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Frack Free Fest: Fighting an Environmental Hazard With a Party

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Who: Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment
What: Frack Free Fest w/ People Versus Hugh DeNeal / Hans Predator / Bad Taste / Teen Angst / Dead Pretty / Kelven / Honey and Tar / Fiddle Rick Johnson and the Bourbon Boys / Kindred Moon
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When: 2016-08-28
Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment will hold the annual Frack Free Fest Sunday,
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Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment will hold the annual Frack Free Fest Sunday, August 28 at 1 p.m. at Alto Vineyards.

“We’re going to have some of the most awesome bands in Southern Illinois,” Brent Ritzel, an event organizer, told Nightlife, “and in between the bands there’s going to be a number of different speakers talking about the harms of fracking and different things we’re working on now to solve it— a variety of different perspectives like that. It’s going to be an awesome day.”

The Frack Free Fest is geared toward raising money to help stop fracking in Southern Illinois. Admission is by donation, and auctions and a raffle will take place. Event organizers also want people to come out and learn about the problems with fracking.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves pumping water and incredibly toxic chemicals into the ground to force natural gas out. The process pollutes groundwater, and gas that escapes capture pollutes the air. Earthquakes are another consequence of pumping fluid into the ground— and Southern Illinois sits on the New Madrid Fault Line, which has produced some of the biggest earthquakes known to have struck North America.

Proponents say fracking will bring jobs to Southern Illinois, a claim Ritzel dismissed. So much of the tourism in Southern Illinois comes from wineries and centers on the natural beauty of the region. Fracking and the pollution it causes, Ritzel said, will cost more long-term jobs than it will create. Irrigating a winery’s grapes with water polluted by fracking chemicals, for example, might not produce the best vintage.

“The problem with fracking is that is does create some short-term jobs that mainly people from other states are going to get, but it also eliminates local jobs in areas like tourism and agriculture, which is kind of our bread and butter in Southern Illinois,” Ritzel said. “If [fracking] does come here, we will be losing the long-term jobs that actually mean something to the long-term reality of our region, which is agriculture and tourism.”

Luckily, right now, the price of competing fossil fuels— particularly oil— has dropped to the point where the cost of fracking exceeds what a company can make from the gas it produces. This has given SAFE and other groups, including the Southern Illinois Rights Project, time to prepare for when the price of oil rebounds.

One way to combat fracking is to promote clean, viable alternatives, including wind and solar. Organizers and speakers will discuss renewables at the Frack Free Fest.

“We got all the answers, and that’s what we’ll be celebrating at the Frack Free Fest,” Ritzel said. “The more we engage in the solution, the more problems becomes less of a problem. I think that is a big part of what we are doing.”

The Frack Free Fest should be a fun way Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment to get more information out to people.

“That’s what the Frack Free Fest is all about,” Ritzel said. “It is to energize people and remind them that this fight is far from over. We are regathering the troops and making sure that people are really well-informed.”

Find out more at <http://www.DontFractureIllinois.net>.

who: Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment

what: Frack Free Fest w/ People Versus Hugh DeNeal / Hans Predator / Bad Taste / Teen Angst / Dead Pretty / Kelven / Honey and Tar / Fiddle Rick Johnson and the Bourbon Boys / Kindred Moon

where: Alto Vineyards and Winery

 

when: Sunday, August 28

Diane Coffee’s Psychedelic Motown Glam

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Who: Diane Coffee / Idle Bloom / Hans Predator / David Brown and the Tomorrowmen
What: indie-rock showcase
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When: 2016-03-05
Diane Coffee is currently on their winter 2016 tour in support of last year’s album Everybody’s a Go
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Diane Coffee is currently on their winter 2016 tour in support of last year’s album Everybody’s a Good Dog, released on the Western Vinyl label. Their travels take them Saturday, March 5 to the Hangar 9 where they’ll perform with Nashville’s Idle Bloom and Carbondale’s own Hans Predator and David Brown and the Tomorrowmen.

Diane Coffee is the project of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Shaun Fleming, a former Disney voice actor, film actor, and live Foxygen drummer. They’re solidly rooted in the tradition of soulful rock ‘n’ roll and New York Dolls-style glam rock; the band’s own Facebook page describes them as psychedelic Motown.

