Blues, Funk, Bluegrass Filled up in Pub Station Calendar

Fuzzy blues rockers Staticland on tap

Jeff Angell’s Staticland, Sunday, 8 p.m., Sept. 11. Tickets for the all-ages show are $10.

With an unexpected, indefinite hole in their schedule, Jeff Angell, along with key collaborator Benjamin Anderson, were offered the opportunity to expand on the sound they had defined in their previous bands. They recruited Post Stardom Depression drummer Joshua Fant, entered a rehearsal room in Seattle and started, as Angell calls it, “putting in the time.”

The songs came together quickly, and before they knew it, they had conceived a thrilling batch of new material that succeed in capturing the spontaneity and excitement of people who are passionate about making music and that have the experience to do it well. The songs swing and shuffle savagely. They are dynamic and diverse, while each stands as an achievement on its own.

Monsters of Rock tribute coming up

Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m. Tickets for the age-21-plus show are $10.

Billings band Kicking Karma leads this special rock show.

Lil’ Smokies to make Billings return

Thursday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, the Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet from Missoula has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past six years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with their win this year at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition.

In October 2014, they were nominated by the Internal Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Momentum Band of the Year and in 2013 they won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy and exquisite musicianship, the Lil’ Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor.

Dead Larry back to play free show

Thursday, Oct. 20, 9 p.m. For ages 21 and over.

Dead Larry’s powerful blend of high energy rock, dance and funk shakes the foundation of modern music. From rock driven sea shanties to pulsating dance beats. From Beatlesque harmonies to spine-chilling screams. From shake-yo-booty funk jams to orchestral themes of space and time travel. Dead Larry is one thing: Original. The band was formed in a basement in high school, and after nearly 10 years of writing, touring and chasing the dream they have a grown to be one of the most prominent independent rock bands coming out of the Midwest.

Brothers Gow plan November stop

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m. The age-21-plus show is free.

The San Diego-based quintet Brothers Gow combines rock, funk, jazz and reggae influences with thoughtful lyrics, deep grooves and an ear for improvisation that keeps each show fresh and unique. This well-seasoned band started off in Flagstaff, Ariz., and since moving to Southern California they have developed a more dynamic sound, adding strong vocal harmonies and complex arrangements to their guitar-driven rock.

Minnesota troubadour Parr to perform

Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 p.m. Tickets for the age-21-plus show are $7.

An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin, Minn., in the 1980s in search of folk legend Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broken-in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights.