In-Store Performances: Free & All Ages!
Dan Stuart (of Green On Red) live at Waterloo Friday 7/20 at 5pm
Album: The Unfortunate Demise of Marlowe Billings
Refreshments provided by Lagunitas! Perhaps how one leaves a party is more important than one’s entrance. Green on Red’s Dan Stuart has chosen to make his final full length record with producer/guitarist Danny Amis: a founder of Los Straitjackets and former member of The Raybeats. They both currently reside in Mexico City and have individually worked previously with Twin Tone's and Sonido Gallo Negro’s leader Gabriel López at T-Vox Recording. The vinyl LP is a companion piece to a novel by the same name, and the two will be released together this July in one package through Cadiz Music, along with a CD with six extra tracks and a four CD audio version of the novel. Both works are a sort of noir travelogue through foreign landscapes real and imagined, sublime and horrific, and question whether love can survive in a world of violence and betrayal. The record features players from Mexico, Italy, New York & San Francisco, while the novel bounces between Oaxaca, NYC and CDMX. Catch him Saturday 7/21 at Opal Divine's.
The Suffers live at Waterloo Monday 7/23 at 5pm
Album: Everything Here
There is a contagious and combustible energy every time the eight piece wonder band The Suffers steps on the scene. NPR's Bob Boilen attributes the band's allure to their "Soul, straight from horn to heart." He adds, "This band is on fire when it's in front of an audience...but the intensity of their shows are also captured in the studio." Following The Suffers' electrifying late night TV debut on Letterman in 2015, David Letterman exclaimed, "If you can't do this, get out of the business!" There is something undeniable about The Suffers (whose name is a reference to the 1978 Jamaican film Rockers starring Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Jacob Miller and Burning Spear, among others), that instantly hits home with their audiences. "We make music for all people," says lead vocalist Kam Franklin. "At this point, we've played all over the world and one thing is certain if the music is good, the people will enjoy it." Since 2011, the H-Town heroes have been on a steady grind and have no plans of stopping. It seems the secret to their success is simple. Keyboardist Patrick Kelly confides, "There is a universal groove in the music that we play," while bass guitarist Adam Castaneda adds, "I don't think any of us are trying to impress anyone with our technical abilities, we just want to make themdance."
American Aquarium (BJ Barham solo) live at Waterloo Wednesday 7/25 at 5pm
Album: Things Changed
Refreshments provided by Shiner Beer! Things Change is being praised by the press, including coverage from a variety of outlets including NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Associated Press, American Songwriter, No Depression, Blurt, Saving Country Music, Nashville Scene and many more. Front man and songwriter BJ Barham’s brutal honesty, on-stage swagger and compelling storytelling are earning him the reputation as a force to be reckoned with. Since the release of BJ Barham’s highly acclaimed solo 2016 release Rockingham, Barham completely rebuilt the previous configuration of American Aquarium, the band he helped found nearly a decade ago. The band now features new members, Shane Boeker on lead guitar, Joey Bybee on drums, Ben Hussey on bass, Adam Kurtz on pedal steel and electric guitar with BJ Barham on lead vocals and guitar.
"...it’s an engaging latest chapter in the ever-evolving, consistently compelling storytelling saga of one of this generation’s most overlooked roots country singer-songwriters." – American Songwriter