Joe Pug

Pug packed up his belongings and drove the longest route possible to Chicago. Working as a carpenter by day, the 23 year-old Pug spent nights playing the guitar he hadn't picked up since his teenage years. Using ideas originally slated for a play he was writing called "Austin Fish," Pug began creating the sublime lyrical masterpiece that would become the Nation of Heat EP.

The songs were recorded fast and fervently at a Chicago studio where a friend snuck him in to late night slots other musicians had canceled. He was short on money, but his bare-boned sincerity didn't require much more than a microphone and it dripped off of each note he sang.

In May of 2008, Pug played the first headlining slot of his young career to a sold out crowd at Chicago's storied Schubas Tavern. Two weeks later he released the Nation of Heat EP, which has garnered near-universal critical acclaim and established him as one of the most respected songwriters of his generation. Pug has since played shows with Todd Snider, Susan Tedeschi, Kasey Chambers, and James Hunter. He plans to release his debut full length record in 2009.

VANDAVEER is the song-singing, record-making, globetrotting project penned and put forth by alt-folk tunesmith Mark Charles Heidinger. Born in Ohio, raised in Kentucky, and currently camped out in the nation's capital, Vandaveer offers up melodic Americana that is both haunting and easy, forlorn and welcoming, with stories as universal as the songs they inhabit. Vandaveer shapeshifts from studio t o stage and back with a revolving cast of characters, most prominent among them Rose Guerin, offering up the loveliest harmonies heard this side of Eden.

Vandaveer has released three full-length albums and one EP since taking flight in '07 -- Grace & Speed (2007) / Divide & Conquer (2009) / A Minor Spell EP (2010) / Dig Down Deep (2011).

Seattle songwriter j.wong revels in narrative, telling the stories of better and worse days, of reinvention, of failed relationships and the feeling that you can never be enough for the one you love. On his first full-length, j.wong and the Statue of Corrupted Endeavor, he travels the country-tinged road of Bill Callahan or Sharon Van Etten's Epic, interweaving upbeat chords with melancholy lyrics to create a sound both beautiful and haunting.
Born in Honolulu and raised in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, j.wong was a founding member of the math-rock band Rand Univac, which also included James Pants and members of Velella Velella. His debut EP, j.wong & the popular butchers, was released in 2010, and he has shared the stage with artists such as Frank Black of The Pixies, David Bazan, Damien Jurado, Mark Eitzel, and Modern English.

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Joe Pug with Vandaveer, J.Wong

Saturday, October 19 · 8:00 PM at The Crocodile