with a tour of the East Coast in 1998 supported by some of the best Punk Bands in the US namely The Casualties, Violent Society, The Virus, The Unseen and Banner of Hope. The finest moment of the tour was getting to play at one of the homes of Punk, CBGB's. A sell out gig with the doors being left open so the punks on the street who couldn't get in at least got to see and hear the band! The show was recorded for the ‘Live at CBGB's' album. The great reaction the band received in the US resulted in the boys touring the West Coast in 2001 supported by Violent Society, Oppressed Logic and some of California's best Punk Bands.

Since reforming in 1995, six singles have been released plus a further four albums, '77 in 97', ‘The Punk Singles Collection', ‘Live at CBGB's and Get Back Records from Italy released Distorted Truth.
Friday 1 July
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages FREE
Josiah Gabriel, Capyac, Us

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Friday 1 July
Rudyard's 08:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Jessy Lanza, DJ Taye
Jessy Lanza's second album ‘Oh No' is addressed to her own constant nervousness. The pressure of music making, which used to calm her nerves, has led to a whole new world of contingencies that stoke the anxiety mill. The exclamation ‘Oh No', for Jessy, marks yet another incident of randomness interrupting her tranquillity. All of which seems at odds with the confidence and spontaneity of this second album as well as recent collaborationswith the likes of Caribou, DJ Spinn and Morgan Geist and his Galleria project.

Made in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, with production partner Jeremy Greenspan from Junior Boys, the plaintive, reverb drizzled mood of the first album has all but given away to a more direct, self-assured and joyful album. As with many artists whose hometown lie off the usual network of cultural hotspots, ‘Oh No' is driven positively by the idea of making music that isn't inspired by where she lives. Instead, the album resonates more with the philosophy of experimental pop of Japanese 80s electro outfit Yellow Magic Orchestra and Jessy's breathless, pitched vocals are reminiscent of YMO collaborator Miharu Koshi. Playfully laced with cascading arpeggios, crispy drum machines and breezy songs, ‘Oh No' has an infectious energy that has been brewing in her live shows since her first album. As Jessy says ‘I want to make people feel good and I want to make myself feel good'.

The album oscillates between the languid, coiled, arpeggiated slow jams of ‘New Ogi', ‘GoingSomewhere', ‘Begins', ‘Could be u', ‘I Talk BB' and the low slung 808 groove of ‘Vivaca', where Jessy's vocal gymnastics run wild over minimal drums and synths, and the catchy upbeat boogie of ‘VV Violence', ‘Never Enough', ‘OhNo' and the high point of ‘It Means I Love You" which has a sparse addictive bounce with a pitched up vocal refrain and a nod to Shangaan electro.

The trials of dealing with nervousness are also encrypted into the artwork, such as the plants that recur in the sleeve and videos.As Jessy remarked, "I became obsessed with surrounding myself with tropical plants. I've been convinced that the air quality in our house is slowly killing us. It might sound crazy but the plants have made a huge difference."

Anxiety and botanical remedies or not, ‘Oh No' is a bold second album from Jessy and a marked step forward for her sound. Catch her as shetours with Junior Boys in February, plays EU headline shows from May to June, and in July has a North American Tour.

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Saturday 2 July
White Oak Music Hall Lawn 06:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Feeding Texas Presents the Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Fest: Shovels & Rope, Okkervil River, Girl In A Coma, Matt Vasquez (of Delta Spirit)
Featuring Performances from Shovels & Rope, Okkervil River, Girl in a Coma, and Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit!

Feeding Texas presents Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival returning to the Lone Star State in the summer of 2016. This year's event is scheduled to come to Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, this time on back-to-back dates June 30-July 3, bringing a unique and memorable experience with an array of music, food, and fun curated by the National Beer of Texas.

