previous shows of 2015:

2014 shows
2013 shows
2012 shows
2011 shows
here's the link to even older (pre-Conundrian) shows
here's the link to the google calendar

Columia Infringement Arts Festival 2015

Conundrum Music Hall will be the focal point of the Columbia Infringement Arts Festival on March 21. The venue has opened its doors to festival participants for free and is offering a day full of artistic expression.

12:00 Artists Hour- Student and community artists will be showing some of their artwork and participating in an open discussion about their processes and inspiration.

1:00 Artists Showcase- Sunshine Delusions, a favorite local band, will be playing while festival attendees can continue to enjoy artwork as well as live painting by Tucker Prescott.

2:00 Artists Showcase- East of Apollo, local student indie rock band, will be playing while festival attendees can continue to enjoy artwork as well as live painting by Tucker Prescott.

3:00 Circus Hour- Rachel Hipszer and fellow circus artists will be demonstrating their expert skills at Conundrum.

3:30 Film Hour- A showcase of the talented cinematographers in our community.

4:30 Witching Hour- A performance by Ritual Abjects, the loose-membership spontaneous radical pomo witchcraft collective that does noise music, performance art and other witchery.

5:30 The Special Half Hour- Watch Alice Aaron Wyrd, of Ritual Abjects, and OK Keyes film the last segment of Witchcraft Now!

Saturday, March 21 2015
Noon to 6pm

Bruce Molsky

To play traditional music, you've got to be something of a folklorist, hand-selecting songs learned from field recordings, festivals, and old-timers. Bruce Molsky goes above and beyond: the world's premier old-time fiddler walks around with a library's worth of lyrics and music humming in his head. Molsky's brand of "global folk" has led to stints with the GRAMMY-nominated Fiddlers 4 and the Irish, Hungarian, and Dutch musicians of the supergroup Mozaik.

His latest work is a collaboration with the group Anonymous 4, a new CD entitled 1865 - Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War.

Thursday, March 19 2015
7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm)
$12 advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door

Cathy Stayman Productions and bigSphinx Productions present

Anne McCue ~~~
Marv Ward and The Blessed Souls

Bluesy songstress and multi-instrumentalist Anne McCue has just recorded her 6th studio album -Blue Sky Thinkin' - with co-producer Dusty Wakeman (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam) in Los Angeles. The album has been mastered by Ray Kennedy in Nashville. The album reunites the band from her critically acclaimed 'Roll' album and allows Anne to explore some of her favourite influences, including Billy Holiday, Charlie Christian, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King, Nick Drake, Astor Piazzola, Peggy Lee, Bessie Smith.

"I've been a fan of guitarist/singer/songwriter Annie McCue for many years so I'm very honored and happy about singing with her on a damn fine song for her upcoming album. She wrote the song with John Hadley and the brilliant David Olney. You can't go wrong with such talent." - Dave Alvin

"I had done some gigs with Annie McCue out in California and thought that besides her phenomenal playing and great songs she had a unique presence. She has an angelic quality to her but also a Charlie Chaplin-esque vibe. Fearless and tender and alluring." - David Olney

Veteran blues guitarist Marv Ward grew up in the small town of Lorton, Virginia. He played his first gig at 10 and started performing professionally at age 16. He's played in literally dozens of bands over the past 45 years and has secured his place among bluesmen with his straight-forward no-nonsense blues style. It's a little bit Delta, a litle bit Piedmont, a whole lot of R&B, but mostly, it's straight up Rev. Marv Ward.

Tuesday, March 17 2015
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Hors d'oeuvres at 6:30
$12 in advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door



Three stages set up around the room.
Audience in the middle.
Each act does one song per round.
No openers.
No headliners.
Non-stop action.

Friday, March 13 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways

Unnatural Ways is the main project of Brooklyn-based guitarist Ava Mendoza. Originally formed in early 2012 in Oakland, CA as a trio with west coast musicians Dominique Leone- keys and Nick Tamburro (Dead Science)- drums, the band toured steadily in the U.S. and Europe before Mendoza relocated to NY in 2013. Soon after the move, she reformed the band with NY musicians Tim Dahl- bass and Max Jaffe- drums.

