Concerts in Columbia: Sept. 11-17

Karmessiah, Silver Screen Orchestra, Death of Paris, Rapper Big Pooh, Le Rex
By Free Times
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 |
Le Rex
Le Rex plays Conundrum Music Hall on Wednesday.
Thursday 11
Karmessiah — On a bill filled with ear-turning hip-hop, local emcee Karmessiah’s raps are probably the most conventional. But that doesn’t mean they’re any less provocative. His sharp rhymes are by turns caustic and sensual (recalling weirdo rappers like Kool Keith and MF Doom), and his beats are fluid and succulent. An out-there outsider in an often conservative town, Karmessiah is a vital and vibrant voice in Columbia — even if he’s still waiting for the local audience to catch up. His set is sandwiched between openers Tribe One and Eze Jackson and top billings Height with Friends and Salvo. — Patrick Wall

Conundrum Music Hall: 8:30 p.m., $5; 250-1295, conundrum.us

Silver Screen Orchestra — Local instrumental two-piece Silver Screen Orchestra bears all the hallmarks of post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The duo establishes high drama and spins long-winded, impressionistic narratives with a fraction of the musicians. Appropriately enough, the self-titled LP this guitar and violin duo releases tonight was recorded in Montreal — home of so much bombastic yet immersive post-rock. With Electric Bird Noise, A Moment Electric and Golden Hostage. — Corbie Hill

New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $5 ($8 under 21); 791-4413; newbrooklandtavern.com

Friday 12
James Falzone, Distemper — Columbians, be glad Jeb Bishop resides in the Carolinas. Since returning to Tar Heel roots in 2012, the trombone veteran of Chicago’s free jazz scene has drawn many enticing projects to the area, bolstering the already stout programming at Conundrum along the way. Tonight he offers the home-cooked collaboration Distemper, bringing along Triangle-based compatriots David Menestres (bass) and Dan Ruccia (viola). The trio opens for James Falzone, a clarinetist whose diverse textures and boundless ambition rival that of Bishop. Before the show, the players lead a free-improv workshop. — Jordan Lawrence

Conundrum Music Hall: 9 p.m., $8 ($10 to attend both the concert and the 7 p.m. workshop); 250-1295, conundrum.us
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Pick 'Em
By Kyle Petersen

Friday 12 — Stop Light Observations
While the idea of mainstream rock is a bit passé, there’s no lack of bands crafting conventional, polished and eminently accessible tunes that improve upon the original templates of the ‘90s and early ‘00s. Charleston’s Stop Light Observations, for instance, bring a gritty blues and roots-inflected vibe to their meaty and exuberant slabs, and seem surprisingly free from the weighty legacy of their forebears. Their 2013 LP debut, Radiation, showcases instrumental virtuosity and gleeful arrangements. Call ahead on this one, as the new Music Farm is currently experiencing some construction delays.

Music Farm: 8 p.m., $15 ($12 in advance); musicfarm.com/venues/music-farm-columbia
[This show has been postponed until Oct. 3]

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Friday 12Rejectioneers
Columbia’s Rejectioneers traffic in sounds with a similar vintage. Their paradoxically grown-up emo pop-rock explodes with ragged riffs and biting tales of a broken home. This is their final show of 2014. They’ll get support from the post-hardcore-tinged Ivadell, which tempers experimental leanings with a nose for anthemic, slow-building choruses. With Half Measures and Animals.

