(Let's All) Turn On!


Like most bands, Australia's Hoodoo Gurus were largely the product of their influences; unlike most bands, however, the Hoodoos channeled their inspiration from the vast entirety of the American pop cultural landscape, drawing on such disparate sources as B-movies, bad sitcoms, and junk food — in tandem with the usual suspects like garage-rock, power-pop, and surf — to create a distinctly kitschy and catchy sound. Formed in Sydney in 1981, Le Hoodoo Gurus (as they were originally dubbed) were led by singer/songwriter Dave Faulkner, who along with drummer James Baker previously served as a member of the short-lived Perth punk unit The Victims (best known for the autobiographical single "Television Addict"). Ex-Scientists Rod Radalj and Kimble Rendall rounded out the group's initial lineup, and their unique sound of three guitars and no bass — along with Faulkner's infectious songs — quickly earned them a record deal. After issuing their debut single "Leilani" in 1982, both Radalj and Rendall quit, and were replaced by former Fun Things guitarist Brad Shepherd, and bassist Clyde Bramley.

In 1998, the Gurus announced they were splitting up, and the career-spanning compilation Ampology was issued in 2000. Two years later, Dave Faulkner, Brad Shepherd, and Mark Kingsmill were working together again as members of the garage-influenced The Persian Rugs, and in 2004, after Faulkner had reworked "What's My Scene" from Blow Your Cool as a theme song for an Australian rugby team, the band reunited (with Rick Grossman returning on bass), staging a successful tour down under and releasing a new album, Mach Schau. In 2009 the Hoodoo Gurus inked a deal with Sony Music Australia, resulting in their ninth full-length album, 2010's Purity of Essence and have been touring the world ever since.

[The Master Plan is a NYC punk super-group made up of members of The Fleshtones and The Dictators, while the Andy Shernoff produced Daddy Long Legs is a young, blues-punk band featuring members of The Electric Shadows and the Stalkers.]

Tuesday, October 5th
Doors at 8PM. $15 adv / $17 dos

149 Seventh Street
Brooklyn, U.S.A.

Into the future...

One of punk-rock's longest running bands, The Vibrators emerged from the UK scene in 1976 and quickly found themselves sharing the stage with such notable acts as The Stranglers, Sex Pistols, and The Clash. Their debut album Pure Mania — which was co-produced by Robin Mayhew, the sound engineer for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust live shows — reached the Top-50 of the UK Albums Chart, and The Guinness Encyclopedia Of Popular Music named it one of the 50 best punk albums of all-time. Their follow-up album V2, narrowly missed the UK Top-30, though the sole single taken from the album, "Automatic Lover," reached the UK Top-40 and earned the band a TV appearance on the prime-time TV show Top Of The Pops. The Vibrators’ final single on Epic, "Judy Says (Knock You In The Head)," was released in June 1978 and years later was included in Mojo magazine’s list of the best punk rock singles of all time.

In their long career The Vibrators have toured with the likes of Iggy Pop, Ian Hunter, The Clash, The Flaming Groovies, UK Subs, and Die Toten Hosen, and have had their songs covered by The Exploited, UK Subs, GBH, and REM, to name but a few.

Saturday, October 2nd
Doors at 10PM. $12 cover.

149 Seventh Street
Brooklyn, U.S.A.

The 36th Annual Atlantic Antic

The Atlantic Antic is a street fair held yearly on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, from Hicks Street all the way to Fourth Avenue. Estimated to be the second-largest annual gathering in Brooklyn after the Labor Day Carnival, the Antic features eclectic food stands, live music on nine different stages, belly dancing, and entertainment for children. Last year roughly 600 vendors and over a million people were estimated to have attended.

135 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, U.S.A.

Totally uncensored rock'n'roll!

Outer borough champions of high-energy boogie rock, The Brought Low recently released their third full-length album, the aptly titled Third Record, to near-universal acclaim. Heavy music blog The Obelisk called them "the best rock and roll band in New York" and The Big Takeover said "Previous albums have been excellent, but Third Record takes the group to a whole 'nother level, indisputably placing the Brought Low in the ranks of the Great American Bands."

"... they make their musical parents proud, rivaling The Black Keys or Black Sabbath. If you enjoy absolute chaos from a band that only has two members, then you are in for an experience when it comes to The Naked Heroes." --KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle

Hailing from the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, Kings Destroy features guitarists Carl Porcaro and Chris Skowronski from NYHC legends Killing Time, vocalist Steve Murphy from Uppercut, drummer Rob Sefcik formerly of Man's Ruin, The Begotten, Uppercut and Electric Frankenstein, and bassist Ed Bocchino of Stanley and Uppercut. The common bond? "An addiction to excessive volume, power and driving, distorted riffs." With influences ranging from Zeppelin and the Who to The Melvins, Yob and The Cro-Mags, KD describes their sound as "brutal Sabbath heaviness with hardcore outbursts and disturbed vocals verging on the demented."

Saturday, September 25th
Doors at 9:15PM. $8 cover.

Union Hall
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, U.S.A.