BTR Artists On Tour: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Uz Jsme Doma

For many of us, fall marks the end of carefree summer nights and the beginning of school. You may have to say goodbye to half-day Fridays and warm, sunny days, but there are a few things to look forward to. Many bands are gearing up for their fall tours. This month, we’ll see what Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Uz Jsme Doma are up to.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (SJDK) had a great summer this year. A whopping 20,000 people attended their free show at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. However, if you weren’t among the dancing masses that night (and why weren’t you?), you still have many opportunities to see this Brooklyn-based soul/funk show-stopper live.

This fall, SJDK is touring through the Midwest and Europe. They’ll be performing tunes from their recently released fourth album, I Learned The Hard Way. A crisp, smooth record that takes inspiration from Stax and Motown, this latest work takes SJDK’s neo-soul aesthetic to another level. Sharon’s voice crackles with emotion, and the Dap-Kings’ brass-heavy rhythms magnify her  passionate, soulful words.

SJDK is reminiscent of Sam Cooke, James Brown and Aretha Franklin, but they are a definitively modern phenomenon. Let Sharon teach you her moves and get seduced by the Dap-Kings powerful brass—and you might understand why over 20,000 people braved mosquitoes and simmering temperatures in a 7,000-person capacity venue. They’re just that good.

September 04 – Snowmass Townpark – Snowmass, CO
September 14 –  Puyallup Fair – Puyallup WA
September 17 – Buster’s, – Lexington, KY
September 18 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis TN
September 19 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
September 20 – The Blue Note –  Columbia, MO
September 21 – Midland Theatre –  Kansas City, MO
September 23 – The Showroom at Palladium – Dallas TX
September 24 – La Zona Rosa – Austin, TX
September 26 – Orpheum Theatre –  Phoenix, AZ
September 27 – The Lensic – Santa Fe, NM
September 28 – Ogden Theare –  Denver, CO
October 13 – Kaufleuten –  Zurich, Switzerland
October 14 – Les Docks –  Lausanne, Switzerland
October 15 – Nancy Jazz Pulsations – Nancy, France
October 16 – Live Music Hall – Koln, Germany
October 17 – Trix – Antwerpen, Belgium
October 19 – Huxley’s – Berlin, Germany
October 20 – Grosse Freiheit 36 – Hamburg, Germany
October 21 – WDR TV Rockpalast – Bonn, Germany
October 22 – Tonhalle – München, Germany
October 23 – Bloom – Mezzago, Italy
October 26 – Apolo – Barcelona, Spain
October 27 – Le Vigean – Bordeaux, France
October 28 – L’Olympic – Nantes, France
October 29 – La Cigale  – Paris, France
October 30 – Aeronef – Lille, France
November  1 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
November  3 – Roundhouse – London, UK
November  4 – The Ritz – Manchester, UK
November  5 – Queens Hall – Edinburgh, UK
November  6 – Tripod – Dublin, Ireland

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The four friends that make up The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (POBPAH) originally got together to perform at keyboardist Peggy Wang’s birthday blowout at a Brooklyn warehouse back in 2007. Since then, however, they’ve stayed together and started honing their pop repertoire.

Pains turns melancholy lyrics into upbeat, twee-pop tunes with wispy boy-girl vocals and fuzzy guitar riffs. Their tunes are refreshingly simple yet polished, catchy yet dark underneath. Taking inspiration from My Bloody Valentine and The Field Mice, Pains melds sugary sweet harmonies with hazy guitars and earnest vocals.

Since 2007, Pains has been working the Brooklyn indie scene and playing venues like Cake Shop and Dead Herring. Last year, they released two EPs on Slumberland Records. Stellar reviews and  critical acclaim from outlets like Pitchfork, Stereogum and The New York Times propelled the group out of the Brooklyn circuit, and now they’re gearing up for a tour this fall. They’ll be hitting up some key cities on the east cost (Brooklyn, Philly, Boston) before heading to the west coast.

Uz Jsme Doma

Uz Jsme Doma may be the strangest band you’ll encounter. The Czech prog-rock quintet has been around since 1985, when their punk-inspired music was considered illegal by the communist Czechoslovakia. Their membership has changed over the course of these past 25 years, but their music maintains its energetic, genre-bending spirit.

Uz Jsme Doma has received many labels over the years: intellectual punk, Slavic tone provocation, orchestral punk, ska, melodic avant garde and many others. In one way or another, each of these labels can be applied to the band. Though completely arranged as if they were classical compositions, their songs are so complex and full of tumultuous energy that you’d think they had to have been improvised. Shifts between time signatures and rhythms that accent off-beats and half-beats throw the melodies into dense, forceful chaos. Inundated with sixteenth notes, the tunes move at high-speed without stopping to catch a breath. In short, Uz Jsme Doma’s music is exhausting (in a good way).

Touring through Canada and the East coast this fall, Uz Jsme Doma is sure to be a fun, unforgettable live experience. They’ll be releasing their seventh album, Jeskyne, which, like all the others before it, is jam-packed with insatiable energy and a loyalty to the discord and freedom of punk rock.

Uz Jsme Doma LIVE!!!
September 23 – Daniel Street Club – Milford, CT
September 25 – Building 16 – Providence, RI
September 26 – Lesco – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
September 28 – Zaphod Beeblebox – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
September 29 – Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
September 30 – Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
October 1 – The Rock Shop – 249 4th Avenue – Brooklyn, NY
October 2 – 12th Annual Czech Street Festival – New York, NY
October 4 – Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ
October 5 – M Room – Philadelphia, PA
October 6 – Black Cat – Washington, DC
October 8 – Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
Ocober 9 – Orion Sound Studios – Baltimore, MD

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– Ivana Ng


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