Marble Bar opening and upcoming shows from Party Store Productions
Marble Bar opening in Detroit; grand opening Oct. 8-11
Revamped space at former Eagle Bar to feature excellent drink selection, and outstanding shows brought to you by Party Store Productions.
DETROIT -- Another excellent addition to the stable of venues in Detroit, the Marble Bar will open its doors to the public on Friday, October 2, 2015. Situated in the space of the former Eagle Bar, which closed its doors in 2010, Marble is slated to be a welcome addition to the city -- an every-person-welcome-type bar. Patrons can expect classic cocktails and a well curated beer list, or a can of beer and a shot if that's more your style.
Additionally, some of the most exciting shows in town will be featured at the redone space, a point highlighted by the already-jam-packed slate of shows upcoming in October and November.
Following the soft launch on October 2nd, the weekend of October 8-11 is expected to be memorable, with local favorites Protomartyr celebrating the release of their new album "The Agent Intellect" over two nights, featuring outstanding support from the likes of Australia's Deaf Wish and Spray Paint from Austin, Texas. The long-running doom legends of Pentagram will also make a Detroit stop on their upcoming tour, featuring classics from the band's four-decade run, as well as songs of its new album "Curious Volume."
WHERE: Marble Bar 1501 Holden St. Detroit, MI 48208 (located across the Lincoln Street Art Park and Recycle Here!)
UPCOMING SHOWS FROM PARTY STORE PRODUCTIONS
Tickets available at: www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/437656 More from Party Store Productions at: www.facebook.com/partystoreproductions/events?key=events
*all shows below are 18+ at Marble Bar unless listed otherwise
Pentagram's Bobby Liebling says the band is "extremely excited about our upcoming tours in the US and Europe this summer and fall. We all are itching to perform some of our songs off of our new album 'Curious Volume' for you. We feel that they fit well within the other heavy numbers from the bands near 45 year history. Of course, the set is packed with the classics you know and love and ones that you may not even expect. Bring your earplugs, we are going to blow off the roof with our curious volume!" http://www.pentagramofficial.com
Electric Citizen formed just over a year ago by guitarist Ross Dolan, vocalist Laura Dolan, Nick Vogelpohl (bass), and Nate Wagner (drums). Electric Citizen have had a busy year turning heads and ears on their dark and estoeric style of haunting and unhallowed '60s West Coast rock, and decidedly British-influenced psychedelia. http://electriccitizenband.com
WSG: Satan's Satyrs
Doors at 9 pm; $18
Protomartyr "The Agent Intellect" record release shows
With a new album coming out, Promartyr will celebrate their new album, out Oct. 9 via Hardly Art, with two shows at the Marble, before heading out on a lengthy world tour. www.protomartyrband.com
BOTH NIGHTS: DJ Larry Williams will keep things moving along
10/9 - Deaf Wish/Casual Sweetheart Deaf Wish, a foursome from Australia, marked 2015 with the arrival of Pain, the first they've written since coming together again semi-permanently in Melbourne, and their appropriately titled first full-length for Sub Pop. It is a miraculously dissonant, wonderfully immediate display of Deaf With at their mightiest, alive with the same wild chemistry and sense of possibility that made their first recordings so vital. http://www.subpop.com/artists/deaf_wish
Casual Sweetheart is a boundary-pushing blend of psychedelic punk and avant-garde garage rock. https://casualsweetheart.bandcamp.com
10/10 - Spray Paint/Growwing Pains
Spray Paint are a no wave punk outfit from Austin, Texas made up of Chris Stephenson (drums/vocals), Cory Plump (guitar/vocals) and George Dishner (guitar/vocals). Some of you may already know these guys from other projects such as When Dinosaurs Ruled The Eart, Expensive Shit and Dikes of Holland. Spray Paint's buzz-sawing guitars run headlong through labryinthine tunnels of reverb, chased down by some wildly brain-bashing drums. http://www.spraypaint.biz
Growwing Pains has a new 7" out and if you haven't heard them yet, you should do it here. https://soundcloud.com/growwing-pains
Doors both nights at 9 pm; $12
Strange Wilds is a musical power-trio from Olympia, Washington.
There are three members: Allen, who plays drums; Sean, who plays bass; and Steven, who sings and plays the guitar. There is also a freight train, several buzzsaws, a banshee, and some heavy, heavy Pacific doom-and-gloom up in the mix.