In the last year Unnatural Ways has toured in the U.S., Canada and Europe surrounding performances at the 2014 Victoriaville Festival in Canada and the 2014 Moers Festival in Germany. Over the course of these shows the band developed their highly personal sound; sharp, heavy, and psychedelic.

Drawing from complex rock, avant jazz and warped blues music, the players push the boundaries of their own vocabularies and of the written music to put on powerful and unpredictable live shows. Their self-titled full-length LP will be released on the New Atlantis label (William Hooker, Microwaves, Elliott Sharp) in Feb. 2015.

Thursday, March 12 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Musician and Songwriters Guild of South Carolina present
3/9 Songwriter Showcase

The Musician and Songwriters Guild of South Carolina ( is pleased to celebrate the talent of the Guild and support the growing culture of local music aficianados by hosting a "Songwriter Showcase" event. This showcase will feature three exceptionally talented Guild members "in the round": Laurence "Luckyman" Beall, Susanne Kappler and Tom Coolidge.

Monday, March 9 2015
7pm to 9:30pm (doors at 6:30pm)

Der Wawawa ~~~
Keefe Jackson & Jeb Bishop

Der Wawawa:
Rico Baumann, Drums; Marco Mülle, Bass; Benedikt Reisin, Saxophone.
They've fished in troubled waters in Lüneburg thwarted bad weather on a Vorarlberg meadow with their rainfall-resistant rhythms, and dared to eat andouillette sausage before going on stage at the La Défense Jazz Festival in Paris. They've been on the road together making music for more than ten years, but the long years haven't taken the spring out of their step. Rumor has it they're still "one of the freshest and most agile saxophone trios since Sonny Rollins forgot to give his pianist directions to the gig" - (Jazzthing)

Sunday, March 8 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

The Power Co. Collaborative

The Power Company Collaborative will present a one night outdoor collection of our most recent dance works at Conundrum Music Hall on Saturday March 7th, 2015 @ 7:00 pm.

We will be presenting work by Erin Bailey, Amanda Ling, and Ashlee Taylor.

Entry is $10 general admission and $7 with a student ID at the door. Beer and wine will be for sale inside the event.

Come see what PoCoCo has been up to lately!

7pm (doors at Saturday, March 7 2015)
$10 General Public / $7 Students

Ultrafaux ~~~ The Ruby Brunettes

Baltimore gypsy jazz trio Ultrafaux and Columbia's The Ruby Brunettes will share the stage once again at Conundrum Music Hall.

Baltimore band UltraFaux performs original acoustic music with Romani, Sinti, Musette, Swing Manouche, Funk, Blues, and Dixieland influences. The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass. Sami Arefin and Michael Joseph Harris trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies. The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging pulse and brings his passion for improvisation to the group.

Ever wonder why they named the band Ultrafaux? Here is the story:

Their friend Tomas from Orchester Praževica suggested the name UltraFaux on their FB site when they asked fans for the best band name. They kept coming back to Tomas' suggestion, noticing the various layers of meaning it could have. It was also unique and unmistakable. Ultrafaux means 'out of tune' in French which is just funny. Like naming a restaurant 'bitter' or something. The juxtaposition of the fox with the word 'faux' also kind of hints at our notorious mispronunciation of French words here in the states. Another important element is that it alludes to Django Reinhardt's composition 'Ultrafox', one of Django's first originals he recorded in 1935. Django was known for his play on words and the title Ultrafox was based on the name of the studio where they recorded called Ultraphone. Ultraphone sounds a lot like Ultrafaux doesn't it? So we have come full circle.

It was the song Ultrafox (and other original compositions) that really set Django's Hot Club of France apart from all the other Jazz bands at the time. So the name means a variety of things for the band. Its a funny play on words, but it also signifies their move into the arena of original music much like the song Ultrafox did for Django's group in 1935.

Friday, March 6 2015
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
$12 in advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door

Hypercolor ~~~ Occupants

Hypercolor is a trio with Lukas Ligeti on drums and Eyal Maoz on guitar, and James Ilgenfritz on electric bass... sort of a 'no-wave shred' concept... John Zorn calls it "A crazy collaborative jazz-rock unit out of the new generation of Downtown improvisers, Hypercolor is a bizarre trio that blends Beefheart, Sonny Sharrock and "80s punk with contemporary classical orchestral textures, spastic world music rhythms and noise improvisation".

