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The Van Buren, Phoenix 85003


401 W Van Buren St
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
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Today's Shows

Mon, September 16, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MST )
PHANTOGRAM with BOB MOSES
Phantogram

PHANTOGRAM — THE NEW YORK-BORN DUO OF JOSH CARTER AND SARAH BARTHEL — HAS CONTINUED FOR ALMOST A DECADE TO CHANGE THE ZEITGEIST BY CONSISTENTLY CHALLENGING IT WITH THEIR SIGNATURE BLEND OF HARD-HITTING BEATS, GUITAR-DRIVEN DARK PSYCHEDELIA, AND ELECTRONIC POP. SINCE THE ARRIVAL OF 2010’S DEBUT ALBUM EYELID MOVIES AND ITS TWO SUCCESSORS VOICES AND THREE, THE BAND HAS AMASSED NEARLY HALF-A-BILLION STREAMS, ACHIEVED TWO GOLD-CERTIFIED SINGLES IN THE FORM OF “FALL IN LOVE” AND “WHEN I’M SMALL,” AND BECOME A FESTIVAL STAPLE WHILE HEADLINING SOLD OUT SHOWS WORLDWIDE.

$40 - $45

Upcoming Shows

Wed, September 18, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm MST )
Flying Lotus with Brandon Coleman Spacetalker, Salami Rose Joe Louis, PBDY
Flying Lotus in 3D

Flying Lotus' albums are events. They're not issued with a mechanic regularity and they don't subscribe to recognized formulae. For those prone to astral traveling and metaphysical introspection they are another piece of the puzzle. For those, let's say more 'conventional' listeners, the records are grand and ghostly sweeping movements – the sort of which are rarely undertaken at present. For being such a potent strain of future-thinking music, the scope of Flying Lotus' full-lengths recall the ambition and vision of many older masters while at the same time look unflinchingly towards the beyond. As the psychic ripples caused by Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma are still felt, the ground broken by its larger-than-life presence has proven to be very fertile soil indeed. That opus illustrated the universe that Flying Lotus inhabited, one in which Californian psychedelic gurus bumped elbows with Radiohead while the synthesizers were tuned to the strains of outré soul jams and the orchestra was conducted by the psilocybin-assisted movements of the deepest free-jazz nomads. From the neon afterglow of this 'space-opera' would come the vapor trails leading to FlyLo's next revelation. Until The Quiet Comes. Composed, according to Flying Lotus, as "a collage of mystical states, dreams, sleep and lullabies" the album has the distinct feel of this nocturnal trip. From the twitching descent into a subconscious state and the out-of-focus time ether of the journey that follows, the sound is an unhinged, yet elegant evolution of the melodic and rhythmic interplay that is woven into the DNA of Flying Lotus' aural personae. The meeting between earthy cosmic bass weight and computerized arrangements has never been more intertwined in this music than it is here, which not only speaks to an exponential growth as a producer and composer, but also the deeper conceptual flourishes at the foundation of the songs here. And of course the extended family is involved here, and has even grown significantly. Longtime muses of FlyLo, Niki Randa and Laura Darlington both return and remind us why they're such cherished vocal collaborators – because few people can match the controlled and beautiful chaos of Flying Lotus's productions with the same air of grace. Thom Yorke also returns to the fold with a sublime contribution to the digital free jazz of 'Electric Candyman' as does Thundercat (in addition to his cosmic bass-playing across the album) on the saucer-eyed 'DMT Song', which already has the trappings of a soul anthem for a new generation of psychedelic explorers. Of course, the Flying Lotus family tree has extended as well, and into the mix comes the inimitable queen of leftfield R&B herself, Erykah Badu – who's turn on the epic rumble of 'See Thru To U' is one of many highlights. Flying Lotus is the center of a musical web that stretches far from the vibrant sprawl of Los Angeles, and joins so many like-minded individuals – whether it's Earl Sweatshirt joining him on-stage at Coachella this year, fellow Oddfuture oddball Hodgy Beats collaborating on mixtapes or FlyLo spending some serious studio time with Black Hippy's inimitable SchoolBoyQ. All this stylistic mingling and genre-melting from Flying Lotus has contributed significantly to shift music in a direction that once again prizes cohesive artistic statements and conceptual depth. However, he makes these intellectual leaps without forsaking the all-important heft of a bassline or unimpeded 'swing' of a drum beat – the same way so many masters of soul music have infused their songs for lovers and dancers with brilliant and heady subtext for decades. Until The Quiet Comes follows this tradition while clearing a path distinctly it's own, which is a mark of a classic. "Quiet is relative for this antsy L.A. based producer, who convenes Thom Yorke, Erykah Badu and a rushing data stream for a stoned soul-jazz picnic." – Rolling Stone, Best Dance Albums of 2012 "[Flying Lotus'] fourth album, Until the Quiet Comes, is, like its predecessors, a drop down a rabbit hole of moods, built with electronic instrumentation, hip-hop-inspired rhythms and jazzy tonal structures." – NPR, Top 50 Albums of 2012 "It's a twitchy, brooding digital dystopia stripped of any lyrical agenda so all that remains is a mood of restless agitation." – The Guardian, #19 Best Album of 2012