The group formed in 2012, when Steven met Sean while Sean's band from Boise was playing a gig in a house where Steven lived. They became friends, and several months later Steven called Sean, who had just relocated to Olympia for college, to form the band. They were called Wet, and gigged around the West Coast as a four-piece. Allen was added as a full-time member in 2014 after a line-up change, and the band changed its name to Strange Wilds to release a 4-song EP and tour immediately. Sub Pop came calling, and signed the band last fall. https://www.subpop.com/artists/strange_wilds
Doors at 9 pm; $8 or get in free with ticket stubs from Pentagram or Protomartyr. Slinging cheap mimosas, bloody marys, and caesars all night.
Wax Idols/Them are us Too/Blood Stone
"The third album by Wax Idols is equal parts declaration of independence and meditation on togetherness, and this is, perhaps, where it strays from the band's previous work: American Tragic stands out for its profound empathy elegiac in its approach, but connective by nature. To say that it's simply a break-up album is to sell short an idea that Hether Fortune has been playing with over the entire arc of her discography, and that is the notion that personhood is neither fixed nor consistent: We can be independent and attached, in need of discipline and desire, or even fully autonomous with a little bit of help. As Fortune points out here, even America, for all its symbolism and mythic value, also rests in tragedy." - Collect Records waxidols.tumblr.com
WSG: Them are us Too & Blood Stone
Doors at 9 pm; $7
TOPS are a four-piece band from Montreal, equal parts girls and guys, delivering a raw punk take on AM studio pop. Their new record, Picture You Staring, is a lush array of timelessly crafted songs. Picture You Staring gathers strength through intimacy. Self-written, recorded, produced, and the result of 12 months holed up in Arbutus Records' Montreal warehouse. This album contains 12 impeccable examples of pop craftsmanship that will reward repeat listeners.
Jane, David and Riley have equal footing with their respective instruments and their sparring exceeds the imagination of any individual. For their new record TOPS have enlisted Madeline Glowicki to play bass. Like Jane and David, Madeline grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and went to the same elementary as Jane. A natural musician, and contributor to the Editorial magazine, the band are happy to have another prairie girl on board. LA based painter Jessica Dean Harrison created the artwork especially for the release. It is a conceptual interpretation of the record's title, continued in a large poster depicting a group scene, included with the purchase of a vinyl record.
Doors at 9 pm; $10
Steve Gunn/James Elkington/Nathan Salsburg
Steve Gunn is a New York-based guitarist and songwriter. With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. His albums with GHQ and longtime collaborating drummer John Truscinski represent milestones of contemporary guitar-driven, forward music. A voracious schedule of international performances has cultivated a fervent fanbase for Gunn's music throughout the world. Mining the catalogs of Basho, Bull, Chapman, and Sharrock, among other titans of stringed-things and record-session royalty, Steve has steadily processed these inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Friendships and collaborations with Jack Rose, Tom Carter, Meg Baird, and Michael Chapman colored the disciplined evolution of the discursive, deconstructed blues sound, at once transcendent and methodical, that is now Gunn's signature. Close listening reveals the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic free jazz, and psych, as well as Gnawa and Carnatic music, on the continually unfolding compositions.
Doors at 9 pm; $10
Nikki Lane/Clear Plastic Masks
For her hotly anticipated sophomore album, Nashville songstress Nikki Lane teamed up with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys for a record that turns the vulnerable singer-songwriter stereotype on its ears. With songs that crucify ex-boyfriends, celebrate one-night stands (as long as she can bolt town right after) and proclaim that it's "always the right time to do the wrong thing," Lane comes across like a modern-era Wanda Jackson, albeit with more oats to sow. "My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what's been going on in my life, so this is one moody record," she says. "There's lots of talk of misbehaving and moving on." All or Nothin' was released via New West Records in 2014. www.nikkilane.com
It might be cliché to say that the mark of a true rock n' roll band is that they play from the heart, but in the case of the Clear Plastic Masks it is exceptionally true. As the band's moniker indicates, there's not much to hide with one of the most talked about groups in Nashville's burgeoning rock scene. This is the sound of heart-on-your-sleeve blue-collar soul. https://clearplasticmasksbandcamp.com
Doors at 9 pm; $12
The So So Glos
The So So Glos live show is known for its high energy and crowd engagement. Whether they play a punk house in Brooklyn, a beach party in Miami or a Basketball Arena in San Antonio, they always play with the same excitement & zeal the songs deserve. They have recently shared the stage with bands such as Conor Oberst's reunited Desaparecidos, The Pogues, Trail of Dead, Ted Leo, Brand New, Rocket from the Crypt, Matt & Kim, The Hold Steady & Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan. www.thesosoglos.nyc