New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $5 ($7 under 21); 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com


Rapper Big Pooh, OXYxMORON — On Rapper Big Pooh’s recent single “Last Dance,” he laments, “They ask me where I’ve been / in a hole / trying to dig myself out of it / smiling when you see me / on the inside, cry a bit.” The line highlights what’s hopefully a brief phase in the parable about the ex-Little Brother’s experience with being shortsighted. It’s a lesson that rookie class-acts like OXYxMORON could learn from, especially in today’s hip-hop climate, where instant gratification can cloud any act’s long-term security and relevance. With Open Mike Night and Author Penzell. — Eric Tullis

Bluetile Skate Shop: 8 p.m., $7; 376-1880, bluetilesc.com

Saturday 13
The Armory — Mixing meathead rock and pop-punk in a way that’s both enthusiastic and derivative, Atlanta rock band The Armory has a Jean-Claude Van Damme fixation — so much so that it used scenes from Bloodsport in a music video for “Peter Piper,” a track from the new album Rediscover, and put his face on a band T-shirt. The action film star, all brawn and no brains, is an apt metaphor for the band’s agile yet unoriginal take on heavy modern rock. — Kevin Oliver

Tin Roof: 10 p.m., free; 771-1558, tinroofbars.com

Death of Paris, Muscle Memory, Cairo Fire — The combo of Columbia’s Death of Paris and Charlotte’s relatively new Cairo Fire should please fans of kinetic, hook-filled and synth-driven pop-rock, but it’s also worth noting the more unassuming talents on the bill. Local David Adedokun recently traded the alt-country-leaning approach of The Daylight Hours for the sleek pop of Muscle Memory, but carried over his keen-eyed lyrical introspection. Katlyn Redfern, a newer addition to the scene, trumpets traditional acoustic pop-rock a la Colbie Caillat or Michelle Branch with a powerful set of pipes. — Kyle Petersen

Art Bar: 9 p.m., $5; 929-0198, artbarsc.com

John Wesley Satterfield — Though he’s based in Nashville, former Columbia resident John Wesley Satterfield doesn’t spend a lot of time there; he’s more often crisscrossing the country, peddling his thoughtful country-rock blend, a more meaty concoction than the current pop-country trend. For this pre-game gig he’s enlisted an A-list cast of familiar collaborators including bassist Reggie Sullivan, lead guitarist Herbie Jeffcoat and drummer Larry Gornto. — Kevin Oliver

River Rat Brewery: 11 a.m., 724-5712;724-5712, riverratbrewery.com

Islands — Islands, the long-lived brainchild of L.A.-via-Montreal songwriter Nick Thorburn, is on a personal kick with 2013’s Ski Mask. The results are occasionally uneven, such as when the over-serious “Becoming the Gunship” leads into the quick and bouncy “Nils,” but Thorburn still knows how to craft a vocal hook — and how to couch it in counterintuitive pop structures. On tour from Brooklyn, TEEN mires ‘60s girl group signifiers in squirming postmodern fuzz. With Small Sanctions. — Corbie Hill

New Brookland Tavern: 8:30 p.m., $14 ($10 advance); 791-4413; newbrooklandtavern.com

Monday 15
Drunk Dad — Portland, Oregon, isn’t all shiny, happy (hipster) people like one might expect from watching Portlandia. The Rose City’s hardcore and punk history far exceeds its recent indie success stories (see: The Wipers; Poison Idea; Agalloch; Grails). Drunk Dad is both of that history and apart from it. Its abrasive, art-f#!ked noise-rock is as unclassifiable as it is enthralling. Grisly, weird and pissed off, Drunk Dad is antagonistic but undeniably electric. — Patrick Wall

Foxfield Bar and Grille: 8 p.m., $5; 728-0420, facebook.com/foxfieldbar

Leopold and His Fiction — Pooling myriad influences ranging from alt-country to bare-bones classic rock, Leopold and His Fiction manage a surge of energy and adrenaline by combining raw vocals with catchy, harmonized hooks. The band adequately blends bluesy lyrics with periodic spoken verses, flowing into soulful refrains atop splashing cymbals, snapping snares, thundering bass lines and thick, fuzzy leads. — Dade Driggers

New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $10; 791-4413; newbrooklandtavern.com

