A legend of the California punk rock scene, Exene Cervenka has continued writing and releasing solo material for a quarter-century, with no sign of losing steam. With her latest release,2009’s Somewhere Gone, Exene is giving back to her fans with a west-coast tour of independent record shops. On Friday, April 9th, she will take over our intimate stage and perform a free, all-ages concert. Exene’s performance will begin at 5:30pm. After the performance, she will be doing a meet and greet, autographing her books and albums, so bring X memorabilia or anything you would love to get signed. Below is a quote from Exene on why she’s doing this tour: [Read more…] about Exene Cervenka INSTORE! Friday, April 9th 5:30pm
Pete Bernhard in-store performance on February 19th @ 5:30pm 2010
You’d think once out of the limelight of Devil Makes Three, vocalist Pete Bernhard would want to rest his voice. Nope. He focuses on songs that he felt needed drums and weren’t suited for the all-acoustic old-country/blues/punk outfit The Devil Makes Three. His solo set has a no-holds- barred feel about it and lyrical fearlessness that one only finds in the truly liberated – feeling no pressure of fitting into a mold. There’s folk, funky New Orleans soul, blues, rock and other genres craft fully melded into a seamless and natural combination that is, like The Devil Makes Three, extremely difficult to place into a single genre.
Sometime back, Pete stepped on to our in-store stage with Devil Makes Three, but on February 19th 2010, he will honor us with solo performance. Since DMT sell out shows most time they play in town, you may want to get here early.
The vegan son of a cowboy, John Houx is named for his great-great, the notorious robber of Wells Fargo Stagecoaches. Carrying on the family tradition, this younger Houx (pronounced “Who”) was shooting guns at two years old and teaching himself to read at three, but his many speech impediments made him indecipherable to the outside world for a decade. After running away from school and the ranch he became a rock-n-roll gypsy teen, travelling the West in buses with MTV-arena-rock friends, then went East alone with only a suitcase and a magic old parlor guitar from under a bed. By the time he caught a ride to New York City in 2007, he was a hobo without shelter, possessions or even original songs, but within months knocked over the folk and “Antifolk” scenes with a flood of plain-spoken and timeless new writings in his singular voice.
John now lives in Harlem where he is known as “Snowflake,” recording his nightly dreams and studying a 1939 Boy Scout manual. He has played 46 states and half of Europe with the likes of The Mountain Goats, Alela Diane and Great Lake Swimmers and his full-length debut, JOHN HOUX’S GREEN PERIOD, was recorded in one night and independently released in June 2009.
Birds Fled From Me
The name Birds Fled From Me is taken from a Pablo Neruda poem, and it suits the sound of Rachel Williams well. Beautifully romantic, at times dark and longing but always moving, the alternative folk-pop of the young singer/songwriter is imbued with the same delicate passion and graceful lyrical strolls as the works of the famed Chilean writer. The girl feels and will make you do the same.