Til The Darkness Goes

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DANY LAJ & THE LOOKS
THE SAYLAVEESTHE SHARP SHADOWS

Songwriter Laj (Lajeunesse), born and bred in Kirkland Lake, a rural gold-mining camp six hours north of Toronto, is no stranger to being a small town kid growing up in a secluded northern town. Having toured the country and playing any stage he can find, Laj is now in the position to work out his own musical vision, and so far the results have been very exciting. Laj's heartfelt songs seamlessly meld together elements of rock, folk, and country, without straying too far from the power-pop roots that give the tunes a certain joie de vivre, with nods to tunesmiths like Nick Lowe and Paul Westerberg. The narrative weaved together by Laj's powerful yet unpretentious lyrics tells the tale of the Northern Ontario kid trying to find his way south, ultimately to Montreal, by way of Sudbury, North Bay, Toronto, and everywhere in between, with stories of finding love, cross-country tours, and broken-down vehicles, but ultimately retaining a strong sense of humour and hope which lies within memorably catchy hooks and intertwining harmonies between Laj and bassist Jeanette Dowling. Dowling and drummer Lewis Handford as The Looks, Laj's crack rhythm section, provide a rock-solid foundation and perfect complement to Laj's quirky pop sensibilities, rendering Dany Laj and the Looks an unstoppable force just waiting to win your heart.

Thursday, July 27th at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $7 cover. 21+ with ID.

Remind Me


ALICE & THE UNDERGROUND
HICK'RY HAWKINSDAVID HAUGHT

Come out and celebrate "Remind Me," the new single release by Alice & The Underground. David Haught and co. will be kicking off a night of top-of-the-line country music at Hank's Saloon. Hick'ry Hawkins will follow, then Alice and the Underground will close out the night to celebrate their first release! 

Saturday, July 8th at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $7 cover. 21+ with ID.

Weight Of The World


HEAVY TRAFFICETERNAL BLACK
SUPER FMMATTE BLACKLÜGER (debut show)

Friday, July 7th at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $8 cover. 21+ with ID.

July Action!


      • 7/2: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
      • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
      • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

      • 7/5: DAVID HAUGHT
      • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

      • 7/6: MJ12 / EIGHTY-POUND PUG / E.E. CUMMING
      • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

      • 7/7: HEAVY TRAFFIC / ETERNAL BLACK
      • SUPER FM / MATTE BLACK / LÜGER
      • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

      • 7/8: ALICE & THE UNDERGROUND
      • HICK'RY HAWKINS / DAVID HAUGHT
      • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

      • 7/9: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
      • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
      • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

      • 7/12: DAVID HAUGHT
      • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

      • 7/13: THE RADIONICS
      • MEAN JEAN OAKS / IKE FONSECA
      • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

      • 7/15:  Brooklyn Guitar School Student Showcase
      • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/16: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
        • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/16: WILD TONIC (8pm)
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/19: DAVID HAUGHT
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/20: COMBAT JAZZ / DARREN LIPPER
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/21: Sanctuary!
        • (Iron Maiden pre- and post-show party)
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/22: BUNNIE ENGLAND & THE NEW ORIGINALS
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/23: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
        • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/25: DAVID HAUGHT
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/26: YOUR PEST BAND (Japan)
        • SHOCKWAVES / FRIEND
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/27: DANY LAJ & THE LOOKS
        • THE SAYLAVEES / THE SHARP SHADOWS
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/28: THE STENTS / THE INSOMNIACS
        • THE ANDERSON COUNCIL / THE ZAMBONIS
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 7/30: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
        • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

            Photo of Sean Kershaw & The New Jack Ramblers live at Hank's (photo by Lee Greenfeld)

            One Last Drag


            WOODHEADMISCHIEF NIGHT
            MARLA MASE & THE TRUE GROOVE ALL STARS

            Friday, June 30th at Hank's Saloon
            46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn U.S.A.
            Doors at 8PM. $8 cover. 21+ with ID.

            Punky Reggae Party!


            Modern Needs is a listening and dance party with special guest DJs and monthly musical themes, held every month at Banter bar, located in scenic Brooklyn U.S.A. The June edition features special guest DJs Sh!thead (As$troland/Miscegenator) and Spag (Two Man Advantage), along with your Modern Needs host and boss DJ, Mr. Lee (Going In Style Sound System). The three old friends will be spinning strictly top-ranking reggae and punk-rock sounds until the wee small hours.

            Friday, June 30th at Banter
            132 Havemeyer, Brooklyn U.S.A.
            Kicks off at 10PM... No cover!

            Digging For Gold

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            Buy vinyl, books, toys, comics, photography, taxidermy, clothing, CDs, VHS, DVDs, etc.; eat great Thai food, and drink all day long!

