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An alt-country band with punk roots, Vandoliers formed in 2015, bringing together a group of Dallas-Fort Worth musicians led by frontman Joshua Fleming. Fiercely proud of their homeland, Vandoliers put their own spin on the Texas country tradition with 2016's Ameri-Kinda, a debut album that mixed honky-tonk twang with hard-edged, rock & roll stomp. The band's follow-up release, The Native, arrived less than one year later, doubling down on Vandoliers' modern approach to traditional influences. Rounded out by bassist Mark Moncrieff, drummer Guyton Sanders, fiddler Travis Curry, electric guitarist Dustin Fleming, and multi-instrumentalist Cory Graves, the group comes to town with new album Forever in tow.
Nickel&Rose is an American folk-music duo made up of upright bassist Johanna Rose and guitarist Carl Nichols. They formed in the summer of 2016 and spent their first winter and the following spring traveling Europe, playing dozens of shows in France, Czech Republic, Germany, Romania, Poland, and Ukraine. While in Berlin they recorded their EP, Oh Sweet Love, released in April 2017. Oh Sweet Love is a sweet-sounding auditory souvenir of Nichols’ and Rose’s four month European journey and a recorded testament to the two-piece’s ability to turn tough times into something vibrant with help from a traveling companion.
Warhola Cats is an indie band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Propelled by the writing of Elisabeth Gasparka, the group — which includes Gasparka as vocalist along with Sarah Gail Luther, Jackie Mich and Alexander Cain — composes lyrical pop songs created with voice, cello, piano, flute, percussion and guitar (among other instruments). Warhola Cats’ songs vary between poignancy and the absurd; in a live set’s worth of tracks you’ll find themes of longing, anticipation, existential dread, and heartfelt anthems toasting the Milwaukee mundane-- inviting reverence for this time and place, musical renderings to capture the moment as it passes.