$30-$33
Wed, September 18, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MST )
Flying Lotus with Brandon Coleman Spacetalker, Salami Rose Joe Louis, PBDY
Flying Lotus in 3D

Flying Lotus is an experimental multi-genre music producer, DJ, and laptop musician from Winnetka, California. He is also a member of the group FLYamSAM with collaborator Samiyam. His great-aunt is Alice Coltrane and he is also a cousin of Ravi Coltrane.

$30 - $33
Fri, September 20, 2019 (9:00pm - 11:00pm MST )
Loud Luxury
LOUD LUXURY $20 - $30
Sat, September 21, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MST )
Tash Sultana with The Teskey Brothers
Tash Sultana

Today, multi-instrumentalist and global sensation Tash Sultana has announced yet another run of North American headline shows for Fall 2019. Continuing an upward trajectory, Tash is set to play her largest headline shows yet including Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Central Park Summerstage. 2018 was one of the biggest years in Tash’s career to date, with the release of her debut album FLOW STATE, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Alternative Albums Chart and also debuted on charts across the globe. FLOW STATE was also nominated for the prestigious Triple J Australian Album of the Year award and 6 ARIA’s. Other recent accolades include, 400 Million worldwide streams, ‘Jungle’ certified Platinum, ‘Notion’ certified Platinum, Notion EP, ‘Mystik’ and ‘Murder To The Mind’ certified Gold internationally. Tash recently revealed ‘The Story So Far’, a new three-part documentary series in partnership with YouTube Music, that shows Tash’s journey from bedroom performances and busking to sold-out world tours. Check out the first episode now on Tash’s channel, with episodes two and three to follow. Tash Sultana has been playing music since her grandfather gave her a guitar at just three years of age, using fake IDs throughout high school to play open mic nights and busking regularly on the streets of Melbourne. Stories of Tash’s mesmerizing talent eventually began to spread and before long, her Facebook and YouTube videos were receiving tens of millions of views. Now reaching far beyond the streets of Melbourne, Tash Sultana’s passion for music has thoroughly engaged a global audience who are hungry for more. To date, Tash has earned praise from the New York Times, Billboard, NYLON, Pigeons & Planes and more, an NPR Tiny Desk concert, and a US national TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Tash sold out every single date on her first ever US tour before ever setting foot in the country, returning just a few months later for another completely sold-out tour. Since then, Tash has returned to the US for additional headlining tours, selling out major theatres and arenas and showing no sign of slowing down. Tash Sultana continues to broaden her global audience and appeal through her incredible live performance - featuring at internationally renowned festivals such as Coachella, Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, in addition to her recent appearances at Shaky Knees, Bottlerock, and California Roots Music & Arts Festival.

$35-$39
Tue, September 24, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MST )
Sabrina Claudio with Gallant
Sabrina Claudio - Truth Is Tour $35-$38
Sun, September 29, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MST )
Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult

For over four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Indeed, the Long Island, NY--‐based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work. Blue Öyster Cult occupies a unique place in rock history because it's one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success. The band is often cited as a major influence by other acts such as Metallica, and BÖC was listed in VH1's countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time. Upon the release of BÖC's self--‐titled debut album in 1972, the band was praised for its catchy--‐yet--‐heavy music and lyrics that could be provocative, terrifying, funny or ambiguous, often all in the same song. BÖC's canon includes three stone--‐cold classic songs that will waft through the cosmos long after the sun has burned out: The truly haunting "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" from 1976's Agents of Fortune, the pummeling "Godzilla" from 1977's Spectres and the hypnotically melodic "Burnin' for You" from1981's Fire of Unknown Origin. Other notable BÖC songs include "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll," "Then Came the Last Days of May," "I Love the Night," "In Thee,""Veteran of the Psychic Wars," "Dominance and Submission," "Astronomy," "Black Blade" and "Shooting Shark." The intense creative vision of BÖC's original core duo of vocalist/lead guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Eric Bloom are complemented by Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards, and the longtime rhythm section of bass guitarist Danny Miranda, and drummer Jules Radino. We realized we're a 'classic rock' band. That's what we are, that's what we do best, that's what we know. The band members are proud of BÖC's classic sound, and pleased the band is creating vibrant work for disenfranchised music lovers who don't like the homogenized, prefabricated pop or sound--‐alike, formulaic rap--‐metal, which monopolizes the radio airwaves and best--‐seller charts. BÖC has always maintained a relentless touring schedule that brings new songs and classics to original fans and, as Bloom puts it, "teen--‐agers with green hair.

$82, $67, $52, $42 (Plus applicable fees and taxes)
Thu, October 10, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MST )
SABATON with HAMMERFALL
SABATON

Sabaton - The Great War Does bombastic, hooky and energetic heavy metal force you to go crazy – in a good way? Well then, unless you have been crawling in muddy trenches for the last two decades, you have been exposed to the the majestic firepower of history-loving metal giant Sabaton. Since Sabaton's inception on the threshold of a new millennium, these powerful Swedes have been conquering battlefield after battlefield – of course, only those musical ones, as no-one is supposed to perish under the treads of this merry metal machine – and along the wondrous path, Sabaton has practically done and seen it all within the realms of explosive heavy metal. A grand pile of gold and platinum – quadruple platinum in case of 2012's "Carolus Rex" – selling albums? Check! Crowd-commanding headline shows at the largest European festivals, such as Polish Woodstock in front of half a million devoted admirers? Check! High profile tours in Australia, Asia and both American continents – including victorious performances at prestigious events like Japanese Loud Park and Ozzfest USA? Check! Despite such unforgettable accomplishments, Sabaton has never been a troop that likes to dwell in the past. For this unstoppable heavy metal panzer, there has always been just one window of opportunity: to march fearlessly towards next challenges. - As we speak, Sabaton is reaching twentieth anniversary as a band. What would be the most appropriate way to celebrate this tremendous milestone – and set our targets on the future at the same time? Naturally, there is only one option: to unleash the ninth missile into the heart of heavy metal world. In other words, Sabaton's new album – another concept record from the vaults of fascinating military history – is completed and we couldn't be more satisfied with it, says Sabaton bassist and lyricist Pär Sundström – and continues: - The title of our new magnum opus is "The Great War", and within its rich musical and lyrical journey, we dive into the gloomy and bloody atmosphere of World War I. This frantic war shook the whole planet during 1914-1918 and caused devastating consequences that still echo to this day. World War I was also supposed to be the war to end all the wars. Well, today, we unfortunately know little bit better... If you are any familiar with the epic sounds of Sabaton, you know that these gents are no strangers to cheerfully diverse and catchier-than-glue style of heavy metal. Well, no need to be worried: epic-sounding "The Great War" takes everything to another level. - The contrast between the brutality of merciless war and heroic sacrifices made by humans of many kind is reflected on seminal tracks – both on compositions and lyrics, states Sundström. Once again, Sabaton's musical rollercoaster has been masterminded by singer and lyricist Joakim Brodén. - Maybe needless to say, but I am pursuing each of our record to be the absolute best we’ve ever done. Because of this, the writing process is always immensely emotional and challenging, but also extremely rewarding ride. And time-consuming... I’m always double-checking just about everything in order to come up with the most fascinating Sabaton-manufactured heavy metal ©. With utterly delightful "The Great War", Sabaton is able to combine two extremely important elements: here and there, the band fires it up on more familiar territories, only to storm into untouched zones during next moment. - "The Great War" is 100% pure Sabaton album, but that being said, we’re also taking the listener on a wild ride with severe twists and turns, smiles Brodén and goes on to say: - I don't want to reveal too much, but the new longplayer kicks off with a curveball, making desired space into more distinguished, multilayered and melodically rich Sabaton metal lunacy. There are more surprises along the way and the record is finally completed by a rather special piece... Well, you just have to be patient for a little while! If World War I was supposed to be the end (of that kind of inhuman behavior), "The Great War" is nothing like that for Sabaton: in fact, this colossal piece of art may eventually turn out to be the last piece in the puzzle leading for a total domination in the world of heavy metal. - Sabaton's next world tour – obviously titled "The Great Tour" – begins with a number of European festival appearances, including our 20-year-anniversary headline spot on holy grounds of Wacken Open Air, tells Sundström and adds: - After our summer shows, Sabaton will give no mercy whatsoever, as we will be visiting all possible and unreachable corners on our beloved planet. The actual touring cycle starts from North America in October and after that... Well, let's put it this way: "The Great Tour" will be lengthy and ferocious, but a gratifying one. - With respected TimeGhost History Channel and renowned historian Indiana Neidell, we have established Sabaton History Channel, says Sundström. - On weekly YouTube episodes, we are telling in-depth stories and details behind our songs. We already have tens of thousands of subscribers and the number is growing as we speak... Another dream accomplished! For now, one last thing remains: what really was the band's main goal with "The Great War"? - To build up a f***ing impressive Sabaton album that will go down in the history of harder music, states Brodén, without any hesitation. Well, lads... Target locked, missile fired and mission completed!