While listeners can hear the influences of the Beatles and David Bowie, for example, Fleming is also inspired by James Taylor and Diana Ross. As he explained to the VinylMePlease blog, the latter had something to do with the band’s name: “At the time when I was making the record, I was listening to a lot of Diana Ross and also this kid named Nathan Pelkey, who was a singer/songwriter from L.A. and had put out this cassette tape of three songs. One of them was called ‘Mister Coffee,’ and that tape blew me away completely. After he made it, though, Nathan just disappeared, and no one knows what happened to him, so Coffee is an ode to a songwriter who could have had an amazing career and it just never happened.”

Diane Coffee is also Fleming’s performance persona, which seems fitting given his acting background. Although Fleming uses studio session musicians, which means lineups will vary, live members from a previous tour included Joey Lefitz on drums, Jared Walker on guitar, Emily Panic on bass, and Steve Okonski on keyboards.

Diane Coffee’s first album, My Friend Fish, released by Western Vinyl in 2013, features a cover picture of Fleming that recalls Ziggy Stardust. As he told the Western Vinyl blog, the lyrical content was largely derived from his relocating to New York from California. While fans loved this album, some have criticized how the drums were recorded on an iPhone and a detuned guitar took the place of a bass.

Everybody’s a Good Dog, released in September 2015, is a proper studio recording that features strings, horns, and guest appearances to help further manifest Fleming’s musical vision. This time around, Fleming’s lyrics are based around yet another move: from New York to Indiana.

Nightlife readers can also check out the band in the “Everyday” video, a song that became the first single from Everybody’s a Good Dog. They’ll be hooked by the infectious chorus as they watch Fleming assemble an impromptu band to play a talent show.

In Youtube videos, Diane Coffee plays hard-driving pop-rock numbers as well as quiet, heartfelt ballads; sometimes they switch into frenetic noise sections that make for a refreshing, fun, diverse sound. For their appearance on National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concerts, Fleming played guitar while singing; the band also featured a small classical-string section.

Find out more at <http://www.DianeCoffee.com>.

David Brown, meanwhile, is fresh from the breakup of Secondary Modern. He will release a new, self-titled album that night, on which Brown played nearly every instrument. Listen to it on Bandcamp. The show, Brown says, is a “one-time-only full band version of my new project.”

who: Diane Coffee / Idle Bloom / Hans Predator / David Brown and the Tomorrowmen

what: indie-rock showcase

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Saturday, March 5

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Those Darlins: Headlining a Night of Hard-rocking Nashville (mostly) Women

Those Darlins (Linwood Regensburg, Jessi Zazu, and Nikki Kvarnes) partner up with Thelma and the Sle
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Those Darlins (Linwood Regensburg, Jessi Zazu, and Nikki Kvarnes) partner up with Thelma and the Sleaze and Adia Victoria for a blazing showcase Saturday, April 25 at the Hangar 9. The garage-rock outfit from Nashville, Tennessee, has been kicking ass and taking names touring behind the 2013 album Blur the Line.

For more information, check out <http://www.ThoseDarlins.com>.

Founding member Zazu recently swapped emails with Nightlife to figure out what’s on the horizon for the group that seems to have no limits in sight.

We last caught up with you in November 2013. What have you been up to since then?

Wow, that’s a lot of time to fill. I guess in summary we toured around our last album, Blur the Line. Went to Beijing to play a festival, that was nuts. Recently we’ve had some time off the road for writing and demoing new songs for album number four. Our live LP split with Diarrhea Planet just came out, so we are gonna hit the road for that for a little while. But yeah, stayin’ busy!

Paste magazine called your band one of the best live acts of 2014. What was it like to receive such an honor?

Of course we were honored. There’s so many bands out there these days, and it’s hard to stick out. I’m glad we are in some way able to do something that excites people.

Do you have any plans for the summer?

We’ve got a couple shows here and there.... We are playing the first year of Southern Girls Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp Nashville, which I’m pretty excited about. We are also gonna play Nashville’s main art museum, the Frist, in August. Other than that, we will probably be working on our new album, gardening, swimming in the lake, making art, and having a good time.

How would you describe your music?

I don’t like to describe our music, but I can tell you about who I am. I’m a twenty-five-year-old woman born and raised in the South who loves rock ‘n’ roll. What else do ya need to know?

If you could work with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be?

