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Dante's Presents
March 27, 2020 9:00 pm

Pioneers of the late 90's Pop-Punk and Geek Rock movements, Nerf Herder are perhaps best known for their powerful theme to the iconic Joss Whedon TV show, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Formed in Santa Barbara, California, in 1994, Nerf Herder was sig... Read more
Pioneers of the late 90's Pop-Punk and Geek Rock movements, Nerf Herder are perhaps best known for their powerful theme to the iconic Joss Whedon TV show, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Formed in Santa Barbara, California, in 1994, Nerf Herder was signed to major label Arista Records soon after their ironic tribute "Van Halen" stormed the Modern Rock charts in 1996. The video for their follow-up single, "Sorry", featured Mark Hamill and Miguel Ferrer, and played regularly on MTV. Following years saw the band touring the world multiple times, and releasing a number of albums on various labels, including esteemed indie punk label Fat Wreck Chords and novelty powerhouse Oglio Records.

The current band features founding members Parry Gripp and Steve Sherlock, with newer members Linus Dotson and Ben Pringle. Nerf Herder's 5th album Rockingham is an explosion of geekiness with songs like "At The Con," a song written after a performance at Atlanta's DragonCon, "Ghostbusters III," a lamenting tune about how the sequel will never be released, and "I'm The Droid (You're Looking For)," which is made entirely of lines from Star Wars and was recorded at Skywalker Ranch. Other standout tracks include "We Opened for Weezer", a song reminiscing Nerf Herder's '97 tour with Weezer, and "The Girl Who Listened to Rush".         

Kingbanana.net Presents:
March 28, 2020 9:00 pm

Off With Their Heads' new album, Be Good, distinguishes itself from the rest of the band's catalog with one very unique characteristic: It's actually good. Frontman Ryan Young thinks so, anyway. "It's the first record I've... Read more
Off With Their Heads' new album, Be Good, distinguishes itself from the rest of the band's catalog with one very unique characteristic: It's actually good. Frontman Ryan Young thinks so, anyway.

"It's the first record I've ever made that I like," laughs Young. "Because there was no reason to make it anything other than what I wanted it to be."

The band has been relatively quiet over the last few years, largely because Young was tending to an ill family member who ultimately passed away last year. But through mourning came inspiration.

"She was a photographer, and at the wake were all these photos she took," he remembers. One of those photos struck him immediately. It shows a Mennonite family enjoying a sunny day at the beach while an ominous cooling tower looms in the background. "I said: That's gonna be the cover of the album that doesn't exist yet."

That photo captures the spirit of Be Good. While all of Off With Their Heads' previous work shares a common thread of being rooted in Young's fatalistic view of the world, Be Good at least allows a tiny glimmer of hope to peek through.

"All the other records were about moping around and feeling sorry for yourself," says Young. "This one is less about feeling sorry for yourself and more about accepting how goddamn miserable you are."

Forced acceptance is big theme of Be Good, though it’s a hard-learned one, often emerging in the form of primal screams in the band’s trademark style of gruff-punk. “Hands up to the sky and shout at the top of your lungs, til the floor falls out!” Young yells on the title track, sounding somewhere between motivational speaker and hard-nosed therapist.

Much of the self-deprecation that defined the band’s previous work has been adjusted. It was the years spent out of the van, developing a life at home in Chicago, that gave Young his newfound, slightly more positive perspective. “Not being on the road 250 days a year, actually trying to develop some sort of life outside of playing shows and drinking, you’d be surprised what that does,” he says. “I’ve lost a bunch of weight, I’ve been going to a gym every day, trying not to kill myself all the time.” 

Young and the band members—bassist Robbie Smartwood, guitarist John Polydoros, and new drummer Kyle Manning—holed up for two and a half weeks at Pachyderm Studios, a mid-century mansion in Minnesota where Nirvana recorded In Utero, to make Be Good. Young produced the record himself, and it was the first time he enjoyed the process, or at least tolerated it. “I don’t like how the old records sound, and I hate recording so much,” he says. “You could just hear all the dumb shit on them where I was like, whatever, just let it go, I want to get out of here.” 




