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Xenia Rubinos w/ Dominique LaRue

Big Room Bar
Columbus, OH

Vocalist and composer Xenia Rubinos crafts movingly powerful songs dipping in and out of genre and structure to create a sound that is fearlessly her own. Xenia’s powerhouse vocals are at the center of her music which grows from a wide range of influences from R&B to Hip-Hop to Caribbean rhythms and jazz all delivered with a soulful punk aura. Her debut album Magic Trix was released in 2013 by Ba Da Bing! Records to wide critical acclaim. Pitchfork lauded the radiant singer as “a unique new pop personality” while a profile in The New Yorker described her work as “rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre”. Xenia’s energetic live show and presence echoes some of the larger than life iconic singers she admired as a child including Judy Garland, Nina Simone and La Lupe while her powerhouse vocals recall the pop sensibility of Mariah Carey and soulfulness of Erykah Badu. Touring the US and Europe extensively, she has played more than 150 shows both as a headliner and supporting act for such diverse bands as Man Man, Battles, Coco Rosie, and Deerhoof. Xenia has been hard at work on her followup full length LP due out Spring 2016.

w/ DOMINIQUE LARUE
A breath of fresh air offering an unique and artistic perspective for modern day hip hop

$10 ADV
$12 DOS
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Royal Teeth

Big Room Bar
Columbus, OH

Royal Teeth’s new EP is called Amateurs, despite the fact that, after five years, three cities, two albums, various personnel changes, and hundreds of days on the road, the Louisiana pop quartet is definitely an ensemble of well-seasoned pros. The title is a literal etymological reading of the word: the French amateur from the Latin verb “to love”, applied in this case as a mission statement and a reminder of why they do what they do.
In 2011, the effervescent electronic pop of the band’s debut EP, Act Naturally, attracted the attention of Dangerbird Records, which re-released both that project and its full-length follow-up, 2013’s Glow. The spirited anthem “Wild,” driven by the sparkling vocal chemistry between singers Nora Patterson and Gary Larsen, propelled the band to multiple TV, film, and video game placements, guest appearances on Last Call with Carson Daly and American Idol (at the personal invitation of fellow Louisiana native Harry Connick, Jr.) and slots at festivals, including Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Firefly, SXSW, CMJ, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Voodoo Experience.
On Amateurs, Nora Patterson’s passionate lead vocals are showcased front and center, emerging from the more layered production of earlier releases. “Kids Conspire”, the infectious lead single, buoys her up on a wave of ringing synths and propulsive, Afropop-inflected beats, as she demands, “take me all the way up, take me all the way up.” It’s a clear relative of “Wild”, an anthem of possibility, but with more muscle and urgency.
“Children have a wild imagination,” Patterson explains. “They make up a plan for what they’re going to be when they grow up. They don’t hold back in terms of what they feel like they can accomplish, which is something that a lot of people lose over time.” In writing the song, she wanted to channel that untamed joy, the feeling of unlimited potential and steadfast conviction. “It’s about going back to when you thought you could do anything,” she said. “It’s nice to remind yourself of that.”
Promoting Act Naturally and Glow, Royal Teeth averaged more than 200 live dates per year, earning a glowing rep for exuberant, sweaty, high-energy live shows as explosive as their signature confetti cannons. The addition of guitarist Thomas Onebane, an inveterate, crafty tinkerer, has also led the band to take more risks in the studio.
“Thomas was a game-changer creatively,” says drummer Josh Hefner. “He’s a secret weapon. We spent a little more time in the studio – more experiments, more fine-tuning. And it was more fun, with less pressure.”
Both the sounds and the overarching themes on Amateurs are tougher, more mature and more surehanded than Royal Teeth’s previous outings. They play like a band that’s honed itself down to its core chemistry, musicians who know what they want to do and how to do it. But they also play with pure joy, ease, and love of what they’re doing – like amateurs.
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Thalia Zedek Band (Thrill Jockey Records, Ex-Come) w/ Marcy Mays and Sue Harshe of Scrawl

