LAGARTHA and BACK MAGIC, Thursday, September 4th

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Dreamland is proud to present:

LAGARTHA (Chicago, IL; members of Freakwater, Eleventh Dream Day, and Wrekmeister Harmonies)

and

BACK MAGIC (Normal, IL)

Thursday, September 4th
at DREAMLAND
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
Doors open at 7 PM
$7
Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/671485
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/284388968411310
Recommended if you like: Earth, The Velvet Underground, The Magic Band

JR Robinson, mastermind behind the pastoral doom metal ensemble Wrekmeister Harmonies, and Janet Beveridge Bean, co-mastermind behind the funereal doom country ensemble Freakwater (as well as prairie rockers Eleventh Dream Day), have joined forces to form LAGARTHA. Joined by Esther Shaw, LAGARTHA create minimalist dronescapes languidly propelled by aching violin, blast furnace guitar and sticky thick percussion punctuated by the voices of Robinson and Bean. What you get is what you might imagine with this pairing; a skewed gothic drawling tarantella most easily described as Earth covering Nico era Velvet Underground.

“While the line-up and sonics have varied over BACK MAGIC’s brief history, the relative constants thus far are Hair EXP on guitar and vocals, and Terror Trans on drums….. The core duo [do] what they do very well indeed … which occasionally sounds like a proto-embryonic version of The Great Society if they replaced Grace with some chanting monks, and other times sounds like a couple burned-out monks getting their rocks on after stumbling across an amp and some drums. [Their recordings have been] described by Byron Coley as a “curiously strong,” and “a guitar, a drum, and a lung playing skeletal miniatures from inside a ghost garage.” Like many haunted recordings, this one finishes with a question mark that will leave you wondering what the hell just happened.” – Milvia Son Records

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POTTY MOUTH, OPPOSABLE THUMBS, and AYE NAKO, Wednesday, September 10th

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

POTTY MOUTH (Northampton, MA; on Old Flame Records)

OPPOSABLE THUMBS (Louisville, KY)

AYE NAKO (New York, NY)

Wednesday, September 10th
at DREAMLAND
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
Doors open at 7 PM
$10
Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/677449
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/869054659789800
Recommended if you like: Helium, Speedy Ortiz, Dinosaur Jr., Descendents

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Hailing from the home of Dinosaur Jr., and drawing from the fertile music community that is Western Massachusetts, POTTY MOUTH are all-parts smart-pop craftswomen, specializing in taut, infectious, C-86 influenced indie pop meets ’77 punk perfection. The band released their debut 12″ vinyl EP, entitled “Sun Damage” in July 2012, which garnered the attention of Pitchfork, who called the six-song EP an “an impressive, no-filler debut,” as well as The Boston Globe, who named POTTY MOUTH one of the “top five indie-rock bands to watch in 2013,” with Brooklyn Vegan adding that they were “one of the most promising new bands in their local scene.” Departing from the more angular shades of post-punk heard in their EP, “Hell Bent” is marked by its significantly heavier production and melancholic hooks. Nonetheless, the album stays true to the confident, youthful punk aesthetic the band has cultivated for themselves.

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“What’s set forth from Louisville, KY’s OPPOSABLE THUMBS is a punk that’s broken down into beaten beakers of some of the best sloppy crud rock ever bridled onto a laudatory synth-monster. Part party and part sweated garage rock, the band proofs between slushy guitar that swims through heavy bass and a tightened tug of percussion while backboarded by thrashing electronics. Seeing the stage show, singer Jeremy jaunts and waves his brains and arms in preacher-stance, giving sermons of jagged punk amongst stripped down rhythm and soul. And lo, though he may be delivering words of fire and apocalypse, they come right next to righteous talk of rolling and feeling good. Terri’s bass style acts as a potent anchor that bounds and binds the band. Eric splatters his guitar all over the walls, smearing strings, spilling riffs, and wallowing in somewhere in a wedge of garage and post-something or another. Andy Matter straddles a heavy-handed precision mixed with an unruly fuck-all pounding. Bill’s synths add the extra secret ingredient of OPPOSABLE THUMBS. In a way, OPPOSABLE THUMBS acts as a super group of crud, brought forth in a futuristic form. The unhinged destruction of convention still exists pounded through a discipline that keeps the songs together and groovy.” – Brian Manley, American Gloam

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Joining Potty Mouth on tour is the Brooklyn, NY four-piece AYE NAKO, whose debut album Unleash Yourself is a breath of fresh air into the otherwise stale genre of pop punk.

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SHADWICK WILDE and MATT KRAHULA, Saturday, August 30th

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

SHADWICK WILDE (Louisville, KY; member of Quiet Hollers)

and

MATT KRAHULA (New York, NY; member of Nightmare River Band)

Saturday, August 30th
at DREAMLAND
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
Doors open at 8 PM
$5
Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/664279
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/853469558021184/
Recommended if you like: Quiet Hollers, Nightmare River Band

“I first met Matt Krahula when my band, Quiet Hollers, played with The Nightmare River Band and Reading Group at the Mag Bar back in July of 2012. After the world didn’t end in December of that year, Matt was cool enough to show up in Brooklyn when my band played at Trashbar. We talked for a while, mostly about how amazing his last record was.* Matt is a truly gifted singer and songwriter, and I’m proud to be joining him for a low key-ish (Loki-ish?) solo show at Dreamland on Saturday August 30th. Also, I will be playing a bunch of new songs from the record I’m making with Quiet Hollers right now, and I have to say– I’m pretty excited about them, too.

