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  • Gregg Allman, the Sound of Southern Rock, passed away on May 27th at the age of 69. Gregg, along with his brother Duane, founded the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. The band is considered to have defined the Southern Rock genre. According to his official website, the singer "passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia."
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  • Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has died at age 52 in Detroit. No details have been released as of yet, except that his representative has called it "sudden and unexpected".
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  • The Lil’ Smokies
    Friday, June 23, 2017
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM
    $15 Advance/ $18 Day of Show
    Tickets on sale now
    Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.
     

    With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition.  In 2013 the band also won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil’ Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor. This five-piece bluegrass ensemble features Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Jake Simpson (fiddle) and Matt Rieger (guitar).

     

    Tickets are available at thepubstation.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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    Guitar Wolf is a Japanese garage rock power trio founded in 1987. The band is known for songs with piercing vocals and an extremely loud style of noise-influenced punk which emphasizes heavy distortion and feedback. They coined the phrase “jet rock ‘n’ roll”, which they also use to describe their musical style – an energetic cross between the Ramones, Link Wray, rockabilly, 77 punk, and garage rock. The band is part of Sony Music Japan’s Ki/oon Records division.
     
    Guitar Wolf has released nine studio albums internationally as well as a live album, numerous singles, and a retrospective compilation called Golden Black. The band members have also been featured in two B-grade science fiction horror movies: Wild Zero and Sore Losers.
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  • Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 46 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning 'Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys' is the band's most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star line up includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many other fine talents.

    Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound into 2016. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you'll be dancin' down the aisles and swingin' all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!
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  • The album opens on “Tape Machine,” and the difference is readily apparent. On 2013’s Miracle Mile, STRFKR refined a full-band sound, but this doubles down on and completely reimagines the project’s electronic and pop roots. The initial synths could fuel a rave, and the ensuing groove could score a Drive sequel, but the song is richer still, with cosmic effects flying overhead and a psych-folk earthiness below. It isn’t that the band sat this LP out—drummer (etc.) Keil Corcoran penned the thick astral disco of “In the End,” and he and bassist (etc.) Shawn Glassford both pitch in throughout. But Being No One, Going Nowhere was born in Joshua Tree after Hodges packed up his Los Angeles apartment and moved to that tiny Mojave outpost under the great big sky. “It came together for me in the desert,” he says. “Out there, it’s easy to feel small and slow.”

    When Hodges started STRFKR in 2007, it was designed to be success-proof. The name was both unfit for radio and a jab at fame-chasers. But the project was also meant to be bright, playful and brimming with energy. He stumbled upon a winning juxtaposition that’s a STRFKR staple to this day: dark (or heavy) lyrics set to happy music. Hodges credits that to Elliott Smith’s influence, although Being No One, Going Nowhere has closer sonic kin in Italo-disco, kosmische musik and Tony Hoffer’s work with Phoenix, Beck and M83. English thinker/writer Alan Watts, a scholar of Eastern philosophy, was another muse for Hodges—his voice appears on nearly every STRFKR release, including this one. That’s him on “interspace,” talking about sloughing off preconceived identity to find one’s place in the universe, which is the story of Hodges’ eventual career: stop trying—no, start not trying—and succeed.

    This album’s name actually paraphrases the title of a book by Ayya Khema, a Buddhist nun, but the concept came to Hodges in a less chaste setting. “I had an experience at a BDSM club that was really freeing,” he says. “I realized that the appeal is letting go of your mind and stress. You can be super present with the pain, and then the pain isn’t even pain. It’s a gateway to freedom.” In a way, each song on Being No One, Going Nowhere seeks that end. There’s the reality-refracting fantasy of “Never Ever,” the hard truths about addiction’s ravages on “Tape Machine,” a death-defying coming of age tale on “Open Your Eyes,” and references to Hermann Hesse’s 1919 novel of self-realization, Demian, on “When I’m With You.” If the words don’t set you free, the music— exuberant, enveloping, incredibly catchy—should do so handily. None of which is to imply that STRFKR is drifting along aimlessly. To the contrary, Hodges crafted this album’s dance bent with the stage in mind.

    The live setup these days includes a custom-made LED wall and a homemade light show that syncs with the rhythm of the songs (also, the occasional crowd-surfing astronaut and band-indrag). Plus, he camped out at the house of producer Jeffrey Brodsky (Yacht, RAC) for a week and a half, working all hours to ensure Being No One, Going Nowhere sounds as crisply booming over PAs as it does in headphones. Even if Hodges is too busy pushing the future of indie dance-pop forward to possibly attain his goal of unplugging, his aspiration is everything: “Existing is it. This moment is enough.”
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  • Bridge To Grace, Seasons After, Gears
    Saturday, July 1, 2017
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM
    $13 Advance/Day of Show
    Tickets on sale Friday, 4/28 at 10AM
    Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.
     
