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  • Wesley and The Revolving, Not Your Boyfriend’s Band
    
Friday, September 30, 2016
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/21+
    Doors at 8PM/Show at 9PM
    $7 in advance/Day of show
    Additional fees may apply
    Tickets on sale Friday, 7/22 at 10AM
     
    Alt-indie Folkgrass is the way Wesley and the Revolving (WatR) measures against the genre.  The three-piece string band creates a complexity of simple music that swells and falls in between the heart beats.  In support of Wesley's 7-finger guitar playing and vocals are the talents of Jarret Kostrba's wah-wah mandolin solos and Bryant Mettler's stand up bass thumping.  Wesley and the Revolving recently released an ep titled, WatR, and is working on material for their full-length album due out in the fall. 

     
    Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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  • 11:11 Presents
    Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Carnifex, Oceano
    
Saturday, October 1, 2016
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 6PM/Show at 7PM
    $25 in advance/$28 Day of show
    Additional fees may apply
    Tickets on sale Friday, 7/22 at 11AM
     

    Suicide Silence

    Many of the greatest works of art throughout history were fashioned from grief, anger and overwhelming despair descending on its creators in the aftermath of tragedy and SUICIDE SILENCE’s appropriately titled You Can’t Stop Me is no exception. Plenty of bands trumpet the idea of strength through adversity, but few have lived it like this one.

    As Rock Sound so expertly observed, music can be a powerful healer. “If there was ever a group of people who believed in the cathartic quality of music, it’s Suicide Silence.”

    Like the once unthinkable creative and commercial reemergence of ALICE IN CHAINS or the classic, legendary and timeless touchstone that is AC/DC’s Back in Black, Suicide Silence’s You Can’t Stop Me boldly debuted a new frontman on the heels of an earthshaking tragedy. The celebrated Southern California based metal band’s fans demonstrated their fierce loyalty and unwavering support when album number four emerged, putting it at #16 on the Billboard 200 with over 15,000 copies sold the first week. Going forward, the album continued to permeate the hearts and minds of the metal subculture; Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal played it more than any other album in 2014. 

    You Can’t Stop Me served as a simultaneous introduction to vocalist Hernan “Eddie” Hermida, as well as a celebration of the brotherhood the band shared with Hermida’s fallen predecessor. The group chose the album’s title from a collection of lyrics left behind by the late Mitch Lucker, while their formidable revamped sound makes it clear that Suicide Silence’s resurrection is complete. Ever since Suicide Silence went public with their plans to continue as a band, they’ve put all of the emotions from the last two years into these songs. “Inherit the Crown” name-checks The Black Crown, as Hermida owned the opportunity to honor his friend’s legacy and carve out a place of his own.

    Mark Heylmun and Chris Garza (guitars), Dan Kenny (bass) and Alex Lopez (drums) sound more driven than ever, force-feeding their mash-up of death metal, black metal, grind and time-signature bending dissonance into structured, focused and often groove-oriented missives of anger and perseverance. Just as the surviving members of JOY DIVISION were able to remake themselves as NEW ORDER, and as a post-plane crash LYNYRD SKYNYRD was reborn with Johnny Van Zant stepping in for his late brother, You Can’t Stop Me is equal parts mournful tribute and a statement of renewed purpose.

    Kerrang! championed the new incarnation of Suicide Silence in a glowing KKKK review. “Eddie’s performance is impeccable – switching from a low grumble straight from the bowels of Beelzebub to the higher abrasive screeches… [It’s] an album that sees the band encapsulate all their past achievements whilst looking forward to brand new horizons.” 

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  • Act of Defiance
    Monday, October 3, 2016
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM/Show at 8PM
    $7 in advance/$10 Day of show
    Additional fees may apply
    Tickets on sale now
     
    In a time of endless sub-genre classifications being thrown at bands Act Of Defiance cut to the quick, offering 100% in-your-face, uncompromising metal. "If you invited fans of all kinds of metal - from thrash to Scandinavian metal to modern American metal - and had them all in a mosh pit, Act Of Defiance would be their soundtrack," asserts guitarist Chris Broderick. With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, his pedigree speaks for itself. Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer - and fellow Megadeth alumnus - Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall/Times Of Grace) and vocalist Henry Derek (Scar The Martyr) the band are a truly formidable metallic behemoth, and their debut album, Birth And The Burial, is ten tracks of armor-plated, state of the art heaviness.

