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Tetherball
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Steve Voss paints the picture of a mid-aughts major label stalwart that eventually buckled under the weight of feedback from the mess of people involved in the process. Framed with this context, the moniker Tetherball comes into sharp relief. At the end of his rope and refusing to be swatted back and forth into submission, Voss withdrew from Atlantic Records and his home state of Colorado. He receded to a studio in an industrial neck of Nashville, still tinkering with sound but with a very cracked perspective; essentially the industry version of Lazlo Hollyfeld.

 

Tetherball's album will officially drop October 28th via Silver Point Recods. Even if this backstory weren’t true, “Whimsy” still sounds like someone reveling in their eccentricity. It’s weird, and deals it out its peculiarity in mid-tempo canters and clearly-baked moseys. Sci-fi plays just as big of a thematic influence as personal experience, so if you have a taste for the slightly off-center, parts of this album will have you clapping your hands in delight. The guitar tone has a tendency to do infectiously cool things, like the jangle at the opening of “Vegetarian” or the tit for tat that kicks off “Bootss.” This album could probably play in tandem with any South Park episode and mirror it with frightening accuracy.

 

This is not to say that Voss has lost all awareness of pop sensibility. For very Primus off-note there is an alternative snarl, which makes for an interesting and palatable listen. Tetherball maintains a high level of theatrics throughout, from the grand sweeping boredom of “Hometown” to the Western swing of "Boulderado" the big top rhythm of “Spring Chicken,” a track that had me playing indie-rock matchmaker and wondering for a second how cool it would be to see them on tour with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

 

“Whimsy” is an amazing first statement from this fledgling band. It’s clear that this is a pin pulled from a grenade, and that the Tetherball dimension is something that will only expand. We can’t wait to see how this band evolves. Stream the album HERE, and check out their website at: www.tetherballmusic.com


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This Wednesday, infamous and prolific country rockers Lambchop with be performing their seminal 2000's release "Nixon" at The Basement.  They will, in fact, be playing it twice, as two shows (one at 7pm, the other at 9pm.) The evening is dedicated not only to the rare chance to see the group perform the album that essentially brought Lambchop an international awareness, but also to raise funds for the Mary Mancini for State Senate campaign (Mancini has been married to frontman Kurt Wagner for almost two decades.) Lauded as "America's Most F*cked-Up Country Band," (Exhibit A: the beautifully weird track "Up With People, included below) and with no less than 14 titles in their discography, a $25 cover is a bargain. -Terra James-Jura

July 13, 2014
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Here's a sampling of events happening this weekend.

Friday:

Somehow, all 11 members of the Kansas Bible Company are going fit on stage at The Basement.  We reccomend going just for the spectacle. The Hot Tub Club, DJ Jazzy Jazz, CASHATT, Future Daze join the lineup, 9pm, $5 

Roman Polanski's Baby, Waxed, Chainshot and Bad Ladies at The End, 9pm, $5

Cory Chisel, Reno Bo, Sarah Potenza at The 5 Spot, 9pm, $5

Music Band, The Nightbeast and Punani Huntah open for Andrew W. K. at Exit/In, 8pm, $15

Saturday:

Quiet Entertainer (orchestra), Undiscover, Hobbledeions, and Self Help at fooBar, 9pm, $5

The Katies, Earl Burrows and Young Hines at The Basement, 9pm, $5

Wagons, Ri¢hie, Shy Guy at The High Watt, 9pm, $10

Feedback Revival, The Pedal Stills, Hot Mess Loves You and Naveah at 12th and Porter, 9pm, $10

Sunday:

Majestico with Jared & The Mill at 3rd and Lindsley, 9pm, $10

The Basement’s Sunday Post includes Shut Up, Future Thieves, Smooth Hound Smith, Alicia Michilli, and Coat Tales, 8pm, free.

July 11, 2014
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There was a water slide, pools, drinks, fun, and bands at Splashville on July 6th. To say fun is an understatement. It was a return to the way summer felt as a child: exciting, hot, and wet! If there was a roof, Moseley, a trio of bad-ass rocker ladies, would have torn it off. The three got on the stage set outside of The Crying Wolf and people were immediately moved and captivated. The ladies have a great vibe, look, and attitude and their music is amazing to boot. Check them out, especially the track “Faithful.” They really are outstanding. –Amanda Aydelott

July 09, 2014
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While Mantra Mantra Mantra may be out of commission for the rest of the summer as guitarist Greg Dorris heads out on tour with another project, they left us with this single as a holdover. "World on Fire" has enough depth to fortify us through at least some of the dog days. It pushes into experimental electronica territory with an aesthetic anchor (read as: they get a little weird but keep it right pretty.) There's plenty to chew on in the span of five minutes; the track is a series of ascents and lulls, with the intensity backing off a little only to make the next wave more powerful, and the saxophone jamming out for the whole thing keeps a thread of consistency while amplifiying the awesomeness. Keep an eye out for their next wave of shows here, and dig into the rest of their releases here. -Terra James-Jura

July 07, 2014
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I'm an Island just released their debut EP "Crown Jewel" July 1st. The collected works of mastermind J. Gardner are absolutely season-appropriate; much of the lazy guitar across these 4 songs is a pretty good approximation of how wobbly and distorted the boom box on the dock sounds as you're surfacing from a running dive off of it.  Especially endearing is "Crown Jewel Pt. 2." The pendulum swings a little more towards Vampire Weekend than Will Oldham on this track, but both elements remain present, as they do for the duration of the EP.  Gardner has hit upon a distinct vibe, and it is going to be a pleasure to hear more from I'm an Island (especially in the dead of winter.) Check out the whole EP here. -Terra James-Jura

July 06, 2014
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Here are some suggested events after you get your fill of barbeque and first-degree burns on the 4th.

Friday:

The Other Basement is having their last hurrah with the Hotdog Independence Goodbye.  Mom and Dad, S.N.O.D., Jawws, Idle Bloom, Gunther Doug and Ttotals are among the lineup.  1pm

Saturday:

The Paranormals have their album release show for "Tomahawk" at The High Watt with The Cunning and Commitment Bells, 8pm, $5.

I'm an Island, The Plastic Bags and Twin Bed play The Stone Fox, 9pm, $5,

Bad Sports, Radioactivity, D. Watusi and Waxed play at Fond Object 7pm, $5

Bedroom, Asian Grandmother, The White Walls and Neon Black play The End, 9pm, $5

Sunday:

*repeat repeat, Escondido and Moseley play The Crying Wolf's 4th of July celebration,  12pm-7pm, free.

Bad Suns and Colony House play 3rd and Lindsley, 9pm, $10

 

July 04, 2014
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