Sun September 17, 2017 9:00 pm $10.00
It's the triumphant return of A GIANT DOG! They've blown us away countless times and damn near killed us on a balmy evening in early-July, but we're ready for them to stomp all over our soaring hearts once again. AGD is raucous ear candy culled from the hook-driven melodies of Slade, the glammy swagger of Marc Bolan, the morbid fantasy of Killer-era Alice Cooper, and the unpredictable wit of Sparks. The lyrical prowess of writers guitarist ANDREW CASHEN and singer SABRINA ELLIS, equal parts brutally honest, clever, and debased, have a knack for taking their idiosyncratic depravities and making them feel universal. These songs are by, for, and about the losers, freaks, and outcasts.
Toy, the fourth LP from AGD and their second for Merge, captures the Austin quintet at the height of their powers. A solid year of road-dogging and woodshedding has made the band tighter than ever, the charging dynamo of Andrew Cashen and Andy Bauer’s guitars in lockstep with the primal chug of the rhythm section, Graham Low on bass and Daniel Blanchard on drums, in the latter’s recorded debut. Singer Sabrina Ellis turns in another masterful performance, in equal parts brash, defiant, vulnerable, and raw.
Milwaukee's PLATINUM BOYS are making their way south and we couldn't be happier to have em. These fellas have been tearing up that northern suburb with a party heavy brand of Punk Rock Music that makes cheeseheads go nuts. They're the perfect sound track to drinking 8 million beers ordered from your friendly (and heavily tipped) Empty Bottle Bartender.
LIFESTYLES has a "shambling, grungy 90's sound that puts this wolf in mind of a Babes in Toyland-style alt-rock apocalypse – two thumbs up" according to the Chicago Reader's Gossip Wolf. One second into their set, you'll realize it's not just hearsay – their live performances are solid proof that this crew can shred with the best of them.