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Heaven’s Jail with The Hiders

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Heaven’s Jail boasts an impressive sonic spectrum on its debut album, the just-released Ace Called Zero, from ethereal quiet to squalling racket and from emotional darkness to blasts of light.  

Jad Fair and Danielson with Darlene

Wednesday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Jad Fair and Danielson have just released a terrific album, Solid Gold Heart, full of strong melodies and a Rock & Roll enthusiasm that is as ageless as Fair himself.  

Jad Fair with Danielson and Darlene

Wednesday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, September 8, 2014
MOTR Pub, in addition to bringing in up-and-coming musicians, has presented a fair number of beloved veteran cult figures (some pretty eccentric) to town. Jon Langford, Tav Falco, Kid Congo Powers, Charlie Parr come immediately to mind. Now comes the fairest of all — Jad Fair.  

Bob Log III with Pop Goes the Evil

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 19, 2014
If Bob Log III didn’t exist, no one would invent him because no one is bat-shit crazy enough to think his psychotronic one-man-band concept could actually work.   

Strand of Oaks with Christopher Denny

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Like many good singer/songwriters, Timothy Showalter harnesses his personal dramas and setbacks into potent songs about growing up in Goshen, Ind., and wrestling his demons. On his fourth record, HEAL, the now Philly-based Showalter, aka Strand of Oaks, sheds some of the minimal Folk Rock from his previous endeavors and delves into a world of warm, synth-driven beats and guitar Rock.   

Old Monk with Little Lights

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Brooklyn, N.Y., band Old Monk has referred to its music as “Prog Punk,” an interesting descriptor considering the two genres were diametrically opposed back in the day. It reminds me of a scene from the excellent documentary movie New York Doll, about bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane of the Proto Punk band New York Dolls, where Chrissie Hynde and Morrissey are sitting around railing against the excesses of Prog Rock and how it actually birthed Punk.  

The Casket Girls with Dreamend

Sunday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The original derivation of a casket (or casquette) girl referred to an early 18th century female who had been repatriated from France to the French colonial South in order to marry; “casket” referred to the small chest that held their belongings.  

Cheers Elephant with The Ready Stance

Thursday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Cheers Elephant is a blatantly hook-laden AltPop band that brings a sense of humor and 1960s-era verve to their sound. With reverb-a-plenty and blue-sky harmony vocals, the up-tempo band keeps its big beats front and center.   

Richard Buckner

Wednesday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Richard Buckner’s obscurity is partly due to the fickle music business, but also due to his decidedly different approach to songwriting and performance.   

Bailiff with Near Earth Objects

Friday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Legend has it that Josh Siegel, frontman for dynamic Chicago Post Punk trio Bailiff, left behind his studies at Berklee College of Music and returned to his Chicago home to form a Rock band, immediately posting a Craigslist ad looking for other musicians that asked, “Do you consider Radiohead to be soul music? Do you hear Muddy Waters in between the notes on the White Album?”  

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