Hotel Books, the project of Californio Cam Smith, has a big, bad—and some would say faith-based—gig at the Co-Op (415 Central NW) on Friday, Oct 21. Originally a spoken-word performer who made his bread and butter being brave in Porterville, Paso Robles and the legendary Lodi in Califas, Smith became Hotel Books with the addition of guitarist Matthew Walker in 2011. After much regional success, Hotel Books officially became a band when Walker moved on and Jordan Leal of the emo band Papertowns. joined in. But the band really grew in popularity in the presence of a full ensemble of players including guitarists Dan Colasanto and Kaleb Thibeau as well as drummer Andrew Garcia. The result has been a style of rock that is reflective of the dudes’ inland roots spiced up with knowing nods to emo and ambient post-hardcore. Terming themselves an “art collective” Hotel Books is touring with the support of Portlandia’s post-prog pop-punksters Icarus the Owl. The Countdown, Witless and Examiner open the night’s sublimely self-loathing song-fest. It’s an all-ages show that costs 10 bucks for access; it begins at 7pm and get this: The tears you cry will be totally free.
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Showing your solidarity with everyone protesting at Standing Rock is as easy as heading to the Launchpad this Friday, Oct. 21. The doors of the storied venue swing open at 8pm; soon after the likes of Definition Rare, Innastate, Clara Natonabah and The Riddims, along with other performers and speakers will take the stage… [ more >> ]
In an unfamiliar land, faraway from his home, Thomas Hutter sought a mysterious man by the name of Count Orlok, much like you should. The classic expressionist horror film Nosferatu will be showing at the Macey Center in the foreign land of Socorro on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30pm with a live musical score composed by Christopher Smith and Roger Landes performed with spooky improvisations by Texas Tech's Elegant Savages Orchestra and Balkan Ensemble… [ more >> ]
A screening of the original film while Texas Tech's Elegant Savages Orchestra and Balkan Ensemble perform the live score.