Monday 11.16
7pm $4 donation

Ah Holly Fam’ly Portland, Oregon
The eight-piece, kaleidoscope-folk troupe Ah Holly Fam’ly formed in the culturally sparse and desperate landscapes of rural Idaho, before packing up for their current home of Portland, Oregon. The paired voices of married duo Becky Dawson and Jeremy Faulkner tow a thematic line between a deconstruction of the sentimental, and a celebration of it. The band’s debut album ‘Reservoir’ flirts with the memories of youth, where man-made bodies of water built for agriculture and industry became places of recreation. At once fragile and overwhelming, the sophisticated avant folk chamber pop of Ah Holly Fam’ly courses a steady path on ‘Reservoir’, a place where the past meets the present, where familiarity is concealed by alienation, a sound that hearkens back to the rural Appalachian folk of yesterday, and the avant folk experimentalism of today.

Ohian They have a split with adam gnade (a buffalo fav)

Loveful Heights nice girls from rocheser

with local favorites:
Reverend Soapbox and the Rabble Rousers
Musket Brown and the Roosters
(our pal Cameron spivey’s project)


this show has been CANCELED

Wednesday, November 11th 6pm

Ghastly City Sleep (Brooklyn, NY ex-Pg. 99/Majority Rule)

Litany for the Whale (Santa Rosa, CA)

Ordinary Men and Women (Rochester, NY)

Chris Carlsson 11.6

Friday November 6th 7pm
Donations Appreciated

Join Chris Carlsson (San Francisco-based activist, author, historian and co-founder of Critical Mass), Justin Booth (Green Options Buffalo, Buffalo Blue Bicycle) and Kirk Laubenstein (Grassroots Gardens) for a discussion on how the future is being built today… in Buffalo and beyond.

Chris Carlsson is the executive director of the multimedia history project Shaping San Francisco, and has edited four collections of political and historical essays. He helped launch the monthly bike-ins known as Critical Mass, and was the longtime editor of Processed World magazine.

Outlaw bicycling, urban permaculture, biofuels, free software, and even the Burning Man festival are windows into a scarcely visible social transformation that is redefining politics as we know it. As capitalism continues to corral every square inch of the globe into its logic of money and markets, new practices are emerging through which people are taking back their time and technological know-how. In small, under-the-radar ways, they are making life better right now, simultaneously building the foundation-technically and socially-for a genuine movement of liberation from market life.

In his current book, Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today!, Carlsson uncovers the resistance of a slowly recomposing working class in America. Rarely defining themselves by what they do for a living, people from all walks of life are doing incredible amounts of labor in their “non-work” time, creating immediate practical improvements in daily life. The social networks they create, and the practical experience of cooperating outside of economic regulation, become a breeding ground for new strategies to confront the commodification to which capitalism reduces us all.

The practices outlined in Nowtopia embody a deep challenge to the basic underpinnings of modern life, as a new ecologically driven politics emerges from below, reshaping our assumptions about science, technology, and human potential.

Urban Biopsy

Urban Biopsy is a visual ethnography dissecting and analyzing personal narratives collected from Buffalo and Erie County residents. By presenting documentation of the artist’s performances across Erie County as well as installations constructed from the resulting data, Urban Biopsy constructs a guerrilla history of this while mapping stories on visual terrain. urban-biopsy-card_sugar-city

Buffalo News

Buffalo News:
” Give ’em Sugar

On Monday, Sugar City will welcome three artists from the Pacific Northwest to its cozy confines at 19 Wadsworth St. in Allentown. Billed as a showcase for the influential independent label K Records, the show will feature performances by Lake, Karl Blau and Curious Mystery, all of whom record for K, and most of whom hail from Olympia, Wash.

Founded by musician Calvin Johnson, K records is emblematic of the true indierock ethos. Lake, for example, has recorded 12 albums since forming in 2005, which is more than most bands manage to craft across the expanse of an entire career. With the middle man taken out of the equation, and supply created to match demand, not vice versa, the K crew crafts music at its own pace, for the sheer thrill of it all.

Lake’s latest, “Let’s Build a Roof,” is also indie in execution, not just intent. The record blends the melodic contours of seminal alt-rock to the jangly guitars and atmospherics of art-pop, in the process crafting a recording that is to modern indie-rock what Dr. Seuss is to kids’ literature. Child-like, brightly colored, enthralled with its own imagination.

Like Lake, with whom he has performed and recorded, Karl Blau has spent his career marching to a different drummer. Listening to his work is like taking a tour through a music historian’s library, so prevalent is the man’s creative wanderlust, and so delightfully difficult is his music to pigeonhole.

Don’t worry, though, things won’t get too rootsy on Monday. Seattle’s the Curious Mystery will see to that with its nigh-on-avant-garde mash-up of ’60s psychedelia, alt-country minimalism, and just plain weirdness.

The shenanigans will commence at 7 p. m. sharp, and will wrap at 10 p. m. on the nose, so come on time. Admission is $6 at the door. “

Monday is almost here!

Monday October 26th!
Karl Blau
Curious Mystery
7pm (this is a real start time)
$6 donation (space is limited)

show ends by 10pm.
Sugar City is an all-ages alcohol-free space.

From Artvoice:
“Influential indie label K records (former home of Modest Mouse, Buil to Spill) is coming through town on Monday (Oct 26) with a cast of underground innovators hand-plucked from the rich musical landscape of the Pacific Northwest. A new find-ear candy out of Olympia, Washington-called LAKE will be serving up songs from all over the musical map. Sometimes they sound like Sufjan Stevens covering Broken Social Scene; sometimes they sound like labelmates the Microphones; sometimes they just sing songs about sandwiches. LAKE is six-members-all of whom have side projects and has released 12 full-length albums since 2005. Their latest Let’s Build a Roof, was recorded by label-mate and tour-mate and visionary Karl Blau, who will be accompanying LAKE on this tour, performing from his new album Zebra. Blau is equally eclectic, choosing for this album to integrate elements of African music into his signature style. And as if enough weird ground hasn’t been covered, Seattle’s’ Curious Mystery will be providing bluesy, drug-soaked psychedelia. Oh, the beautiful uneveness of life.” Sal Vigietta