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Sunday 31 July
Raven Tower Pavilion 06:00 PM All Ages $13.00 ADV   $15.00 DAY OF $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
TTNG, Mylets, Crimson Arrow
Poking fun at their home city's low crime rate, Oxford, England math rockers This Town Needs Guns named their band on a whim in 2004. Based around guitarist/vocalist Stuart Smith and lead guitarist Tim Collis, the rhythm section rotated several times over the next several years, resulting in a band anchored by bassist Dan Adams and drummer Chris Collis by the time they recorded their 2008 debut, Animals. Jamie Cooper took over on bass soon after, and in 2011, frontman Stuart Smith announced he would be leaving the band to focus on his family, and Pennines singer/guitarist Henry Tremain would be replacing him. The band continued to undergo changes, and after years of having their band name misconstrued as a real sentiment, they changed their name to TTNG in 2013, just after the January release of their second album, 13.0.0.0.0. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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Tuesday 2 August
Rudyard's 07:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV $11.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Holy Grail, Exmortus, Spellcaster, Mastema
Like many of the legendary bands whose influences they wear on their tattered sleeves, the Los Angeles quintet HOLY GRAIL made an immediate impact when they exploded onto the metal scene in 2009. Here were five immortal men who fought to kill, armed with an infectious sound - a mix of classic heavy metal and modern sensibilities - sure to win over even the most jaded of cynics. As if on cue, metal media around the world swooned immediately. Metal Hammer UK nominated HOLY GRAIL for their "best new band" Golden Gods Award based solely on the two original tracks that appeared on their debut EP "Improper Burial", while the group was invited to perform at major worldwide events such as the Wacken:Open:Air (Germany) and Download Festival (UK) before their full-length debut was even finished being recorded. When their full-length debut "Crisis In Utopia" was finally released in late 2010, it was clear from the opening notes on that HOLY GRAIL's music is their silver bullet. The album reasserted the group's potential and earned the band a new round of critical acclaim, with Revolver Magazine naming the release one of 2010′s Top 20 albums. Hereafter, the group hit the road for a nearly two-year touring cycle during which guitarist Alex Lee (ex-BONDED BY BLOOD) joined the fold and the band performed alongside the likes of BLIND GUARDIAN, ELUVEITIE and DRAGONFORCE, among others. In addition, they further developed a burgeoning international fan base by touring Japan, Australia and the UK.



If "Crisis In Utopia" hinted at what HOLY GRAIL could achieve, new album "Ride The Void" shouts it through a megaphone. Gone are sword-and-steel odes to Valhalla; in their place are morbid tales of serial killers. Indeed, producer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM) brought out a darker, hungrier side of the band than many have heard to date - yet musically, they're more exhilarating than ever: Witness the galloping riff of "Dark Passenger", the betcha-can't-play-this exuberance of the opening lick of "Too Decayed To Wait" or the unexpected triumphant and melodic solo in "The Great Artifice". Perhaps more importantly, the album sees HOLY GRAIL continue to expand the limits of their sound by incorporating classical guitar ("Wake Me When It's Over"), a cinematic, QUEEN-like vocal intro (the otherwise anthemic "Sleep of Virtue"), a trance-like guitar loop ("Silence The Scream") that cleverly belies the lyrical content it introduces, and a moody finale ("Rains of Sorrow") inspired by a family member's battle with cancer.
Someone pretty might catch your attention, but only someone special can keep it. HOLY GRAIL could have easily written an album filled with lovable tales of mead-chugging knights-on-horseback, but instead, they pushed themselves further - and in the end, created an unforgettable collection of timeless metal anthems that not only validates the early praise they received, but creates an exciting question: Where will they go from here? For now, though, buckle up and enjoy the ride!

