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November 6, 2014


When: Thursday, November 6
Times: Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 9:00 pm
Tickets: Advanced: $17 | Day of: $20 | All-Ages


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El-P and Killer Mike, two of the most distinctive and celebrated names in rap, might have seemed like an unlikely pairing on paper, but the duo subverted and pulverized all expectations with their critically lauded Run The Jewels collaborative LP last year. Tapping into the creative synergy they’d discovered in 2012 on Mike’s R.A.P. Music album (produced by El-P) and El’sCancer 4 Cure album (featuring Mike ), plus subsequent tours together, Run The Jewels cemented their musical alliance with an album of uncompromisingly raw, forward thinking hip-hop and garnering limitless critical accolades including the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, XXL, SPIN, New York Times, and many more. This super dynamic duo is putting the touches on their next offering, RTJ2, due for release this fall, with the 1st single dropping via Adult Swim’s Single Series in early September. They’ll also be touring N. America in support of the album all of November.

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Much is often made of the relationship between artist and place. A common consideration for sure, yet it seems foolish to appraise any artist without considering the effect of his location on everything from his unique worldview to his understanding and use of the various elements that make up his musical vision.

Consider then what it means to make music in the following landscape: a city famed for its fearlessness and endeavor, struck by despair and shuttered. A city in which delicate, perfumed beauty sits aside rancid, mangled poverty. A city wide eyed and weary, at all times both monument and bulldozer, remaining itself through constant “de” and “re”construction.

That city is New York and the band is RATKING. Wiki, Hak and Sporting Life. While many of their peers seem too content to inhabit the safety of mimicry and pastiche, RATKING’s music is best understood as neither reenactment nor recreation, but reaction.

To what, one might ask?

Well, a clip from any one of their frenetic live shows provides an immediate answer: you hear the fallout of a bloated and self satisfied hip hop, the nihilist refrain of dead end punk and the prickly reach for connection that befits their noise and experimental influences. Left with the various remaining bits of all these traditions and the bum-rush scramble of modern life, RATKING are creating a new reality in every moment, just like every other inhabitant of New York City. While Sporting Life weaves a teeming Big Apple backdrop, Wiki and Hak act not only as our mischievous tour guides but dual ends of our own conscious: one sharp witted, vulnerable and seemingly anti-social, the other feral, poetic and almost philosophical. Call it ‘no wave’ rap. Call it ‘no school’ hip hop. Call it RATKING!

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Despot has rapped acclaimed verses on releases by Das Racist and Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, performed in front of crowds of all sizes and musical tastes and made enough money to purchase a diamond-encrusted ring shaped like the Forest Hills, Queens apartment building on 108th Street in which he spent his childhood. He’s managed all this without yet releasing an album of his own.

The erstwhile Alec Reinstein, who approximated that he has been rapping for 17 years, is planning to release his debut album, entirely produced by electro-pop duo Ratatat, this year. A supergroup of frequent collaborators Das Racist, eXquire, Danny Brown, El-P and Action Bronson is also in the works, Despot said in his conversation with RapGenius.  “It’s going pretty well so far,” Despot said of the album. “(Ratatat) are two of my best friends, and we’ve toured like five or six times together. Recording with them and recording with Das Racist is really just like hanging out.”

Despot said the reason he’s gone this long without releasing an album has nothing to do with creating a sense of mystery or a Dr. Dre-esque obsession with perfection. He’s acutely aware of his pattern of sixteen bars a year. “People think I’m a perfectionist, but I’m really just lazy,” he said, admitting that he’s seen friends and acquaintances, particularly Das Racist, gain success while he did not. “I’m not bitter at all. They worked on that shit. All those dudes have worked really hard, and I haven’t really worked at all. I guess I worked at other things, but not rapping.“

While his work at Santos Party House, the club he co-owns with Andrew W.K. and others, has brought him a level of success (he handles much of the club’s talent relations and booking for concerts), Despot said he now wants to focus on rap-related goals, including his new Short Cuts endeavor with friend and collaborator Heems. “I want to be a rapper,” he said. “I’m disappointed that I’m not more of a rapper. But I want the club to do well. We have some long-term plans for it. But I mostly want to rap.”

