CJ RAMONE, SHONEN KNIFE, DEAD HALOS, and PINK VULTURES at THE NEW VINTAGE, Wednesday, June 17th

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The New Vintage and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

CJ RAMONE

SHONEN KNIFE

with

DEAD HALOS
THE PINK VULTURES

Wednesday, June 17th
at THE NEW VINTAGE
2126 S. Preston
Doors open at 8 PM
$15, 21+
Advance online tickets on sale here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/814893-cj-ramone-shonen-knife-louisville/
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/798901126864275/
Recommended If You Like: Ramones, Ramones, Ramones!!!!

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Christopher Joseph Ward, better known as CJ RAMONE, is an American musician known as the bassist for punk rock group the Ramones from 1989 to 1996. Prior to joining the Ramones, Ward served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a fan of the Ramones, particularly of Dee Dee Ramone, before joining the band, and later played with him in a band called The Remains or The Ramainz, which was formed by Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone and Dee Dee’s wife, Barbara Zampini (Barbara Ramone). He also played with Axe, Los Gusanos, and is currently playing in Bad Chopper. Christopher Joseph Ward (born October 8, 1965), better known as C. J. Ramone, is an American musician known as the bassist for punk rock group The Ramones from 1989 to 1996. CJ RAMONE replaced original band member Dee Dee Ramone, though Dee Dee continued to write songs for the group. His first show with the Ramones was on September 30, 1989, in Leicester, England, and he played with the band until they retired on August 6, 1996.

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Osaka, Japan’s SHONEN KNIFE, the legendary female pop/punk trio continues celebrating their 30th Anniversary as the most internationally recognizable name in Japanese punk rock with another amazing collection of songs about life, fantasy and food.

When it comes to the subject of rock and roll, DEAD HALOS doesn’t claim to be re-inventors of the proverbial wheel, nor do they wish to live exclusively in the so-called glory days of years past. The Louisville, Kentucky-based band, which includes Tony Ash (Trophy Wives) on guitar, Aaron Sortman (Waxeater, Neighbor) on drums, Max Balliet (The Ladybirds) on guitar, Cassie Green on bass and Kenosha, Wisconsin’s Stephanie Vogt (Donoma) on vocals, is here to be heard, loud and proud, whether you approve or not. The band’s musical influences are displayed proudly on their collective sleeves, but make no mistake, this is no half-assed nostalgia act or pleasant stroll down memory lane. DEAD HALOS are doing their goddamndest to revitalize the spirit and sound of real rock and roll music, the kind we all grew up loving until, like so many things before, it became a watered down parody of itself. Come one come all. Bring your party hat, your dancing shoes….and maybe some earplugs.

THE PINK VULTURES succinctly describe themselves as “American Punk Rock n’ Roll.” What more needs to be said? Nothing, really, other than their members — Daryl Sullivan, Chris Payne, Brent Starkey, Karri Bedan, and Ella Jean Lumpkins — are an assortment of long-time scene veterans and relatively fresh faces. But they’ll let their music speak for themselves!

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DRY SUMMERS, TYCOONS OF TEEN, and INVISIBLE THINGS at KAIJU, Sunday, May 24th – FREE!

The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

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DRY SUMMERS
Rock n’ roll to soothe your soul.
(Featuring members of Gangly Youth, The Photographic, Tiny Fights, and Shutaro Noguchi)

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TYCOONS OF TEEN
Fuzzy girl group rock n roll freakout!
(Featuring members of Plastic Bubble, Gangly Youth, Bad Star and Sweatermeat)

Invisible Things

INVISIBLE THINGS
Blistering noise rock from Chicago
(featuring members of U.S. Maple and Parts and Labor)
Stream their new album Time AS One Axis here: http://newatlantisrecords.bandcamp.com/album/time-as-one-axis

Sunday, May 24th
at KAIJU
1004 E. Oak Street
10 PM, 21+
FREE!
Check out the Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1590821974509863/
Recommended If You Like: U.S. Maple, Gangly Youth, Sweatermeat, Parts and Labor

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FRED THOMAS and BOOKSHELF at THE NEW VINTAGE, Sunday, May 17th

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

FRED THOMAS

BOOKSHELF

Sunday, May 17th
at THE NEW VINTAGE
2126 S. Preston
Doors open at 8 PM
$7, 18+
Advance online tickets on sale here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/855477
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/539706732834552/
Recommended If You Like: Saturday Looks Good to Me, Swimsuit, Jim O’Rourke, Andrew W.K., Deerhunter

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(Photo of Fred Thomas by Esme Mcclear.)