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Sunday 7 August
Raven Tower Pavilion 06:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Nina Diaz, Scarlet Sails, Colonial Blue
Nina Diaz has been hailed by NPR as "one of the two or three most exciting, scary-good vocalists in rock today." Nina Diaz entered the music business at a young age and is the front person for the band Girl in a Coma. At age 17, Nina and the band performed at New York's Knitting Factory as part of a taping for a television show. Joan Jett was in attendance and was so impressed, that she signed GIAC to her label, Blackheart Records, on the spot. The band's 2007 debut album, Both Before I'm Gone, was a critical hit with raves from Alternative Press Magazine, the LA Weekly, Bust magazine, among many others, with the album reaching No. 23 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 21 on iTunes. Girl in a Coma went on to releas e three more albums and toured the world opening for bands such as Sia, Smashing Pumpkins, Morrissey, Tegan and Sara, Amanda Palmer and many more. The band's most recent album Exits & All the Rest was named to NPR's 50 Favorite Albums of the Year. Nina's distinctive voice and powerful live performances attracted the attention of fans, producers and fellow artists. Nina collaborated with Tiësto to co-write the dance track, "In Your Mind." Director Robert Rodriguez is such a fan of the band that he not only filmed an impromptu music video when he first saw them perform at SXSW, but also asked Nina Diaz and the band to compose a song for the climactic fight scene in his movie, Machete. Being a public performer at such an early age took a toll and Nina began finding an outlet as she began writing new material that was all her own. Nina launched her new solo project with a series of live concerts at The Belmont in Austin, Texas. On the first night of the residency, Nina fronted a five-piece band and performed this new material to a sold out crowd. Since then she has performed to sold out crowds throughout Texas as well as at Maverick Music Festival, Fiesta de la Flor, The Austin Music Awards and opening weekend at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Her backing band, hand -picked by Nina to highlight her new sound, includes Jorge Gonzalez (drums), Johnny Shrink (keys), Austin Valentine (bass), and Travis Vela (guitar). Nina Diaz's solo debut album is scheduled to be released later this year.

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Tuesday 9 August
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages $15.00 ADV $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Wye Oak, Tuskha
Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak have spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constant touring with Civilian, their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes. Shriek is Wye Oak's fourth full-length and the culmination of their intent to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release. It is their most personal and confident declaration yet.
Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn's vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo's collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.
To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive and forward-thinking approaches to production complemented their new direction. The result is a record of indisputable humanity. Shriek is a complete narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment.

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Wednesday 10 August
Rudyard's 08:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Moon Tooth
February 5th, 2016 marked the release of Chromaparagon, the debut full-length album by Long Island, New York band Moon Tooth.

A fireworks display of melody and rhythm, Chromaparagon is more than that too - its progressive, aggressive sound is brimming with soul, riddled with hairpin turns, and delivered with the grace and swing of real virtuosos. Over the course of twelve songs, Moon Tooth mashes together rock, metal, and blues, into a fusion that bursts with color. There are few limits here. Moon Tooth possesses the imagination and skill to swerve into whatever musical direction it wants. But this band wanders without getting lost; it channels its wild dreaming and black-belt chops into an album that drives forward with purpose.

Frontman John Carbone carries forth the tradition of singers with the range and the courage to go for it. Like Jeff Buckley, Into Another's Richie Birkenhead or Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren, Carbone belts it out with a soaring voice that can command quiet subtlety as well as arena-rocking operatics. In poetic, modern-mythic phrases, his lyrics address themes of, in his own words, "trials, perseverance, victory... answering the call of adventure, following what you know to be your true purpose even in the face of danger, uncertainty and fear."

"I made love to my ordeals / By light of holy fire / A lion rearing under ash / All the beasts of un-days loomed / And I saw Mars stand," Carbone sings on the song "Igneous."

Guitarist Nick Lee (also the newest member of veteran heavy metal act Riot, now known as Riot V) extracts entire worlds out of his instrument. His dexterity is matched only by his soulfulness. Backing him are bassist Vincent Romanelli and drummer Ray Marte who glide swiftly from tasty grooves and rhythmic illusions to full-on metal muscularity.

Loosely speaking, some modern-day reference points include The Mars Volta, Mastodon, and Between The Buried And Me. But Moon Tooth is its own, unique, "undeniably strange, totally kick-ass beast" as one MetalSucks editor put it.

Chromaparagon was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Moon Tooth drummer Ray Marte. The vivid cover art was created by Jon Contino. It is preceded by the band's 2013 debut EP, Freaks.

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Sunday 14 August
Raven Tower Pavilion 07:00 PM All Ages $14.00 ADV   $16.00 DAY OF $18.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
David Bazan, Michael Nau
David Bazan was, for many years, the songwriter and driving force behind the acclaimed indie band Pedro the Lion, building a dedicated following and selling a few hundred-thousand albums based in large part on his extraordinary melodic sense and erudite, theologically-themed songs. After a decade helming the project, he found himself embroiled in a major personal philosophical and spiritual cataclysm, wrapped in a growing drinking problem. Bazan got to work exorcizing both his demons and angels, ditching the Pedro moniker in favor of his given name and has since released several critically-acclaimed albums... Fewer Moving Parts EP (2007) Curse Your Branches (2009) Strange Negotiations (2011). His most recent album is a collaboration with Passenger String Quartet featuring all new recordings of classic Pedro The Lion and Bazan songs (2014) and a 7" + download series of all new material called Bazan Monthly Volume 1 (2014) and Volume 2 (2015). David is currently working on his 3rd full-length album that will be released by Barsuk Records sometime in 2016.