    Following Broderick and Drover departing the Megadeth fold in 2014, tongues inevitably started wagging and rumors began piling up on message boards, but fans were thrilled to soon learn that the two would be joining forces in their next musical endeavor. Having a deep-seated respect for each other, they share a very complimentary writing style, instinctively getting where the other is coming from. "Shawn knows metal inside and out. He's always been a metalhead, so we come from the same musical background, and we get that world. We didn't really talk about what we might do next until after we had both left Megadeth, and we were like, well, we came up with all of these great riffs for Megadeth that were never used, so we decided to use some of those for the basis of what we were going to do with Act Of Defiance. Out of that spawned a burst of creativity and a lot of newer material, and it was all really exciting and what we really wanted this band to be." Drover is very much on the same page, believing the two have a special chemistry that goes beyond their musical collaborations. "Having the same vision of what we want to do musically, from a business perspective, and in terms of what we want to achieve with this band, is a really important factor," he says. "It means we can concentrate on making the best music and we can and look at the overall picture, instead of squabbling about who should get more songwriting credit and unimportant crap, which often leads to the demise of so many bands. As far as we are concerned, the body of music we create is what matters."

    While Bachand is better known for his work on six rather than four strings, coming into the band he stepped up straight away, impressing Broderick and Drover with his adaptability and playing style. "I'd met Matt many times before and he's a great guy and an all round great musician. He plays bass like a bass player, which was awesome for me, because when I demoed the songs it was pretty much laying down the bass just so it had some lower notes and then moving on!" he laughs. "But he came in and he spent the time and made them into really nice bass lines that added an extra dimension to the songs, which not all guitarists can do, and he really gets what we're trying to achieve with this band." The final piece of the puzzle fell into place with Derek, who was recruited following an extensive search. Determined that the band needed to be fronted by a vocali
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  • Atmosphere w/ Special Guests Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Plain Ole Bill & Last Word
    
Monday, October 3, 2016
    Babcock Theatre (2810 1⁄2 Second Ave North, Billings, MT)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM/Show at 8PM
    $25 in advance/Day of show
    Additional fees may apply
    Tickets on sale Friday, 6/24 at 10AM
     
    Defining success is not an exact science by any means. In some ways, it’s especially difficult to quantify one’s success when they have a job that places them in the public eye, a position that is ripe for critique and high expectations. Perhaps those who best thrive in those scenarios are the ones who can navigate through all noise and continue to evolve and grow, both in their skill sets and as individuals.

    In many ways, that is an integral part of the Atmosphere story. Over their twenty-year career they have managed to continually tweak and strive to perfect their formula, while neither straying too far off their path, nor resorting to playing it safe. Starting at 1997’s Overcast, the group’s first official album, and traveling through 18 years of new albums, side projects (e.g. the Sad Clown series and Felt), and various collaborations, all the way up until 2014’s Southsiders album, Atmosphere’s music has evolved in a way that differs from many of their peers and predecessors. A hard look at that evolution doesn’t reveal the commonalities of following trends or struggling to fit in, by either over-extending in an effort to stay cool to the younger generation, or succumbing to the pressure people tend to place on artists to maintain the same sound from album to album. Instead, the Atmosphere discography evolves in a natural way.

    Musically, Ant has continued to define Atmosphere’s sound, ranging from a healthy mixture of upbeat and fun, to the oft more iconic, moody and personal. Through out the 1990s, Ant spent countless hours in his basement with a wealth of records, a keyboard sampler, a turntable and a 4-track, working with a who’s who of the Twin Cities’ Rap talent of that time. Those experiences tuned his ear, molded his work ethic, and shaped his vision. In turn, those lessons have continually become more prominent in the Atmosphere aesthetic, blending live musicians and sampled production with his keen sense of how to compose a well-arranged song. As for the lyrics, Slug started his passion for rhyming with an obsessive-like penchant for the way words intersect, as well as how those words can be manipulated for unexpected and clever meanings. But, at the same time, early on Slug expressed an interest in doing more than simply proving he could be witty, but also writing about subjects that speak to people personally, as well as emotionally. These practices also naturally helped the Atmosphere fan base to expand beyond the usual independent Hip Hop audience, extending their reach to an alternative audience who also related to the personable appeal and emotional range of both Slug’s songwriting and Ant’s musical backdrops. Particularly, Slug has been consistently successful in leveraging his understanding for the power of words, recognizing that a song containing the right story or personal perspective can be extremely effective in capturing and holding the listener’s attention. 

