FRI, SEP 21st 2018
DOORS 8PM
$10 TICKETS
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GRINGO STAR | AUTOGRAMM | GRINGO

Gringo Star are an Indie Garage Pop band from Atlanta, Georgia, founded by brothers Pete and Nicholas Furgiuele, and joined in 2016 by Josh Longino (featured on the new album) and Mario Colangelo. Their 5th album “Back to the City” is coming out Aug 24, 2018 via Nevado Music, an L.A. based label (Deap Valley, Eternal Summers, Yukon Blonde). The album was produced, written, recorded and mixed at Studio 234 in Atlanta by the brothers. Gringo Star are insouciant explorers, tossing the paddles overboard and drifting on the currents of their lackadaisical curiosity across a rippling sonic ocean, out to the far edges of rock & roll. Shots pulsing from a vintage Leslie speaker, their guitars, keys and vocals create the psychoactive ingredients of their echo-slathered, doo-wop-indebted indie gems; psychedelic garage bangers, gritty R&B shuffles and spaghetti western weirdness. Taking cues from Santo & Johnny, The Stooges, Ritchie Valens, Marc Bolan, The Kinks, Sam Cooke, they’re all here, their electric ghosts reaching across time, tapping Gringo Star on the shoulder like the crossroads devil to Robert Johnson, bestowing secrets, passing torches.

Autogramm – Power Pop, New Wave, 80’s from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Gringo – Local Surf Rock

SAT, SEP 22nd 2018
DOORS 8PM
$7 COVER
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STATIC AND SURRENDER | SUGAR KANE & CO.

Static and Surrender – Rock / Alternative / Indie

Sugarkane & Co – Folk / Country / Americana

FRI, SEP 28th 2018
DOORS 8PM
$7 COVER
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THE COFFIS BROTHERS | SUGARKANE & CO.

The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are five young men from the Santa Cruz Mountains that have been playing around the Bay Area and beyond since 2010. They play a style of music that is rock and roll in the most classic sense, melodic, rootsy and heartfelt. The songwriting duo of Jamie and Kellen show an obvious love for a bygone era of music and for groups like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young and The Beatles as well as a sense of maturity and experience beyond their years.

Sugarkane & Co is an up and coming band from the north of California, made up of Kane McGee (formerly of Northstar Session) and local singer/songwriters Rachel Shannon and Ken Simmons. Their eclectic sound has its roots in classic rock and country, with a model indie feel. Kane (vocals/guitar/drums) Rachel (vocals/guitar/ukulele) Ken (lap steel guitar/mandolin/vocals)

TUES, OCT 2nd 2018
DOORS 8PM
$10 TICKETS
$15 DAY OF
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GRIEVES | GREATER THAN | CALVIN BLACK

Hip Hop / Alternative

When asked if he always knew he’d end up being a rapper, Benjamin Laub—better known as Grieves—can only laugh. “Oh no, not really,” he says, “I was in bands and stuff, but I grew up listening mainly to Punk stuff. It wasn’t until I got a little older that Hip-Hop really started to happen for me.” When Grieves first heard artists like Mobb Deep and Wu-Tang Clan, he remembers being drawn to their sound. “Hearing all the samples and stuff from records that I heard my dad play when I was a kid… You start to hear the connections. When I discovered people like Atmosphere, it was like hearing somebody speak their truth in a way that related to me. That’s when I first started to think about Hip-Hop as a way to really talk about what was happening in my life. Hard to believe that now, over a decade later, that’s actually what I’m still doing.”

An epic trifecta of talent was born when three separate stars collided at the speed of light and formed GREATER THAN. If you’re a hip-hop fan, you’ve likely heard of one or all of these three artists who have mind-melded into one. Having joined forces to rap circles around diverse and unexplored landscapes, the list of credentials is long for this well-versed trio:

GRYNCH, hailed as The King of Ballard, has been an icon of the Pacific Northwest hip-hop scene since 2004 and adds a highly sought after layer of nostalgia; while, FEARCE VILL, previously of Dyme Def, brings his distinctive brand of heartfelt hip-hop, paired with fearless rhymes; and finishing off the trio is Rhymesayers’s own GRIEVES, who’s been on the scene for a decade, building a name for himself with his five solo projects and rigorous touring schedule. This time around, he takes the producer’s seat and creatively elevates the experience to a level that will slap the ever-living shit out of your speakers. No beat is safe, no earhole is secure. So buckle up and enjoy the ride.