FRED THOMAS is a Michigan-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s been at it forever. Starting out as a teenager in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti noise scene in the early 90’s, the guy just kinda started jamming and never stopped. Dedicating the past two decades to various projects, Fred’s output has always been wildly varied and constantly changing. Best known for work as a “brainchild” sort of bandleader with the experimental pop sounds of Saturday Looks Good To Me, Thomas has also made significant noise and traveled the world on a seemingly endless string of tours with the washed-out physche of City Center, reverby surf punkers Swimsuit and the internal gentle pop duo MIghty Clouds with former SLGTM singer Betty Barnes. Compulsively playing in bands, running small-scale labels and doing shows on a non-stop basis would make a comprehensive list of related projects a little exhausting, but it’s safe to say there’s always gonna be something homespun, beautiful and a little weird if Fred is involved. So all of this brings us to All Are Saved, technically the eighth FRED THOMAS solo album, but the first one many people will get a chance to hear. Painstakingly assembled between Detroit, Michigan and Athens, Georgia, the album features mixing assistance from Drew Vandenburg (of Montreal, Deerhunter) and guest spots from friends in bands like People Get Ready, Radiator Hospital, Known Moons and even a guest backing vocal cameo from Andrew W.K.

BOOKSHELF is a band currently residing in Louisville, Kentucky, planet Earth, Milky Way Galaxy… Find out more at http://www.bkshlf.net.

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AARON ROSENBLUM, MARLOWE-LUCAS-ZINK-KOMARA, and FLESH LIGHTS at KAIJU, Monday, May 18th

NONE Productions and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

AARON ROSENBLUM

MARLOWE-LUCAS-ZINK-KOMARA
(members of Tropical Trash, Black Kaspar, and Insect Policy)

FLESH LIGHTS

Monday, May 18th
at KAIJU
1004 E. Oak Street
8 PM, 21+, $5
Check out the Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1618517285027274/1619508844928118/
Recommended If You Like: Sapat, Tropical Trash, Insect Policy, Obnox, The Gotobeds

For more than a decade, AARON ROSENBLUM has improvised and composed on guitar, violin, percussion, found instruments, field recordings and tape from headquarters in Massachusetts, Kentucky, Maine, Quebec and New York. Son of Earth, a trio with John Shaw (Magik Markers) and Matt Krefting, has released several LPs of low-volume electro-acoustics and continues to explore the boundaries of live performance practice. From 2005 to 2008, and 2013 to ∞, he has been multi-instrumental in psychedelic Louisville underground group Sapat. He has collaborated, recorded or performed with or as a guest member of Watersports, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Spectre Folk, Wooden Wand, the Cherry Blossoms, New Mother Nature, Joshua Burkett, Andrea-Jane Cornell and Gmackrr. His solo and group recordings have appeared on the record labels Siltbreeze, Amish, Polyamory, Black Velvet Fuckere, Apostasy and his own Hank the Herald Angel Recordings.

Guitarist/vocalist Max Vandever and cousin Elissa Ussery (drums/vocals) migrated from San Antonio and began their assault on Austin’s live music dumps in 2008 playing as a duo under ill-advised names including but not limited to Candle Shop & The Psychic Reader, Dead Ledger and Carousel Images. After poaching bassist/vocalist Jeremy Steen from an early lineup of The Gospel Truth, the newly dubbed FLESH LIGHTS (this name being approved by a focus group — A PERVERTED FOCUS GROUP), the trio quickly became a fixture on whatever you-got-songs-in-my-punk / you-got-punk-in-my-songs circuit that began to coalesce around the alleged live music capital.

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COLISEUM “ANXIETY’S KISS” Record Release Show with YOUNG WIDOWS, CHILD BITE, and EXACTA CUBE at THE NEW VINTAGE, Friday, June 5th

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(Poster by Ryan Patterson.)