The second annual event will welcome special guests Shovels & Rope, a husband-and-wife Charleston-based folk duo who has been building in popularity since merging their solo acts in 2008. Their sound will fit seamlessly into each night's musical landscape full of moving vocal arrangements and stellar instrumentation brought to you by Texas artists like indie rock favorites Okkervil River, fronted by singer-songwriter Will Sheff. The festival is also excited to feature Delta Spirit vocalist and guitarist and recent Austin transplant, Matthew Vasquez, who has been busy touring surrounding the release of his solo album, Solicitor Returns; and a highly anticipated performance from San Antonio rock trio Girl in a Coma.

The Feeding Texas presents Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival will once again bring an assortment of delicious food options along with activities, arcade games, a photo booth, and more to be announced soon. Tickets for each date of the Festival are $10 (not including service fees), and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Feeding Texas statewide network of food banks.

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Saturday 2 July
Warehouse Live The Ballroom 07:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV $11.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Reverend Horton Heat, Lincoln Durham, Unknown Hinson, Los Skarnales
The Reverend Horton Heat is perhaps the most popular psychobilly artist of all time, his recognition only rivaled by the esteem generated by the genre's founders, the Cramps. The Reverend (as both the three-man band and its guitar-playing frontman were known) built a strong cult following during the '90s through constant touring, manic showmanship, and a twisted sense of humor. The latter was nothing new in the world of psychobilly, of course, and Heat's music certainly kept the trashy aesthetic of his spiritual forebears. The Reverend's true innovation was updating the psychobilly sound for the alternative rock era. In his hands, it was something more than retro-obsessed kitsch -- it had roaring distorted guitars, it rocked as hard as any punk band, and it didn't look exclusively to pop culture of the past for its style or subject matter. Most of the Reverend's lyrics were gonzo celebrations of sex, drugs, booze, and cars, and true to his name, his concerts often featured mock sermons in the style of a rural revivalist preacher. The band's initial recordings were released by that bastion of indie credibility, Sub Pop, at the height of the grunge craze; after a spell on the major label Interscope, the Reverend Horton Heat returned to the independent world, still a highly profitable draw on the concert circuit.
~ Steve Huey

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Saturday 2 July
Walter's Downtown 08:00 PM All Ages $16.00 ADV   $18.00 DAY OF $20.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
King Khan & The Shrines, Giorgio Murderer, Eli Winter
King Khan and the Shrines have been stunning audiences for nearly two decades with their unique mix of pure old school R&B mixed with a heavy dose of pure psychedelic majesty and unhinged, wild, frantic rock n' roll. Imagine, if you will, a screamin' Bollywood Wilson Pickett hanging out in Andy Warhol's factory dropping LSD in his eyes and wearing a shiny golden cape that wraps around the world, or simply picture the love child of Anubis and Kali drinking milk straight from Ganesha's trunk. King Khan & The Shrines is more than just psychedelic soul band they are a legendary cult musical phenomenon with more than 15 years of international touring, four studio records and a fan base of fervent punk rockers, soul music lovers, free jazz tea heads and garage rock officianados.

King Khan, the spiritual guru and front man, cobbled together a fierce line-up of musicians in between reading his own self-made Tarot cards (WHO DOES THAT?) and raising a family. What he first created in 1999 is still one of the most entertaining groups the world has seen and heard since the days of Ike & Tina. He isn't known as the "Indian James Brown" for nothing! The line-up of the Shrines includes Chicago-born, Ron Streeter (veteran percussionist for Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder), a horn section consisting of trumpeter Simon Wojan (from Cloudland Canyon), tenor sax man Ben Ra (Germany's John Coltrane), and french baritone saxophonist Big Fred Brissaud. The rhythm section of the Sensational Shrines has been called a German/French version of the Freak Brothers - Till "Mr. Speedfinger" Timm on guitar, organist Fredovitch from Bordeaux, Big Baby Jeans Riddiman on bass and the most stoic drummer in show business, John Boy Adonis.