A special message from Despot to his fans: “I’d like to say I’m sorry. I meant to make a rap album a long time ago. I swear I’m really making one. I don’t recommend being a rapper. I don’t recommend owning a nightclub. I don’t recommend dropping out of college – no, I do. Please pay closer attention to my lyrics, and write them on the internet correctly. I’ll pay someone $5000 to beat up Mac Miller. For real. And a shout-out to Mac Miller. Your album was really dope. “

Date: November 6, 2014 9:00 pm

November 8, 2014


When: Saturday, November 8
Times: Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 9:00 pm
Tickets:  Advanced: $12 | Day of: $15 | All-Ages

For Fans of:  Dr. Dog | Givers | Generationals

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Formed in late 2009, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is the off-kilter title under which Detroit-area natives Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott record, release and perform music.

Initially beginning as an exercise in collaboration undertaken with very little intention of ever being publicly consumed, the band’s trajectory has been as unexpected as it has been unlikely. In just a few short years, fans have seen the project grow from basement recording project–to media curiosity–to an international touring ensemble widely recognized for their joy-fueled live offerings.
While Epstein and Zott have no ties to popular NASCAR circuit driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. nor his late father, the band’s peculiar name was initially suggested to the duo on a lark. The pair assert that the strange moniker has been kept in tact due to the freedom they came to realize such a title gave them to explore whatever musical endeavors they could think up. “The idea being”, Epstein says, “that if one can accept a band being named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., then you’ve already opened yourself up to listening to anything that band can come up with. You’ve already decided to leave expectations behind”.
From that mantra, the foundation of their partnership was built. Each having spent a good deal of time in various recording and performance environments prior to working with one another, Epstein & Zott set out to explore the many intricacies of cross-genre songwriting and production together with a willingness to borrow as much from the Beach Boys as the Geto Boys if it meant a more dynamic form of pop music. An organic vs. synthesized perspective which by necessity lacked a specified audience or desired outcome, outside of challenging oneself.


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If pure sound had the capability to project images on a blank wall, Mini Mansions would be worthy projectionists. Michael Shuman (from Queens Of The Stone Age) melded heads and locked arms with longtime friends Tyler Parkford and Zach Dawes in a dusty room in the San Fernando Valley. Here, they began a collaborative séance out of which birthed Mini Mansions. Though their triangle is usually confined to piano, bass, and a cocktail drum kit, the LA-based trio generates a Technicolor spectrum of sound drawn from the baroque, gothic, psychedelic, and cinematic realms. Whilst finishing their next record (for Capitol Records) they’ve taken it upon themselves to play a few special shows for you.


Date: November 8, 2014 9:00 pm

November 12, 2014


When: Wednesday, November 12
Where: Trees 
Times: Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 9:00 pm
Tickets: Advanced: $15 | Day of: $18 | All-Ages

For Fans of: Frightened Rabbit | Manchester Orchestra

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In 2009 Adam Thompson (Vocals / Guitar), Darren Lackie (Drums), Sean Smith (bass) and Michael Palmer (Guitar) were a band of nineteen year old University Students, bunked up together in a tenement flat in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. On signing to Fat Cat Records later the same year, the band could not have anticipated the journey they were about to embark on. Now, five years later, We Were Promised Jetpacks are ready to release their third studio album entitled “UNRAVELLING”.

We Were Promised Jetpacks debut album “These Four Walls” (2009) was released to critical acclaim. Thus began the bands busy touring schedule, playing high profile festival slots around the UK and USA supporting label mates Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad.

2010 saw the release of the follow­ up album “The Last Place You’ll Look”, an EP comprising of unreleased tracks and swelling, orchestrally­ inspired rewrites of songs from their debut album “These Four Walls”.

The bands sophomore release followed in 2011 and was recorded at Sigur Ros’s Sundlaugin Studios in Iceland. “In the Pit of the Stomach” was testament to the poise, control and vigor the band had learned to command. The extensive touring schedule continued and the release received support and high praise from the likes of Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine. The band also continued to build on their high profile live performances with sets at Coachella, Fashions Big Night Out at New York’s Rockerfeller Centre and on Last Call with Carson Daly

During the 2012 US Tour the band recorded and captured footage from their live set at Union Transfer, Philadelphia. Early 2014 saw the release of “E Rey: Live in Philadelphia”, in ode to Esteban Rey the bands’ friend and then tour manager. The album captures the explosive energy and drama fans have come to expect from a We Were Promised Jetpacks show, with behind the scenes footage allowing fans a unique insight to life on the road with the band.

Early 2014 saw the band working tirelessly on “UNRAVELLING” which will be the bands most confident and accomplished record to date. Recorded in Glasgow at the infamous Chem19 Studios with Paul Savage who has previously worked with numerous established and diverse Scottish acts such as Teenage Fanclub, King Creosote, The Twilight Sad, Franz Ferdinand and Mogwai.

Date: November 12, 2014 8:00 pm