Doors at 9 pm; $10
Thanksgiving Eve extravaganza! Frontier Ruckus has played a thousand-some-odd shows in the past half-decade across the States and Europe, as well as behind venues, after-hous, aside dumpsters till all requests have been met. www.frontierruckus.com
Doors at 9 p.m.; $12
together PANGEA/White Reaper
together PANGEA do rock 'n' roll as it was meant to be raw, unpredictable, and probably dangerous, but also blazing with intelligence, emotion, and edgy experimentation. The Los Angeles-based trio made their bones as purveyors of post-millennial punk, but with their third full-length release and Harvest Records debut BADILLAC, they pay their debt to the supersonic 90s rock that first inspired them. The band has not sacrificed a spurt of precious energy, instead integrating nuance and dynamic momentum to songs like "No Way Out" and the undeniably badass title track. http://togetherpangea.com
WHITE REAPER is Tony Esposito, Ryan Hater, Nick Wilkerson, and Sam Wilkerson http://whitereaper.bandcamp.com/album/white-reaper-does-it-again
Doors at 9 pm; $10
All Them Witches/New Madrid
In each buildup and breakdown, every riff and groove of Nashville band All Them Witches, there is a story. The rockers' narratives are often unspoken, sourcing musical touchstones from across the States, offering an almost cinematic experience wrapped up in their propulsive rhythms and subtly funky anthems. "As a band we pull from every moment that we experience," says vocalist/bassist Charles Michael Parks, Jr., "our influence is not just music, it's our everyday life." www.allthemwitches.org
From the southern wilds of Athens, GA comes young four-piece, New Madrid. Their music is a dynamic mixture of underwater-psych-rock that engages the listener in fully textured aural landscapes, both on record and live. Their acclaimed 2012 independent debut, Yardboat - engineered by David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers) at Chase Park Transduction- displayed the band's inherent talents and introduces a distinctive sound budding with sonic energy. www.newmadridband.com
Doors at 9 pm; $10
ADDITIONAL SHOWS FROM PARTY STORE PRODUCTIONS *all shows 18+ unless marked otherwise
9/23 -- Diet Cig/MPV/Jungle Fowl @ UFO Factory
Diet Cig is a pop rock band from New Paltz, NY, fronted by Alex Luciano with Noah Bowman of Earl Boykins (Forged Artifacts) on drums. The five charming songs on the debut Over Easy EP, written by Alex in the comforts of her bedroom, capture the innocence of adolescence and infatuation. Over Easy was recorded on Halloween 2014 with Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Co in New Paltz, NY (Porches, Quarterbacks, Earl Boykins) and mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music. Over Easy was released digitally and on cassette in February 2015 with the support of Father/Daughter Records.
wsg MPV & JUNGLEFOWL
9/24 -- Chiffon/Fine P/Vnesswolfchild/Little Animal/DJ Molly Soda @ UFO Factory
Chiffon- http://chiffon.bandcamp.com/ Fine P Vnesswolfchild- https://soundcloud.com/vnesswolfchild Little Animal- https://soundcloud.com/littleanimal DJ Molly Soda
9/25 -- Nonagon (Chicago)/Knife The Symphony (Cincinnati)/Sone @ UFO Factory
Around since 1999, The Intelligence has to date released seven singles, five split singles, two EPs, seven albums and have made eight compilation appearances. They join the ranks of hyper-prolific artists like Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall in the impossible-to-stay-on-top-of department. That said, like the aforementioned artists, with each release The Intelligence continues to evolve, grow artistically and top themselves. And, yes, you do need to keep up with all the releases.
Salad Boys came together at the end of 2012 with members from other illustrious Christchurch groups T54, Bang! Bang! Eche! and the Dance Asthmatics. Recorded, the Salad Boys are deceivingly charming, presenting a careful but curious balance of well-informed pop melodies, hypnotizing rhythms and heady instrumentation.
9/30 -- Lee Baines III & the Glory Fires/Pujol/Craig Brown Band/Left & Right @ UFO Factory
What awaits you when the needle drops on Dereconstructed, the new album by Lee Bains lll & the Glory Fires? Nothing less than pure fucking heaven, that's what. Consider the record's opener, "The Company Man." It revs up with a riff sleazy enough to clog Rod Stewart's stomach pump as an incantation that only a Yellowhammer can truly understand is bellowed and then screamed. Before you know it, the joint is hotter than a Birmingham soaking pit while you, the listener, are reminded, lest you forget, don't ever trust the company man. No shit.
Gardens & Villa is the project of five college friends from Santa Barbara, formed following the collapse of a noisier post-punk band and a hitch-hiking journey up the west coast. Members Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop began playing in earnest as Gardens & Villa in 2008. The name is pulled from the location of their house on Villa Street, and the property's lovely garden to which they tend.
