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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
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.

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Astro Black Records and The Other Side of Life present:

HELADO NEGRO (Savannah, GA; on Asthmatic Kitty)


SHEDDING (Louisville, KY)

Sunday, March 10th
2100 S. Preston
9 PM doors, 21-and-over
$6 advance tickets available online here: http://zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com/event/233583-helado-negro-louisville/; $8 day-of-show

The son of Ecuadorean immigrants, HELADO NEGRO was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropical heat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of southern Florida. Pounding bass beats from passing cars, boom boxes bouncing down the block, and late-night parties called “peñas” provided a foundation for HELADO NEGRO’s interest in sound and lifelong quest to discover the unlimited variety of objects used to produce music. HELADO NEGRO has worked with Bear in Heaven mixing their Pitchfork’s Best New Music album Beast Rest Forth Mouth.  He also produced Prefuse 73‘s 2010 album Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian. His new album, Invisible Life, will be released on March 5th, 2013 by Asthmatic Kitty.  Tones whittled out of these places, memories, time and all its impressions, Invisible Life is HELADO NEGRO‘s third full-length album. Singing in English for the first time, as well as Spanish, HELADO NEGRO is assisted by collaborators including Bear in Heaven’s Jon Philpot, Mouse on Mars’ Jan St. Werner, Devendra Barnhart, Matt Crum and Eduardo Alonso. In the way of artists like Caetano Veloso, The Sea and Cake, and even Sade, HELADO NEGRO floats beyond his own identity into that democratic forest of shape and color.

Watch the video for HELADO NEGRO‘s “Dance Ghost” from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.

SHEDDING has been a solo vehicle for Connor Bell since 2001, and has released several items over those years available at Ocio and Hometapes. SHEDDING‘s music is meditative and still, eerie and unsettling — yet with a spectacular sense of melody.

Find the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/437193949688204.

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.


(Poster design by Tim Furnish.)

Cropped Out and the Other Side of Life present:

MATMOS (Baltimore, Maryland; Thrill Jockey Records)

with special guests

HORSE LORDS (Baltimore, Maryland)
PARLOUR (Louisville, Kentucky; Temporary Residence)

Saturday, March 2nd
2100 S. Preston
8 PM doors, 21-and-over
$8 advance tickets available online here: http://zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com/event/219061-matmos-louisville;$10 day-of-show

MATMOS is M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, aided and abetted by many others. Currently based in Baltimore, the duo formed in San Francisco in the mid 1990s, and self-released their debut album in 1997. Marrying the conceptual tactics and noisy textures of object-based musique concrete to a rhythmic matrix rooted in electronic pop music, the two quickly became known for their highly unusual sound sources: amplified crayfish nerve tissue, the pages of bibles turning, water hitting copper plates, liposuction surgery, cameras and VCRs, chin implant surgery, contact microphones on human hair, rat cages, tanks of helium, a cow uterus, human skulls, snails, cigarettes, cards shuffling, laser eye surgery, whoopee cushions, balloons, latex fetish clothing, rhinestones, Polish trains, insects, life support systems, inflatable blankets, rock salt, solid gold coins, the sound of a frozen stream thawing in the sun, a five gallon bucket of oatmeal. These raw materials are manipulated into surprisingly accessible forms, and often supplemented by traditional musical instruments played by the group’s large circle of friends and collaborators. The result is a model of electronic composition as a relational network that connects sources and outcomes together; information about the process of creation activates the listening experience, providing the listener with entry points into sometimes densely allusive, baroque recordings. Since their debut, MATMOS have released over eight albums, and in 2001 they were asked to collaborate with the Icelandic singer Bjork on her Vespertine album, and subsequently embarked on two world tours as part of her band. In addition to musical collaborations with Antony, So Percussion, David Tibet, the Rachel’s, Lesser, Wobbly, Zeena Parkins, and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, MATMOS have also collaborated with a wide range of artists across disciplines, from the visual artist Daria Martin to the playwright Young Jean Lee to Berlin-based choreographer Ayman Harper. Their newest album, The Marriage of True Minds, will be released on February 19th, 2013 by Thrill Jockey Records.

