2018
"Free Mothlight Monday"
Free Monday! Valley Maker w/ Gold Light & Snakemusk, Grace Joyner
October
15
Monday
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $Free!
Valley Maker
On Valley Maker’s second full-length album, Rhododendron, songwriter Austin Crane sings about movement – from one kind of belief to another, from place to place, through time. This new record from Crane, a Seattle-based musician and PhD student in Human Geography, reflects both the rootedness and rootlessness that shapes his songwriting on the precipice of his third decade. Like his noted inspirations Jason Molina, Bill Fay, and Gillian Welch before him, he speaks to the strange and transitory ways we mark time through our lives. Years pass and fold in his cosmic American songs.

Crane formed Valley Maker in 2010 with a self-titled collection of songs written for his undergrad thesis project at the University of South Carolina, tracing existential questions around biblical origin narratives, as embedded in his spiritually-infused Southern upbringing. Similar themes shade his vision on Rhododendron, which follows 2015’s When I Was A Child. Prophetic and apocalyptic language shapes Crane’s lyrics, but his outlook is not bound by dogma. Instead, he uses the metaphors of faith to explore the ineffable and to navigate the intersection of belief, time, place, and the political present. Much of the album was written leading up to the 2016 US presidential election and in the months after as Crane was traveling for his PhD research on migration, borders, and humanitarianism. Tellingly, it grapples with what it means to share space with others as popular political discourses veer towards exclusion.

Named for the common plant which springs up in both Crane’s native south and his current home in Washington, Rhododendron speaks to how the places and moments we occupy become reflections of ourselves. In his careful, open-hearted songs, characters move from place to place, traveling through time and over lines on maps, driven to encounter the mysteries of existence and glimpse shared humanity. Though lyrically contemplative, the music floats. Crane’s songs retain their folk-based nature – they are the kind of songs that stand on their own with his lone voice and guitar – but they bloom paired with surprising rhythms and arrangements.

The album was recorded between two locales. In Portland, Oregon, Crane teamed with producer/engineer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Longtime friends and schoolmates from the University of South Carolina, Bear and Crane laid the groundwork for the record over four days, playing all instruments in tracking four songs between themselves. The record’s remaining songs were tracked in Seattle, Washington with producer/engineer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes). Having worked together on Valley Maker’s previous release, Spencer and Crane’s Rhododendron sessions aimed for imaginative, groove- oriented arrangements that remain concisely in step with the individual songs’ qualities, enlisting
drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis) and bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), along with Brandon Camarda on trumpet, and Andrew Swanson on saxophone. Amy Fitchette, a longtime collaborator whose roots with Valley Maker stretch back to the Southeast, provides richly layered vocal harmonies across the album to round out Rhododendron’s lush but spacious sound.

From the streamlined indie rock of opener “A Couple Days” to the swirling psychedelia of “Be Born Today,” from the soulful horns of “Rise Up” to the ambient touches of closer “River Bend My Mind,” the album demonstrates Crane’s distilled approach, his solidly built songs blooming with tasteful arrangements and touches. Out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records, Rhododendron is an album
about transition, about leaving, but also arriving, a document of the journeys in-between.
Gold Light & Snakemusk
Gold Light the music of Joe Chang, currently based in Charleston, SC.
Tracking through tales of heartache, love and loss while looking to artists such as Buddy Holly, Hank Williams and Bruce Springsteen as inspiration, Gold Light becomes a catchall for Chang’s prismatic take on American music.
Grace Joyner
Following a long stint in the role of harmony singer for several bands in Charleston, South Carolina, Grace Joyner made the decision to move to center stage with the release of her EP Young Fools in the Spring of 2014.

Grace Joyner on her EP – “Young Fools serves to reflect on a difficult, yet incredibly important time in my life. I think there is something valuable in admitting your mistakes, as well as recognizing the power within you to leave them behind. Somewhere in the middle of learning that getting hurt does not make you weak, I started the healing process – I started writing music.”

Where Young Fools served as Joyner’s introduction to songwriting, a chance to explore her musical muse and tread her own artistic path, Maybe Sometimes in C is here to reveal what she has found along the way. Teaming up again with producer and engineer, Wolfgang Zimmerman, Joyner uses Maybe Sometimes in C to further define her musical perspective and showcase her maturation as a songwriter. Addressing unrequited love, meeting yourself in a moment of failure, and most notably the importance of taking action, Maybe Sometimes in C reflects on moving on from the time of heartbreak and into a place of independence and self-assurance.
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Nov
14
Wednesday

Loved Ones

w/ Hoo:Lumes, Prettypretty

Doors 8pm, - $5

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, The Subtleties

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

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Nov
19
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Knives & Daggers

w/ Axxa/Abraxas, Day & Dream

9pm - $Free!

Nov
23
Friday

Tera Melos

w/ Kortriba, Luxury Club

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

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Nov
24
Saturday
A Country Moth Ball!

Cyndi Lou & The Want To

w/ Hearts Gone South, Jessie & The Jinx

Doors 8pm - $10

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Nov
29
Thursday

Adrienne Ammerman

w/ Divine Circles

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - $5

Nov
30
Friday

SLUGLY (Album Release!)

w/ The Holifields, Temp Job

9pm - $FREE for 21+, $5 for underage

Dec
01
Saturday

Breathers

w/ Space Heater, Celia Verbeck

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30

Dec
05
Wednesday

Nervous Dupre

w/ Wume, Twin Star

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $5

Dec
06
Thursday

Frankie Cosmos

w/ Stef Chura, Shy Boys

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

Selling Fast, Hurry!
Dec
08
Saturday

Flint Eastwood

w/ TBA

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

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Dec
10
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Gold Light & Snakemusk

w/ Frederick The Younger, Chris Head

9pm - $Free!

Dec
11
Tuesday

Swearin'

w/ Dark Thoughts

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

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Dec
12
Wednesday

Cult Leader

w/ Primitive Weapons, God Mother

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

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Dec
14
Friday

Marley Carroll (Album Release Show!)

w/ Body Games, Fifty Foot Shadows

Doors 8pm, Show 8:30 - $7adv/ $10

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Dec
15
Saturday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Michael Nau (Cotton Jones) & Floating Action

w/ ,

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

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Dec
18
Tuesday

Kelly White

w/ Janine Rose, Larkin

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

Dec
19
Wednesday

Mary Lattimore

w/ TBA

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

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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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Jan
12
Saturday

Mdou Moctar (Tuareg music from Niger!)

w/ TBA

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

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Jan
14
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

T-Rextasy



9pm - $Free!

Jan
26
Saturday

Amen Dunes

w/ TBA

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

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Jan
27
Sunday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

Marco Benevento

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Jan
29
Tuesday

Daniel Romano

w/ T. Hardy Morris

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

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Feb
27
Wednesday

Agent Orange

w/ The Last Gang

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

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Feb
28
Thursday

Post Animal

w/ Ron Gallo

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

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Mar
01
Friday
Worthwhile Sounds Presents...

The Mother Hips



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

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Mar
07
Thursday

Molly Nilsson

w/ TBA

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

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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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May
19
Sunday

Lady Lamb

w/ TBA

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

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