This is a tough question. I honestly would be so intimidated to work with any of my heroes. I’m a huge Patti Smith fan. Maybe if I could just watch her work, like a fly on the wall. Or even see her play. Or just shake her hand. I’d take any of the above.

Also, if Sister Rosetta Tharpe were alive, I’d love to just follow her around and soak up some of her power. Maybe get a guitar lesson or two.

What goes through your mind when you’re on stage?

Not a lot. I try to immerse myself into what I’m doing and forget to think. I want to connect with the audience and just focus. It’s like a form of meditation for me.

You are currently touring with Adia Victoria. What do you look forward to most about touring together?

Adia is a very powerful performer who gives me goose bumps frequently, and I look forward to seeing her conquer. She’s an inspiration, and I think following her show every night will be even more incentive to step up our game. So watch out, we may very well be a lethal combination.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Carbondale is a great place to play, I love how wild the audience is. I have a lot of good memories of our shows there. This time we are playing with two incredibly amazing Nashville bands that literally will blow ya’lls minds. Do yourself a favor; don’t miss this one.

who: Those Darlins / Thelma and the Sleaze / Adia Victoria

what: garage rock

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Saturday, April 25

Hans Predator: Local Garage Rockers Don a Mars Tuxedo

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Hans Predator

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Who: Hans Predator / Mouth Reader / Ben West
What: CD release party, garage rock
Where:
When: 2015-02-28
Hans Predator rips up the Hangar 9 this Saturday, February 28 with Mouth Reader of Murfreesboro, Ten
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Hans Predator rips up the Hangar 9 this Saturday, February 28 with Mouth Reader of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and opening act Ben West. The up-and-coming local rockers have the fuss and the guitar fuzz to make a lingering splash on the regional scene.

“We’re basically a callback to old rock ‘n’ roll,” Hans Predator bassist Dylan Frost said. “I guess somewhere in the vein of garage rock or something like that.”

Hans Predator also includes Evan Neuman on vocals and guitar and Marcus Lappin on drums and harmonies.

Frost explained that the basic elements of rock ‘n’ roll specifically speak to the members of Hans Predator because they recognize how the genre has reemerged throughout history to reinvigorate popular music.

“It’s what it all comes back to,” he said. “Everything comes back to rock ‘n’ roll.”

Last fall, the trio released the standout EP Mars Tuxedo, which features a doctored photo of the Fonz from Happy Days as its cover art. The intentionally lo-fi EP was recorded by David Allen at his Skihouse studio and mixed in Chicago.

On track after track, listeners can get a sense of the rowdy rock for which Hans Predator was going. The mellow, slower-tempo, angst-ridden “Feelin’ Low,” for example, picks up slightly for the bridges only to crash back down to melancholic acceptance. Listeners can hear and empathize with Neuman’s pain-stricken voice and the turmoil in each verse.

Frost said that Hans Predator wants to fill a void that they believe has been missing in Southern Illinois for quite some time— a no-frills rock band.

“We’ve seen a lack of that here in Carbondale, so we were hoping to step in and keep it alive,” Frost said.

Frost said they are also tossing around the idea of going back into the studio to record more tracks while they continue to perform.

“We definitely want to tour and get out there and play as many shows as possible,” Frost said.

For more information about Hans Predator, check out the band’s Bandcamp page, where Mars Tuxedo streams. Or search for them on Facebook to see the video for “Feelin’ Low.”​

who: Hans Predator / Mouth Reader / Ben West

what: CD release party, garage rock

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Saturday, February 28

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Evan Neuman - guitar/vocals - Dylan Frost - bass/harmonies/vocals - Marcus Lappin - drums/harmonies/vocals
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K.P. and Me: Dynamic Duo Strikes Again

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Who: K.P. and Me / Hakks
What: garage rock
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When: 2014-03-20
When a band’s members decide to part ways, it could very well be the end of something. Or, as in the
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When a band’s members decide to part ways, it could very well be the end of something. Or, as in the case of one Indiana band, it could be the start of something else entirely.

The music rocks on for another day, as proven by K.P. and Me, a Bloomington-based duo that will be in town Thursday, March 21 at PK’s. The garage-rock outfit is touting their latest EP with a heavy-hitting March Madness tour that takes the pair across four states. The schedule brings them to ten cities during a nine-day period.

