Colly
Dec
23
11:00 AM11:00

Colly


Colly is an American rock band from Cincinnati, formed in 2017.  Recognized most recently for the release of their singles "YOU" and "Loaded".  Within the first month of their debut, Colly has already appeared on the Alternative Press "AP Discover" Spotify playlist, and been featured on Idobi Radio.  The band consists of lead vocalist Jake Hollen, drummer Andrew Hopkins, guitarist Colin Langdon, guitarist Anthony Morick and bassist and backing vocalist Chris McGrath.  

Idobi Radio:

"It’s Friday, the sun’s out, and you’ve got places to be. Yeah, you’ve got the world at your feet, and new kids on the block Colly have the musical road map for you to follow... The song (YOU) sets the bar high for the Cincinnati quintet, and it’s a safe bet you’ll instantly want more the second those synths kick in." 

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Charles Walker Band
Dec
30
9:00 PM21:00

Charles Walker Band

We will be bringing our new album with us and playing cuts off it, so it's going to be a great time!

Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful. Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has been compared to Prince, Bruno Mars, The Brand New Heavys, and James Brown. The Milwaukee based band has refined their sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk infused rhythms with pop melodies. The three-piece band rehearses tirelessly in Charles’ basement, amidst couches and low ceilings, Charles having to stoop the entire time. Surprisingly, at the band’s shows, there are no fans. There is onlyfamily. The question posed at the beginning of the first song is, Are we family or not? The band evokes positive energy to their family members, who say they always feel better than when they arrived. The Charles Walker Band is Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful.
Charles grew up literally in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by dairy farms and apple orchards, the closest town ten miles away, he found music in six grade. After being presented with various instruments, he desperately wanted to play trombone. However, his music teacher declared he had the perfect mouth for saxophone, and his career was started. Walker, now also keyboardist and vocalist in the band, started the Charles Walker Band 15 years ago, initially as a blues band. When Porsche Carmon joined, a Columbus, OH native and female vocalist, bassist, and hand percussionist in the band, the sound begin to shift towards funk. Eventually, Charles and Porsche became a couple, and together laugh, cry, and argue about how best to plan shows that compete with cell phones and tablets. As a testament to their ability to create an engaging show, one of the band’s family said at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, “I had to go to the bathroom for two hours but held it because I didn’t want to miss a minute!”
The core of the Charles Walker Band is a three piece band. Besides Charles and Porsche, Paris Howard nails down the drums.
The group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores, BB King, Cameo, Aaron Neville, and Richard Marx. They have been featured on Fox News, NBC Live in the Morning, The Morning Blend, Discover Wisconsin, were the featured artist on the Blues Review and Soul Bag sampler CD’s, being nominated five years in a row for best soul/R&B act by WAMI, winning in 2013.
Counting Ghetto Prophet, the band has released eight albums, each an evolution of sound while retaining roots in positivity. Walker says of Ghetto Prophet, released on Ehlona Records, “One in a Million, where the album’s title originates, tells the story of an impoverished child becoming a success. This child ignores his circumstances because his vision is strong. He holds onto the belief that his dream is possible. That he could be that one in a million. Ultimately he represents the greatness in us all.”

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The Claudettes   $10 Cover
Dec
8
9:00 PM21:00

The Claudettes $10 Cover

GREG KOT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE   A revelatory blend of jazz and blues, stirred with punk brio. There are also dashes of classical and world music, and enough stops, starts and hairpin turns to suggest the giddiness of Raymond Scott's cartoon music...How do they do it?
JEFF ELBEL, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES   Chicago’s premiere punk-blues group are back in high gear. Their fusion of sounds (ranges) from Otis Spann to the Minutemen and from Ray Charles to Raymond Scott…(and they) do wicked things to standards. 
NEW CITY (CHICAGO)   Definitely one you should be spinning…there’s enough energy going on to power your average Third World airport…barreling, hyper-saloon piano banging…you have to hear it to believe it…Chicago’s own neo-vaudeville barnstormers!
TONY SARABIA, WBEZ (CHICAGO NPR) Call it “Brother Ray Meets the Ramones,” “Barrelhouse Thunder,” “Chopin Meets the Minutemen”…or maybe, just call it great music.
BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE   Like Keith Moon chasing a crazed, punked-up Little Richard… greasy rhythm and blues that makes the dance floor so slippery you need to sprinkle sawdust on the floor to keep from falling down…a great ride, one that'll leave you shaking and laughing and wanting more the next time this rowdy carnival comes to town.
DOWNBEAT   Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and “Fess” Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY2afRD60KQ&feature=youtu.be              http://innocentwords.com/innocent-words-exclusive-premiere-the-claudettes-245/

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Les Cougars  $5 cover
Dec
1
9:00 PM21:00

Les Cougars $5 cover

"Les Cougars" is a group of women in their 30's & 40's performing variety acts such as Burlesque, Comedy, Dance, Singing, and much more! These sexy cats are here to show you that it is all about reverse aging all day every day! It's not about getting older, but rather how you bloom as you do! We are proud and confident women who aren't scared to show our feline sexuality when out on the prowl. We own this jungle, and will be on the hunt for not just the young…but all those who want enter our territory if you dare. Sexy, funny, and oh so talented…these feline jungle cats are the best cougars around! Come see us purrrrr!!

