Gorguts is a Canadian technical death metal band from Sherbrooke, Quebec, formed in 1989. The band has been through many personnel changes since its inception, and its only constant member has been guitarist and vocalist Luc Lemay, who remains the primary creative force in the band. To date they have released five full-length albums and one EP. Their most recent release is the EP Pleiades' Dust, released on May 13, 2016, which consists of a single 33-minute song about the House of Wisdom that once stood in Baghdad. Their latest full-length album Colored Sands was released in 2013 and was nominated for a Juno Award. Musically the band is known for its complex, musically dense form of technical death metal, and has become "one of the most advanced, experimental, and challenging groups in the entire genre." These dudes are an unstoppable force that you truly must see live. They'll be here June 5th at The Loving Touch!
Whores (stylized as Whores.) is an American noise rock band based in Atlanta, Georgia consisting of vocalist and guitarist Christian "Christian." Lembach, bass guitarist Casey Maxwell and drummer Donnie Adkinson. The band has released two records through Brutal Panda Records and is known for its "intensely cathartic live shows." If you were into bands like Helmet,The Melvins and Unsane these guys are right up your alley! Come see for yourself the 24th of May here at The Loving Touch!
Windhand are an American doom metal band that formed in Richmond, Virginia in 2009. Currently signed to Relapse Records, Windhand released their most recent album, Grief's Infernal Flower in October 2015. They Killed it last time they were here. For those of you who missed out on the show you'll have another chance the 20th of May. If you like to get heavy make sure you make it out to this one.
Black Metal is something that some hold as a very sacred thing. When this music started it was only the most sincere and unholy that carried the torches through the darkest pits of human nature. While bands such as Venom,Bathory,Merciful Fate, Celtic Frost and Hellhammer were among the pioneers, there was a second wave of an often more extreme nature that were birthed out of Norway,Swedin,Germany and beyond. Bands such as Mayhem,Burzum,Satyricon,Darkthrone, Dissection,Marduck and Gorgoroth. Among these legendary bands was Taake. Originally formed and known as Thule in 1993 the lead songwriter and frontman carried on as the unholy Taake. All the way from Norway Taake will crush you with their blistering show. If you're into Jesus Christ you may want to stay home for this one...or not.
Holy Fuck is a Canadian electronica band from Toronto. The band uses live instrumentation and miscellaneous instruments and non-instruments (including a 35 mm film synchronizer, toy keyboards and toy phaser guns) to achieve electronic-sounding effects without the use of laptops or programmed backing tracks. According to Pitchfork Media, "The band was formed with the intent of creating the equivalent of modern electronic music without actually using the techniques—looping, splicing, programming and the like—of that music." They'll be here at The Loving Touch this May the 10th.
The Legendary Shack Shakers (originally Those or Th' ) are an American rockabilly/blues band that formed in Paducah, Kentucky in the mid-1990s. They are inspired by rock 'n roll, country blues, old time music, carnival music, swamp rock, and other obscure Southern music genres. The band originally had a traditional rockabilly sound, but later began to rely more on its rock 'n roll and "southern gothic" influences. These guys are brilliant! Come see for yourself.
Rival Summers is a pop band from Detroit, MI. Since its conception in 2008, the band has released two EPs and two full length albums, and has toured extensively showcasing their own brand of honest and uplifting pop music all across the United States. Truly nice people who make nice music for other nice people. Come see them here at The Loving Touch this friday April 28th!
Serengeti's music is a sharp departure from most mainstream hip hop, which he considers "depressing" and always consists of "the same redundant ideas". His music includes numerous references to Chicago culture often done in character as one of his several personae. On the title track of his album Dennehy, Serengeti assumes the role of "Kenny," a married man who loves Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox with a thick Chicago accent reminiscent of Bill Swerski's Superfans .He is also a member of Sisyphus along with Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens. The trio released Beak & Claw in February 2012 and a self-titled album in 2014.
