2018
Free Mothlight Monday!
Free Monday! LVL UP (Final Tour) w/ Indigo de Souza, Bad Molly
September
17
Monday
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free!
LVL UP (Final Tour)
“Hidden Driver,” the opening track of LVL UP’s third album and Sub Pop debut Return to Love, never stops moving. What starts with unassuming guitars and vocals adds new lines, depths, and intensity, until its unrestrained, triumphant finish. “God is peeking, softly speaking,” repeats the chorus, working through the relationship between spirituality and creative inspiration, and introducing a band that is always pushing further.

LVL UP -- guitarists Mike Caridi and Dave Benton, bassist Nick Corbo, and drummer Greg Rutkin -- is a true collaboration, a band that takes the stylistically distinct ideas of four members and brings them together into something new. Caridi, Benton, and Corbo write and sing equally, bringing their work to the group to be fully realized, resulting in an album built on different perspectives but a common drive.

“We have very different inspirations across the board,” says Benton, noting his own admiration for the writer and documentarian Astra Taylor, Corbo’s interest in the mystical and the occult, and Caridi’s attention to personal storytelling. The music itself grows from a shared melodic and experimental sensibility, as well as a nod to iconic influences like Neutral Milk Hotel and Mount Eerie. But each songwriter has a different vision every step of the way, and there isn’t always alignment--it shouldn’t make sense, but in the end it does.

LVL UP was formed in 2011 at SUNY Purchase as a recording project between Caridi, Benton, and their friend Ben Smith, with the original intention of releasing a split cassette with Corbo’s then-solo material. They instead released that album, Space Brothers, as one band, and Rutkin joined shortly afterwards for the group’s first show. Smith left the band for personal reasons just before the release of second album Hoodwink’d, a joint release on Caridi and Benton’s label Double Double Whammy and Exploding in Sound. DDW also put out records from other artists in the tight-knit community that launched the band.

“There's not really a town associated with the school, so there's no bar or club that you could go play in easily,” says Corbo. “But there was a student center on campus that was all student run. That was a great place to play, and also take care of a lot of practical issues like a place to put your stuff and a place to practice weekly. It was almost like an incubator situation for us and a lot of other bands -- it gave us a little bit of experience and confidence, so it wasn’t as scary when we decided to go on tour for the first time.”

Also part of that university community was Return to Love’s producer Mike Ditrio, who mixed LVL UP’s previous records and “was basically a fifth member of the band,” says Corbo. “He played a huge role in developing the sound, without butting in too much. He also navigated our personal dynamic really nicely.”

That sound is marked by reverb, harmony and tape distortion, with a keen balance of pop and experimentation. From the fast yet flowing lines of “Blur” to the all-consuming wall of guitar in “The Closing Door,” each song pushes and pulls in compelling, unexpected ways. There’s deliberation as well as spontaneity -- the latter developed with the help of a song-a-day project, which pushed Caridi and Corbo to write and record full songs in a single day. Some of that material, including “Naked in the River with the Creator,” made it onto the album.

“I ultimately made this half-drone, half-really loud guitar song, because it was an idea I had floating around in my head but never got around to doing until I had to write a song in a day,” says Corbo. “The thing that pulled me through was grasping onto words and images, but instead of pulling from an infinite sea of all the images that you could pull from, it's easier to constrict yourself a little bit.”
Indigo de Souza
Indigo De Souza is an Asheville based garage-pop band. Their dreamy sound packs a punch while maintaining a sense of heartbreaking intimacy.
Bad Molly
Bass driven heavy blues/touch of surf/psych
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Aug
16
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Collaboration)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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Aug
17
Friday

Nervous Dupre

w/ Chris Head & The Broken Family Band, Snake Musk

doors 8:30, show 9:30 - $5

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Aug
18
Saturday

The Moon & You *Big Band* plays Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Live!

w/ Lotion Princess

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10

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Aug
20
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Ashley Heath

w/ Redleg Husky, Gracie Lane

9pm - $Free!

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Aug
21
Tuesday

Many A Ship

w/ Joshua Carpenter

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

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Aug
22
Wednesday

Crystalline

w/ Alex Brown, Oariana

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

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Aug
24
Friday

Monolord (Swedish Doom)

w/ Navajo Witch, Ape Vermin

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Aug
25
Saturday

HEX III: A Benefit for Justice For All Project (JFAP)



9pm - $5 Donation

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Aug
27
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Mountain Bitters

w/ Actual Cloud Formations, Mother Marrow

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free!

