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Juno What?! @ Boulder Theater

Boulder’s favorite electro-funk dance band will be headlining the Boulder Theater on Saturday, November 28th. For this performance they will be bringing in Portland Oregon’s funkiest keyboardist, Steve Watkins. With Dave Watts on drums and electronics and Joey Porter on keys as well, this evening of music promises to be a night of incredibly funky, synthesizer mania.

This trio has been driving west coast dance floors into sheer ecstasy over the last 6 months and are now finally bringing the line-up to the Boulder Theater. Get ready for a night of booty shaking, turkey shedding, electro-madness this coming Thanksgiving weekend.

For more information go to myspace.com/junowhatband.

Colorado Daily presents
JUNO WHAT?!
w/ Mr. Anonymous
Saturday, November 28
doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm

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Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

Here's what we've got coming up at Boulder Theater as of November 9.  All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted:

Wed, Nov 11                  FACE CD Release Concert
7:30pm                       GA / All Ages / Adults=$14.50, Student/Senior=$10.00

Nov 12-14                    Patagonia presents
BOULDER ADVENTURE  FILM FESTIVAL
GA / All Ages / Festival Pass=$50.00, Single Tickets=$12.00
Thursday & Friday Day Passes=$20.00, Saturday Day Pass=$25.00

Sun, Nov 15                  97.3 KBCO presents
7:00pm                       E-TOWN
w/ Imogen Heap & Gregory Alan Isakov
GA / All Ages / $21.00

Tues, Nov 17                 BVSD School Food Project & elephantjournal.com present
7:00pm                       "HERE WE GROW"
GA / All Ages / $15.00

Wed, Nov 18                  Boulder Weekly Film Series
8:00pm                       "THE BIG LEBOWSKI"
GA / All Ages Balcony / $7.00

Thurs, Nov 19                 Live Nation presents
7:30pm                             BROKEN LIZARD
GA/ $38.00/ 16+

Fri, Nov 20                       Boulder Weekly presents
9:00pm                             THE LAST WALTZ performed live by POLYTOXIC & many friends
GA / 21+ / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$18.50

Sat, Nov 21                  99.5 The Mountain presents
9:00pm                       WISH WE WERE FLOYD: A Tribute to Pink Floyd
GA / 21+ / $12.50

Fri, Nov  27
                KGNU & Boulder Weekly present
8:30pm                       DANNY BARNES TRIO & SPRING CREEK
w/ Honey Don't
GA / 21+ / $17.00

Sat, Nov 28
                 Colorado Daily presents
9:00pm                       JUNO WHAT?!
w/ Mr. Anonymous          
GA / 21+ / $12.00

Tues, Dec 1
                    Boulder Weekly & Radio 1190 present
8:00pm                             EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
w/ Fool's Gold & Local Natives
GA / All Ages /  $17.00

Wed, Dec 2
                     Live Nation presents
7:00pm                             THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA & ALL THAT REMAINS
w/ The Story of the Year
GA / All Ages / Advance=$25.00, DOS=$27.00

Wed, Dec 3
                 NIPP & 97.3 KBCO present
7:30pm                      BRUCE HORNSBY & the Noisemakers
w/ guests
Gold Circle=$65.00, Reserved=$45.00, GA $38.50

Sat, Dec 5                  7th Annual
9:00pm                      MARK VANN FOUNDATION HOLIDAY BENEFIT SHOW
ft. Great American Taxi, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth & many special guests
GA / 21+ / $24.00, VIP ticket=$125  

Fri, Dec 11
                      Radio 1190 & Westword present
7:30pm                            TRACE BUNDY'S Acoustic Holiday
ft. DAMIEN JURADO
Reserved=$24.00 / GA=$19.50 / All Ages

Sun, Dec 13
                Rocky Mountain Revels present
2:00 & 7:00pm               THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: CELTIC ROADS
Gold Circle=$36.00, Reserved=$25.00, GA Balcony=$18.00
Kids 12 & Under: GA Balcony=$15.50, Reserved=$21.00
All Ages