*if you haven’t heard it, you need to take a good, hard look at your life.”

-Shadwick Wilde

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ARTxFM Presents THE TIA MARIA SHOW, Saturday, August 22nd

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ARTxFM and Dreamland are proud to present . . .

THE TIA MARIA SHOW. . . Live from DREAMLAND!

with Musical Perfomances by:
MZ COOKIE
NZURI MUSIC
ASHTON BLAKE
SHED SQUAD

and Spoken Word Performances by:
STIX
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Friday, August 22nd
at DREAMLAND
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
Doors open at 6 PM
$7 — a portion of the proceeds will benefit ARTxFM and A.M.P.E.D.
Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/664261
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/513495365449984
Recommended if you like: Etta James, Beyonce, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Spoken Word Poetry, Rod Stewart

ARTxFM’s TIA MARIA brings her “tell it like it is”-style radio program to the stage of Dreamland. She will also be sharing the stage with some of her favorite musical and poetic guests.

MZ COOKIE a.k.a “FirstLady of Da Ville” was born, January 26, 1980, in Louisville. A R&B/Hip-Hop/Neo-Soul vocalist, song writer, and actress, she has been singing since the tender age of two. She was musically influenced by her father Robert Wilson who was a former member of the old gospel group Archy Dale and the Tones of Joy, and by her uncle Johny Griffith, a former song writer for major label Motown and Marvin Gaye.

NZURI MUSIC is a mixture of smooth soulful sounds, acoustic instrumentation and positive lyrics that the group hopes will inspire their audiences to live life as they do with passion, purpose and prayer. The group takes inspiration from artists such as Prince, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, and Robert Glasper. Both Phoenix and Vay began their musical journeys in church and this is where both artists gained their training.

ASHTON BLAKE is a Folk-Rock singer songwriter, formally in many bands with people like Rodney Roads (from Purple Jesus and The Hooker’s) to J. Glenn (formerly of My Morning Jacket and currently in Mimi Von Schnitzl). He has been in bands from Kentucky to Michigan and though most of them didn’t work out, he learned and bettered himself as a musician. He has made lots of friends and fans along the way and holds all his friends and fans dear to him.

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LABOR DAY PARTY with SIR RICHARD BISHOP, TASHI DORJI, and PETE FOSCO, Monday, September 1st

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

A LABOR DAY PARTY

with

SIR RICHARD BISHOP

and special guests

TASHI DORJI (Asheville, NC; on Hermit Hut)

PETE FOSCO (Covington, KY; on Greenup Industries)

Monday, September 1st
at DREAMLAND
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
Concert doors open at 7 PM
$10
Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/662933
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405659663014178/
Recommended if you like: Django, Segovia, John Fahey, Derek Bailey, Sonny Sharrock

Formerly the guitarist for the legendary Sun City Girls, Richard Bishop released his first solo record (Salvador Kali) in 1998 on John Fahey’s esteemed Revenant label under the moniker SIR RICHARD BISHOP. Since then he has released albums on a variety of labels: Improvika, Elektronika Demonika, and While My Guitar Violently Bleeds (Locust Music), Fingering the Devil (Southern Records, UK), Polytheistic Fragments and The Freak of Araby (Drag City), and many more. His most recent LP, Hypostasis: A Work in Three Parts, is now available through the VDSQ label as part of their Solo Acoustic Series. This appearance marks his first time back in Louisville in over five years!

A Bhutanese guitarist now residing in Asheville, NC, TASHI DORJI makes meticulously crafted sounds that conjure spirits, wrestle demons, and tame wild beasts. As beautiful as they are cerebral, his acoustic works are reminiscent of Derek Bailey’s free improvisations, flamenco and John Fahey’s Americana.

Listen to and watch an excerpt from “Blue 12″ by TASHI DORJI here:

For the past decade PETE FOSCO has been exploring and celebrating the sonic potential of amplified electric guitars and the imaginary worlds they create. He graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in 2004 with a BFA in Electronic Media Production. Since then his solo and collaborative work has been released by labels such as Digitalis Recordings, Reverb Worship, Holy Cheever Church, Gift Tapes, Dead Pilot, Calypso Hum, and the Greenup Industries imprint that he runs from home with his wife Heather. He has toured throughout the Midwest and Northeast United States, and in Iceland. He has shared bills with many of his long-time inspirations and heroes including Charalambides, MV+EE, Six Organs of Admittance, Baby Dee, C. Spencer Yeh, Byron Westbrook, Barn Owl, Circuit des Yeux, Caboladies, Metal Rouge, and many others. His compositions are usually at least partially if not mostly improvised, blending extended and traditional guitar techniques and drawing equal inspiration from classic 90s psychedelia like Flying Saucer Attack and Spiritualized, film soundtracks, and many varieties of free-form, improvised and sacred musics. FOSCO is a native of Cincinnati, OH and currently resides in Covington, KY.