The move to Missouri saw American Wrestlers take form, recording in a tiny, remote house, on a Tascam 8-track and "the cheapest pawn shop instruments [he] could afford". 'I Can Do No Wrong' sees shimmery guitar-work draw upon that feeling of a Midwestern summer's stifling heat. Driven along by a crackling beat, it's a stripped back approach to garage-rock that focuses on melody and avoids the all-too-common desire to drench everything in layer-upon-layer of fuzz.
10/10 -- S (Jen Ghetto) @ UFO Factory
S is former Carissa's Wierd member, Jenn Ghetto's, radically empathetic rock band. Though S started as a four-track bedroom project, the group's 2014 full-length album 'Cool Choices', produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and released on Hardly Art Records, is a fully formed, deeply vulnerable pop record. It preserves Ghetto's artfully confessional lyrics while exploring catharsis through intricate guitar hooks, tender piano ballads, and heart-soaring electronic hits. These are sad songs you can sing along to. https://jennghetto.bandcamp.com
10/12 -- Lower/Makthaverskan @ PJ's Lager House (21+)
Lower make intense music. Seek Warmer Climes, the Copenhagen quartet's debut album, sparkles with the harmonic dissonance and high-strung urgency of their underground rock forebears. But Lower Adrian Toubro (vocals), Simon Formann (guitar), Kristian Emdal (bass) and Anton Rothstein (drums) also channel the romance and drama of great singer-songwriters, from late-period Scott Walker to Bryan Ferry. The result is a hugely ambitious and affecting rock album that enters deeply personal and unusual sonic and topical spaces.
Makthaverskan layer aspects of noise, jangle and dream pop on a foundation of rambling, garage-punk energy. Distorted, uptempo riffs ebb and flow with laid back, atmospheric post-punk throughout the tracks that make up the band's sophomore LP II. Sonic bursts of anthemic pop are accentuated and brought to life by front-woman Maja Milner's sharp and soaring delivery, cutting through layers of reverb to air out her dirty laundry. The band's name, while not an actual Swedish word, derives its meaning from "Makthavaren" meaning "the man in the position of power". Makthaverskan, then, is the feminine conjugation of this concept meaning in its definite form "the female with the power" a sentiment that seems to double back and truly power the music.
10/12 -- Titus Andronicus/Spider Bags/Baked @ UFO Factory
The Most Lamentable Tragedy [hereafter TMLT] is the fourth studio album by Titus Andronicus [hereafter +@] and the band's debut for Merge Records. A rock opera in five acts, it will see release on the 28th of July 2015 as a digital download, double CD, and triple vinyl LP. "[In July 2005] I turned 20 years oldI started the band and closed the door on my teenage years," says singer/songwriter Patrick Stickles, "and on July 28th this year, I'm turning 30. Putting out this record is my way of closing the door on my twentiessharing what I have learned, sorrowing what I learned too late." http://titusandronicus.net
WSG SPIDER BAGS & BAKED
10/20 -- J Fernandez/Turn To Crime/James Cooper @ UFO Factory
"The appeal of J. Fernandez and his music is summed up right there in the name - he's a bit mysterious. It isn't that he's hiding anything, he's only just revealing what he wants to, keeping the remainder close to his chest. Likewise, there's a certain, undeniable feeling associated with his songwriting, but describing it is easier said than done. That's because there are plenty of familiar touchstones and influences deep in the songs; intricately woven, Marquee Moon guitars, an affectless, Kraftwerk-ian singing style, psychedelic dissonance and melodic structures not entirely unlike The United States of America, and a modern warmth like Chris Cohen's work with The Curtains and Deerhoof. -- Mike Adams
WSG: TURN TO CRIME & James Cooper
10/23 -- Shannon and the Clams/Shopping/Rebel Kind/Prude Boys @ UFO Factory
Calling all Hobos, Twisters, Freaks, and Geeks: pogo the crust out yr eyes, and marvel in this blindingly bright, full color 3-D world of ours. The sunsets are getting more beautiful 'ery damn day thanks to pollution. You can order some psilocybin on the internet and watch nukes explode online all from the comfort of your own bed! Get outdoors cuz life is beautiful and everything is terrible. It's so yo gabba great that God itself is here. Why not R-O-C-K in the USA? From yr Bedrock in Cali-forn-i-a! Do the Flintstone flop and go WAY OUT! Close yr eyes and pretend yr a cave person (like you really have to pretend) and yr riding Space Mountain at Disneyland for the 1st time. Yeah friend! 2001 is here again! Welcome back to the future!
