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2nd ANNUAL SOPHOMORE LOUNGE FREE HALLOWEEN PARTY with JOHN WESLEY COLEMAN III, ANIMAL CITY, and GIVING UP at the NACHBAR!

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

THE 2nd ANNUAL SOPHOMORE LOUNGE FREE HALLOWEEN PARTY!

with

JOHN WESLEY COLEMAN III (Austin, TX; on Burger Records)
ANIMAL CITY (Chicago, IL; on Sophomore Lounge)
GIVING UP (Louisville, KY/Garner, IA/Wherever; on Sophomore Lounge)

Tuesday, October 29th
at NACHBAR
969 Charles Street (at the corner of Charles and Krieger)
9 PM, 21-and -over
FREE!

JOHN WESLEY COLEMAN III is the definition of the wildman troubador in modern times, and has certainly earned a deserved reputation with his sensibility for original, creative and bizarre recordings with both THE GOLDEN BOYS and his namesake here. The guy has a sense of weird, time-proof stoner genius bottled up “as” rock n roll that is undeniable, and gravity worked its magnetic pull. A mix of the real and the absurd in one man, with an uncanny  ability to combine worldly intelligence with humor that “accidentally” hints at the sublime.

Following their studio debut You Win Some, You Loser (Sophomore Lounge, 2010), Chicago’s favorite skateshop pop quartet ANIMAL CITY is back on wax with their follow-up full-length, See You In The Funny Pages. Though two and a half years without a proper record might seem like a healthy hunk of downtime, don’t let the calendar fool you. The boys have been busy. Since first forming their creative kinship nearly 7 years ago, key songwriters Sal Cassato and Dakota Loesch have knocked out a dozen-or-so collections of lo-fi, homegrown, harmonious rock jams ranging in style from stoner/loner acoustic wayfaring to full-on, funked-up and jazzed-out anthems. “I can’t deny the enjoyability that comes with a well-edited, snappy rock band like this… Even as I get older and uglier, I refuse to entirely hate anyone and everyone on the grounds that they are not as bitter as myself; bands like Animal City are chicken soup for the soul.” –Yellow Green Red.

Mikie, Sean, and Jenny of GIVING UP were all snuck out of their 16 year old bedrooms to hang out and cause trouble. Now they sneak out of their respective 20 something year old major midwestern towns to return to Iowa, write songs, goof off, and feel feelings.

Watch the video for GIVING UP‘s “Overdressed in Underwear” here: http://www.chartattack.com/watch/2013/10/09/video-iowa-band-giving-up-get-overdressed-underwear/.

Find the Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409199322642626/.

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/. Twitter: @OtherSideShows.

MOUNT CARMEL, NEIGHBOR, and LAST YEAR’S MEN at LISA’S OAK STREET LOUNGE, Wednesday, May 22nd

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

MOUNT CARMEL (Columbus, OH; on Siltbreeze Records)
NEIGHBOR (Louisville, KY)
LAST YEAR’S MEN (Chapel Hill, NC; on Sophomore Lounge)

Wednesday, May 22nd
at LISA’S OAK STREET LOUNGE
1004 E. Oak Street
9 PM, 21-and-over, $6
Please note: Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge accepts CASH ONLY!

For those swayed by the magisterial authenticity of MOUNT CARMEL on their eponymous 2010 debut album: its 2012 follow-up Real Women finds the band honed and sharper, thus delivering what might be the best sophomore album released by an American blues-based power-trio since ZZ Top’s Rio Grande Mud. Nods to Free, Humble Pie, even Trapeze can be sussed out in the mix, but at the end of the day, Real Women is straight-up MOUNT CARMEL all the way. Searing leads, smokey vocals, thundering rhythms, cascading drums, hyperbolic hyperbole… it’s all here. MOUNT CARMEL brings back the spirit of 1973 like no one else. The only difference now is better weed and shittier barbiturates. It’s hands-down pure rock, no frills. Nary a retro contrivance is to be heard. These guys live it for real. Honest.

Watch the Red Bull Sound & Vision documentary on MOUNT CARMEL here:

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NEIGHBOR of Louisville, Kentucky draws from punk, experimental and underground influences as well as classic soul, country and western to produce a unique breed of heavy American rock n’ roll. Recommended for fans of Big Business, Harvey Milk, and Motorhead. Featuring former and current members of Bu Hao Ting, Twenty First Century Fox, Waxeater, and ZCFOS.

