The band describes its sound as thrash/punk with a Zeppelin feel.
Thrash band Tiger
Blue plays Railyard
Tiger Blue is performing an 18+ show Saturday with Locus. Doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10 p.m. Admission is $5.
Tiger Blue formed in the spring of 2005, and after a number of line-up changes their debut EP was finally completed and released in March 2012.
Tracks combine elements of thrash, punk, pop, and rock. After successful summer tours since 2013, Tiger Blue is writing more tunes and expanding its touring schedule to include towns in Montana.
Stitched Up Heart
returns June 27
Stiched Up Heart, Monday, June 27, 8 p.m., Pub Station. Tickets for the all-ages, general-admission show are $7 in advance adn $10 at the door.
“Listen to the lyrics, they’re going to make you feel something,” says Stitched Up Heart lead singer, Mixi Demner.
That something is the essence of Stitched Up Heart. It’s something heavy and powerful, jarring their newest album’s epic closing track “I Can’t Breathe” from a piano-paced ballad that would do Lady Gaga proud, to a metallic onslaught of drop-tuned guitars. And it is something undeniable, Mixi’s voice taking flight amidst anthems of self-awareness that bridge the unrelenting confidence of In This Moment’s Maria Brink and the soulful transcendence of Adele.
“When I formed this band I was depressed and going through heartbreak. The name is supposed to give people strength and courage,” professes the frontwoman in a warm and certain tone.
Scuber Mountain bringing
Its ‘Fair Trade Opium’
Monday, July 11, Pub Station, 8 p.m.. The show is free
Scuber Mountain features members of Motherlode, Steel Standing, The Young Miller’s Cafe Band, Soulsapiens, SambAmore, and other prominent groups. Scuber Mountain is the band behind such groundbreaking hits as “Thompson from Data Processing” and “Wednesday (Weedbong).” Scuber Mountain is banned from performing in Germany after a performance of their controversial hit “Fair Trade Opium” sparked riots.
YMSB alum, Jeff Austin
Performing Aug. 24
Former Yonder Mountain String Band member Jeff Austin plays Wednesday, Aug. 24, 8 p.m., at the Pub Station. Tickets for the age-21-plus show are $15.
“When I’m writing a song, it’s not about the hot licks, it’s about the voice and how it can be showcased from song to song,” says musician Jeff Austin. His focus is on transporting his audience by way of his vocal: “It’s the direct communication with the crowd — not just asking them how they’re feeling, but bringing something out of them.” For Austin, the act of speaking to people through his art really means using his voice.
The career of the Colorado-based artist has already seen him break through jam and bluegrass scenes, play stages from The Fillmore Auditorium to Red Rocks Amphitheater, and outdoor events like Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, among many others. But with the launch of his solo career in 2014, Austin is now building on the foundations of previous ventures while honing his own sound and charting new courses.
hit the Pub Oct. 4
Goddamn Gallows, 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, Pub Station. Tickets for the all-ages show are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
The Goddamn Gallows came from the heart of America’s Rust Belt. Drifting across the states, they cemented their sound in Portland, Ore., and later in Los Angeles. In 2007, they left everything behind and spent the next four years living out of whatever vehicle would get them to the next town. Building upon their original sound of twanged-out, punk rock gutterbilly (“Life of Sin” 2004 and “Gutterbillyblues” 2007), they began picking up stray musicians along the way and adding to their sound; washboard, accordion, mandolin and banjo (“Ghost of the Rails” 2009 and “7 Devils” 2011) creating a sound referred to as “hobocore,” “gypsy-punk” or “americana-punk,” while never being stuck in any one sound.
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 1111presents.com, JadePresents.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), Shrine Box Office (1125 Broadwater Ave) or by calling (877) 987- 6487.