PoB Ides of March L.A. Weekender

Friends in Western Paradises and beyond, you are cordially invited to join us at the Paradise of Bachelors Ides of March Weekender at the Church on York in Los Angeles, California, March 14-16, featuring PoB artists and pals and presented by Aquarium Drunkard. We’re excited to visit warmer climes this March–stayed tuned for a list of PoB events and artists at SXSW–and to share some very special performances with y’all.

Here’s the stellar lineup:

The Church on York
4904 York Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Friday, March 14: Steve Gunn (with full band); Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band; Cy Dunetickets

Saturday, March 15: Songs: Molina tribute to Jason Molina featuring members of Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co., and M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messengertickets

Sunday, March 16: Lavender Country Official Record Release Show (first performance in almost 15 years); White Fence; Gun Outfittickets




Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band on Tour

This is your chance to catch what is, in our estimation, one of the most thrilling live acts working today, during a rare full-band U.S. tour. Read on for dates and some recent press assessments in advance of the shows.

2/15 Charlottesville, VA @ Tea Bazaar
2/16 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook w/ Daniel Bachman
2/17 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight w/ Greg Cartwright
2/18 Nashville, NC @ The Stone Fox w/ William Tyler
2/19 Louisville, KY @ Dreamland Film Center
2/20 Columbus, OH @ Bourbon St
2/21 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club w/ Mind Over Mirrors
2/22 Detroit, MI @ Trinosophes
2/23 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ Doug McCombs & Mind Over Mirrors
2/24 Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
3/13 San Francisco, The Hemlock Tavern w/ Meg Baird
3/14 Los Angeles, The Church on York w/Steve Gunn (full band)

One of 2013’s best rock albums. Over the course of Solar Motel ‘s 41 minutes you’ll find moments of stunning calm and conflagrations of chaos that ebb and flow like tides of sound. Forsyth’s ear for melody creates a vibe that is hypnotizing and engaging — familiar rather than foreign, comforting rather than disconcerting. In terms of guitar work, it lands somewhere between the Middle Eastern riffing of Dick Dale and the freeness of Sonny Sharrock — in short, Solar Motel hotwires so many guitar traditions that it blazes a new path. If you’re the sort of person who loves the buzz of a glowing vacuum tube, believes magic is released from a hand-wired circuit and thinks the voice of six-strings can be just as lyrical and beautiful as a human voice, this is your kind of band.

Sean Maloney, The Nashville Scene

If you take “classic” to mean “archetypal,” I don’t mind saying that Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band are currently the acme of classic rock. You don’t have to listen to the Philadelphia-based guitarist’s solo records for long to figure out that he’s absorbed Jimmy Page’s arrangement acumen, Neil Young’s extravagant passion, and Keith Richards’s rhythmic savagery—but he’s also internalized the distinctive improvisational methodologies of the Grateful Dead, the Dream Syndicate, and especially Television.

– Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader

A four-part, psych-rock symphony that could double as an alternate soundtrack to that time Homer Simpson ate a Guatemalan Insanity Pepper and spent an evening hallucinating about pyramids and talking coyotes.

– Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

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Steve Gunn Announces U.S. Tour

Steve Gunn has announced a series of U.S. shows with a full band. He’ll be at SXSW on a bill with Kurt Vile, among other shows; stay tuned for more special news about concerts as well as Steve’s forthcoming record on PoB, which he is currently recording and about which we couldn’t be more excited.

Thu-March-13  Austin,TX             Red 7
Fri-March-14    Los Angeles,CA   Church on York
Fri-April-25    Brooklyn,NY          Rough Trade
Sat-April-26   Philadelphia,PA     Boot & Saddle
Sun-April-27  Washington,DC     DC9
Mon-April-28  Durham,NC            Pin Hook
Tue-April-29   Nashville,TN          The Stone Fox
Thu-May-1   Dallas,TX                     Three Links
Sat-May-3      Austin,TX                     Austin Psych Fest
Sun-May-4    Houston,TX                 Mango’s
Mon-May-5    Mobile,AL                   Alabama Music Box   ***FREE SHOW***
Tue-May-6     Atlanta,GA                  529
Wed-May-7    Asheville,NC              The Mothlight

3/14 w/  Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band
4/25 w/  Kevin Morby
4/29 w/  William Tyler
5/4 w/  The Young


Photo by Constance Mensh.

Promised Land Sound on Tour Now

Promised Land Sound has a few remaining shows on their tour, and some very big news about a subsequent tour this Spring, which we’ll share with you as soon as we can.

Feb15 Bottletree Cafe, Birmingham, AL, US
Feb20 The Bishop, Bloomington, IN, US
Feb21 Do317 Lounge, Indianapolis, IN, US
Feb22 Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL, US
Mar05 Mojo’s, Columbia, MO, US
Mar07 Czar Bar, Kansas City, MO, US
Mar08 The Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK, US

Photo by Angelina Castillo.

Photo by Angelina Castillo.

Hiss Golden Messenger Bad Debt Release Show & More E.U. Dates

Celebrate the release of Bad Debt at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC on February 21. HGM will play all the songs on the album, plus some surprises.

Additional U.S. and E.U. dates:

Feb21 Cat’s Cradle Back Room, Carrboro, NC, US
Mar02 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, US
Mar15 The Church on York, Los Angeles, CA, US w/ Songs: Molina
May15 Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
May16 Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow, UK
May18 Soup Kitchen, Manchester, UK
May19 The Borderline, London, UK
May24 Utrecht, Netherlands
May24 Utrecht, Netherlands
May30 Blackstock Grounds, Blackstock, SC, US