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A Night of Record Releases at JB’s April 9

Tonight’s show is a rare occasion at Johnny Brenda's because it will be a record release party for all four acts on the bill. That’s a boatload full of new releases in one night. But anchoring the evening will be Josh Britton’s Psalmships. The former front man of Sweetheart Parade has been mapping out his own journey in the solace of his own home. However, he has enlisted the help of Liz Fullerton on his latest adventure to add even more layers of haunting and longing to his “ghost folk” project whose songs already seem perfect for drinking whisky alone in a dark room full of heartbreak. Britton will be celebrating his split release “Anchored to Oak” with buddy Michael Batchelor who fronts Kettle Pot Black as well as singer-songwriters David Janes and Brian Flanagan (former drummer of Headsoup). Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Alexis V.
 
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Birthday Bash at The Bookspace April 9

When most people turn 21 they have a gathering among friends at several bars, dance at some clubs, and have a night of plentiful libations. But when you’re friends with bands in the local music community like Stella Sima is, it just makes sense to pack in some of your favorites in a DIY space to celebrate the night away. The Homophones will be taking time from the studio where they’ve been working on their first album as a solidified band. They’ll be filling the evening with plenty of balloon fun, slick dance moves, and their unique brand of happy melancholy. TJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb will also be bringing their recently unveiled dirty mixes from their upcoming album to life on this bill full of local buddies. And since El Fuego just hit the studio to finish up work on a new EP, they should have some scorching new material as well. El Fuego’s jokester Joe Reno will be pulling double duty tonight when he joins Julia Rainer in jamming out as part of their shredding blues rock outfit Flamingo. The band Headshop will be a merging of Illipsis and The Great Vibration while Mountjoy will bring it home with songs from their debut release You Keep Me. So the entertainment is covered for the evening. Now it’s up to you to bring some alcoholic beverages, a little donation, and plenty of good vibes for the birthday girl (and a gift wouldn’t hurt either). The Bookspace, (Please contact one of the acts for details.), 8pm, $5 donation, All Ages (Photo by Chris Blasucci) - Bill McThrill
 
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Driftless Pony Club Release Show @ Schubas

Now that you have learned the history of Driftless Pony Club (see video below), you should check them out tonight at Schubas as they celebrate the release of their latest album Buckminster. The album was officially released in February, and is inspired by and is based on the work of Buckminster Fuller. This is the bands fourth album in eleven years.

Driftless Pony Club will be performing tonight (April 9th) at Schubas with Tight Phantomz and All Eyes West. Tickets are $8 and the shows starts at 10pm.

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Q&A with Queen Caveat

What’s sexier than a front woman who can strut her stuff? Easy. It’s a band that’s a hard rocking and hardworking total package. Ben Epand and Lauren Little of Queen Caveat answered some questions with us for the uninitiated.

Biggest challenge for the band in 2010?

QC: Finding our drummer. We recorded our EP w/ Dan Epand of Nico Vega on drums last year and played a handful of shows when he was available, but we suffered months of brutal auditions, stagnancy and frustrations waiting to find someone that musically embodied our direction as well as a friend that could join our lifelong marriage. Will (bass) mentioned to the band one evening that his good buddy from Berkely College of Music, Jesse Magnuson was moving to LA in a few weeks and he thought he’d be perfect. The rest is history and we secured Jesse Magnuson (drums) and all the bolts we’re in place to begin our journey together.

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Interview with Queen Caveat

- by Kimberly Brown

What’s sexier than a front woman who can strut her stuff? Easy. It’s a band that’s a hard rocking and hardworking total package. Ben Epand and Lauren Little of Queen Caveat answered some questions with us for the uninitiated.

Biggest challenge for the band in 2010?

QC: Finding our drummer.  We recorded our EP w/ Dan Epand of Nico Vega on drums last year and played a handful of shows when he was available, but we suffered months of brutal auditions, stagnancy and frustrations waiting to find someone that musically embodied our direction as well as a friend that could join our lifelong marriage.  Will (bass) mentioned to the band one evening that his good buddy from Berkely College of Music, Jesse Magnuson was moving to LA in a few weeks and he thought he’d be perfect.  The rest is history and we secured Jesse Magnuson (drums) and all the bolts we’re in place to begin our journey together.

How did everyone in the band meet and why did you choose each other to make music with?

QC: Lauren and I (Ben) met through a mutual friend at a party one evening and within hours we had a handful of songs written.  We started playing acoustically with shows at Cranes Hollywood Tavern and Will (bass), one of my best friends, joined the band shortly after. The three of us had such great musical chemistry and a clear direction we wanted to take the band, as well as a collective appreciate for Jim Beam (our fifth member), it was only a matter of time that we would find our drummer, Jesse. The bottom line is we all are best friends and we couldn’t do what we’re doing with anyone else.

Where does the band’s name come from?

QC: The band name was born after hearing the word "caveat" (or "warning, beware") uttered by an admiring fan after one of the band's early stage shows, which are notoriously rowdy and raucous.  The regal forename we created as an ambiguous reference to the band as a whole, or possibly with a nod to Lauren Little, the band's lead singer - who it must be noted is truly Queen Caveat's "Queen".  We leave this part open to fan interpretation.

What is the hardest part about trying to make a living playing music?

QC: Nothing!  We asked for this and we love the hard work that comes with it.  That being said, picking which flavor of Ramen to eat for dinner.

Is it hard living near/in one of the largest music scenes in the country? Do you think that is an advantage or disadvantage when being in a band in Los Angeles?

QC: Advantage – any band coming out of LA, for us at least, instantly has more cred than one coming out of Tampa, FL.  Most bands worth their water make it out to LA, NY, or Nashville anyway…most of the ones that are left behind in their hometowns will, more often than not, stay there indefinitely.  LA is the best music scene in the world and we are thrilled to be a part of it!!

Upcoming plans for 2011?

QC: Recording our debut full-length record!

 

 
 
 

Queen Caveat
Emptor - EP

 
 
 
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