Bitch, You Fucking Oughta Know
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
The Shondes’ fourth album The Garden will be released September 17, 2013 on independent record label Exotic Fever, and was already dubbed “nothing short of incendiary” by bestselling Bruce Springsteen biographer Peter Ames Carlin. From its explosive, opening violin line, The Garden demands your full attention with a rhetorical challenge that makes you want to hold your head a little higher: “Who told you to give up on the garden?” Loss, recovery, survival, and hope take center stage in the title track, and then wind their way through all 11 songs in this defiant collection. Thematically grandiose? A bit. But disarmingly genuine at the same time, as is the hallmark of this band that has honed an uncanny ability to write inspirational anthems with a sense of humor that keeps them believable. Indie rock irony is finally dead and The Shondes offer a potent alternative. Rousing and raucous, sincere and spirited, this is what happens when the legacies of Bikini Kill and Bruce Springsteen join forces in Brooklyn’s hardest-working band.
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.
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