Long, long ago, when I once fashioned myself a “true noise warrior,” I briefly had the opportunity to open for Blues Control. Said opportunity was pulled asunder due to a scheduling conflict and I was offered the consolation of prize of playing vinyl between bands. I took it, duh, and I got to enjoy this decidedly un-blues, un-controlled, semi-noise two piece work their way around something you may vaguely recognize as a song. It was fucking awesome. You think I’m kidding? Check out this super cool live track:
Yeah, not completely “noise” enough for the purists but if living in Missoula the last four years has taught me anything, there are like two people besides me here that even like noise. No matter. If you wanna spend your Monday evening out of your mind on some serious jams you’d be struggling to find any better venue. Bring some crystals and get down with your chakras dude. This is New Age music for the working public. Ahem:
Blues Control, sweat factories Mordecai, and local third-eye-manufacturers Modality play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Monday, November 25th. We assume the show is starting sometime around 10pm (we think?). It will cost money, so bring some, no word yet on what this show will set you back.
Chicago’s White Mystery have it all for you animal-skin-clad Missoula neo-garage punk whatever the hell you call it nows: they’re (Total Fest) alumni, they’ve got matching haircuts, they’ve played our tiny mountain village more often than some locals. They’re rad, bro. We’ll veer away from any White Stripes references here, considering there’s a good possibility you may be aware of White Mystery’s own brand of relatively rash in-the-basement cavewoman punk-isms. If not, check this out:
One cool thing too: if you like playing the pub trivia and/or think you’ve got a glut of excess knowledge building up in your brain, KBGA hosts Tuesday Trivia every (duh) Tuesday at the VFW. They’ll be doing it once again tonight starting at 8pm.
White Mystery, Javelin Track, and The Magpies play The Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Tuesday (tonight), November 19th. Show starts after KBGA’s Tuesday Trivia (so close to 9:30pm or so), cover is $6 for the drinking public, $8 for those unluckily born in or around 1993.
Dunno if you remember the last time Maria Minerva was scheduled to appear here, in, I dunno, September? It would’ve been great. I mean, Mr. Better Tennis was still living in town, Modality was in the beginning of their getting-super-fucking-awesome phase and it really would’ve been a show-to-remember. It really would’ve. Her driver couldn’t make the tour though, the lady that is Father Finger was deathly ill, and I got a phone call from Ms. Minerva herself from (I think) Billings about an hour before she was supposed to perform…yeah…it just wasn’t meant to be.
Well fast forward a little over a year and once again, this Estonian backpack-(kinda)-EDM temptress is supposedly going to be playing the VFW. Let’s all think positive thoughts that she’ll actually show this time. Lord knows I am. This time around she’ll be mopping up the country with moderately DIY house-guru Cherusii and once again our local synth-wizards Modality round out the bill. It’s on a Tuesday, yeah, it’s $8, yeah, but DUDE, this kinda cool stuff doesn’t make it to Missoula very often so if you snooze you totally, really, dreadfully LOSE.
Maria Minerva, Cherushii, and Modality play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Tuesday, October 29th. Doors are at 9pm, show at 10pm and the cost goes $8 for the 21+ set and $13 for the kids. Don’t miss it, dudes!
Do we really need an introduction to these guys?OBN IIIs perhaps, but dudes…Thee Oh Sees and The Blind Shake have been regularly back to Missoula more than any touring bands I can think of expecting maybe Tech N9ne but Tech N9ne blows and only plays the Wilma so whatever. Quick one: Thee Oh Sees is that really popular neo-garage-punk group from Oakland headed by Mr. Plays-Guitar-Real-High John Dwyer. He’s a venerable underground veteran…playing with Pink & Brown, Burmese, Coachwhips, to name a few. He also runs the awesome Castle Face Records which, incidentally, is putting out the latest record by Minneapolis “riff-scientists” Blind Shake who will, yeah, also be playing this show. They’ve come to Missoula at least once (sometimes) twice a year since this writer has lived here, they’re (at least) two-time Total Fest veterans, and maaaaaannnnn…they rule.
OBN IIIs are a little more of a mystery to us. They’re apparently from Austin, TX and totally fit that neo-garage-punk-thing referenced above with such abandon that we’re totally not surprised they’re on this tour.
Locals The Boxcutters are (confusingly) opening the show. Over all, this should be interesting.
Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, OBN IIIs, and The Boxcutters play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Saturday, October 19th. THERE ARE NO ADVANCE TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW (lame, we know, but that’s the way it is…get there early if you can). Doors are at 9pm, show at 10pm and the cover is $12 for the drinkers, $15 for the kids.
One of the weirdest, art-damaged performers of the last ten years, Quintron is one of those acts that come once in a rare while. I mean, I admit I was a little astonished to learn the dude was playing in Montana, let alone our little town. If you like fun, weird pop music, homemade drum machines running off light, maracas, puppet shows, “performance art” masquerading as a “band,” dudes, you’re gonna love this tonight.
Quintron (and his cohort Miss Pussycat) hail from New Orleans where they’ve played their own private clubs, opened art installations, and worked closely with the 9th Ward Marching Band (featured below).
Wherever these guys play…fun will be had. You can believe me. Missoula: DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW.
Quintron & Miss Pussycat (NOLA), zZz (NL), and Shahs play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Thursday, October 10th. Doors are at 9pm, show at 10pm. Cover is $8 for the drinkers, $13 for the kids.
A little over a month has gone by since Seattle’s Rose Windows have graced us and it’s stupid Homecoming Weekend now. Thankfully, cover charges and cool shows have a tendency to keep out Griz Nation and for that we are truly grateful.
