- Henry Rollins and Lissie
Event on 2012-12-14 20:00:00
Minnesota Public Radio presents Wits, a live public radio show that brings world-class comedians, actors and musicians to the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater, where host John Moe gives them and the audience the time of their lives. The Huffington Post praised Wits as "one of the rare public radio comedy shows that's actually funny," and in a review of our season finale last June, the City Pages said Wits "deserves to be one of the hottest tickets in town." Find out why this fall! We'll have hilarious geniuses on stage for some conversation, sketches and game shows; they'll talk about their work and woo and rock you with music.
Friday, December 14th at 8:00 p.m. Wits finished up its fall season with Henry Rollins and Lissie. For better than a quarter century, Henry Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and – without a microphone – as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity bypassing the resorts in favor of places like Siberia and Senegal, Burma and Bangladesh. Rollins is an actor, radio DJ and author of more than 20 books. His latest talking tour, titled "Capitalism," hits all 50 state capitals and concludes on election eve in Washington, DC.
Lissie(@lissiemusic) is Laurel Canyon prettiness stewed in campfire and bourbon with a big old voice to match. She caught everyone's attention with her 2009 EP "Why You Runnin" and again with her 2010 album "Catching a Tiger." Paste Magazine called the Rock Island, Ill.-born Lissie the "Best New Solo Artist of 2010" and the BBC said "Give the girl a second and she'll steal your heart." Lissie is currently recording and will release her second album in 2013.
Shows start at 8pm, but the party starts early. Come at 7:00 for the tweet-up happy hour. Drinks are half-price until 7:30; Current DJ Barb Abney will spin some songs. Bump into a barter box bargainer and trade one of your anythings for a something else. If you're new to "the Twitter," we've got your back, with Twitter tutors ready to help get you set up and tweeting away. After the show, we keep the lights on and the bar open, you will have a chance to interact with other Wits fans and may be a performer or two.
This season we have added VIP Reserved Seating section on the theater's main floor. Single VIP Reserved tickets are .00; Full Price General Admission seats are .00.
at The Fitzgerald Theater
10 East Exchange Street
Saint Paul, United States
- Corey Smith
Event on 2012-12-31 21:00:00
For Corey Smith, one of the best things about making music has always been getting the chance to hang out and have a good time with his friends. And its still that way, nearly 10 years after his early days of playing the bars around Athens, Georgia. The big difference now? Well, it seems these days Corey just has a lot more friends to hang with. The crowds at his sold-out live performances frequently number in the thousandsquite a change from the times when he never dreamed of much beyond playing for a handful of his college buddies. But, thanks to his astonishing gift for crafting addictively soulful songs and the high-energy reputation of his shows, Corey Smith is one of modern countrys hottest young artists, a quintessentially indie performer with a dedicated following most Nashville-fueled hat racks would trade their flashy limos for. Not that hes gotten carried away by all of the adoration, though.
at House Of Blues – Myrtle Beach
4640 Highway 17 South
North Myrtle Beach, United States
- The Coup
Event on 2012-12-06 21:00:00
Supporting Acts: Japanther
Born in Chicago and raised in East Oakland's Funktown neighborhood, Boots became a teenage community organizer, but later switched from a clipboard to the microphone, forming the Coup with rapper E-Roc. Pam the Funkstress, the first female DJ star in the famously competitive Bay Area turntablist scene, later signed on. As a producer and lyricist, Boots Riley has crafted critically acclaimed albums for The Coup that have graced the year-end Top 10 lists of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and more. They have also received "Album of the Year" honors from The Washington Post, Time Out New York, while Billboard Magazine declared the group "the best hip-hop act of the past decade." Born in Chicago and raised in East Oakland's Funktown neighborhood, Boots became a teenage community organizer. From his history of student organizing in Oakland's public schools, serving on the central committee for the Progressive Labor Party, being the President of Youth InCar (Youth International Committee Against Racism), organizing to build California's Anti-Racist Farm Workers' Union, to developing "guerrilla hip hop concerts" (mobile concerts on flatbed trucks), Boots Riley has been an integral part of the progressive struggle for radical change through culture. The Coup's 1991 self-distributed EP landed them a deal with Wild Pitch Records. Two singles, "Dig It" and "Not Yet Free", cracked BET and national black radio. Their debut, 1993's Kill My Landlord, went on to wide acclaim. The next year, Genocide and Juice shot up the charts, but stalled when EMI absorbed Wild Pitch. E-Roc then left the group. 1998's Steal This Album, released by indie label Dogday Records, was received as a masterpiece and sealed the Coup's rep. But the band's next record, Party Music, scheduled for release shortly after 9/11, became a cultural flashpoint amidst Cheney-Ashcroft hysteria. The album's original cover (completed three months prior to 9/11) depicted the crew setting off an explosion in the World Trade Center using a guitar tuner and drumsticks. The band's label, 75 Ark, pulled the cover immediately after the attacks. "As far as the record industry was concerned, it was the end of my career," Boots says. Instead, Boots' defiant refusal to "ride the fence" and the album's undeniable funk made it an underdog favorite. The album hit #8 in the 2001 Pazz and Jop Poll, the most important year-end critic's list. At the same time, Boots visited South Africa's World Conference Against Racism with the Black August hip-hop tour, where he distributed tens of thousands free cassettes of music in the Oakland community, what he calls "newspapers on tape". He also founded Shoyoass Words, Sounds, & Pictures, a record and media company specializing in music and art that he calls "relevant to social change." In 2003, the Coup joined with Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, and Janeane Garofalo, on the barnstorming, Bush-slapping "Tell Us the Truth" tour. Working with those artists proved influential on Pick A Bigger Weapon. "This album took a bit longer, because all of these influences were getting a chance to settle," says Boots, also citing the Clash's "Bankrobber" as another substantial influence. The record achieves a musical and thematic unity. "I like albums like Songs in the Key of Life, Death Certificate, Beatles albums," says Boots. "I like feeling like I'm getting a presentation, rather than a bunch of Polaroids of people in the studio on a certain day." Boots just finished touring North America fronting Street Sweeper Social Club, a band where he Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave) joined forces. This tour took them across North America playing arenas with Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction. Their debut album, Street Sweeper Social Club debuted at #37 on Billboard and has been receiving continual spins on major market alternative rock and hip hop stations around the country, including Chicago, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The Coup is here. They say it's a democracy. You decide.
at The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey Street
New York, United States