Their first album Three Hairs & You're Mine was produced by Liam Watson, recorded in the legendary Toe Rag Studios in London and released in 2002. A second full-length, Mr. Supernatural, followed in 2004. King Khan & The Shrines soon became an all-star international movement. Hundreds of gigs followed all across Europe, Australia and North America. They headlined Toronto's NXNE festival 2006 playing three nights in a row and had Dave Davies, trombone player of the Sun Ra Arkestra join their brass section.

In 2007, King Khan made the soundtrack and film score for "Schwarze Schafe", a German film directed by Oliver Rihs. King Khan then released What Is?!, receiving critical acclaim from all over the world. It landed at #33 on Pitchfork's Top Albums of 2007, while their track "Welfare Bread" landed at #66 on Pitchfork's Top 100 Songs of 2007.

Their greatest hits, aptly titled "The Supreme Genius of King Khan & The Shrines"' came out in 2008 on Vice Records and for the first time their music was widely available in the U.S.

King Khan & The Shrines have played at several notable festivals including ATP, Coachella, Sasquatch, Pitchfork, South By Southwest and Sudoste. King Khan was even invited to play guitar for Wu Tang Clan's GZA, where he received his wu-name from him, "Lord Khan". King Khan was invited by Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson to perform with his other project with Mark Sultan in the "King Khan & BBQ Show" at the Sydney Opera House as a part of the Vivid festival in 2010.

The music of King Khan and the Shrines has been heard in many popular American TV programs (NBC's Chuck, HBO's Entourage, HBO's Eastbound & Down which was supervised by Wayne Kramer of the MC5). Khan also recently provided an original film score for Miron Zownir's film "Back To Nothing" starring Meret Becker, Birol Unel and Milton Welsh.

In 2014 King Khan was asked by John B. Smith (founding member and leader of The Invaders) to provide the soundtrack for a documentary film about the Memphis black power group. The Invaders soundtrack will be released in four singles; two on Khan's own label imprint called "Khannibalism", one on Merge Records and one featuring the artwork of Shepard Fairley on Obey Records all of which will be available in the summer of 2016.

During the time Khan was working on this film soundtrack he had a vision to create a deck of tarot cards that celebrates black power. He recruited Belfast artist Michael Eaton (Game of Thrones) and together they created the Black Power Tarot deck, under the supervision of surrealistic film maker Alejandro Jodorowsky thus fulfilling Khan's long time dream of becoming one of Jodo's "spiritual warriors".

In 2015 King Khan co-produced an album along side Hal Willner and James Grauerholz of William S. Burroughs reading "the unspeakable parts" of his infamous book "Naked Lunch". Khan and Bill Frisell among other Naked City musicians provided the music to accompany the twenty year old recitations. The album entitled "Let Me Hang You" will be released on Khannibalism later this year.

King Khan and the Shrines are currently on tour in Europe in March and will touring all over the United States this summer in June where they will headline along side The Mummies and Real Kids at the next Burger Boogaloo hosted by John Waters and Tracy Lords.

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Wednesday 6 July
Raven Tower Patio 06:00 PM All Ages FREE ADV FREE DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Brant Croucher
I was born in Houston and I went to college in Denton. I "grew up" in Dallas, and learned invaluable life lessons while living in Nashville, Austin, and Wimberley. Since 1999, I've lived in 31 different residences; I understand the plight of the Gypsy.
People and places are my greatest sources of inspiration.
I've an affinity for adventures, great and small.

I've seen the rain come down in Northern Ireland. I've ridden a motorcycle across the Sacred Valley in Peru. I spent a summer drinking sangria in Spain under the guise of college credit. I've slept on the roof of a shanty in Hidalgo, Mexico and saw more stars than three lifetimes of a hundred people could count. I rode a bike 100 miles around Lake Tahoe in a single day, in the name of charity.

I prefer Whataburger to In and Out Burger.

I taught myself how to play guitar. Some would say that explains a lot.

I have a certain affinity for college football and refer to any professional sports team in Houston as my own. I carry an abnormally large chip on my shoulder thanks to the 1992 & 1993 Houston Oilers.

