Unfortunately, the James McMurtry show in the Bier Hall scheduled for January 19th has been canceled. All tickets will be refunded by 904TIX.
A statement from the artist: “Due to circumstances beyond our control the show with James McMurtry has been cancelled, refunds at point of purchase”
Unfortunately, the Iceage show in the Bier Hall scheduled for February 26 has been canceled. All tickets will be refunded by 904TIX.
A statement from the band: “Due to personal reasons we have been forced to cancel the first half of our upcoming US tour in February. All tickets will be refunded and new dates are being scheduled — we hope to see you all later in the year. Love Iceage”
The “godfather of modern rockabilly and psychobilly” – Reverend Horton Heat – hits town at Intuition Ale Works on Saturday, March 5, 2022!
Killer indie pop masters, of Montreal, touch down Thursday, March 10 at 8:00 PM at Intuition Ale Works.
Kevin and Christina make out in a car at the airport, flipping off the police officer that tells them to keep moving. Kevin and Christina discuss taking ecstasy as couple’s therapy. Kevin and Christina break down and then reconnect. The new love we heard about on the last of Montreal record, White is Relic/Irrealis Mood, is settling. If that was the falling-in-love record, then this is the staying-in-love record. That was the easy part; this is the interesting part, the challenging part, the next chapter of Kevin Barnes’ autobiographical album streak, UR FUN.
The public diary that started with of Montreal’s classic album Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? has continued into a growing string of increasingly personal works. On UR FUN, Barnes is more candid than ever, presenting ten concise electro-pop songs that expose the depths of their current life, their private thoughts—both optimistic and brooding—and their passionate relationship with songwriter Christina Schneider of Locate S,1. This ramped-up vulnerability has inspired Barnes to strip their stage persona of costumes and drag, just appearing as themself on recent tours for the first time in many years.
After several albums recorded with collaborators and various band members, Barnes opted to record this one completely alone. In their home studio in Athens, Georgia, Barnes isolated themself in creative hibernation, working obsessive 12-plus hour days arranging manic synth and drum machine maps on a computer screen with bouncy, melodic basslines, glam guitars and layered vocal harmonies. Inspired by albums like Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual and Janet Jackson’s Control, Barnes set out to make UR FUN into the kind of album where every song could be a single, complete with huge hooky choruses and nostalgic dance grooves. The result is an unstoppably fun album that could also pass for a carefully sequenced greatest-hits collection if taken out of context.
UR FUN contains a fundamental contradiction that will be familiar to of Montreal fans. The songs have a youthful, contemporary dance-pop feel, but contain dense, multidimensional, adult lyrics. The album’s opener and first single, “Peace To All Freaks” is a “protest song against totalitarianism, familial terrorism and wastefulness in all its forms” (says Barnes) that expresses love to the outcasts and the gentle people in this world, leaving us with this reminder: “Hush, hush/ Don’t let’s be cynical/ don’t let’s be bitter/ If you feel like you can’t do it for yourself then do it for us”. On “Polyaneurism”, Barnes playfully meditates on the ups and downs of polyamory and unconventional relationships: “Playing musical lovers is starting to feel kind of kitsch/ if you want monogamy are you just like some basic bitch?” According to Barnes, the song “Get God’s Attention by Being an Atheist” is about “the pleasures of childlike destruction and reckless joy seeking.”
Literary and cultural references on UR FUN run thick. In the same manner that Barnes’ lyrics turned thousands of listeners onto the obscene French novel The Story of the Eye in the past, UR FUN packs nods as diverse and obscure as the films of Italian horror filmmaker Mario Bava, queer novel Horse Crazy by Gary Indiana, Panamanian pop star El General, 80’s sci-fi movie Liquid Sky, Big Star’s cover of “Femme Fatale,” French death metal group Death Throne, and Caetano Veloso’s beautiful rendition of the Mexican love song “Cucurucucú Paloma”, to name just a few.
UR FUN’s final moments bring the self-examination of the record full circle with some darker numbers that lament a lost friendship and slips of mental clarity. If the album’s bleak ending leaves you feeling hopeless, flip the record over again and remind yourself “Hush, hush, don’t let’s be negative.” This is all for fun after all.
Della Mae – string band extraordinaire! – comes to Intuition Ale Works on Friday, March 11, 2022.
Della Mae is a GRAMMY-nominated all-woman string band founded by lead vocalist/guitarist Celia Woodsmith and 2-time national champion fiddle player Kimber Ludiker. Rounding out the lineup are guitarist Avril Smith, bassist Vickie Vaughn and mandolinist Maddie Witler.
Hailing from across North America, and reared in diverse musical styles, Della Mae is one of the most charismatic and engaging roots bands touring today. They have traveled to over 30 countries spreading peace and understanding through music. Their mission as a band is to showcase top female musicians, and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance.
In partnership with Flying Saucer Presents, we are excited to announce that Soccer Mommy will be playing at the Bier Hall on Friday, March 18th!
PER ARTIST REQUIREMENT, PROOF OF A NEGATIVE COVID TEST WITHIN 72 HOURS IS REQUIRED. IN THE ABSENCE OF THE NEGATIVE TEST, PROOF OF VACCINATION MAY BE ACCEPTED.
In partnership with Flying Saucer Presents and Winterland Presents, we are excited to announce that Luna Luna will be playing in the Bier Hall on April 12!
Dallas four-piece Luna Luna has bested the local climate, bending the scorching Texas sun to their will across emotion-drenched, euphoric throwback synth-pop grooves. Originally the solo project of Colombian-born, Dallas bred Kavvi, Luna Luna grew into a four-piece through serendipitous meetings. Beginning his journey towards music as a 14-year-old tinkering with GarageBand on his iPhone, singer-songwriter Kavvi began recording under the Luna Luna moniker in 2017. Upon meeting Danny Bonilla after he asked him to stick around for his set at an open mic during where they shared the bill, it quickly became apparent that they felt drawn to expand into a duo. Before long, drummer Kaylin Martinez and bassist/backup vocalist Ryan “Gordo” Gordon fell into place, drawn together from performing house shows around Texas.
Known for shepherding a kind of classic American songwriting into the age of bedroom recording, Mississippi born musician Dent May is soaking it in and taking his time on his new LP Late Checkout. After contributing heavily to his local Oxford music and art community, May began putting songs online and performing alone under his birth name in 2007. Across the dozen new tracks that make up his fifth LP, May grapples with the swinging emotions of our contemporary reality with his rare optimism and distinguished sound. Late Checkout arrives August 21st via Carpark.
Pearl & the Oysters is the French-American duo of Joachim Polack and Juliette Davis. Using a kitchen sink’s worth of instruments, calling in sympathetic musicians, and showing off a very light melodic sensibility, the band’s first two albums were breezy and delightful space age pop.