Occupants is a freeform improv/noise/jazz trio consisting of Gabe Madden (guitar/trumpet), Michael Crawford (drums), and Tom Law (live manipulations).

Monday, March 2 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Cathy Stayman Productions and bigSphinx Productions present

An Evening with Webb Wilder

There are Roots-Rockers, and then there's Webb Wilder.

Hardly a purist, he has described the music he and his band, The Beatnecks, make as, "Rock for Roots fans and Roots for Rock fans." In essence: Rock and Roll. There's nothing new about combining R & B, Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, Pop and Rock. The Rolling Stones and the Beatles proved that it can yield marvelous and diverse results. I said he wasn't a PURIST. I didn't say he wasn't very PICKY about the quality of the music. That includes everything from the sonics of the recordings, the choice of players, the influences he draws on, the songs he chooses to cover, or how attentive he is to the craftsmanship of his own songs.

Saturday, February 28 2015
7pm to 10pm
Hor d'oeuvres at 7pm -- bring a dish or snack!
$15 in advance RIGHT HERE / $18 at the door

Boyfriend ~~~ Ahomari ~~~ Autocorrect

Boyfriend ~ Schoolteacher by day, cabaret rap instigator by night, New Orleans-based rapper Boyfriend creates a truly unique persona--witty, pansexual, librarian, super heroine, nerdy, sex-positive, predatory rapper. With her signature granny glasses, raunchy lyrics, reversal of clichés, catchy hooks, and commanding performances, this show is not to be missed.

Ahomari ~ chillwave, electronic experimental, lo-fi goodness from Columbia.

Autocorrect ~ noise rap, experimental nerdcore, retrowave trip hop from Columbia.

Friday, February 27 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Rock N Roll Rebels Show
Skull Baby ~~~
Mac the Ripper ~~~
Dr. Roundhouse ~~~
PB&J ~~~
You, Me and Us

Thursday, February 26 2015
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Pisaro/Stuart/Halverson: Congaree Nomads

Friends of Congaree Swamp presents a FREE event at Conundrum Music Hall. Congaree Nomads, a 72-minute film by Michael Pisaro, Greg Stuart, and Nathan Halverson, combines sound and video from Congaree National Park with a large-scale instrumental score. The audio for Congaree Nomads uses 24 three-minute field recordings made by Pisaro and Stuart along Cedar Creek--the Kingsnake, Weston Lake Loop, and River trails--that create a nomadic series moving gradually from the sounds of Cedar creek towards the Congaree River. Instrumental "fogs"--harmonies composed by Pisaro and recorded by Stuart on percussion--overlay these audio recordings. Finally, video shot by Halverson and Stuart near Cedar Creek and the Kingsnake trail intersect with the field recording and percussion layers to create a continually evolving sound-image.

Saturday, February 21 2015
8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm)


What is Beauty Slap?

It is electronic music. It is five horns, a laptop, and a guitar. It is beautiful. And it slaps.

Friday, February 20 2015
10pm (doors at 9:30pm)
$12 advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door

presented by the USC School of Music and bigSphinx Productions

Von Strantz ~~~
Frederick Ingram ~~~
Tyler James Cook

Fast-rising Americana act Von Strantz (Mishawaka, Indiana) creates honest, beautiful and brilliant folk music that leaves you wanting more.

"If you don't have a soul child, you're gonna have one by the time we're done," declares front-woman Jess Strantz. She and multi-instrumentalist Kelsey Horton write music "for real depth and real community . . . what's important is that we be humans and love each other."

Launched in 2012, Von Strantz has already received some love from the international press, with Canada's CBC Music blog pronouncing "Cigarette Smoke" (from their latest release, NARRATIVE Chapter III: 1818) "a song you need to hear." An intensive touring schedule, with more than 270 shows booked, has helped the band forge connections with thousands of fans in true indie style.

Armed with an array of acoustic instruments such as the mandolin, violin, bass, and cello, Von Strantz presents the ebb and flow of two different musicians, exploring the dark and emerging with hope. The sound is described as folk n' roll, akin to the tradition of Over the Rhine and the sacredness of The Vespers; the spirited instrumentals stir the soul much like those of Mumford and Sons.

Sounds like just the ticket for a Post-Valentine's Day Soul Recovery Matinée, perfectly timed to restore your spirits as you return from romance to reality.