Tuesday 16
Mammoth Indigo — It’s Mammoth Indigo’s restraint that sets this Virginia band apart. Anyone can cut loose, but this trio’s smoldering art-rock anthems don’t offer any such consolation. Vocalist Cody Bowers alternates between gentle melodies and nervy chants, but sometimes seems right on the verge of shouting — though he never quite does. Mammoth Indigo’s tableau of heavy emotion nods toward postmodern rockers like Pinback and Minus the Bear without sounding like them — or anyone else. With The Post-Timey String Band and Barnwell. — Corbie Hill

Conundrum Music Hall: 8 p.m., $5; 250-1295; conundrum.us

Wednesday 17
Le Rex — Le Rex asserts that jazz needn’t be acerbic to be adventurous. The Swiss quintet — which comprises four horn players (two saxes, a trombone and a tuba) and a drummer — records its bold, fresh and wild jazz guerrilla style: 2012’s Ascona was tracked not in a studio but in a department store and a church and on farms and promenades in the the Swiss lake town of the same name. The nature of the recordings is fitting, as Le Rex’s indefatigable energy recalls the boisterous brass of New Orleans funk as much as it does the forward-thinking fluidity of Chicago free jazz. — Patrick Wall

Conundrum Music Hall: 9 p.m., $8; 250-1295, conundrum.us

Bill Skipper at Capital Club

By Christian Barker
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 |
Photo by Christian Barker
Name: Bill Skipper
Setting: Capital Club (1002 Gervais St.)

This place looks pretty secretive. What is that all about?

The Capital Club is a members-only private gay bar that has been open since 1980. It was the first gay bar in the state.

What can you tell me about the history of this club?

Well, I am one of the original members. My member number is 27, and I was introduced to this place by my neighbor, who is also the owner. He wanted this place to resemble the den in his home.

It was never meant to be a money-making business. He just wanted to make a nice place where other homosexual people can unwind after work. When we first started, we had a member limit of 100 members. Most of those original members were business professionals like lawyers, doctors and politicians, but now we have expanded our member limit and we welcome everyone. We don’t exclude anyone here.

So what does a membership here include?

I would compare this place to a gay Cheers; it’s a place where everyone knows your name. It is more than just a bar, though. It really is a community, and we have several events, like chili cook-offs and fundraising events, that we host to help those in need.

How has The Capital Club changed since 1980?

Some things have stayed the same. We still do not advertise the bar, and the list of members is still confidential. Now we have opened our doors to heterosexual people, and we have taken down the boards from the window.

Why were the windows boarded up?

When we first opened up we experienced several hate crimes where people were throwing rocks, shooting guns, breaking our car windows and throwing eggs at us. But now things are better.

Columbia SC Club Calendar: Sept. 10-16

Live Music, Karaoke, Trivia, Dance, DJs and More
By Free Times
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 |
Leopold and His Fiction play New Brookland Tavern on Monday.
Wednesday 10
live music

Delaney’s: Jim LeBlanc
Mainstreet Cafe: Opem Mic w/ Nikki Lee and Herbie Jeffcoat
Music Farm: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
new brookland tavern: Rebuker, Between Two Thieves
Tin Roof: Backroad Anthem
Utopia: Vince McKinley

karaoke
555 Lounge: T & J’s Karaoke
Art Bar: Linda’s Carraoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
CR Station House: Karaoke
Ozzie’s Country Island: Showtime Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.
British Bulldog Pub: Pub Trivia
Drip (Five points): Poetry Reading
Jillian’s: Trivia
Locals: Trivia
Mellow Mushroom: Trivia
QUAKER STEAK: Bike Night
Wet WILLIE’S: Quizon Trivia
Wild Hare (Vista): QuizTheMasses Triviahecked\ed


