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3/25/14

This week at PJ's Lager House

 
TUESDAY MARCH 25- 9 P.M.- $10
BURNT ONES, RAW McCARTNEY, AND MEXICAN KNIVES
 
BURNT ONES- “This is the Season of the Ditch - to either be left behind in one creatively or to take those first steps down an unknown path at a crossroads that provides no turnaround and leaves the past where it belongs. Burnt Ones aren't new to the journey and they’ve come to a place on “You'll Never Walk Alone” where only trailblazers shall pass. From the first guitar notes leads a strong verbal provocation, calling bullshit on the complacency of the oft-trad R&R set in these times and urging us to now spread the new gospel. That now is 2013 and that new gospel informs us that the salad days of S.F.’s garage rock revival are over. In its wake, resulting sounds have split and splintered for the better and Burnt Ones’ current offering is no exception. Their second LP calls to mind the American heritage of rambling seekers kicking about a new idea with an old set of tools - affirming that its what you make of it and how far you take it that counts. Taking it far, far out there, the themes of isolation, loneliness, and survival found therein reveal the growth of this three piece, having learned that moving inward is often the only way of moving onward. With blinders up, Burnt Ones have given us a record that white-knuckles down a dark passage of mental abuse and on through to spiritual release. Unencumbered by the fear of new frontiers, the band have extended a hand to the listener, urging us to forge ahead, to diverge from the two-lane blacktop, break from the grids of any map and speed off into the void.”
 
RAW McCARTNEYIt is said that Raw has come back from the land of the dead to give us rock n roll in its nastiest purest most unadulterated puss spewing form. In doing so hoping to release us from the prison of our minds. Shamanistic at its core. The live show is meant to exorcise that shit you call a mind.
 
MEXICAN KNIVES- "Just one listen to tracks like “Killer Snake” or “Nightmare” and it’s easy to tell that the kids in Mexican Knives are fellow record collecting geeks, as their influences are rich and run deep. Grabbing their favorite parts of surf, punk, goth, garage, Dischord records, gospel, and old R&B, The Knives create a dirty and nasty sound that manages to be both incredibly original and steeped in tradition." (ATOMIC LEG DROP ZINE)
 
 
WEDNESDAY MARCH 26 - 7-9 P.M. - $10
SINGING IN THE D W/ MARCIA PILICIOTI
 
SINGING IN THE D-  Marcia Pilicioti hosts this event, which will encourage singing and mingling. There is a $10 cover that Marcia will collect to go toward expenses and accompanists. Event is from 7-9pm. Mingling is encouraged before and after.
 
 
THURSDAY MARCH 27 - 9 P.M. - $6
BEND SINISTER, RONNY TIBBS & THE 305s, AND SIX AND THE SEVENS
 
BEND SINISTER- Bend Sinister seem to almost revel in their ability to confound listeners and industry types throughout Canada. They are a melodic, piano and organ driven band fronted by a fun loving and free spirited singer yet they are signed to a metal label. They churn out blisteringly fast prog influenced songs followed by chirpy and cheerful Beach Boys type pop songs. They are the types of musicians who have both Hall and Oates and Iron Maiden in their vinyl collections. And they're not afraid to admit any influence, or try any new sound. Because as frontman Dan Moxon loves to say during their live shows: “ Hey man, don't take yourself so seriously.”
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RONNY TIBBS & THE 305s-  Ronny Tibbs is a metro Detroit songwriter. He and DJ/producer Super Death recorded his first self titled EP summer of 2010. RT teamed up with the 305's for their first full length "33". 
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SIX AND THE SEVENS-  Britpop comes to Detroit in the form of Six and the Sevens. Riding waves of guitars and true three-part harmonies, Six and the Sevens deliver that perfect combination of hooky-rock and infectious pop. About their first record, Songs About Girls, Detroit’s Metro Times says “the treat is in the tunes.” Six and the Sevens' second record, Not What Ships Are For, was hailed as a "slightly sweeter, polished version of the Sights."  
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FRIDAY MARCH 28- 9 P.M.- $5
SALT CITY, THE WALKING BEAT, THE HIGH STRUNG, AND JEECY AND THE JUNGLE
 
SALT CITY-  We come from salt and to salt we shall return. Outlaw music.    
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THE WALKING BEAT- The Walking Beat formed in early 2012, culminating a year of false starts and mistrials for singer/guitarist Steve McCauley. After the breakup of his previous band Scarlet Oaks, the Detroit songwriter struggled to find the right combination of forces to align for the type of project he envisioned. With a foundation of songs ranging from hard-driving rockers and 70s glam shuffles to country-western waltzes and Townes Van Zandt-inspired ballads, McCauley sought to assemble a band with refined and unique arrangements highlighting the simplicity, grit and raw energy of rock and roll in its purest form.  BANDCAMP
 
