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Saturday 28 May
Warehouse Live The Ballroom 07:00 PM All Ages $20.00
Stuff You Should Know (podcast)
Stuff You Should Know is the award-winning podcast hosted by Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark and produced by the venerable website HowStuffWorks. Twice weekly since 2008, Stuff You Should Know has released a mind-addling array of episodes, cracking open the mechanics, history and cultural and scientific impact of topics like: Ouija boards, asteroid mining, termites, the use of MDMA to treat mental illness, the game of horseshoes, gender reassignment surgery, what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning, Barbie(r) dolls, peak oil, the effects of going without sleep, bioluminescence, disco, icebergs, the fat tax and so on and so on, totaling more than 800 episodes and adding two more every Tuesday and Thursday.
Over the years, Stuff You Should Know has grown beyond the podcast to include video series like Don't Be Dumb; a pretty good social media presence on Facebook and Twitter where Josh and Chuck chat with their fans, field suggestions and are told what they got wrong in any given episode; and a website, Josh and Chuck's home on the web, StuffYouShouldKnow.com, where they like to share examples of their interests in photos of abandoned places, old Halloween costumes, terrible ideas in history, and other neat stuff. They are also beginning work on a Stuff You Should Know book, which they intend to complete and have published before the end of the decade, they hope. They also played themselves in a short lived but much loved scripted TV show on Science channel.
Chuck and Josh live in Atlanta, though not together; instead with their wives, Emilie (Chuck) and Umi (Josh). When they aren't working - but really, in this day and age, when is anyone not working, you know? - Chuck plays in his old man band, as he's a bit of an amateur guitarist, and Josh likes to find and try new cocktail recipes, as he's a bit of an amateur mixologist.

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Saturday 28 May
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:30 PM All Ages $12.00 ADV $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Catch Fever EP Release: You Have All You Need
Catch Fever is a two-piece indie-electronic act from Houston, Texas. Multi-instrumentalists Taylor and Josh blend traditional rock elements, modern electronic layers, and interwoven harmonies to form catchy indie tunes in the vein of TV on the Radio, Imagine Dragons, and Coldplay.

Catch Fever will release their latest EP You Have All You Need on May 28th at Raven Tower. Catch Fever will be joined by talented acts Mobley, The Beans and Kay Weathers.

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Sunday 29 May
White Oak Music Hall Lawn 12:30 PM All Ages $35.00 ADV $37.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Memorial Weekend Blowout w/ The Flaming Lips, Lucero, Title Fight and more
Due to unforeseen circumstances Body/Head regrettably has cancelled their appearance at White Oak Music Hall. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Flaming Lips 8:40
Lucero 6:40
Roky Erickson & The Hounds of Baskerville 5:00
Diiv 3:20
Lost Element 2:00
We Were Wolves 12:50

Title Fight 7:40
TBA 5:50
Nada Surf 4:10
Adia Victoria 2:40
Moving Panorama 1:20

The Flaming Lips are an American rock band, formed in Norman, Oklahoma in 1983.

Melodically, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles-such as "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles", "Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)" and "Yeah, I Know It's a Drag... But Wastin' Pigs Is Still Radical". They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die".

The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing to Warner Brothers, they scored a hit in 1993 with "She Don't Use Jelly". Although it has been their only hit single in the U.S., the band has maintained critical respect and, to a lesser extent, commercial viability through albums such as 1999's The Soft Bulletin (which was NME magazine's Album of the Year) and 2002's Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. They have had more hit singles in the UK and Europe than in the U.S. In February 2007, they were nominated for a 2007 BRIT Award in the "Best International Act" category. By 2007, the group garnered three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

On October 13, 2009 the group released their latest studio album, titled Embryonic. On December 22, 2009, the Flaming Lips released a remake of the 1973 Pink Floyd album The Dark Side Of The Moon. In 2011, the band announced plans to release new songs in every month of the year, with the entire process filmed.