Thursday 11
live music

Conundrum Music Hall: Salvo, Height With Friends, Karmessiah, Eze Jackson, Tribe One with Malibu Shark Attack
British Bulldog Pub: Evans & McKenzie
Delaney’s: Josh McCaa
Hemingway’s: Lucas War Hero
New Brookland Tavern: Silver Screen Orchestra, Electric Bird Noise, A Moment Electric, Golden Hostage
Pearlz Upstairz: Columbia Jazz Collective
Speakeasy: Tony Lee Group
Tin Roof: Brent Lundy Trio
Utopia: Open Mic Night w/ Barton & Julia Beckham
wild wing cafe (Irmo): Brandon Hooker (acoustic)

karaoke
Applebee’s (Oneil Ct.): Karaoke w/ DJ Regina
Bentley’s Beach House: Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
KC’z Tavern: Kay’s Karaoke
Kelly’s: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow
liberty on the lake: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow
ale House lounge: Linda’s Carraoke
Outsaloon: Billy Ray’s Karaoke
Ozzie’s Country Island: Showtime Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke with Bobby Whittle
South Lake Saloon: S.I.N. and Karaoke with D.J. Shelly O
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.
Art Bar: Foundation Danse Macabre
Carolina Ale House (Vista): Trivia w/ Ryan
Carolina Wings (Cayce): Team Trivia
Carolina Wings (Lexington): Quizon Trivia
Corner Pocket: Shag Night
Foxfield BAr & Grill: Drunk Bingo
JILLIAN’S: Shaggin’ in the Shack
Main street Cafe: DJ
PT’s 1109: Thirsty Thursday Drag Show
TLC Sports Bar & Grill: Trivia
Uncle Fester’s: Quizon Trivia
The Wild Hare (Irmo): Quiz the Masses Trivia
WILD WING (VISTA): USC Pep Rally
The Woody: DJ Chadly D


Friday 12
live music

Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Open Bluegrass Jam
British Bulldog Pub: Don Russo
Conundrum Music Hall: James Falzone, Distemper
Delaney’s: James Gatch
Gary’s Just One More Time: Full Throttle
Hemingway’s: Bombshell
Mainstreet Cafe: Trent Jeffcoat
Music Farm: Stop Light Observations
new brookland tavern: Rejectioneers, Ivadell, Half Measures, Animals
Pearlz Upstairz: Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet
Rhtym on the River: Reggie Sullivan Band
tin roof: Brent McDonald
Utopia: Fugue State
wild wing cafe (Irmo): Lucas War Hero
wild wing cafe (The Village): Most Wanted
wild wing cafe (the vista): Dans Tramp Stamp

karaoke
Blue Fin: Linda’s Karaoke
Karl’s Korner: Karaoke
Liberty on the Lake: Karaoke
Outsaloon: DJ Ruckus Karaoke
Quaker Steak & Lube: Karaoke
S & E Rack & Grill: Billy Ray’s Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke with Bobby Whittle
South Lake Saloon: Dance Party/Karaoke w/ DJ Ruckus
Tsubaki: Karaoke
Ventures: Karaoke w/ Nancy

dance, djs & misc.
Art Bar: DJ Arambulance
Kelly’s: DJ Guy
Legion Post 215: Disco Night
Liberty Tap Room: DJ
TLC Sports Bar & Grill: DJ DDL
Uncle Fester’s: DJ Snow
The Woody: DJ


Saturday 13
live music

Art Bar: Death of Paris, Muscle Memory, Cairo Fire, Kaitlyn Redfern
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Classic Country Music & Dancing
Henry’s: The Outerventions
Jillian’s: Interstate Exiles
new brookland tavern: Islands, TEEN, Small Sanctions
Pearlz Upstairz: DMRadio
River Rat: John Wesley Satterfield
skyline club: Matt Autry Band
Speakeasy: Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet
tin roof: The Armory
wild wing cafe (Irmo): Live Acoustic w/ David
wild wing cafe (The Village): Anybody’s Guess
wild wing cafe (The Vista): Gary Ray Pfaff
Zorba’s: Michael Smith

karaoke
Chevy’s: Nightowl Karaoke w/ Chris 2nd
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
Karl’s Korner: Karaoke
S & E Rack & Grill: Billy Ray’s Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke
Tipsy Toad Tavern: Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke
Wet Willie’s: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.
Blue: DJ Riggles
Liberty Tap Room: DJ
Lucky 13: DJ Red, DJ Chadly D
Main Street Cafe: DJ
Publick House: Quizon Trivia
Schooner’s: DJ3
Uncle Fester’s: DJ Snow
Wild Wing Café (Irmo): DJ Tom Wise
The Woody: DJ