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Wednesday 17 August
Rudyard's 07:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Monolord, Beastmaker, Sweat Lodge
Formed in 2013, this band is made up of Swedish rockers Thomas Jäger, Esben Willems, and Mika Häkki. Both Jäger and Willems were in the Swedish boogie rock band Marulk and started Monolord as a side project as a way to play some more heavier tunes, they quickly added Häkki (from The Don Darlings, ex Rotten Sound) and realized that they had something very special between the 3 of them. Monolord became very real very quickly and recording commenced in early 2013. Thomas Jäger had not sung in a band before this one, but you would never know it by the sound of it. Having met RidingEasy Records head hauncho Daniel Hall over instagram in May of 2014 when the record was ready to listen to, RidingEasy was one of the first that it was sent to and picked up the band immediately after hearing the finished album Empress Rising that then was released worldwide on April 1. The second album, Vænir, will be released worldwide April 28th.

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Thursday 18 August
White Oak Music Hall Upstairs 08:00 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.
Another Run, Mobley, Peach Kings, Kay Weathers
Another Run is a 5 piece band from Houston, Texas. With their latest release titled "Be Honest" you hear an evolution from the Rock, Indie, Alternative sounds heard on their previous album "I'll Be There", as they continue to add even more flavors of Prog, Pop, and Soul into the fold. "Be Honest" takes things into a new element, and you begin to see a band that is forging a sound all their own. They have shared the stage with some amazing artists such as Mutemath, Glassjaw, Maps & Atlases, Ok Go, and New Politics, and are also known for their intense and highly energetic live performances. Another Run is now touring in support of their new release, so be on the look out in a city near you!
Friday 19 August
White Oak Music Hall Upstairs 08:00 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. $10 Minor Upcharge at Door.
Oceans Of Slumber, Venomous Maximus, American Sharks

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Friday 19 August
White Oak Music Hall Downstairs 08:00 PM All Ages $20.00 ADV   $22.00 DAY OF $24.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
The Black Angels, Telephantom, Rose Ette
Founded in 2004, The Black Angels have been the spearhead of the post-millennial psychedelic movement, picking up the mantle of their hometown's long lysergic history and reinvigorating it with progressive political commentary and unrestrained creativity and ambition. Like any great psychedelic family band worth its salt, they have also birthed their own cottage industry, from The Reverberation Appreciation Society label (home to numerous new psychedelicists as well as their own many extracurricular outings) to hosting the annual gathering of the tribes at the amazing Austin Psych Fest. Now entering its sixth year, APF has proven the locus for today's incredibly wide-ranging psych scene, as expansive and revolutionary and exhilarating now as at any moment since its 1960s zenith.

"We took it upon ourselves to help expand the genre," Maas says, "not just sonically but let other people around the world experience it. And then vice verse, bring psychedelic music from all over the world to Austin."

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Saturday 20 August
White Oak Music Hall Lawn 06:00 PM All Ages $20.00 to $125.00 ADV 20.00 to 125.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Cody Jinks & Whitey Morgan, Quaker City Night Hawks
Cody Jinks - Plays Country Music That Defines Credibility! The Fort Worth Native is Packing Rooms all over the United States. Get on Board Now and Find out for Yourself.
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Whitey Morgan! "This may be country music, but it's dirtier and more dangerous than your average Tennessee two-step" Rolling Stone
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Sunday 21 August
White Oak Music Hall Lawn 06:00 PM All Ages $25.00 ADV $27.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Explosions In The Sky, Preoccupations
The Wilderness is Explosions In The Sky's sixth album, and first non-soundtrack release since 2011's Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. True to its title, The Wilderness explores the infinite unknown, utilizing several of the band's own definitions of "space" (outer space, mental space, physical geography of space) as compositional tools. The band uses their gift for dynamics and texture in new and unique waysrather than intuitively fill those empty spaces, they shine a light into them to illuminate all the colors of the dark. From the electronic textures of the opening track to the ambient dissolve of closer "Landing Cliffs," The Wilderness is an aggressively modern and forward-thinking work-one that wouldn't seem the slightest bit out of place on a shelf between original pressings of Meddle and Obscured By Clouds.
The first EITS album not produced entirely by the band, The Wilderness finds them working with long time collaborator (and Grammy-winning producer) John Congleton in a co-producer role for the first time, and the band's most ambitious songs to date branch into unexpected new dimensions accordingly: "Logic Of A Dream" lives up to its name, its celestial symphonic swells overcome by relentless tribal drum patterns that dissolve into a gentle Krautrock outro. The cacophonous washes that open "Disintegration Anxiety" resolve into a locked groove marking a rock solid midpoint of the journey, followed by a deconstructed ambient soundscape "Losing The Light." "Colors In Space" is particularly beautiful and brave, cycling through sublime atmospherics and motorik drive before building to a whiplash-inducing halt.
Arguably the most progressive instrumental rock album since The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, The Wilderness is a bold, experimental work combining the EITS song craft that has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and tickets with the cinematic sensibility that has elevated the band to the level of regard and demand they enjoy as film composers. It is an album where shoegaze, electronic experimentation, punk damaged dub, noise, and ambient folk somehow coexist without a hint of contrivance-and cohere into some of the most memorable and listenable moments of the bands expansive body of work-"proper" studio albums and major motion picture soundtracks alike.
The progressive ambience of early Peter Gabriel, the triumphant romanticism of The Cure in their prime, and the more melancholy moments of Fleetwood Mac all inform the curious beauty of The Wilderness. The uncanny ability to reconcile the tension between discordant, nightmarish cacophony and laid-back, Laurel Canyoninspired folk-rock is a cornerstone of this album, and the center of Explosions In The Sky's remarkable evolution. If The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place was the defining album of Explosions In The Sky's career, The Wilderness is the band's [re] defining album.
Explosions In The Sky is: Chris Hrasky (drums), Michael James (guitar, bass), Munaf Rayani (guitar), Mark T. Smith (guitar).