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“When I first met [LAST YEAR’S MEN] songwriter and guitarist/vocalist Ben Carr through our mutual friend (and producer of their last record) Dan McGee, a couple years ago in their shared stomping grounds of Chapel Hill, NC, the skin-and-bones, baby-faced frontman wasn’t old enough to be allowed into the bar. To be honest, I’m not sure he’s even old enough as of today, but the kid can write songs beyond his years, and if the acned, nervous, no-bullshit garage-pop punk of Clawless Paw isn’t glaring proof of potential, I’ll grab the gas, skate to the sock-hop, and burn the gym down myself… LAST YEAR’S MEN play a full on intoxicated and intoxicating wall-of-sound garage rock that has us transfixed as the first time we heard the Reigning Sound or the Drags. A little touch of the flower punk of the Black Lips, a lot of the fiery revolt of the Nashville garage scene (Ranch Ghost, Jeff The Brotherhood, Useless Eaters, etc) and much love for the back catalogs of Crypt and Sympathy For The Music Industry all concentrated… Recommended for those into Ty Segall, G Green, White Fence and all those aforementioned bands.” — Permanent Records.

Check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/164707180363175.

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/. Twitter: @OtherSideShows.

COLISEUM Sister Faith Record Release Show with ANWAR SADAT and TROPICAL TRASH at ZANZABAR, Friday, May 10th

Cropped Out and The Other Side of Life Present:

COLISEUM
Sister Faith album release and tour kickoff
(Louisville, KY; on Temporary Residence Ltd.)

with special guests:
ANWAR SADAT (Louisville, KY; Sophomore Lounge Records)
TROPICAL TRASH (Louisville, KY; on Loin Seepage/Sophomore Lounge)

Friday May 10th
at ZANZABAR
2100 S. Preston
9 pm, 21-and-over
$5 advance tickets available online here http://zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com/event/267687-coliseum-louisville/ and at ASTRO BLACK RECORDS (930 Baxter Avenue) / $7 day-of-show

Special advance ticket offer from COLISEUM and ASTRO BLACK: $20 gets you a ticket to the show and a pre-order of COLISEUM‘s Sister Faith LP on limited edition colored vinyl, redeemable at ASTRO BLACK on or after April 30th. Ask at the store for details!

Celebrating their 10th year as one of independent music’s most substantive bands, Louisville’s COLISEUM return with their fourth full-length, the stunning Sister Faith, to be released on April 30 on Temporary Residence Ltd. Expanding on the anthemic direction the trio veered toward on 2010’s highly acclaimed House With a Curse, Sister Faith‘s 13 songs are the most dynamic and immediately captivating of the band’s career, bristling with galvanizing melodies at the collision point between punk and noise-rock. The first album to be recorded in producer J. Robbins’ recently relocated Magpie Cage Studios, Sister Faith is also the first Coliseum recording to feature new bassist, Kayhan Vaziri, in addition to contributions from some of the groups’ closest friends and musical peers: Wata of Boris, J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), Jason Farrell (Swiz, Bluetip), Elizabeth Elmore (Sarge, The Reputation), Chris Colohan (Burning Love, Cursed), Sam James Velde (Night Horse, Bluebird), and Jason Loewenstein (Sebadoh, The Fiery Furnaces) all make small but memorable contributions.

ANWAR SADAT “sound totally Boston circa 1982: aggressively shouted vocals, aggressive rhythms, jaggedly distorted guitars and just enough melody above the noise to make them catchy as hell.” – New York Music Daily. ANWAR SADAT recently finished a tour of the East Coast in support of their debut album Gold, which was released on vinyl this spring by Sophomore Lounge.

TROPICAL TRASH have caused quite a stir with their debut 7″, Fear of Suffering, on Sophomore Lounge. Still Single describes TROPICAL TRASH as an “Excellent combination of thrashing energy and solid ideas that break apart and recombine in novel, tuneful ways.” They’re just as thrilling live as on record, so don’t miss this opportunity to rock out with ‘em!

Check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/395380460569585.

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/. Twitter: @OtherSideShows.

PAPIER TIGRE, ANWAR SADAT, and ALCOHOL PARTY at ZANZABAR, Sunday, March 31st

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(Flier by William Carpenter.)

The Other Side of Life presents:

PAPIER TIGRE (France)
ANWAR SADAT (Louisville, KY; Sophomore Lounge Records)
ALCOHOL PARTY (Louisville, Kentucky)

Sunday, March 31st
at ZANZABAR
2100 S. Preston
9 PM, $6, 21-and-over; online tickets available here: http://zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com/event/244081-papier-tigre-anwar-sadat-louisville/.