Sunday 14
live music

All Star Pizza: Ray Piazzola
British Bulldog Pub: WXRY Unsigned
wild wing cafe (Irmo): Evans McGill

karaoke
Legion Post 215: Karaoke
PT’s 1109: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.
Kelly’s: Team Trivia
The Pizza Joint: Quizon Trivia
Speakeasy: Mo’ Betta Soul Sundays w/ DJ Preach Jacobs


Monday 15
live music

Kelly’s: Open Mic
Hemingway’s: Rockin’ Robbie
Foxfield Bar and Grille: Drunk Dad, Honduran, FratMouth
New Brookland Tavern: Leopold and His Fiction

dance, djs & misc.
Buckaroos Grill & Bar: DJ Ray Ray
Publick House: Quizon Trivia
Red Door Tavern: Comedy Open Mic
Salty Nut Cafe: Trivia


Tuesday 16
live music

All Star Pizza: Open Mic w/ Ray Piazzola
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Songwriters Open Mic
Conundrum Music Hall: Mammoth Indigo, The Post-Timey String Band, Barnwell, Operation Transformation
Lucky’s: Open Mic
Music Farm: Washed Out, Those Lavender Whales, Keath Mead
South Lake Saloon: Open Mic w/ AL-G

karaoke

Bentley’s Beach House: Karaoke
CJ’s: Karaoke w/ DJ Slinky
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke
Uncle Fester’s: Linda’s Karaoke
Wet Willie’s: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.

Carolina Wings (Red BAnk): Quizon Trivia
Cover 3: Sex Trivia
Flying Saucer: Trivia Bowl
Liberty tap room: DJ
MainStreet cafe: Trivia
Mellow Mushroom (Lexington): Quizon Trivi
Quaker Steak & Lube: Team Trivia3
STATE STReet PUB: Trivia
Wings & Ale (Columbia):Trivia
Yesterdays: Trivia


Wednesday 17
live music

Conundrum Music Hall: Le Rex
Delaney’s: Tim White
Utopia: Michael Knowles & Friends

karaoke
555 Lounge: T & J’s Karaoke
Art Bar: Linda’s Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
CR Station House: Karaoke
Ozzie’s Country Island: Showtime Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke

dance, djs & misc.
British Bulldog Pub: Pub Trivia
Drip (Five points): Poetry Reading
Jillian’s: Trivia
Locals: Trivia
Mellow Mushroom: Trivia
QUAKER STEAK: Bike Night
Wet WILLIE’S: Quizon Trivia
The Whig: Trivi-YEAH
Wild Hare (Vista): QuizTheMasses Triviahecked\ed

Heyward Sims Blends Analog and Digital on Devereaux’s Pineapple Flex

Listening party Sept. 17 at The Whig
By Patrick Wall
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 |
Devereaux’s Heyward Sims | photo by Thomas Hammond
In the brightly saturated video trailer for Pineapple Flex, the first full-length under his Devereaux alias, Heyward Sims, cradling a pineapple, waits for an elevator. The door slides open to reveal a leggy blonde in a red dress. Sims gets on, and the door shuts. Sims impatiently taps his foot and strums his fingers on the pineapple, seemingly along to the insistent beat of “Ponytail,” Pineapple Flex’s mercurial opener.

