Murder By Death

Known for their uniquely brooding sound that frequently conjures desolate imagery, on Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon Murder By Death capture a familiar tone but also explore new territory, adding a further refined sophistication and even richer, full-bodied sound. The varied album ranges musically from the spooky and spare opener “My Hill”, to the rough, rousing sing-along “Hard World”, to the booming, aching waltz of “Ghost Fields.” Songs like the cinematic “Lost River” start hushed before rising to a lush crescendo, while “No Oath, No Spell” maintains a dramatic, bluesy swing, and first single “I Came Around” rumbles and rollicks with a hard-charging, barroom flair. Singer Adam Turla’s cavernous baritone tells shadowy small-town stories throughout, the songs’ oftentimes-upbeat veneer belying a sordid undercurrent. Across Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon Sarah Balliet’s sonorous cello and Scott Brackett’s multiple instruments (backing vocals, piano, trumpet, and accordion, to name a few) weave irreplaceable accents, and Dagan Thogerson’s robust drums and Matt Armstrong’s inventive bass lines create a resounding low end.

Murder By Death wrote Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon – their first album featuring contributions from Brackett (formerly of Okkervil River and Shearwater)– throughout most of 2011, testing and reworking the songs in Turla’s basement-turned-practice-space. In January, they traveled to Dallas, TX to record with producer John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, St. Vincent, Black Mountain) over three weeks.

The Vallures

The Vallures are five ladies and one gentleman who are giving the hits of the sixties a fresh new face. Bringing Bloomington and beyond girl group era Motown, rock, soul, rhythm and blues, to life once again with new twists and all the energy and creativity of the originals. Although the focus is on the girl group covers The Vallures are all from very diverse musical backgrounds (everything from punk to salsa) and this reflects in song choice and style. Jes Franco (ex Coinslot lead vocalist) put the group together in March of twenty ten in an effort to play music she loved while featuring women as musicians. Backed by Libby (keys), Dani (drums), Andrew (bass), Meredith (guitar), and Laura (backup vocals and percussion) add to their ‘wall of sound’. The live show has got it all; the songs you love as well as rare gems you can’t believe you’ve never heard. Don’t forget about the eyeliner, coordinated dresses, big hair and heels baby. The Vallures are alright, uptight, outta’ sight and will have you singing and dancing all night!

Busman's Holiday

Busman's Holiday is a two person band blending the melodic charm of lo-fi acoustics with the ecstatic showmanship of classic rock 'n' roll. The singer/songwriter duo is accompanied by a string section who fill out their complexly euphonic ballads of love, loss, lust and outer space. Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, the pair and their intrepid band of string playing companions have toured the U.S. and Canada extensively the past three years, recently appearing on Day Trotter and If You Make It's Pink Couch Sessions.

Though adept in a D.I.Y. aesthetic of acoustic busking with only a guitar and a suitcase drum set, the brothers are equally at home when sharing the stage with their three talented string players, who add a rich, layered musical texture to their unique songs of wanderlust and first love. Evoking a classic tent-show rock sound joined with the affable atmosphere of the assured vaudevillian, Busman's Holiday both charms and impresses with their own unique blend of humor and assured musical talent.



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Murder By Death with The Vallures, Busman's Holiday

Tuesday, December 31 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Bluebird