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Wednesday 1 June
Raven Tower Patio 06:00 PM All Ages FREE ADV FREE DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Charlie Harrison
From Houston to Austin to Houston to Virginia and DC. Who knows where next...

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Friday 3 June
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
The Roosevelts
Though it's virtually impossible to classify the thoroughly unique entity that is The Roosevelts, this statement by guitarist Jason Kloess certainly tells part of the story. As one half of the electric duo along with singer James Mason, the two brothers in song - not blood, though maybe beards - have been playing together for years and cultivating a sound that's a little bluesy, a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n' roll. Sure, there's some mandolin in there. But most importantly, it's just heartfelt, genuine music that belongs to them alone, not any genre.



Kloess, who had begun his musical journey on piano, and Mason, who "caught the bug" in high school, bonded in Austin over a mutual love of the same influences: the song writing of James Taylor, the keen lyricism of Ryan Adams, the heartfelt soul of Joe Cocker. Their collection of songs showcases their strengths as a unit: smart, soulful grooves with crisp harmonies and sweetly infectious refrains that could fill living rooms just as easily as stadiums.



But The Roosevelts actually almost never came to be. Mason was ready to purse a career in medicine, pondering graduate school after working as a medic on ambulances, and Jason was developing a career in Austin's tech start up community.



"The hardest part of letting go of medicine for music, was the loss of the sensation that I was actually helping people," Mason says. "Although I'm not saving lives with music, I have found that this platform actually allows me to connect with people on a deeper level. Relationships are the inspiration behind most of our songs, and of course, some of the easiest relationships to write about are romantic ones. But the inspiration is not always romantic. It's about connecting with people."



"We hope our music will break your heart and make you shout for joy, all at the same time," says Kloess. And it certainly will.

They've followed their natural inclination to write songs that tap into pure emotion shaped with jubilant musicianship and introspective lyrics. And they've built a devoted fan base along the way - a fan base that Mason and Kloess often make sure to chat with on a first-name basis out in the crowd as much as from the stage.



For their fans, the healing comes in the music - cathartic, joyful, full of life and light. It's unique, it's The Roosevelts, it's rock - with some mandolin.

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Friday 3 June
Rudyard's 08:00 PM All Ages $15.00 ADV $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Mandolin Orange, Michaela Anne
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Formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina around the talents of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marlin and violinist/guitarist Emily Frantz, Mandolin Orange draw from wells both old and new, offering up a heady mix of bluegrass, gospel, folk, country, and pop that invokes the earthy timelessness (and effortless harmonies) of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, the sweet unpredictability of Nickel Creek, and the rich, gothic Americana of the Civil Wars. Partners in music and life, the pair released their self-produced debut, Quiet Little Rooms, through CD Baby in 2010, followed by the ambitious double album Haste Make/Hard Hearted Stranger in 2011. The duo inked a deal with Yep Roc for their third long-player, 2013's This Side of Jordan. ~ James Christopher Monger

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Saturday 4 June
Rudyard's 09:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Giuda, Modfag, Killer Hearts
Giuda (pronounced JEW-DA) are an Italian five-piece band from Rome, born from the ashes of one of the finest European punk rock groups, Taxi. They play the most exciting kind of retro-sounding rock'n'roll and junk shop glam. Their look of true working class heroes (boots, polos, chequered shirts, leather jackets and short or shaved hair) gained a touch of glam-kinda style over the years, better reflecting the rich patchwork of their music.

After their debut album Racey Roller in 2010 and Let's Do It Again in 2013, now the band are back with their third album, Speaks Evil, first release on visionary label Burning Heart. Their mix of anthemic ‘70s glam hooks and the punchy delivery of early UK punk has grown up into something that is just rock'n'roll, straight and sharp as Giuda can be. First bite of the new album is "Roll The Balls", single advancing the album release expected on NOVEMBER 20th, 2015, a stunning quintessential piece of straight rock'n'roll with hints of Brit glam rock, a tantalizing taste of Giuda at their best.

