What’s Up Thursday 8/14

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Photo by Kerry Sherck

David Berkeley with special guest, Jason Kenney @ Eddie’s Attic

Itinerant songsmith and author David Berkeley went out into the sagebrush and cactus of New Mexico and found his head was similarly ablaze. Indeed Berkeley’s head has been ablaze for some time now, writing songs capable of both breaking and mending the heart.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm. Online and phone sales close at 5pm.

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Silent & Listen w/ Orphans in Exile // The Sunset District @ Vinyl

“Catchy” – For a band, is it the descriptor of doom, or actually a compliment? Does it mean the song writing is concise and interesting, or simply derivative and too familiar? Well, in any event, with Silent and Listen, they hope you won’t care. Now they’ve got their first full length album. As it stands they’ll probably play some more shows. Sound familiar? Yeah, it’s all pretty standard. Kind of like the songs, admittedly. But no sweat if you want to call them ‘catchy’. Go ahead. That’s the point, people.

Tickets are $10. Doors open at 8pm. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm.

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Jolie Holland w/ Magic Mouth @ The EARL

Over the span of her career, Jolie Holland has knotted together a century of American song–jazz, blues, soul, rock and roll–into some stew that is impossible to categorize with any conventional critical terminology. This is her burden and her gift, to know all of these American songs of the last ten decades in her head and her heart, and to have to wrestle with their legacy. She dives straight to the pathos of a song the way the very greatest singers, singers like Mavis Staples, or Al Green, or Skip James, or Tom Waits do.

Tickets are $15. Doors open at 8:30pm. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm.

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Blu w/ MED @ 529

With his cool-headed SoCal demeanor and everyman charisma, Blu was championed at the onset of his recording career when he collaborated with Emanon DJ/producer Exile for the highly acclaimed LP Below the Heavens (2007). Born Johnson Barnes in Inglewood, California, Blu, whose stepfather was a pastor, was very influenced by gospel and Christian rap when he was developing his MC skills in middle and high school.

Tickets are $12. Doors open at 9pm. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 6pm.

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