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Saturday June 3 2023
  7:30PM doors -- music at 8:00PM
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
The Aquadolls
 Surf, indie, pop, and punk
 Punk rock
Kevin Nichols
 Prunge = punk rock grunge

The Aquadolls
-from Los Angeles, CA
-When Melissa Brooks formed The Aquadolls 10 years ago, it served as an outlet for her to channel her angst. In high school, she was bullied by her peers, and music served as a therapeutic way to express herself in a positive way. Though she initially aspired to be the next Lady Gaga, Brooks found her way into rock music for outsiders Following the formation of the bedroom project, Brooks — who serves as the band’s primary singer, songwriter and guitarist — released the 'Free' EP in 2012 and her debut album, 'Stoked on You' in 2013. After cycling through musicians, Brooks joined forces with bassist Keilah Nina and drummer Jacqueline Proctor and things fell into place. The trio released their sophomore album, 'The Dream and Deception,' in 2018. Once their current lineup solidified around the release of 'The Dream and Deception', the Aquadolls made serious moves. They’ve performed with artists including Kate Nash, Pennywise and Jimmy Eat World, and have featured on major festival lineups like Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Warped Tour and a pair of appearances at Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival.

The Los Angeles-based band have been spending the summer on the road with Incubus and Sublime with Rome. Bigger things yet are looming large in the foreseeable future.

The Aquadolls’ third album, 'Charmed' (which is named after the popular ‘90s/‘00s TV show), is a natural progression for their discography. Don’t let the relatable tales focused on love and relationships, heartbreak and longing for more fool you, the Aquadolls still are about having fun and showcasing humor in their lyrics. 'Charmed' charts the growth in the Aquadolls’ sound, fusing elements of melodic ‘60s harmonies and ‘90s-driven crunchiness with a modern twist that ushered in a new era for them, and it serves as a strong representation of what they want to do.

For the first time on an album (after punk legend Fat Mike produced their three previous singles), the trio relied on an outside producer. Chris Szczech’s (Goo Goo Dolls) Zen-like figure brought a calmness to the trio as they knocked out each song. The Aquadolls were in the studio on-and-off since the release of 'The Dream and Deception.' The care and meticulous crafting of lyrics and music works seamlessly. What started off as Brooks’ bedroom demos and loose ideas turned into nine songs. 'Charmed' is also the first time that the trio wrote as a unit, allowing the tracks to blossom in the studio before transforming into fully fleshed-out songs that ended up on the album.

'Charmed’s' first single, “Beachy,” is a prime example of the band’s songwriting growth. Starting off as various guitar and drum loops with incoherent lyrics, “Beachy” emerged as a powerhouse, vibe-y, reverb-drenched, twinkle of nostalgia tale that rejects longing for someone and focuses on loving yourself first. “Sneaky,” another highlight, looks at the angst surrounding the uncertainty of a relationship combined with a sound that channels the Breeders and Veruca Salt.

Even as the current edition of the Aquadolls continues to evolve, their signature sound as a guitar-driven band remains the same. Armed with a continued desire to promote their message of self-love and positivity, 'Charmed' is the perfect step forward. Combining a cohesive sound with this message, the Aquadolls are comfortable growing up with their audience — who view things through never perfect, Vaseline-tinged view of the world.

-from Santa Cruz, CA
-Inspired by grunge-rock and the riot grrrl movement, Sluttony is a four-piece femme rock band from Santa Cruz, CA. Formed in 2021, Sluttony quickly gained local following and re-ignited the college music scene in Santa Cruz. The band released their first single “Everybody’s Business’ - an energetic, vocally driven tune - in March 2022. Their debut EP “Another Something Nice” was released in December 2022. 
 The band played numerous shows in Santa Cruz and other cities in California. The band consists of Hannah Goodwin (vocals), Nina Maravic (guitar), Sabine Hovnanian (drums), and Caroline Margolis (bass).

Kevin Nichols
-from Oakland, CA
-Kevin Nichols is a west coast staple, wasting no time delivering pop-infused grunge rock he coins “Prunge.” The last three years have seen him up and down the west coast bleeding his brand of rock into house shows and rock clubs. His last EP, a quick and earnest explosion of sensitivity entitled “Long Lungs” came out early 2019 via Slang Church. The EP found its audience in a burst of success holding the number one slot for over two weeks on Bandcamps’ Oakland Rock charts. The now expanded four-piece have powered their take of punk, grunge, and pop all around the SF Bay Area, and recently entered Balboa Recording with Danny Nogueiras (former FIDLAR drummer and current frontman of the LA outfit No Win) creating what will be the first full length from Nichols in three years.