 

LOSE YR MIND + Freakout Records Presents
March 31, 2020 9:00 pm

Crawling out from the weed-choked lots of the once proud town, The Detroit Cobras whip out ass-shaking anthems to good times, wild times, and the high and lows of L-U-V-E; you best believe it and you best not mess with it. Singer Rachel Nagy and guit... Read more
Crawling out from the weed-choked lots of the once proud town, The Detroit Cobras whip out ass-shaking anthems to good times, wild times, and the high and lows of L-U-V-E; you best believe it and you best not mess with it. Singer Rachel Nagy and guitarist Mary Ramirez are the bad girls by the exit doors at the school dance, all leather and heels, sneaking smokes and passing the flask. They have no time for dewy-eyed love songs or girl group decorum; they'll take care of business themselves with a bat of the eye or an elbow to the kidney. Rachel's warm as the bourbon under the seat of your car voice can boom to the back pews (Did we say "pews?" We meant "barstools") and Mary's riffs let you know that love and good times can be found in the tilt of a hip or at the end of a fist. https://thedetroitcobras.bandcamp.com/       

April 2, 2020 9:00 pm

When you hear the name "Ekolu", your first thought is about your most favorite song released from these Maui Boys. Ekolu has been a part of the Island Reggae music scene for almost 20 years. Ekolu released their debut album back in 1999, ti... Read more
When you hear the name "Ekolu", your first thought is about your most favorite song released from these Maui Boys. Ekolu has been a part of the Island Reggae music scene for almost 20 years. Ekolu released their debut album back in 1999, titled Down In The Valley, and since then, they have created their own style of music that started a branding of Ekolu Music. Ekolu has been one of Hawai'i's top favorite Island Reggae Music artist on the scene today. Within the 20 years of being together, Ekolu has released 9 full length Ekolu albums with a few single releases that has shown how the band has evolved with the times of today.

Speaking of evolving, Ekolu has 3 main band members, 2 being original and 1 whom is the newest and the youngest member to the band.

Lead singer and co-founder of Ekolu, Lukela Keala and Bass Player, vocalist, Makapu Ho'opii is the original main band members of Ekolu. Joshua Kahele, whom is the newest and the youngest 3rd member to Ekolu has added his smooth , soulful vocals to this Trio. Their talent and live performance shows how much a band whose been around for awhile still can be a part of this ever changing music scene in Hawai'i today.        

$20.00 - $125.00 More Info Buy Tickets
Sahel Sounds presents
April 4, 2020 9:00 pm

"If you listen long enough, and make yourself open enough, it is possible to reach a kind of holy place while experiencing the music of Les Filles de Illighadad." - The New Yorker "Les Filles de Illighadad are taking the world by st... Read more
"If you listen long enough, and make yourself open enough, it is possible to reach a kind of holy place while experiencing the music of Les Filles de Illighadad." - The New Yorker

"Les Filles de Illighadad are taking the world by storm" - The Guardian

"Les Filles de Illighadad is Revolutionizing Traditional Tuareg Music" - She Shreds

Les Filles de Illighadad present their first ever studio album "Eghass Malan." The female led avant rock group hailing from the village of the same name bring their new genre of Tuareg guitar mixed with traditional rural folk. Versed in tradition, Fatou Seidi Ghali and her band have created contemporary studio versions that are unlike anything ever before recorded, transporting rural nomadic song into the 21st century.         

DANTE'S PRESETNS
April 5, 2020 5:00 pm

“Occupation Domination Tour 2020"   ORIGIN Beneath the Massacre Defeated Sanity Wake King Guillotine (opening)   @ Dantes   21+ / $20 adv - $22 dos / 5pm doors    ... Read more

“Occupation Domination Tour 2020"
 
ORIGIN
Beneath the Massacre
Defeated Sanity
Wake
King Guillotine (opening)
 
@ Dantes
 
21+ / $20 adv - $22 dos / 5pm doors 
 

EMPORIUM PRESENTS
April 9, 2020 9:00 pm

Hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada, and with a family lineage of ranchers and rodeo people, Lund is about as authentic as they come. Embracing his Western heritage through his music, Lund has been known to touch on a range of cowboy ... Read more
Hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada, and with a family lineage of ranchers and rodeo people, Lund is about as authentic as they come. Embracing his Western heritage through his music, Lund has been known to touch on a range of cowboy themes past and present - from rough-and-tumble tales of lawless frontier saloons, to the somber realities of running a modern family ranch.  