The five-piece, Lorenzo Moretti (guitar/vocals), Ntendarere Damas (lead vocals), Michele Malagnini (guitar), Danilo Valerii (bass) and Daniele Tarea (drums), fully embody the original rock'n'roll principle: that of having fun!
Sunday 5 June
Rudyard's 08:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Valient Thorr, The Satanic Overlords of Rock N Roll, Hammer Fight
According to frontman Valient Himself, hard-rocking metal outfit Valient Thorr were birthed on the planet Venus several millennia ago, hopscotching across the space-time continuum before finally arriving on Earth in 1957. Upon crashing in North Carolina, their time-travel machine was stolen by Walt Disney, and so the group (guitarists Eidan Thorr and Odinn Thorr, bassist Dr. Professor Nitewolf Strangees, and drummer Lucian Thorr) remains here to rock while seeking the means to return home. Valient Thorr issued their debut LP, Total Universe Man, in 2005. Legend of the World followed one Earth year later. Odinn Thorr was replaced by Voiden Thorr, and the band released Immortalizer in 2008. The Stranger followed in 2010, before the band returned with its beastly sixth album, Our Own Masters, in 2013. ~ Jason Ankeny

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Tuesday 7 June
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages $13.00 ADV   $15.00 DAY OF $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Givers, Brass Bed
When GIVERS formed in 2008 in the sweaty dancehalls of Lafayette, Louisiana, they knew right away that they had something special. Crafted from the improvisational and dancefueled atmosphere of the area's zydeco, cajun, and jazz cultures mixed with an affection for new wave, funk, and world music, the infectious results brought a quick rise to the spotlight for the young band. Soon after forming, a fortuitous opportunity to play a string of shows with Dirty Projectors arose, bringing them swiftly to the attention of listeners outside the southwest Louisiana region. Their debut album In Light was released two years later in 2011 on Glassnote Records, backed by extensive touring. During that time, they found themselves bouncing along a global festival circuit, making their national TV debut with Jimmy Fallon and performing alongside the likes of Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Carnegie Hall.

After an extended break from rigorous touring, the band met in the peaks of Beech Mountain, North Carolina to begin collaborating for their Sophomore album. Their nomadic approach to recording led them across the Smoky Mountains to the wintery hills of the Eau Claire, Wisconsin and back down to the placid lakes of south Louisiana, causing a transformation that led them to the surface of something new and unseen. This myriad of changing influences can be felt throughout the intricate and startling New Kingdom, their most recent work, set for release in Fall of 2015. There is an undeniable lushness and impelling willingness to experiment that is inherent in their sound throughout the album and can be seen as a testament to not only the richness of their influences but also to their exploratory nature. It is this adventurous spirit that Neil Young commented on, in his 2012 autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, saying, "They blew my mind…It sounded like they were in a complete other zone from the rest of music." New Kingdom feels like a place that was indeed created with this type of trajectory-far away and hidden yet somehow drawing from a core of soul music that twirls and dances with experimental sounds. The entire album takes you someplace familiar while simultaneously informing you that this place is yet to be discovered. This coming year will be a great journey for all listeners visiting New Kingdom. -jake hebert
Wednesday 8 June
Raven Tower Patio 06:00 PM All Ages FREE ADV FREE DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Jimmy Pizzitola
Jimmy Pizzitola is a Houston based singer/songwriter, night-time landscaper, and lover of all things jellicle (except Cats). His early musical influences, driven into his three year old skull while being held captive in the back of a 1968 blue Malibu by his carpool-driving mother, were the singer-songwriters of the 1970's. Between dropping off and picking up siblings and assorted neighborhood ruffians, Jimmy was force-fed Jim Croce, Neil Young, James Taylor, Gerry Rafferty, and of course, Der Weinershnitzel corn dogs. Come weekend, he would often head out to South Texas with his father and grandfather to shoot at things. Sitting on the console of a Ford Bronco, squeezed in between stacks of 8-tracks and bottles of V.O., he would sing along with Waylon, Willie, Hank Williams (Jr. and Sr.) Don Williams, and other country-fried offerings of the time.

