Govinda is the alter-ego of Austin-based producer/composer Shane Madden. The Govinda live show immerses the audience with a textured atmosphere of exotic, dubby vibrations interwoven with cosmic visual projections, world class dancers and mesmerizing vocals- all to the magic of his live electronics and violin.
Taking influence from 1960's Thai funk - their name literally translates to "Engine Fly" in Thai - Khruangbin is steeped in the bass heavy, psychedelic sound of their inspiration, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool. The Texan trio is formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald "DJ" Johnson on drums.
In July of 2005, the rock band Titus Andronicus made their first live appearance, performing for a few friends in an unfinished basement. The ensuing decade would see nearly 800 shows, 18 members, and the release of three full-length albums and 14 7-inches, as the group rose from their obscure beginnings in the tri-state DIY scene to the heights of international "indie stardom," only to (nearly?) throw it all away in a vicious cycle of depression and decadence. The culmination of that ten-year journey was their fourth album, the sprawling "The Most Lamentable Tragedy," in 2015, their first release on Merge Records. A rock opera in five acts, it has 29 tracks and a running time of 93:44.
Preoccupations is a Canadian post-punk band. Formed in Calgary, Alberta in 2012, the group consists of two ex-members of the rock band Women, vocalist/bassist Matt Flegel and drummer Mike Wallace, as well as guitarists Scott Munro and Daniel Christiansen.
Over the past three decades, Robyn Hitchcock has built a large and distinctive body of work that's established him as one of rock's most respected and beloved iconoclasts. The prolific English singer/songwriter/guitarist's vivid surrealist songcraft has won him an uncommonly devoted international fan base, and created an ongoing demand for rare and unreleased Hitchcock material. He has 21 studio albums (including his self-titled 2017 effort) and nine live albums to his name, and was the subject of a Jonthan Demme-directed concert film, "Storefront Hitchcock."
Todd Barry was a Jury Award winner (for stand up comedy) in the 1998 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. He has been a guest on nearly every late night show you can think of, including appearances on 'The Late Show with David Letterman,' 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' and NBC's 'Late Friday.' He was the exasperated boss in the Oscar winning movie 'The Wrestler,' and the bongo playing "Third Conchord" on 'Flight of the Conchords.'
The Melvins coalesced as a band in 1983 in Montesano, Washington, at the base of the Olympic Peninsula. They influenced the sludge and drone subgenres, including Nirvana, and were themselves influenced by Black Flag's mix of punk and metal on their album "My War," and other slow punk acts like Swans, Flipper and Wipers.
Originally formed in 1985 as a Black Flag-influenced hardcore punk band called Virulence, Fu Manchu has since become one of hard rock's most celebrated names. The band released its first single 'Kept Between Trees' in 1990 and in the years following, helped give rise to a celebrated style of heavy music tagged "stoner rock."