The Shondes

Before The Shondes’ fourth album The Garden (Exotic Fever) cracked the seal on the mainstream for the band, front woman Louisa Rachel Solomon said it was “an album about growing up.” She had no idea how right she was. After its release they experienced a game-changing wave of critical praise, and got the opportunity to go on a national tour supporting punk legends Against Me! The scrappy, heart-on-their-
sleeves rock band has truly come into its own, and will kick off 2015 with a headlining national tour, supported by indie goth darling Hailey Wojcik.

When USA Today’s POP CANDY debuted the video for their single On Your Side, the author said the song “hits close to home” and that she was “reassured to know smart punk bands were still out there, blending their passions for activism and bombastic sounds.” The band is well-known for taking political stances and this year was no exception, with the DC Jewish Community Center banning them for speaking out about the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and plenty of community outrage in response, many calling it “blacklisting.” Subsequently, violinist Elijah Oberman and singer Louisa Solomon were honored to join the Artists’ Council of Jewish Voice for Peace.

"Riot-grrrl furor, arena bombast and klezmer stomp." –Rolling Stone

“Giddy garage melodics with a Sleater-Kinney twist." –Entertainment Weekly

“Radical politics, power-pop melodies, traditional Jewish music, & punk vitriol." –Pitchfork

Bitch (Bitch and Animal, Bitch and the Exciting Conclusion, John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus) is a singer who plays electric violin, bass, ukulele and keytar. Her new album, released as BEACH, called In Us We Trust, was released this July on her own Short Story Records.

In Us We Trust was produced in Brooklyn by Roger Paul Mason, and is an indie-electro project involving an Alligator who triggers dance-y beats. BEACH makes hopeful, sometimes funny and poetically serious dance-y rock.

Bitch has also recently completed and produced Thunder, a documentary about the folk-singer Ferron, with film-maker Billie Jo Cavallaro (Billie and the Violent Kids), as well as an accompanying album of the singer called Lighten-ing.

Bitch started classical violin at 4, and later expanded her musical horizons by studying fiddling with Andrew Bird. Her band, Bitch and Animal, toured with Ani Difranco in the U.S. and Europe and released two albums on Difranco's label, Righteous Babe Records.

She starred as herself in the John Cameron Mitchell film Shortbus, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Bitch went on to release her first solo album Make This Break This on Kill Rock Stars.

In 2008, she started her own label, Short Story Records and released an ep B+TEC! with her Brooklyn-based rock trio Bitch +The Exciting Conclusion.

That same year, Bitch produced and released an entire album of one of her musical idols, Ferron, called Boulder. Boulder features performances by such luminaries as Ani Difranco, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, JD Samson, (Le Tigre, MEN) and Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas).

In 2010, she released her self-produced album Blasted! on Short Story Records, funded entirely by her fans via Kickstarter.

You Fucking Oughta Know

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The Shondes with Bitch, You Fucking Oughta Know

Thursday, October 17 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Hideout

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