October 3, 2013
Monks On Fire Residency Series Week #1 @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Thursday Oct. 3rd

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If you thought the VFW’s monthly residency series was dead and gone you’re quite mistaken. The shape of the thing has changed considerably over the 2013 and many of the entities entrusted with said sacred duty have opted to throw non-Thursday shows and non-shows, confusing the hell out of everyone, this writer included. If you’re a residency series newbie, I’d like to mention that the original idea consisted of giving every Thursday-of-a-month at the VFW to a certain band, they book all the shows, and those shows are cheap. But yeah, like I said, things have been in flux it seems and at least this new month of October, Monks on Fire has taken up the (uh) torch.

This week, the Monks on Fire residency series gets its first dress rehearsal, where the band gets to play with pretty much whoever they want to. As of this writing their event page still reads “special guests” but I’m sure it’ll be something those prog-rock assholes like. Check it out, bruh.

Monks on Fire begin their October residency series at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 this Thursday, October 3rd. Shit gets rolling around 10pm and the cover is $3 for the old kids, $5 for the kids. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

September 20, 2012
The Screaming Females, Warm Soda, Needlecraft, The Juveniles, Oll Breds @ The Palace Lounge, Monday Sept. 24th

There are a lot of good reasons to keep a bar job, even if it requires you to spend your late nights managing peoples’ levels of intoxication, spreading an air of enthusiastic responsibility, and only getting to hear the bands all your friends are in the other room seeing. 1) You have a job. 2) You get paid well for working a relatively short amount of time. 3) It’s usually not that hard to get time off or shifts switched. 4) You find yourself coming home post-close, throwing on some Italian psych reissue you bought that afternoon, drinking one of those waiting Rainiers, and spending time with the blog you love but rarely can find time to write in anymore.

Mondays rule. I don’t work Mondays. HIGH LIFE is on Mondays. You know about HIGH LIFE? That’s the radio show we do. It’s taken over as the major subject on the blog mostly because it’s really easy to compose those posts. The only annoying aspect is just waiting for the damn mp3s to upload. Even so, I have on good authority (mine) that I will be attending this killer show at The Palace Lounge. I really love that they’ve gotten rid of the carpeting. I hate carpeting. Pretty much everywhere. Only problem I’ve noticed is that with the lack of dampening material the place sounds like a basketball court unless you get real real close to the stage. Maybe it works better that way? I mean, I’ve been on a stage before. It always looks really cool to see people really close and totally into it when you’re up on that thing. Man. I guess it’s not a problem after all.

Out of nowhere it seemed that in tandem, Needlecraft and Oll Breds got really good in the course of only like a month or something. Are you serious, Wendy? Coming off a tour like they are right now…they’ll probably be even better. I implore you all to check out Missoula’s two premier garage-y groups.

Juveniles too, dude. They were the band that kick-started the totally awesome Residency Series nights that we helped get going at the VFW. It’s a true, solid punk rock of a hammer they’ll be pummelin’ your brains with. Manscapes, killer covers, all the rest. Playing earlier this evening I was lucky enough to hear some new song they’ve had hidden up one of their sleeves…the shit rules dude. The Juveniles are easily THE band you’ve probably missed but should be kicking yourself for doing so. It’s a shame. Don’t miss this.

Warm Soda. Hmmm. From the ashes of the once-lauded-yet-publicly-imploded Bare Wires comes this sunny-time glam-pop oddity. Still fronted by Famous Mustache Matthew Melton, Warm Soda is (pardon the horrible reference) the Wings to Bare Wires’ Beatles. Or maybe just McCartney II. Yeah, that comparison works a little better for me. I’m hearing some Modern Lovers, some New York Dolls maybe, some ears pointed firmly at a good time that is completely going to happen.

I’ll be fair here. I hadn’t heard of The Screaming Females until this show was announced. Ran into Marty of Minor Bird tonight and he mentioned something about them playing a show at The Lab not too long ago. Call me ig’nit but I’m getting this total Sleater Kinney vibe. Not a huge fan of Sleater Kinney to be honest, but hey, not everyone is an opinionated music dude that’s probably had too many Rainiers and should’ve gone to bed hours ago.

Relevant info: the show’s at 9PM on Monday September 24th at the Palace Lounge in lovely downtown Missoula. 21+ folks pay $7 at the door, those 18-20 pay $12.

April 12, 2012
Once again Mr. Matt Larubbio has wowed us with another killer VFW poster. This time it’s for Modality’s April Residency Series that, coincidentally, begins tonight. Like all the previous Larubbio prints, these full color, hand-screened posters are available for $8 each at the VFW. Just poke a bartender and they can help you out.
This is gonna be one fun month!

Once again Mr. Matt Larubbio has wowed us with another killer VFW poster. This time it’s for Modality’s April Residency Series that, coincidentally, begins tonight. Like all the previous Larubbio prints, these full color, hand-screened posters are available for $8 each at the VFW. Just poke a bartender and they can help you out.

This is gonna be one fun month!

March 15, 2012
Matt Larubbio’s work is probably known to you ifyou’re a junkie for those amazing Total Fest screenprints. He’s also been the guy behind those posters for the VFW’s Thursday Residency Series. You can check out the Bird’s Mile Home one up above. Wow.
Supporting quality local artists is just as important as supporting quality local musicians and venues and we’re always pleased to showcase Mr. Larubbio’s fantastic work.

Matt Larubbio’s work is probably known to you ifyou’re a junkie for those amazing Total Fest screenprints. He’s also been the guy behind those posters for the VFW’s Thursday Residency Series. You can check out the Bird’s Mile Home one up above. Wow.

Supporting quality local artists is just as important as supporting quality local musicians and venues and we’re always pleased to showcase Mr. Larubbio’s fantastic work.