SMOKER ('Strange Ways' LP release show), Wild Jesus & the Devil's Lettuce, The Kuhls

Fri Sep 6 2013

9:30 PM (Doors 9:00 PM)

Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Ages 21+

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Following the release of an EP in 2010 and after a year spent coming together as a live force to be reckoned with, STEPHEN PUAL SMOKER - now simply called SMOKER -emerged with a harder, darker edge on their debut LP, Ripe Fruit, out this past spring via Kilo Records.  Of the effort, RCRD LBL has praised "incessant stomp, gutter guitar that evolves to squall, psychedelic canyon vocals and elements of disco all appear; this is dirty music for dirty times." The band is headlining tonight's weekend kick-off and celebrating the release of their new LP, Strange Ways, to toast the occasion. With songs ranging from noir waltzes all the way to effects laden, impressionistic psych grooves, WILD JESUS & THE DEVIL’S LETTUCE is a community of musicians whose traveling circus shows guarantees a “ridiculous stage spectacle.” The band returns to our stage for the first time in over a year and we're excited to see what shenanigans these delightful maniacs bring this time around. Formerly known as THE ZESTY LEMONS, THE KUHLS are the collaborative project of sisters RENEE and GRACE KUHL. Brought to life by their kickass monster-slaying, demon-defying rock band, the sisters enlist their friends in some explicit urban guitar slashing while unconsciously maintaining a firm grip on their roots. Their first full-length album Holy Rollin was released independently in February 2013.

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    SMOKER ('Strange Ways' LP release show)

    Alternative Rock

    Spawning from Stephen Paul Smoker’s solo recordings, SMOKER is a 5-piece psych outfit born inside the sweaty depths of Chicago’s south-side Pilsen neighborhood. Their debut album "Violent Sun / Violent Fun" was released in 2010 followed by extensive touring that helped shaped the band’s personality and sound. Their sophomore LP, "Ripe Fruit", was released in 2012 on clear vinyl from Kilo Records. “[Ripe Fruit] sounds like fear, pornography, self deprivation and fasting, paranoia, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and Buddha, consumption, war, LSD, and death at the bottom of the sea.” And there is much more to come. SMOKER has temporarily relocated to Knoxville, TN, where we are hard at work in the process of writing and recording 20+ new songs for 2 future records. Also currently mastering STRANGE WAYZ, a new record set for release Summer 2013; while simultaneously in post-production with our first feature film, MAN DIVES DEEP. 

  • Wild Jesus & the Devil's Lettuce

    Wild Jesus & the Devil's Lettuce

    Alternative Rock

    Wild Jesus and The Devil’s Lettuce Family Party Band is a community of musicians with the uncanny ability to surprise you every time they take the stage. As one might expect from such a strangely named group, Wild Jesus’ sound ranges from noir waltzes all the way to effects laden, impressionistic, psychedelic grooves.

    How did eight musicians from vastly different musical backgrounds all manage to come together to create a sound this sonically refreshing? Centered around the Star Lounge Café in Ukrainian Village Chicago, Wild Jesus has truly formed a community of like-minded musicians, friends, and family that fill rooms with their traveling circus of band members, special-guests, and a host of ridiculous stage spectacles including surreal costumes, stage installations and an occasional laser or two.

    Since a live performance by Wild Jesus is an experience you will never forget, keep an eye out for one of our show posters and check the website for show dates.

    Wild Jesus is not any particular person; it is a way of life.

    Chop Sticks (thumps & bumps), The Geoff (blazz beats, percs), Flyin J (melodic dirt-grit), Kahuna Smalls (sexy-low-end butt shaking sounds), The Hawk (soaring sensual-luv sounds), Smokey "The Bear" Mullen (smoove reeds, putting out fires) Roberto Caliente (tickles), and Smooth Bonarator (savage bass-ery, cyber-moans).

    And sometimes:
    Leon Russel's Baby (Guitar, Lap Steel), Jimbo Kincaid-Percussion, Oppenhuis (impressionistic backbeater), Grabala Yuraz (organs & percs)

  • The Kuhls

    The Kuhls

    Pop

    The Kuhls is the collaborative project of sisters Renee and Grace Kuhl, brought to life by their kickass monster-slaying, demon-defying rock band. Raised in Kansas, now based in Chicago, the sisters enlist their friends in some explicit urban guitar slashing while unconsciously maintaining a firm grip on their roots. Their first full-length album Holy Rollin was released independently in February 2013.

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SMOKER ('Strange Ways' LP release show) / Wild Jesus & the Devil's Lettuce / The Kuhls

Fri Sep 6 2013 9:30 PM

(Doors 9:00 PM)

Empty Bottle Chicago IL
SMOKER ('Strange Ways' LP release show), Wild Jesus & the Devil's Lettuce, The Kuhls
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Ages 21+

Following the release of an EP in 2010 and after a year spent coming together as a live force to be reckoned with, STEPHEN PUAL SMOKER - now simply called SMOKER -emerged with a harder, darker edge on their debut LP, Ripe Fruit, out this past spring via Kilo Records.  Of the effort, RCRD LBL has praised "incessant stomp, gutter guitar that evolves to squall, psychedelic canyon vocals and elements of disco all appear; this is dirty music for dirty times." The band is headlining tonight's weekend kick-off and celebrating the release of their new LP, Strange Ways, to toast the occasion. With songs ranging from noir waltzes all the way to effects laden, impressionistic psych grooves, WILD JESUS & THE DEVIL’S LETTUCE is a community of musicians whose traveling circus shows guarantees a “ridiculous stage spectacle.” The band returns to our stage for the first time in over a year and we're excited to see what shenanigans these delightful maniacs bring this time around. Formerly known as THE ZESTY LEMONS, THE KUHLS are the collaborative project of sisters RENEE and GRACE KUHL. Brought to life by their kickass monster-slaying, demon-defying rock band, the sisters enlist their friends in some explicit urban guitar slashing while unconsciously maintaining a firm grip on their roots. Their first full-length album Holy Rollin was released independently in February 2013.