$27.50 - $33.00
Thu, October 17, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm MST )
Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett

After a highly successful 2 years of touring worldwide with the Genesis Revisited and Extended shows, former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett is returning to North America to perform with his Band in November 2015. In celebration of his new album 'WOLFLIGHT' released in April 2015, and the 40th anniversary of the release of his first solo album 'VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE', Steve brings to us a unique show of both Hackett solo and Genesis classics. Along with the superb pieces such as 'Ace of Wands' and 'Spectral Mornings' and a selection from 'WOLFLIGHT' , Steve will conclude his two and a half hour show with yet more Genesis material that was not part of his previous Genesis Classics shows of 2013 and 2014. Epic songs like "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", "The Cinema Show" , "Can-Utility", "Hairless Heart" and "The Musical Box" will be part of this spectacular tour. It will be for many, the Total Experience, spanning Steve's prolific output from early Genesis days to today. Steve Hackett has released more than 30 solo albums in addition to the 7 he did with Genesis, as well as his work with the super group GTR together with Steve Howe of YES. A productive but always quality oriented musician and producer, Steve Hackett is not one to miss under any circumstances. Musicians playing with Steve for the Autumn tour will be Roger King, keyboards; Gary O'Toole, drums & percussion; Rob Townsend, saxes and flutes, Roine Stolt, bass & guitars and Nad Sylvan on vocals.

$85, $65, $55, $35
Sat, October 19, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm MST )
Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers
Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers
Mon, October 21, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm MST )
Gus Dapperton
Gus Dapperton $20-$25
Tue, October 22, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm MST )
AMON AMARTH with ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, GRAND MAGUS
AMON AMARTH