The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

COLISEUM
Anxiety’s Kiss RECORD RELEASE SHOW

with special guests

YOUNG WIDOWS

CHILD BITE

EXACTA CUBE

Friday, June 5th
at THE NEW VINTAGE
2126 S. Preston
Doors open at 8 PM
$10, ALL AGES!
Advance online tickets on sale here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/853001
Advance tickets also available at GUESTROOM RECORDS, 1806 Frankfort Avenue, in Clifton.
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1587211641553818/
Recommended If You Like: Louisville!

The first 20 pairs of tickets sold at GUESTROOM RECORDS will come with a FREE cassette of COLISEUM‘s Anxiety’s Kiss!

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Founded by Louisville musician Ryan Patterson and including Kayhan Vaziri and Carter Wilson, power trio COLISEUM have grown to become one of today’s quintessential contemporary punk bands. Successfully melding progressive musicianship, hardcore fervor, and vital social awareness into one constantly evolving artistic vision. Over the last decade COLISEUM have released music on a host of labels including; Temporary Residence, Relapse, Level Plane, Auxiliary (Ryan’s own label), and Deathwish. Anxiety’s Kiss is the new album from COLISEUM, recorded at The Magpie Cage by producer/engineer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines). Anxiety’s Kiss is a hook-laden maturation of the COLISEUM sound. Nods to their early D-Beat leanings are there, but it is their willingness to embrace Post-Punk melody and explore the space between notes that make Anxiety’s Kiss so alluring. Confidently growing within the punk world, without ever leaving it behind. A flawless, yin and yang pairing that is Coliseum at the peak of their experimental and anthemic powers.

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Louisville’s creatively restless dark-rock auteurs YOUNG WIDOWS feature guitars that are enormous, drums that are pummeling, and trademark gut-churning bass that is more jaw-dropping than ever. Disregarding all boundaries and pushing forward with a masterful command of post-punk, noise rock, pseudo industrial, experimental doom, and goth, YOUNG WIDOWS emit the intimidating force of a 10-piece with the heart and soul of a classic power trio.

ChildBite

CHILD BITE is a Detroit-based punk/metal/noise rock band formed in 2005. Currently signed to Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records as well as Indianapolis-based Joyful Noise Recordings, their music consists of atonal guitar melodies, distorted bass, frequent rhythmic shifts, and frenzied, howling vocals. Their most easily identifiable influences include ’80s hardcore (Black Flag, Dead Kennedys) and ’90s alternative (The Jesus Lizard, Faith No More). Their sound has been described as “enormous and predatory, from the baleful rhythm section to Shawn Knight’s [frightening vocals]” (Fine Print Mag, 2013). CHILD BITE has over a dozen releases of varying lengths, including a triple split 7″ with David Yow & Thurston Moore, as well as a 5″ EP of Anal Cunt songs featuring Phil Anselmo on vocals.

EXACTA CUBE is the electronic improvisational vehicle of Introvert (www.soundcloud.com/introvertmusic) and Nicholas Daniel (www.soundcloud.com/gigasturtz). Intricate textures mashed with complex and evolving rhythms, their debut cassette last year was the first release on the new, Louisville-based City State Tapes label (www.facebook.com/citystatetapes).

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PARLOUR, NEW MOTHER NATURE, and VISITING NURSE at THE NEW VINTAGE, Saturday, May 16th

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(Poster by Tim Furnish)

The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

PARLOUR

NEW MOTHER NATURE

VISITING NURSE

Saturday, May 16th
at THE NEW VINTAGE
8 PM, $7, ALL AGES!
Advance online tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/851909
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/867907143282899/
Recommended If You Like: LOUISVILLE!

PARLOUR originally began as a solo project from Tim Furnish following the mid-90s dissolution of Crain – the seminal Louisville rock group he co-founded in the late ’80s. PARLOUR evokes “A unique combination of interweaving guitar shards… driven by a dark, relentless rhythm section.” Their most recent album, Simulacrenfield (released on Temporary Residence), was one of our favorites of 2010 and an instant classic.