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The Jag - 8 PM - $5 cover
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

The Jag - 8 PM - $5 cover

By name alone, The JAG may suggest hard corners and sharp edges, but their baroque moods comprise more winding curves than straight lines. Founding members Aaron Tyler King, Joe Regan and Gant O’Brien are going on a 10-year history of musical collaboration spanning three bands, originating in the saintly Southern Gothic heat of Jackson, Mississippi. Finding themselves in Nashville, TN in 2012, the three joined with Scott Harper to form The JAG and have been evolving in fascinating ways ever since.

Starting with an informed homage to 60’s acid rock and early glam, the band quickly progressed into a rare mix of influences. Singer Aaron Tyler King tangos like a bayou David Byrne, calling out opaque aphorisms with the same clarity and conviction. Highly composed, slanty keyboard hooks and bass lines pay clear respect to the likes of Brian Eno in his famous work on Bowie’s Heroes. Brooding shoegaze occasionally peeks in the door, Marc Bolan tips his enormous top hat, and the ever-present psychedelic groundwork ties the music with a fancy bow into a compelling whole.

This potent mix has garnered significant attention within the Nashville rock scene. After touring with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and collaborating with Ben Trimble of Fly Golden Eagle, The JAG recorded their sophomore album with the Bomb Shelter’s Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Fly Golden Eagle, Benjamin Booker). Although officially composed of five members, the live lineup fluctuates Brian Jonestown Massacre-style, boasting up to eight members in various configurations.

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The Crane Wives  $10 Cover
Nov
18
9:00 PM21:00

The Crane Wives $10 Cover

The Crane Wives is a four-piece Americana/folk band founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States in 2010. They refer to themselves as a “home grown indie-folk outfit from Grand Rapids, Michigan that defies musical stereotypes.” They utilize three-part vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation, and a passion for songcraft to create organic music that is both accessible and innovative. http://www.thecranewives.com/

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The Cludettes    $10 Cover
Nov
10
9:00 PM21:00

The Cludettes $10 Cover

The Claudettes return to Madison for the first time since Atwood Fest, to play two sets at the lovely North Street Cabaret. They're coming from Chicago and won't return to Madison 'til spring or summer, so come out for a hot time in the old town tonight!
http://theclaudettes.com/
THE CLAUDETTES:
GREG KOT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE A revelatory blend of jazz and blues, stirred with punk brio. There are also dashes of classical and world music, and enough stops, starts and hairpin turns to suggest the giddiness of Raymond Scott's cartoon music...How do they do it?
JEFF ELBEL, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Chicago’s premiere punk-blues group are back in high gear. Their fusion of sounds (ranges) from Otis Spann to the Minutemen and from Ray Charles to Raymond Scott…(and they) do wicked things to standards.
NEW CITY (CHICAGO) Definitely one you should be spinning…there’s enough energy going on to power your average Third World airport…barreling, hyper-saloon piano banging…you have to hear it to believe it…Chicago’s own neo-vaudeville barnstormers!
TONY SARABIA, WBEZ (CHICAGO NPR) Call it “Brother Ray Meets the Ramones,” “Barrelhouse Thunder,” “Chopin Meets the Minutemen”…or maybe, just call it great music.
BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE Like Keith Moon chasing a crazed, punked-up Little Richard… greasy rhythm and blues that makes the dance floor so slippery you need to sprinkle sawdust on the floor to keep from falling down…a great ride, one that'll leave you shaking and laughing and wanting more the next time this rowdy carnival comes to town.
DOWNBEAT Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and “Fess” Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!

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The Flavor That Kills $5 Cover
Nov
10
9:00 PM21:00

The Flavor That Kills $5 Cover

 

The Flavor That Kills have only been together since 2012, but they’ve gone through an impressive amount of change between then and now. With members of Awesome Car Funmaker and Screamin’ Cyn Cyn & the Pons, two hilarious bands from Madison’s past, it’s no surprise that the group began as a humorous homage to ’70s rock. But soon the squealing guitars and florid falsetto vocals evolved into something with genuine heart and soul. I asked drummer Eric Hartz and keyboardist Emry Linster about this transition and an album due out this spring that will show off their latest sound.