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Sunday 21 August
White Oak Music Hall Downstairs 08:30 PM All Ages $38.50 ADV $40.50 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Ghostland Observatory, Children Of Pop DJ Set
Ghostland Observatory's entire approach to music - sonically, aesthetically, conceptually - is essentially a melding of the two distinctly different personalities of its two members, Thomas Ross Turner and Aaron Behrens. Whereas Turner, the producer/drummer/keyboardist of the duo, finds solace in the minimal, bleak cable-patch squawks of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the analog-disco-thump of Giorgio Moroder, Behrens' interests lie more along the lines of psychedelia, rock and various country and blues artists.

The result is a shimmering, pulsing pop music that is at once kinetically alive with Behrens' striking vocals and driving guitar work but also anchored firmly by Turner's percussive beats and Moog-generated melodies and hooks. Common descriptions include "electro-dance rock," "synth-funk" and "Freddie Mercury-helms-Daft Punk."
Tuesday 23 August
White Oak Music Hall Upstairs 08:00 PM All Ages $15.00 ADV $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
The Atomic Bitchwax, Lo Pan, Dirty Streets, Satanic Overlords of Rock N Roll
The Atomic Bitchwax is an American "Super Stoner Rock" band from Long Branch N.J. formed in 1993 by bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik, guitarist Ed Mundell and drummer Keith Ackerman. Atomic Bitchwax mixes elements of 60s psychedelic rock and 70s riff rock, filtered though modern progressive rock. Their music has appeared in popular TV shows including Jackass, Home Wrecker and various Fox Sports broadcasts.The group originated as a jam band playing local bars in the New Jersey and New York area. This lineup released two full length records, the self-titled debut in 1999, and Atomic Bitchwax 2 in 2000 via Tee-Pee Records. In addition, they released the Spit Blood EP in 2002 via the Meteor City Label.
Ed was replaced in 2005 by guitarist/vocalist Finn Ryan (formerly of Core). The band focused on writing and touring for a year before entering Trax East Studios in South River, New Jersey to record their follow up, aptly titled 3. The 2005 release included two European and North American tours, along with a visit to Seattle's "Sound House" to record the 2006 EP, Boxriff. Engineered by Jack Endino, the EP included a DVD of live show filmed in Seattle's Sunset Tavern.
Current Monster Magnet drummer Bob Pantella joins the band in 2007 and Atomic Bitchwax commenced more touring. The year concluded with the recording and release of the full-length album 4 on Teepee and Meteor City. In 2011, the band released The Local Fuzz, one 42 minute track with over 50 riffs back-to-back. The band spent 2012-2015 touring Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland,Spain,Portugal,Austria and North America.
The bands sixth full length "Gravitron" was released April 21, 2015 on TeePee Records NYC
Chris also joins "Monster Magnet" in 2013.

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Thursday 25 August
White Oak Music Hall Downstairs 08:00 PM All Ages $12.00 ADV   $15.00 DAY OF $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Futurebirds, Second Lovers, Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster
Six years ain't a hell of a lot of time, but Futurebirds have filled ‘em with a whole lot of living. Laying down their shoe-gazing country, harmonious psychedelia, and barnstorming, ragged rock both on record and in person, the Athens-based band presents a delicate balance on Hotel Parties, its third full-length record that explores the toils, joys, and struggles exposed by six years doing any one thing so intensely.