I've loved more than I've lost.

I've lost as much as I've left.

I love to write. I am my own biggest critic.

I'm not cool. In my head, saying that makes me sound like maybe I am.

In a short amount of time I've been fortunate to play a lot of great rooms. One day maybe I'll feel deserving.

More than anything, I'm thankful.

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Wednesday 6 July
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages $15.00 ADV $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Black Pistol Fire, Emily Wolfe
"Sleep on these guys at your own risk, because what they did to BMI on Friday afternoon was unholy… leaving a trail of scorched earth and melted minds." - Consequence of Sound, Lollapalooza 2015 Black Pistol Fire is a high-octane rock duo based out of Austin, Texas by way of Toronto, Canada; composed of Kevin McKeown on guitar/lead vocals and Eric Owen on drums. Drawing inspiration from blues, R&B and rock greats such as Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Nirvana, Buddy Holly and Muddy Waters, BPF's gritty and dynamic performances are fueled by undeniable musicianship. Dubbed the "next big thing" by Huffington post after SXSW 2013, BPF has developed a reputation for their untamed live performances. Described as "Pure fire on stage"(Degenrefy), they are quickly becoming festival veterans, including performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch Music Festival, Shaky Knees and Governor's Ball, among others. After Lollapalooza 2015, Yahoo Music described Black Pistol Fire as "a power duo that can almost match the power and intensity of the massive rock sounds of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac… in a breakout set." Black Pistol Fire has shared the stage with acts like Gary Clark Jr, Weezer, Heart, Wolfmother, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Band of Skulls. Their signature sound has been featured throughout television and entertainment. Their single, "Show Pony" was featured in the Ted 2 official trailer and they performed their song "Blue Eye Commotion" in a national T-Mobile TV ad. Their music can also be heard in Madden ‘15 and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 video games and in numerous TV shows including Sons of Anarchy, Castle and About a Boy. "Black Pistol Fire… were, by far, the best band that played LouFest… This was the craziest I've seen any of the crowds at the festival… Drummer Eric Owen, shirtless and wrists wrapped, pounded the skins like he was summoning a devil. McKeown stomps so hard during his rough and intricate dirty blues, you thought he would make a hole in the stage... A must see." - KDHX (St Louis), Loufest 2014
Friday 8 July
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages $12.00 ADV   $15.00 DAY OF $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
William Clark Green
With two critically esteemed album releases already under his belt, William Clark Green is back and this time it is getting personal. Give Green a pen and paper and he is a lyrical force to be reckoned with. On his critically acclaimed third release, Rose Queen, he is puts it all on the line and makes absolutely no apologies. "Songwriting is reality. People are scared to put reality on paper, but this is 10 times more reality than my past work," he explains bluntly. The past few years have been consumed with Green touring heavily in the booming Texas scene and persistently writing a plethora of songs that are pulled from true to life experiences. Green has adamantly pushed his boundaries as a writer revealing, "Songwriting is exactly what is in your heart, in my opinion, it is not about writing a hit. It is about revealing your heart and your feelings on the paper."

William Clark Green is not one for puling punches. Where others go around blunt truths with clever feints and metaphors, he aims right for the heart and goes straight to the point. With the release of his latest LP, Ringling Road, Green is set to make his impact on the booming Texas/Red Dirt scene and beyond.

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Saturday 9 July
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Night Beats, Mystery Lights
Danny Lee Blackwell - guitar / vocals
Jakob Bowden - bass
James Traeger - drums

Night Beats play pure psychedelic R&B music that spikes the punch and drowns your third eye in sonic waves of colour. Theirs is a bastard blues, contorted and distorted into new shapes for 21st century wastoids - once tasted never forgotten. This is music to melt your sorry little minds.

