Note: $22.00 is the day of show price.
The Chills are a band from Dunedin, New Zealand fronted by the rare talent of Martin Phillipps. Martin has a single-minded determination to take quality, original NZ-sounding, melodic rock music global. His requirement of band members has been to meet a standard of musicianship, which is necessary to deliver The Chills songs with essential consistent energy. This determination stems from the punk rock ethics of Martin’s musical awakening and from the subsequent proximity to people like Chris Knox who drove home how crucial it was to deliver music always with intensity and conviction.
This live energy is the central reason why The Chills are remembered fondly in all of the thirty-nine countries that they have thus far visited. It’s the combination of this AND the consistent quality of their songs which have established The Chills as one of the most well-known New Zealand groups to date – particularly in the US, UK and Europe. The band have many faithful friends around the world and a new generation (Peter Bjorn and John, Songs, The Go Find, Panda Bear, The Shins et al) are now covering or attempting to emulate The Chills unique sound.
BRION STARR is a singer, artist, and actor based in what remains of New York City. Having been shuffled around throughout early life, if there is any place at all STARR considers home, it is this ever changing megapolis. STARR remains guarded about personal matters taking issues of privacy seriously, reveling in the anonymity of The Big Apple. A New Yorker, STARR feels at ease in only one place.
Although secure in this sanctuary, STARR operates internationally having recently completed the recording of debut solo album Global Identity over the course of three months at Konk Studios (home of childhood musical heroes The Kinks) in the remote hamlet of Hornsey in North London away from the incessant chatter of USA. The majority of morning walks to the studio were soundtracked by children on their way to school through the fall leaves, shrouded in fog. The nights spent tumbling down the parkland walk, where trains used to run until the war halted them, to the Boogaloo intoxicated by each others stories and perceptions. These three months felt like am extended dream having previously spent the last year and a half touring the world with The Noh Starrs after releasing their eponymous album via Modern Sky in 2017.
Flavor Crystals are a four piece space rock based in Minneapolis, MN. Since releasing their debut album On Plastic (mpls ltd 2005), Flavor Crystals have continued to create engagingly floaty psych rock. Their music evokes ’60s psychedelia, ’70s kraut/prog, ’80s kiwi, and ’90s shoegaze/indie in equal measures, while always retaining their distinct, wobbly vibe. Their second album was recorded with Kramer (Bongwater, Galaxie 500, Low) and released as Ambergris (mpls ltd 2007, Second Shimmy/Cargo 2008).
DJ JAKE RUDH
Former Radio K, REV 105, NPR alum and present host on 89.3 the Current, Jake’s been voted “best DJ” in the Twin Cities by the readers & critics of City Pages magazine ten years running (2003-2012) and one of Star Tribune’s “Artists of the Year” (2012). His long-running “Transmission” dance night has been a weekly staple on the Minneapolis scene bringing a mixture of mod, glam & punk to post-punk, new wave, synth & indie rock for over a decade.
“Where Jake Rudh goes, dance floors follow. The DJ brought his retro sounds (and love of TV’s Mad Men) to parties everywhere — museums, libraries, restaurants, neighborhood bars, rock clubs. He started the year off with a bang, celebrating 10 years of Transmission, his weekly New Wave dance night at tiny Clubhouse Jäger, by bringing it to First Avenue, where he blew the roof off that storied club. Gigs just blossomed from there, turning Rudh into a true tastemaker. Not surprisingly, the Current offered him a weekly radio slot. Now even more people can groove to his love of Britpop, post-punk and the ilk.” [Tom Horgen, Star Tribune, 2011]