Arriving a full two years after the band's 2013 breakthrough, Baba Yaga, Hotel Parties presents a series of dualities. Loving something and letting it go. Pining for success and trying to staying true to yourself. The beckoning call of road and the comforts of home. As a result, says singer-guitarist Carter King, the LP represents Futurebirds' "most concise effort to date all around, like some sort of accidental concept record."

Over the course of these three LPs, two EPs, and one live record, people have come and gone, yet Futurebirds seem to stay. Some things came out as they liked and some pills have been bitter. But sometimes, six years just ain't enough time to tell.

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Friday 26 August
White Oak Music Hall Upstairs 08:00 PM All Ages $12.00 ADV   $15.00 DAY OF $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Manic Focus And Wick It
MANIC FOCUS is the musical conception of John "JmaC" McCarten that breaks the bounds of the typical electronic music realm. Being classically trained on piano at an early age, his musical talents have brought him through the realms of hip-hop beats and electronic music, having now evolved into the dynamic, bass-induced sounds of Manic Focus. A Minnesota native and recent transplant to Chicago, this producer is now blowing up the EDM music scene and gaining a huge following.

Manic Focus isn't your typical electronic dance music. His first album, Definition of the Rhythm, provides a broad array of musical creations, from energized hip-hop hits to tranquil grooves with funky flow. His dark bass lines and popping beats drive the tracks along, while spellbinding melodies and carefully-chosen vocal samples entrance the listener. The essence of Manic Focus lies within his unique production, weaving together rhythms and effects to create sheer masterpieces.

His second album, Expanding Mind, showcases how Manic Focus is broadening his sound, veering from the murky depths of heavy bass music toward a funky, bass-laden dance vibe. Also dipping into the realms of house and drum & bass music, Manic Focus is exploring a world of new sounds and producing pure musical magic. To accompany the single, "Circles", he premiered his first ever music video, featuring the world-famous Hula Hoop artist, Lisa Lottie, produced by Digital Skylight. This album demonstrates his incredible creativity in mixing all genres, as his musical ability evolves.

Having just finished a 12 show run with Big Gigantic and Kill Paris on the east coast, Manic Focus is far from slowing down and is quickly becoming one of the top, must-see performers on the electronic music scene.

WICK-IT THE INSTIGATOR is a multi-genre DJ and producer known as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise over-crowded EDM scene. His SoundCloud page is one of the top 200 most active pages on the entire site, garnering more then 40,000 followers and over 7 MILLION plays. Impressive numbers like these, which recently landed him at #5 on Billboard's Next Big Sound chart, aren't just a testament to his top-notch production skills, but also his keen ability to build and harness a highly interactive online fan base (1,500+ Facebook Fans added weekly). In 2012, Microsoft recognized that direct audience connection and chose Wick-it to produce a song for their Windows 8/Angry Birds: Star Wars commercial that they blasted to millions of prime-time viewers. With successful headline tours supplemented by huge sets at major festivals, it's obvious his talent and success extend far beyond the studio.

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Saturday 27 August
White Oak Music Hall Upstairs 09:00 PM All Ages $18.00 ADV   $20.00 DAY OF $22.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Throwing Shade
Throwing Shade is a smart, hilarious and irreverent weekly podcast and web series, hosted by homosensual Bryan Safi and feminasty Erin Gibson. Every week, Bryan and Erin take a look at all the headlines in politics and pop culture, and treat them with much less respect than they deserve. It's just like a cocktail party with your smart, silly friends who can seamlessly connect a conversation about Miley Cyrus and weave it seamlessly into thoughts on Hillary's unconfirmed run for President. They can jump from "True Detective" to "The Bachelor" and in one breath explain how Drake is the Loretta Lynn of the R&B world. Throwing Shade is infotainment at its best, serving an audience that represents more than half of all living human beings who don't have a show that speaks directly to them. The AV Club calls them "equal opportunity offenders who lack any sort of filter" and Rolling Stone magazine put them on their list of "The 20 Best Comedy Podcasts" earlier this year. Throwing Shade is a part of the Maximum Fun network, and is also a weekly web series produced and hosted by Will Ferrell's comedy website Funny or Die.