Sat, Dec 19
                Rocky Mountain Revels present
2:00 & 7:00pm               THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: CELTIC ROADS
Gold Circle=$36.00, Reserved=$25.00, GA Balcony=$18.00
Kids 12 & Under: GA Balcony=$15.50, Reserved=$21.00
All Ages


Tues, Dec 29
                Live Nation & 97.3 KBCO present
9:00pm                               YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
GA / 16+ / $114.50 This ticket is available as part of the 3 Day Pass including
December 30 & 31 at Fillmore  Auditorium.                                                

Wed, Dec 30
                 97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                            LEFTOVER SALMON's 20th Anniversary New Year's Celebration
w/ Emmitt Nershi Band
GA  / 21+ / $44.50

Thurs, Dec 31                97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                            LEFTOVER SALMON's 20th Anniversary New Year's Celebration
GA / 21+ / $56.00

Fri, Jan 8                          97.3 KBCO presents
8:00pm                      TODD SNIDER
                                 w/ Great American Taxi
                              Reserved=$30.00, GA=$24.00 / 21+

Fri, Jan 15
                     Radio 1190 presents
9:00pm                           REVEREND HORTON HEAT
                                     w/ Deadbolt
GA / 21+ / Advance=$12.50, DOS=$29.50

Sat, Jan 23
                     Daily Camera presents
8:00pm                            Neil Berg's 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY
ft. Five Broadway stars and an all-star New York band
Reserved=$48.50 / GA Seated=$40.00 / All Ages

Sun, Jan 31
                    The Knot presents 13th Annual
3:00pm                             BOULDER WEDDING SHOWCASE
GA / All Ages / $7.00     
www.boulderweddingshowcase.com

Tues, Feb 2                  97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly presents
8:00pm                       STEVE EARLE
w/ Hayes Carll
Reserved=$34.50, GA Seated=$28.50 / 21+

Feb 11-14
                  BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Festival Pass now on sale
Early Bird Special = $295 until January 15
$345 after January 15
Must be 21+ to purchase pass

Mon, Mar 1
                97.3 KBCO presents Acoustic Brotherhood Tour
7:30pm                     LOS LONELY BOYS, ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO & CARRIE RODRIGUEZ
Reserved=$36.50, GA=$29.50 / 21+

Sat, Mar 7
                        Ty Burhoe & Tala Records present
7:30pm                     ZAKIR HUSSAIN & THE MASTERS OF PERCUSSION
Reserved=$43.00, GA=$32.50 / All Ages

ALL SHOWS ARE ON SALE NOW (unless otherwise noted) AT THE BOULDER THEATER BOX OFFICE (303)786-7030, OR ONLINE AT WWW.BOULDERTHEATER.COM. Ticket prices include tax and service charge.

Steve Earle @ Boulder Theater

Steve Earle will be touring in support of his newest album, Townes, his highly anticipated follow up to the Grammy Award winning album Washington Square Serenade.

Steve Earle had two reasons for coming out with this long-planned tribute to Townes Van Zandt now. The first reason is practical. Earle is currently pushing himself to finish a years-in-the-making novel, and he wants to see it in print before the publishing business goes belly up.

The second is a more personal concern. Like all artists worthy of the name, Steve Earle loves the truth, and in the case of Van Zandt, he sees that the waters are muddying before his eyes. Very often over periods of years, the truth first becomes myth and myth later becomes truth. In regards to his teacher, hero and friend Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle was not about to let that happen.

While being a protégé of Van Zandt, Earle is a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The  Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.  1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one of the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.”  What followed was an extremely exciting array of twelve releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995), the politically charged masterpiece Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004) and Washington Square Serenade (2007).  Earle also produced the Grammy nominated album, Day After Tomorrow, by the legendary Joan Baez in 2008.

