Upcoming In-Store Happenings
In-Stores are all free and all ages, always. Come rock with us!
Summer Of Love Listening Party! - Tuesday, July 25th @ 5PM
Join us for a special Summer of Love listening party & hang, when we'll be spinning some of Rhino Records' recent reissues that celebrate Summer, Love and a handful of the many, many tremendous records originally in 1967. We'll be serving groovy cookies and some cold brews (for those old enough to legally partake) plus we have some fun Rhino Records prizes to give away. Come decked out in your favorite summer digs for your chance to walk away with cool Summer of Love swag!
MIKE PETERS & The ALARM - Thursday, July 27th @ 5PM
For more than 35 years, The Alarm frontman Mike Peters has delivered emotionally vibrant rock songs that have resonated with fans for their passionate authenticity and urgency. But as new documentary Man in the Camo Jacket reveals, Peters may have needed the healing the band's music provided more than anyone. Directed by Russ Kendall, the film not only chronicles the band's fractured and then resurrected career, it follows Peters through his ongoing 20-year battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Throughout the inspiring film, he returns to the road over and over again despite grueling chemotherapy treatments. The film takes its name from the combat fatigues Peters wore as he began his triumphant fight with cancer. The Alarm were part of an early-'80s wave of bands (the Call, Big Country, and the Waterboys among them) who dealt in soaring anthems inspired by the righteous idealism of punk. Clearly influenced by the impassioned political fervor of the Clash, the Alarm also worked in a mostly acoustic, folk-punk vein that provided a counterpoint to their hard-driving guitar rockers. Mike Peters is touring with the current lineup of The Alarm and will play City Winery (where the documentary film will also be screened) on the evening of July 27th. We'll have him at Grimey's earlier in the evening for an intimate in-store set and a meet-and-greet with fans.
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA - Friday, July 28th @ 12noon
Manchester Orchestra have a new album coming July 28th via Loma Vista Recorings. It's called 'A Black Mile to the Surface' and marks the band's first full-length since the release of Cope in 2014. It's a re-invention of sorts. Inspired by their experience creating the score for the film Swiss Army Man, the band seized the chance to rethink Manchester Orchestra's typical methods of working. This process gave them new ideas of how to think about writing, how songs could flow, and how to layer melodies on top of one another to propel the tune into a new emotional arena. To manifest this vision, the band turned to producer Catherine Marks (Foals, PJ Harvey, The Killers, Interpol) and began working with her at Echo Mountain studio in Asheville. In addition to mixing with Marks at her Assault & Battery studio in London, Manchester Orchestra also worked with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In The Sky, Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings) in Los Angeles - gathering new sounds, adding to and widening the songs' dimensions. Encouraged to go against first instinct, each collaborator added their own touch to the music, pushing it to places no Manchester Orchestra record had ever gone before. We are very stoked that Manchester Orchestra has decided to celebrate their new record's release with an in-store, lunchtime performance at Grimey's! We'll have a food truck on site as well so you can still grab a bite if you come over on your lunch break.
MATTHEW SWEET - Friday, July 28th @ 5PM
"Matthew Sweet's '90s run is nothing short of miraculous. In just eight years, Sweet churned out five albums-Girlfriend (1991), Altered Beast (1993), 100% Fun (1995), Blue Sky On Mars (1997), and In Reverse (1999)-of perfect pop songs. Those records established Sweet as a gifted scholar and writer, mining rock history to resolve endless contradictions: Hooks and melody dominated his songs in unabashed tribute to his idols, yet he developed an immediately distinctive style of his own. Though he wrote simple, singalong songs, he overlaid them with the frenzied guitar of New York art punks Richard Lloyd (Television) and former Voidoids Robert Quine and Ivan Julian. Above all, he made intelligent, substantive music that was also fun as all hell." --Paste Magazine. Matthew Sweet is back with his first new batch of tunes in 6 years! 'Tomorrow Forever' is the name of the new album and, although those NYC art punks are no longer along for the ride, members of The Zombies, The Bangles, The Jayhawks and Velvet Crush are, along with that trademark Sweet tunefulness. Matthew Sweet is in town for a show at City Winery and we couldn't be more stoked that he has agreed to stop in at Grimey's for an intimate, in-store set.
TEDDY & The ROUGH RIDERS - Saturday, July 29th @ 5PM
Teddy and the Rough Riders have been one of the grooviest country-rock groups on the local rock scene for several years now but they've never properly released their music, outside of some demos on Soundcloud. You had to catch them live to groove to their jams. But no more! Teddy and the Rough Riders are releasing a double gatefold 7-inch, limited to a run of 450, and are celebrating with a few shows in town including a sure-to-be raucous free show at Grimey's during BEER:30! Yep, free show for everyone, free beer for those 21+.
SOCCER MOMMY - Monday, July 31st @ 6PM
Soccer Mommy is the project of Sophie Allison, a nineteen-year-old Nashville native and musical wunderkind. Sophie built her reputation as a DIY artist, recording her own songs and releasing them for free on Bandcamp over the last few years. Her upcoming debut album 'Collection' (out Aug 4th) compiles the best of Sophie's Bandcamp work as well as a few new songs, written, mixed and produced herself. Sophie describes her subject matter as, "crush stuff with a hint of bad to it." There's a playfulness to the music that belies the sophisticated nature of the songcraft. The songs can be sweet, they can be happily melancholic or melancholically happy, but they always cut deep. 'Collection' stands as an excellent introduction to a powerful new voice. Critics may decry the end of guitar music, same as they have for over thirty years. The fact remains that as long as records like Collection exist, there will be no shortage of young artists bashing their hearts out on guitars for years to come. "You can't say indie rock is dead," says Sophie. "It's just being taken over by women." We're thrilled to have Soccer Mommy perform at Grimey's the week her album is released. You'll also be able to snag your copy four days early!