    Undoubtedly, the impact of Atmosphere’s music has been the roots to their long-term success, but their continued rigorous touring and performance schedule has been the vessel for engraining these stories and the legac
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  • The Goddamn Gallows
    
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM/Show at 8PM
    $12 in advance/$15 Day of show
    Additional fees may apply
    Tickets on sale Friday, 6/17 at 10AM
     

    The Goddamn Gallows came from the heart of America's Rust Belt, arising from a night of flophouse violence. Drifting across the states, they cemented their sound in Portland, OR and later in Los Angeles, CA, where they lived in abandoned buildings, squatter camps, storage units and shoebox apartments. In 2007, they left everything behind and spent the next 4 years living out of whatever vehicle would get them to the next town. Building upon their original sound of twanged-out, punk rock gutterbilly (Life of Sin 2004 and Gutterbillyblues 2007), they began picking up stray musicians along the way and adding to their sound; washboard, accordion, mandolin and banjo (Ghost of the Rails 2009 and 7 Devils 2011) creating a sound referred to as "hobocore", "gypsy-punk" or "americana-punk", while never being stuck in any one sound. 

    The Goddamn Gallows continue to rapidly grow a devoted following with their volatile and spectacular live shows; a contagious, spontaneous eruption of unpredictability.

     
    Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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  • Communion Music and 11:11 Presents
    Highly Suspect
    
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM/Show at 8PM
    $15 in advance/Day of show
    Additional fees may apply
    Tickets on sale Friday, 6/17 at 10AM
     
    It happened in Brooklyn. In 2011, the members of Highly Suspect arrived in the borough from their native Cape Cod, MA. The next four years became a whirlwind of sex, drugs, and more rock ‘n’ roll than most people could ever handle. Then again, Johnny Stevens [vocals, guitar] and twin brothers Rich [bass, vocals] and Ryan Meyer [drums] aren’t “most people.” Those chemically-soaked nights, hazier mornings, broken relationships, and cathartic realizations leave residue across Highly Suspect’s full-length debut album, Mister Asylum [300 Entertainment], and it’s inebriating in the best way possible.

    The boys moved into a studio apartment with “no electricity yet,” getting a cheap rate as Rich promised to add an elevated loft with five bedrooms. He made good on his promise and even launched his own contracting company that would fuel the band’s exploits for the foreseeable future. As they slowly but surely made a name for themselves locally, Johnny cataloged experiences in the moment, either putting pen to paper in his notebook or using his phone’s memos.

    “This album is a collection of everything that happened from the time I moved to Brooklyn onward,” says Johnny. “I met Lydia the first week we were here. She was the only girl in the building. It was Lydia and her roommates and us. She kicked everything off for me. The album is a reflection of our experiences. Shit, New York is the dream. On Cape Cod, I’d wake up at five in the morning, work out, surf, and smoke a ton of weed. In New York, you’re staying up until five in the morning, and the weed is now cocaine. It’s a nocturnal life and a totally different thing. I lived it pretty fucking hard and had to write about it.”

    “It all felt meant to be in a weird way,” adds Rich. “We moved into the first building we looked at, and there was this plane flying overhead that said, ‘Last Chance.’ There were homeless people everywhere and a broken down minivan. We weren’t on Cape Cod anymore.”

    While busking in the subway, Johnny caught a woman’s attention who introduced the band to producer Joel Hamilton [Black Keys, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello]. After hitting it off with the band, and interested to hear more, he hooked the band up with some studio time, recording their new EP as a passion project. 

    “We didn’t have a genre or aesthetic we were going for,” explains Ryan. “We simply wrote what we liked. It was really natural, and Joel captured that on our first EP.”

    Their D.I.Y. music video for the drowsy, dirty, and dirge-y blues rocker “Bath Salts”—which Johnny penned after “overdosing on a huge combination of shit”—drummed up a major buzz online and attracted the band’s current management. They cut another independent EP with Gojira singer and guitarist Joseph Duplantier behind the board. Continuing to slug it out live, they eventually caught the attention of 300 Entertainment in 2014 who signed the trio as its flagship rock outfit.

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  • !MAYDAY!

    Thursday, October 6, 2016
    Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)
    General Admission/All Ages
    Doors at 7PM/Show at 8PM
    $12 in advance/$15 Day of show
    Additional fees may apply
    Tickets on sale Friday, 8/12 at 10AM
     

    They’ve performed with Lil Wayne, collaborated with Cee Lo Green and toured extensively with labelmate Tech N9ne. No matter whom they work with or who hears their music, ¡Mayday! quickly impresses whoever hears its diverse music and sees its riveting live show. So when it came time for Wrekonize (rapper), Bernz (rapper) and company to name its second Strange Music album, the group felt Believers best represented its progression for two reasons.