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Monday 29 August
White Oak Music Hall Downstairs 07:00 PM All Ages $20.50 to $60.00 ADV   $22.50 DAY OF $24.50 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Broods, Jarryd James
Mutli-award winning brother-sister duo Broods (Caleb and Georgia Nott) are one of the most celebrated young bands to emerge out of New Zealand in recent times. Announcing their arrival with glossy synth-pop ballads ‘Bridges', ‘Never Gonna Change' and their self-titled debut EP, through a tireless work ethic, commitment to excellence and unshakable senses of self, they've established themselves as an in-demand proposition globally. "Touring has made us realise how important it is to not just be yourself, but back yourself," Georgia says. "If you're not being true, you'll never stand out."

Over an ever-growing itinerary of performances across the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Asia and New Zealand, their sound and live show has become increasingly crucial. To evoke an underrated cliché, Broods have learned how to dance like no one is watching, and sing like no one is listening. "We've loosened up a lot," Caleb says. "We're in the moment, and we're focused on making it special every time." Along the way they've sold-out headline tours, and played major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Groovin the Moo and Clockenflap to name a few. They've shared stages with Ellie Goulding, Haim, CHVRCHES, Tove Lo, and supported breakout English pop star Sam Smith on his sold-out US tour. In August 2014, things went white hot for them with the release of their Joel Little produced debut album Evergreen, debuting at #1 on the New Zealand Albums Chart, #5 on the Australian Albums Chart and top 50 in the US. Pristinely polished and perfectly poised, across Evergreen Broods deploy vividly atmospheric textures and heady rhythms in counterpoint to measured pop hooks, all delivered with a stadium-sized sense of melody and harmony. A record of euphoric peaks and intimate valleys, it's the sound of youth maturing into adulthood. Young people growing up lost in the world, and figuring out what that means while finding themselves along the way. With equally impressive Soundcloud, Hype Machine, iTunes and YouTube figures behind them, as well as key tastemaker support from Zane Lowe (of BBC Radio 1), and preeminent new music blog Pigeons and Planes, Broods are turning their wide-eyed teenage dreams into sustainable realities.

Topping off their busy two years so far has been the nomination of ‘Bridges' for the APRA AMCOS 2014 Silver Scroll Award, and winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. That particular win was to foretell their success at the 2015 awards, where they took out four accolades; including Best Group, Best Pop Album, Highest Radio Airplay for ‘Mother & Father' and the coveted Album of the Year award. "We're not taking any of this for granted," Georgia says. "We keep active and work 24/7," Caleb adds. "This is what we do now. It's our life."

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Monday 29 August
House Of Blues - HOUSTON 07:00 PM All Ages $45.00 ADV $47.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Singer/songwriter Ben Harper formed the Innocent Criminals to act as his supporting band for 1999's Burn to Shine, his fourth album and first to focus heavily on his rock side. From that point on, the Innocent Criminals were a semi-regular concern, the group that Harper returned to whenever he wanted to underscore his funky, fuzz-guitar side.