THE HIGH STRUNG- Stephen Palmer once worked at a mental home for dangerous criminals. While there, he was required to play acoustic songs for the patients (through Plexiglas). One patient was more enthusiastic than others, often reciting poems in a loud voice as Palmer finger-picked. One day, Palmer said to himself, 'Well, screw this. Me and this guy are good!" He assisted in freeing Ricardo "Outlaw" Gorgon as the other aids slept, and quickly (on a napkin) changed his name to Josh Malerman, hoping to avoid detection. While driving away, "Malerman" demanded they pick his "friends" up. Palmer understood these friends must be members of the horrifying "Puke Gang" but acquiesced, unable to calm the poetry spewing madman. Informed that Derek "Firestarter" Berk was working at a donut shop, Palmer figured he would get himself a glazed, and kill two birds with one stone. Berk readily agreed to quitting his job. Berk also knew the whereabouts of Chester "Chad" Stocker, who, Berk insisted, was now "the Prince of the Homeless" and sat in a throne beneath the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor. Men and women brought him canned goods in exchange for nuggets of wisdom (such as, "man can't fly without machinery" and "books are simply the alphabet rearranged many times"). Removing him from this lifestyle was difficult, but to Palmer's extreme satisfaction, Stocker was very willing to play bass guitar, and Berk (who naturally beat things up) sat down at the drums ("Malerman" still doesn't know what a rhythm section is). Alas, still hiding from the executives at the mental home, some bosses, and Stocker's followers, the band makes records with regularity and plays live shows all the time.
 
JEECY AND THE JUNGLE-  "When you venture out to listen to Jeecy and the Jungle, grab a seatbelt and buckle up for a fun, raucous ride in a blender of rock, punk, blues, r&b. It’s Detroit’s music history packed into one band with more energy than ten 5-year olds on a sugar high."
-Ann Delisi, 101.9 WDET, 2013
 
 
SATURDAY MARCH 29- 9 P.M.- $5
PULP CULTURE, TRUMAN, NARCO DEBUT, AND LAWLESS CARVER
 
PULP CULTURE-  Pulp Culture is a four-piece band of dedicated, multifarious musicians from southeast Michigan, incorporating a wide array of influences and ideas into music and sound. Seeking to elucidate truth and varying levels of aural intensity via shifting compressions of sound waves, the band was started in the summer of 2012.  
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TRUMAN-  Truman is a dynamic, atmospheric rock band from Ypsilanti, Michigan.  
 
NARCO DEBUT-  "We're being called a lot of things lately -- from Indie, to Emo, to Post-Whatever it is they think is "in." Perhaps that's intentional. Maybe we want them to figure it out," says the band.

LAWLESS CARVER-  Lawless Carver is Adam, Andy, Dustin, Hunter & Ryan. Lawless Carver has been embraced by the tough Ypsilanti show-going scene, and has begun branching outward, playing shows from Detroit to Ann Arbor, and a Simulcast Worldwide Performance. Their instrumental signature has gathered a following among many music bases, and are often asked to rejoin bands of varying styles for upcoming shows.  

 
SUNDAY MARCH 30- 9 P.M.- $6
DCTV, SPACESHIPS, AND CONGRESS
DCTV-  French-American post-punk outfit DTCV was formed in Los Angeles in 2012 by Guylaine Vivarat (ex-Useless Keys, Tennis System), novelist/screenwriter James Greer, and Chris Dunn, a recent transplant from Chicago. Known for its incendiary live shows, the group has been compared variously to Sonic Youth, Mission of Burma, and “post-Nico Velvet Underground with Debbie Harry on vocals.” 
DTCV has thus far released two EPs, Very Fallen World and Basket of Masks. A full length album, However Strange, was released in late August 2012 on cassette by Burger Records to coincide with a national tour opening for Guided By Voices in September of that year. All three of these earlier releases will be reissued in January 2014 by Mock Records under the title The Early Year. The groop recently released Hilarious Heaven, an ambitious (read: contains free jazz saxophone skronk and flute solo(s), a piano ballad in French, synth-pop, a Monks cover, and two songs that surpass the eleven minute mark) double album recorded by Steve Kille of Dead Meadow, on Xemu Records. The brilliant artwork was supplied by Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices. DTCV will be touring extensively throughout 2014 in support of both Hilarious Heaven and The Early Year. (The title for the former was taken from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. FYI.)

 
SPACESHIPS-  "Spaceships is Jessie Waite and Kevin LaRose. We play bedroom-garage style rock and roll for the kids. We live in Los Angeles, and we write songs about life, mountains, and also other things like death and working," says the band.
 
CONGRESS-  Grown men banging out basement rock. Beer dads on ice, skating out tiny Mona Lisa's, contemplating the punk aesthetic while domesticity looms. Working all day/week/month/year while dreaming up distorted party jams, brooding blues and new classics with solvable mysteries and heavy debts. Eric Gallippo (Man at Arms, Fields of Industry), Jim Cherewick (local singer/songwriter legend, Long Whisker), Aaron Quillen (Lawnmower, Natural Monuments, Computer Perfection, Lone Wolf and Cub), and Ed Golembiewski (Fields of Industry, Team Ethic, Invader, Boywife) bring old power and urgency to new sounds.Buds playing what they wanna hear and hope you will, too.  


BOOKING AHEAD:

MARCH 31- TIGERS' OPENING DAY

APRIL 2- TELEPATHIC TELEPHONES FILM SCREENING

APRIL 8- PROTOMARTYR RECORD RELEASE AND TOUR KICK-OFF SHOW

APRIL 11- NEW YORK CITY'S THE MEN

APRIL 15- $3 TAX DAY SPECIAL SHOW W/ PINK LIGHTNING AND THE FUNERAL & THE TWILIGHT

APRIL 24 - 26- INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW

MAY 7- WHITE HILLS AND AMY GORE AND HER VALENTINES

MAY 8- BLACKSTONE RANGERS (TEXAS, SAINT MARIE RECORDS)

MAY 10- MARGARET DOLL ROD RECORD RELEASE PARTY

MAY 16- THE THORNBILLS W/ MID-CENTURY MODERN IN SUPPORT