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Tue Feb 9 |
MARDI GRAS BASH!
with TRES, TRIANGLE INTROVERTS, GINGER SLAP
Wed Feb 10 |
IRONTOM
with SLOW CAVES, JULIET MISSION
Thu Feb 11 |
HAPPY HOUR BINGO
with Win tix to Animal Collective, Revivalists, Daughter
Thu Feb 11 |
HOP ALONG
with STRAWBERRY RUNNERS, MONTONEROS
Fri Feb 12 |
FUTUREBIRDS (NIGHT ONE)
with SUSTO, ROWBOAT
Sat Feb 13 |
FUTUREBIRDS (NIGHT TWO)
with SUSTO, LOLA RISING
Sun Feb 14 |
SPELLS
with DIRTY FEW, ROOTBEER AND MERMENTAU, PXLMAN
Mon Feb 15 |
BIRDCLOUD
with POISON RITES (ft. members of Speedwolf), THE PITCH INVASION, FAST EDDY, MINES
Tue Feb 16 |
SYNRGY
with INNA DI RED, RED SAGE
Wed Feb 17 |
ELISE WUNDER
with HIGH ST. COLLECTIVE, BROKEDOWN SHACK
Thu Feb 18 |
PRINCE FOX
with SAID THE SKY
Thu Feb 18 |
HAPPY HOUR BINGO
with Win tix to Apocolyptica, Shannon And The Clams, St. Lucia
Fri Feb 19 |
BILLY STRINGS
with WHISKEY TREATS, THUNDER & RAIN
Sat Feb 20 |
ANDY PALMER & GRUB STREET WRITER
with BEAR ANTLER, FILTHY CASUALS
Sat Feb 20 |
SWEAT DANCE PARTY FT.
Sun Feb 21 |
THE ROARING 420S
with BARK WILSON, JOSH MOOREHEAD & THE GUESTLIST, CHOCOLATE DIAMOND
Sun Feb 21 |
TRACKSUIT WEDDING
with Special video shoot! No cover!
Tue Feb 23 |
FREAKWATER (The Walnut Room)
with JAYE JAYLE
Wed Feb 24 |
DEAD PAY RENT
with SEA OF EYES, REMEMBER THE RADIO, THE VANILLA MILKSHAKES
Thu Feb 25 |
HAPPY HOUR BINGO
with Win tix to X Ambassadors, Mutemath, Shannon And The Clams
Thu Feb 25 |
FROM INDIAN LAKES
with SOREN BRYCE, ONE FLEW WEST
Sat Feb 27 |
ANDERSON EAST
with DYLAN LEBLANC
Sun Feb 28 |
ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER
with ICE WATER, LIZZY ROSE
Tue Mar 1 |
AUDIO SOCIAL DISSENT 2016
with WOLF EYES, TIMMY'S ORGANISM, VIDEO
Wed Mar 2 |
SPIES!
with CODENAME: CARTER
Fri Mar 4 |
RUBEDO
with MALE BLONDING, THE MILK BLOSSOMS, THROUGH THE MOUNTAIN
Sat Mar 5 |
BASIA BULAT
with THE WEATHER STATION
Sun Mar 6 |
KALEO
with firekid
Mon Mar 7 |
SAM OUTLAW
Fri Mar 11 |
HEY MARSEILLES
with HIBOU
Sat Mar 12 |
LIZA ANNE (Walnut Room)
with JOHN STATZ, YOUTH
Sat Mar 12 |
PRAYERS
with PLAGUE VENDOR
Sun Mar 13 |
MAGIC GIANT
with THE NORTHERN EMPTY
Mon Mar 14 |
NOT MY WEEKEND
with LIVE AGAIN, SR3, 1000 MILES OF FIRE
Wed Mar 16 |
NEPTUNIAN WEATHERVANE
with THE BIPEDAL APPROACH, TRIPLIP
Thu Mar 17 |
ST PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION:
with MORE TBA
Fri Mar 18 |
ROB CROW'S GLOOMY PLACE (of Pinback)
Sat Mar 19 |
CHON
with POLYPHIA, STRAWBERRY GIRLS
Mon Mar 21 |
BAG RAIDERS
with PLASTIC PLATES
Tue Mar 22 |
DUDE YORK
with @ The Walnut Room
Tue Mar 22 |
METHYL ETHYL
with HONDURAS
Wed Mar 23 |
YOUNG FATHERS
Thu Mar 24 |
GLITTERATTI
Sat Mar 26 |
LITTLE GREEN CARS
with JOHN MARK NELSON
Mon Mar 28 |
CULLEN OMORI
Tue Mar 29 |
QUILT
Sat Apr 2 |
YUCK
with BIG THIEF, AMERICAN CULTURE
Sun Apr 3 |
SUNFLOWER BEAN
Tue Apr 5 |
LINDI ORGTEGA
Wed Apr 6 |
FOXING
with O BROTHER, TANCRED
Sat Apr 9 |
DMA'S
Tue Apr 12 |
AUTOLUX
Thu Apr 14 |
THE CAVE SINGERS
Fri Apr 15 |
GRYFFIN
Fri Apr 22 |
JIMKATA
Sat Apr 23 |
RUN RIVER NORTH
with THE LIGHTHOUSE & THE WHALER
Sun Apr 24 |
TACOCAT
with BOYFRIENDS
Mon Apr 25 |
BLEACHED
with NO PARENTS
Wed Apr 27 |
BEACH SLANG
with POTTY MOUTH, DYKE DRAMA
Fri Apr 29 |
DRAGONDEER
Sat Apr 30 |
NATIVE DAUGHTERS
with ABRAMS, SPELLS, DANGEROUS FRIENDS
Fri May 6 |
BLACK MOUNTAIN
Sat May 7 |
BLACK MOUNTAIN
Mon May 9 |
HIPPO CAMPUS
with RIOTHORSE ROYALE
Wed May 18 |
STICKY FINGERS
Mon May 23 |
BREAKBOT