97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
STEVE EARLE
w/ guests
Tuesday, February 2
doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm

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Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com

Todd Snider @ Boulder Theater

The Excitement Plan’s laid- back groove and top- shelf lyrics are being called Snider's best work yet. "This music is sorta JJ Cale meets Jerry Jeff Walker sounding with words that would hopefully impress Shel Silverstein, Bobby Bare, Chuck Berry, Kris Kristofferson or Randy Newman,” Snider said. With his contributions of stellar guitar, piano and harmonica, his musicianship shares the spotlight as easily as his treasured lyrics.

Snider is a vociferous musician whose fans know him to be quite the workhorse. His acclaimed 2006 release, The Devil You Know found the barefoot troubadour performing live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman and the CD appeared on numerous year-end Top 10 lists including Spin, Blender and Rolling Stone. More recently, last year’s Peace Queer EP--a concept record featuring all the peace, love and anarchy Snider is known for--inspired Blender to say he “morphed from a wisecracking country-ish journeyman to the sharpest and funniest protest singer working today." The EP spent five weeks at number one on the Americana chart and Spin Magazine dubbed him, "One of roots music's slyest, smartest songwriters."

97.3 KBCO presents
TODD SNIDER
Friday, January 8
doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com

Reserved=$30.00, GA seated=$24.00
On Sale Saturday, October 31

The Last Waltz LIVE @ Boulder Theater

Back in 2005, Denver's number one "jamband", Polytoxic, wanted to put on a show that could showcase all the great local musicians they had been playing with for the past few years.  They decided to re-enact The Band's "The Last Waltz", a concert film by Martin Scorsese from 1978 of The Band's last performance that included all of that era's greatest musicians - Eric Clapton, Dr John, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, etc.  Polytoxic’s show was held at Dulcinea's in Denver's Capitol Hill area on May 25, 2005, and Polytoxic planned on it being a fun little show that would garner a little bit of interest.  It sold out in minutes, surprising band and fans alike, and became the biggest show they had ever thrown.  So big, in fact, they decided to do it again in 2005, this time on the night before Thanksgiving at Cervante's Masterpiece Ballroom.

Polytoxic's "The Last Waltz Revisited" immediately went from a "fun little" idea at a small venue to their biggest event of the year.  It has become an annual event, playing to capacity crowds.  This year marks the 5th anniversary of their "Last Waltz Revisited", and it boasts over 40 guest musicians from the Colorado area (and a few from other cities), a full horn section, and over 30 songs from The Band’s extensive catalog, focusing primarily on songs played at The Last Waltz.  It has become a tradition for many of those involved in the show, as well as for many of the people that come out and see the show year after year.

This year, the show has been added for the first time in Boulder, at the Boulder Theater.  The plan is to bring in many Boulder-area musicians to participate, and start an annual tradition there as well, bringing the musical community together and giving something back to the community as a whole.

Polytoxic's "The Last Waltz Revisited" will be performed in Boulder at The Boulder Theater (2032 14th St, 303-786-7030), Friday November 20th. Doors are at 8pm and show starts at 9:30 with Buck Perigo performing Arlo Guthrie’s entire “Alice’s Restaurant”.  Tickets are $15.00/advance, $18.50/day of show.  For ticket info go to http://www.bouldertheater.com/boxoffice.php or call the theater.

Boulder Weekly presents
THE LAST WALTZ
Performed live by Polytoxic & special friends
Friday, November 20
doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm

GA / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$18.50 / 21+
On sale now

Dinosaur Jr. @ Boulder Theater

Indie rocker giants, Dinosaur Jr.'s latest release, "Farm", has received critical acclaim and praise from fans. Dinosaur Jr.'s, bassist, Lou Barlow opens with his solo project featuring Mike Watt's Missingmen band.