The Innocent Criminals featured bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Dean Butterworth, and percussionist David Leach, all showcased on Burn to Shine. That album started to increase Harper's exposure -- it inched up to 67 on the Billboard Top 200 and went all the way to two in Australia -- and between that 1999 set and the next Innocent Criminals album, Lifeline, in 2007, Harper's star rose thanks to the albums Diamonds on the Inside (2003) and Both Sides of the Gun (2006). By that point, only Nelson remained in the Innocent Criminals lineup; the rest of the band comprised guitarist Michael Ward, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates, and percussionist Leon Mobley. Lifeline debuted at nine in the U.S. and the band supported it with a tour. It took Harper nearly ten years to return to the band, but he did so in 2016, releasing Call It What It Is that spring. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Tuesday 30 August
Rudyard's 07:00 PM All Ages $8.00 ADV   $10.00 DAY OF $11.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Holy White Hounds
Holy White Hounds is an apt name for the quartet's endearing but feral alt-rock. The moniker also conjures the band's origins as small town underdogs who are rising to earn national prominence. When pressed on the significance of the handle, lead vocalist and guitarist Brenton Dean states: "We're dirty but we're not unclean. We're mangy, but you'd still let us sleep in your bed." For young kids with guitars, prodigious musical gifts, and aspirations of being professional musicians, the distance culturally and opportunity wise between a town like Des Moines, Iowa and New York or Los Angeles can make dreams feels unattainable. But for the proud sons of the Hawkeye State in Holy White Hounds, it's their dedication to music and the alt-rock quartet's ultra-catchy tuneage that's bridging the divide. Now, the band announces its debut album, Sparkle Sparkle (Razor & Tie). "We are a band that comes from the basement who has worked real hard to gradually make our way up the staircase," says Brenton. In addition to Brenton, on vocals/guitar, Holy White Hounds is comprised of Ambrose Lupercal (bass), James Manson (guitar), and Seth Luloff (drums). The Holy White Hounds story begins in 2005 with the friendship of founders and primary songwriters Brenton Dean and Ambrose Lupercal. As kids, the two were tight friends who informally played music around town who became buzz-worthy in promise. During this formative stage, Brenton and Ambrose had encountered producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, Radio Moscow, Envy Corps) and earned his respect, but they didn't contact him until years later, after they were out of college. "We were avoiding the pressure of working with him," admits Brenton. "But when we decided to step up, face being uncomfortable to make a record we were proud of, we contacted him. Once we took it seriously, we realized what we were capable of, and it felt amazing."
The resulting album, Sparkle Sparkle, coolly conjures The Strokes, Beck, Nirvana, Queens of The Stone Age and The Pixies. Album highlights include the debut single "Switchblade," "Blind," "In Your Skin," "Ghost Arm," "Oh Mama," and "Laser Beams." Switchblade" cuts the difference between Beck's infectious slacker detachment and Queens Of The Stone Age's gift for the infectious trapezoidal hook. Here, vocalist/guitarist Brenton Dean sketches out a captivating narrative. "It's veiled but based on a true story about someone I used to know who was a sweet person, but made one unfortunate mistake and it followed them around forever," Brenton reveals. "Oh Mama" and "Laser Beams" manage to be both vitriolic and sensitive. Beneath the coiling hooks of "Oh Mama" is a profound snapshot of male adolescence. It unpacks a friend hearing his mother launch into a men-are-pigs diatribe, and reveals the wounding the boy feels hearing such negativity. "Laser Beams" is aimed at the school bully, and it masterfully dismantles him with the power of an underdog's epiphanic self-reflection. The pent-up tension throughout the album is satisfyingly channeled into the strutting rhythms and carnal pleasures of "In Your Skin" and "Black Lust." Rounding out the dynamics are the mid -tempo tracks "Blind" and "Ghost Arm" which teeter between slinky 1990s infectious alt-rock and punk rock anthemics. Holy White Hounds are currently building a robust profile on alternative and active rock radio stations nationally. In 2014, the quartet self-released their debut EP Oh Mama which garnered critical acclaim, attracting the attention of local rock powerhouse station KAZR/Des Moines. The station's support, and respected standing as a barometer of quality new music, kicked off nationally an unofficial radio campaign for Holy White Hound's current single "Switchblade." The track also has the distinction of receiving backing from digital tastemaking outlets. "Switchblade" has also been featured on the Rock homepage of iTunes as a New Artist Spotlight, and Apple Music Rock has added the band to their "Ones To Watch" playlist. The young band has fortified its growing legacy with incendiary shows sharing the stage with such diverse artists as Cage the Elephant, Sick Puppies, Cake, Wavves, Surfer Blood, and Rob Zombie. Thinking back on a decade of friendship between Ambrose and Brenton, the sacrifices to make music that's vital, and how the quartet has become a family and a seasoned touring entity, Brenton says: "When I find myself somewhere in Missouri at three in the morning at a Wendy's, I look around and realize there's no place I would rather be. I'm with my best friends, doing something I'm proud of. All the hard work and long drives are worth it." Ambrose adds: "The biggest thing I've learned is that if you're challenging yourself emotionally and artistically, you can put your head down at night feeling fulfilled."

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Saturday 3 September
Rudyard's 09:00 PM All Ages $10.00
Destroyer Of Light, Blues Funeral, Witchcryer
Formed in 2012 from constantly boiling musical cauldron that is Austin, TX, Destroyer of Light has taken a straight forward approach to tempering the disparate and harmonious parts of their influences into a total sum of slow motion tidal heaviness that bows to no altar but that of the riff. With the smoky flavors of hazed out doom and the stomping cadence of rock's heyday, the band both tickles and deafens the ears with the theatrical flashes of Mercyful Fate, the ominous tones of Electric Wizard, and the ferociously feral feedback of a Sleep dirge.

