Cory Branan – Tickets – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO – March 3rd, 2018

Cory Branan

Electric City Entertainment Presents

Cory Branan

Two Cow Garage, Dead Ven

Sat, March 3, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Riot Room

Kansas City, MO

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

Cory Branan
Cory Branan
Throughout his career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, too Memphis for Nashville, and probably a little too Cory Branan for anyone’s damn good. He has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter (Chuck Ragan recently called him “the greatest songwriter of our generation”), fierce lyricist (in Lucero’s “Tears Don’t Matter Much” they sing that Cory has, “a way with words that’ll bring you to your knees”), and a hyperdynamic performer with the ability to fingerpick finer than ‘60s Greenwich Village folkies and brutally strum like a proto punk shredder. Throughout his career, he’s made collective struggles poetic and breakthroughs into sympathetic acts of populist heroism.

Cory Branan is a natural-born storyteller, his seemingly conversational, painstakingly crafted anecdotes benefitting from a hard-eyed stare at hydra-headed life experiences. Not unlike his musical and literary pedestal sitters, from John Prine and Leonard Cohen to Raymond Carver and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cory's gift for detail and phrase-turning is a thing of wonder. There's a novelistic flair to his writing, an approach full of layers and depth. Songs seemingly reveal something new with every listen.

Cory has a well-documented history with groups like former label mates Lucero, musicians of his ilk who trend toward the rawer end of roots music (The Loved Ones' Dave Hause, Chuck Ragan, The Hold Steady, The Gaslight Anthem, Two Cow Garage, Drag the River's Jon Snodgrass), and rock stars like Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), who has covered Cory's gorgeous "Tall Green Grass" and been a reoccurring tour mate.

Never one to shy away from an itinerary of non-stop cross-country shows, Cory possesses a unique performance style that enables him to gravelly sing a coy double entendre in one ear of the audience, while yelling the most beautiful love song into the other.
Two Cow Garage
Two Cow Garage
In 2003, Two Cow Garage--the Columbus, Ohio-based three-piece featuring Micah Schnabel (vocals, guitar), Shane Sweeney (bass, vocals), and David Murphy (drums)--released their debut full-length, 0Please Turn the Gas Back On. The powerful rhythm and sweeping melody of the record’s opening track, “Been So Long”, has since given rise to four additional full-length releases, a handful of singles, and a few solo efforts. The band has paraded their brand of heart-wrenching, yet ferocious rock-n-roll, which calls to mind Nirvana, The Men, and Dinosaur, Jr. through countless North American tours as well as several European sojourns. Two Cow Garage’s 2010 release, Sweet Saint Me, not only garnered airplay on WXPN's World Café where it was showcased as a featured artist selection, but also found its way onto many critics’ best-of lists. The band has performed at numerous festivals including SXSW, CMJ, The Fest, Pouzza, and has toured with acts like The Hold Steady, Drag the River, Slobberbone, and Glossary.

September of 2013 will mark the release of TCG’s sixth studio album, The Death of the Self-Preservation Society. Anchored by the title track, as well as “My Friend Adam”, the record showcases the songwriting crafts of both frontman, Micah Schnabel, and bassist, Shane Sweeney. Recorded inside a 100 year-old barn in Eden, NY at HI/LO Studios, The Death of the Self-Preservation Society was produced by TCG and features a handful of guests, including members of Lansing, MI’s Cheap Girls. Opening with the guitar and drum storm that composes “Little Prince and Johnny Toxic”, the entire album is propelled by the line, “no one makes it out alive.” The band effectively and expertly channels its desperate, full-on stage presence within the confines of the release’s 12 tracks. The Death of the Self-Preservation Society pauses momentarily in the slow-burn reverb of “Mantle in ’56”, where Schnabel claims to “dream in punchlines and sweet tragedies.” It recoils quickly into a swirl of sonic landscape that gives both power and persona to the notion that “we are the only ones who can forgive ourselves.” Hard-fought and short-lived, this forgiveness is fueled by the fact that--as the title track states--“the house is on fire.” Thundering bass riffs, distorted guitars, and crisp drum tracks work nicely with a penchant for multi-instrumentalism that makes space for nicely-timed trumpet flourishes and well-situated piano and organ tones. This release proves to further the arc of the band’s development and blur the lines between rock, Americana, and punk.

As one of the most consistently-touring indie bands today, TCG continues to captivate audiences with live shows that serve up manic stage energy, gritty chord changes, and subtle lyric-mindedness. The band’s intense, fiery persona conjures authentic tunes that would be as at home in a Raymond Carver story as they are on a car stereo in the dead heat of an August, midwestern night.
Dead Ven
Dead Ven
Kansas City Street Folk

Thanks to Recycled Rockstar Industries for the kind words!
"Sunday morning after a long night at the bar. Lighting up that first smoke and taking that first drink of coffee. Dead Ven is playing through your stereo, or, at least it should be. The rough road worn sound makes it reminiscent of some of the tried and true punk rock greats, which makes it appropriate that they have played with legends of the likes of Kevin Seconds. This is a band that is sure to be palatable to all walks of life and sings a message that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all those who have the experience or intelligence to grasp it."
Venue Information:
The Riot Room
4048 Broadway
Kansas City, MO, 64111
http://www.theriotroom.com/
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