The worry about the reunion of the original Dinosaur Jr. line-up, more than 20 years after their formation and legendary dissolution, was that these guys were just flogging the back catalog as a marketing gimmick. With the release of Beyond, in 2007, the band gave a hearty Marshall-driven "F**K YOU!" answer to those inquiring ears. Restoring the sound established by the opening hat-trick gambit of Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me, and Bug, the Beyond record continued the band's march into rock greatness by making old ears smile and new ears bleed afresh. And now comes Farm, Dinosaur Jr.'s first double LP and their fifth full length record by the original line-up -- J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph -- set to release on their new label home Jagjaguwar on June 23rd.

If Beyond was Dinosaur Jr.'s return to form, Farm is proof that this band continues to deliver that which makes rock worth cranking to 11. At times wholly 70's guitar-epic, at times perfect for sitting by a babbling brook with Joni and Neil, Farm encompasses Dinosaur Jr.'s signature palette - soaring and distorted guitar, unshakable hooks, honey-rich melodies - songs that get into your head and, bouncing around happily, stay there. The ear-catching "Plans" is nearly 7 minutes of classic whipped-topping rock dessert, while "I Don't Wanna Go There" is a meat-and-potatoes main dish, mixing unapologetic lead guitar with straight-ahead delivery a la James Gang or Humble Pie. These two tunes round out twelve tracks propelled by the unique energy of one of America's greatest living rock bands hitting their stride.

Channel 93.3 & Westword present
DINOSAUR JR.
w/ lou barlow + the missingmen and Violent Soho
Thursday, October 29
doors 8:00pm, show 9:00pm

Danny Barnes Trio & Spring Creek @ Boulder Theater

The banjo stirs a feeling of timelessness with its old time/bluegrass/folk associations. Danny Barnes builds with these base molecules of the instrument's heritage, sculpting a sound with one foot in contemporary technological landscapes, another in deep running traditions, and arms waving free in outer space. Found audio samples merge and crash as the instrument's high picking peaks and valleys of bassy depths loop in a journey through the American heart of darkness and back towards the light. Add the free form jazz of Ornette Coleman to the legacy of Dock Boggs, remix it with DJ Shadow, and view it through a DIY punk aesthetic and you have some idea of Folktronics. Live, on studio or homemade records, and through the countless concert recordings that circulate in the taper scene as word-of-mouth gems, Barnes is a sonic pioneer, hacking through the underbrush with his musical weapons of choice, banjo as compass.

Spring Creek from Lyons, Colorado, are quickly gaining a reputation as the hottest young band in the Rocky Mountains. The quartet play a mix of bluegrass standards and compelling originals, and all four musicians are also accomplished vocalists. Spring Creek builds their foundation on the fundamentals of classic bluegrass, yet they create their own energetic contemporary style.Though they clearly appeal to traditional bluegrass fans, the Spring Creek musicians mix in a little something for everyone at their live shows. Expect to hear an Elton John or Gillian Welch cover squeezed in between a blazing fast Carter Stanley instrumental and a rip roarin' Bill Monroe tune.

Honey Don’t plays American Stringband Music from the heart of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. The music ranges from Americana to Folk, Country, Old-time, Bluegrass and good old Rock-n-Roll.

DANNY BARNES TRIO & SPRING CREEK
w/ Honey Don't
Friday, November 27
doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

ALL SHOWS ARE ON SALE NOW (unless otherwise noted) AT THE BOULDER THEATER BOX OFFICE (303)786-7030, OR ONLINE AT WWW.BOULDERTHEATER.COM. Ticket prices include tax and service charge.

Thur, Oct 8                      Boulder Lunachix presents
7:00pm                            LUNAFEST short films
GA / All Ages / GA=$18.00, Student=$12.00

Sat, Oct 10                      97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                            BODEANS
w/ The Trampolines
GA / 21+ / $34.00

Tues, Oct 13                 KUVO presents
7:30pm                           PACO PENA
Reserved=$40.00, GA seated=$32.00 / 21+

Wed, Oct 14                  97.3 KBCO presents
8:00pm                           AIMEE MANN
w/ Fountains of Wayne
Reserved Balcony=$34.50, GA= $29.50 / 21+

