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      June 8, 2019

      Saturday   8:30 PM

      53688 Pioneertown Road
      Pioneertown, California 92268

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      Murder By Death and Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers


      Murder By Deaths eighth full-length album The Other Shore is a space-western about a ravaged Earth, its fleeing populace, and a relationship in jeopardy. Its an epic journey rocketing toward the unknownin the universe, within the characters represented through 11 songs, and through the bands evolving sound. But basically, the quest poses the ultimatum: Stick with what you have, or risk it all to find something new.Recorded at La La Land in Louisville by Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, White Reaper, Ray LaMontagne, Basia Bulat) and Anne Gauthier, The Other Shore sonically captures the mood of two lovers choosing separate paths, one who stays on Earth and one who leaves it.As trailblazers of the early 2000s indie-Americana style, the Louisville, KY-based quintet finds a way of taking tried & true rock-and-roll and knocking it slightly off axis, into tottering revolutions of something eerie, emotional, immediate, lush, and uniquely theirs. As the album and voyage progress, the atmosphere transitions from earthy to cosmic, sober to festivefrom folksy Midwestern indie rock (Stone) and piano-laden devil-on-one-shoulder/angel-on-the-other Leonard Cohen-style balladry (Only Time), to buoyant new wave recalling The Cure (Bloom) and celebratory jangly singalongs (I Have Arrived).In between departure and arrival, there is a brooding, swirling complexity. In some moments, The Other Shore is loaded with intimate and visceral detail, like reading a manic strangers daily journal; and in others its more cinematic and visual, as if one were listening to a movie. Alas uncovers the pastoral air and morose gloom of a decaying land, captured by multi-instrumentalist David Fountains droning accordion, swelling classical cello lines from Sarah Balliet, and the echoey acoustic guitar strums and the baritone call of guitarist/singer Adam Turla. The complicated tension between diverging lovers is wretched forth as Turla resigns, I need to stay/ But alas I must go. Later in True Dark, you can hear a rattling craft soar through the cosmos, as a bounding triplet rhythm on drums and electric bass accelerate through spooky black holes, bright star twinkles, and meteoric dust.As fear and doubt loom, hope of escape and potential flicker on the horizon. Stone is classic MBD built around the groups signature gothic punk spirit and redemptive, dark horse attitude; Dagan Thogersons driving rhythmic pulse; a Morricone-meets-Calexico trumpet-cello duet; and Turlas Everyman aphorism, Aint ya sposed to bend/ aint ya sposed to flex like a willow in the wind/ aint it easier to bend. Eventually Bloom, I Have Arrived, and New Old City signal the rebirth into something new and foreign, an embryonic marriage of 90s indie-punk structure, the way-outedness of Ziggy Stardust, the grandeur of synth pop, and hints of dusty roots shuffle.The Other Shore pits quantifiable reality against incalculable newness. The duality of big and broad vs. microscopic and narrow is ever-present, especially as the group explores untapped genres, dynamic and emotional touches, intersecting and introspective storylines, and remote edges of the galaxy. Welcome: After nearly 20 years, thousands of performances around the world, and eight albumsyouve landed on your new Murder By Death.The band has also taken their evocative sound to other evocative spaces, being the first group in recent history to play shows at the Historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO (the inspiration for Stephen Kings The Shining), which has culminated into an annual residency of sold-out performances after five years. While that event takes fans to over 7500 feet above sea level, a new experience planned for summer of 2018 will take fans 333 feet below the surface of Earth, in the middle-of-nowhere Tennessee, where MBD will play two shows in a cave in the Cumberland Caverns.***** Grace grew up idolizing Petty, and each built a distinct artistic persona around direct plainspokenness. The former will always fit more syllables into any given couplet, but both have thrived by speaking and living their truth as they've seen it. NPR Music Grace grew up idolizing Petty, and each built a distinct artistic persona around direct plainspokenness. The former will always fit more syllables into any given couplet, but both have thrived by speaking and living their truth as they've seen it. NPR Music Grace grew up idolizing Petty, and each built a distinct artistic persona around direct plainspokenness. The former will always fit more syllables into any given couplet, but both have thrived by speaking and living their truth as they've seen it. NPR Music To say musician, author and activist Laura Jane Grace has had a defiant career would be the understatement of the year. Whether being accused of leaving the DIY punk scene to pursue a major label career over a decade ago, or courageously challenging people's conceptions of gender identity with a bombshell Rolling