Big Room Bar
Columbus, OH

Thalia Zedek has one of the most enduring and distinctive voices in modern rock music — a voice like no other — that can be heard in her work with some of the most groundbreaking underground bands, from Uzi and Live Skull to Come. Since 2001, Zedek has been making music under her own name, releasing a string of critically acclaimed albums. Her latest, Eve, is her most accomplished album to date, building upon the foundations of her previous releases. Again the album features her bluesy, gritty guitar work and her distinctive vocals that, when juxtaposed with graceful viola and piano, give the songs on Eve a compelling tension. Her lyrics remain deeply personal and her emotional fire is palpable, but she has developed a control in her delivery that brings new dynamics to the music and gives room for the emotions to breathe.
Loss, isolation and alienation are some of the themes Zedek frequently returns to, with songs such as the soaring “360” and By the Hand” touching on deeply personal emotions and making for an intimate listen. Zedek’s band is very restrained on Eve, a clear indication of her vocal confidence. Great examples of this restraint can be found on “You Will Wake” and “All I Need,” which are both spare and raw, with heart-felt emotion carried almost entirely by Zedek — it is impossible to deny the songs’ beauty and power.
Eve was recorded and mixed by Andy Hong at Kimchee Studio. For this record, Zedek’s band is made up of talented and trusted musicians David Michael Curry (viola) and Mel Lederman (piano), who have worked with Zedek since 2001’s Been Here and Gone. Winston Braman (bass) played on 2008’s Liars and Prayers, and newest member Jonathan Ulman is back on drums for his second recording with the band.
Thirty years in, Zedek is as active as she has ever been. She started the new rock band E with Jason Sidney Sanford (Neptune) and Gavin McCarthy (Karate). She continues to tour with the Thalia Zedek Band and has done more then a few Come reunion shows. On Eve, we find the results of a creative thinker whose life experiences are laid bare and whose mesmeric voice and startlingly honest songwriting deliver a singular emotional punch. Eve should cement Zedek’s place among alternative rock’s greatest practitioners.
The Thalia Zedek Band will be touring the US after the album’s release, and heading to Europe in the fall.

w/ MARCY MAYS AND SUE HARSHE of SCRAWL
Long before the riot grrrl movement opened the floodgates for the widespread emergence of female artists in the male-dominated world of indie rock, the Columbus, OH-based trio Scrawl carved out their own tough-minded yet feminine niche within the underground community. Formed by singer/guitarist Marcy Mays, bassist Sue Harshe, and drummer Carolyn O’Leary, the group -originally dubbed “Skull” - debuted in the summer of 1985 by playing a 20-minute opening set for the Meat Puppets; with the financial assistance of friends, they entered the studio to record their debut effort a year later, releasing Plus, Also, Too on the small No Other label in 1987.
Smallmouth In the wake of the album’s strong reviews, Scrawl toured extensively before signing to the Rough Trade label in 1988. He’s Drunk, an assured indie pop effort recorded at Prince’s Paisley Park Studio, soon followed, and in 1990, the trio returned with Smallmouth, a more intimate album produced by Gary Smith. Problems with Rough Trade forced Scrawl to depart the label in the autumn of 1990; a few months later, the company declared bankruptcy, and with its demise, the group’s back catalog immediately went out of print.
Bloodsucker The sting of the Rough Trade debacle clearly informed 1991’s superb Bloodsucker, recorded with Steve Albini; a biting, bitter record, it too fellprey to industry whims and poor distribution, quickly joining the group’s other records in limbo. After O’Leary broke ranks, Scrawl mounted the “Foxcore, My Ass” tour as an acoustic duo, recruiting new drummer Dana Marshall prior to signing with the Simple Machines label for 1993’s Velvet Hammer. After jumping to Elektra, Scrawl issued their major-label debut Travel On, Rider in 1996. Nature Film followed two years later.

$7 ADV
$10 DOS
8 PM DOORS
9 PM SHOW

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Seratones

Big Room Bar
Columbus, OH

SERATONES
Get Gone, the potent debut album by the Shreveport, Louisiana natives in Seratones, makes a strong case that this little-known corner of the state is fertile ground, musically speaking. A.J. Haynes (vocals), Connor Davis (guitar), Adam Davis (bass) and Jesse Gabriel (drums) serve up a combination of Southern musicality, garage rock ferocity, and general badassery.

Haynes’s powerful singing voice, first honed at Brownsville Baptist Church in Columbia, Louisiana at age 6, rings across every track. Davis’s bass and Gabriel’s playing propel every song with the grit, energy, and rawness of punk, the feeling of soul, and occasionally, a little jazz swing. The other Davis offers a clinic in guitar riffs, from swaggering blues to searing interstellar leads.

