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  • DETROIT - 75 Dollar Bill & Friends Live at Third Man Records Cass Corridor

    Live at Third Man Records

    09.24.17
    Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8:30pm

    $7.00

    75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 by percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s earthy, elemental rhythms are both the foundation and foil for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style. The duo’s electric, richly patterned music can shape shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism, an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on early electric blues, the modal traditions of West Africa, India and the Middle East, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their home town. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, the duo frequently expands into other configurations live and on record, from trio to 25-piece marching band. They have released a string of cassettes and two LPs, the most recent of which, Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock, met with wide critical acclaim and appeared on numerous "Best of" lists for 2016.

    Percussionist Rick Brown has been in bands in NYC since the late 70s, including Blinding Headache, V-Effect and Run On. Guitarist Che Chen was previously in the band True Primes and has been an energetic collaborator in the American and Japanese undergrounds over the last decade. For this special Detroit appearance, they will be joined by members of the extended 75 Dollar Bill family for a rare, large ensemble, version of the band.

    Press for Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock:
    “75 Dollar Bill performances are rich in the ways a moiré pattern is rich. Pit small differences in phrasing and meter against each other, wait, and waves of detail follow. You are not likely to hear a traditional solo in a 75 Dollar Bill song, no matter how many musicians are in the room. The band does its research beforehand, sets up the active ingredients, and lets them interact for as long as it takes to bring up the heat. It is a sound that conjures the old in the specific sense of music that is suitable for various kinds of social activity: dancing, mourning, commemorating, or simply beginning again.”

    – Sasha Frere-Jones in The Village Voice

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  • NASHVILLE— (SANDY) ALEX G / HOVVDY / CRUMB LIVE AT THIRD MAN RECORDS

    Live at Third Man Records

    10.09.17
    Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm

    Regular Price: $18.00

    Special Price: $15.00

    At the end of “Poison Root,” the opening track on Alex Giannascoli’s new album, Rocket, the 23-year-old artist repeats the phrase “Now, I know everything” again and again, his voice seething over a clatter of banjo, violin, and acoustic guitar sounds. It’s difficult to ascertain the exact tone: does he really think he knows everything? Or are these incantations a form of self-assurance, covering up insecurity? The tension between ambition and self-doubt in this closing refrain is typical of Rocket’s fourteen tracks. Over musical backdrops that effortlessly jump from sound collage to country pop to dreamy folk music, the cast of characters that Alex G inhabits have fun, fall in love, develop obsessions, get into trouble, and burn out. Rocket illustrates a cohesive vision of contemporary experience that’s dark and foreboding, perhaps especially because of how familiar, or to use Alex’s word, “unassuming,” the settings are. More info...

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  • NASHVILLE— BILL CALLAHAN / NATHAN BOWLES LIVE AT THIRD MAN RECORDS

    Live at Third Man Records

    10.11.17
    Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm

    Regular Price: $25.00

    Special Price: $20.00

    Bill Callahan showed up on our porch in 1991 saying his name was Smog. We took him in and he has been with us ever since. We think you will feel the same way about him once you look into his hungry eyes. Over the years he reminisced about "Cold Blooded Old Times" and told us to "Dress Sexy At My Funeral," releasing over twenty records as Smog and then, unfettered, as Bill Callahan. He is a recording studio guru, a tastefully rampant singer-songwriter, a heartthrob, a visual artist, a statesman for the times and an author.

    After a couple albums recorded at home in the early 90's, he began recording in studios and teamed up with potent individuals such as musician/arranger Jim O'Rourke. His output has been constant for two decades and his tours have become larger and more impressive. Bill's songs have been featured in films such as High Fidelity, Dead Man's Shoes, and Youth in Revolt, all of which feature Zach Galifinakis (or should). Artists as diverse as Gil Scott-Heron, Flaming Lips and Cat Power have recorded his songs.

    In 2007 Bill Callahan dropped the pseudonym and begin releasing his albums under his own name.

    2009 saw the orchestrated juggernaut Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle. The album received terrific reviews across the board and then it took off, becoming a fixture on top-10 lists of 2009, including 2nd best album in MOJO (the 2nd best magazine in England!).

    A live LP came next, Rough Travel for a Rare Thing, which was a critic's choice review in the NY Times. This must mean he's a force on stage, yes yes?

    Summer of 2010, Callahan published his first work of fiction, Letters To Emma Bowlcut. The dapper novelette features sixty-two letters from a nameless protagonist to a woman he saw at a party. The book is cutting, discursive, tender and laced with punch lines. Funny ones.

    Callahan has performed readings from the book for audiences in New York, London and Chicago, among other cities.

    As we edge ever closer to the fateful year 2012, Bill Callahan jumps the gun with his own personal Apocalypse (04/19/11). This is important work. Brace yourself. Apocalypse is coming

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  • DETROIT - NY Night Train Haunted Hop Halloween Tour w/ Jonathan Toubin + Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds

    Live at Third Man Records

    10.26.17
    Doors at 7:30pm.

    $15.00

    NY Night Train Haunted Hop Halloween dance party with live Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, DJ Jonathan Toubin, projectionist Spencer Bewley, NYNT Mummy Dancers, costume contest, and more!

    A NYC Halloween tradition for over a decade! And a dance party in a haunted house! Led by Kid Congo Powers of The Cramps, The Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, etc, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, the perfect Halloween band, play live and in person! Soul Clap and Dance-Off DJ Jonathan Toubin busts out his world-famous o.g. spooky novelties and horror rock 45s for doing the Monster Mash all night accompanied by his Mummy Go Go Dancers as virtuosic visuals cult hero Spencer Bewley juxtaposes film loops by hand on three 16mm projectors. Midnight costume contest, smoke, cobwebs, and much more… An early Halloween (trick or) treat!

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  • NASHVILLE— TMR Presents: A. Savage / Jack Cooper at The End

    Live at Third Man Records

    11.06.17
    Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm

    $10.00

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  • NASHVILLE— AJJ Live at Third Man Records

    Live at Third Man Records

    11.11.17
    Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm

    $15.00

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  • NASHVILLE— TMR PRESENTS: PALM LIVE AT DRKMTTR

    Live at Third Man Records

    11.13.17
    Doors at 9pm. Show at 9:30pm

    $10.00

    Palm plays rock music backwards. Their songs bear a certain methodology, though there is a tendency towards impulse which seems almost violently opposed to it. The band deals willfully in contradictions like this. The elements of any given song fit together like slightly melted puzzle pieces, serving up rigidity and looseness in equal measure. Palm songs imply architecture, but their compositional structures are somehow bound by different rules of physics than the ones we know. Lattices of guitar language (provided by Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt) intersect the rhythmic organism characterized by the twitchy throb of Gerasimos Livitsanos' bass and the careless tumble of Hugo Stanley's drums, with a layer of disembodied vocals draped atop the whole thing. Emotional yet clinical, wild yet contained, the sounds they offer are equally bizarre as they are pleasantly pretty.

    Palm formed around 2011, shortly after its members met in college in Upstate New York. The years they spent writing and playing when not in school culminated into the release of Trading Basics in 2015, around which time they relocated to Philadelphia. Since then they've been playing shows throughout the country while they continue to hammer out their sound to be as refined as it is outlandish. More to come.

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