Brooklyn rockers and hic-hop actually all on the way

Otep Shamaya’s music is formed from the poetic marrow of creative intercourse. Art for art’s sake. She was signed to Capitol Records in 2002 after only five shows, without a demo, and strictly on the power of her live performance.

Singer/activist Otep

plans July 31 show

Sunday, July 31, 7 p.m., Pub Station. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 in advance adn $25 at the door.

Since then, she has spoken at the Democratic National Convention on behalf of Rock the Vote, nominated by GLAAD for Outstanding Artist Award with Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, won MTV’s prestigious Best Video for Music with a message award. She has recorded six studio albums, one EP, and one live album, all original music, recorded several spoken word projects, expanded into the world of Voice Over for television, video games, and major motion pictures, authored three books of original poetry, and continues to write and contribute to many other projects.

“Following in the footsteps of outspoken musicians from folk singer Woody Guthrie to Rage Against The Machine’s Zach de la Rocha, Otep Shamaya has positioned herself as one of music’s catalysts for social change.”

Pub adds Texas ‘Red

Dirt’ metal show

Texas Hippie Coalition with Scott H Biram, 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, Pub Station. Tickets for the age-21+ show are $15.

Texas Hippie Coalition are the purveyors of their own patented “Red Dirt Metal” sound: designing their own line in life and in music. For them, there is no other way. Texas Hippie Coalition are committed to crafting a unique, original and thoroughly raucous brand of music that’s born of both life experience and a respect for rock ‘n’ roll’s forefathers.

What exactly is Red Dirt Metal? Take outlaw country, toss in a dash of Southern-fried classic rock and mix it with some potent Texas power grooves and you’ve got a combustible sonic cocktail on your hands. Texas Hippie Coalition’s third album Peacemaker is a textbook example of Red Dirt Metal, which is the sound the band has been honing and cultivating for its entire existence.


Brooklyn rockers Highly

Suspect coming Oct. 5

Highly Suspect, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Pub Station. Tickets for the all-ages, general-admission show are $15.

It happened in Brooklyn. In 2011, the members of Highly Suspect arrived in the borough from their native Cape Cod, Mass. The next four years became a whirlwind of sex, drugs, and more rock ‘n’ roll than most people could ever handle. Then again, Johnny Stevens (vocals, guitar) and twin brothers Rich (bass, vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums) aren’t “most people.” Those chemically-soaked nights, hazier mornings, broken relationships, and cathartic realizations leave residue across Highly Suspect’s full-length debut album, Mister Asylum, and it’s inebriating in the best way possible.

4onthefloor returns to

Billings Oct. 8

4onthefloor, Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 p.m., Pub Station. Tickets for the age-21+ show are $10.

With the 4onthefloor’s third release, “All In,” frontman Gabriel Douglas wants the band’s sound to be driving and immediate, something that speaks to the growing audience of the band. “You don’t need a time machine to experience this record and this isn’t a kid playing with a laptop in their closet,” said Douglas. The band wanted to showcase their roots in blues and also the immediacy of post-pop punk with the hooks and sing-a-longs you’d find in all the best road trip anthems. All songs on this record were written with a notable high octane, and the furious delivery can be heard throughout the tracks.

The band worked with an American treasure, Erik Koskinen, for this record. “He’s got a great studio for live takes with a full band, and a great ear for what works,” said Douglas. The songs are quick, energetic, & fit. Douglas doesn’t write stuff he can’t play and he doesn’t play stuff he doesn’t mean, which you can hear in the immediacy of the songs.

Hic-hoppers The LACS

add Billings show

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Pub Station. Tickets for the all-ages show are $16 in advance and $18 at the


“People still can’t figure out what to call the music we do,” said Brian ‘Rooster’ King, looking at his longtime collaborator Clay ‘Uncle Snap’ Sharpe. “We just get in there and write about what we want.”

Sharpe nodded in agreement before comparing The LACS latest and most radio-friendly album “Outlaw in Me” to a mix CD of their favorite music burned on a laptop.

The duo has been together since 2000 and “Outlaw,” which is their fifth album since signing with Average Joe’s Entertainment, is a watershed effort from The LACS that sonically broadens their musical scope and blends together every genre from traditional country and southern rock to rap and spoken word.

Label it however you choose. They call it country.

Halestorm returns to

Billings Oct. 21

Halestorm with Lita Ford and Dorothy, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, Shrine Auditorium. Tickets for the all-ages, general-admission show are $32.50 in advance and $35 at the door.

With the album “Into the Wild Life,” Halestorm reach deep to conjure their most engaging songs to date. The Grammy-winning rock outfit led by Lzzy Hale (vocals, guitar) reached No. 1 on the Active Rock charts for their previous hits “Freak Like Me” and the award-winning “Love Bites (So Do I).”

Lita Ford is considered one of the most important women in rock. She is a founding member of the Runaways, one of the first girl groups who broke down barriers during the punk era.

Rolling Stone called L.A.-rockers Dorothy “a band you need to know” and named them No. 14 on their 50 Best New Artists of 2014. With tracks like “After Midnight,” “Wicked Ones,” “Raise Hell” and “Gun in My Hand,” Dorothy’s blues-rock sounds have comparisons to Black Sabbath and The White Stripes.

Tickets are available at,, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), Shrine Box Office (1125 Broadwater Ave) or by calling (877) 987- 6487.