We blurbed Rose Windows back in late August, check out our description there if you’re interested but here goes round two: you like Father Yod & Yahowa 13? Mystic-family-band-boogie-neo-psych-rock? A shit-ton of paisley scarves? No, I’m not describing a high school art teacher or her record collection. I’m trying to give you a few ideas as to what you’ll find when you peek in the VFW this evening. No maroon and whatever that other color is the squares wear. Party like it’s 1969. Yeah, shitty reference but I think it’s funny because it’s so stupid.
That’s a full album. Wow! Check the shit out yourself if you wanna.
Rose Windows, Magpies, and Boston Tea Party play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Saturday, October 5th. Doors at 9:30pm, show is shortly thereafter. $7 at the door for the 21+ set, $10 for the “kids.”
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.
It’s Thursday again and that means, yeah, Missoula’s nightlife swells to bursting, jocks stream out of their gyms and fraternities, idiots and the rest clog the streets come 2 and I’m most likely going to get harassed on the quarter-mile bike trip between work and home…ah Missoula. This post, however, is indicative (we hope) of the rest this town can offer. For the most part, the douchebags mentioned above have a tendency to avoid paying-to-get-in anywhere, music they haven’t heard before, and things they knee-jerk refer to as “gay.” Why do I mention them at all? Because they’ve been a thorn in my side since the college started up again and this is as good a place to vent as any.
On Thursday we got two shows: RVIVR, Whoopass Girls, and 64 Tunaat the ZACC. Show is at 8pm, All Ages, and it’s $5. ALSO…there’s a (somewhat later show) featuring Week of Wonders(Seattle), The All Hail, and Grunt. That’s at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209, starts at 10pm, 21+, and costs $3 at the door.
Saturday’s got one show too: Memo to Maury is releasing their first album at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 and they’ll be joined by Monks on Fire and Deer Sister Killdeer. Show is at 9pm, it’s 21+, and the cover is $3.
Nothing going on Sunday.EDIT: OK, there is something happening on Sunday (thanks for the message, Riley): Lake, a group that has a release on K Records, is apparently playing the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Sunday with Duane Raider (doing some comedy) and Traff the Wiz. Show at 9pm and $3 for the 21+ set and $5 for those stuck in the live music netherworld of 18 to 20.
Monday is (we promise) the last day of the weekend: Prissy Clerks(Minneapolis), Shahs, and Copilot Eyedropsare playing The Badlander following their pub trivia night. Show should get rolling around 10:30pm, it’s 21+, and they’re asking for a donation for the touring band.
Thanks to the Facebook Event Pages our promoter-friends have made…we’re just compiling all the same stuff in blog-form here. We do make an effort to “report” on shows-we-like that are happening in Missoula but if we don’t hear about it there’s nothing we can do. Hope this is somewhat representative of “how the other half (that aren’t Griz Nation) lives” or whatever.
This is what happens every year around this time: KBGA, our amalgam of college/community radio station puts on some big(gish) show to celebrate their founding. It’s generally cool and oddly, it’s not at the Badlander/Palace complex this year. Why? Dunno. Whatever.
White Lung was supposed to be playing this (check out the poster), but apparently their guitarist quit so…yeah…they’re done for now. That’s OK though because TV Ghost jumped on and DUDE, that’s fine by us because (we think) that’s a better band. Blessing in disguise or something.
Joining TV Ghost will be Anticon’s Jel and Serengeti, on tour together. It’s not every day we get some beat-machine-rapper-dudes at the VFW so don’t snooze, Missoula.
One more thing too (and g-d knows I’m gonna get yelled at if I don’t mention this): the Garden City Ladies Arm Wrestlers (GCLAW) will be holding a bout at Birthday Bash too. In case you’re a GCLAW nube, this spectacle in somewhere between Sly Stallone’s classic Over the Top and a Luche Libre Tournament. Pretty nuts, dudes.
KBGA’s Birthday Bash is Saturday, September 14th at the Ole (pronounced “Oly”) Beck VFW Post #209 featuring TV Ghost, Jel, Serengeti, DJ Tony Trimm, and the Garden City Ladies Arm Wrestlers. Things get rolling around 9pm and it’s $12 presale ($15 door). I do believe this show is 18+.
Well it looks like Missoula is once again primed for the lndian Summer show season. Don’t really know why this is, but there are always a ton of good things happening in town right around the time the college kids are back, they’re puking on front lawns at 3pm on a Tuesday, and the whole cavalcade just keeps steaming along til whenever it gets too cold to just wear a sweater out there. Nice. There are some things you, dear reader, should probably know about (assuming you don’t already, you know).
First of all, local vets VTO and The Magpies are gearing up to release a split 7” (pictured above) at the Ole (pronounced “Oly”) Beck VFW Post #209 on Friday, September 13th. That’s this Friday. They’ll be joined by Thee Hounds and I believe the whole thing is $2. Cool, huh? Even cooler, there’s this video by Cade Donovan:
Also happening this Friday, there’s a FREE show at Stage 112 featuring the likes of Needlecraft, Skin Flowers, Jacob Milstein,and a new band featuring members of both Needlecraft and Baby & Bukowski: Pancakes. 9pm time I believe, too.
BUT DUDE, there’s gonna be cool stuff Saturday, too! Stay tuned for that…we’ll post something tomorrow.
ALSO…we don’t book shows too often (sorry touring bands, we busy) but we finally got one set up for Thursday, October 3rd at the ZACC. There’ll be more info on that in a little bit but in the meantime, check out this stuff by one of the dudes (Punishment) playing the thing: