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Call Me Lightning, May 2008. All photography by Jenny Bohr.

KING TUFF(Sub Pop Records), Gap Dream(Burger Records/Suicide Squeeze), Trent Fox & The Tenants

Fri. 11/09 | 10:00PM

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"King Tuff"is the new record from King Tuff—his first for Sub Pop and his second album overall. Was Dead, King Tuff’s 2008 debut, captured the attention of the rock underground and quickly blew through its limited pressing (it now resides on ebay, being snatched up for hearty sums). His gem of a new album was produced by Bobby Harlow, of The Go and Conspiracy of Owls, and recorded during a furious two-week run in Detroit. And Bobby has the following, among a great many other things, to say about it:

“After investigating Was Dead I realized that, with his latest offering, King Tuff’s songwriting was stretching far beyond the thrill of the immediate dance-floor reflex and now revealed a songwriter with a keen eye inside everyone. That was the stuff that I was interested in. Embarrass me! I don’t give a fuck about your ex-girlfriend.

We’ve created something here. King Tuff should not be inspected or even listened to with critical ears. Cut your ears off. Rock & Roll is meant to be blasted into your cells, penetrated, and absorbed. It’s a visceral experience. Seek solace in solitude when you’re dead. If you aren’t able to recognize the genius in this epic album, then you’re already dead. Kill yourself. Or get a job. Your choice."!/KINGTUFFY


"This simply stunning debut album from Gap Dream is looking like it will get an official release through UK label Sounds Of Sweet Nothing in the coming months. The trippy organs and fascinating instrumental arrangements that flow throughout this self-titled debut album make this listen a truly mesmerizing experience." The Vinyl District UK

TRENT FOX & THE TENANTS(MKE, Kind Turkey Records)

"Trent Fox's brand of garage-punk-twang is definitely a fresh breath of air in a constantly evolving scene... instantly catchy garage/punk/rock n roll anthems. Songs about drinking, fights, girls, tomfoolery, drinking, Mario 3, old ladies and working class life in Milwaukee. Required listening for anyone who spends their summers drinking beer and soaking up the sun on their porch right after the Winter frost has thawed. This will make you bump 'n boogie."- Kind Turkey Records


Advance ticket available on the above "buy tickets" link until noon, Nov. 9.


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