            Scorching DJ sets by Mr. Lee, Ursa Major,
            Melody Lee, Ryannatur, and Mark Yoshitomi

            Saturday, June 24th at Sage
            299 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn U.S.A.
            Noon - 6PM. No cover.

            Just Head


            CASH REGISTERS • TV TRAMPS
            SUBTASTICS • CALDOR KIDS

            Saturday, June 24th at Hank's Saloon
            46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn U.S.A.
            Doors at 8PM. $8 cover. 21+ with ID.

            Solid Gold Easy Action

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            HEAP • THE THIGH-HIGHS
            DAN MONTGOMERY BAND • CLINICAL TRIALS

            Saturday, June 17th at Hank's Saloon
            46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn U.S.A.
            Doors at 8PM. $7 cover. 21+ with ID.

            Oh What A Day


            THE CHALLENGED
            YOUNG LADIES • LAMPLIGHTERS

            Plus comedy from John Bilancini,
            Brandon Ream, and Courtney Maginnis

            Friday, June 16th at Hank's Saloon
            46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn U.S.A.
            Doors at 8PM. $7 cover. 21+ with ID.

            Free Man Free



            THE ROCKSTEADY 7
            Celebrate Larry McDonald
            Plus: DJ 100dBs on the wheels of steel

            Yup, it's hard to believe, but Rocksteady 7's own Larry McDonald will be turning 80 this June! Larry has had a long and varied career so far with early gigs with Lennie Hibbert, then Carlos Malcolm's Afro Jamaicans, playing on a slew of classic reggae tracks in late '60s and early '70s, playing with Boris Gardiner Happening, then moving to the states and playing with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, and most recently, Lee Scratch Perry. He has played percussion on literally thousands of tracks at this point! Larry is a founding member of the Rocksteady 7 and has been at the core of its sound. This will be a special concert for his birthday; expect special guest musician appearances and renditions of some classic tracks Larry has played on over the years!

            The Rocksteady 7 is an influential American ska and jazz band from NYC. Since the early '90s the group has consisted of tenor saxophonist and band leader David Hillyard (The Slackers) as well as percussionist Larry McDonald. In live performances, they are supported by a rotating cast of musicians, including drummer Eddie Ocampo and Dave Wake on keys among others. Given reggae's globally reaching influence, the Rocksteady 7 holds true to the genre's roots and the self-described "Jamaican Jazz" sound combines ska, rocksteady and reggae with extended jazz improvisation, intricate melodies, and complex harmonies. The group incorporates many diverse elements of world music with rocksteady rhythms, including ska, jazz, calypso, as well as early African and American jazz influences.

            100dBs is a producer and DJ living in Brooklyn whose signature style blends performance and selection: astral echo pedal on a wild crate-digger's chase through the genealogy of a tune. He came up listening to Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, thanks to the bootleg cassettes his mother managed to bring with her from Cold War Romania. An adolescent encounter with a Lee Perry record flipped his whole world and led to formative dub experiments on an old four-track. He got his start spinning hip hop nights on the Lower East Side and has toured the world since. He's rocked parties for burners, breakers, Berlin artists and Brooklyn's reggae revivalists.

            Saturday, June 10th at Hank's Saloon
            46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
            Doors at 8PM. $8 cover. 21+ with ID.

            Ultimate Opening


            THE NEW YORK FOWL HARMONIC
            SEAN T. HANRATTY & THE MIGHTY MIGHTY
            THE NEVERMIND ORCHESTRA

            Thursday, June 8th at Hank's Saloon
            46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
            Doors at 8PM. No cover. 21+ with ID

            Last Night I Was A Virgin


            RUBY RAE
            ROOKIN • GLASS MANNEQUINS 

            "The throwback honkytonk tunes of Ruby Rae [are] darker than your usual singer-songwriter fare, with noir-ish and Southern gothic influenced lyrics." –Washington Post

            Ruby Rae’s debut release title Double Feature could easily be mistaken for a night at the local drive-in when rock'n'roll still flirted with its honky-tonk roots. Her songs "It Came from the Swamp" and "Invisible Man" showcase country inflected instrumentation paired with heartfelt and sinister stories of guns, love, and loneliness. Backed by a full band on her second EP The Outskirts, Ruby Rae's explores the outsider element of a small American town.

            Thursday, June 1st at Hank's Saloon
            46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
            Doors at 8PM. No cover. 21+ with ID. 

            Honkytonk Hangover!


            Sean Kershaw & The New Jack Ramblers every Sunday at Hank's Saloon! It all goes down on the early side, playin' brunch from noon-4pm, and with a little help from our friends at Mi Familia there will be delicious Mexican food for sale, along with Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and the usual beer and booze at the bar!

            Every Sunday at Hank's Saloon
            46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
            Doors at 12PM. No cover. 21+ with ID.