10/25 -- Ex-Cult/Mexican Knives/Brothels @ Painted Lady (21+)
On the tail of their excellent breakout 2nd LP "Midnight Passenger" on Goner Records, we have a brand new batch of bruisers from Ex-Cult, the Memphis-based punk cyclone that no doubt has laid waste to a town near you recently. Chris Shaw lends a sneering, spitting toughness to the proceedings while the band flays riffs in loose, hairy mosh inducing menace behind him, touching on post-punk, psych sprawl, and early 80s hardcore while remaining beholden to none. - Matt Jones, Castle Face Records
"A brilliant band from Cardiff who love their fuzzy melodies and songs dripped in scuzzy reverb." - Huw Stephens, Radio One. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joanna-Gruesome/116457368434206
WSG: AYE NAKO, KING OF CATS & BOBBI PALACE
10/28 -- Here We Go Magic/Big Thief @ UFO Factory
Here We Go Magic will release their new album, Be Small, on October 16 via Secretly Canadian. Eno/Cale's Wrong Way Up and Roberty Wyatt's Shleep were touchstones for the LP, according to main man Luke Temple who adds that most of the songs are "overtly major and optimistic." That's certainly the case with the instantly catchy "Falling," which sets a rush of acoustic guitars over a skittering beat and joyous chorus. This is my idea of a summer single, and you can definitely hear the Wrong Way Up influence here. The video, made by director Sam Kuhn, is a lot of fun too
Listening to Big Thief is like the feeling of looking at a dog and suddenly marveling that it is like you but very not like you; when you are accustomed to looking at a dog and thinking 'dog', watching or listening to Big Thief is like forgetting the word 'dog' and looking at that naked animal and getting much closer to it and how different it is to you.
11/7 -- Small Black/Painted Palms @ UFO Factory
Gracing the cover of Brooklyn band Small Black's new record, a mysterious woman walks alone on the dunes at dusk, amid pockmarked sand. She's the subject of a found photo, one of many rescued with the warmth of a blow dryer and a fireplace, by singer Josh Hayden Kolenik after Hurricane Sandy flooded his family's Long Island home. The faded image offers clues and invites viewers to construct their own narrative, one that escapes even the picture's taker, Kolenik's father.
To put it simply, Best Blues is an album about loss. The specific loss of precious people in our lives, but also the loss of memories and the difficult
WSG: Painted Palms
11/10 -- NOBUNNY @ UFO Factory
Always clad in a fuzzy (and mildly psychotic-looking) rabbit mask and often wearing little else, NOBUNNY is a one-man pop-punk onslaught whose simple, infectiously hooky tunes and lusty outlook have earned comparisons to the Ramones,Hasil Adkins, and the Cramps, and whose untamed (and sometimes bottomless) stage shows have led some to call him a cuddly version of G.G. Allin. NOBUNNY is the alter ego of Justin Champlin, who was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and relocated to San Francisco, California.Champlin first made a name for himself as the drummer with garage punks the Okmoniks and later co-founded the Sneaky Pinks, a two-man punk-pop party machine.
11/14 -- Diarrhea Planet/Music Band @ UFO Factory
Diarrhea Planet is a six-piece rock and roll band from Nashville, TN. Their sound has often been described as The Ramones holding Van Halen hostage with an arsenal of fireworks and explosives. Diarrhea Planet's four guitarists provide enough riffs to make Jack Black squeal like a schoolgirl, while lead singer Hodan delivers enough hooks to straighten the curl out of Justin Timberlake's hair. In a world of unintelligible lo-fi recording, reverb drenched vocals, and tuneless guitars, Diarrhea Planet aims to put the backbone back into rock and roll.
Music Band seeped out of a broken sewage line in an upstate New York dormitory, and somehow it's Nashville's problem now??? Brothers Harry (guitar), Duncan (bass) and Lee (drums) have been both room- and bandmates for over three years, and a single experience of seeing them on stage makes it obvious that they just can't get rid of each other.
Frankie Cosmos is a 4-piece band consisting of Greta Kline (vocals, guitar), Aaron Maine (drums), David Maine (bass), and Gabrielle Smith (keyboard, vocals). Their performances vary from slow sad ballads to goofy rock'n'roll love songs. They are based out of New York City (where Greta and Gabby grew up) and Pleasantville (where the Maine brothers grew up). The four members are each influenced by a wide variety of music, and all come from distinct music backgrounds. https://ingridsuperstar.bandcamp.com
Doors at 9 pm; $10; ALL AGES; at Majestic Cafe, located at 4140 Woodward, Detroit