Fast forward ten years.

Strictly in the name of research, his father would often venture out into various ice-houses and beer joints in order to update his blog (betterbeicefreakingcold.org), which focused on the relative temperatures of Miller Lite in different sections of the city. Jimmy would often accompany him on these outings and it was there that he observed first-hand the so-called "Texas Singer-Songwriter" in his original habitat. Needless to say, it had a lasting effect. He quickly blackmailed his father into buying him a pawn-shop guitar and started learning Townes Van Zandt songs.

After returning to Texas from Colorado in 1998, Jimmy began writing songs and fronting a Houston-based Alt-Country band, Jimmy James and The Enablers. Songs like the honky-tonking "Where the Hell's The Johnny Cash in Your Jukebox?" and the quirky "Sweet Marie" were instant fan favorites. After a failed attempt to cut a record the old-fashioned way - with an investor, producer, hired guns, etc…, and the birth of a child, Jimmy took a performing hiatus and tried having a real job, with an income and everything. It didn't take and it didn't take too long before Jimmy had a fresh batch of songs and began hitting the clubs again. He also started devoting more time in his home studio and began working on the record that would eventually be Poet On The Run.

In 2007, Jimmy was included in Steve Harris' book "Texas Troubadours" alongside the likes of Billie Joe Shaver, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, and others. He joked at the time that he was the only one in the book without a record. With the 2010 release of Poet On The Run, all joking aside, Jimmy is sure to carve out a place all his own in the long line and deep-seeded tradition of the mythical Texas Singer-Songwriter.

http://www.poetontherun.net

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Thursday 9 June
Walter's Downtown 07:00 PM All Ages $20.00 ADV $22.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
The Obsessed, The Atomic Bitchwax, Karma To Burn, Blues Funeral
The Obsessed are:
Scott "Wino" Weinrich - Guitar/Vocals
Brian Costantino - Drums/Vocals
Dave Sherman - Bass/Vocals

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Friday 10 June
Walter's Downtown 08:00 PM All Ages $14.00 ADV   $16.00 DAY OF $18.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Rogue Wave, Floating Action
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Over the decade and a half that Rogue Wave has made music, Zach Rogue has continued to expand his band's emotional spectrum. Drawing inspiration from the inevitable delusions of everyday American life, Rogue, his longtime bandmate Pat Spurgeon, and their fellow members have returned reinvigorated, and with a fresh sound founded on the art of patience, the fearlessness of experimenting, and the unbridled joy of creating something meaningful to help us navigate through these vacant times. Trusting in its own abilities and leaning on each other, Rogue Wave has seized creative control of its identity and sound and is set to smash any preconceptions of its music, revealing the most truthful, powerful, and urgent sonic blueprint of the band to date.

Taking a longer break in between albums than ever before, Rogue enjoyed his extra time off at home in Oakland with his children. The songwriting process for Rogue Wave's music is always the same-"me, alone in a room," as Rogue says-and this time around, he found the most success at home in his bedroom or while driving in his car, even learning to embrace his two-year-old son's "experimental tunings" on his beloved Taylor guitar. Lyrics, however, did not come as easy, and Rogue only found success with his words when slowing himself down and recognizing that his wild juxtapositions of lyrical themes actually felt right. "I wanted the duality," he says, "I wanted the thematic conflict. This is a record of things being out of balance and at odds with one another." Thematically, Rogue Wave's music has never drifted too far from the subject matter of emotional battles with fear and joy in equal parts.

Choosing to title the record Delusions of Grand Fur, a riff on the tendency of fresh-faced musicians to misperceive the reality of band life, Rogue found himself reflecting on all that he had learned through his time in Rogue Wave, in addition to our need as humans to keep up appearances. "You think the world will be your oyster and the wounds you were running away from when you joined a band will magically go away-you think you can just become someone else or get whatever you want," he says. "But really, we are all deluded in some way. We need to delude ourselves to deal with the impossibility and difficulty of life. Delusion is what keeps the mythology of America alive. It keeps us from facing our history and our true selves. We don't want to be deluded. We need it." And once he had convinced Spurgeon of the sincere intent behind the titular pun, they began the recording process.

