August 20, 2014
The Ancient Forest Band — THE ANCIENT FOREST BAND from the OLE BECK

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Sometimes you just gotta wait for the stuff. THAT stuff, you know, the stuff you’ve been waiting for. It doesn’t necessarily have to be groundbreaking (it isn’t) but that stuff is still there waiting for you whenever you wanna recognize it’s there. Missoula’s had that stuff for a long long time in the form of Kalen Walther’s Ancient Forest, our resident hermetic psych-folk-rock chanteuse.

The last few times we’ve been lucky enough to catch Ancient Forest it’s been a sublime affair. He’d graduated to the world of two-man band with the addition of a man named Cooper on bass. There was something unsettlingly beautiful about that lineup. I don’t think it lasted very long because here we have what I think may be the first full-band Ancient Forest recording. Sam Molstad rounds out the ‘Forest on drums and though I was skeptical at first (I really liked the percussion-less sets) this version is phenomenal.

It’s a live album. So you know that, I mean. It’s a live album recorded at the Ole Beck VFW Post, presumably made during their show with Iji a few weeks ago.

Syd Barrett, Skip Spence, and White Fence references may abound and really, they’re all true, but Ancient Forest is still a kind of mirage in a town that doesn’t have anything even approaching this level of depth within what (I guess) I’ll call the “psych idiom.” We need Ancient Forest. We need Ancient Forest to succeed. This record is really great and it’s the kind of document I’d like to see as the tea leaves predicting an absolute masterpiece of an album, hopefully to come. You can do it, guys. 

Some fave tracks, dunno if Tumblr is still weird with Bandcamp links or not:

You can purchase THE ANCIENT FOREST BAND from the OLE BECK at a cost you choose from their Bandcamp site. We highly recommend it. 

July 1, 2014
Lozen, Qui, Shramana, Fuuls @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Sunday July 6th

Any Total Fest veteran should perk up at the mention of the name LOZEN. They’ve played the fest at least twice (I think) since I’ve lived in Missoula and as a better writer has waxed on these killer ladies better than I, I give you a quote from the Total Blog ala 2012:

Lozen, as a band, has been around since 2005, but their friendship extends further back to those ever so foundational bonds of high school. Taking their name from the Chihenne Chiricahua Apache warrior, the duo melds an isolating vocal cacophony with some well-tested droning sludge. Straight up reinvigorated riot grrrl.
Somehow this all does them a disservice. They’re more unique than reviewers give them credit, and their song writing is more innovative than the easily applied Melvins, Unwound comparisons suggest. As women artists go, we’re still in the habit of trying to make them fit into some pre-established mold. Performative contradictions aside, sure the influences are there and nothing is created in a vacuum, but after almost eight years of playing together and evolving their sound, it’s somewhat degrading to keep throwing out comparison after comparison, as if that somehow legitimates what they’re doing.
Lozen and Qui (who apparently have a pretty sweet Jesus Lizard connection) are playing the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Sunday, July 6th along with locals Fuuls and Shramana. Show is starting at 9pm and it’s a $5 cover.

July 1, 2014
Web of Sunsets, Crow’s Share, Ancient Forest, Jacob Milstein, June West @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Thursday June 3rd

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What with the glut of “dream pop” bands that seem to spill overflowing out of most college radio station playlists, I figure it’s time I retire all the Mazzy Star comparisons. I mean, sure, Web of Sunsets definitely brings that shit to the forefront of my mind but I’m not gonna go out there and just say it, nahmean?

Think lazy music. Lazy pretty dusk-time Stevie-Nicks-if-she-was-actually-a-witch music. Web of Sunsets makes beautiful songs that resist becoming “precious.” That’s a strength that’s more impressive than you might think. Well I think it is. Come see them play Missoula with a local host of equally lazy pretty music people.  

Web of Sunsets plays the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 with Crow’s Share, Ancient Forest, Jacob Milstein, June West, and possibly some more this Thursday (June 3rd). Show is at 10pm. It’s $4 for those of drinking age and $6 for the kids.

June 9, 2014
Priests, Slowglass, American Falcon, The Catch @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Thursday June 12th

Remember Priests? Like the show they played almost exactly a year ago? If you don’t, here’s a cavalcade of descriptors I can lay down for you: kinda no wave, somewhere between Bush Tetras, Siouxsie Sioux, Savages, The Pins, maybe The Slits without all the reggae? I dunno. This is TRV PVNK in the sense that maybe everyone in this band has dabbled in organic farming, owns a french press, has (heard) at least one Crass album and/or has a matching T-shirt OR they’re like other DC refuse-guys Fugazi and think “Merchandise” makes better politics than actual merchandise. All that speculating is pretty ridiculous though. I talked to them last year when they were in town. They’re super duper nice. Not the kind of puritanical poli-punks Olympia seems to spawn. East Coast Rules maybe. Stay PVNK.

