Cool Shows Next Week 9/10 – 9/16


Thursday 9/13

The Browning at The Skyway – TICKETS

MUSHROOMHEAD, one of metal’s most unique and adventurous bands, will headline the inaugural edition of the “Summer Of Screams Tour” presented by Scream Factory and Dread Central. Joining MUSHROOMHEAD on the tour will be THE BROWNING, KISSING CANDICE, UNSAID FATE, and SKYBURIAL.

The Browning was originally a rap/metal project, The Browning now plays what can be described as a combination of extreme metal with strong electronic characteristics.Their electronic side incorporates hardstyle, trance, electronica, and dubstep, while their metal side incorporates metalcore and deathcore elements.Their signature style is a hybrid of double-bass drumming, 808’s, and chugging; creating a solid, pounding rhythm layered with electronics. Their song “Ashamed” starts with dubstep bass wobbles, which become replaced with heavy chugging in the same rhythm. Their lyrics focus on many different topics, such as sci-fi themed songs with aliens, zombies, vampires, Pokémon or songs with positive messages.

Nothing at the Entry = TICKETS

Photo Credit: Ben Rayner

Nothing’s third installment, ‘Dance On The Blacktop’ is their most impressive yet. It pulls from all corners of life in its contents. Stories of self loathing, self destruction, and a general disdain for humanity and its, “insignificant” role in frontman Domenic Palermo’s vision of the universe are met with his poised amusement and tranquil hysteria being one himself.

All of this told through the eyes of a recently diagnosed Palermo suggesting he is dealing with the early stages of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a neurodegenerative disease found in people with serious head injuries. And as they packed themselves in a coffin-sized NYC apartment for 23 days to demo songs it became clear that the ripple effect left upon his psyche from dealing with these newfound symptoms would leave its mark on the material.

Badflower at the Amsterdam – TICKETS

Primal and passionate, Badflower frontman Josh Katz transforms as he steps up to the microphone. The unmitigated kind of catharsis fueled by emotion and unfiltered intensity offers an awakening to the mind and body as audiences wholly experience the band’s palpable energy. This approach stands out as Badflower’s calling card as Josh [lead singer, guitarist], Joey Morrow [lead guitar, backing vocals], Alex Espiritu [bass] and Anthony Sonetti [drums] sync to captivate audiences. It is also a big reason why the group quietly became one of L.A.’s most buzzed-about Rock bands. Since their emergence in 2014, Bladflower has shared stages with the likes of KONGOS and The Veronicas; earned acclaim from outlets such as OC Weekly and Loudwire; plus achieved a two-week run at No. 1 on KROQ’s Locals Only Show with “Heroin.”

Wielding their signature energy, the music taps into a gritty and grunge-y gutter rock spirit complemented by jarring theatrical delivery and unshakable riffing. Following their TEMPER EP release Badflower became the first signing on a new joint venture with Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta and fashion icon John Varvatos called Big Machine/John Varvatos Records. The crushing realness of Badflower’s latest single, “Ghost” brought the band to the attention of iHeartRadio who have spotlighted them as an On The Verge Artist while also climbing towards a top ten debut at rock radio.

Friday 9/14

The Wailin’ Jennys O’Shaughnessy – TICKETS

The Jennys are touring for their first new album in six years, FIFTEEN. (They all took time off to have children.)  Known for the the sort of close harmonies usually only found in sibling groups, the Jennys actually consist of two Canadians and an upstate New Yorker who, for the last 15 years, have quietly built a huge fanbase and following for their exquisite arrangements, impeccable musicianship and stirring live performances.

Fifteen opens with their stark-yet-exquisite rendering of “Old Churchyard,” sung a cappella over a single droning viola tone, the album then shifts to a gorgeous full-band acoustic version of Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.” Other highlights include their moving interpretation of Emmylou Harris’s “Boulder to Birmingham,” their update of Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock” (from a women’s point of view) and songs by Jane Siberry, Warren Zevon and Patty Griffin. They also do an achingly beautiful a cappella version of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” that resonates as a call to hope in these troubled political times.    

Rooney at the Turf Club – TICKETS

Our five piece rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1999 and after playing the Sunset Strip clubs and self-producing EPs for a couple of years, we made our self-titled major label debut and hit the road. We traveled all over the U.S., the U.K. and even made it as far as Japan. We toured with Weezer, The Strokes, Sloan, The Sounds, The Donnas, Travis, Keane and many others.

After our first record reached nearly gold status and yielded two successful singles, we retreated to L.A. where, after many hold ups, we recorded Calling the World over three weeks time. We then toured the world for another year and a half with an eclectic bunch of artists including Ben Lee and The Polyphonic Spree. Our first single off the record climbed to number 1 in Germany and subsequently took us all over Europe multiple times.

2009 found us back in L.A. recording and experimenting in our new home studios while transitioning into a new label situation. We formed our own record label “California Dreamin'” and released our Wild One EP at the end of 2009 and our 3rd full-length release, Eureka!, in June of 2010. Since then, we’ve enjoyed touring with The Crash Kings, The Young Veins, Black Gold, Hanson, and Eisley. We are currently enjoying our return to the independent spirit upon which we were founded and are looking back at a career which now spans over a decade. Thank you to all of our friends and fans who have taken the trip with us…we play for you.

Saturday 9/15

Vicious Rumors at Lee’s Liquor Lounge – TICKETS

Vicious Rumors is an American heavy metal band founded in 1979 in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

The band co-created the bay area metal scene in it’s beginning. Brainchild of Geoff Thorpe, the band has been active on the metal scene since forever, actively touring through the last 30 years. Vicious Rumors is recognized for their guitar works and harmonies, as well as the variety of their tracks.

Born in the Bay Area of San Francisco, in the years when the metal scene was really becoming stronger and stronger in that part of the States. Bands like Laaz Rockit, Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Death Angel are all seeing the light in the same years. Even though Vicious Rumors shared the same stages, venues and were (still are) even close friends to many of these young musicians, they focused on another music direction, only marginally influenced by the bay area thrash that in a few years will become very popular worldwide.

Justin Moore at the Dakota Fairgrounds Ramble Jame  – TICKETS

Photo Credit: Jason Meyers

The title to country radio hitmaker Justin Moore’s fourth studio album may suggest he doesn’t give a damn, but when it comes to the music, nothing could be further from the truth. On Kinda Don’t Care (The Valory Music Co.), the Arkansas singer, outdoorsman and family man reaffirms his commitment to recording honest, entertaining country songs. Sure, they may be unapologetic at times, but that’s Moore,an artist who refuses to ever project anything he’s not.

“The title refers to how uptight our society has become. It’s in a place right now where we are consumed with being politically correct. Sometimes you just have to worry about being correct and telling it like it is,” says Moore. Which is what he’s always done with his impressive string of hits, from his five Number Ones, including “Small Town USA” and “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” to the gold-certified singles “Bait a Hook” and “Backwoods.”