    A fixture on the rock music scene, Bridge To Grace has been impressing audiences with their energetic live show performance and songwriting skills since early 2012. Loaded with powerful songs that range from hard-hitting rockers to emotionally driven ballads, David Garcia (vocals), Alex Cabrera (guitar, vocals, piano), Christian Lowenstein (bass) and Justin Little (drum, vocals) have a musical chemistry like no other. Their unique and compelling sounds leave fans wanting more and their motto of “write a song a day” shows just how determined and dedicated they are to ‘making it. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Bridge To Grace was formed by Cabrera in 2010 when he recruited Lowenstein, whom he met while attending Atlanta’s Music Matters. Two years later, Little joined and finally Garcia, thanks to producer Rick Beato’s suggestion that vocal tracks of Garcia be sent to Cabrera. After one listen, Cabrera knew he was the voice for Bridge To Grace and the band was born! In late 2013, Bridge To Grace released their first EP “Staring in the Dark,” produced by Beato (Shinedown, Need to Breathe) for indie label Long Run Records. Their first single “The Fold” was released to radio in January 2014 and landed in the Top 50 on the active rock charts. That same year, the guys completed their first nationwide tour sharing the stage with bands such as Theory of a Deadman, Pop Evil, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Smile Empty Soul, Tantric, and Drowning Pool. Additionally, Bridge To Grace has performed at The Taste of Madison, Dirt Fest, The Dane County Fair and Texas Showdown, Rockfest 2016 in addition to doing several radio and television appearances to promote their music and tour. The eponymous album BRIDGE TO GRACE was released in the Spring of 2015 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and bridgetogracemusic.com. The band currently has released two top 40 singles and just released their fourth single, "Left Inside".
     
    Tickets are available at thepubstation.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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  • 11:11 Presents
    Jared & The Mill
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 6:30PM / Show at 7:30PM
    $15 Advance/$18 Day of Show
    Tickets on sale Friday, 4/14 at 10AM
    Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.
     
    Jared & The Mill is a southwestern indie rock band, formed in 2011 in Phoenix, AZ. The band has spent the past few years touring extensively through the venues, dives, theaters, festivals, and arenas of the U.S. and Canada, playing alongside new burgeoning bands and established acts, and developing a strong and rooted fan base along the way. The band has multiple and successful independent releases, the most recent 2016, Orme Dugas was recorded and produced by Ryan Hewitt in Nashville, Tennessee.

    “Orme Dugas blurs lines to the point where the ambiguity becomes an asset unto itself, a record that sounds exactly like Jared & The Mill to the returning listener but a little more gray to a newcomer. It’s not rock, it’s not country, it’s not folk, but it’s not quite pop. So where do they fit? They’ve opened for the Zac Brown Band, the War on Drugs, Allen Stone, & the Killers, to name a few, and while it’s an impressive list, it’s a still a grab bag. Their undefinable nature is also their strongest weapon.” - K.C. Libman Phoenix New Times.

    As the band has stated, “Our music has been called, compared and regarded by a number of different names and genres, and we've been influenced and shaped by many different events and people, but more than anything, we'd like to think that some shred of the Southwest -- of our home -- can be found in the heart of our music.”
     
    Tickets are available at thepubstation.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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  • Matisyahu
    Thursday, July 20, 2017
    Pub Station Ballroom (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM / Show at 8PM
    $31.50 Advance/$34 Day of Show
    Tickets on sale Friday, 4/28 at 10AM
    Ticket price includes base Ticketfly service charge. Additional fees may apply depending on purchase method.
     
    Singer-songwriter Matisyahu has been on journey inward for more than a decade.  The journey has been private and public. The journey has at times been explicitly external, even while being driven by internal change. Now nearly thirteen years after the release of his first studio record, Matisyahu and his band have done something unmatched in his past repertoire; they have crafted that journey into a musically thematic eight song movement.

    The band features longtime guitarist Aaron Dugan, Dub Trio bassist and drummer Stu Brooks and Joe Tomino, and keyboard virtuoso BigYuki -- and the journey starts with them.  The band improvised for hours in the studio with Matisyahu watching on as an admirer without singing a single lyric.  Out of the improvisations grew melodic themes, rhythmic peaks and valleys, blissful and proto-song guitar passages, deep dub meditations and ultimately an inspired instrumental record until itself.  Only once the band had crafted this musical narrative, did Matisyahu begin to work on a lyrical narrative of his own -- a lyrical narrative that is simultaneously informed and integrated with the music yet driven by Matisyahu’s own personal journey.  The result is Undercurrent, Matisyahu’s sixth studio album.

    The record is musically Matisyahu’s most courageous release to date and lyrically his most vulnerable.

    The courage in the music comes from trust.  Trust in the band.   And only in the band.  There are no post-production bells and whistles or litany of special guests on Undercurrent.  On the opening track, “Step Out into the Light” the band lays out a repetitive minimalist verse section that anchors the listener in a near meditative loop only to open up into a gorgeous set of chord changes that makes the chorus feel revelatory, as if the listener has earned this release, and can achieve the song-title’s call to action. 

    By the record’s third track, “Coming Up Empty” the band has established melodic themes that will be called upon or re-harmonized later in the record, and just two songs in, it is clear that these musicians are road-tested, brave-song-crafters, with tens-of-thousands of hours of playing together embedded in their muscles and fortified in their bones. 

    The vulnerability in the lyrics comes from acceptance. Acceptance in uncertainly. Acceptance in the actions of one’s younger self and acceptance that while the future may be uncertain, having the courage to trust gives us all the best chance at meaningful relationships. It’s a lyrical reframing of the Jewish philosophical differences between emunah (faith) and bitachon (trust). Faith, the constant, and trust the immediate. Matisyahu sets the stage for this conceptually on the record’s opening track, but he digs in internally on the authoritative plea in the chorus of “Back to the Old”, [I’m giving up, I’m giving in / All I got is what’s right in front of me / Is the people that I see…].  He projects it outwardly through questioning in “Forest of Fai
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