Make no mistake: their new album Who Sold My Generation sounds like it has been created against a backdrop of burning Stars and Stripes flags and with the whiff of napalm hanging in the air - an alternative universe where ‘Helter Skelter' is the national anthem and Charlie Manson is still on the loose. Acid-test heaviness is Night Beats' currency, but this is no out-right nostalgia trip either. Instead of Nixon and Vietnam, Night Beats have their own epoch of God and guns and bombs and drones to rail against…or flee from. Besides, bad vibrations, blues jams and id-shattering explorations are timeless pursuits - why shouldn't today's young generation be allowed to take a ride down the slippery spiral that sits within the centre of each of us?

Recorded on old two-inch tape in Echo Park, Los Angeles at the home of producer Nic Jodoin and featuring co-production and guess bass playing from Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, new album Who Sold My Generation goes beyond merely being a retreading of well-worn garage / R&B path. Instead it offers a contemporary take on the psychedelic experience, a heady set of hoodoo voodoo songs. Mordant and corrosive opener ‘Celebration #1' sets the tone with its wailing guitar jams and Messiah-like monologue, while ‘No Cops' makes like the imaginary soundtrack to an orgiastic party somewhere in the LA hills as the summer of love gave way to an era of greed and paranoia. ‘Sunday Mourning' is the sound of blood dripping on the twitching remains of a generation's super ego and with a rockabilly strut, ‘Egypt Berry' chases the White Rabbit down into a cosmic underworld while shaking its burning tail feathers

With new Who Sold My Generation, Night Beats have not only painted it black, they've torched the fucker and driven it off the cliff, crashing and burning into the arid canyon below.
In its afterglow only the lone howl of a solitary coyote remains.

Ben Myers. October 2015.

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Wednesday 13 July
Warehouse Live The Studio 08:00 PM All Ages $25.00 ADV $27.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Warren G
Born Warren Griffin III, Warren G exploded out of the burgeoning Long Beach rap scene in 1994 with the smash single "Regulate," a duet with longtime friend Nate Dogg, and its accompanying album, Regulate...G Funk Era. G grew up in Long Beach listening to his parents' extensive collection of jazz, soul and funk records, also frequently hanging out at the local V.I.P. record store. As a teenager, he and his friends Nate Dogg and future superstar Snoop Dogg formed a rap group called 213, after their area code. Unfortunately, all three had brushes with the law and spent time in jail, which motivated them to get jobs, also working on their music on the side. Eventually, the V.I.P. record store allowed the trio to practice and record in a back room. It was here that Snoop cut the demo "Super Duper Snooper," which G played for his half-brother Dr. Dre at a party. Dre invited all three to his studio and wound up collaborating with Snoop on The Chronic. While G also made several contributions, he opted to develop his talents mostly outside of Dre's shadow. He honed his musical skills while producing such artists as MC Breed and 2Pac. A break came when his vocal collaboration with Mista Grimm, "Indo Smoke," appeared on the Poetic Justice soundtrack. Soon after that, G recorded his debut album for Violator. "Regulate" appeared on the Above the Rim soundtrack and was released as a single. It quickly became a massive hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard charts and pushing the album up to the same position. The album eventually went triple platinum, with "This D.J." becoming his second Top 10 hit. Warren G took nearly three years to complete his second album, returning in the spring of 1997 with Take A Look Over Your Shoulder, which was greeted with decidedly mixed reviews and weak sales. I Want It All followed in 1999 with The Return of the Regulator appearing two years later. In 2005 he signed with Lightyear Enterntainment and released In the Mid-Nite Hour. ~ Steve Huey

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Thursday 14 July
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
On An On, Young Mammals
ON AN ON is an American experimental-pop band out of Minneapolis, MN, made up of long-time friends and collaborators, Nate Eiesland (vocals, guitar), Ryne Estwing (bass, vocals) and Alissa Ricci (keys, vocals). On July 24, 2015 they will release their sophomore album And The Wave Has Two Sides.

"This is another first record for us in a way." says keyboardist Alissa Ricci "This time we came into the studio as a band. ‘Give In' (our debut) was us learning to think less and trust our instincts. What you hear on that record is a band beginning. It's mysterious, and flawed, and honest."