WED, OCT 3rd 2018
DOORS 8PM
FREE
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RANGES | MAN MOUNTAIN

Ranges is an instrumental post-rock band from Bozeman, Montana. The four-piece brings a captivatingly succinct approach to a music genre focused on the exploration of time and expanse while staying true to the founding elements of the genre. Driven by deep concept and storyline, every note and climax is molded to a narrative that pushes the band and the listener to explore deeper compartments of their being both sonically and spiritually.

Man Mountain is a band of brothers and friends from the southeast corner of Michigan, playing epic and emotive instrumental rock music. What started at the beginning of 2012 as two people jamming songs by The Appleseed Cast in a basement, turned into four people playing a full set of original songs in someone else’s basement later that summer. That first set of music was later polished up, recorded, and released in the spring of the following year as an EP titled “To Call Each Thing By Its Right Name”. Since then we’ve played all over Michigan (and eight other states), and have written and recorded our first full-length album “Infinity Mirror”, released through Spartan Records on March 16, 2018!

FRI, OCT 5th 2018
DOORS 8PM
$7 COVER
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GINO MATTEO BAND | COLD SWEAT

Gino Matteo & Jade Bennett– Rock, Roots, Soul, Jam, Sludge Blues

“Work hard at what you love, treat everyone you meet like family, and try to smile here and there”. Through it all, Gino Matteo still holds true to what he believes. Being a rarity in today’s Roots-Music world, Gino Matteo is a young man with an incredible knowledge and respect for the past. A true student of life. Gino’s performances are spontaneous, explosive, and original- a triple threat to the music world. Gino is the definition of an “old soul” with a voice as smooth as velvet but tough as nails. Gino writes music about his life as he lives it. His love, joy, and pain pour through his guitar and voice. Using the experiences learned over time, Gino Matteo’s sound respectfully pays tribute to true Blues while adding a bit of his own life in between and is quickly carving out a name for himself being among the finest songwriters and guitarists in music. Over the course of Gino’s career, he has worked with artists such as B.B. King, John Mayer, Hubert Sumlin, John Fogerty, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jonny Lang and many more. Gino loves what he does for a living and will continue to inspire and grasp audiences with his truthful and soulful stories. And he will do so with a smile.

Cold Sweat – Blues, Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, Jazz from Redding

SAT, OCT 6th 2018
DOORS 8PM
FREE
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JASON ACHILLES BAND

Jason Achilles – Experimental, Instrumental, Atmospheric, Indie Rock

MON, OCT 8th 2018
DOORS 7:30 PM
$20 TICKETS
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STRUNG OUT | THE BOMBPOPS | COUNTERPUNCH

Strung Out are back at The Dip and will be playing Twisted By Design in its entirety!!

The Bombpops – Punk from Oceanside, CA

Counterpunch – Punk from Chicago, IL

TUE, OCT 9th 2018
DOORS 8PM
$10 TICKETS
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GUERILLA TOSS | ZEBU

Ecstatic, vital, and brilliantly unhinged, Guerilla Toss promotes positive energy and twisted spirituality through the less-traveled path of brutal, intelligent, live rock and roll dance music. Like a hurricane of healing bliss, a Guerilla Toss concert is more of a ritual than a performance. It is the unique pairing of musical voices and backgrounds that makes Guerilla Toss such a special party band. But they are more than that – GT gets real when you pay close attention. Their music is inspired by both tragedy and beauty, drug addiction/mental illness and the re-birth of the soul through spiritual practice and psychedelic drug healing – helping the listener overcome these mind-fuck hardships.

Zebu – The greatest Rock and Roll band in history. Ever.

WED, OCT 10th 2018
DOORS 8PM
$10 TICKETS
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UPSTATE

Upstate – Appalachian Soul

Drawing from every corner and decade of America’s musical landscape, Upstate has been described as a “hurricane of sound”. The unique instrumentation includes mandolin, cajon, upright bass, and alto/baritone saxophone, all fronted by a powerhouse of 3-part female vocal harmony. The band can land perfectly in any setting, from intimate house concerts to prominent festival stages. The material is innovative and forward thinking, but never at the expense of a great hook or a solid groove. Upstate plays music to move your body and soul.