UPDATE, 8/27/2014: FYI – sad to say, but the potluck grill out at 3 PM has been cancelled. The SIR RICHARD BISHOP, TASHI DORJI, and PETE FOSCO concert at Dreamland starting at 7 PM this Labor Day is STILL ON as originally announced. Act accordingly. Thank you.

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BITCHIN BAJAS and TED TYRO, Tuesday, August 26th

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Dreamland is proud to present:

BITCHIN BAJAS (Chicago, IL; on Drag City)

and

TED TYRO (Owensboro, KY)

Tuesday, August 26th
at DREAMLAND
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
Doors open at 7 PM
$7
Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/662879
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/527526854047014/
Recommended if you like: Terry Riley, CAVE, (Smog)

Something pure and natural is happening–within the sound, within the song; in the album and in you. The shifts that come make changes in your moods and your body temperature. BITCHIN BAJASself-titled new album (available on the day they play at DREAMLAND, Tuesday, August 26th!!) is something delicate yet definite, gradually washing over your consciousness. On one hand, it is in many ways the ultimate album; and on the other, barely even an album at all.

BITCHIN BAJAS began in 2010 as a solo side project for Cooper Crain, guitarist of Chicago Krautrock revivalists CAVE. The early sounds of BITCHIN BAJAS were equally psychedelic but decidedly less aggressive than Crain’s primary band, opting for more textural exploration than rhythmic force. The project quickly became prolific in its release of music, starting with the Tones/Zones full-length in 2010, and trickling out split singles, EPs, cassette-only releases, and the like among more actualized full-lengths every year that followed. The solo project was expanded to a duo with the inclusion of Mahjongg’s Dan Quinlivan, adding more synth and guitar textures to Crain’s web of spectral sound. Albums documenting the group’s development arrived often, with 2011’s Water Wrackets, 2012’s Vibraquatic, and 2013’s more fully realized Bitchitronics.

Using analog, modular video synthesizers, the video for “Bueu” was created by Nick Ciontea and is the first in a series of videos planned for each and every song on the BITCHIN BAJAS‘ self-titled new album. The rest are set for a special, digital-only release of the album, available exclusively from your calm pals, Drag City. Watch the video for “Bueu” here:

TED TYRO is the nom de guerre of someone named Bart from Owensboro, Kentucky who just happens to make some great, strange, affecting music. According to the Never Nervous review of his release Three, TED TYRO exhibits “a grace and finesse that I rarely hear in most music, especially music that seems entirely like a passion project by the creator. There is no bombast or friction here, just a dedication to simplistic bass work that privileges tunefulness above all else. The lack of what would otherwise be more traditional instrumentation lends an air of oddity to songs that are more or less fairly straight forward when stripped down, which does a lot to elevate the material.”

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TINY REBELS CLOSING PARTY with JOVONTAES, LIVE ISLAND, and MA TURNER BAND, Saturday, August 23rd

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

TINY REBELS CLOSING PARTY – LEXINGTON INVADES LOUISVILLE!

with

JOVONTAES

LIVE ISLAND

MA TURNER BAND

Saturday, August 23rd
at DREAMLAND
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
Doors open at 8 PM
$7
Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/657679-tiny-rebels-closing-party-louisville/
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/752044978186547/
Recommended if you like: Warmer Milks, Salad Influence, Cross, Ted Bundy’s Volkswagen, Adolph Rupp, Man O’ War, Lexington!

TINY REBELS: An Exhibit of Drawings by MA TURNER will appear in DREAMLAND’s gallery space through this closing party on August 23rd. TINY REBELS is a deeper study into MA TURNER‘s visual end of the creative spectrum. These 3.5×3.5 inch sketch/collage pieces explore broader themes of the human condition amongst habitats such as the woods and the galaxy condensed into TURNER‘s personal interpretation.

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JOVANTAES are Lexington, Kentucky. They emerge from (and possibly define) my town’s peculiar skate/Kraut/nihil/garage axis, evoking the smell of stale Miller High Life and burning couches: stumbling match-grip surf rolls, howling chorused-out guitar, droning Adderall haze, and a singer who makes Will Shatter sound like Scott Walker. Imagine Moolah playing at a beach party on the edge of the Kentucky River, big gray globs of unidentifiable garbage drifting silently past and the dense wet air becomes gridlocked with mosquitoes” – Trevor Tremaine (Hair Police)

Not much information exists online about Lexington’s LIVE ISLAND, so perhaps the music just speaks for itself. Listen to them here: http://liveisland.bandcamp.com/.

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Lexington, Kentucky’s MA TURNER was born in Louisville in 1977, and in addition to being a visual artist,is the guitarist/co-founder of the bands Salad Influence, Human Process and CROSS, as well as multi-instrumentalist/founder of Warmer Milks. MA TURNER has been making art under various guises and styles since 1981. He will be joined by a full band for this show.

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