Heavy metal isn’t just music: it’s a way of life. No current band embodies the spirit of metal’s immersive culture with more fervour and might than Amon Amarth: Sweden’s celebrated Viking overlords and undisputed modern masters of epic heavy metal. Today, Amon Amarth stand tall and unassailable: over 25 years into a career that has seen them evolve from humble origins in the dark, dank rehearsal rooms of their native Tumba to their current status as explosive festival headliners and one of the metal world’s most widely adored bands. Their most recent album, 2015’s Jomsviking, hit the #1 spot in Germany’s official album chart and swiftly became their most successful worldwide release to date. As a result, Amon Amarth are very much at the height of their powers as they prepare to return to action in 2019, with their biggest, boldest and most bombastic musical statement to date. Formed in 1992, Amon Amarth became modern metal greats the hard way. Ruthlessly dedicated to creating new music and taking it out on the road, the Swedes steadily built a formidable reputation as a ferocious live band and, as the years passed, were increasingly recognised for their recorded achievements too. Since the dawn of the millennium, Amon Amarth have been unstoppable. Breakthrough releases like 2006’s With Oden On Our Side and its now legendary follow-up, 2008’s Twilight Of The Thunder God, further cemented their popularity throughout the metal world, while the band’s stage show evolved with each successive tour, transforming into one of modern metal’s truly great spectacles. All of this and more has been captured in the band’s recent live DVD and documentary, The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm, which put a stylish seal on one of modern music’s most unlikely success stories. Meanwhile, in 2019, Amon Amarth – completed by vocalist Johan Hegg, guitarists Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg, bassist Ted Lundström and drummer Jocke Wallgren - know that expectations for their next move are at an all-time high. The excellent news is that the band’s 11th studio album, the aptly-named Berserker, is guaranteed to have all discerning metal fans punching the air with joy. Comprising 12 monstrous Viking metal anthems that bulge with irresistible melodic hooks, bursts of thrilling savagery and moments of spine-tingling dynamic drama, it’s the results of the huge surge of creativity and a collective desire to keep moving forward with no compromise. “The previous album was a concept album but we didn’t want to get into a situation where every album has to be a concept record, so this is different,” states Johan. “We wanted to step away from that and look at being a little bit more diverse, with the lyrics and everything else. I got ideas from lots of different things, from history stuff and mythological sources. Sometimes you just get something in your head and there doesn’t have to be a bigger meaning behind it – sometimes it’s just a great metal lyric that fits with a great metal song. And these are fucking great metal songs!” From the disarming melodrama and explosive riffing of opener Fafner’s Gold and the brutish simplicity of the rampaging Crack The Sky to the epic fury of Raven’s Flight and the grim, gritty storytelling of Ironside and Skoll and Hati, Berserker is an album full of trademark Amon Amarth bluster and bite, but with every aspect of the band’s sound somehow refined, sonically enhanced and made vastly more potent, both in terms of metal oomph and emotional power. Neatly summing up the spirit behind these exhilarating new songs is the album’s semi-title track, The Berserker At Stamford Bridge: a visceral but vivid historical tale, recounting the Vikings last stand against the English army in 1066 and the mind-bending heroics of one axe-wielding warrior. “The Vikings were cut off from their supply ships, so they had to retreat over Stamford Bridge, with the whole English army hard on their heels,” Johan notes. “The Vikings sent just one man out on the bridge to hold the whole English army back, about 15,000 men. So this guy, equipped with a Dane Axe, I think he killed between 40 and 70 people before they got him. And the only way they could get him was to send four guys onto the river on a raft, and they got him from beneath with spears! So it’s the perfect story for a great metal song.” Showcasing an undeniable and startling upgrade for every aspect of Amon Amarth’s iconic sound, Berserker was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour/Steel Panther) manning the controls. After recording several rounds of professional demos for the new songs (initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tägtgren and then later with Ruston himself) the band crossed the Atlantic to make final recordings in LA, eager to take a fresh approach to the album-making process. “Working with Jay was great,” Johan recalls. “The studio was amazing, and Jay’s methodology was new to us - he suggested that we record one song at a time, so that you can go back and change things and then it’s easy because everything is already set up. It was interesting, and we had a great time.” Emboldened by their recent triumphs and unerring longevity, Amon Amarth return in 2019 with Odin’s breath billowing their sails with more strength than ever before. Encapsulating everything that fans love about the band while boldly stepping into new territory, Berserker is a career-best tour-de-force from 21st century metal’s most dedicated foot-soldiers. The march to glory continues! “For me, this is Amon Amarth 2.0. I think what we’ve done here is give ourselves the space to explore other parts of our musicality and who we are as a band. If you’re content with where you’re at, what’s the point of continuing? We always want to come up with new ideas and find new ways of doing things and to create bigger and better shows and really try to improve every aspect of what the band is. We want to try to keep growing and to do this for as long as we have the possibility to do so, because this is the best fucking job in the world.”

