UPCOMING EVENTS

The Dock - Ithaca, NY

with King Buffalo

Sep 21

Sep 21

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm Ages 18+ Only

Price: $15

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Nashville-based ALL THEM WITCHES impress in both their cohesiveness of sound and their obvious drive toward an individual approach. Their blend of blues rocking grooves and heavy psych-derived jamming comes through clearly, and has wasted no time in getting to the public’s ears thanks to two stunning albums.

Their debut LP, Our Mother Electricity was released in early 2012, making them the first American band to release an album through Germany’s Elektrohasch, heavy psyche innovator Stefan Koglek’s personal imprint. They soon became known for their engaging live shows. They quickly followed this up in July of 2013 with the Extra Pleasant EP, recorded direct to a four-track cassette tape with two microphones with their DIY aesthetic firmly established.

When their sophomore effort, Lightning At The Door, was informally released as a surprise to hungry fans in November of 2013, they quickly sold through their physical stock of discs, receiving more praise for their ability to balance dense, chugging tracks like “Swallowed by the Sea” with soulful, bluesy ones like “The Marriage of Coyote Woman.”

Not ones for taking a break, ATW recorded a live album in early March of 2014 to fully reflect the raw and unyielding nature of their stage show. ATM is not slowing down, and that’s just the way they like it. They’re hitting the road hard in the coming months, we’ll see if the road can take it.

State Theatre of Ithaca - Ithaca, NY

with Hospitality

Sep 24

Sep 24

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:00 pm All ages

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Jeff Tweedy is “one of the most daring songwriters of his generation” and his band Wilco is “vital, adventurous . . . breaking new stylistic ground with each ambitious and creatively restless album” -­­ Salon.com.

As the founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco and before that the co-­­founder of the alt-­­country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994 Tweedy has written original songs for eight Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums-­­full of Woody Guthrie-­­penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series.

His latest project is Tweedy, a musical collaboration with his 18-­­year-­­old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy. The father/son duo’s debut album is called Sukierae
and features 20 songs written by Jeff Tweedy. With Spencer on drums, Jeff
handles his usual guitars and vocals, as well as bass and keyboards. Musician Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., The Minus Five, The Baseball Project) lends additional keyboards and backing vocals on
Sukierae come courtesy of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn-­­band Lucius.

“When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing,” Jeff said. “Solo to me meant that I would do everything – write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer's been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo."

Tweedy’s touring band includes Spencer on drums plus bassist Darin Grey, guitarist Jim
Elkington and keyboardist Liam Cunningham.

Also an accomplished and in-­­demand producer beyond the Wilco and Tweedy realm, Jeff has collaborated twice with soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples. First on her 2010 release You Are Not Alone, and on 2012’s One True Vine. Both albums were produced by Jeff and recorded at the Wilco loft and both have garnered widespread critical acclaim.

“One True Vine sounds at once contemporary and true to Staples’ lengthy career and history… haunting, beautifully restrained…” -­­ The A.V. Club. “Guided by the brilliant production of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy… mixes triumphant gospel and evocative blues, infusing each with hard-­­won wisdom” -­­NPR on You Are Not Alone. The album went on to win Best Americana Album in the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Jeff Tweedy’s producer credits also include The Invisible Way by the Minneapolis trio
Low, Wassaic Way by folk-­­rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion’s (co-­produced with Wilco’s Patrick Sansone). Additionally, he’s done production work with Austin’s psychedelic rockers White Denim.

A touring tour-­­de-­­force Tweedy and Wilco have played more than 1,500 concerts worldwide. Wilco also mans the helm at its own Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts – a three-­­day event blending music, comedy, world-­­class contemporary art and more.

State Theatre of Ithaca - Ithaca, NY

Sep 27

Sep 27

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:00 pm All ages

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Kathleen Madigan is one of the most respected comedians of her generation; over her 25 year career Madigan has performed on nearly every standup television show ever made: Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson and so on. Her third hour-long special, Madigan Again, which iTunes named one of the Best Comedy Albums of 2013, premiered exclusively on Netflix to rave reviews and is available on CD, DVD and download. She's released 5 CDs and 3 DVDs and starred in 1 Netflix special, 1 Showtime special, 2 HBO specials, 3 Comedy Central specials and 3 CMT Salute to the Troops specials with Ron White. For more information go to www.KathleenMadigan.com and follow Kathleen on Twitter - @KathleenMadigan

