2016
Damien Jurado w/ Luke Roberts
November
12
Saturday
Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $13adv/ 15
Selling Fast, Hurry!
Damien Jurado
Providing the ideal entry point for neophytes and an intoxicating aural high for the faithful, Damien Jurado’s new opus extends the hot streak ignited by 2012’s Maraqopa and its 2014 follow-up Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. Cut once again with label mate and super producer Richard Swift at the latter’s National Freedom recording facility in rural Oregon, Visions of Us On The Land completes the tale of an individual who has had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths.
There was no grand scheme to make a trilogy at the outset. Exuberantly prolific, its creator simply wanted the first record to be “a quick snapshot. But it’s become something that lives in a huge way in my conscience. Maraqopa is this peaceful place I can go to in my mind. A little bit psychedelic, but you’re not using substances. The brain is such a powerful thing. In that uncharted territory I was able to tap in and find this place. Which was called Maraqopa. Similar to the fictional towns in television or books.”

Maraqopa the album introduced a character — deliberately unnamed, intended to represent anyone feeling that way — who stumbles upon the titular locale then gets into a car crash… which only frees him further. Jurado notes parallels between his wilderness avatar and Syd Barrett’s exit from public life. Plus a classic episode of The Twilight Zone which ends with the previously active protagonist’s still body, eyes closed, on a hospital table. “Because he’s living out what he thinks is a reality in his unconscious state. But the guy doesn’t even know he’s in a coma! Wouldn’t that be strange, if your death was really you waking up? This is what Maraqopa embodies. But trying to do that musically is really hard. In some ways it’s creating a soundtrack.”

Movie music, from the storied scores for Zabriskie Point and Blade Runner to the more recent The Martian, has long been part of Damien’s diverse sound palette. When they began their collaboration at the top of this decade, he and Swift additionally bonded over psych, proto-punk and outsider rock ‘n’ roll nugget miners like Captain Beefheart, The Cramps, Bo Diddley and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Not to mention such softer dream weavers as Linda Perhacs and Gordon Lightfoot. This tapestry of influences — cinematic, lysergic, folkloric — threads seamlessly with the pair’s natural pop craftsmanship. Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son scored chart positions in both the US and UK, while elevating the esoteric art quotient to mythical levels. It picked up the narrative after the accident, in a commune inhabited by Silver Timothy, Silver Donna, Silver Malcolm, et al.

“I’ve never lived in one but I have friends who grew up in ‘Jesus freak’ communes in the late ‘70s. To me it’s fascinating because it’s all ritual. There was also talk and visuals of UFOs around Brothers and Sisters… A lot of it is photos. I met a guy on tour after I made Maraqopa who asked if I knew about Drop City, which was a commune in the ‘60s in Colorado. They built these geodesic domes, created their own little community. What’s funny is when I looked at photos of Drop City later, it looked exactly like my vision of Maraqopa.”

