Til The Darkness Goes

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DANY LAJ & THE LOOKS
THE SAYLAVEES

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.

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. $7 cover. 21+ with ID.

Oh What A Day


THE CHALLENGED
SKETCHY • LAMPLIGHTERS

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

Wild As You Wanna



THE MANIMALS
THE SHIPWRECKS • STREEPTHROAT
MATT & THE NEAT

Introspective but tough-as-nails, Haley Bowery is a fiery frontwoman who has a tight as hell backing group in the Manimals who channel the steady churn of new wave but with a hard-rock level aggression.

Friday, June 9th at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $8 cover. 21+ with ID.

June Action!


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

  • 6/2: MIGHTY HIGH
  • UM / 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • SKETCHY / LAMPLIGHTERS
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

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

    • 6/18: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
    • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
    • 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: MISS BARNES
    • 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
    • Hank's Saloon, 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 October 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.

        Strange Days


        THE LIVE ONESTHE DEVIOUS ONES
        WICK & THE TRICKSBLAME MERCURY

        Saturday, May 13th at Hank's Saloon
        46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
        Doors at 8PM. $8 cover. 21+ with ID.

        Another Stone Get-Off


        MIGHTY HIGHREIGN OF ZAIUS
        THE FAST PLANTS

        The Mighty High are Brooklyn's #1 regressive-rock act: No ballads. No keyboards. No acoustic guitars! Reign Of Zaius are the twisted by-product of a future Ape experiment gone bad.

        Friday, May 12th at Hank's Saloon
        46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
        Doors at 8PM. $7 cover. 21+ with ID.

        Pizza Party!


        This month's Devour Hour — the last one until the Fall — features Anthony P. DeVito (Comedy Central Half Hour), Julia Claire (Limestone Comedy Festival), Alingon Mitra (Conan), Chelsea Devantez (HBO), Paul Julmeus (Hidden Fences), and Casey Balsham (NY Comedy Festival), plus hosts Julia Shiplett, Drew Anderson, Kale Bogdanovs and Frank Nelson. Food of the month: pizza!

        Wednesday, May 10th at Hank's Saloon
        46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
        Doors at 8PM. No cover. 21+ with ID.

        May Action!


        • 5/3: Wobbly Kitten Party
        • THE CAMERAMEN (two sets)
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 5/4: THE BRITEMORES
        • WIRE TROOP / THE LOW DOSES 
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 5/5: Braveheart Ball
        • THE PILLZ / BOWHEAD
        • CUSTARD WALLY / BAGHDADDIOS
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 5/5: THE BELLRAYS
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

        • 5/6: BOB CAROL TED / XL KINGS
        • ROYAL ARCTIC INSTITUTE
        • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/7: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
          • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
          • (After-party with PATRICK COMAN, 4pm - 6pm)
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/10: Devour Comedy Hour
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/10: DAVID HAUGHT
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/11: GALAPAGOS NOW!
          • INKMOUTH / JD KINDLE
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/12: THE MIGHTY HIGH
          • REIGN OF ZAIUS / THE FAST PLANTS
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/13: WICK & THE TRICKS / THE LIVE ONES
          • THE DEVIOUS ONES / BLAME MERCURY
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/14: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
          • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
          • (After-party with THE HIP SWAYERS, 4pm - 6pm)
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/16: Burn It Down
          • DJ NATE K. (WFMU)
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/17: JOE JACK TALCUM (Dead Milkmen)
          • F. WOODS / THE SPACE MERCHANTS
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/18: CRUMBLESS COOKIE
          • PUSHING SIDES / KEVIN EGAN
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/19: Modern Needs
          • DJs MR. LEE and THE STRANGER
          • Banter, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/19: FRANKLY BENJAMIN / DIRTY WINGS
          • EVERY FLAVOR WEATHER MACHINE
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/20: THE THRILL SERGEANTS
          • CHARM SCHOOL / BIKINI CARWASH / BRITCHES
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/21: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
          • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
          • (After-party with JESSICA STAR, 4pm - 6pm)
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/24: DAVID HAUGHT
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/25: LES SANS CULOTTES
          • THEE SHAMBELS / LAPéCHE
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/26: Brooklyn TransCore Compilation Party
          • TRANSRECTIFER / LITTLE PRINCE
          • THE CHASED / DEADNAME
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/27: MARS 88
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          • 5/28: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
          • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
          • (After-party with FIDDLER & THE CROSSROADS, 4pm - 6pm)
          • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

          Photo of Susan Said live at Hank's (photo by Alan Rand)