Persistence


DUB IS A WEAPON

“It can’t be done, man!” That’s what Dave Hahn (The Slackers, The Stubborn All-Stars, Antibalas), mastermind behind Dub Is A Weapon, heard when he first floated the idea of a live dub group, as he and his mates listened to some prime 1960s King Tubby cuts in the band van. “Everyone seemed to think you could only do dub in the studio,” Hahn recalls. Hahn set out to prove them wrong, with skills learned live and on the road, and with help from a Jamaican beatnik percussionist, an old high school friend, and young upstarts from the Brooklyn scene. Together they’ve honed their live take on the genre’s spaced-out grooves, a sound felt in full force on their Vaporized album and on stage.

Friday, March 13th at The Gutter
200 North 14th Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. 21+ with ID.

Time Changes Everything



Johnny Cash Birthday Bash!

C'mon and get rhythm at the annual Johnny Cash birthday bash with the usual gang from The CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree with very special guests! WFMU's DJ Radio Honky Tonk Girl will be spinning top-flight 45s before and after the show.

Saturday, March 7th at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
249 9th Street (at 4th Avenue), Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 6PM. Tickets TBA. All ages!

The Odds Were Good


CLIFF WESTFALL

"Hot damn. I don’t know who the hell Cliff Westfall is or where he’s been hiding out for so many years, but he just released a hot shit country record that will whip the pants off of most others released this year and many from years prior, and get you making room on your list of favorite artists...You will not be able to get enough of Baby You Win, and it will continue to impress you at every turn." -Saving Country Music

New York-based country songwriter Cliff Westfall writes songs about heartache, loss, addiction... you know, funny songs. Or he can turn on a dime and dive headlong into a sentimental weeper. The Kentucky native delivers with a mixture of wit and bravado that, for Westfall, is central to what country music is all about. On his album Baby You Win, he assembled a crew of some of New York’s best musicians to explore a new idea of Americana, drawing inspiration from sources often forgotten by the current country scene. 

“I feel like the humor of people like Roger Miller, Don Gibson, and Del Reeves is neglected nowadays,” Westfall says. “A lot of current country music makes you want to ask, ‘Hey, does anybody remember laughter?’ And you know, it’s not really anything against what anyone else is doing, it’s just that the ability to laugh at your troubles seems to have gotten lost.” The songs on Baby You Win are bitingly acerbic, dependent on the twisty puns, bittersweet humor, and turns of phrase that used to define country music. Westfall’s a true son of Kentucky and an honest student of the genre, but refuses to be constrained by its definitions. He cites Chuck Berry as his favorite lyricist, arguing that some of Berry’s songs were much closer to their country cousins than lines of race and genre might have suggested. This is Americana outside the box, made by an artist gleefully rifling through the dusty record bins of American roots music and converting them into something new. 

Friday, February 28th at Berlin
25 Avenue A (under 2A), New York City
Doors at 8PM. 21+ with ID.

Get Back Up!


THE ROCKSTEADY 7

The Rocksteady 7 is an influential American ska and jazz band from NYC. Founded in 1997, the core of the group has consisted of tenor saxophonist and band leader David Hillyard (The Slackers) and legendary percussionist Larry McDonald (Lee "Scratch" Perry, Gil Scott-Heron). In live performances, they are supported by a rotating cast of top shelf nyc musicians. 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.

Saturday, January 25th at The Gutter
200 North 14th Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10 cover. 21+ with ID.

Much Too Much


MORAL PANICSLIP KIDS
LVGERTHE HIGH STRIDE

Birthday show for Dead Flowers very own Mr. Lee

"Where has all the punk rock gone? Well, if you’re seeking more than the typical mutual admiration society jerk-off that has become punk these days, look no further. Brooklyn’s Moral Panic don’t adhere to stylistic cues, don’t pander to their audience, and they don’t care what you think of them. What they do is play with lightning speed, balance 'tight' and 'loose' like the best of any Killed By Death band, and do it better than your friend’s boring hardcore outfit that played five times in the past month. What do they sound like? Cleveland’s Pagans at 45. There’s no posturing, no begging you to think they’re cool, no BS." -The Big Takeover

Featuring both ex- and current members of the The Templars, 45 Adapters and many others, Lvger play tough street-rock'n'roll (think Motörhead meets the punkier side of NWOBHM).

Slip Kids is a powerhouse tribute to The Who featuring members of The Brought Low, Bad Wizard, and Hopewell.  

The High Stride, featuring folks you know from other boss NYC-area bands, play no bullshit maximum R&

Saturday, January 18th at Venus In Furs
980 Broadway, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10 cover. 21+ with ID.

As Safe As Yesterday Is


Modern Needs is a listening and dance party with special guest DJs and monthly musical themes, held at Banter bar, located in scenic Brooklyn U.S.A. The January edition features Modern Needs host and boss DJ Mr. Lee (Going In Style Sound System) and special guest Leah Beth (Habibi) spinning ass-shaking sounds until the wee small hours!

Saturday, January 11th at Banter
132 Havemeyer, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Kicks off at 10PM... No cover!