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Wednesday
Aug202014

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas Record Release Party wsg: Mexican Knives

Life has a way of letting us know what we’re supposed to do and when we’re supposed to do it. We can distract ourselves, but life is persistent. Jessica Hernandez knows that. She knows that no matter what gets in the way, time won’t stop for anyone. Be it struggles or triumphs, Hernandez is ready for whatever, whenever. This malleability expresses itself in so many facets of Jessica’s life. The first-generation American grew up in and around Detroit. There are few regions more impressing as the nitty-gritty of Rock City and it left its mark on the 25-year-old artist. Her voice is instantly recognizable. Its strength and soul are matched by an honest vulnerability. Whether she is singing heartfelt words about someone that has left this world too early, or belting out a danceable tune through a big smile, Hernandez is unforgettable…especially with the ultra-talented Deltas behind her. WSG: Mexican Knives

 

$13 Advance / $15 Day of | All Ages


Thursday
Aug212014

Little American Champ / Bad Television / Cheapshow / The Idiot Effect

Friday
Aug222014

The Coup

The incendiary new album by the The Coup is called Sorry To Bother You. The record is the latest work by the visionary band fronted by renowned vocalist-writer and activist Boots Riley and accompanied by a cadre of talented and versatile musicians.

The songs on Sorry To Bother You merge danceable beats, punk urgency and the astute social commentary of hip-hop to craft a refreshingly unique sound that draws from the past but never sounds anything but futuristic.

 

$12 Advance / $14 day of | All Ages

 

 

Saturday
Aug232014

Black Iris Presents: Blackout BBQ feat. Koffin Kats, The Goddamn Gallows, Art Show by Signature & Big Top Tattoo + More

Blackout BBQ featuring an art show by Signature & Big Top Tattoo and live music from: The Koffin Kats + The Goddamn Gallows, IRON REAGAN, Fang,
Downtown Brown, Against The Grain, Rebel Spies, Bastardous, SNAFU,
Axe Ripper (official cd release of full length album "Hell is Real"),
CBJ, Cash Oriley, The Worst OF, Hook N Krooks, Dead Church, Trace The Veins,
The Ridgelands, & Nightcap.  Plus...Lunch is on us!

$15 Advance / $20 Day of | All Ages | 5pm

 

 

Tuesday
Aug262014

Kishi Bashi / Bombadil

Having collaborated and toured with indie strangelings of Montreal, Regina Spektor, and Sondre Lerche, singer, violinist, and composer, K Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi), embarks on a epic orchestral solo project. His solo live show is a dazzling array of looping and vocal/violin gymnastics. K is also singer of the NYC synth rock band Jupiter One. WSG: Bombadil

 

$14 Cover | All Ages

Thursday
Sep042014

Emily's Army / Desert Sharks / Face The Face

Emerging from an eclectic combination of their beachy outlook,  diverse adoration of music, and their east bay ethos, Emily's Army's music is influenced by almost everyone. The group began in the early   2000’s when young brothers Max and Cole Becker started a band   with their everlasting best friend Joey Armstrong to play the kind of   music they heard in the movie School of Rock, around their houses,   and in the area that they were growing up in. Since then the boys   have been playing donut shops, bowling alleys, and fetid dive clubs   across the world playing their music for anyone who will listen.  Emily’s Army songs are about subjects ranging from love, hate,   and growing up to Disney Channel Original Movies and feminism.  WSG: Desert Sharks | Face The Face

$10 Advance / $12 Day of | All Ages


Friday
Sep052014

The Blasters / Gas House Gorillas / The Speakeasies

The Blasters | Gas House Gorillas | The Speakeasies

$15 Cover | All Ages

Saturday
Sep062014

The New Pornographers featuring A.C. Newman and Dan Bejar (Destroyer) / Perfect Pussy / Pity Sex

For what purpose the popular song? Does the popular song have a purpose? Is it just a sequence of auditory gestures, desperate acts, adrift in the bigger broader silence of an unforgiving cultural landscape? In what follows, we will assume that the purpose of the popular song is to unite warring disputants and to repair the manifold puncture wounds of life, so that life is revealed, again, as less accursed than it appears. And let's assume that we go on listening to the popular song, which in the vast majority of its iterations is a failure, because we are chronic in our need for this rehabilitation of our puncture-wounded selves. Take any fine example, take "All You Need Is Love," by the Beatles, or "Walk Away, Renee," by the Left Banke, or "Tears of a Clown," by Smokey Robinson. Try listening to these songs. Almost immediately, your suppurations begin to clot. WSG: Perfect Pussy & Pity Sex

