Cleopatrick at the Entry – TICKETS
Listening to the story of Canadian duo cleopatrick is a bit like hearing the plot of the best, most righteously validating coming-of-age film never made. Two friends meet aged four in Hicksville, Nowheretown (real name: Cobourg, Ontario, population 19,000), grow up completely inseparable, form a band and, against numerous obstacles, blossom into a genuine, global underground sensation. There are heroes and villains, highs and lows, and, crucially, some of the most poetic plot twists that could seem almost too perfect, were they not completely true.
BUMMER, cleopatrick’s debut full-length, was written, recorded and produced by the band and their close friend Jig Dubé. “Just three kids with some fuzz pedals and a point to prove,” explains Luke. Between multiple sold out tours in the US, Canada and the UK/EU, appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Reading/Leeds, a recent Amazon Ones to Watch 2021 tip and inclusion on Apple Music playlists, the pair have been crafting BUMMER. It sees cleopatrick harness all the magic they’ve been brewing over their two-decade friendship and funnel it into a record that aims to reinvigorate the rock landscape from the ground up.
Bahamas and Sam Weber at First Avenue – TICKETS
Award-winning artist Bahamas, aka Afie Jurvanen, will perform at First Avenue on October 22nd in support of his critically acclaimed album Sad Hunk.
Sad Hunk is an album inspired by domestic life and embodies an undaunted self-awareness. The album title and artwork finds Jurvanen’s self-deprecating humor out front as the result of a nickname given to him by his wife in reaction to an overdramatic, out-of-character photoshoot a while back. The 11-song collection encapsulates all that legions of Bahamas fans have grown to love – great songs, insightful lyrics, infectious hooks, exceptional musicianship, distinctive arrangements and sharp wit.
Sam Weber began playing guitar when he was 12 years old and joined his first band that year—a rock ‘n’ roll outfit featuring his father and brother, performing in the living room of their family home. In the sixteen years that have passed, Weber has logged unparalleled hours as a gigging musician; he has collaborated with Grammy winners and embarked on extensive international tours. Weber’s music spans an eclectic range of roots, Americana, improvisational music and jazz influences. He has been hailed by fans and critics alike, including Guitar Player Magazine who noted, “Sam Weber’s expansive blend of roots influences is a testament to fierce ambition.” Watch him play “It’s All Happening” for a vibe on his sound and what to expect live.
JoJo Green at the Granada Theater- TICKETS
JoJo Green’s debut album, The Line, showcases music that expresses struggle but doesn’t hang its head; instead, its expression exemplifies fun, yet daring depth. The Line is a collection of progressive funk-jazz rock-pop, or “Pop Fusion*” (a unique genre dubbed by this band) presenting the virtuosity of each musician. During the social distancing period accompanying early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, this band’s energetic, powerhouse live show was halted, and they pressed forward to record a large majority of this album distanced, separately because absolutely nothing could stop this fantastic music from releasing. You’d never know it by the tightness and cohesion to their sound, and their intuitive counterpoint, like a well-oiled machine.
JoJo Green has a sound that will grab listeners right out of their chairs. With strong influences from Motown and Muscle Shoals, this band gives a fresh face to a re-collective sound, easy on the ears, and exciting to the body. Listeners are mesmerized by JoJo Green’s powerhouse vocals mixed with agile woodwinds, shredding guitars, funky bass, and driving drums: a sure re crowd pleaser.
Mega Ran at the Skyway Theatre- TICKETS
Phoenix via Philadelphia rapper and video game enthusiast Mega Ran will be performing at Studio B at Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on October 23rd as a part of The Four-Eyed Horsemen tour with MC Lars, MC Frontalot, and Schaffer The Darklord.
Mega Ran’s 11th solo full-length Live 95 will be released on October 22nd to coincide with the NBA’s historic 75th season. The album is named after NBA Live 95 which is widely considered one of the greatest home sports gaming experiences ever and explores the intrinsic relationship between hip-hop, basketball and the inner-city cultures that have allowed each to thrive. In addition, the album delivers on top-flight 90’s-styled lyricism throughout, interspersed with words of wisdom from Hall-Of-Fame level former NBA players. Songs feature world-renowned MCs: Del The Funky Homosapien, Mickey Factz, Czarface and even the legendary 2Pac’s proteges, The Outlawz. To kick things off, you can stream the new album track “Godly Dreams (Keep Risin’)” HERE.
Along with making a new full-length studio album and watching endless hours of NBA and gaming, Mega Ran spent the past year dedicating himself to live streaming via Twitch and fundraising for social justice causes, raising over $20,000 for various charities.
Rod Gator at the Hook and Ladder- TICKETS
Rod Gator is touring in support of his new album For Louisiana, which drops September 17 via Blue Élan Records and has already garnered early coverage from American Songwriter, Austin Chronicle and Rolling Stone. I was hoping you might check this out and consider coverage in advance of his show. Here’s some more info:
Blending Louisiana soul with greasy country-rock, Texas blues and electrified funk, Rod’s music doesn’t just nod to the American South, it creates its own sonic geography. The new album takes a hard look at his old stomping grounds in Louisiana, examining the state’s hard-to-love struggles with social justice, political reform and natural disasters. It’s equal parts love letter to the motherland and rallying cry for cultural progress.
If you only have a moment, please listen to Rod’s harrowing new single “August 29,” which released last month in honor of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, eerily at the same time as Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana. The song recalls the aftermath of Katrina and the indelible mark it left on his home state, and all proceeds are going to the New Orleans-based organization Common Ground to help with relief efforts following Ida (more info in our press release HERE).
For Louisiana was co-produced by Rod’s longtime collaborator (and son of Emmy-winning composer Snuffy Walden) Will Walden, along with GRAMMY-nominated producer and Black Pumas co-founder Adrian Quesada, and features contributions from his longtime drummer Adam Nurre, as well as Black Pumas’ keyboardist JaRon Marshall.