HORSE LORDS is a band from Baltimore, Maryland. According to baltimorefishbowl.com, they “offer that rare opportunity: witnessing a ragged, seething kind of greatness from a band not yet heralded by any major taste-making media outlets. Which is to say you can just unselfconsciously enjoy them. Bands like this remind you that musical greatness is not manufactured by record labels and hype machines; they’re snatched up by those entities somewhere further down the line.” HORSE LORDS are supporting and performing with MATMOS on the latter’s entire US tour.

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. Currently playing with new drummer (Greg Morris) and synth player (Brian Sweeney), Furnish’s 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.

Find the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/161199100694313.

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.

UPDATE, 2/26/2013: Here’s a couple of things to note about this show:

1. Doors to this event will open at 8 PM, and music will start at 9 PM sharp! That means Parlour will play first, right at 9 PM. Due to time constraints, the show will have to start at 9 PM. So get there early! Horse Lords will play at approximately 9:45 PM, and Matmos will be onstage by 10:45 PM, ending at midnight (if not a little before).
2. There’s a good chance this show may sell out, so if you haven’t bought advance tickets already, you probably should. You can buy them here: http://zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com/event/219061-matmos-louisville/
3. There will be a separate DJ event afterwards, starting at midnight. Generally, Zanzabar gets crowded early on Friday and Saturday nights so, again, buy advance tickets and show up early to ensure you don’t miss anything!
4. The show is general admission, with very limited first-come, first-serve seating around the bar and the booths ONLY, with no reservations. So if you need a seat, please be sure to be there at 8 PM.

Thanks and we hope to see you Saturday!


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

BLUES CONTROL (on Drag City; from Coopersburg, PA)
RAW THUG (on Loin Seepage; from Louisville, KY)
JONATHAN WOOD & LOWE SUTHERLAND (from Louisville, KY; members of OLD BABY and SAPAT)

Monday, February 4th
2100 S. Preston
8 PM doors, 21-and-over
$5 advance tickets available online here: http://zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com/event/207103-blues-control-louisville/; $7 day-of-show

Don’t lose control — dig BLUES CONTROL! Following a circular path in order to access the unknown, Russ and Lea nab chaos in a plastic cup and crush rock into diamonds, or something that looks like them anyway. Valley ho! Their new record, Valley Tangents, “is like drugs for your ears.”

Watch the video for BLUES CONTROL‘s “Iron Pigs” from Drag City Limits here:

(Photo of Arsenio Zigonoto by Ron Jasin via LEO Weekly.)

RAW THUG is the brainchild of one Arsenio Zigonoto, recently profiled in Louisville’s LEO Weekly 2012 People Issue here: http://leoweekly.com/news/2012-people-issue-arsenio-zignoto. Needless to say, he is one of Louisville’s musical treasures. To quote:

He once played a plastic bag at a show — “There were lots of drums and it sounded like … an evening gown amongst the chaos” — and has shared his sounds with bands like Sapat, Softcheque, his own RAW THUG moniker, and most recently Mindhorn, amongst countless other sit-ins and randomness.

are well known to connoisseurs of Louisville music, primarily for their main musical vehicles OLD BABY and SAPAT, respectively. For the first time in public (that we know of), they’re taking a dynamic duo detour down a ramshackle dirt road, riding a pink Cadillac into the sunset of a February night. Will they fly off the handle, riding high like Thelma & Louise into an expansive western sky? Or will they keep it down-to-earth, dusting up your jacket and filling your lungs with exhaust while they peel out, squealing their tires? There’s only one way to find out, dear listener…

Check out the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/415252498550605.

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.