The Haunt - Ithaca, NY

Sep 30

Sep 30

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm Ages 16+ Only

Price: $15-$18

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Age policy: 16+ with ID / under 16 with a parent or guardian

Atlas, the new album by New Jersey’s Real Estate, arrives through Domino on March 3rd 2014. A triumph of highly evocative, perceptive songwriting and graceful, precise musicianship, Atlas carefully refines, and ultimately perfects, the brilliantly distinct artistic vision that made its predecessors Days and Real Estate so beloved.
The most collaborative Real Estate record to date, Atlas was written by Martin Courtney, Matt Mondanile, Alex Bleeker and Jackson Pollis while cruising through the Arizona desert and during a presser in Madrid, in a practice room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and in an attic in the band’s hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey. It was recorded in the summer of 2013 in Chicago with Tom Shick (Sean Lennon, Low, Cibo Matto) at Wilco’s loft studio where new member Matt Kallman (formerly of Girls) joined the fold on keyboards.
Over the course of five years of collaboration and friendship Courtney, Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker have honed a masterfully focused aesthetic feel and unique sense of atmosphere in their work, a kind of subtle American impressionism that belies their relatively small discography. Theirs is a subtly inimitable sound that achieves a unique timelessness in its assured identity. Nevertheless, Atlas does not represent a resting on the laurels of Days.
“We wanted to make a cleaner, more well-rehearsed record that reflected the way we’ve come together as a live band over the last few years”, explains Courtney. “Basically we wanted to make a better record than Days without changing the general structure of who we are as a band.”
The songs of Atlas still unfurl in iridescent, warm webs of Courtney and Mondanile’s guitar, they’re still anchored by Bleeker’s nimble bass and they’re still patient and deliberate – ebbing and flowing, frequently building to moments of euphoric release in a way that feels perfectly organic. Likewise the band’s searching, human songwriting still illuminates the quiet, important moments of life in exquisitely minimal language.
Intimate and spare, these ten new songs unfold as one impossibly warm, enveloping suite – conjuring quiet, late-night drives down wooded highways, rural rambles with friends (and maybe a love interest) on the sunniest afternoons of the year, and hazy summer evenings spent alone, thinking back to those times and the people who were with you for them. You can catch glints of Galaxie 500, Little Wings, Luna, Neu, Nick Drake, and Pavement, and also the art of Fairfield Porter, Milton Avery, and Albert York. It’s precise, taut and uniquely American, cut through with a melancholia that can feel variously heartbreaking and newly wise.
The record’s beautiful cover shows sections of a mural by a Polish artist named Stefan Knapp that hung for more than 30 years outside a department store in North Jersey that went under in the ‘90s. For a time it was regarded as the largest mural in the world. The band grew up a few minutes away and spent years driving by the abandoned building and its monumental painting. This vivid, nostalgic image, now lost, goes someway to explaining the concept of Atlas in the way it explores time, growth and change.
“I was trying to write more about where I was at in my life at the time”, explains Courtney, “which inevitably led to thinking about my future and where I would like to be. Thoughts of wishing to move away from the city and have a life for my family similar to the one I had growing up. It’s a little more uncomfortable writing about your present, a little more personal. The title of the record is meant to convey the idea of these songs as a personal road map for the future. I like to think of this record as an object that can be used and looked to for guidance and reassurance, at least for me personally.”

The Dock - Ithaca, NY

with People's Temple

Oct 4

Oct 4

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:00 pm Ages 18+ Only

Price: $12

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Hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, the lo-fi duo Bass Drum of Death make bluesy garage rock. On record, the band is singer/guitarist/bassist/drummer John Barrett, who began recording his rambunctious D.I.Y. rock in 2007. Live, the band also features drummer Colin Sneed. Bass Drum of Death released the EP Stain Stick Skin on Fat Possum in 2008. The full-length debut album GB City, featuring the single "Young Pros," followed in 2011. Barrett moved to Innovative Leisure for the project's sophomore follow-up, 2013's Bass Drum of Death.

