Parsnip, Oda Red, Life Puzzler & Honey Whitlock

Parsnip, Oda Red, Life Puzzler & Honey Whitlock

Joe Squared (map)

Sickle Cell & Unregistered Nurse Booking present..

Parsnip (Melbourne, Trouble In Mind Records)
Oda Red
Life Puzzler
Honey Whitlock

all ages
$10/12

"Parsnip’s first full-length is playful, poetic, propulsive punk. An album perpetually in motion, When the Tree Bears Fruit is just over half an hour of absurd, understated energy. There’s an immediacy to the sheer joy, velocity and whimsy of Parsnip’s delivery. When the Tree Bears Fruit was recorded over three days, and truly captures the energy the group are known for live, of a cannily controlled chaos. This is an album that invites its listener to join in its celebration: the record’s title, inspired by the ideas of guru and poet Sri Chinmoy, refers to the idea that a tree will grow fruit and it will be offered for anyone and everyone to share in. The band see this principle as it applies to their work – to sharing their joy and nonsense with the world, and hoping people will enjoy it."

C.W. Stoneking with Libby DeCamp

C.W. Stoneking with Libby DeCamp

Joe Squared (map)

C.W. Stoneking (Australia)

with Libby DeCamp

There are multitudes in Stoneking’s music. It’s probably easiest to describe him as a ‘blues artist,’ but the term disguises what makes his music special. There’s so much in there. A 1920s pre-war blues sound is key, but there’s almost equal helpings of New Orleans jazz, jug band music, hokum, country and calypso, and he’s lately brought in elements of jump jive, early rock’n’roll and gospel. His gift is that he brings them all together without anything sounding out of place. He finds the strands that connect all of these different styles and gently braids them together. It’s what he values more than anything: “It’s getting everything to unify really. The music, the flow of it, keeping it moving, with no dead spots. Then I guess having the lyrics and the meaning that flows in that too, you know? Getting it all to knit together in a way that, if you didn’t speak English maybe, you’d still be able to feel the melody, or the sounds of the words. If you did, then the meaning would also flow. That’s sort of what I’m trying to do, I guess.” When so many on the blues scene are trying to sound ‘authentic’ – whatever that is – it’s that unity of sound that allows Stoneking to actually achieve it, and with apparent ease, too. Back in the day, no-one was ‘just’ a blues musician, or a jazz or country musician, and so neither is he.

Stoneking’s work can never really be second-guessed; you never know what you’re going to get. After charming his audiences with acoustic parlour guitars, National resonators, tenor banjos and a band laden with brass on his first two albums, he dropped all of that to go electric with his latest, 2014’s Gon’ Boogaloo, which was all about his Fender Jazzmaster and doo-wop backing vocals. While acoustic is still in his plans, it seems like he’s ditched the banjo for good; he’s been known to go on the occasional but vicious anti-banjo tirade. When I try to ask him about it, he suffices with “I have to be careful with what I say. People get angry about that sort of stuff.” Maybe he’s been advised by his lawyers. Maybe it’s just part of his own epic, enigmatic legend.

8pm
$15

Accessibility information: Joe Squared is down a flight of steps with two handrails. If you have any accessibility concerns please get in touch and we will do our best to help.

Sequoyah Murray, MovaKween, Josh Stokes, and Eyas

Sequoyah Murray, MovaKween, Josh Stokes, and Eyas

Joe Squared (map)

Unregistered Nurse Booking presents...

Sequoyah Murray (Thrill Jockey Records)
At just 22 years old, Sequoyah Murray is crafting the kind of concise, singular musical statements that many artists strive for their whole careers. His mutant brand of modern soul is as deeply eclectic as it is instantly arresting, a quality that drew early comparisons to Arthur Russell. Like Russell, Murray has a boundless, playful approach to composition; an incredible breadth of vision balanced by concise editing. Futuristic electronics, West and North African influenced polyrhythms, gospel vocals and psychedelic Tropicália textures blend seamlessly, anchored by his astounding three-octave baritone. Before You Begin, Murray’s debut album, demonstrates the immense scope of his artistry. Composed, played and produced almost entirely by Murray himself, the album takes the listener on a deeply personal journey through youth.