In a sense a return to their recording roots, Rogue and Spurgeon decided to work without a producer, instead recording and producing themselves at their home studio in Oakland. Calling to mind the band's debut, 2003's Out of the Shadow, a project completed entirely by Rogue and a single engineer, the band also decided to work without recording demo versions of songs-instead, the demos would simply become the songs. Setting up shop amongst their large collection of well-loved gear at the place they felt most comfortable, the band was free to experiment at will-rarely would they rehearse a song as a band first, instead choosing to tinker and jump off the deep end as Rogue and Spurgeon desired, blessing the process with what seemed like a natural evolution. At times, bassist Mark Masanori Christianson and the band's new guitar player Jon Monohan would come by to throw in some ideas. But by and large the architects remained Rogue and Spurgeon, resulting in a revelatory experience and so many songs the band could have potentially released a double album. The process taught them to trust their instincts while embracing the fleeting energy of an imaginative spark.

"It was really nice working at our own pace," says Rogue. "We wanted to just go with our own instincts and trust ourselves. Pat really blossomed as an engineer during this record. His curiosity in the studio is just endless. There are no rules. And that's why I've always been so comfortable bringing song ideas to him, because he is so open." Spurgeon played all the drums on the record, as well as a bit of everything else. In Rogue's words, even Spurgeon's experiments became instruments all of their own, and despite the modest environment and DIY approach, the end result is a clearer snapshot of who Rogue Wave is today.

"In a way, it could be argued that we chose the most regressive step by tracking our record in such a comparatively low fidelity environment," says Rogue. "But for the music itself, it is the trajectory I've always wanted for this band. It's the sound of who we actually are, for better or for worse."

Echoing that sentiment, Delusions of Grand Fur opens on a confident tone with the upbeat and personal "Take It Slow," a song inspired by a mantra of patience. The energy takes off on the next track, "In the Morning," which was given its gyrating, infectious pulse by the deft hands of its mixer, Chris Walla. And the bright clip of "California Bride," perhaps the tone that will prove most familiar to longtime fans, is a meditation on the beauty and fortune of being alive. "Do you even know how lucky you are?" says Rogue of the song. "You got to live in California and feel the sand in your toes and grab what you wanted from life."

But when the dark indie pop of lead single "What Is Left To Solve" opens the second half of the album with electronic flourishes, it's clear that a new, exciting direction is being heralded. Originally written on guitar, the duo was inspired to deconstruct the song by listening to electronic music by Kraftwerk and Grimes. "The synth bass line is meant to represent the futility of thinking you will get a different result when you try to change someone else," says Rogue. "We are slowly but surely replacing human interaction with digital interaction."

Continuing the fresh foray, "Frozen Lake" is an interpersonal breakup song that evokes sounds of the '80s, the present, and the future all at once, while the jangly, psychedelic "Ocean" is an instant smash about breaking up, and how getting stabbed in the back can leave you feeling infinitesimally small. When Mike Deni of Geographer lends his soaring voice to the track's bridge, the tune rises to the rafters. By the time the album reaches its close with the slow-burning, achingly lush "Memento Mori," it's clear that Delusions of Grand Fur is a masterstroke by a band that knows who it is and has continued to evolve. Rogue Wave has released a work that serves as a culmination of all it has learned and that trusts itself over all else to deliver that message with a supreme urgency.

"Overall, I think we have grown more comfortable in our own skin," say Rogue. "We had total control; we were on our own little island and made the record entirely for our own amusement. As a result, there are some pretty experimental tendencies. It is pretty immersive. There are some very emotional moments. But my relationship with Pat continues to grow. In many ways, I feel like we are just starting to figure out how we like to record music. This record was the most challenging album we've ever worked on, but it never felt like a slog. When we are working on songs together, it just never feels old."