Fri Apr 18 | Channel 93.3 Presents | 16+

SLEEPER/AGENT  

HOLYCHILD
PAGIINS

Doors open at 8 PM   |   Show starts at 9 PM   |   $9.33 EARLY BIRD | $12 ADV | $14 DOS





In the three whirlwind years since Sleeper Agent released its debut, Celabrasion, its members have played everywhere from the Coachella festival to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. They’ve opened for Weezer, Circa Survive, and fun. And “Get It Daddy,” their dizzying anthem about growing up, has appeared in Taco Bell ad, while their bustling high-five to indefatigability, “Not Never,” has soundtracked a Nike clip.

Celabrasion immediately garnered the affectionate attention of the blogosphere straight to the top of the nation music media. Rolling Stone hailed them as a “Band To Watch”, describing their sound as “lusty garage rock with loads of retro smarts.” SPIN declared, “the Kentucky-based quintet’s playful, Southern fried, boy-vs.-girl power pop is instantly lovable.”Esquire said, “these co-ed garage-rock saviors-in-waiting offer two minutes that sound like the most original – and forceful – introduction to a new band we’re likely to hear all year.”

“It’s so hard to define success by one thing. Everything was so new….” says frontwoman Alex Kandel, looking back at their steep ascent. She pauses to think. “The first time we had a rider! When people gave us bottled water, I knew this was a career.” Sleeper Agent will make good on that early next year, when they release their second album, About Last Night (RCA/Mom+Pop).

These days, the sextet—which also includes singer/guitarist and principal songwriter Tony Smith, bassist Lee Williams, guitarist Josh Martin, drummer Justin Wilson, and keyboardist Scott Gardner—are bent on jettisoning past their title as the Little Act That Could from Bowling Green, Kentucky. “Sleeper Agent started out as a fun, goofy side project,” explains Tony. “I don’t want this to be silly for the rest of my life. I want to embrace this seriously and treat it with respect for the people responding to it. About Last Night is a stepping stone.”

Though their ambitions have grown, Sleeper Agent’s approach continues to be disarmingly simple: delivering joyously melodies, even when they’re bumming out. For instance, About Last Night’s first single, “Waves,” manages to be both plaintive and percussive—ruminating on the rigors of touring, then snapping out of that depression. Concedes Tony: “That was me, excavating my emotions.”

About Last Night was born after Tony started scribbling together song skeletons on tour. The group fleshed out those compositions after decamping their tour bus to shack up together in a log cabin in Middle of Nowhere, East Kentucky. It didn’t even have mobile service. “The cabin was hand-built by a World War II general,” interjects Alex. “And actually, it was like a sanctuary.”

Instead of killing each other in their secluded camp, they watched The Godfather, cooked family dinners, and emerged five days later with 10 solid tracks—among them, “Waves.” The songs were recorded in Nashville (with Jay Joyce) and Charleston (with Eric Bass), and both encouraged us to “quit over-thinking it,” says Tony.  “We did a great job on the last record with melodies but tried to cover them up with distortion. We were scared to be melodic. Jay and Eric were like, ‘Go for it,’ and made it shimmer a bit.”

That didn’t always come easy. “The biggest pain in the ass on the entire record is a song called ‘Eat You Up,’” says Tony. “It started off as a dark, slow song, reflecting its lyrical content. Then as we kept messing with it, it became very dancey. That song probably went through 10 variations.” What emerged, when they stopped trying so hard, was a simmering synth-take.

“We really pushed ourselves,” adds Alex. ”We rewrote songs over and over again until they felt right. We spent a week on the last record, but got to spend almost a year on this one.” The sauntering, lower-register “Haunting Me” was her white whale. “It had a lot of vocal subtleties,” she says. “And it went from sounding like something that could end on the cutting-room floor to being one of my favorite songs on the record.” Still, Alex admits true validation will come from road-testing these songs. “I can’t wait to get back to doing what we do best, and that’s touring.”

Two years ago, the band played Santa Barbara for the first time. “It was such a strange and beautiful show. It was the perfect day—a rainbow circled the sun,” she says. “Fifteen minutes before we went on, Tony got a call that one of our good friends passed away unexpectedly.” It was, at once, one of their most challenging and rewarding shows. “All of that emotion…I can remember every second of that day—the scent, the temperature of the air. It made me understand why I do what I do.”

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