We’re a little miffed we only found out about this within the last few days as my girlfriend (who loves Priests), doesn’t have time to rearrange her work schedule now. Oh hell. I gotta work that evening too but hopefully Priests play later-ish. I can really afford to miss American Falcon again.

Priests, Slowglass, American Falcon, and The Catch are playing at the Ole Beck VFW Post as part of the second week of Slowglass’ Residency Series this Thursday, June 12th. 10PM and $4 for the drinking public, $6 for the kids (who gotta be at least 18).

 

May 30, 2014
Scaphe was pretty awesome last night.

Scaphe was pretty awesome last night.

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May 26, 2014
Benny & the Jet Rodriguez, Thee Hounds, Idaho Green, and J. Sherri @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Wednesday May 28th

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Some time during that first Thursday of Total Fest last year, through an acid-induced haze and probably after (or before?) Animal Lover played, I was delightfully surprised when this very West Coast-sounding (kinda) pop-punk band with a silly name totally let loose and won me over. It was Benny & the Jet Rodriguez and it’s pretty sweet they’re finally coming back almost a year later. Acid or no, I’m hoping these guys endear themselves to you too.

Benny & the Jet Rodriguez, Thee Hounds, Idaho Green, and J. Sherri play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Wednesday, May 28th. Shows is at 10pm and the cover is $5 for the drinking public and $7 for the kids.

May 22, 2014
Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Jesse the Ocelot, Mr. Soap, Javier Ryan @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Tuesday May 27th

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This town (and a hell of a lot of others) seem to be obsessed with this neo-garage rock stuff. Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, White Fence, Shannon & the Clams, Thee Oh Sees…I’ve witnessed Missoula go ape-shit-crazy at those shows. Don’t worry guys, there’s more coming. Lorelle Meets the Obsolete easily fits into that venerable family of groups and what’s even better is that they’re playing in town on Tuesday.

We know, we know, Tuesdays are tough but you should be done with school by now. Take one for the team. Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Jesse the Ocelot, Mr. Soap, and Javier Ryan play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Tuesday, May 27th. Show is after the VFW’s Pub Trivia (probably around 10pm) and the cover is $4 for the drinking public, $6 for the kids.

May 21, 2014
Marriage + Cancer, Pancakes, Vera, Muff Dive @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Friday May 23rd

It’s a little past mid-May and we’re excited to be curating another cool show at the venerable VFW. This month we have Portland, Oregon’s Marriage + Cancer. They’ve played Missoula in the past under the name Nucular Aminals. If you’re unfamiliar with either we think they fall somewhere in the nebulous region between punk and psychedelia. That’s not a bad place to be. We really want you to see this.

Marriage + Cancer, Pancakes (who are playing their first show in Missoula for a while), Vera, and Muff Dive (playing their first show ever) are performing at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Friday, May 23rd. The show starts at 10:30pm SHARP (so don’t be late) and the cover is $5.  

May 15, 2014
Poster is printed for the Marriage + Cancer show next week!

Poster is printed for the Marriage + Cancer show next week!

April 18, 2014
Upcoming Weird Missoula Shows: April Showcase TONIGHT & Bleeding Rainbow Next Week

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Our fourth showcase in the same number of months has finally arrived! It’s another all-Missoula show featuring some of our perennial favorites Modality, Ancient Forest, J. Sherri, and Copilot Eyedrops. It’s also probably the most homogeneous show we’ve booked for this series so if you like art-damaged psych rock + something you can’t entirely define, beginning to end this show will not disappoint.  

Weird Missoula’s April Showcase is TONIGHT, Friday April 18th at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 and features the music of Modality, Ancient Forest, J. Sherri, and Copilot Eyedrops. Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm. $3 cover.

That’s not all though. We booked Philadelphia weirdos Bleeding Rainbow for the middle of next week. You guys remember that show Priests played at the VFW about a year or so? They were from DC. Bleeding Rainbow are apparently their buds and they helped hook this up and DUDE, we’re excited it’s working out. These guys use grunge like it isn’t a dirty word, channel some showgaze moments, jingle jangle the rest of their way through. Seems only fitting that Magpies and Vera shore up the Missoula contingent.

Philadelphia’s Bleeding Rainbow play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Wednesday, April 23rd with locals Magpies and Vera. Show at 10pm, $5 cover.