The Haunt - Ithaca, NY

with Eternal Summers

Oct 5

Oct 5

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm Ages 16+ Only

Price: $15-$20

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Age policy: 16+ with ID / under 16 with a parent or guardian

It was the kind of bar where nobody nice goes on the kind of street where nobody nice lives, which is probably what made it so cheap, which is definitely what made We Are Scientists take meetings there. Not that Murray & Cain were cheap, but they could do math just fine. If they were sticking a quarter into a video game machine, they’d just as soon the thrills last for more than thirty seconds. Same with buying a lady dinner. Of course it had been a long time since video games or dinner with a lady cost a quarter, and anyway they weren’t looking for video games or ladies, except in the deep-down quiet way that men always are. They were looking for a producer.

Murray & Cain, they’re the guys who started We Are Scientists 13 years ago. Fresh out of college and bored by their day jobs, they figured rehearsing a rock & roll band would eat up the long slow evenings. Only it backfired, because the band panned out. Now nothing eats up their long slow days, except proving that a busted clock is wrong nearly all the time, and if you watch a pot long enough, eventually it boils.

They ordered two whiskies, no ice, filled to spilling. Those were for Cain. Murray took a squid-looking thing made of plastic tubes from his briefcase and handed five of the six tentacles to the bartender, who attached them to the five closest taps. Murray stuck the free end into his mouth and nodded, and the bartender opened the taps. That’s when Chris Coady stepped out of the gloom.

They’d met Coady six years prior. At the time he was a hotshot engineer who’d made his bona fides giving The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and TV on the Radio their signature sound. Now he was one of the best mixers in the game, and had a producer’s résumé that reminded you of a perfect hundred dollar bill. It looked so good it had to be fake. Only Coady was for real — Beach House, Wavves, and The Smith Westerns could testify to that.

“Tequila, ice,” he said, reading aloud every word on the itty bitty drink menu in his head. “Beer fucks with my sinuses.”

They talked. Songs, gear, bands, plus dirty, slanderous gossip. Lots of agreement, with enough “you’re fucking crazy”s to keep things interesting. It started to sound like this was the crew for the job. Two months later, they were drinking the same thing, but they were doing it in one of New York City’s best small studios, the kind that doesn’t come cheap, but gives you a lot more than you paid for. By the end of the year they’d made a record that knew how to throw a punch, but was no slouch in the bedroom, either. A record that gave you the big, wide-angle view, then brought you in for a closer look. It was a We Are Scientists record, and it was a Chris Coady record, and everybody who’d listened to it was having a real hard time staying calm.

A little calm was required, though. It had been a couple years since the band were part of the major label world, with its conveyor belt efficiency — putting out the record would take time. So while the suits set to work finding the right label partner, the band did one of the the only nine or ten things they do really, really well: they recorded some more music. Just a little more music.

A couple of days in their pal Tim Wheeler’s studio with his wunderkind partner Claudius Mittendorfer, and five more songs were ready to go — chopped, locked, exported to lossless AAC. But what to do with them? Like greed pooling in the chest of a recently elected politician, it didn’t take long for a plan to form.

We Are Scientists released “Something About You/Let Me Win,” a double-A-side, in July. “Business Casual,” an EP featuring two tracks from 2014’s untitled album, is out October 15th on Dine Alone Records (North America), 100% (UK/Europe), and through Caroline Records elsewhere.

The Haunt - Ithaca, NY

with Bloodshot Bill

Oct 8

Oct 8

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm Ages 16+ Only

Price: $12-$15

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Age policy: 16+ with ID / under 16 with a parent or guardian

Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray are...Heavy Trash!
On stage and in the studio, Jon Spencer, has destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such ferocity and wild abandon it is hard to believe that there is anything left. The trail of musical destruction in the wake of his groovy hate-fuck combo Pussy Galore still smolders with the stench of avant punk trash and nasty garage ooze and grind, while his towering work with the Jon Spencer Blues explosion remains an indelible totem to his enormous mojo spirit and red-hot power of deliverance. He is Daddy Boss Hog! He is the Blues Exploder and Microphone Destroyer! A Gibson Brother! The man who shared a Chicken Dog with Rufus Thomas, got Soul with R.L. Burnside, and enjoyed a greasy Lap Dance with Andre Williams! He is The Man Who Loved too Much!!! And while the Blues Explosion is on a rock'n'roll holiday, Jon has not rested! He has not worked on his tan, he has not read the latest summer blockbuster!! NO!! Jon Spencer has chosen the righteous path, and got Way Out with his pal Matt Verta-Ray and the Heavy Trash!!!
Matt Verta-Ray grew up in the loving arms of left wing parents who would take him to folk and blues shows long before he sprouted sideburns. (His mother passed away in the '90s, still angry that Dylan had gone electric, despite the fact - Matt is quick to point out - that she owned tons of Sun rockabilly 78s, which he very gratefully still has.) In the late '70s, young Matt found himself one of only twelve people who went to see Bo Diddley at a Canadian fairground. After the show, Bo came out and preached to Matt for an hour about the dark secrets of rock'n'roll. And the rest, as they say, is history - from sitting on the edge of the stage with Bo, to thumping bass for Madder Rose, and then onto his hard-wired decontructionist rootsabilly band Speedball Baby, where he developed his slashing-dagger guitar style - to forming Heavy Trash with his friend Jon Spencer. Matt is also the mad scientist behind the jungle of tube amps and old-school echo machines that form the mutated nucleus of his analog cave, world-class recording studio NY Hed, where musicians come from all over the galaxy to get... Way Out!!!

