Upcoming Concerts & Events
To describe The Staves music as merely comforting or enjoyable would be to severely under-egg the pudding. Theirs is songwriting as striking as it is exquisite, a melding of still, bright English folk and sublime West Coast pop that, performed live, is capable of plunging an audience into awed silence.
$10 Advance / $12 Day of | All Ages
Mixworks Presents - Urban Blue Print Featuring:
Cassy [Panorama Bar Berlin]
Buzz Goree [Mixworks Rec, UR]
Dick Tracy [Visionquest Surprise Guest]
Alex Picone [Mixworks, Cadenza]
Daniele Ciocio [ Craft, New York]
Kitty Kitten [Mixworks, Montreal]
Spore Print [Mixworks, Detroit]
Eric Johnston [Parts Unknown, Detroit]
Plus Live Art by: Abdull Haqq [ Third Earth Visual Arts, UR]
18+ | $20 Cover at the door | 10pm - 4am
After four decades, 23 top 40 singles and 17 albums, The Stranglers are still at it. Loud, crude, ugly, consistent and unrelentingly exciting. As ever, the tour bus is taking them across the country – selling out venues – performing their timeless punk rock to crowds of die-hard fans new and old. WSG: Mike Marlin
$20 Advance / $25 Day of | All Ages
*VIP packages will be offered at www.fanexperience.ca/thestranglers. VIP packages include a ticket to the show, early entry, a pre-show Meet & Greet and photo opportunity with the band, a VIP laminate, tour poster and a signed copy of their new album with a digital download on release date.
Family Curse play deeply abrasive punk rock. Their new album, Twilight Language, is menacing and paranoid in all the right ways; writing at Noisey, Zachary Lipez noted that “[t]he record sounds mean, like the speed is still working but the visuals have gone sour.” It’s a bracing listening experience, and I checked in with guitarist Ken Edge and vocalist Erick Hughes via email to learn more.
No Cover | 18+ | 10pm
Against The Grain CD Release Party WSG: Amino Acids, Beast in the Feild, Frank White, Snafu, & Swinging Dicks
Against The Grain Album CD Release Party Featuring: Amino Acids, Beast in the Field, Frank White, Snafu, & Swingin' Dicks.
ATG ( Against the Grain) is a 4 Speed rock band out The Motor City. After just starting in 2009 they have spread their brand of intense rock and roll across the US with many tours, and show no sign of slowing down.They have shared the stage with such national acts as: The Meatmen (month long direct support on a tour),DRI, The Angry Samoans Zeke, Guttermouth,Jugheads Revenge,Agent Orange, Star Fucking Hipsters, D.O.A., The Flatliners, Hit and Run,Murphys Law, Hellmouth,Black Fag, and many more.
$3 for the first 30 ppl, $6 there after | All Ages
The Detroit Cobras signed with Sympathy for the Record Industry and released their first full-length album, Mink Rat or Rabbit, in 1998. After a three-year gap, they released a second album, Life, Love and Leaving Their retro-garage rock formula proved popular in the UK and prompted the London-based Rough Trade Records to sign the band. They released an EP, Seven Easy Pieces, in 2003 and their third full-length album, Baby, in 2005. Baby broke with the Cobras' tradition in that it included one original song, "Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat)". Baby was picked up for release in the US by Bloodshot (who added the songs from Seven Easy Pieces. In April of 2007, Bloodshot released the band's fourth full-length, Tied and True. WSG: Pangea
$15 Cover | All ages
Sea Wolf’s founder and leading man, Alex Brown Church (writer/guitar/vocals), shares “After the last record, which was written and recorded far from home and was more of a group experience, I really wanted to stay close to home, be in my own space and give myself room to explore and write and record on my own schedule,” Church continues, “I just felt I needed to bring Sea Wolf back to me, to my world,” Church produced and recorded Old World Romance in the comfort of his home studio, with mixing by Kennie Takahashi (Broken Bells, The Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield). WSG: Savoir Adore
$12 Advance / $14 Day of | All Ages
Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and performing live for most of his life, winning fans and making friends around the world with his guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions. His deceptively straightforward songs embody timeless qualities of humanity, optimism, emotional insight and a boundless sense of humor, untainted by cynicism or transient notions of hipness.