            June Action!


            • 6/1: RUBY RAE / ROOKIN / GLASS MANNEQUINS
            • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

            • 6/2: UM (ex-Alice Donut)
            • MJ12 / FETZIG / PANTS
            • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

            • 6/3: THE OFFENDERZ
            • REWD ONEZ / LOVE CONQUERS ALL
            • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/4: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
              • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
              • (After-party with GOTHAM ROCKETS, 4pm - 6pm)
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/7: DAVID HAUGHT
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/8: THE NEW YORK FOWL HARMONIC
              • SEAN T. HANRATTY & THE MIGHTY MIGHTY
              • THE NEVERMIND ORCHESTRA
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/9: THE MANIMALS / THE SHIPWRECKS
              • MATT & THE NEAT / STREEPTHROAT
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/10: THE ROCKSTEADY 7
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/11: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
              • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
              • (After-party with 3 GENTLEMEN, 4pm - 6pm)
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/14: DAVID HAUGHT
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/15: THE FAMOUS GENIUSES / TIMI KENDRIX
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/16: THE CHALLENGED
              • YOUNG LADIES / LAMPLIGHTERS
              • Plus: comedy sets from John Balancini,
              • Brandaon Ream, and Courtney Maginnis
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/17:  HEAP / THIGH-HIGHS / CLINICAL TRIALS
              • THE DAN MONTGOMERY BAND
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/18: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
              • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
              • (After-party with THE CREVULATORS, 4pm - 6pm)
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/18: WILD TONIC (8pm)
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/21: DAVID HAUGHT
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/22: THE JACK GRACE BAND
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/23: A DEVIL'S BROADCAST
              • LEAGUE OF PITY / DINNER
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/24: CASH REGISTERS / TV TRAMPS
              • THE CALDOR KIDS / SUBTASTICS
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/25: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
              • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
              • (After-party with AMY CARSTENSEN, 4pm - 6pm)
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/25: SEVENTH AVENUE SOUND SYSTEM (8pm)
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/28: DAVID HAUGHT
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/30: Modern Needs (punky reggae party)
              • with DJs MR. LEE, SH!THEAD, and SPAG
              • Banter, Brooklyn U.S.A.

              • 6/30: WOODHEAD / OTRO LADO
              • MARLA MASE & THE TRUE GROOVE ALL STARS
              • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

                  Photo of The Bellrays  live at Hank's (photo by Lcappi)

                  Transformations

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                  TRANSRECTIFIER • DEADNAME
                  THE CHASED • LITTLE PRINCE

                  Brooklyn TransCore compilation release party!

                  Friday, May 26th at Hank's Saloon
                  46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
                  Doors at 7PM. $7 cover. 21+ with ID.

                  The Ennui And The Ecstasy


                  LES SANS CULOTTES
                  THEE SHAMBELS • LaPêCHE

                  The "seven-headed beast from the hard-scrabble streets of Menilmontant" and "those frilly Parisian underthings," Les Sans Culottes borrowed their name from the ill-clad (i.e., long-trousered) citizen-soldiers of the French Revolution. The band's sound is a melange of Francophone '60s girl group and the Kinks... "We are the masters of the French rock'n'roll; all others are but the slave!"

                  Thursday, May 25th at Hank's Saloon
                  46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
                  Doors at 8PM. $8 cover. 21+ with ID.

                  Going Down



                  BIKINI CARWASH • THRILL SERGEANTS
                  CHARM SCHOOL • BRITCHES

                  Friday, May 20th at Hank's Saloon
                  46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
                  Doors at 8PM. $6 cover. 21+ with ID.

                  Say Those Magic Words


                  Modern Needs is a listening and dance party with special guest DJs and monthly musical themes, held every month at Banter bar, located in scenic Brooklyn U.S.A. The May edition features special guest DJ The Stranger. The mysterious one and your Modern Needs host and boss DJ, Mr. Lee (Going In Style Sound System) will be spinning top-flight reggae, psych, soul, freakbeat, and garage sounds until the wee small hours... Strictly vinyl, of course!

                  Friday, May 19th at Banter
                  132 Havemeyer, Brooklyn U.S.A.
                  Kicks off at 10PM... No cover!

                  Photographs From The Shoebox


                  JOE JACK TALCUM (Dead Milkmen)
                  THE SPACE MERCHANTS • F. WOODS

                  Anthony Joseph "Joe" Genaro (aka Joe Jack Talcum) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist for the punk-rock group The Dead Milkmen. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Genaro has performed with a number of punk and indie-rock groups, most recently including The Low Budgets, and is also a solo artist. He is of Italian heritage

                  Wednesday, May 17th at Hank's Saloon
                  46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
                  Doors at 8PM. $10 cover. 21+ with ID.