Visions of Us On The Land journeys further into the subconscious mind, a symbolic road trip spotlighting the people and towns that our central figure and his travelling companion, Silver Katherine, encounter upon leaving the commune. Hence the capitalized track titles, alluding to real American locations refracted through one’s third eye in the rear view mirror. Like all great art, it’s about life and death and love and freedom. A sonic map with no set destination, revealing more with each ride.
Luke Roberts
The music made by Luke Roberts is wide in scope and spare in structure. It is as universal as it is personal – if you have to label it, the right stamp to put on it might be “redemptive blues.” The songs themselves are not looking for or extolling redemption, but the search for liberty that underlies them and the sense of freedom they express (often between the lines) leaves the listener with a sense of optimism that can only be called redemptive. Roberts’ songs, while deeply personal in origin, touch on universal life experiences and emotions. Both the music and the musician celebrate the quest for liberty: What is it? Can it be imbibed? Embodied? Sunlit Cross is unwaveringly honest and raw, as Roberts gets closer than ever to his true self: a person who looks past the dark truths to see a real light.
Roberts has long searched for freedom — even as a kid growing up in East Nashville, he began train-hopping, exploring who he was and where he should be in the world. Four years after the release of his second album The Iron Gates at Throop and Newport, Roberts has gone from living in a trailer in Montana to living on acreage in Tennessee, where he is learning how to farm. In the passing years, Roberts dealt with heartbreak and wanderlust, driving between New York and Nashville, living out of his car for weeks, traveling to Cambodia and Thailand and finally to Kenya, where he stayed with a family whose day-to-day challenges and simple needs impressed him. It was in Kenya where the songs on Sunlit Cross originated. The record is a lullaby, Roberts says, one that pits darkness and disenchantment and the ugly side of life against levity, love, and childhood. The songs on Sunlit Cross are a conversation, one that takes place between Roberts himself, the listener, and “God, everything, everyone.” “I spend a lot of time counterbalancing things,” Roberts says. “If I want to say ‘yes,’ I’ll pronounce it ‘no,’ and then ask myself why and I end up saying ‘Jesus.’”
Sunlit Cross was recorded at Ronniejone$ound with Kyle Spence (who, in addition to recording tracks for Kurt Vile’s B’lieve I’m Goin Down, also drums with Vile and Harvey Milk). Spence worked closely with Roberts to make the record sonically richer than ever before.
The Sunlit Cross crew (including Stephen Tanner of Harvey Milk and Music Blues) would sit on the deck and eat White Castle burgers and drink beers and look out on the Georgia pines with birds and crickets echoing all around. “It feels like you’re in a billionaire’s office in a treehouse,” Roberts says, “making music with some real pros.” Vile, who became enamored with Roberts’ music invited Roberts to tour with him, sings backing vocals and plays banjo on “Silver Chain.” John Neff (Drive-By Truckers) plays pedal steel, and Creston Spiers (Harvey Milk) contributes viola, guitar, and piano. Roberts and his Athens, GA-based band will be touring in late 2016 and into 2017.
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Thursday

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Doors 7pm, Stories 7:30 - $15

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Saturday
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Monday
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Friday

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Monday
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Tuesday

Saintseneca

w/ Okapi

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03
Wednesday
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6pm

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Friday

Slugly

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Doors 8:30, Show 9:30

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Saturday

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Apr
07
Sunday
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Peelander-Z

w/ TBA

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

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09
Tuesday

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w/ Emily Easterly

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

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Apr
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Wednesday

Thelma and the Sleaze

w/ Kitty Tsunami, The Styrofoam Turtles

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

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Friday

Spaceman Jones and The Motherships Vol. 3 Release w/ RBTS WIN



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13
Saturday

Hand Habits

w/ Tasha

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

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14
Sunday

Guerilla Toss

w/ King Garbage

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

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Apr
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Tuesday

To All My Dear Friends

w/ Forest Bailey, David Matters

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17
Wednesday

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Thursday

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Saturday
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The Wild Reeds

w/ Valley Queen

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15adv/ $18

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Thursday

Supervillian

w/ Rye, Sane Voids

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $7

Apr
26
Friday

Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers

w/ Mercy Union, Control Top

Doors 6:30, Show 7:30 - $20adv/ $25

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Apr
30
Tuesday

Steve Gunn

w/ Gun Outfit

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

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May
01
Wednesday

Damo Suzuki's Network



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $16adv / $20

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May
02
Thursday

King Dude

w/ Kate Clover, Maggot Heart, Delphine Coma DJ Set

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

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03
Friday
"A gathering of 78 RPM record collectors"

The Asheville Shellac Bash



Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $10adv/ $12

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May
04
Saturday

The Joy Formidable

w/ TBA

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

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May
07
Tuesday

Xiu Xiu

w/ Secret Shame

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $13adv/ $15

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09
Thursday

Skeletonwitch

w/ Soft Kill, Wiegedood, portrayal of guilt

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $16adv/$18

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10
Friday

Old Time Relijun

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $13adv/$15

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14
Tuesday

Inter Arma

w/ Thantifaxath

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

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15
Wednesday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Marc Rebillet

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15adv / $18

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May
16
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: MAMA RULES)



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May
17
Friday

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w/ Yohuna

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19
Sunday

Lady Lamb

w/ Katie Von Schleicher, Alex Schaaf

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

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Wednesday

Anika

w/ TBA

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

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Sunday
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Sebadoh

w/ TBA

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $17adv/ $20

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Wednesday

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w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15adv/ $18

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20
Thursday

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Thursday
The Mothlight & Worthwhile Sounds Present **AT THE MASONIC TEMPLE**

Damien Jurado

w/ TBA

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $20adv/ $23

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Wednesday

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w/ TBA

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