Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Starlight Mints

THURSDAY JULY 2nd  2009 

Starlight Mints -- vocalist/guitarist Allan Vest, keyboardist Marian Love Nunez, bassist Javier Gonzales, drummer Andy Nunez, and guitarist Matt Goad -- began jamming together in the '90s as a seven-person band complete with orchestra, giving birth to their own funky brand of heavily instrumental -- think cello, violin, triangle, and sound effects -- surrealistically worded pop sound. Vest's nasally yet skillful voice is like a cross between Pixie legend Frank Black's tenor and Violent Femmes frontman Gordon Gano's cracking throat.


Recommended If You Like:

Pavement, The Flaming Lips, Pizzicato Five

Record Label: Barsuk



Appearing at The Social July 2nd 2009

With The Evangelicals and The Pauses

9pm doors 18+ $10.00 Advance / $12.00 Day of Show

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pop Off: The Death of a Party

WEDNESDAY JUNE 24st  2009 

Urban Dictionary definition.

pop off
(v.) To lose one's cool; become really pissed off. The idiom is in reference to a pressure cap popping off, usually resulting in a nasty burn or imminent explosion. Thus, the person who caused the pop off is about to get told or be destroyed, depending on the nature and severity of the inflammatory incident.


With Fishdicks and Hardersauce, Rocksteady Soundsystem, VJ Jay, and Etoile Boutique slingin' the best in handmade and vintage textiles.

Enter through the alley past Planet Pizza on Washington Street.

Recommended If You Like:

Mikey from The Spitvalves in 2009, 

Record Label


18+ 9PM Doors $3

Friday, June 12, 2009

John Vanderslice & The Tallest Man On Earth

SUNDAY JUNE 21st  2009 

“Growing up in Florida and Georgia before moving to Potomac, MD, at the age of 11, indie rock innovator John Vanderslice grew up listening to a mix of Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Kinks, and Southern rock, which instilled an eclectic musical vocabulary. Forced into piano lessons as a child, he eventually picked up the guitar in the eighth grade and formed several bands during his teen years. His songwriting added influences from David Bowie, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, King Crimson, XTC, and early Genesis, culminating in his five-year tenure with the much-heralded experimental pop band MK Ultra. Their collaboration produced three well-received albums and resulted in an opening spot on two Sunny Day Real Estate American tours.

Vanderslice also started Tiny Telephone, a small recording studio, in 1997. Boasting a variety of respected and experienced house engineers, Tiny Telephone gained a reputation as an affordable recording outlet for San Francisco’s indie rock community. It also produced Vanderslice’s solo debut, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, in 2000. The album drew a substantial amount of critical praise for its meticulously crafted pop-perfect sound. The prolific Vanderslice issued the Time Travel Is Lonely and Life and Death of an American Fourtracker LPs over the next two years, and solidified his reputation as a literate, ever-curious songwriter and sonic technician.

As he experimented with character-driven themes, he recorded the brilliantly convoluted Cellar Door in 2004 and Pixel Revolt in 2005, and after a series of tours, in July 2007 Barsuk Records released Emerald City, yet another highly conceptual and artistic endeavor, followed by Romanian Names in 2009.” —Matt Fink,


Recommended If You Like:

Pedro The Lion, Olivia Tremor Control, Beulah

Record Label: Barsuk



Appearing at The Social With

The Tallest Man On Earth

18+ 8PM Doors $12

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine

SATURDAY JUNE 13th  2009 

Cheese's uncensored and "swankified" covers of Nine Inch Nail's' "Closer" and Nirvana's "Rape Me" quickly found favor with morning shock jocks on the radio and novelty music fans in the record stores. The CNN cable network and The Los Angeles Times profiled him and he soon landed a gig as co-host and bandleader on MTV's Say What Karaoke series. His second album, Tuxicity appeared in 2002 and featured swinging covers of Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" and Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back".


Recommended If You Like:

Weird Al Yankovic, Ween, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes

Record Label: Converge Records



Appearing at The Plaza Theatre 

8pm doors 18+ $35.00 

SPECIALS: There will be 50 meet & greet tickets which also guarantee a set in the first 50 seats for $55 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Chuck Ragan  (Hot Water Music)

FRIDAY JUNE 12th  2009 

With his emotional and gravel-coated bellow, vocalist/guitarist Chuck Ragan made a name for himself as one-fourth of the much loved Gainesville post-hardcore outfit Hot Water Music before releasing his first solo album in 2007. His newest release is titled "Feast or Famine" which debuted on SideOneDummy Records.


Recommended If You Like:

Hot Water Music, The Draft, Lucero

Record Label: SideOneDummy



Appearing at The Social With

Christina Wagner

18+ 9PM Doors $12

Friday, June 5, 2009

Tuesday June 16th


NY Sextet Tours U.S. in Eco-Friendly Van

Orlando, FL - On Tuesday, June 16th, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad performs at The Social.  GPGDS will be playing at Rothbury, Reggae On The Rocks, and Wakarusa this summer.  The sextet played almost 200 shows last year and recently had their touring van converted to run on waste vegetable oil.  Giant Panda has a new album coming out this summer.

GPGDS played 180 shows in 2008, including performances at Mountain Jam, and Wakarusa.  2007 highlights include a three-week stint in Jamaica, numerous national tours, and a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).  Thanks to their aggressive touring schedule and dynamic sound, Giant Panda has developed an extensive following.

Formed in 2004, this Rochester, New York-based group has made a name for themselves through hard work on the road.  GPGDS plays an eclectic blend of roots reggae, dub, and afrobeat; their impeccable musicianship and explosive live show have received widespread acclaim.

Giant Panda will be releasing a new album in 2009.  Their 2006 debut Slow Down, is receiving regular airplay on Sirius and XM Radio.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad has shared the stage with reggae greats Toots And The Maytals, The Wailers, Lee Scratch Perry, Yellowman, Culture, The Meditations, Don Carlos, Morgan Heritage, Mad Professor, and Edi Fitzroy.  They've been joined on stage by members of Brazilian Girls, Thievery Corporation, and Umphrey's McGee.

"This is some of the most intense roots reggae we've ever heard..."  - Knoxville's Metro Pulse

"...heavy, air-tight dub and roots reggae pressure..."  - Washington Post

"...a viable contributor to the modern reggae movement."  - Metro Santa Cruz

Appearing at The Social Tuesday, June 16th. 18+ $10 9PM Doors