PAPIER TIGRE‘s music is firmly entrenched in the tradition of inventive, challenging punk but combines elements of experimental pop compositions and aggressive math-rock. The band understands that a song being intelligent and complex need not exclude it from having a raw, danceable energy. For their latest album Recreation (2012), the band teamed up with John Congleton to produce their most significant work yet. Pushing the limits of their unusual line-up (drums, 2 guitars, percussion, vocals), the band has matured into a devastatingly efficient unit, with instruments, ideas and personalities bouncing off each other in an audible culture of creativity. The 10 songs are an impressive account of the band’s ability to balance different atmospheres, underlined by original rhythmic patterns, minimalist melodic lines and distinctive vocal hooks, the whole blossoming under Congelton’s sonic prowess. This is the French band’s first time visiting Louisville!

ANWAR SADAT “sound totally Boston circa 1982: aggressively shouted vocals, aggressive rhythms, jaggedly distorted guitars and just enough melody above the noise to make them catchy as hell.” – New York Music Daily. ANWAR SADAT will have just finished a tour of the East Coast in support of their debut album Gold, which was released on vinyl by Sophomore Lounge.


(Alcohol Party photograph by Bryan Volz)

Conjuring an intense, claustrophobic ‘more is less’ framework where every moment is scarred with pummeling bass, jagged guitar and ADHD drumming, ALCOHOL PARTY is a three-headed noise rock project from Louisville, Kentucky.

Find the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/419601221465686.

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/. Twitter: @OtherSideShows.

NATURAL CHILD, STATE CHAMPION, and ANIMAL CITY at ZANZABAR, Wednesday, April 10th

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(Flier design by Mikie Poland.)

Cropped Out, The Other Side of Life, and Zanzabar present:

NATURAL CHILD (Nashville, TN; on Infinity Cat Recordings)
STATE CHAMPION (from Louisville/Southern Indiana/Chicago, on Sophomore Lounge Records)
ANIMAL CITY (from Chicago, on Sophomore Lounge)

Wednesday, April 10th
at ZANZABAR
2100 S. Preston Street
8 PM, 21-and-over
$5 advance tickets available here: http://zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com/event/228853-natural-child-louisville/; $7 day of show.

Summer 2009 Wez ate brownies had a vision. He told big black Zack and called Seth 3 times. They started the Nashville-based three piece rock band called NATURAL CHILD. Maybe known as much for their incessant rambling on-stage banter as their unprecedented pure rock sound, NATURAL CHILD are often described as “the greatest rock n’ roll band in the world”, a title which the trio has worked mercilessly hard to gain… and they have the balls to show for it. NATURAL CHILD want to play in Jamaica and want to play at the pyramids. They have a plan that involves Jack White to befriend Keith Richards and be the opening act on Rolling Stones farewell tour, thus having “the greatest rock n’ roll band in the world” torch officially passed on to them. Not Jack White. These guys love to party. And they love to ride in that van. Oh man. NATURAL CHILD are touring in support of Hard in Heaven, their most recent album.

Watch NATURAL CHILD cover “Born to Be Wild” in Louisville here:

STATE CHAMPION started in 2006 as a moniker for the early acoustic experiments of Ryan Davis. It has since evolved into a rock n’ roll band with a Chevy van and not one, but two vinyl records. Their sophomore record, Deep Shit, was released last year on Sophomore Lounge Records, and has received quite a level of acclaim. Because it’s awesome! “STATE CHAMPION uphold the long and storied history of Louisville and Chicago’s music interconnected… Digging into the dregs of Royal Trux sludge Americana, angular punk, and torch ballads done with malice, STATE CHAMPION accentuates the punk suffix in cowpunk. Weird, wonky, and wild, STATE CHAMPION are a sight to behold live with their unbridled energy and extremely art-damaged take on electric folk.” – The Decibel Tolls.

Following their long-awaited studio debut You Win Some, You Loser (Sophomore Lounge, 2010), Chicago’s favorite skateshop pop quartet ANIMAL CITY is back on wax with their follow-up full-length, See You In The Funny Pages. Though two and a half years without a proper record might seem like a healthy hunk of downtime, don’t let the calendar fool you. The boys have been busy. Since first forming their creative kinship nearly 7 years ago, key songwriters Sal Cassato and Dakota Loesch have knocked out a dozen-or-so collections of lo-fi, homegrown, harmonious rock jams ranging in style from stoner/loner acoustic wayfaring to full-on, funked-up and jazzed-out anthems. “I can’t deny the enjoyability that comes with a well-edited, snappy rock band like this… Even as I get older and uglier, I refuse to entirely hate anyone and everyone on the grounds that they are not as bitter as myself; bands like Animal City are chicken soup for the soul.” –Yellow Green Red.

Find the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/614759028541115.

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/. Twitter: @OtherSideShows.