Stone article, Grace has remained a daring and influential cultural figure in her over 20+ years of creating dynamic art across various mediums. Sure, shes bound to worry some fans with her decision to press pause on Against Me! to release a more intimate singer-songwriter leaning solo album under the name Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, but her artistic motivation cast her determination in steel. In the back of my head I was thinking, f**k all of you, Im going to do this anyway,' she says with a smile. With this conviction came liberation, because few expectations equals total freedom. Indeed on the records opening cut, China Beach, Grace delivers a bold, lip-curled statement of intent: Learn to trust yourself, no one else matters / Respect the source and always welcome failure. And its in this spiritwith the help of Against Me! drummer Atom Willard and long-term AM! producer Marc Jacob Hudson on bassthat Bought to Rot, the debut album from Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, came into existence.Bought to Rot was written largely in motionon tour, in Spain, Australia, Amsterdam hotel rooms, and some at home in Chicago. Its a record scorched with honesty, unapologetically confessional, capturing many moments snipped from Graces life and stitched together in song. Although its a step and a twist away from Against Me!s sonic blueprint, theres still a kinetic punk energy that vibrates throughout. These compositions are looser, stripped, but with a melodic pop immediacy pushing to the fore. I have my main gig, but Im still doing this thing, she continues. Its undeniable and its really good and heres the proof so what are you going to do with that? Well, it has to go out into the world: via Bloodshot Records, the storied Chicago indie boasting a past & present roster that includes Ryan Adams, Neko Case, Murder by Death, Old 97s and Justin Townes Earle.The seeds of this project were initially sown when Grace, Hudson and Willard introduced the band on a small run of dates in 2016 that included Grace delivering impassioned readings of journal entries between stripped-down Against Me! songs, most of which were featured in her critically acclaimed memoir Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rocks Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. Coming off the cycle for Shape Shift With Me, Against Me!s latest full-length studio album, and a North American arena tour with Green Day, Grace was asked to perform a Mountain Goats cover on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and it was then that she received a massive sense of renewed momentum overall. With additional songs penned that felt more stand-alone than a proper Against Me! offering, Bought to Rot resulted in 14 gripping tracks detailing Graces fractured relationship with her adopted hometown of Chicago (I Hate Chicago), the act of interpersonal acceptance (The Friendship Song), all-consuming affection until our ultimate demise [Apocalypse Now (& Later)], complicated romance (The Airplane Song), and reconciling everything in the end. As a complete body of work, the album stands as the most musically diverse collection of songs Grace has written to date, and is what she affectionately calls her Scorpio record redolent in sex, drugs, and rock n roll.Additionally inspired in large part by Full Moon Fever, the first album Grace ever owned, Bought to Rot finds her at the same age Tom Petty was when he created his classic solo debut. In light of his recent passing, Grace was even able to pay direct homage to him on the recording. "I bought a '64 Fender Jaguar off Stan Lynch, drummer of the Heartbreakers, and I always like to think that maybe Petty had picked it up and strummed a couple chords on it, she says. I always liked the idea of having my fingers dance on the same fret board as my hero."Theres a refreshing sense of variety present on Bought to Rot, an album that features a vast array of musical textures and lyrics that read like separate short stories throughout. My approach musically to the record was that I wanted it to feel like a mixtape, Grace recently told Rolling Stone. Like OK, youve got this Nirvana-like song, youve got a Cure song. It was musically freeing, in that way, to just be playing whatever was coming to me as I was writing and not having to think about it. As such, I Hate Chicago, a tongue-in-cheek centerpiece to the album that has become a bit of a live favorite to Chicagoans and non-locals alike, finds Grace at her most wry and entertainingly venomous, lambasting the citys sports teams and revered bands, its festivals and its unfriendly denizens over an Americana-angled jaunt.Created at a breakneck pace, Bought to Rot is finally here and ready to be consumed & dissected: to be loved, to be hated. Its an album propelled by a sense of restless, forward motion and the inherent need for Grace to continue evolving as an artist and person the only way she knows how. I dont want to write about these same things anymore, she says. I need some new sources of inspiration. And I dont want to be negative. I want to write some positive, happy songs, and I wanted that to be inspired by positive, happy living, too.

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