$37.50 - $42.00
Sat, November 16, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MST )
AS I LAY DYING with AFTER THE BURIAL, EMMURE
AS I LAY DYING

As I Lay Dying is: Tim Lambesis Jordan Mancino Phil Sgrosso Nick Hipa Josh Gilbert

$25.00 - $30.00
Sat, November 30, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm MST )
THE MAINE with TWIN XL
THE MAINE

Seven albums in, and The Maine’s new release You Are Ok is arguably the band’s most considerable sonic leap in their twelve-year career. What makes The Maine, The Maine is their ability and inspiration to take risks, all while staying tuned in and consistently exceeding the expectations of their fans. 2019 is shaping up to be another milestone year for these desert dwellers, which kicked off with their second ever headlining music festival in their hometown. You Are Ok marks The Maine’s first top 10 album in its premiere on the charts (peaking at #8), and also came in at #1 independent record, #2 rock album, #2 vinyl album, and #3 alternative album. Known for their live show, The Maine is taking You Are Ok around the globe this year including stops on their home continent, across South America, Europe, and more. The band will spend their summer on the Sad Summer Festival, co-headlining the inaugural year of a touring music festival in the US. The Maine is John O’Callaghan, Pat Kirch, Jared Monaco, Garrett Nickelsen, and Kennedy Brock.

$26.00 - $30.00
Fri, December 13, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm MST )
CHON, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME with INTERVALS
CHON / BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME

On their self-titled third album, CHON find themselves at the confluence of a great push and pull. Since forming in 2008 in San Diego, the trio — guitarists Mario Camarena and Erick Hansel and drummer Nathan Camarena — have become one of the most buzzed-about acts in the new era of progressive rock, on the back of more than 40 million Spotify streams and tours with the likes of Coheed and Cambria, Animals As Leaders and Circa Survive. Their debut full-length, 2015’s Grow, established their mathy, forward-thinking take on the genre, while 2017’s Homey furthered that sound while incorporating brand-new influences like effect-pedal-heavy elements of electronic music and trip-hop and debuted at No. 66 on the Billboard 200. Now, with CHON, set for release on June XX through Sumerian Records, the trio once again have kicked down their musical guardrails — but in a way that balances their more eccentric impulses with a steadying dose of clarity and restraint. “We really wanted to make songs with more simplistic structures, but also the craziest parts we’ve ever had musically,” Mario Camarena explains. “I think our music is already so weird that when the structure is also crazy, it can be hard to follow. I really wanted this album to appeal to people who maybe don’t listen to this style of music.” It’s true that CHON streamlines some of the band’s grandiose, free-flowing musicality in favor of more traditional sonic structures. But, most importantly, simplifying their sound doesn’t mean resorting to being boring. If anything, CHON is brimming with some of the most forward-thinking, intricate musings the band have ever attempted, from the deep progressive propulsion of first single “Peace” to “Spike,” which spins the band’s youthful tech and metal influences together into a flashy riff-athon. All at once, CHON respects the trio’s current listeners while inviting a broader swath of new ones in — the rare progressive rock album adroit enough to straddle that line. For the band, it will be especially rewarding to bring this new musical mindset to crowds at festivals like Coachella, Shaky Knees and Electric Forest. There will be, of course, CHON diehards in the audience, but large-scale settings like these offer the band the opportunity to cultivate an even wider fanbase around their captivating sound. Of course, they’re coming prepared: While writing and recording the self-produced album in San Diego, the band put a lot of thought into calibrating their new music to fit the expansive crowds they knew they’d soon be playing in front of. The result is a collection of songs that plays just as well to the front row as the very last. “We knew we were going to play these songs at big festivals, and it was in the back of our minds,” Mario says, pointing to the tribal-inspired rhythms on “Gift.” “We were just thinking of Electric Forest when we wrote that song: It’s kind of psychedelic and hippy. It’s going to be really fun to see how big crowds react to these songs.” XX

$27.50 - $32.50
Wed, January 22, 2020 (8:00pm - 10:00pm MST )
MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK
MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK - DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK 2020

Motion City Soundtrack, the most influential rock band in the history of the world, has been destroying the hopes and dreams of small children everywhere since 1997. This quintet of ex-Sears catalog hand models reside for the most part in Minneapolis, Minnesota; where it is always a pleasant 78 degrees and sunny. Errol Bumpstead, an 8 year old student at Wildwood Elementary school in Mahtomedi describes Motion City Soundtrack as, pretty good if you like that stuff. Justin Pierre, Josh Cain, Matt Taylor, Tony Thaxton, and Jesse Johnson comprise this feat of musical excellence. You, the reader of this brilliant paragraph of writing, formulated by a state college-paid education, can find out more about this academy award winning band as well as astrophysics and the whig party by visiting their website: www.motioncitysoundtrack.com

$32.50 - $35.00