FRI, OCT 12th 2018
DOORS 8PM
$7 COVER
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THE LIQUE | CALVIN BLACK

The Lique is a smooth, live hip-hop band born in Las Vegas. They’ve been featured on AFROPUNK, were on Las Vegas Weekly’s cover as “10 Acts To Watch in 2016”, and named 2016 “Best Band” by Vegas Seven Magazine.
Live Hip-Hop/Jazz

Calvin Black – Redding Hip/Hop

SAT, OCT 13th 2018
DOORS 8PM
$7 COVER
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ONE SOL ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

Album release party for Redding’s own, One SoL!
This is going to be a great night, don’t miss out!

Cali Reggae, Surf, Rock, Jam, Fusion

MON, OCT 15th 2018
DOORS 8PM
FREE
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SON OF THE VELVET RAT

Georg Altziebler is the songwriting half of Son of the Velvet Rat, a husband-wife duo (with Heike Binder) who left their home town of Graz, Austria and the cloistered safety of the Continent for the endless highway of America, finally settling in Joshua Tree in California’s Mojave Desert in 2013. Situated at the vanguard of Euro-Americana, his songs build on the cabaret traditions of Old World masters like Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel and Fabrizio De Andre, now fused with the dark Old Testament prophecy and Kabbalistic visions conjured by Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.

THUR, OCT 18th 2018
DOORS 8PM
$10 TICKETS
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ESME PATTERSON



Denver, CO’s Esmé Patterson has been making waves all around the country since going solo in 2012 (she was previously in Denver­based Paper Bird). Her voice is smooth and sweet when she wants it to be, and then fully rock and roll when you least expect it. Each of Patterson’s songs listens like an intensely personal diary entry, and you’ll likely find yourself relating to all of them with wide­-eyed wonder.

SUN, OCT 21st 2018
DOORS 7:30PM
$7 ADV TICKETS
$10 DAY OF SHOW
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OLD SALT UNION

Americana, Progressive String Music, Folk

Old Salt Union has the groove and the chops of a great string band, balanced with infectious rock and roll energy. Their music occupies that sweet space between Old Crow folk and Yonder Mountain jam —
not a bad place to be for a band about to break.”— No Depression

SUN, NOV. 4th 2018
DOORS 7:30PM
$10 TICKETS
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URAL THOMAS AND THE PAIN

If life was at all fair Ural Thomas would be a household name, his music slotted into countless sweet, seductive mixtapes between James Brown, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder (all of whom Thomas has performed with.) Straddling the line between hot soul shouter and velvety-smooth crooner, Thomas released a few singles in the late 60’s and early 70’s; most notably “Can You Dig It”, which featured backing vocals from soul luminaries Merry Clayton, Mary Wells and Brenda Holloway. Thomas played over forty shows at the legendary Apollo Theater before turning his back on an unkind business and heading home to Portland, OR.

It goes without saying that a man practically built out of rhythm would never stop playing music. Thomas began hosting a regular Sunday night jam session at his home that ran for nearly twenty years. A de facto mentor to many of the younger players, Thomas reminds us all that “If you care about what you’re doing, you need to build those muscles and do the work. Don’t get discouraged, do it for love. Even if you’re digging ditches, do it with passion.”

In 2014, local soul DJ Scott Magee sat in on drums. The two became fast friends and at Magee’s urging Thomas decided to give his musical career another shot. Magee became the musical director, they put together a band, and in 2016 released a self-titled album on Mississippi Records.

In 2017 Thomas signed with Tender Loving Empire and began work on what, in many respects, will be his debut full length. Diving deep into lifetime of melodic creativity, Thomas and his band got to work. Recorded in Magee’s studio Arthur’s Attic, The Right Time features the air-tight work of Magee on drums, percussion, and backing vocals, Bruce Withycombe (The Decemberists) on baritone sax, Portland jazz scene fixture Brent Martens on guitars and vibraphone, Arcellus Sykes on bass, Steve Aman (Lady Rizo) on piano and organ, Dave Monnie on trumpet, Willie Matheis (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies) on tenor sax, and Jasine Rimmel, Joy Pearson, Sarah King, Rebecca Marie Miller on backing vocals. The Arco Quartet performed the strings, and the record was engineered and mixed by Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Blitzen Trapper) and mastered by JJ Golden (Sharon Jones, Ty Segall).

One might think after a sizeable taste of early success Thomas would be more than a touch bitter – yet the opposite is true. “We have to be positive if we want the world to get better” Thomas advises. “We’ve come a long way, but if you carry a grudge with the whole world you’ll stop your growth. We’re a family, all just brothers and sisters, descendants of Adam. You can’t get anywhere without an open heart.”