Recorded at Dial Back Sound studios in Mississippi, Get Gone is all live takes, a portrait of the Seratones in their element. Add the soul and swagger of a juke joint with the electricity coursing through a basement DIY show, and you’d begin to approach the experience of seeing this foursome live. The well-paced, multi-faceted set showcases a band dedicated to sonic exploration. “Don’t Need It,” which opens with a muscular swing and tight guitar lines, builds into a monster finish with a nasty corkscrew of a guitar line. “Sun,” a brawny thrasher, courses with huge, raw voltage riffs. “Chandelier,” a mid-tempo burner and vocal workout by Haynes, goes from croon to a crescendo that would shake any crystals hanging from the rafters.

Shared history in the city’s music scene brought the Seratones together a few years ago. All four had played together with one or another in various local punk bands, bonding through all-ages basement shows, gigs at skate parks and BBQ joints, and late nights listening to jazz and blues records. In a city of multiple genres, no fixed musical identity and a flood of cover bands, these adventurous musicians carved out their own path, personifying the do-it-yourself ethos. The group was quickly recognized after forming, winning the Louisiana Music Prize in 2013.

“Shreveport is always shifting its identity,” says Haynes. “You can do a lot of different things when it seems like every band is its own genre.”

Seratones’s music, created with collaborative songwriting and spontaneous creativity, is certainly their own, due perhaps in part to Shreveport’s unique sonic geography. The city sits at a nexus roughly equidistant from Memphis soul, Mississippi Delta Blues, and New Orleans jazz, with Texas swing located just over the nearby state border. The band’s sound draws from those touch points and more, ranging from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid to Kind of Blue. They’ll happily connect the dots between Ornette Coleman and Jello Biafra.

Seratones have different names for the amalgamation of styles found on their debut: Their own “expression of freedom,” music that’s “all about waking people up,” a safe space to feel what you want. However you choose to describe it, Get Gone is unexpected and unbowed, a head-snapping showcase of the twin pillars of Southern music, restlessness and resourcefulness.

by Patrick Sisson

8PM
$10 ADV
$12 DOS
ALL AGES

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Elephant Stone w/ Brujas Del Sol

Big Room Bar
Columbus, OH

ELEPHANT STONE
Formed in Montreal in 2009, Elephant Stone is the brainchild of vocalist, bassist, songwriter, and sitar player, Rishi Dhir. Also featuring Miles Dupire (drums/backing vox) and Gabriel Lambert (geetar/backing vox), Elephant Stone have toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and are prominent members of the burgeoning psych rock scene. Dhir has recorded, performed, and toured with indie rock icons (Beck), legendary cult bands (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), and contemporary psych titans (The Black Angels and The Horrors).
Released in 2009 on Dhir’s own Elephants on Parade label, Elephant Stone’s debut album, The Seven Seas, was nominated for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize, which honors the best full-length Canadian album. Produced by Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes), the album introduced Elephant Stone’s innovative blend of rock ‘n’ roll, Hindustani classical music, and infectious pop on an album chockfull of memorable songs, such as “Bombs Bomb Away,” “How Long,” and “The Seven Seas.” The 2010 EP The Glass Box expanded on the spirited sounds of The Seven Seas. In 2013 Elephant Stone released their second full-length LP, Elephant Stone. The album received critical acclaim from NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence of Sound, and other important media outlets. It also contained Dhir’s finest batch of songs yet, especially the singles “Heavy Moon” and “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin,” as well as the raga-drenched meditation, “A Silent Moment.”
A third album – The Three Poisons – followed in 2014. Elephant Stone’s heaviest, grooviest, and most ambitious record to date, The Three Poisons yielded the band’s two biggest hits: “Knock You from Yr Mountain” and “Child of Nature (Om Namah Shivaya).” And the darkly compelling and inventive “Three Poisons” showcased Dhir’s lyrical exploration of Buddhist themes and The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
The Three Poisons remix album – ES3PRMX – appeared in 2015 as a digital download. Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Tom Furse of The Horrors, Alex Maas of The Black Angels, Peter Holmström of The Dandy Warhols, and more contributed remixes.
In 2016 Elephant Stone will release their fourth album, Ship of Fools. A single from the album – the ominous dance-psych freakout “The Devil’s Shelter” – features Maas on vocals and is already available as a digital download.
—Paul Gleason (2016)

W/ BRUJAS DEL SOL
Brujas del Sol is a psychedelic quartet that focuses their attention toward fuzzed out, loud, swirly, droney compositions.

8 PM DOORS
9 PM SHOW
$7 ADV/$10 DOS

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