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

AXIS: SOVA (Chicago, IL)
ANWAR SADAT(Louisville, KY)

Friday, December 7th
2100 S. Preston
8 PM doors, 21-and-over

TWIN SISTER RADIO is a band from Louisville, Kentucky. It consists of David Wright (guitar, vocals), Joey Yates (drums), Benny Clark (bass), Catherine Baines (vocals), Ryan Davis (keyboards), and Dan Marshall (guitar). Members of Six White Horses, State Champion, The Loved, Parlour, Elliott, and many other fantastic combos are involved, so you should be, too.

(Photo of ANWAR SADAT from The Decibel Tolls.)

They’ve been called noise-rock. They’ve been called indie-punk. They’ve been called post-punk . Well, you can call ANWAR SADAT anything you want, we’re calling them the most exciting new band in Louisville today. The trio of William Carpenter, Clay Farris, and Shane Wesley will knock your socks off.

AXIS:SOVA is the brainchild of one Brett Sova from Chicago, Illinois. You can read about him at Altered Zones here: http://alteredzones.com/posts/1561/axissova-i-feel-laying-low/ (written by our pal Kenny Bloggins!). And you can watch his most recent video, “Raising Hell,” here:

Check out the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/117208381774851.

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.


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

MOUNT CARMEL (Columbus, Ohio; on Siltbreeze Records)


TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN DAWN (Louisville, Kentucky)

Friday, November 23rd
2100 S. Preston
9 PM, 21-and-over
$5 advance online tickets available here: http://zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com/event/187621/;
$7 day of show admission

For those swayed by the magisterial authenticity of MOUNT CARMEL on their eponymous 2010 debut album: its 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:

TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN DAWN was founded in early 2012 for the purpose of studying spiritual awakenings through low-frequency bombardment as well as transcendental mind expansion using electric six-string techniques. The founding four members (Scott Brooks [guitar, vocals], J. Brian Reese [guitar, vocals], J Brent Stewart [bass], and Pinker Lichvar [drums]) have come together from the remnants of other Orders & Secret Societies (Les Debutantes, L&N, Manchuria, The Ravenna Colt) to seek, together, further enlightenment and a Universal Knowledge.

Check out the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/432878283427381.

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.

Maserati, Majeure, Trotter Riles at Zanzabar, Friday, November 16th

LEO Weekly ran my interview today with Coley Dennis of Maserati:

By Joel Hunt
Give the drummer some

Maserati’s latest album, VII, is a tour-de-force of danceable rock grooves recorded in Louisville with engineer Kevin Ratterman. They play Zanzabar Friday. Guitarist Coley Dennis answered LEO’s questions.

LEO: In the nearly three years since the tragic passing of (drummer) Jerry Fuchs, what have you learned about living life?

Coley Dennis: The most important thing I’ve learned through all of that is to live every day like it could be your last, tell your friends and family you love them, and do what makes you happy, because you might not be here tomorrow.

LEO: How easily did new drummer Mike Albanese mesh into recording with Maserati?

CD: We’ve known him for over 10 years, so when we were thinking of who to ask to interpret the drum parts from the demos, he was first on the list.

LEO: How was your experience recording with Kevin Ratterman?

CD: Kevin was working out of the church where he recorded the last My Morning Jacket record. The studio was set up next to the church in the house where the priests lived. It’s a huge old house, it felt like recording a Zeppelin record.

LEO: Did Kevin’s experience as a drummer bring anything special to working with Maserati?

CD: Kevin being a drummer definitely helped a lot. Like the drum solo in “Abracadabracab.” We had the basic idea that we wanted this Cerrone/Phil Collins-style drum solo section, but we were not sure how to do it. We mentioned the idea to Kevin, and he said, “Oh, I have some Ludwig concert toms that would be perfect!” We ran the cables in the sanctuary in this huge room. Mike did a bunch of passes of the drum solo, and we said, “Kevin, you should try a take, too, dude!” His eyes lit up, and he did a couple of takes. After that, we all did takes of the drum solo. It was pretty hilarious.

You can catch them this Friday night at Zanzabar with Majeure and Trotter Riles, who are making their Louisville debut.