Then, as the song’s various elements layer and build, things get weird: Images start flickering, the elevator bounces up and down between floors, and the blonde, who towers over the diminutive Sims, pulls a pistol and aims it squarely at Sims’ temple. The screen goes black; when the scene resumes, all that’s left in the elevator is the pineapple, lying on its side.

A playful balance between nerves and seduction, the trailer — produced by local label and artist collective Post-Echo, which also releases Pineapple Flex on Tuesday — is a fitting visual representation of the album’s vibe.

“I wanted it to be fun,” Sims says. “I didn’t want it to be too buttoned-down.”

But he quickly counters: “I’m not totally blasé about it. I’m serious, at the same time, where I want to make something I like and I think other people will like. But the bottom line is usually kind of a party.”



Sims has worked on Devereaux songs since 2009 — and maybe, he grimaces, a little earlier. But where Cacti Pace, Devereaux’s 2011 EP, offered a carefully sculpted balance of post-punk sinew and EDM strut, Pineapple Flex is a bolder and sexier record built on broader arrangements. It pairs the athletic guitar work of math-rock with the sensuous throb of left-field house and tiki-room ambience — like Daft Punk by way of Trans Am, or Todd Terje’s It’s Album Time as interpreted by Battles.

Not quite analog, yet not exactly electronic, Devereaux exists at an intersection of Sims’ variegated tastes and prior musical output. Parts of Pineapple Flex, he says, were influenced by records like Michael Jackson’s Bad and Beck’s Guero and Midnite Vultures; others are indebted to West Coast hip-hop. But unlike his former bands Bolt, the playful prog band from which Sims derives a roving eclecticism, and Parlour Tricks, from which Sims cribs a slashing post-punk energy, there are no plans to perform anything from Pineapple Flex live.

“That’s what’s fun about it, though,” Sims offers. “I don’t preoccupy myself with, ‘Oh, how am I going to pull this off live?’ Because I did that for so long with so many different recordings. And I feel like it just kind of hurt [the music].”

What: Listening party for Devereaux’s Pineapple Flex
Where: The Whig, 1200 Main St.
When: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 9 p.m.
Price: Free
More Info: 931-8852, thewhig.org
Freed from such worries, Sims focused his energies on bedecking the songs on Pineapple Flex with dazzling accessories. The lounge-y “Bikini” glides on a glittering chorus of female voices and gauzy synth lines; the squawking seagulls and French conversation in the background amplify the song’s beachside vibe. After a tension-ratcheting intro, “Azucar” explodes with a crashing electronic drum beat and crushing distorted bass, but the bright, blaring horn lines provide a splash of playful color.

Then there’s “CoasttsoaC,” which Sims says is about a friend of his who works in public relations and is constantly jetting back and forth between New York and Los Angeles. Purposefully repetitive, it’s supposed to feel like the endless drollery of transcontinental travel.

“But at the same time, it’s also supposed to be cool,” Sims says. “Because it is kind of baller what he does.”

He cracks a smirk.

“I guess it’s kind of conceptual. But, you know, no one needs to know that, as long as they’re moving around.”

With Help From His Friends, Aaron Graves Battles His Cancer

Tuesday at Music Farm
By Jordan Lawrence
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 |
Aaron Graves with Jessica Bornick, his wife and Those Lavender Whales bandmate | photo by Jordan Lawrence
Aaron Graves is distracted. Chatting on local cantina El Burrito’s front patio, he hears Rupert Holmes’ “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” and laughs about the song’s subversive message. An hour later, he posts the tune on his interviewer’s Facebook wall and adds a comment:

“If you like mean bean burritos, and getting caught in the rain / if you appreciate yoga, and have a growth in your brain.”

Since his diagnosis with cancer back in March, Graves and his wife, Jessica Bornick, have been in good spirits, but they’re especially cheerful today. Their daughter, Elvie, has just started pre-school, and after a round of radiation, his tumor is finally shrinking.