Filling out the bill with a decidedly masculine counterpoint and a bit of comic relief are Frederick Ingram ("A Bard for our Time") and Tyler James Cook (of Brass to the Future and The Lovecrafts).

Sunday, Feb 15 2015
3pm (doors at 2:30pm)

Reno's Birthday Trip, featuring:
Space Coke, Mason Jar Menagerie, Smoke Dog, Ritual Abjects

Friday, February 13 2015
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Christian Lee Hutson ~~~ Post-Timey String Band ~~~ Mario McClean

Thursday, February 12 2015
8:30pm (doors at 8:00pm)

Sean Gaskell

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The Kora is native to the Mandinka people who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repertoire.

Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He was first inspired to play by Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead 'The Kora Band' and 'The Sahel Band'. Gaskell relocated from Seattle to Asheville, North Carolina in 2014. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

Sunday, February 8 2015
4pm (doors at 3:30pm)
$10 for adults / $5 for students

The Columbia Community Drum Circle will be playing in the Conundrum courtyard before the show,
from 1:30pm to 3:30pm!

Joie. ~~~ The Lovely Few ~~~ Infinitikiss

Saturday, February 7 2015
8p (doors at 7:30p)

Twin Courage ~~~ Pretty Feet ~~~ Stefanie Santana ~~~ the good witch and her familiars

Twin Courage, an acoustic duo from Greenville, SC will be ending their Winter Tour with a performance at Conundrum Music Hall on Friday, February 6! Joining them will be local acts including PrettyFeet, Stefanie Santana, and the good witch and her familiars! This will be such an amazing show! I promise that this show will blow you away! For any additional information, feel free to click on the tagged names to see their Facebook music profiles OR on the links below that lead to their music.

Friday, February 6 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Tracy Shedd ~~~ Susanne Kappler ~~~
Tonya Tyner

"Tracy Shedd has surely been someone's best kept secret! Upbeat, bittersweet and intimate lyrics coupled with a musical style quite human and bringing the right amount of balance needed to ensure there's nothing pretentious about any of it. There is real grit and honesty within her songs that will endear her to you." - Subba-Culcha

Susanne Kappler: "Her strength as a performer and her dramatic, smoky vocals provide poignant narration to complement her powerful talent as a songwriter." - Cola Town Fizz

"Tonya Tyner... [is] a gifted musical communicator... [with] appealingly honest vocals... extremely original... [with] an obvious spark. Her songs make points and they get to them quickly." - Big Western Flavor

Saturday, January 31 2015
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Husband ~~~ Ghosts of the Kodiak ~~~ Daddy Lion ~~~ Matt Crumpton (of Two Fell in a Foxhole)

Friday, January 30 2015
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)

Battle Trance Promo Video from Travis Laplante on Vimeo.

Battle Trance ~~~
Dan Voss + Nic Jenkins ~~~

Battle Trance transcends genres, but also transcends time and space. Existing in the cracks between contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, black metal, ambient, and world music, Battle Trance is an ensemble that pushes the four saxophonists to the limit, shedding new light on the saxophone as an ensemble instrument. The players use circular breathing to build continuous, hypnotic waves of sound; multiphonics layer to create intricate textures that seem to come from an ancient time; and blisteringly fast lines seem to liquefy into each other. Unorthodox articulations and unusual fingerings are also part of the vast sonic vocabulary that the members of Battle Trance have painstakingly mastered

Dan Voss + Nic Jenkins will be playing a sort of free verse melodic spazzing with angular to minimal song structures. Happy, uncertain.

Occupants is a freeform improv/noise/jazz trio consisting of Gabe Madden (guitar/trumpet), Michael Crawford (drums), and Tom Law (live manipulations, synth).

Thursday, January 29 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Amelia White ~~~ Sergio Webb
w/ Hobart Trotter & Jennifer Griffitt

Many of you are already familiar with the guitar work of Sergio Webb. You may know mostly of his work with David Olney. He is a master! He is a songwriter in his own right, too. On Wednesday, January 28th he will be laying down his phenomenal guitar licks and background vocals with songwriter Amelia White. She is touring in support of her new CD, "Old Postcard" which came out this past February.
We hope you can join us for our social hour. If you'd like, bring a light dish or small bites to share. The Conundrum stage will be graced by a couple of duos who are dedicated to the art of music and have carved out a piece of their lives they'd appreciate sharing with us. It leaves little doubt the evening will be one of exemplary music, laughter, and comradery.