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Friday 10 June
Rudyard's 09:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV $11.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Mothership, The Satanic Overlords Of Rock N Roll, The Dirty Seeds
Supersonic intergalactic heavy rock trio Mothership based out of Dallas, Texas give a real sense of hope that all is well in the universe, and that pure honest rock and roll has once again returned to this planet on a mission to unite true believers. Consisting of brothers Kyle Juett on bass/lead vocals, Kelley Juett on guitar/vocals, and Judge Smith on drums, these guys have created a unique sound that satisfies like a steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden, blended with the southern swagger of Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top, paired with a deadly chalice of Black Sabbath. Mothership's goal from the beginning has been to carry on the tradition of the classic rock style of the '70′s, updated and amped up for the modern day. The band has been non-stop road warriors since the release of their debut album in February 2013 on Ripple Music successfully invading the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe playing either on festival stages, night clubs, or outdoors under the sun at motorcycle parties. This heavy rock juggernaut has only just begun their tear across the universal cosmos and have no plans of ever slowing down. Do not miss your chance to hop on board and join Mothership.

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Tuesday 14 June
Rudyard's 08:00 PM All Ages $12.00 ADV   $14.00 DAY OF $16.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Steve Gunn and the Outliners, Eli Winter
People have written about roads for as long as they've been around. And before there were roads, they still wrote about travel and about landscape. Landscape is the stage upon which our greatest experiences and desires play out. Steve Gunn's music has always embraced expanse and movement. It springs from the simple and profound relationship between humans and their environment. Eyes On The Lines is his most explicit ode to the blissful uncertainty of adventure yet.

Gunn's roots in the underground run deep, from his days in GHQ to his collaborations with Black Twig Pickers and Mike Cooper. He's toured and recorded with Michael Chapman, and released two remarkable duo albums with drummer John Truscinski. His solo ventures, emerging over the past decade and culminating most recently the highly-acclaimed Way Out Weather, have been pastoral, evocative affairs. Here he embraces his urban surroundings through a series of songs that fully showcase his extraordinary ability to match hooks to deftly constructed melodies. Gunn is a consummate guitarist, that rare fingerpicker who can harness the enigma of the American Primitive vernacular without lazily regurgitating it. His playing is inventive and full of personality. His instrumental virtuosity calls upon a vast library of technical skills at will, but he's never showy - his riffs and runs are always in the service of the song at hand.
And what a pleasure to have this music presented to the wider public. ~ Matt Krefting
Holyoke, MA 2016
Wednesday 15 June
Raven Tower Patio 06:00 PM All Ages FREE ADV FREE DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Ruckus
CURRENTLY, RUCKUS IS ENTERTAINING AUDIENCES THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH WITH THEIR UNIQUE, AMERICANA STYLE OF FOLK-ROCK.

" SO, I WOULD GUESS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE HEARD THIS HOUSTON BAND YET, WHICH HONESTLY IS A REAL SHAME. I'VE CAUGHT THEM AT LEAST FIVE TIMES AND I WAS REALLY BLOWN AWAY WITH EACH ENERGY FUELED SET. THEY ARE TRULY ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS IN HOUSTON, AND YOU'RE AN IDIOT TO MISS A FREE SET FROM THEM. "

- DAVID GARRICK, FREE PRESS HOUSTON

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Jake Shaffer "Time Traveler" originally from the country now known as Mexico,
raised by the Aztec Fertility Goddess, Toci, the "Mother of the Men",
& still wrestles in his home town by the alias El Chupacabra.

Ben Jarrad was found in an East German brothel in the year of the Jaguar posing
as the establishments madam. When not performing with Ruckus he still moonlights there.

Joshua Earl Bowen did nothing till he died in 1944. Survived by his trailer
& beloved pet raccoon, Harold. Only to be resurrected in 1983 born and bred for Ruckus.