K.P. and Me fills the ears with creepy, eerie sounds from an unfamiliar time. Each half of the duo provides triple duty on the instrumentation: K.P. handles the keys, vocals, and bass, while the Me, Alex Molica, fills in on guitar, drums, and vocals. The end result is a surprisingly full sound that grips the soul in a comfortable choke hold, refusing to let go until the final measure subsides.

For more information about K.P. and Me, search Bandcamp and Facebook.

Nightlife recently swapped emails with both members of the band to discuss new beginnings, new music, and new attempts at world domination inspired by a power-hungry nineties cartoon duo.

How did you guys gets started?
K.P.: We originally started out in a band called Lawnmower. I think we had something really interesting going, but the drummer and bass player left. After that, it was just the two of us. That’s why we’re going by K.P. and Me, because it’s just us now.
 
How would you describe your sound?
Me: [We] recently came up with the tag “garage soul” for our band— I think that’s pretty fitting. Then again, our sound isn’t very consistent— I don’t think all of our songs fit into one genre of music.
 
You recently released an EP. What was the recording process like?
K.P.: We actually won recording time after playing in a battle of the bands in Bloomington. By the time we got into the studio, the drummer and bass player were already gone, so Alex and I recorded by ourselves— that was before Jared started playing with us. We ended up with some pretty gnarly recordings, actually, but we spent a lot of time with Mike Notaro at the Sound Workshop and came out with some groovy sounds.
 
Do you have a favorite track?
Me: I don’t think we could really answer that, because the music isn’t for us, it’s for you. I can, however, say that we adore other artists, like anything Motown, T-Rex, Morphine, the Cramps, Hillbilly Moon Explosion, Johnny Cash, and of course, M.J.— Michael Jackson.
 
What is something you would like to accomplish with this band?
K.P.: What we plan to do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world...

who: K.P. and Me / Hakks

what: garage rock

where: PK’s

when: Thursday, March 20

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So Ill Roller Girls’ Black and Blue Pajama Prom

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Han Ma and the Camaros

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Who: Bitchtits / Hakks / Mudsills / Han Ma and the Cameros
What: So Ill Roller Girls Black and Blue Pajama Prom benefit
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When: 2013-05-24
The girls are at it again with a special fundraiser Friday, May 24 at the Hangar 9. The Black and Bl
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The girls are at it again with a special fundraiser Friday, May 24 at the Hangar 9. The Black and Blue Pajama Prom calls for participants to dress in their nightly best and help the team raise money for the So Ill Roller Girls’ first regional tournament.

“You can be as comfortable as you want or whatever you want is fine,” said roller girl and organizer Kris Schachel, who goes by Eartha K!ck when she is on the rink. “We have one of our referees coming in pajamas that look like a tuxedo. It’s going to be fun.”

The bill for the peejay partay includes some of the best local hard-rock acts on the scene, including angsty synth grunge punk trio the Bitchtits, psychedelic garage band the Hakks, rockabillies Han Ma and the Cameros, and deep blues band the Mudsills.

In addition to music, the Black and Blue Pajama Prom will feature an auction.

Eartha K!ck said the fundraiser will help the So Ill Roller Girls offset the cost of attending their first trip to the Midwest DerbyFest in Lebanon, Missouri Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30. The tournament will feature sixteen teams vying for a championship trophy.

Eartha K!ck first got into roller derby three years ago as a non-skating official and then made the team during a tryout. She said becoming involved with the Roller Girls has helped her develop friendships with people outside her previous social circle.

“We were just talking the other day and said that if it wasn’t for derby we probably would have never met,” she said. “The friendships you make here are amazing.”

The derby team will next skate Saturday, June 8 at the Williamson County Pavillion, located behind the Illinois Centre Mall in Marion. The A-team, the Power So Ill Roller Girls, will battle the Illinois Valley Vixens, and the B-team, the Rolling Blackouts, will play the Clarksvillians. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and admission for children twelve years old and younger is free. Tickets are on sale at dayshift, Hair Brains, Longbranch, Bomber Crew Tattoo, and Castle Perilous in Carbondale.

Check out more at <http://www.SoIllRollerGirls.com>.

who: So Ill Roller Girls’

what: Black and Blue Pajama Prom w/ Bitchtits / Hakks / Mudsills / Han Ma and the Cameros

where: Hangar 9

when: Friday, May 24

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