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DANIEL HIGGS and TROTTER/RILES at QUILL’S, Thursday, November 29th

Astro Black Records, Cropped Out and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

DANIEL HIGGS (Baltimore, Maryland)

with special guests

TROTTER/RILES (Louisville, Kentucky)

Thursday, November 29th
930 Baxter Avenue
10 PM, $6, ALL AGES!

DANIEL HIGGS is a musician and artist from Baltimore, Maryland on whose behalf superlatives are destined to fail. It’s not that his artistic output – spanning three decades, numerous albums, books of poetry and collections of drawings – simply eludes classification, it defies it. Often we hear that a true work of art is meant to speak for itself, and with the work of DANIEL HIGGS the maxim rings truer than ever. His art is of the cosmos, we on Earth merely lucky that it happens to be confined to our atmosphere, in our lifetime. HIGGS is known primarily for his work as the sole lyricist and frontman of the band LUNGFISH, a four-piece dedicated to charting, in this listener’s estimation, nothing short of the evolution of all species, known and unknown. That the band has undertaken this pursuit in the guise of a humble rock outfit, in the absence of any public relations fanfare, metanarrative, or manifesto has been enough to endear them to tens of thousands. They are enshrined as one of America’s last true folk bands, and HIGGS anointed as a patron saint to artistic purity.

TROTTER/RILES is the duo of Tyler Trotter and Zak Riles. Both have been active within the Louisville music scene, and in the greater world, as musicians, promoters, sound engineers, and enthusiasts. Riles is best known as a member of the Temporary Residence Ltd. band GRAILS, while Trotter has performed with the PHANTOM FAMILY HALO, and was the longtime sound man for the CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO. This show marks their second-ever Louisville show, and third show total, coming after their debut with Maserati at Zanzabar and with OM and Daniel Higgs in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Astro Black Records, Cropped Out and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

SIMON JOYNER (Omaha, Nebraska; on Sing, Eunuchs!)
BRO. STEPHEN (Louisville, KY; on Crossroads of America Records)
TENDER MERCY (Louisville, KY; on Dunkenstein Records)

Sunday, November 11th
930 Baxter Avenue
8 PM, $6, ALL AGES!

Love and death: these are the only themes. So it’s been in SIMON JOYNER’s twenty years of making records—from 1992’s Umbilical Chords cassette to his new double LP, Ghosts. Over the course of a thirteen-album career in which he’s produced a multitude of sounds and musical influences on a multitude of independent labels, he’s only made two other proper double-albums (1997’s Yesterday, Tomorrow and In Between and 2001’s Hotel Lives). Both are classics of his discography, and Ghosts follows in their footsteps, creating and inhabiting a world in which JOYNER’s thematic preoccupations can be explored carefully and fully.  Recorded on reel-to-reel in JOYNER’s warehouse on a sixteen-track tape machine over many months, Ghosts sounds unlike any JOYNER record. The influence of dark, ’60s and ’70s private-press psych and folk records, as well as the noisy, transcendent music of New Zealand heroes like This Kind of Punishment, Alastair Galbraith and The Dead C are highlighted on this experimental, full-band song-cycle that pays subtle as well as brazen homage to several influential double-albums (perhaps most obviously with its Exile on Main Street-inspired gatefold artwork). JOYNER’s music gathers acolytes rather than casual fans, contributing to his “songwriter’s songwriter” status and inspiring comparisons to other artists like Bill Fay, Townes Van Zandt, David Blue, and Leonard Cohen.

BRO. STEPHEN is a project of Scott Kirkpatrick who is also the force behind indie-rock band Chemic. Originally conceived as a songwriting exercise, BRO. STEPHEN has come to mean much more. Pulling from a childhood of being a preacher’s son, a deep collection of poor decisions, and a constant struggle with narcolepsy, the songs of BRO. STEPHEN are a casual dart game: the sound of ennui. Despite it’s relatively recent inception, BRO. STEPHEN headed out on the road in 2009 on a national tour playing songs off of his upcoming debut record and armed with hand-made copies of The Front Room EP which was a collection of demos Kirkpatrick had recorded on a cassette tape machine. Along the way BRO. STEPHEN has supported acts like The Fiery Furnaces, Sun Kil Moon, Anni Rossi, DM Stith, The Daredevil Christopher Wright, and Vandaveer, and released its debut album Baptist Girls, a record that was largely recorded on an old farm in Northern Indiana.

TENDER MERCY is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Mark Kramer and can best be described as contemporary minimalism with strong acoustic leanings. Debuting with a track on the infamous Dunkenstein Record’s Doctors Of Dunk Vol. 2, TENDER MERCY began playing around Louisville, opening for the likes of Jamie Barnes, Tamara Dearing, The Deloreans, Ben Traughber, The Parade Schedule, and Nerves Jr. TENDER MERCY released a 6 song EP entitled “The Road To Good Intention Is Paved With Hell” in the spring of 2012.

Check out the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/395344633870923.

To join our email list, send an email to hstencil@gmail.com. You can also join our Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/232825523444477/.

UPDATE, 11/5/2012: Folks, there’s been some confusion, and as it turns out, FRANKLIN BRUNO will not be joining us this Sunday. Sorry for the mix-up. Hope to see you there regardless!