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NEW MOTHER NATURE is a relatively new band on the Louisville scene, but filled with familiar faces. Members of NEW MOTHER NATURE are current or former members of Old Baby, The Phantom Family Halo, Natural Geographic, and many more. They quickly became one of our favorite Louisville bands, and we think you’ll like ‘em as well. Their sound “is rich with straight-forward melodies… all while maintaining a sense of playful, if cautious experimentation.” — Syd Bishop, LEO Weekly.

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Comprised of electronic drums, keyboards, bass, and effected guitar, VISITING NURSE features long time collaborators Jon Hill, Mike Seymour, and Syd Bishop creating music that seems to somehow straddle the gap between the organic and inorganic, a cyborg pastiche of jazz influenced composition, and rigid structures. For fans of Boards of Canada, Clams Casino, and Biosphere.

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STATE CHAMPION “FANTASY ERROR” Record Release Show with SAPAT at DECCA, Friday, May 29th

Cropped Out, The Other Side of Life, and Decca are proud to present:

STATE CHAMPION
FANTASY ERROR RECORD RELEASE SHOW

With Special Guests

SAPAT

FRIDAY, MAY 29
at Decca
812 E. Market Street
DOORS AT 9
MUSIC AT 10
FREE! (SUGGESTED DONATION)
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1442266419418556/
Recommended if you like: Louisville! Chicago and Nashville, too!

Pre-order Fantasy Error from WWW.SOPHOMORELOUNGE.COM. The first 100 pre-orders include “Fantasy Error” bumper sticker and limited edition Sophomore Lounge patch FREE with purchase.

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“Spend some time in Louisville, Kentucky and you will find it is one of the most unassumingly strange places in America. The ratio of grown folks to millennials in attendance at any rock gig seems roughly 3:1. Such events take place in places like caves and chicken coops, among other nontraditional venues. Hip, transgressive people don’t seem to outgrow hip, transgressive things here; no one seems very eager to settle for a life less weird. Catherine Irwin of the great Louisville/Chicago band Freakwater — who lends her inimitable vocal talents to several tunes on Fantasy Error, the latest album by STATE CHAMPION — once joked that the evergreen nature (no pun intended) of the Louisville scene was due to the dearth of area vocational schools. If an album has been made in this young century that better captures the essence of this burg than Fantasy Error, I haven’t heard it.

STATE CHAMPION‘s punked-up country gunk frequently recalls both the Aristotelian pathos of bands like Souled American and Palace Brothers and the character-driven black humor of indie ironists like Camper Van Beethoven and the Supreme Dicks. Mere homage, however, is not STATE CHAMPION‘s line. Singer and head honcho Ryan Davis is a sharp, astute lyricist, the kind of songwriter who probably gets tired of people asking him why he doesn’t try his hand at short story writing. Indeed, Fantasy Error‘s depictions of postmasters and county coroners, Dickensian drinkers and ‘teardrop pushers’ are as vivid as they are familiar, sung with the conviction of a Drag City-damaged Chris Knight. The musicians provide the perfect foil, loose without trying too terribly hard to appear ‘ramshackle.’ Frayed horsehair bows are dragged across fiddle wire and banjos frail for dear life; fuzzy, unfussy electric guitars bend, scrimmage, and howl while subtle synthesizers interject ominously through the din; even the percussion sounds bleary-eyed and broken-up with.

Fantasy Error is a great rock and roll record, equal parts Springsteen and noise scene, as American as broken traffic lights and bad trips.

“The banner yet waves!”

– James Jackson Toth (January 2015)

Spawned from the formidable Louisville, Kentucky collective known as Black Velvet Fuckere, SAPAT resides as the centrifugal force in this Midwestern psychedelic madrigal set in the psychosexual backwaters of the mighty Ohio River. For the entirety of the ‘00 decade, members have kept busy collaborating with and/or massaging the egos of various and sundry avant-pontiffs such as Robert Fripp, Magik Markers, Dead Child and Eugene Chadbourne – when not honing the orgone energy of SAPAT. Their most recent LP, A Posthuman Guide to the Advent Calendar Origins of the Peep Show, was released last fall on Sophomore Lounge Records.

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