Before You Begin traces Murray’s “historical fiction of his own life,” as he puts it. It is as sensuous and blissful as it is blue, mining memory to craft vivid, dreamlike pieces that feel instantly relatable yet otherworldly. The album is influenced by Murray’s experience growing up in one of the world’s music capitals. Atlanta’s hip-hop and trap heritage finds its place in his inventive lyricism, future-seeking sonics and DIY approach to music-making. Although Murray points to rap as one influence, he cites Atlanta’s lesser-known jazz and free-improv scene as facilitating his development as an artist. Growing up in a musical family, his parents being active musicians, Murray often joined them in improvisation sessions. His frequent exposure and involvement with such a creative environment helped nurture and develop Murray into an adept improviser.

Before You Begin distills an enormous wealth of ideas, emotion and detail into a stunning debut. Murray’s joyful energy is infectious on his bravely intimate self-portrait, painted with an inventive and unexpected collection of sounds.

MovaKween

Josh Stokes

and Eyas


$10/$12

Yes! This show is all ages
Joe2 is accessible by a set of stairs with double handrails. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.

Chris Gethard

Chris Gethard

Unregistered Nurse Booking presents

Chris Gethard’s Half Life Tour: Live Stand Up at Ottobar 10/3
onsale now at theottobar.com, Charmingtons Cafe
and at Ottobar!

Chris Gethard (HBO’s Career Suicide, Beautiful/Anonymous, The Chris Gethard Show) started doing comedy in New York City when just before his 20th birthday. Next year he turns 40. That means he’s spent half his life doing this. HALF HIS LIFE. Chris is hittng the road to mark this momentous/depressing achievement, and he’s bringing a film crew along with him to document it.
From Chris’s most honed stand up bits to the most chaotic and random phone calls we can find, this tour will aim to hit every extreme. Buy a ticket, come see a show, have a good time, and most of all, TALK TO US ON CAMERA. Let us know why you like comedy. Let us know why Chris’s work hits you in the gut. We’ll be releasing a “special” in the future that follows this tour, but the special will be designed by you and what you have to say.

Doors at 7:30pm
All Ages

Accessibility info: Ottobar is mostly accessible, with two small steps in the middle of the venue. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.

Pottery

Pottery

Joe Squared (map)

Savage Party Presents…

Pottery
with guests TBD

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, ALL AGES
10 dollars

Hailing from across Canada and the UK, Montreal's Pottery consists of core writers Austin Boylan and Jacob Shepansky, along with Peter Baylis, Paul Jacobs, and Tom Gould. Initially bonding over artists such as Orange Juice, Josef K and Devo, the band creates a sound that combines eclectic traces of post-punk, pop, and dance music, forming an unusual atmosphere that envelopes audiences. While often shrill and jarring, Pottery's songs simultaneously engage listeners into a hypnotic state. It's this dualism that binds them together, uncovering harmony within discord.

Vein, Soft Kill, Higher Power, Silenus, Adrenaline

Vein, Soft Kill, Higher Power, Silenus, Adrenaline

Ottobar (map)

Unregistered Nurse & Savage Party present…

Vein

Soft Kill

Higher Power

Silenus

Adrenaline

Yes! This show is all ages

Accessibility info: the Ottobar is mostly accessible. If you have any accessibility questions or concerns, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.

Mudhoney, Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds & Murder

Mudhoney, Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds & Murder

Baltimore Soundstage (map)

Soundstage x Savage Party x Unregistered Nurse Booking Nurse Presents

Mudhoney

Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds

Murder


Doors 7pm // Show 8pm

Yes! This show is all ages

Yes! This show is mostly accessible. The main floor of Baltimore Soundstage has a bar, and bathrooms with no steps. For more detailed info or if you have questions or concerns please get in touch.

Thurston Moore Group

Thurston Moore Group

Ottobar (map)

Monozine & Unregistered Nurse Booking present...


THE THURSTON MOORE GROUP

Thurston Moore & Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth)

Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine)

Wobbly (Negativland)

James Sedwards

more TBA

Yes! This show is all ages

$16/ $18

Accessibility info: Ottobar is mostly accessible, with two small steps mid-venue. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.

Pile

Pile

Metro Gallery (map)

Unregistered Nurse & Monozine present

Pile
with guests TBA

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm, ALL AGES

Accessibility info: Metro Gallery is accessible. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ottobar (map)

Unregistered Nurse Booking & Monozine Presents present...

Ex Hex at Ottobar

Sat Dec 14th 8pm

New date— Tickets from 8/16 WILL BE HONORED!

Tix at theottobar.com, Charmingtons Cafe & Ottobar


Accessibility info: Ottobar is mostly accessible, with two steps in the middle of the room. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.