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Beats for Education  $10 cover
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Beats for Education $10 cover

Beats for Education is an annual community celebration of West African and Brazilian drum and dance arts, and a fundraiser for Fansiga Village School in Guinea, West Africa. The high-energy event showcases professional and community performances of traditional and contemporary music and dance from West Africa and Brazil, with performances by Kikeh Mato Afro-Pop, the Handphibians, Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble, Drum Power youth performers, Tani Diakite, Atimevu, and other Madison-area groups. Families are welcome. Beats for Education, 4! will be held Friday, September 30, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., at Badger Bowl, 506 E. Badger Road, in Madison. There is a $10 suggested minimum donation, free for children 12 and younger. There will also be a silent auction of local art, crafts, goods, and services.

Fansiga Village School is located in rural Guinea where transportation and basic needs are hard to meet. Past Beats for Education proceeds have paid for supplies including solar lights, uniforms, school books, and building repairs. The fundraiser is organized by Mandjou Mara and Maya Kadakia of Wongai Africa LLC, which includes Kikeh Mato Afro-Pop, Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble, and community drum and dance classes. Mandjou Mara is a master drummer and griot from Guinea who now lives and teaches in Madison. Mara’s mother is from Fansiga Village.

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Golpe Tierra & Acoplados Jazz Project $10
Oct
28
to Oct 29

Golpe Tierra & Acoplados Jazz Project $10

The Madison Camaguey Sister City Association (MCSCA) is sponsoring a dance benefit on Saturday, October 28 at North St. Cabaret to raise needed funds for victims of Hurricane Irma in Camaguey province. 

The hurricane made landfall on the North coast of Camaguey--at Cayo Romano--causing great destruction in several communities of our sister province. 

A group of Madisonians, including the Acoplados Latin Jazz Project, will travel to Camaguey on November 13 for a music and cultural exchange, bringing donations and conducting a needs assessment for future aid.

Please join us on October 28 and enjoy the sounds of Madison's own Afro Peruvian Jazz ensemble--GOLPE TIERRA--as well as the Acoplados Latin Jazz Project at the North Street Cabaret!

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Chloe Louise & The Heartbreak Club - $5 Cover
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Chloe Louise & The Heartbreak Club - $5 Cover

If this year’s Rising Stars performers wonder where the talent search can lead, they can just ask two-time finalist Chloe Louise. The Madison singer recently signed with the independent music label Sunday Night Records.

“I performed in the Rising Stars talent search in both 2015 and 2016,” Louise said. “The first year I did it, a friend of my mom’s sent me the link. I just thought it was a great opportunity.

Having an opportunity to do anything with the Overture Center is awesome, Chloe Louise said. The theater is beautiful, and the singer said of the things that pushed her to do it was the opportunity to meet some great people in the process. 

Louise performed an original song in the Rising Stars talent search and made it to the final round both times. As someone who was used to performing in front of friends, family, and a tight fan base, standing before the judges and audience at the Overture-sponsored program was a nerve-racking experience for the singer. 

Louise describes her music as “pop/alternative” with a little country in the mix. In that sense her sound stems from multiple influences, covering music from Bob Dylan to modern hip/hop artist Drake and everything in between, she said.

 

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Charles Walker Band   $5 Cover
Oct
21
9:00 PM21:00

Charles Walker Band $5 Cover

 Deliciously Stanky.  DynamicallyFunky.  Recklessly Hopeful.  Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has been compared to Prince, Bruno Mars, The Brand New Heavys, and James Brown.  The Milwaukee based band has refined their sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk infused rhythms with pop melodies.  The three-piece band rehearses tirelessly in Charles’ basement, amidst couches and low ceilings, Charles having to stoop the entire time.  Surprisingly, at the band’s shows, there are no fans. There is only family.  The question posed at the beginning of the first song is, Are we family or not?   The band evokes positive energy to their family members, who say they always feel better than when they arrived.  The Charles Walker Band is Deliciously Stanky.  Dynamically Funky.  Recklessly Hopeful.

 

     Charles grew up literally in the middle of nowhere.  Surrounded by dairy farms and apple orchards, the closest town ten miles away, he found music in six grade.  After being presented with various instruments, he desperately wanted to play trombone.  However, his music teacher declared he had the perfect mouth for saxophone, and his career was started. Walker, now also keyboardist and vocalist in the band, started the Charles Walker Band 15 years ago, initially as a blues band.  When Porsche Carmon joined, a Columbus, OH native and female vocalist, bassist, and hand percussionist in the band, the sound begin to shift towards funk.  Eventually, Charles and Porsche became a couple, and together laugh, cry, and argue about how best to plan shows that compete with cell phones and tablets.  As a testament to their ability to create an engaging show, one of the band’s family said at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, “I had to go to the bathroom for two hours but held it because I didn’t want to miss a minute!”