Scott Benton is the illegitimate son of Michael McDonald.

Currently, Ruckus is entertaining audiences throughout the south with their
unique, Americana style of folk-rock.

Merica'…

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Wednesday 15 June
Rudyard's 08:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Arbor Labor Union, Golden Sombrero
4 Years ago, in the Peach state of Georgia, there was a mighty green Conifer tree whose limbs were wider than the smile on the sun. From this tree hung many a seed. The tree was home to so many creatures big and small. The most fun of them all was perhaps MR. BIRDSONG. Mr. Birdsong was a single white dove known for his beautiful voice and powerful wings. Sometimes, Mr. Birdsong would be so lost in song and dancing that his wings would knock loose one of the Pinecones! The armored seed would then whoosh toward the ground and sometimes break open on the forest floor below. But you see, it's very dangerous when this happens. For inside each pine cone on the mighty green tree lies all of the possible decisions a living person can make! And, luckily, in these seeds on that particular day was the possibility that 4 lifelong friends would decide to form an eternal union founded in sound. Arbor Labor Union was born! Their roots immediately began to burrow deep into the earth (some say towards the ear of Pythagoras!). Most trees in the forest try to grow fast. Many trees's desire is to race one another to the clouds and back. These four trees, however, are growing slowly together. They know beyond every cloud is a radiant, true blue sky and they aim for no less than the cosmos! No one knows which one of the four spoke first. Mr. Birdsong was there and he swears that they all spoke in unison. He sings about it like this:
"Listen now!O! dear listenerFor what I sing is TrueOut from the sound of song forest 4 trees sang I AM YOU"
The trees are still singing in unison today. Most recently the song they could be heard singing has been said to sound like this: "IHer Yu! Ihear u! Iher YOU!"
New Initiate, you must be ready to find these young trees! For those of you who have received this message in full I have included a map below:
In the case that your map gets stolen, I am sorry. It looks as though you will have to hear your way there. Remember these instructions- if you press your ear to the ground you will find that it too has a sound and it sings:
"Past the VOLUME PEAKSAnd down the RADIANT MTN ROADPast the Palace of Sleeping SongsAnd the meditating toadIt is there that you might findFour trees singing so divineI HEAR YOU I AM YOUAnd together we shall shine!"
The bond of music is resounding. And to add more lava to the volcano of song should be sin. For it is known the world could use some silence. But the Arbor Labor Union is still growing in agreeable song. Toward the planets. Toward the Polestars. And toward the People. We are adding bricks to our Tower of BABEL. We are building our song up to Heaven. For belief in an honest sound is BELIEF'd among us. Take the SILENT OATH. Look no further. You have arrived for you have been here all along.We are your banner men. The image on your flag is written in our hearts. It shall be done, for it is already accomplished.
JOY OR DIE
Together we are:Captain Brain Atoms Starship IHU Mind Leader/Omega Kindess OneCaptain Ryan Evers Starship IHU Extratonal Grin GeneratorCaptain Bo Orr Starship IHU Jester Shaman/ Headless GuruCaptain Ben Salie Starship IHU Weathervane Mystic/ Love Ambassador
Sincerely, Jonah Vark
Friday 17 June
Raven Tower Pavilion 06:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $15.00 DAY OF
Panic Stricken W/the Haphazards
In the fall of 2014, a family of Austin musicians lead by Richard Gober decided it was time to spread the gospel of Widespread Panic. On November 18, 2014, Panic Stricken was born at Cascade Studios in Austin, TX. On February 21, 2015, a 4 piece pilot version of the band played its first show in San Marcos. The first full band show on March 28, 2015 at the Thirsty Planet Brewery. The love and embrace by Central Texas Panic fans has been strong from day one! We look forward to taking care of the good people for a long time to come. Thank you very much!