$28 Cover | All Ages

Sunday
Sep072014

Legendary Shack Shakers / Whiskey Shivers / Babe Miller

Picture it: the rustic grind of rural America. The cacophonous crunch and wheeze of motor-driven rock songs accompany the sound of corroded farm implements awakened to service once again. The soundtrack of a time when strip malls will choke with ivy and the vestiges of overdevelopment will be razed and plowed up for acreage. The Legendary Shack Shakers confront an America that is in decay on their seventh full-length album, AGRIDUSTRIAL. WSG: Whiskey Shivers | Babe Miller

$13 Advance / $15 Day of | All Ages


Monday
Sep082014

Lucero / Due North

Look to your left. A young couple is passionately making out. To your right, two grizzled bearded gentlemen are getting drunk and rowdy, and singing loud as hell. And don’t forget to look up, because an old punk rocker has just launched himself from the stage. Welcome, you are at a Lucero show.

Over their 16 years together, the Memphis band has built up a fanbase that’s as diverse as it is rabid. Ask 50 Lucero fans what their favorite song is and you’ll get 50 different answers. Among the band’s 100-plus songs across nine albums and multiple EPs, there’s no universal fan favorite. “Each person makes Lucero their own thing,” says frontman Ben Nichols. “Everyone identifies with us for completely different reasons. For one reason or another, Lucero becomes a very personal band.” But the one thing that seems to unify Lucero fans of all kinds is the band’s all-or-nothing live show, and Live from Atlanta, the band’s latest live record, thoroughly captures that. WSG: Due North

$17 Advance / $20 Day of | All Ages | 7pm

Monday
Sep082014

Sole / DJ Pain 1

In 1998 he founded Anticon Records, the first collectively owned indie Hip-Hop   label in the United States. Since then, Sole has played over a thousand shows   throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Japan. In 2009, Sole pulled his masters from anticon and has re-invented himself as a new kind   of artist, business, and political entity. His music has been recently featured in major media outlets such as Rolling Stone, 2DopeBoyz, Pitchfork, MTV, Impose, Huffington Post, Spin, Alarm Press, All Hip-hop, Alternet and many more. Sole has released ten full-length studio albums and over a dozen mixtapes. In 2009, together with award winning visual artist, Ravi Zupa, he published The Pyre, an illustrated epic poem exploring empire, radical philosophy, anti-capitalism,  and collapse. Throughout his career Sole has been known as one to push   the limits in terms of genre and content and is widely heralded as a pioneer of   avant garde & experimental rap music. In 2013, Sole launched "The Solecast",   a podcast featuring long form interviews with academics, artists and activists.  Sole’s activism reaches beyond the studio and stage into his everyday life where he is deeply involved material and logistical support to many projects that engage directly in the class struggle. 

Known for his 2008 break-out beat on "Don't do it," for Young Jeezy's platinum-selling album "The Recession," producer DJ Pain 1 stays busy.  From touring as a DJ to producing full albums as well as creating original and free content for the producer community, this Hip-Hop musician takes no breaks.

A Wisconsin-native and lifelong Hip-Hop fan, DJ Pain 1 began exploring production in the late 90's.  From 2002 until 2007, while still making music, he immersed himself in education and youth services.  Just one year after earning his BA in English Education, Pain 1 landed his first major beat placement with Young Jeezy.  

Pain 1 continued his education, pursuing a Masters of English while holding down multiple jobs, performing and amassing a catalog of recorded material.  In that time, he produced records from artists including 50 Cent, Shyne, Gucci Mane, MC Lyte, Public Enemy, Vado and an additional track for Young Jeezy entitled "CTE or nothing."

Frustrations with the lack of exposure he was receiving for his production efforts led Pain 1 to begin releasing his own projects.  He started with a 2010 album "The Waiting Game," which predominantly featured regular collaborators such as I-20, Rain, Money B, Tek and J-Stills.  He then decided to interface his DJ'ing with his production and premiered his ongoing mixtape series, "Painkillerz," free digital downloads produced exclusively by him.  His mixtapes included hosts MC Lyte, Black Rob, Big Sean and LEP Bogus Boys and were followed by his popular series of instrumental albums, "Undressed Instrumentals."