 

     The core of the Charles Walker Band is a three piece band.  Besides Charles and Porsche, Paris Howard nails down the drums.

 

     The group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores, BB King, Cameo, Aaron Neville, and Richard Marx.  They have been featured on Fox News, NBC Live in the Morning, The Morning Blend, Discover Wisconsin, were the featured artist on the Blues Review and Soul Bag sampler CD’s, being nominated five years in a row for best soul/R&B act by WAMI, winning in 2013.

     Counting Ghetto Prophet, the band has released eight albums, each an evolution of sound while retaining roots in positivity.  Walker says of Ghetto Prophet, released on Ehlona Records, “One in a Million, where the album’s title originates, tells the story of an impoverished child becoming a success.  This child ignores his circumstances because his vision is strong.  He holds onto the belief that his dream is possible.  That he could be that one in a million.  Ultimately he represents the greatness in us all.”  http://walkerband.com/                    http://walkerband.com/video/

 

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Piper Road Spring Band.  $15 Cover
Oct
20
9:00 PM21:00

Piper Road Spring Band. $15 Cover

Piper Road Spring Band was born into the age of rock & roll with individual backgrounds diverse as classical, cowboy, folk, blues and Dixieland. Influenced by some live performances of Doc Watson and Bill Monroe and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band release of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" in the early 1970's, they put away the electric amps and guitars and developed a unique acoustic/bluegrass style. They never completely abandoned their musical roots and have blended Irish fiddle tunes with American country, big band, novelty and space-aged Grateful Dead inspired jams.

The band continues to swing! With their strong bond of friendship, commitment to quality musicianship and continuing support of a strong fan base, Piper Road invites you to join them as their show hits the road. The current Piper Road roster has accumulated over 100 years of experience performing together.

http://www.piperroad.com/

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Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts with Old Soul Duo . $5 Cover
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts with Old Soul Duo . $5 Cover

Join us for a fun night of live "Modern Outlaw Country" from Denver Westword's 2017 Best Country Band Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts
http://roughcutsband.com/
http://facebook.com/upfromthenorth
 https://www.youtube.com/ryanchrys

Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts is from Denver, CO and bring forth new energy to country music fans who love the heroes and outlaws of old. Influenced by the songs and personalities of legends like Waylon, Willie and Johnny Cash, they drive their sound with blazing guitars, gritty lap steel and a rock 'n' roll attitude. This is Modern Outlaw Country.

The band has been on direct support for Blackberry Smoke, The Marshall Tucker Band, Shakey Graves, Junior Brown, Cody Canada & The Departed, Cash’d Out and The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, to name a few. They have also appeared twice at the annual Harley Davidson Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD, where they performed with Gilby Clark (formerly of Guns N’ Roses), and continue to tour the country extensively in support of their music.

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NateMeng.TheStolenSea. JenniferHedstrom.FirmishSkirmish.EricDoucette . $5 Cover
Oct
14
9:00 PM21:00

NateMeng.TheStolenSea. JenniferHedstrom.FirmishSkirmish.EricDoucette . $5 Cover

Sunday Night Records is proud to present to you this music!

The Stolen Sea will be taking the Cabaret stage for the second ever live presentation of their upcoming album! They will once again be performing this ongoing composition from start to finish.

The Esteemed Jennifer Hedstrom will be taking your heart in her hand and then giving it a piano/drum gut punch to remind you that it's still beating.

The wonderfully enjoyable Eric Doucette is taking a break from recording the new Street Names album to deliver his own emotional blows and try out some new songs!

Firmish Skirmish will be taking you to Space. Please pack accordingly.

natemeng.bandcamp.com
soundcloud.com/jennifer-hedstrom/sets/prairie-demo
themusicofericdoucette.bandcamp.com
firmishskirmish.bandcamp.com

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Samba Novistas with Forro Fo' Sho $10 Cover
Oct
13
9:00 PM21:00

Samba Novistas with Forro Fo' Sho $10 Cover

At 8:30, before the band starts, Viven and Marco will teach basic Forro dance steps to anyone interested

