Upcoming In-Store Happenings
In-Stores are all free and all ages, always. Come rock with us!
The GOTOBEDS - Saturday, July 23rd @ 5PM
Pittsburgh post-punkers The Gotobeds just released their 2nd album (and first for the Sub Pop label) 'Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic.' Formed in 2009, the band became known for its raucous live show and quickly picked up steam, touring regionally. Following a performance on WFMU, Matador honcho Gerard Cosley signed them to his 12XU label for their debut, 'Poor People Are Revolting.' Jumping ship to Sub Pop, The Gotobeds approached their sophomore effort with a more experimental approach, working up songs and recording them in blocks. Fans of Mission Of Burma, Swell Maps, The Fall and even The Replacements will find much to love here. Hell, the band named themselves after Wire drummer Robert Gotobed. Come help us tear the roof off the record store with The Gotobeds on a Saturday afternoon, during BEER:30. That's right, free beer for those 21 and over.
HOLLY & EMMA SWIFT at Grimey's Too - Wednesday, July 27th @ 6PM
Singers, songwriters & badass musicians Holly (Muñoz) and Emma Swift are currently traveling around the US on their Dream Dates tour and will stop in at Grimey's for a free, all-ages in-store performance. Emma Swift is a wandering songwriter who splits her time between Sydney, Australia and Nashville, Tennessee. A fan of minor chords, gin and endless pedal steel, she likes to play vulnerable music. Her heroes, in no particular order are: Gram Parsons, Bill Callahan, Anais Nin, Lucinda Williams, and whoever invented dry shampoo. Emma was nominated for an ARIA Award (Australian Grammy) for her debut release and also occasionally performs with Robyn Hitchcock. Holly Muñoz (aka HOLLY) is a musician and songwriter from El Paso, Texas. She has made two records with John Vanderslice, a double LP featuring Alan Sparhawk (of Low) and Ken Stringfellow (of R.E.M., Big Star, The Posies). She is also one-half of Holly & Ken, an indie country opera project with Ken Stringfellow featuring Vicki Peterson (of The Bangles), Matthew Caws (of Nada Surf), Keren Ann, Shelby Earl, and Country Dave Harmonson. Holly recently recorded her third solo album, Little Thief in Los Angeles with Ken Stringfellow and Pete Thomas (of Elvis Costello). Catch them again at the Roosevelt Room.
LORI McKENNA - Thursday, July 28th @ 6PM
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Lori McKenna releases her new album on July 29th. 'The Bird & The Rifle' is the 10th full-length album from the Grammy Award-winning songwriter. Produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson), the album features ten original songs, including the lead track, "Wreck You," and McKenna's version of her own "Humble & Kind," which Tim McGraw recorded and took to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "This record was made in a way that's very different from anything else I've ever done," says McKenna. "It's very much me--this record and the songs. But it's like I took the 10 songs and just got in someone else's car and took a ride down the coast. I completely plugged into the world of Dave Cobb." Recorded live, the album invites close listening, achieving an intimacy that is comfortable but precise. Pared-down instrumentation including rolling guitar, blood-pumping bass, and soothing percussion creates room for McKenna's lyrics and vocals to soar. Her voice cuts through not by overpowering, but with stark gentleness. McKenna is one of the most sought-after songwriters in the industry, having written songs recorded by Faith Hill, Reba, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, and more. She currently lives in Stoughton, Massachusetts with her husband and five children. Join us for a free, all-ages in-store performance by Lori McKenna the day before her new album is released!
COLD CREEKS - Monday, August 1st @ 6PM
Based in Nashville, Cold Creeks combine noisy riffs with strong vocals, standing on the line between indie rock and blues, for a unique and fresh sound. They're an up and coming band that has gained traction quickly, getting airplay on Lightning 100 and 102.9 The Buzz. In fact they're in the final four of Lightning 100's 'Music City Mayhem' battle of the bands competition. Cold Creeks have a brand new EP hitting in early August called 'Prequel' and they'll be celebrating with a free, all ages in-store performance at Grimey's!
SARA WATKINS - Friday, August 5th @ 6PM
Young In All The Wrong Ways is Sara Watkins' most cohesive and fully realized solo album. The new collection finds her embracing the role of frontwoman following the collaborations of Watkins Family Hour (featuring Sean Watkins, Fiona Apple and Benmont Tench) and Nickel Creek, the hugely successful group she first formed with her brother Sean and Chris Thile. The album is also her most powerful. Personal and revealing, she wrote or co-wrote each of the 10 songs-a first for her. It was produced in Los Angeles by Gabe Witcher who arranged a stellar band including two of his fellow Punch Brothers, guitarist Chris Eldridge and bass player Paul Kowert, and additional musicians Jon Brion and Jay Bellerose. Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan, Watkins' bandmates in I'm With Her, provide harmonies on the title track while Jim James of My Morning Jacket guests on "One Last Time." Benmont Tench is again featured on keys. The songs contain some of the heaviest moments of her career, with eruptions of thrumming B3 organ and jagged electric guitar. But it's also quiet, vulnerable, tenderhearted. Bold in all the right ways. Young in All the Wrong Ways reveals an artist who has managed to transform her own turmoil into music that is beautiful and deeply moving. Join us for a free, all-ages live performance at Grimey's by Sara Watkins!
ILONA - Saturday, August 6th @ 5PM
Since beginning her musical career only a few short years ago, emerging UK-based artist ILONA has already achieved an enormous amount. She's won awards for video as well as live performance, she's taken part in SXSW and done live sets and interviews on dozens of radio and TV stations in Great Britain and abroad. ILONA has been invited to perform in Malta, Bulgaria, Norway and France as well as all around the UK many times. Along with her own headline shows, ILONA's also supported Passenger, Hudson Taylor, The Dunwells, Adam Ant, Paul Rodgers, Willy Mason, and Daniel Bedingfield, jammed with Ed Sheeran and performed at The Prestigious House of Commons. She has co-written songs with Michael Logen (Kelly Clarkson) and her first European release reached 2 in the charts. ILONA has a new EP called 'Fragile Heart' with the single "Best Day Of My Life" currently on the US itunes Country chart and her first US tour is bringing her to Nashville where we'll host an intimate in-store performance. Sunny and Shay of BBC London rave, "The best live performance we've had on the show this year."
The MYSTERY LIGHTS - Wednesday, August 10th @ 6PM
The Mystery Lights just released the first album on Daptone Records' new rock & roll imprint, Wick Records. Carrying on Daptone's tradition of using authentic 1970's analog record equipment, 'The Mystery Lights' sounds like it could've been plucked straight from the 60's or 70's. It's a fantastic garage-punk statement and a legitimately great NYC rock record. Speaking to Rolling Stone, guitarist Mike Brandon says of Daptone, "the fact that they are venturing into other genres is exciting because everything they do, they do it right - real deal, all analog, all tape, there's not one computer in the studio whatsoever and they do everything live. Their approach to recording is exactly what we would hope for in a record label. They are able to truly capture that pure, timeless sound that we love, and the label is run by the best people." Daptone co-owner Neal Sugarman states "We are looking forward to Wick doing for rock & roll what Daptone has done for soul music." While 'The Mystery Lights' marks the band's first LP, Brandon and guitarist L.A. Solano have been playing together under a variety of names since they were teenagers in the small town of Salinas, California. The group recently relocated to Ridgewood, Queens, and assumed its current form with bassist Alex Amini and organist Kevin Harris. The Mystery Lights are on their first-ever US tour and will rock the house at Grimey's for a free in-store before playing at Exit/In later in the evening.