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Aug
28
Tuesday
A Documentary Viewing...

"THESE ARE MY HOURS" Documentary

w/ featuring a live score from Lobo Marino, Utah Green

Doors 7pm, Show 7:30 - $10

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Aug
29
Wednesday

Santoros

w/ The Cannonball Jars

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Aug
30
Thursday

Diane Cluck

w/ Wes Swing with Yessirov

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

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Aug
31
Friday

JP Harris & The Tough Choices

w/ Hearts Gone South

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

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Sep
01
Saturday
Toneworthy Presents...

Heavy Mountain



Doors 6:30, Show 7:30 - $10adv / $15

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Sep
02
Sunday

Gringo Star

w/ The Remarks

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8adv/ $10

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Sep
05
Wednesday

Deaf Wish

w/ Nest Egg, Greg Cartwright

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8adv / $10

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Sep
06
Thursday
"A Very Noisy Evening"

Mark Hosler of Negativland

w/ Toybox's "Nightmare of Noise"

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8adv / $10

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Sep
08
Saturday

Hovvdy

w/ Infinity Crush, Wednesday

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

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Sep
09
Sunday

Wiegedood

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Sep
11
Tuesday

Richard Buckner

w/ MJ Lenderman

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

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Sep
15
Saturday

Frankie Cosmos

w/ Lomelda, Stef Chura

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $16adv/ $18

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Sep
17
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

LVL UP (Final Tour)

w/ Indigo de Souza, Bad Molly

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free!

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Sep
19
Wednesday

Elephant Micah

w/ Sally Anne Morgan, Emmalee Hunnicutt

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8

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Sep
20
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Education)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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Sep
22
Saturday

Nathanael Roney presents "In Its Testimony"



8pm - $5

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Sep
24
Monday
"An Evening With"

William Fitzsimmons



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $18adv/ $20

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Sep
25
Tuesday

Mothers

w/ Lala Lala

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

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Sep
26
Wednesday

Gobbinjr

w/ Thelma, Nathanael Jordan

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8

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Sep
27
Thursday

Olivia Gatwood (Spoken Word/Poet)

w/ Joaquina Mertz

Doors 7pm, Seated Show, All Ages - $12adv / $15

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Sep
29
Saturday

Ohmme

w/ Ahleuchatistas

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Sep
30
Sunday

SALES

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15adv / $17

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Oct
08
Monday

Phil Cook

w/ Andy Jenkins

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $15

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Oct
10
Wednesday

Molly Burch

w/ Olden Yolk (duo)

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Oct
12
Friday
The Mothlight 5 Year Anniversary Weekend!

Mamadou Kelly

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Oct
13
Saturday

The Mothlight 5 Year Anniversary!

w/ Wolf Eyes, CAVE, Drums Like Machine Guns, Thom Nguyen, Nathanael Roney

Doors 8pm - $15

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Oct
16
Tuesday

White Denim

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Oct
17
Wednesday

Natalie Prass

w/ Stella Donnelly

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Oct
18
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Disguises)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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Oct
19
Friday
MC Chris performing MC Chris Is Dead in its entirety !

MC Chris

w/ Dual Core, LEX the Lexicon Artist

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $13adv / $15

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Oct
20
Saturday

Kikagaku Moyo

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Oct
23
Tuesday

Mirah

w/ TBA

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $13adv / $15

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Oct
24
Wednesday

Guerilla Toss

w/ Space Heater, Kreamy 'Lectric Santa

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Nov
01
Thursday

The Nude Party

w/ Glove, Kitty Tsunami

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv/ $14

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Nov
03
Saturday

Slothrust

w/ Mannequin Pussy

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Nov
09
Friday

Ian Sweet

w/ Young Jesus

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

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Nov
15
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Beginnings)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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Nov
16
Friday

Amigo The Devil

w/ Harley Poe

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

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Dec
08
Saturday

Flint Eastwood

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

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Dec
11
Tuesday

Swearin'

w/ TBA

Doors 8:00, Show 9:00 - $12adv/ $14

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Dec
20
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Instincts)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

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