Formed in 2012, ON AN ON began when the trio congregated in the Toronto studio Stars & Sons with producer Dave Newfeld to start a brand new band. "We didn't plan what we were going to sound like ahead of time. We just had some demos and a blank slate. It felt like selling all of your possessions and starting fresh", states Ricci. Their debut Give In captured the origins and exploration of their new sound in real-time.

"We had each been in bands prior to ON AN ON and had day jobs and careers, but we just decided to go for it", says Eiesland, "We gave all that up so we could jump into the deep end of something new. It was a risk, but it felt right, and as an artist if you don't trust your gut you're screwed." Critics confirmed that the risk had paid off. Give In topped many best of 2013 lists and ON AN ON were touted by TIME, NPR and MTV as one of the new bands to watch in the first year of their existence.

After touring across the US and Europe for a year and a half, pairing with artists such as Junip, Tennis and Geographer, and at festivals including Bonnaroo, Governor's Ball and Iceland Airwaves, the band returned to their hometown of Minneapolis to begin writing what would become their sophomore follow-up. During this period, the band began to explore live tracking, allowing them to approach the writing process more collaboratively, vocalist Nate Eiesland adds, "By tracking everyone in the same room at one time, we tried to capture the interaction between the parts we were playing. There's a subtle energy to things that get recorded that way; a tension in the sound. When we would make it to the end of what everyone in the studio knew was THE take, there was always this moment of pure electric silence. It was a magic feeling."

One of the most important factors during this process was to continue to explore new musical territory and to build on the sound they had developed while touring. "Making another Give In would have been the easy thing to do", says bassist Ryne Estwing. "This time we wanted to make something more direct and visceral. We decided to use a more old school recording approach to capture that immediacy." With a fresh collection of songs written, ON AN ON ventured to California to record at the famous Sunset Sound in Los Angeles with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, Spoon, The Shins, My Morning Jacket). The influence of sun-drenched Californian landscape can be clearly heard in the new record, pushing the vibrancy and the energy of their debut to ever-greater heights.

The first insight into the record is the hauntingly suspenseful "Drifting". This track encapsulates the band at their most vulnerable yet; "Drifting is inspired by falling asleep behind the wheel and trying to forget unforgettable things. We've never had a song that sounded this naked." Second single "It's Not Over" shows the band in an entirely different light, delivering a summer dance-floor anthem, with a driving bass line and inescapably catchy, highly-processed drum beat. The song "is about long-term love. It's about regaining a sense of context to help in the moments, or the seasons, of insecurity that are a part of loving someone forever", says Eiesland. "It's funny that the first two songs we put out from this album are the ones that were the furthest from our comfort zone."

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Friday 15 July
White Oak Music Hall Lawn 05:30 PM All Ages $33.00 ADV   $35.00 DAY OF $35.75 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Return Of The Red Eye Summer 2016: SLIGHTLY STOOPID, SOJA, THE GROUCH + ELIGH + ZION I
Slightly Stoopid, the Ocean Beach, California based group led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty, along with drummer Ryan "Rymo" Moran; percussionist Oguer "OG" Ocon; saxophonist Daniel "Dela" Delacruz; keyboardist Paul Wolstencroft; trumpet and trombone player Andy Geib; plus special guest and "unofficial 8th member" Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones/Greyboy Allstars) on saxophone unveiled their latest musical experiment Meanwhile… Back at the Lab through the band's own Stoopid Records on June 30th.

Nearly two decades into their artistry, Slightly Stoopid continues to progress into new musical territory, defining their signature sound while creating a contagious feel-good vibe that has its own lifestyle and subculture… and it's been done entirely on their own terms.