Samba a gente nao perde o prazer de cantar!
Soul Samba with
Ana Paula Venancio Strader - Vocals & Percussion
Jeff Alexander - Guitar & Percussion
Brennan Connors- Saxophone & Percussion
Graham Thorbrogger - Percussion
Kevin Knapp - Bass
Chris Desinger - cavaquinho

https://www.facebook.com/SambaNovistas.madison/

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Chain Station . $5 Cover
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Chain Station . $5 Cover

Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor string band from Denver, Colorado. Their music is well-steeped in Americana roots, with vocal harmonies that are high, lonesome, and tight. Their picking ranges from lightning-fast to mountain mellow. They are a bluegrass band that would satisfy a picky old-timer and delight fans of newgrass, a delicate balance indeed.
They've become known for winning over crowds with creative, fun original songs that flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you. Pure Mountain Music! It's obvious these guys love what they do, engaging their growing fan base with energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a night out
The band’s newest album is “Where I want To Be” October, 2016. In 2015 a live album “Chain Up Volume 1” was released and the debut studio album “Dancin’ With the Law” hit the scene in 2013. Chain Station has directly supported bands such as The Jeff Austin Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Devil Makes Three, Todd Snider, Sierra Hull, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Fruition, Trout Steak Revival, The Railsplitters, Lil’ Smokies, Hot Buttered Rum, Deadphish Orchestra and many more.
This band has been living life through music and adventures together for more than six years. Relentless gigging in their home state of Colorado, the mountain west and the midwest has made this band of brothers one of the tightest and most professional little ragtag pack of muppets on the scene today. This band can't wait to see what lies ahead!

http://chainstationmountainmusic.com/

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Griffin Robillard, Vibrationland and Back Buzz . $5 Cover
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

Griffin Robillard, Vibrationland and Back Buzz . $5 Cover

Boston’s Griffin Robillard fashions folk-tinged indie rock that bursts with vitality while simultaneously wrestling with life’s uncertainties. Cracks in the Ceiling, the twenty-two year-old’s full-length debut, pays homage to the Americana tradition while drawing from an expansive sonic and vocal palette. From Bryan Ferry’s nervy croon to Wilco’s early raw energy, Robillard casts a wide net to reinterpret what it means to make guitar music in 2017.

Both a songwriter and a frontman, his music has drawn comparisons to the point at which old meets new—“Rufus Wainwright meets Neil Diamond,” being amongst the most amusing. The Minneapolis native, raised on his musician father’s record collection of CSNY and JacksonBrowne, began writing songs at age six and started to experiment with recording in high school out West in Salt Lake City, Utah. Playing everything from folk to grunge in various bands, Robillard eventually relocated to Boston to attend college, when he became serious about writing. “For a long time it was something I did in my spare time. A poem or song here and there. I went into college pursuing a biology degree. I failed spectacularly,” explains Robillard. Discouraged, he decided to go back to basics and hone his craft on the page without his guitar, nurtured and mentored by novelist professors Elizabeth Graver, Christopher Boucher, and poet Kim Garcia. “Writing fiction and poetry was an itch that I could never satisfy and because what I was writing was just so bad, it just made it more frustrating. That’s probably why I ended up studying it at university.”

Written over a year while living in Copenhagen, Denmark, Cracks in the Ceiling chronicles a time of profound change. “I had a fresh start, getting to know myself again after a really rough two years,” Robillard says. “In hindsight it was probably a form of depression, but the fog lifted and I also met my now girlfriend there. It was pretty overwhelming. I was writing as fast as I could.” The titular opening track, “Cracks in the Ceiling” recounts the feeling of a flood of optimism in the midst of intense doubt, beginning with a lone drum-loop as an array of acoustic and electric guitars swell into a balladic chorus. “The first song is all about how love between two people can double your view of the world, but just because you see more— through aging, experience, or the love itself—doesn’t mean we can escape a lot of the half-truths we tell ourselves.”

While the record may begin on a high note, it ends on more ambiguous middle ground, a fact Robillard is proud of. “Whether it was writing poetry or songs, when I first started, I was blackening the page more or less, trying to emulate this very dark, introverted voice of my more literary musical heroes,” he confesses. “It didn’t suit me at all! Think Nick Cave, Ian Curtis. I like humor and absurdity—it has to all be present or there’s no soul in the songs for me. I feel with these songs it was the first time I stumbled into my own voice.”

Robillard teamed up with producer Jon Niess, a family friend, who assembled an all-star ensemble of Austin musicians at his studio, Austin Signal. With studio wizard Charlie Kramsky (Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello) on the board, the album was laid down in just four days and put in the hands of Erik Wofford (My Morning Jacket, Explosions in the Sky, Bill Callahan) for final mastering.

Cracks in the Ceiling is out for release September 15th, 2017.

https://www.griffinrobillard.com/music

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