$15 Cover | All Ages
They call New Orleans a melting pot. When one thinks about it like that, it’s hardly surprising that this is where CALEXICO reconvened to record their seventh full-length album, ALGIERS. Joey Burns and John Convertino have long called upon an extended range of musical influences, blending them together so distinctly that the results have almost become a genre of their own. WSG: Joe Pug & American Mars
$20 Advance / $23 Day of | All Ages
Confess is the gorgeous, dynamic follow-up to Twin Shadow’s 2010 breakthrough Forget. That first record, co-produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor and initially released on Taylor’s Terrible Records label before getting picked up by 4AD, garnered a lot of praise from the likes of Rolling Stone (“fully-formed, haunted and haunting”), Allmusic (“lush, intricate pop”), and Pitchfork, which named it one of the best albums of 2010. Soon after its release, Lewis began amassing even more fans during a string of headlining club dates (a feat that Lewis will repeat this summer and fall on his “Ton Up” tour), while also opening for Florence and the Machine and playing a number of festivals, including Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonarroo and Austin City Limits.
$15 Advance / $18 Day of | All Ages
Torche is a band from Miami, Florida, United States. They play a distinctive style of stoner/ sludge metal that they categorize as ‘’stoner pop’‘. The group was formed in 2004 by Steve Brooks (ex-Floor), Juan Montoya (ex-Cavity, ex-Ed Matus’ Struggle), Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith (who also play in the grindcore band Shitstorm). WSG: Ken Mode & Lo-Pan
$14 Cover | All ages
Thomas Mullarney and Jacob Gossett, aka Brooklyn duo Beacon, introduced themselves to the world with the No Body and For Now EPs, both released last year on Ghostly International. The EPs were united by minimalist, R&B-influenced instrumentation, and also by a lyrical theme, with both serving as meditations on the darkness that underpins the most intense of human emotions: love. WSG: Dangerous Cans & Ancient Language
$8 Advance/ $10 Day of | All Ages
Who – or what – is Mount Kimbie, really? “That’s a hard question,” muses Dom Maker. “The hardest. It’s…” “It’s hard to say,” chimes in Kai Campos. “It’s an unspoken thing.” Unspoken, or barely even there at all? The duo’s first two EPs – Maybes and Sketch On Glass, both out in 2009 through Hotflush – seemed like explorations of spaces so private that all within earshot were turned instantly into voyeurs.
$13 Advance / $15 Day of | All ages
Three years ago, Baths dropped his startlingly beautiful debut, Cerulean. Released on Anticon, the record blurred the line between post-modern pop and the LA beat scene with devastating emotional clarity. Its tone was as celestial as its album title, taken from a shade of blue typically used to describe the sky. His sophomore album, Obsidian finds him emerging as one of the most complete artists of his generation. WSG: Houses & D33J
$12 Advance / $14 Day of | All Ages
Scottish trio PAWS' 2012 album Cokefloat! is filled with tuneful, punky doodles that recall the fuzzy fun of the golden age of slacker rock. At Valhalla Thursday night, singer-guitarist Philip Taylor was indeed angsty, squabbling with the sound man and playfully sparring with drummer Josh Swinney. But he saved his truly bitter vitriol for the band's songs, cranking up the aggression (while losing some of the nuance) as a vein throbbed in his forehead.
No Cover | 18+ | 10pm
!!! (generally pronounced "chk chk chk") is a dance-punk band that formed in Sacramento, California, in 1996. The band's name was inspired by the subtitles of the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which the clicking sounds of the Bushmens' Khoisan language were represented as "!". However, as the bandmembers themselves say, !!! is pronounced by repeating thrice any monosyllabic sound. Chk Chk Chk is the most common pronunciation, but they could just as easily be called Pow Pow Pow, Bam Bam Bam, Uh Uh Uh, etc. WSG: Sinkane | Stream Thr!!!er here
$10 Advance / $12 Day of | All ages