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Friday 15 July
Satellite Bar 07:00 PM All Ages $15.00 ADV $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Destroyer 666, Oath Of Cruelity
Deströyer 666 is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the dispersal of ideas of lycanthropy,nihilism and minimalism.

http://www.destroyer666.uk/

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Saturday 16 July
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages $7.00 ADV $8.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Drop Out Vegas, Children Of Pop, Whale Bones
Based out of Houston, Texas, Drop Out Vegas has produced music that pushes the boundaries of how fun and catchy music can be, while conveying a relatable message. Their musical influences come from many genres and musical artists, with special emphasis on Grouplove, Twenty One Pilots and M83. They aim for a combination of pop sensibility, true musicianship and honest lyrics. Audiences have taken to their fresh sound and their exciting, yet earnest performances from major music festivals across Texas, to the hottest clubs in New York City.
Sunday 17 July
Rudyard's 08:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV $11.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Speeddealer
Wednesday 20 July
Raven Tower Patio 05:00 PM All Ages FREE ADV FREE DAY OF BOX OFFICE RSVP does not guarantee entry. Admission is subject to venue capacity at time of arrival.
Dub Miller
From 1997 to 2004, Dub Miller and the Highway 6 Band helped to blaze the trail that others would follow and is generally accepted and one of the architects of what has become the "Texas Country/Red Dirt" scene as it is known today. His debut album "American Troubadour" is considered by some to be a Texas Country classic.

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Thursday 21 July
Warehouse Live The Ballroom 08:00 PM All Ages $23.00 ADV   $25.00 DAY OF $27.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Rhye, Baio
Rhye is the product of two synced paths crossing at the right time and place. The two artists who comprise Rhye had been fond of each other's work for some time, and it was when one member was working on a remix for the other that they started to collaborate. They had begun talking about the remix at hand, which led them to the conclusion that maybe they should adapt that remix into a whole new song that could be done together.
They had never met in person, so one told the other to meet at a train station in Norreport, Copenhagen. Upon arrival, they immediately started working on the song together. They ended up with three songs they were proud of, which would ultimately end up on their full-length. It all just clicked. Both of their styles of making music completely complimented each other and working together flowed effortlessly.
Eventually, one of them moved to L.A. and the other happened to be coming out to shoot a music video. They met up with two friends from a record label and played them the songs they had made. From that point, the project took off growing into a full length album.

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Friday 22 July
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages $17.00 ADV   $20.00 DAY OF $22.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
The Fall Of Troy, '68, Illustrations
Post-hardcore trio the Fall of Troy formed in Mukilteo, WA, in 2002. Singer/guitarist Thomas Erak, singer/bassist Tim Ward, and drummer Andrew Forsman previously collaborated in 30 Years War, a screamo outfit they formed with fellow high school classmate Mike Munro on guitar. After a pair of self-released 2002 EPs, Martyrs Among the Casualties and Live at the Paradox, Munro left the group, citing day-job commitments, and the remaining trio continued as the Fall of Troy, selecting the name as before by randomly opening the pages of a history textbook. Their self-titled debut LP followed on Lujo Records in late 2003. At the time of recording, all three members were still under the age of 17, and apart from a handful of Pacific Northwest dates and a brief California tour, their live schedule was limited until the following year, when they self-released an EP, Ghostship. In mid-2005 the Fall of Troy issued Doppelgänger, their first effort for new label Equal Vision Records. During their April 30, 2006, gig at the Columbus, OH, venue The Basement, an angry Erak announced, "This is the last song the Fall of Troy will ever play together," but the trio later scotched rumors of their imminent breakup via their official website and entered the studio that December with producer Matt Bayles (Isis, Botch) to record new material. (One lineup change: Ward's place was taken by Frank Ene.) They emerged with the album Manipulator, which surfaced on record shelves in early May 2007, as spring was spent supporting the Deftones on nationwide dates. ~ Jason Ankeny

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Sunday 24 July
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages $12.00 ADV   $14.00 DAY OF $16.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Hunny And The Frights Summer Tour, Gymshorts
http://hunnytheband.com
http://www.thefrights.com
https://gymshorts.bandcamp.com/
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