The Haunt - Ithaca, NY

Oct 9

Oct 9

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:00 pm Ages 16+ Only

Price: $15-$18

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Age policy: 16+ with ID / under 16 with a parent or guardian

BoomBox consists of two versatile producers, DJs, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and longtime friends Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux. Together they develop an electronic blend of vintage Rock and Blues made to move dance floors while incorporating their signature Backbeat, Psychedelia and Funky House sounds. Applying a multi-track platform, they are free to create their hybrid style on the fly with a rhythm that moves fans and opens them up to Godchaux and Randolph’s overall vision. Derived from the rich musical history of Muscle Shoals, AL, to the psychedelic rock and underground electronic scenes of the west coast, their unique approach can only be achieved by the blending of sound and culture.
BoomBox’s first release, Visions of Backbeat, contained the breakout song "Stereo" that built the foundation for their rapidly growing fan base. After years of steady touring and honing their sound, they released their sophomore effort, downriverelectric, and was hailed by critics as a progressive follow up effort. BoomBox are continuously working on new releases, using a blend of programming and live instrumentation with both members on drums, Randolph on keys, and Godchaux on guitar, bass and vocals.
Each live show is unique to the venue and the crowd, who are the driving force of the rhythmic BoomBox experience. “It’s all natural, it’s all in real time, and that’s why it’s Rock ‘n’ Roll”, says Godchaux. Traditional set lists are never created prior to shows, instead, BoomBox chooses the music based on the atmosphere, to create a one-of-akind experience for fans. Randolph adds, “We just want to go out with no game plan. That way it’s fresh for us, and we can follow the energy of the crowd. We’re down to get down, and we hope that people are down with us.”

The Dock - Ithaca, NY

Oct 9

Oct 9

Doors open at 8:00 pm Starts at 9:30 pm Ages 18+ Only

Price: $12-$15

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Oumar Konaté touched his classmates with passion for music. With an bucket, helmet, and drum he performed nightly outside the family’s front door in Gao, Mali conducting his first band. In high school, Konaté accompanied the Orchestra of Gao on its national tour. He went on to the National Institute of Arts and led the school orchestra at Mali’s 2008 Biennale. In 2009, he represented Mali at the UNESCO festival in Gambia. That same year, Konaté received his Diploma from the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maitres where he continues to teach. One of the young African artists racing to prominence, in 2011 he became guitarist and arranger for «Tounkagouna», a monthly television variety show broadcast on ORTM, TV5, and other networks. In 2012, Konaté performed at Mali’s Festival au Desert and toured the US and Canada with Khaira Arby. In 2013 and 2014 Konaté toured Europe with Vieux Farka Toure. During May/June 2014 Oumartoured the US and got rave notices. He will be appearing across the US between September 11th through October 12th 2014.

Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY

with Fozzy, 3 Pill Morning

Oct 10

Oct 10

Doors open at 7:00 pm Starts at 8:00 pm Ages 16+ Only

Price: $20-$25

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So much great indie rawk this fall... Sept 30... and tickets are flying! Real Estate at The Haunt - get your tickets at the club, online, the State Theatre of Ithaca or McNeil Music of Ithaca now so you do not get shut out... plus they are cheaper in advance y'all!

Suzanne Vega - Luka

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TONITE! Suzanne Vega at the Hangar Theatre at 8PM Local boy Chris Merkley Music opens. Great room - great show! the classic:

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