    “When it comes to our sound, we have a lot of different things in it so a lot of times it’s hard to define, but the one common thread is that as soon as people hear it, they become Believers and it’s something that resonates with them,” Bernz says. “On a more esoteric level, we chose the title because we believe and the people we roll with believe that you ask the universe for things and you get them in return. You have to believe in what you want and believe it to achieve it.”

    To this end, the Miami-based crew jumpstarts Believers with the energetic tag-team raps of Bernz and Wrekonize on the driving title track before delivering a rousing reggae-tinged declaration of their potency on “Shots Fired.” “We try to start our albums with a bang,” Bernz says. “It’s our time to become the group that everybody wants us to be. ‘Shots Fired’ is us claiming our spot. We feel like we put out great music and that our sound could appeal to a lot of people.”

    ¡Mayday! takes a more introspective stance on “Unplug.” On this collaboration with Kardinal Offishall, Bernz and Wrekonize examine the ways our lives are affected by how we connect to people and to technology. “On our last couple albums, we’ve touched on social media and the way it’s affecting us on a personal level,” Bernz says. “This is another swing of the bat at that. We all sit at restaurants with our friends and look at our phones. They say we’re all becoming more connected, but the question arises if we really are.”

    People enter and exit our lives at a remarkable rate. This isn’t lost on ¡Mayday!, who uses the apocalyptic “Last One Standing” to send a note to their friends -- and to people in general -- who abandon pursuing their dreams. “I think that the bottom line is that people don’t believe in themselves as much as they should,” Bernz says. “What I see in artists like ourselves and Tech N9ne is that we believe in the world that we’ve created for ourselves. I believe that some of that blind faith needs to be there if you want to achieve anything in the music industry or any kind of artistic field.”

    Part of believing in yourself includes the ability to and willingness to evolve. ¡Mayday!, for instance, changed its creative process while working on Believers. The group decided it wanted to make something that sounded like a summertime BBQ and sat with producer Infamous (Lil Wayne, Gym Class Heroes) before making the music for the cut. The result, “HighRide,” marked a new way ¡Mayday! could create music. “Since we were always kids with beat machines, we would just make something, vibe it out and then it would tell you w
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  • Andrew W.K. - The Power of Partying
    
Friday, October 7, 2016
    Eagles (316 East Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59715)
    General Admission/21+
    Doors at 9PM/Show at 10PM
    $20 in advance/Day of show
    Additional fees may apply
    Tickets on sale Friday, 7/15 at 10AM
     
     
    THE PARTY PARTY PRESENTS A NATIONWIDE RALLY FOR THE HUMAN SPIRIT
     
    New York, NY (July 13, 2016) – Andrew W.K. is pleased to announce The Power of Partying, his first nationwide speaking tour, spanning the entire country with stops in all 50 U.S. states. Presented by The Party Party, each evening will be an intimate celebration of discussion, a pep rally for the inner spirit, and an optimistic look at the overwhelming intensity of life. The tour sees Andrew continuing his eternal mission to defend and promote human joy, and the never-ending collective search to find truth through partying.

    This year celebrates Andrew W.K.’s tenth year as a party guru and motivational speaker, a journey that began with his now infamous four-hour lecture to a sold out NYU Skirball Center in 2006. On this new tour, each engagement will feature Andrew's speech on living the party life and also include an open question and answer session, as well as a chance to meet Andrew W.K. in person.

    "This is not a political party rally, it's a rally about partying with the political elements set aside," insists Andrew. “This is my attempt to add something positive and unifying to the divisive atmosphere surrounding us in so many different forms. Without targeting or preaching to any one side, I want to see if we can party together in our common humanity. We will have a party about being people.”

    "By its very nature, the inner experience of a human being can be a vortex of confusion and clarity. The current climate in America isn't always aiding us in how to best grapple with the fundamental complexities of being who we are - being at our best. During this 50 state odyssey, we aren't looking for a specific stance on any particular political issue. Instead, we're looking to fortify the foundation of our spirit, so that we can each follow our individual destiny and pursue our own personal exploration of life as best we can. We are uniting around what we have in common - our shared humanity. This tour is a coming together for the sake of partying together. Even if we have different ideas from one another, or don't know all the answers to all the questions, we can still party together. This is a celebration of positive partying - this is a party about partying."
     
    Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Cactus Records (29 West Main Street), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.
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