Thur, Oct 15                  DANCING WITH BOULDER STARS
7:30pm                          Reserved=$50.00, GA=$36.00 / All Ages

Fri, Oct 16                      Boulder Weekly presents
7:00 & 9:30pm              TETON GRAVITY RESEARCH'S
"RE:SESSION"
GA / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$16.50 / 7pm=All Ages 9:30pm=21+

Sat, Oct 17                   EMMITT NERSHI BAND feat. Keith Moseley and Chris Misner
9:00pm                         & ASSEMBLY OF DUST

GA / 21+ / $21.50

Sun, Oct 18                   97.3 KBCO presents
7:00pm                           E-TOWN
w/ CAKE & special guest
GA / All Ages / $25.00

Wed, Oct 21                   KGNU & Cafe Nuba presents
8:00pm                           MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO
w/ Sonnenblume
GA / 21+ / $29.00

Thur, Oct 22                   THE NORTH FACE "NEVER STOP EXPLORING" SPEAKER SERIES
7:00pm                             ft. Conrad Anker & Jimmy Chin
GA=$9.50, VIP=$23.50 / All Ages

Fri, Oct 23                      97.3 KBCO presents
8:00pm                           THE SUBDUDES
w/ Vienna Teng
GA / 21+ / $27.50

Sat, Oct 24                   MOUNTAIN SUN PUB'S 16 Years of Funky Good Time
9:00pm                         featuring PEARL ST. ALL STARS
w/ Pimps of Joytime
GA / Advance -$25.00 / DOS -$27.00/ 21+

Sun, Oct 25                   97.3 KBCO presents
7:00pm                           E-TOWN
w/ Moby & special guest
GA / All Ages / $20.75                                  

Wed, Oct 28                 Downtown Boulder presents
7:30pm                          FASHION UNDER THE FLATIRONS
Runway(21+)=$65.00, Reserved(21+)=$48.00, GA(21+)=$35.00, Balcony (18+)=$20.00

Thur, Oct 29                  Channel 93.3's Throwback Lunch & Westword present
9:00pm                          DINOSAUR, JR.
w/ lou barlow + the missingmen
GA / 18+ Balcony / $29.50

Oct 30 & 31                   Westword & 97.3 KBCO present
9:00pm                          DEVOTCHKA
w/ Quixotic
GA / $38.50 / Oct 30=18+,  Oct 31=21+

Tues, Nov 1                   97.3 KCBO presents
7:00pm                           E-TOWN
w/ Bob Schneider & the Flatlanders
GA / All Ages / $18.75 

Nov 3-8                          WARREN MILLER'S "DYNASTY"
GA / All Ages / $23.00

Thurs, Nov 19               Live Nation presents
7:30pm                          BROKEN LIZARD
GA/ $38.00/ 16+

Fri, Nov 20                   Boulder Weekly presents
9:00pm                         THE LAST WALTZ ft. POLYTOXIC
GA / 21+ / Advance=$15.00, DOS=$18.50

Tues, Dec 1                  Boulder Weekly & Radio 1190 present
8:00pm                           EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
w/ Fool's Gold & Local Natives
GA / All Ages /  $17.00

Wed, Dec 2                     Live Nation presents
7:00pm                            THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
w/ The Story of the Year & special guests
GA / All Ages / Advance=$25.00, DOS=$27.00

Fri, Dec 11                    TRACE BUNDY'S Acoustic Holiday
7:30pm                           w/ Damien Jurado
Reserved=$24.00 / GA=$19.50 / All Ages

Tues, Dec 29               Live Nation & 97.3 KBCO present
9:00pm                         YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
GA / 16+ / $114.50 This ticket is available as part of the 3 Day Pass including
December 30 & 31 at Fillmore  Auditorium.                                                

Wed, Dec 30                 97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                          LEFTOVER SALMON's 20th Anniversary New Year's Celebration
w/ special guest
GA  21+ / $44.50

