WHEN: Friday, July 13, Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
WHERE: White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, conveniently located within walking distance between Grove Street & Journal Square PATH Stations, about 30 minutes from Manhattan. For more details on visiting White Eagle Hall, check here.
The Get Up Kids are an American indie rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 1995, the band was a major player in the mid-90's emo scene, otherwise known as the "second wave" of emo music. As they gained prominence, they began touring with bands such as Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves, eventually embarking on international tours of Japan and Europe. They founded Heroes & Villains Records, an imprint of the successful indie rock label Vagrant Records. While the imprint was started to release albums by The Get Up Kids, it served as a launching pad for several side-projects such as The New Amsterdams and Reggie and the Full Effect. The Get Up Kids were viewed throughout their existence as a prototypical emo band, having been major players in the Midwest emo movement of the mid-1990s. After briefly breaking up, the band announced a 2009 reunion tour to support the tenth anniversary re-release of their classic album, Something to Write Home About. Earlier this year, the band signed to the Polyvinyl Recoreds label.
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is an album of songs Hamilton Leithauser (former lead vocalist for The Walkmen) and Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij wrote and recorded together between July 2014 and February 2016 (under the name Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam). In the spirit of collaborative albums, not unlike those of David Byrne and Brian Eno, each musician's individuality remains in tact, while in fact, on this record, both Hamilton's identity as a singer and Rostam's as a producer seem to reach new heights. "This was a record I'd been wanting to make for at least a decade," Rostam says. "As a fan of Hamilton's voice in the Walkmen, I'd been wanting to capture it in ways it hadn't been captured before -- to make songs with him that placed the crooner right beside the howler, the screamer beside the whisperer -- to try to leave no stone unturned in terms of how we should approach the delivery of a song. And also to try to push his voice outside of any musical context it had lived in before." Says Leithauser, "Rostam's one-man-band process is so fundamentally different from the way I've always written songs, and it's very impressive. We had no idea what kind of music we were going to make—we actually didn't know we were working on an album at first—but unexpected things kept falling into place. We were writing and recording everything simultaneously—it was flat-out inspiring just to be there." Many of these songs seem to take place in a memory of New York's past, or wading through the waist high waters in a half-submerged New York of the future.
The Hold Steady: Stay Positive 10th Anniversary Show
WHEN: Wednesday, July 25, Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:30pm
Formed in 2003, The Hold Steady have released six albums, numerous singles and played over 1000 shows during the past 15 years. The Brooklyn-based band has performed in all 50 states in the USA, nearly every province in Canada and throughout Europe and Australia. In November 2017, The Hold Steady released their first new music in over three years when they put out the songs "Entitlement Crew" and "Snake In The Shower" ahead of their (now) annual week-after-Thanksgiving four night stand at the Brooklyn Bowl. In March 2018, ahead of a sold out weekend at The Electric Ballroom in London, the band released two more new songs, "Eureka" and "Esther." 2018 will see The Hold Steady re-issue a 10th Anniversary Edition of their fourth studio album, Stay Positive, featuring b-sides and previously unreleased outtakes. The band will play a series of special weekend shows beginning in July called "Constructive Summer."
OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all. Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed quite a following. They've been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue, to name a few. They've also performed throughout the US and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU. It's been a wonderful journey and now that these young goddesses have graduated college, they are transitioning into the next phase of manifesting their purpose. OSHUN is preparing for the release of their debut album series, bittersweet, complete with captivating visuals, a two-month long tour of the US & Canada, and a deeper look into their ever-evolving selves.
Jenny Lewish with Cut Worms
WHEN: Friday, July 27, Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
One of the most celebrated and respected performers of her generation, Jenny Lewis got her start as the dynamic frontwoman of influential LA group Rilo Kiley in 1998. She has since released three albums under her name, most recently 2014's The Voyager. In addition to her solo work, she was a member of The Postal Service, part of the duo, Jenny and Johnny, as well as the lead vocalist for Nice As Fuck. Lewis has collaborated with Beck, Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams and M. Ward, among others. She has also written music for films such as the musical/drama, Song One, starring Anne Hathaway, and Very Good Girls starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen.
JD McPherson with Secret Country
When JD McPherson talks about his latest album, Undivided Heart & Soul, there's no glimmer of self-adulation, or even the confidence one might expect of a veteran artist. Instead, there's a snapshot of McPherson's creative process bringing the record to life, a journey filled with fear and change, then boldness, and, eventually, catharsis. The best rock music has a story to tell. This record chronicles a series of upheavals, frustrations, roadblocks, and kismet-a cross-country move, failed creative relationships, a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity, and learning to love making music again by letting go. Along with collaborations with fellow Oklahoman Parker Millsap, Butch Walker, and Aaron Lee Tasjan, McPherson's selections for Undivided Heart & Soul include many deeply personal themes: "Let's Get Out of Here While We're Young" shares writing credits with longtime bandmate Ray Jacildo and McPherson's wife, Mandy. He also delved into character profiles, both fictional and based on real-life experiences, stories McPherson has held onto but never thought of as fodder for songwriting, such as the Las Vegas bus station interlude detailed in "Style (Is a Losing Game)." Undivided Heart & Soul is a statement record, one that asserts McPherson as he is now, battle-weary but stronger than ever. Secret Country was born out of love for outlaw country tunes, cold beers, eating hot dogs, and just about everything else you might relax with in the summertime. Originally coming together as an acoustic duo performing at local parties, bbq's, and bars, the advent of original material led to an augmentation of the group into the sextet that you hear tantalizing your eardrums today.