Amelia White: Home, history, and family take different shapes on Old Postcard. Over steadily propulsive drums and echoing guitars, the album's title track finds White looking back at the ghosts of her family, realizing that dreams that don't come true are still dreams after all. "Big Blue Sun" is told from the perspective of a homeless man who dreads the daylight and the masses that flood in with their daily routines of normalcy. It features ethereal backing vocals from Sally Barris and gorgeous nylon-string guitar from Sergio Webb. With a haunting, noir-ish sound, "Hollow Heart" is the dark tale of a motherless child and the deep sense of longing that develops within. "River Of My Dreams" features snarling guitars, as White sings of all the crazy, mysterious, otherworldly things -- flying, breathing underwater, being pulled back from Hell -- which one can astonishingly accomplish in their dreams. With lines pulled straight from her father's memoirs, "Daddy Run" is a rousing anthem with a sing-along chorus.

Hobart Trotter & Jennifer Griffitt: Kelly Gilbert, who plays a vital role as a board member of the Woodshed Archive, describes Hobart Trotter's music: "Columbia native Hobart Trotter -- a singer/songwriter/guitarist with a passion for music and its ability to connect us all. Hobart's love of music traces back to his early childhood, with memories of his mother playing Rachmaninoff on their spinet piano and of singing and harmonizing with his parents and siblings to old gospel tunes during long trips in the family car. Mastering piano and guitar would land him in a few high school bands, his first band with renowned jazz guitarist Joe Taylor who is now Hobart's producer and occasional bandmate. His tunes can be classified as Americana, a blend of folk, country, and bluegrass, sung with soothing vocals to heartfelt lyrics." Hobart will be accompanied by vocalist, Jennifer Griffitt.

Wednesday, January 28 2015
7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm)
$12 in advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door

Coast 2 Coast Live Interactive Showcase

"Giving Indie Artists Major Opportunities"

Tuesday, January 27 2015

Steve Marquette Quintet

A group capable of producing moments of frightening power and striking sensitivity, the Steve Marquette Quintet (formed 2012) features the talents of musicians Mars Williams (reeds), Nick Mozzarella (alto), Anton Hatwich (bass). and Quin Kirchner (drums). Though primarily showcasing Marquette's compositions, their democratic nature provide a vehicle for all the musicians to inform and alter the shape of each piece. Drawing upon free jazz, collective improvisation, noise / rock and other strains of the jazz tradition their debut recording,"I Knew it Then" (2013), also marks the first release on Two Cities Records -- a record label started by Marquette dedicated to documenting Chicago and New Orleans' improvising music communities.

Saturday, January 24 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys

Jonathan Byrd is a North Carolina flatpicker and a Texas songwriter, a Gulf War veteran and a preacher's son, and an award-winning songwriter whose songs you've probably heard, even if you haven't heard Byrd sing them. Covered by Tim O'Brien, Steve James, Red Molly, Jack Lawrence, Melissa Greener and more, Byrd's music will seem familiar to any Americana fan.

Byrd quit the rock bands of his youth and hit the road solo in 2000, flatpicking and singing new songs in an old style. A tip from a friend led him down to the Kerrville Folk Festival, a dusty ranch where he discovered the rich Texas songwriting culture and made it his own.

The word began to spread in 2003, when Jonathan won the festival's "New Folk" songwriting competition, a milestone for Americana's most influential artists: Steve Earle. Lucinda Williams. Nanci Griffith. Lyle Lovett. Byrd broke the record for CD sales at the festival, and has played there nearly every year since.

Byrd's 2008 release, "The Law and the Lonesome" is the fruit of this interstate cross-pollination, what might have happened if Townes Van Zandt had made a record with Doc Watson. Tamara Kater of Canada's folk mag Penguin Eggs called "The Law and the Lonesome" her "album of the decade."

"Cackalack" is the newest Jonathan Byrd release, an homage to his home state. Recorded live in a day while on the road, "Cackalack" hit #1 on Roots Music Reports folk radio chart, #22 on the Americana chart, was the #91 Americana album of 2011, and made John Platt's "Best of 2011," along with strong international airplay and a dozen other "best of" lists.