Thurs, Dec 31             97.3 KBCO presents
8:30pm                        LEFTOVER SALMON's 20th Anniversary New Year's Celebration
G A / 21+ / $56.00

Fri, Jan 15                    REVEREND HORTON HEAT
9:00pm                           w/ Deadbolt
GA / 21+ / Advance=$12.50, DOS=$29.50

Sat, Jan 23                    Neil Berg's 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY
8:00pm                           Reserved=$48.50 / GA Seated=$40.00 / All Ages
On Sale Oct 16

Sun, Jan 31                The Knot presents
3:00pm                        BOULDER WEDDING SHOWCASE
GA / All Ages / $7.00                                          

Reverend Horton Heat @ Boulder Theater

Reverend Horton Heat will release their first original studio effort in over 5 years September 1st on Yep Roc Records. Laughin’ and Cryin’ with the Reverend Horton Heat is the band’s first (non-holiday) album since 2004s Revival.

Since 2004 the band has played to hundreds of thousands of screaming disciples all over the world. A relentless touring schedule has seen the band play over a thousand shows in that time span, all those sets picked from their classic catalog. This amazing testament to the near pathological zealotry of the Rev’s fan base is about to be infused with new blood through the 14 new tracks on their latest studio effort.

Landing decidedly on the ‘billy’ side of rockabilly, Laughin’ and Cryin’ was influenced by bandleader Jim Heath’s love for mid-20th century country music and an open ear for what the band’s legions of fans react to most. Over their 250+ shows a year RHH has frequently found that their more comical, every day takes on the world resonate loudest. Blue collars run deep in the Rev’s audience and the stories contained on Laughin’ and Cryin’ are sure to ring true with the working stiffs that turn up in droves night after night to drink tumblers of whiskey and see one of the baddest guitar gods still roaming the great highways of the USA. The songs here are slice-of-life tales of men with bad habits, the women who love them (or try to, at least) and the laughing and crying that goes along with it.

The band will kick off a tour for the album with headlining dates in the US followed by a co-headline US tour with Motorhead getting underway 8/28 in Minneapolis. Check www.yeproc.com for complete dates.

REVEREND HORTON HEAT
w/ Deadbolt
Friday, January 15, 2010
doors 8:00pm, show 9:00pm

GA / 21+ / Advance=$12.50, DOS=$29.50
On Sale October 2

Drug Rug Play BOULDER At B-Side Lounge On 10.2 & 10.3

Thomas Allen and Sarah Cronin met in 2006 while working at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, Ma. After trading secret demos of their own songs, Tommy persuaded Sarah to combine forces. They spent their first date drinking whiskey in bed and playing each other songs on an old guitar. They’ve been inseparable ever since. Several months later, they christened themselves “Drug Rug,” a name which has made strangers laugh and parents cry.

The songs are inspired by the storytelling style of early folk musicians, comic books, campgrounds, funny hats, and the illustrations of Garth Williams.

Drug Rug's S/T debut record, melted hearts and ears, and earned them rave reviews and comparisons to some of rock's greatest duos.

"Paint the Fence Invisible" is certain to keep these trends going.

While running the stylistic gamut, from the country duets of Ken and Dolly to the Pet Sound's harmonies of Brian Wilson, Drug Rug still stays true to their rock n' roll roots including The Velvet Underground and The Byrds.

"Paint The Fence Invisible" displays Tommy & Sarah's growth as true artists.

After touring with both Fiery Furnaces and Dr. Dog, the band's honed musicianship and lush vocals were laid down on tape with the help of Carter Tanton (Tulsa), Julian Cassanetti & Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine).

The album was recorded primarily in a haunted house located in the Catskill mountains of New York and their hi-fi approach to lo-fi aesthetics were effectively crafted.

The result is a different and memorable record by a rock-duo who make their own rules.

The magic captured feels both timely and timeless...  sometimes at the same time.

They believe in the imminent end of the world and will destroy each other with love before the apocalypse.