Corb Lund has received multiple CCMA, Juno, and international award nominations and wins.  His seventh album, Cabin Fever, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Charts; three of his records have been certified Gold, and his latest studio album, Things That Can't Be Undone, produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), cemented his status as one of the best contemporary country singer/songwriters working today. NPR said "The album is a high mark of a long career" while Rolling Stone named him one of the "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know" stating, "Things That Can't Be Undone finds Lund flirting in fresh sonic waters, while still keeping his sardonic mix of eerie lyrics and deceptively joyful vamps well intact."  PopMatters exclaimed, "Melodically engaging and narratively compelling, Things That Can't Be Undone furthers the case for Corb Lund as one of the best contemporary country songwriters."    

Corb Lund released an EP of cover songs, Cover Your Tracks on September 13th via New West Records in the US and Warner Music in Canada. The EP presents some of the songs by others that Lund says have inspired him throughout his career. His forthcoming full-length album of original songs will be released in early 2020.        

DANTE'S PRESENT
April 23, 2020 9:00 pm

April 24, 2020 9:00 pm

Originating in Caracas, Venezuela, Los Amigos Invisibles have fired up international dance floors for nearly 30 years with an array of Latin and Caribbean grooves, funk, acid jazz, twisted disco, global pop, and alt-rock. It's all marinated in pe... Read more
Originating in Caracas, Venezuela, Los Amigos Invisibles have fired up international dance floors for nearly 30 years with an array of Latin and Caribbean grooves, funk, acid jazz, twisted disco, global pop, and alt-rock. It's all marinated in peppery eccentricities, prompting erstwhile residency on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label as well as multiple Grammy nominations. Prince, classic soul, salsa, and merengue are just a smattering of their persistent influences. The group recently followed up 2017's El Paradise with the steamy single "Tócamela," which taps funky rhythms, chattering guitar and vintage slippery synths.        

DANTE'S PRESENTS
May 2, 2020 9:00 pm

Found Footage Festival: Volume 9 Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (The Colbert Report) return to Portland with a live guided tour through their latest VHS finds, including the 1988 Miss Junior America Wisconsin pageant, a mysterious tape l... Read more
Found Footage Festival: Volume 9

Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (The Colbert Report) return to Portland with a live guided tour through their latest VHS finds, including the 1988 Miss Junior America Wisconsin pageant, a mysterious tape labeled "bonion sergery," home movies taken at a Canadian hose factory, and an exercise video called "Skiercise!"         

ABOUT THE FFF

The Found Footage Festival debuted its first show in New York City in 2004 and has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows each year across the U.S. and Canada, including the HBO Comedy Festival, Bonnaroo, Just For Laughs and Edinburgh Fringe. The festival has been featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and National Public Radio and has been named a critic's pick in dozens of publications, including The New York Times. The FFF can also be seen on the new TruTV series, "Late Night Snack," in the hit documentary "Winnebago Man," and in their book, "VHS: Absurd, Odd and Ridiculous Relics from the Videotape Era."

"The biggest collection of weird videos I've ever seen." -Jimmy Fallon

"A comedy sensation." -The Guardian

"Skull-crushingly funny...Bank on a big crowd and more than a few laughs at the expense of videotaped others." -A.V. Club

"Hysterical and brilliant." - Time Out London

"Carrying the torch for all the odd video gems out there." -John C. Reilly

"Bring an appetite for the goofy, weird, and arcane, and let the flickery blue static of a bygone era wash over you." -Village Voice         

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