Chad Bundick aka Toro Y Moi will be here this April 21st. His newest music is soulful and catchy as they come. Don't miss this one.
For a lot of younger people Modern English won't ring any bells but that's only because they have been putting out amazing music long before their birth! One that always hits people in the chest is their mega single,"I Melt With You" which was originally released in 1982. Don't miss the legend that is Modern English!
Seems like Virginia has pumped out quete a few amazing bands over the years and (m)(a)(e) is no exception. They mix melody and all the thoughtfulness of great songwriters into a great blend of unique rock. Tickets are going fast for this one but you still have a chance to get them in advance.
Don't forget to take advantage of our early will call check in right next door at the WAB an hour before doors. You'll avoid a long line in the cold and you can eat some of the delicious food or drink some of the outstanding beers brewed right in the house!
ADV TICKETS|$20|DAY OF|$23|DOORS|8pm|ALL AGES|
Leopold and His Fiction are making their way all across the US and surely blowing minds along the way. Great songs and a very cool aesthetic make this band one not to miss.The band is a stripped-down outfit that spices its folk-inflected rock ‘n’ roll with heavy doses of garage and bits of psych. DOORS|8pm|ADV|$10|DAY OF|$12| All Ages
Hard to describe. Where Beauty meets Fury, The Go Rounds wail like the sonic love-child of Nashville and L.A.
This Friday February 10th don't miss Virginia Violet and The Rays channel the spirit of the heydays of Motown greatness! With a four piece horn section,killer rythm section,soaring soulful vocals and great looks Virginia Violet and The Rays will make you move inside and out. DOORS|8pm|COVER|$7|ALL AGES
If you could have FELT readers check out one song of yours, what would it be?: My new song "New Sound"
Tough question - what is your ultimate favorite album of all time?: Refused: Shape of Punk to Come
What is the best show you've ever played, and why?: 72,000+ people at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico city, 2001. Playing for that many people as they were not just crowd surfing but literally walking across people's heads, bonfires, and people being tossed up into the air 4 stories from a trampoline style blanket controlled by 50 people. I got just as much entertainment as they did. It was a really neat spectacle.
Is there a song that will make you cry, 9 times out of 10, if you let it? : "I will always love you" but ONLY the Dolly Parton version. It was the song my dad and I danced to at my wedding.
If you had a song that just didn't want to be finished, which group would you call in to wrap that sucker up - The Bee Gees or The Eagles? : The Eagles
why?: there are a lot of terrible bands out there...."any band ever" is just like....setting me up for potential disaster of epic proportions
If you could see one person in the audience when you perform, who would that be? What would they be wearing?: Not sure of the question so I'll do my best. If the question is, in general who do i see in the audience? Usually the tallest person that isn't moving. If i could see anyone in my audience if i could choose it would be my dad. He just passed away. He'd be wearing an XL Save Ferris shirt :)
Any bands you think people should seek out and pay attention to?: Not sure of anything current, but if I were telling young people how to fill their vinyl collection, I'd insist on a bunch of Clash.
What is your comic relief on the road? A band member, Netflix, prank phone call podcasts, etc?: Alex Mathias. Our Irish Sax player. He's a good sport, god bless him.
A year after one of the greatest events we've ever seen at The Loving Touch, we are once again throwing a party in honor of The Thin White Duke. Several local artists will be paying tribute to David Bowie with covers of his songs. This is a FREE event, and all are encouraged to come rock out to Bowie all night. As always, there will be a 100% Bowie playlist blasting between each act's cover sets.
Featured artists include:
After Dark Amusement Park
Motor City Socialites
. . . . and more!
Doors are at 7pm. See you there!
Desmond Jones is a five-piece funk/rock/jazz fusion band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. With original music written to compliment the group's sound as a whole, the music is centered around melodic guitar riffs, smooth bass lines, funky drum beats, and tasteful saxophone.