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Friday February 24 2017
 7:30PM doors -- music at 8:30PM ••• ALL AGES
$14 in advance / $16 at the door

---25th Anniversary---

Matt Pond PA
 Indie rock
Before The Brave
 The Bye Bye Blackbirds

Matt Pond PA
Matt Pond (vocals, guitar) / Shawn Alpay (cello) / Chris Hansen (guitar)
-from New York, NY

-Throughout his precarious northern New Hampshire youth, Matt Pond was often photographed without trousers, stumbling along the icy mountain runoff and over snow-flecked grass, a loyal and ferocious black-and-white Rough Collie half-heartedly giving chase.

The years passed. The film flickered but mostly stayed static until, in Philadelphia in ’98, he put the headphones over his ears and first listened to ELO. It was a lightening-bolt-for-one: the strings, they said everything. That’s when the electronic orchestration took hold. The songs started coming and they wouldn’t stop, reinforced by a battered Les Paul open-tuned like a dirty dulcimer.

From Philly, he took a Greyhound north and moved to New York. The song “New Hampshire” was written in an empty NYU apartment and would later show up through hand-covered eyes on The O.C. The next year there would be an appearance on Conan, followed by tours with Liz Phair, Ted Leo, Gomez, Rocky Votolato, Nickel Creek, Winter Sleep, Jimmy Eat World. Then on to headlining shows across the country, wildly swerving through the night and living out the cliched beauty expected of an upstanding rock and roll musician.

With a shifting cast of band members through the years, eleven full-length albums and countless EPs and singles to his name, Matt Pond eludes characterization in a way that is both unpresuming and larger than life. With longtime collaborator Chris Hansen on guitar and at the production helm, core band member Shawn Alpay’s cello and string arrangements, and contributions by an always notable assemblage of singers and musicians, Pond keeps building on a storyline whose conclusion, while unknown, is undeniably his own.

Before The Brave
Jason Stevens - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals Kyle Redmond Teese - Drums
Beth Garber - Vocals, Keys Ryan Devisser- Electric Guitar Miguel Castuera - Bass
-from San Francisco, CA

-Before the Brave emerged from the San Francisco music scene in 2012 with unexpected acclaim behind their first release "Great Spirit." Over the next few years the collective left behind their folk roots for a more ambitious sound that draws on the likes of classics Fleetwood Mac as well as contemporaries like The Head and the Heart. Their latest LP "Better Country" was released in the fall of 2016

Gabriel Rodriguez + contributing friends/musicians: Cory Stier, Scarlett Connolly, John Fredericks, Tyler McKusick, Maxwell Kamins, Ben Flesch, Conor Meads, Thomas C. Garcia, Jayme Ralph, Will Mclaren
-from New York, NY

-HIDEOUT is Manhattan-based songwriter Gabriel Rodriguez. It’s been two years since the release of Hideout’s debut album 'Rookie' (Thrill Me Records, 2014) and in that time many things have changed for Rodriguez. Most tragically, the passing of his brother. 'So Many Hoops/So Little Time' deals with grief in different spectrums –– the album ranges both sonically & lyrically from whimsical space-pop to crushing acoustic vulnerability. There isn’t a singular concept or message, but the deeper you delve into Hideout’s world the more you feel nostalgia and a sense of loss.

Hideout began as a recording project. The majority of 'Rookie' was recorded while on the road with Cults. Rodriguez took advantage of the downtime by tracking songs in hotel rooms or at friends’ homes. Fast-forward to the forthcoming 'So Many Hoops. . .' –– mixed by Loren Humphrey (Nice As Fuck, Cults, Guards) at Stockholm Syndrome Sound Studio in Bushwick, NY –– the recording process was far more linear than 'Rookie'. The album evolved predominantly at Rodriguez’s apartment while the surrounding turmoil of loss sunk in. Emotionally charged, he turned to the art of songwriting & storytelling to help navigate through the many answerless questions.

Now a fully realized band, Hideout has been performing live with a rotating cast of New York musicians over the past year. It’s just the beginning.

The Bye Bye Blackbirds

Bradley Skaught, Aaron Rubin, Andrew Wakefield, KC Bowman & Lenny Gill
-from Oakland, CA

-Torchbearers for harmony laden guitar pop in the 21st century, The Bye Bye Blackbirds have pooled their talents to create a sparkling blend of country and roots influences, classic 60’s guitar pop, 70’s power pop, contemporary indie rock and the college radio heroes of the 1980’s.

Their debut album, Honeymoon (produced by Beulah’s Bill Swan) was released in 2005. The first single, “In Every Season” earned heavy airplay on KFOG and was featured on the KFOG Local Scene Vol. 4 compilation. The follow up, Houses & Homes, was released on the American Dust label in 2008. In 2009, their cover of “There’s a Rugged Road” appeared on Crayon Angel: A Tribute to Judee Sill alongside songs from Ron Sexsmith, Bill Callahan, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and others. They also were guest vocalists on the debut solo album by Miles Kurosky (Beulah).The Blackbirds have also shared the stage with a wide array of bands including Mitch Easter, Title Tracks, Matt Nathanson, Tommy Keene and You Am I.
A third album, Fixed Hearts, was produced by Paul Tyler and released on Rainbow Quartz records in 2011. Their latest, We Need The Rain, was released on November 12, 2013 to great acclaim. -