STATE CHAMPION, DAVID DANIELL & DOUGLAS MCCOMBS, and FLANGER MAGAZINE at ZANZABAR, Wednesday, November 14th

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

STATE CHAMPION (from Louisville/Southern Indiana/Chicago, on Sophomore Lounge Records)
DAVID DANIELL & DOUGLAS McCOMBS (from North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois; members of SAN AGUSTIN and TORTOISE, on Thrill Jockey)
FLANGER MAGAZINE (from Louisville)

Wednesday, November 14th
at ZANZABAR
2100 S. Preston
9 PM, $6, 21-and-over

STATE CHAMPION started in 2006 as a moniker for the early acoustic experiments of Ryan Davis. It has since evolved into a rock n’ roll band with a Chevy van and not one, but two vinyl records. Their sophomore record, Deep Shit, was released earlier this year on Sophomore Lounge Records, and has received quite a level of acclaim. Because it’s awesome!

DAVID DANIELL & DOUGLAS McCOMBS first met in early 2006 while touring as members of Rhys Chatham’s six-guitar Die Donnergötter band. Following that tour, the two spent several months trading albums and discussing making music together; they began their musical collaboration when Daniell moved from New York to Chicago later that year to study pedal steel guitar.

 These humble beginnings do little to reflect the depth and breadth of each of their talents; both are highly-respected musicians within their circles. Over the years Daniell has collaborated with many notable musicians, including Loren Connors, Rhys Chatham, Tim Barnes, Jeph Jerman, Thurston Moore, Greg Davis, and Jonathan Kane, as well as releasing numerous albums under his own name and with his band San Agustin on labels such as Table of the Elements and Family Vineyard. McCombs is more often seen wielding a bass guitar, whether as a member of Eleventh Dream Day, the acoustic collective Pullman, or the pioneering and inimitable Tortoise; in his role as the driving force behind Brokeback; or through his varied work with the likes of Tom Ze, Azita Youseffi, Will Oldham, Yo La Tengo, and Calexico. Versions, the new double album by DAVID DANIELL & DOUGLAS McCOMBS,was produced by Louisvillian Ken Brown, also a founding member of Tortoise.

FLANGER MAGAZINE is the handsome duo of Chris Bush and Ben Zoeller, who both have also played in the excellent band Caboladies. Expect some unexpected sounds, from the ridiculous to the sublime, in this, their Louisville debut.

Check out the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/509029555782255.

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/. Twitter: @OtherSideShows.

FREE HALLOWEEN PARTY with DAUGHN GIBSON and STATE CHAMPION at the NACHBAR!

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

A FREE HALLOWEEN PARTY!

with

DAUGHN GIBSON (Carslile, PA; on Sub Pop)

and

STATE CHAMPION (from Louisville/Southern Indiana/Chicago, on Sophomore Lounge Records)

Wednesday, October 31st
at NACHBAR
969 Charles Street (at the corner of Charles and Krieger)
9 PM, 21-and -over
FREE!

DAUGHN GIBSON hails from the Cumberland Valley town of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The charismatic crooner and sound sculptor’s music sets his subversively witty and colorful tales against an engaging blend of electronic, country and blues. GIBSON’s spirited, DIY approach is informed by his time spent playing in punk and metal bands and stints as a cross-country truck driver. His deep baritone adds to the allure, which posits the handsome balladeer in territory explored by the greats. He’s earned comparisons to the likes of Lee Hazelwood, Scott Walker and Arthur Russell, and contemporary artists like Nicolas Jaar, Magnetic Fields and James Blake. DAUGHN GIBSON’s music first caught the attention of Philadelphia-based indie label White Denim (run by Sub Pop label mate and Pissed Jeans member Matt Korvette), who immediately agreed to release DG’s debut, All Hell, in April 2012. In June of 2012, Dull Knife Records released the 7″ single “Lite Me Up” b/w “The Mark of a Man.” DAUGHN GIBSON’s All Hell won praise from the likes of Pitchfork, SPIN, FILTER, Austin Chronicle, Baltimore City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Brooklyn Vegan, Tiny Mix Tapes, The Needle Drop, and more.

Listen to “Reach Into the Fire” by Daughn Gibson here: http://assets2.subpop.com/assets/audio/12237.mp3.

STATE CHAMPION started in 2006 as a moniker for the early acoustic experiments of Ryan Davis. It has since evolved into a rock n’ roll band with a Chevy van and not one, but two vinyl records. Their sophomore record, Deep Shit, was released earlier this year on Sophomore Lounge Records, and has received quite a level of acclaim. Because it’s awesome! Welcome them back to Louisville for their first show since last Spring.

Check out the Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/267651673337923.

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/.