$10 Cover | All Ages

Tuesday
Sep092014

The Velvet Teen / Restorations / Javelins / Chronic Tan

The Velvet Teen | Restorations | Javelins | Chronic Tan

$10 Cover | All Ages

Wednesday
Sep102014

Joyce Manor / The Exquisites / Loose Planes

Joyce Manor was conceived in the back of a car in the Disneyland parking lot—the kind of beginning California dreams are really made of. It was the fall of 2008 over a bottle of cheap booze when co-founders Barry Johnson (guitar, vocals) and Chase Knobbe (guitar) decided to team up. They formed a power violence band where everyone would have Johnny Thunders-style glam-names … like “Joyce Manor” named after an apartment complex Barry walked past every day. But when longtime friend Andrew Jackson Jihad suddenly asked Barry if his old band wanted to open for their LA show, he scrambled to say yes. WSG: The Exquisites

$12 Advance / $14 Day of | All Ages

Friday
Sep122014

PUP / Ponyshow / Braided Veins

As of lately, Toronto has been the breeding grounds for some of the best punk rock bands around. The scene is both a blessing and a curse. There seem to be 1,000+ loud rock bands in this city vying for attention, but when you are able to cut through the static, everyone seems to take notice. This is the case for Toronto four-piece, PUP. What sets PUP apart in this booming scene is their ability to fuse raw punk energy with catchy earworms, big hooks, and scream-along choruses. Their songs are loud and fast, equal parts unchecked energy and calculated arrangements, with hair-pin turns, raging guitar riffs, and an overload of gang vocals. WSG: Ponyshow & Braided Veins

$8 Advance / $10 Day of | All Ages

Sunday
Sep142014

Chet Faker

In 2011, Nicholas Murphy recorded a cover of No Diggity late one night just for his friends. Shared by a handful of people, the song spread like wildfire until reaching #1 on the indie blog charts Hype Machine, and so the Chet Faker identity was born – an ode to Chet Baker’s singing style but incorporating the influence of a youth spent producing house and disco.

 

$15 Advance / $18 Day of | 18+

 

 

Tuesday
Sep162014

Bob Mould with Jason Narducy & Jon Wurster / Cymbals Eat Guitars

Well into his fourth decade as a singer-songwriter, Bob Mould is as relevant, ferocious, and poignant as he has ever been on the compact epic that is Beauty & Ruin. Instead of sitting idle and going quiet, Bob chooses to confront head-on and plow through the psychic turbulence that comes with this stage of life. Much of Beauty & Ruin deals with the passing of Mould’s father in October 2012, Bob’s struggle to come to terms with it, himself, and his own identity and legacy, and repercussions of all of the above on his ongoing relationships in the land of the living. Beauty & Ruin is a twelve-track journey of loss, reflection, conciliation, and coming through the other side. Beauty & Ruin is a challenging work of raw beauty—and may well be Bob Mould’s finest work since his 1989 solo debut, Workbook. WSG: Cymbals Eat Guitars

$20 Cover | All Ages | 7pm

Thursday
Sep182014

Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse’s art springs from a simple idea: everybody wants to be somebody else. One of his heroes, Van Morrison, got his start covering Bobby Bland, whose own musical idol was Nat “King” Cole. In Waterhouse’s view, emulation is a journey; you never truly succeed, but as the singer, guitarist and songwriter puts it, “You become something on the way there.”

$17 Advance / $20 Day of | All Ages

Friday
Sep192014

Shonen Knife / Habibi / YUM

Shonen Knife, Osaka Japan’s legendary queens of indie sunshine, are back with a brand new  album for 2014.   Their newest release, “Overdrive”, is a tip of the hat to 70’s Hard Rock, and a continuation of  Shonen Knife’s journey into the musings of food, fantasy and daily life in the Far Eastern metropo- lis of Osaka we’ve come to know and love.  WSG: Habibi & YUM

$12 Advance / $14 Day of | All Ages

Saturday
Sep202014

Howling Diablos featuring Royal Blackbirds / Awesome Jarvis & the Whale / Nikki Corvette / Hosted by Linda Lexi

The Howling Diablos rockin, funky, blues jam style is well known in Detroit, and everywhere they have toured, as a great live music experience. Since their formation in the 90’s they have toured with and opened for acts including George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, Alice Cooper, Albert Collins, Ben Harper, Hank Williams Jr, NRBQ, Incubus and The James Gang as well as headlining their own shows.

 

$5 Cover | All Ages


Sunday
Sep212014

Detroit Bacon Take Down - Sample Unlimited Bacon Dishes!

Home of techno (yow!), Coney Island Dogs (oo!), The Gories (mama!)… and now The Detroit Bacon Takedown!!!!  At Magic Stick - May 18 2-4PM!!!  Every possible bacon invention, concoction, and innovation REVEALED!!!  I’m calling all Detroit home cooks to compete- and I’ll give you each  a FREE 15lbs of Hormel Black Label Bacon to make any bacon dish (im)possible!!!! How does Detroit’s underground cooking scene do???!!  Email me at chilitakedown@gmail.com if you’ve got a super smart recipe- sign up and compete for cookware prizes (Wusthof, Anolon, Microplane and more!!!!) and fame!!!!

 

$15 Cover | All Ages Welcome | Doors 1pm