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Wednesday 7 September
White Oak Music Hall Upstairs 07:00 PM All Ages $10.00 ADV   $12.00 DAY OF $13.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
The Toasters
Now celebrating their 34th year the Toasters are once again announcing a full calendar of dates to kick off the 2015 touring campaign. These NYC D.I.Y die-hards have already notched more than 5000 live shows and plan to heap more onto that tally this year with two North American tours, as well as dates in South America, Europe, South East Asia, Russia and points east.
Formed on the lower East Side in 1981 the band has become synonymous with American 2 Tone Ska music and forged their instantly recognizable "East Side Beat" sound in such famous Big Apple dancehalls as CBGB'S where they have been named as a top 20 core artist alongside myths like the Ramones, Blondie and the Talking Heads. Widely acclaimed as launching the Third Wave Ska revival the Toasters went on to form the famous Moon Records label and kick-started the careers of dozens of bands. Their early collaborations with the iconic Joe Jackson helped define their sound and establish them as the premier USA ska act of their generation. The Toasters have been hailed as "ska pioneers" (Billboard magazine) and the "sound of NYC" (New York Times).
The band is currently supporting their latest single: "House of Soul", released on their own label Megalith Records and released only in a 7 inch vinyl format. The full color jacket features original artwork by renowned Serbian portrait painter Slavko Krunic.

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Thursday 8 September
White Oak Music Hall Upstairs 08:00 PM All Ages $12.00 ADV   $15.00 DAY OF $17.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Sunsquabi "Odyssey Fall Tour"
SunSquabi has launched out of 2015 like a cannonball on fire. The Colorado trio has quickly become one of the premier up and coming acts in the live electronic/jam world. There is a perfect storm brewing for the band and the recognition is starting to come in from all over the U.S.

SunSquabi continues to break down and analyze the expectations of what a "Live-Electronic" band should be. SunSquabi is dedicated to their ever evolving craft in the studio and on the live stage. It's no wonder the twenty-something's in SunSquabi are gaining national attention for their unique sound. The band has multiple answers when asked to describe their sound, but most often describe it as an Electronic Hydro Funk Experience.

SunSquabi has caught the attention of artists such as Griz who has recently collaborated with the band in the studio and on the live scene. All Good Records will be releasing the bands upcoming full length album in Winter 2015. Click here for a link to the song "Get Down" which is featured on the new Griz record "Say it Loud".

"Sunsquabi makes it look easy - so groovy & smooth!" - All Good Records

"SunSquabi has found its sound through incessant touring--they're a red hot live act NOT to be missed." - The Untz's Anand Harsh

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Friday 9 September
White Oak Music Hall Downstairs 08:00 PM All Ages $23.50 ADV   $26.00 DAY OF $28.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
The Kills
The Kills formed in 2000 when a boy from Andover, England and a girl from Florida, USA met in a South London hotel. "It was like we'd lived parallel lives," Jamie recalls. Both had been to art college, the boy had just left a punk-pop band called Scarfo and the girl wanted to leave a punk-pop band called Discount, and both were disillusioned with the musical scenes they were part of. "We had these bedrooms on different sides of the Atlantic which were full of artworks and films and music that we'd made for no-one to listen to. We had so many things in common. It was at a time that if you spent a lot of time making art and dressing up you got beaten down for being pretentious. Everything was about being down to earth. And we both just felt this relief when we met each other."

Alison was so convinced that this was the creative partner she'd always been searching for that she decamped from Florida to Jamie's flat in South London. Inspired by a mutual obsession with The Velvet Underground, '70s London and New York punk, they formed a duo called The Kills, rejected everything they'd begun to hate about being in a rock band, got themselves signed to Domino Records and made a spectacularly sexy garage-punk album called 'Keep On Your Mean Side' in 2003.

Buoyed by the deserved critical acclaim for this and their incendiary early live shows, but also nonplussed by the fact that they were, once again, in a proper band with a record deal, they made a completely different, yet equally spectacular second album in 2005 called 'No Wow.'

The Kills' most recent album 'Blood Pressures,' was released in 2011 on Domino Records. The album saw Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart deliver their vivid and uniquely gritty post-blues, but with a new level of thoughtfulness and depth not yet explored by the duo. Tinged with wistfulness and vulnerability, 'Blood Pressures' has an enduring sense of intricacy and richness that intensely blends with their ever-compelling songwriting.

Recently, the band have been busy exploring their other passion -- visual arts. Jamie opened "Echo Home," an exhibit of his photographic work at the Morrison Hotel Gallery spaces in New York and Los Angeles Alison's original paintings on paper, canvas and fabric art have been exhibited at group and solo shows in NYC and at Art Basel in Miami.

After two years of festival shows and special guest appearances at arena shows with Queens of The Stone Age, Jack White and The Black Keys, and following on from a third album release from The Dead Weather, Alison's band with White, Jack Lawrence and Dean Fertita, 2016 will see The Kills releasing their fifth album, hitting the road once more, and scaling new creative and commercial heights. A long way from south London!

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Saturday 10 September
White Oak Music Hall Downstairs 08:00 PM All Ages $20.00 ADV   $25.00 DAY OF $27.00 DAY OF BOX OFFICE
Crystal Castles
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