Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Tuesday April 7 2020
8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
••• 21 AND OVER
$13 in advance / $15 at the door
or $28 for a ticket+merch bundle
Dead Star Tour
Psychedelic / Heavy Blues / Stoner Rock
Moral High Horses
The $28 ticket+merch bundle includes admission to the venue plus the following: Dead Star Standard Edition. Limited to 750 units and pressed to 12" Bone White Vinyl. They include a polybag and download code. Available night of show at the merch table.
Sean McVay - Guitar, Lead Vocals & Synth
Dan Reynolds - Bass & Synth
Scott Donaldson - Drums & Percussion
-from Rochester, NY
-King Buffalo will release their fourth EP, Dead Star, on March 20th. The widely-hailed progressive heavy rock trio from Western New York will have preorders starting on Jan. 24 via kingbuffalo.bigcartel.com. Preorders include an immediate download of the title track from the six- song, 36-minute release. Extensive tour dates will follow.
Their most brazenly experimental offering to-date, Dead Star will self-release throughout North America and see European issue via Stickman Records.
Self-recorded in late 2019 and early 2020 by guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds and drummer Scott Donaldson, Dead Star continues to push King Buffalo’s psychedelic aspects deep into the cosmic ether, and basks in elements of ambient drone, space rock, prog, mantra-style heavy and synthesizer soundtracking, as well as the bluesy, classic riffing and creative urgency that has underscored their particular style since their 2013 demo and 2016 debut album, Orion. A depth of mix comes courtesy of Grant Husselman, while Bernie Matthews mastered.
“In the early stages of Dead Star, we made the decision to make a strong commitment to experimentation,” explains guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay. “From exploring different time signatures, tunings and textures, to tweaking the song writing processes themselves. We’re extremely proud of these recordings, and feel it’s some of our most ambitious work yet.”
King Buffalo’s discography includes two full-length albums, Orion (2016) and Longing to Be the Mountain (2018), as well as three prior EPs – 2013’s Demo, a 12” split with Le Bétre in 2015, and 2018’s Repeater.
Dead Star continues the risk-taking that fueled Repeater, honoring the core dynamic of King Buffalo as a band while boldly introducing new ideas and sides of their sound to their audience.
Recent years have found King Buffalo touring throughout North America and Europe, with highlight festival performances, support slots and headlining shows, and they bring that experience to the songwriting of Dead Star’s six tracks, be it the sprawling two-part leadoff “Red Star Pt. 1 & 2” or the John Carpenter-esque instrumental “Ecliptic” ahead of the chug-and-crash-prone “Eta Carinae.” All the while King Buffalo maintain a flow and atmosphere that has served as a hallmark of their approach.
“These six songs deviate and expand on horizons that we as King Buffalo haven’t yet reached,” says drummer Scott Donaldson, who also handled the graphic layout of Dead Star with Ryan T. Hancock’s striking cover art. “It’s extremely exciting to make something familiar, but unlike anything we’ve previously done. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
-from East Los Angeles, CA
-“Invigorating”, “brilliant”, “reckless”, and “charismatic” are just a slew of the adjectives used to describe the now two-year-old Tropa Magica . Initially fated to fail the Pacheco brothers proved that starting anew was not an otherworldly task. The brothers immediately rebranded and released a self titled debut LP with appraisal by Buzzbands LA and KCRW’s Jose Galvan, who ranked it as one of his top 10 albums of 2018. Having toured nationally and on multiple southwest and west coast tours, Tropa Magica have supported established acts such as Molotov, FIDLAR, and comedian Felipe Ezparsa. The band has boldly and successfully taken on larger LA stages at venues such as The Microsoft Theater, El Rey Theater and The Hollywood Palladium.
In 2018 and 2019 Tropa Magica performed at So-Cal festival favorites “Desert Daze” and “Tropicalia”. In 2020 the band declined a generous record deal and opted to produce and finance their sophomore album on their own. This new album will remind us why the band is a powerhouse writing machine! Produced by brother David Pacheco the album reaches new ambitious heights that will garner attention for the brothers as not only a “live band” but as skilled songwriters.
( To learn a bit more ) Tropa Magica has a short documentary that introduces the band nationally on the well known media and news company “BESE”.
Moral High Horses
Blake, David and Robb
-from San Francisco, CA
-The third best-looking band from San Francisco, California. "With psychedelic, saturated visuals and a dreamy melody, it's easy to get lost in the band."