A developing artist at nearly eighty years old, for Thomas music has always been about bringing people together. “If we play for twenty people we cook it like it’s twenty thousand” says Thomas. “If we make someone smile we’re satisfied. They’re ain’t no difference between us. It’s all love and brotherhood. If folks listen to my record and feel that I’ll feel very blessed.”

Standing in bold defiance of the idea that aging is a reason to slow down and stop living, for Thomas the right time to get down is the next time someone plugs in a guitar or puts on a record. Ural is ready – are you?

MON, JAN. 28th 2019
DOORS 8PM
$15 ADV TICKETS
$20 DAY OF
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CURSIVE | CAMPDOGZZ

Over the past two decades, Cursive has become known for writing smart, tightly woven concept albums where frontman Tim Kasher turns his unflinching gaze on specific, oftentimes challenging themes, and examines them with an incisively brutal honesty. 2000’s Domestica dealt with divorce; 2003’s The Ugly Organ tackled art, sex, and relationships; 2006’s Happy Hollow skewered organized religion; 2009’s Mama, I’m Swollen grappled with the human condition and social morality; and 2012’s I Am Gemini explored the battle between good and evil. But the band’s remarkable eighth full-length, Vitriola, required a different approach — one less rigidly themed and more responsive as the band struggles with existentialism veering towards nihilism and despair; the ways in which society, much like a writer, creates and destroys; and an oncoming dystopia that feels eerily near at hand.

Cursive has naturally developed a pattern of releasing new music every three years, creating records not out of obligation, but need, with the mindset that each record could potentially be their last. 2015 came and went, however, and the band remained silent for their longest period to date. But the members of Cursive have remained busy with solo records, a movie (the Kasher-penned and directed No Resolution), and running businesses (the band collectively owns and operates hometown Omaha’s mainstay bar/venue, O’Leaver’s). The band even launched their own label, 15 Passenger, through which they’re steadily reissuing their remastered back catalogue, as well as new albums by Kasher, Campdogzz, and David Bazan and Sean Lane. And like many others, the band members have been caught up in the inescapable state of confusion and instability that plagues their home country, and seems to grow more chaotic with each passing day.

Which brings us to 2018 and Vitriola. For the first time since Happy Hollow, the album reunites Kasher, guitarist/singer Ted Stevens and bassist Matt Maginn with founding drummer Clint Schnase, as well as co-producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, M. Ward, Jenny Lewis) at ARC Studios in Omaha. They’re joined by Patrick Newbery on keys (who’s been a full-time member for years) and touring mainstay Megan Siebe on cello. Schnase and Maginn are in rare form, picking up right where they left off with a rhythmic lockstep of viscera-vibrating bass and toms, providing a foundation for Kasher and Stevens’ intertwining guitars and Newbery and Siebe’s cinematic flourishes. The album runs the sonic gamut between rich, resonant melodicism, Hitchcockian anxiety, and explosive catharsis — and no Cursive album would be complete without scream-along melodies and lyrics that, upon reflection, make for unlikely anthems.

There’s a palpable unease that wells beneath Vitriola’s simmering requiems and fist-shakers. Fiery opener “Free To Be or Not To Be You and Me” reflects the album’s core: a search for meaning that keeps coming up empty, and finding the will to keep going despite the fear of a dark future. The album directs frustration and anger at not only modern society and the universe at large, but also inward towards ourselves. On “Under the Rainbow,” disquiet boils into rage that indicts the complacency of the privileged classes; “Ghost Writer” has a catchy pulse that belies Kasher chastising himself for writing about writing; and “Noble Soldier/Dystopian Lament” is a haunting look at potential societal collapse that provides little in the way of hope but balances beauty and horror on the head of a pin.

Vitriola raises a stark question: is this it? Is everything simply broken, leaving us hopeless and nihilistic? Maybe not. There can be reassurance in commiseration, and the album is deeply relatable: Cursive may not be offering the answers, but there is hope in knowing you’re not alone in the chaos.

Campdogzz capture the bleak yet spirited heart of the industrial midwest in a five-piece band propelled by driving rhythms, insistent dual guitars set in intriguing arrangements, and the haunting, evocative songs and voice of Tulsa native Jess Price. In a moment, Jess turns a beguiling melody to a darkening storm, rich in portent and meaning.