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Monday 20 June
Walter's Downtown 07:00 PM All Ages $20.00 ADV $22.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Joe Purdy, Garrison Starr
Celebrated singer/songwriter Joe Purdy is more aptly described as a troubadour-the term, as archaic as it may seem, refers moreover to the idea of a communicator of folklore through song-- one who travels and tells stories using the effective medium of music. Purdy understands that his own live music tradition has as much to do with commanding captivated, pin-drop silence as it does prompting roars - which it most definitely has - because in those hushed moments, a solemn and crystal-clear voice, the resonance of acoustic guitar strings into the reverberant din of a music hall, his stories are being heard. It is a pure experience. It's about Joe and his audience.

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Tuesday 21 June
Raven Tower Patio 05:00 PM All Ages FREE RSVP does not guarantee entry. Admission is subject to venue capacity at time of arrival.
Brian Whelan
With instrumental abilities that made him a key member of Dwight Yoakam's band, a voice reminiscent of Jackson Browne and a Top 10 lyrical streak that makes him seem like he's been writing hook-laden hits for years - Brian Whelan is poised to attract a much wider audience with the release of his second solo album Sugarland.

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Tuesday 21 June
Walter's Downtown 07:00 PM All Ages $12.00 ADV   $15.00 DAY OF $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Pity Sex, PWR BTTM AND PETAL
Arbor's Pity Sex built the world of White Hot Moon, their second album, inch-by-inch. The group, formed in 2011 by childhood friends and lifelong collaborators Sean St. Charles (co-lyricist/drums) and Brennan Greaves (vocals/guitar), came together explicitly to try its hand at writing pop songs. St. Charles and Greaves were putting their hardcore band to rest, enlisting Britty Drake (co-lyricist/vocals/guitar) and Brandan Pierce (bass) to round out Pity Sex's line-up. Now, the band is using the foundation of 2013's celebrated Feast of Love as the framework for something bigger, stronger, and altogether more monumental. Coming off of tours with Ceremony, Eskimeaux, and Colleen Green-including a run in Australia-the band dove into the studio with Feast of Love producer Will Yip to harness that momentum into an album to showcase Pity Sex's growth. And if White Hot Moon wears its ambition on its sleeve, that's by design: the band looked to wide-screen albums by Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth for inspiration in finding a bigger sound. That shows: Drake and Greaves spin huge webs of sound, anchored in shoegaze but branching off in a dozen directions, from fuzzed-out power-pop (" Bonhomie" ) to shimmering balladry (" Dandelion" ) and back again, while St. Charles and Pierce lock into step subtly counterintuitive rhythms and floor-shaking low-end.That inclusive attitude toward songwriting fuels Pity Sex's creative fires. Drake's more intimate and confessional songs complement St. Charles's imagistic lyrics, and vice versa. This confluence enriches White Hot Moon and encourages compositional complexity and a shared affinity for pop solidity in equal measure. The record features some of the most directly collaborative songwriting in the band's career, and that spirit has taken them in exciting directions-often several at once, dipping into different stylistic touchstones while maintaining a constant, grounding sense of emotion throughout. As St. Charles explains, " We thought a lot about pop conventions and how they work, and we're purposefully playing around with that." The result of this playful but dedicated approach to their craft: wherever you visit White Hot Moon, you'll come away refreshed, revitalized, and ready for Pity Sex to guide you along the rest of the trip.

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Wednesday 22 June
Raven Tower Patio 06:00 PM All Ages FREE ADV FREE DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Buenos Diaz
Buenos Diaz is the musical alter ego of Houston native Nick Diaz, an "alligator cowboy rock and roller" who comes off as a little Elvis Costello, a little Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Diaz sampled the sights of NYC, New Orleans, L.A. and San Francisco before settling in Austin, where he won more than a few pats on the back for 2014's The Love Balloon. His brand­-new sophomore release, the Urbanized New Wave Texican, is heavy on the double­-barreled bong­-rock with a side of smirking irony that puts him closer to the great "Detachable Penis" artist King Missile. Put "Sophisticated Gentleman" on your playlist immediately. ~ Chris Gray

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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, Vulgarnaut
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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