When word of his condition first broke, an outpouring of goodwill followed. El Burrito continues to host its weekly “Aaron’s Lunchbox” fundraising special. Local musicians played benefits and mustered a compilation covering songs from Aaron and Jessica’s infectious folk-pop band, Those Lavender Whales. Chris Gardner and Jordan Blackmon, Graves’ partners in the label Fork & Spoon, put together a second collection, Tidings From Our Light Purple Gam, nabbing some indie rock stars: Of Montreal, Toro Y Moi and Helado Negro all contributed.

And the cause still gains momentum. Washed Out, whose popular shimmers include Gardner on bass, headline a Tuesday benefit at Columbia’s new Music Farm. The Whales will open. Free Times caught up with Graves and Bornick to chat about the continuing support and Aaron’s prognosis.

What: Washed Out
Where: Music Farm, 1022 Senate St.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 8:30 p.m.
With: Those Lavender Whales, Keath Mead
Price: $20 ($15 advance)
More Info: musicfarm.com
Editors Note: The Music Farm is currently expecting construction delays. Call ahead.


Free Times: How’s everything going? I know you just got back from a round of treatment in Durham, North Carolina.

Aaron Graves: Yeah, we got back at the beginning of August. We just went back for a two-and-a-half week check up. Usually after radiation, your tumor can look worse because it just kind of agitates it. You’re making it angry by shooting it with lasers. But mine actually looked way better. A place that they were really worried about was gone, and a lot of my other tumor was gone and reduced. I’m going to take a higher dose of chemo pills and then go back to [Duke University Hospital] with a new MRI to see how things are progressing.

How are you guys holding up through all this?

AG: It definitely helps being here. Everything that everybody’s been doing has been such a huge help, keeping our spirits up and making us feel really loved. Being in Durham for six weeks, we stayed in this place called the Caring House, and it’s pretty much just for cancer patients. We were the youngest people there, which was kind of strange, but everybody was really eager to talk to us, just like, ‘You guys keep going!’ You see older people that have way worse illnesses than you fighting it out. It’s really inspiring.

Jessica Bornick: The support here has been really encouraging. It makes us feel like we’re really a part of the community.

AG: It’s been crazy, just way more than we could have ever imagined. There was so much stuff before we left for radiation, and as soon as we came back, there was still stuff going on. Pretty much as soon as we came back, we went to a benefit show.



The compilation that Fork & Spoon put out was a big deal. What was it like watching that come together?

JB: [Aaron] got an email from Polyvinyl Records. They mentioned something about the compilation. Chris and Jordan wanted it to be a surprise, but Aaron was already like, ‘Oh, well, I know Of Montreal’s going to be on it!’ He got really excited. And then I had to sneak a track. Jordan was like, ‘You have to get Aaron to give me a new song to put on the compilation.’

AG:: I recorded the Kid Trails track and the PWIZ [also known as Pussy Wizzard] track. That was exciting. I was like, ‘Oh man, I recorded this, and it’s on the compilation!’ The tracklist was just crazy. When they showed up at the house, I was actually sleeping, and Chris came in the room and was like, ‘I just have to show you this. I can’t keep it a secret any longer.’

And then this Music Farm gig. That’s big, too.

JB: Heather Parsons put it together. She told us, and we got off the phone and were like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so exciting!’ Aaron and I were both like, ‘Oh my god, we want to play that show so bad!’ But you can’t ask to play your own benefit show, you know? (laughs)

AG: She called, like, two days later and asked us to play it.

What kind of boost has the fundraising been for you guys?

AG: We have Medicaid, which is not the most secure and helpful insurance. It’s actually been pretty good to us so far. The radiation has been kind of up in the air.

JB: We’re like, ‘Well, we could pay a portion of it.’ We can do that and not be in debt forever. [Aaron] doesn’t feel pressure to go to work. He can just be like, ‘I don’t really feel good today, I just need to rest.’ When he doesn’t work, he doesn’t make any money, but we have this extra money.

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