Most recently, Jonathan won a 2011 SESAC Americana Music Award beside Bob Dylan, Seth Avett, Hayes Carll, Jim Lauderdale, and Colin Brooks from The Band of Heathens. "One of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years." -Chicago Tribune.

Thursday, January 22 2015
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
$12 in advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door

Altar of Excess

Cum Kneel @the Altar of Excess. featuring performances by Ahomari, Dendera Bloodbath, FOODCOMPUTER, Ritual Abjects

Sunday, January 18 2015
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Young Blaze ~~~ House of Whales ~~~ Nepotism ~~~ The Haves

Friday, January 16, 2015
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley

Ken Vandermark ~~~ Nate Wooley

Chicago saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and New York trumpet player Nate Wooley had been operating in each other's orbits for several years- having worked together with Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Agusti Fernandez, and Terrie Ex- before putting together their duo project in October 2013, when they toured the United States for the first time. With this unique ensemble, they deal directly with each other's iconoclastic compositional and improvisational vocabularies, and have created a book of original material that takes inspirational cues from the under-appreciated work of John Carter and Bobby Bradford (two of their compositions are part of the group's repertoire). Vandermark and Wooley have worked together to create an organic combination of the jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition, and have then placed it into the raw and intimate context of this duo.

On June 22nd, 2014 they recorded an album that combined their performance at Okka Fest 6 in Milwaukee with a studio session the following day. Entitled, East By Northwest, the record was released in December of that year as a co-production between their two independent labels, Pleasure of the Text Records (Wooley) and Audiographic Records (Vandermark). In January 2014, the duo goes back on the road in the United States for their second tour together, and they will again join creative forces in September with the start of a brand new quartet which will include Steve Heather on drums and Jasper Stadhouders on guitar and bass for a tour of Europe.

Wednesday, January 14 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Kayo Dot ~~~ Autocorrect ~~~ Toothbrusher

Led by founding member Toby Driver (also of Secret Chiefs 3), Kayo Dot emerged in Boston, MA in 2002 from the ashes of metal group Maudlin of the Well. Since then, Driver has led Kayo Dot through several lineup changes and dramatic stylistic shifts: from traditional metal, to atmospheric, avant-garde metal; and now with their new album Coffins on Io, the bats-in-your-belfry hard rock of Sisters of Mercy meets Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, Scritti Politti and early Roxy Music.
In 2013, Kayo Dot demarcated the beginning of a sonic change by releasing their critically acclaimed conceptual double-albumHubardo. Undeniably experimental, but largely unclassifiable, Hubardo received rave reviews: SputnikMusic ranked it among their best albums of 2013, and CVLT Nation called it, "mesmerizing avant garde blackened doom," and a "towering achievement."
But when it comes to Kayo Dot, change is the only constant. And like the best pop culture chameleons of the past, Kayo Dot's evolution is governed by an inscrutable inner-logic. Despite the accessible songwriting of Coffins on Io and the emphasis on vocal melody and electronic percussion, Kayo Dot fans will find the record's darkness and intensity familiar and relatable. For example: the dark wave of Coffins on Io album-track "Off-ramp Cycle" might be unrecognizable to Kayo Dot's metal fans. "The sound is kind of like a sexy combination of Type O Negative, Peter Gabriel, Sisters of Mercy," Driver says. But the track also encompasses the brooding menace of classic Bauhaus as well as current dark wavers Cold Cave and Crystal Stilts: artists young and old who live and die in those unknowable corners where heaviness meets delicacy and sincerity meets theatricality.
Elsewhere, Driver's penchant for prog rock surfaces in the ethereal "Spirit Photography", complete with a saxophone melody line -- strikingly gentle when compared to Kayo Dot's brutal back catalog. "Long Time Disturbance on the Miracle Mile" could be a Bryan Ferry-era Roxy Music cut, and "The Mortality of Doves" could be Eno-produced David Bowie.

Autocorrect have been called "the Sonic Youth of noise rap". They are comprised of Cecil Decker, Sean Burns Chris Johnson Moses Andrews III and a revolving cast of friends.

Toothbrusher are fine upstanding young humans who intend to play by the rules for the sake of the children. They are like a puppetless Happiness Bomb.

Tuesday, January 13 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)