excellent line-up at the Jefferson tonight, plus Grits&Gravy

September 22nd, 2011 · 10 Comments · By

Tonight’s show at the Jefferson is bound to be pretty damn excellent. The world-famous Deerhoof are headlining, and two of the finest acts in VA are the openers:

Deerhoof, of course, are a San Francisco-based art-rock band who have been around for over 15 years and have released over 10 albums, and whose members have seemingly collaborated with everyone. Actually, why am I explaining to you who Deerhoof are? It seems like every person I know is a big fan of Deerhoof. (Anyway, they have a new live album that you can download for free from their website.)

So instead I’ll tell you that I’m very excited about both of the opening acts: the Invisible Hand,  i.e. our favorite local band here among the Nailgun staff (who have been touring a bit recently and are also working on a new record, so expect a tight performance and maybe some songs you haven’t heard before), and GULL, which is the solo project of Nate from Ultra Dolphins and Snack Truck, whose furious math-rock spazz-rock would be super-impressive even if he didn’t play guitar, drums, and sing simultaneously (which he does do, in a handcrafted skull mask no less).

Tickets to this show are $15 at the door, but you can also try to win a free pair of tickets, either by “liking” this post on Facebook, or by sending us an “@” tweet via Twitter (we’re giving away two pairs total, although if you somehow win twice we’re not going to give you all four.) Doors open at 8pm so I’m thinking the music will be underway around 9… (Brock says: “gull might go on closer to 8:30, 8:40….hand at 9:15 or so…”)

{UPDATE: Congratulations to Matt Bierce, the winner of our Facebook ticket contest, and Andrew Townes, the winner of our Twitter ticket contest! They will have your names at the Box Office and you get 2 tickets each.}

….meaning it’ll probably wrap up around Midnight-ish, so if you’re looking for something to do afterwards you should definitely check out Grits & Gravy at the Box. I’ve explained what Grits&Gravy is dozens of times, so perhaps this time around I’ll just let this image speak for itself:

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Great Dad // Sep 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Super stoked for this show. thanks for spreading the word, Nailgun. Also, Rich Tarbell just mashed up this video of our performance of GBV’s Shocker in Gloomtown from crabfest 2011 and CLAW:

  • 2 adam brock // Sep 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    also…gull might go on closer to 8:30, 8:40….just fyi…hand at 9:15 or so…

  • 3 James // Sep 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    thanks for the info, Adams.
    just realized there’s also a Ticket Giveaway going on on WTJU right now! give Danny and Matthew a call.

  • 4 James // Sep 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    So here’s the awkward moment in which I admit that I’ve never really been all that crazy about Deerhoof. I certainly don’t DISlike them, it’s just… everybody in the world says Deerhoof are great, then I put on one of their records, wait for lightning to strike, and — nothing happens. Maybe my expectations have misled me? I wasn’t exaggerating much when I said almost every person I know is a fan (plus, I just heard yesterday that apparently one of the band members is dating a friend of mine from college?). People express incredulity when I tell them I’m not a Deerhoof maniac. It’s kind of a statistical anomoly; I’m precisely the sort of person who would love them, and they’re so similar to (and have collaborated with) so many bands I do love — so I’ve never been willing to write them off. Maybe I just need to hear the right album? Maybe I just need to hear them play live? Anyhow, tonight I’m going to the show with open ears, and hopefully I will emerge on the other end of the experience as a Deerhoof fan.

  • 5 dylan // Sep 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    : )

  • 6 victoria // Sep 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    @ James – I don’t get it. Milkman doesn’t do it for ya?

  • 7 victoria // Sep 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    (excuse the typo) Milk Man

  • 8 James // Sep 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    To be honest I have no idea which Deerhoof albums I’ve heard. Glancing at their discography, the titles that look familiar to me are Holdypaws, Reveille, Apple O’, and Milk Man. It’s possible I’ve been played songs from all of those at one point or another. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind?

  • 9 jon bray // Sep 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

    runners four is kinda considered their most successful album, and it’s puhhreeetty good. sorry our guitar tones werent to your liking last night, we had to turn smith’s guitar cab backwords cuz it was so butt jamming loud!

  • 10 victoria // Sep 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    The best part of last night’s show for me might have been during the encore when Satomi Matsuzaki instructed the audience to “bunny jump” and shout “ok!” after she shouted “ready?” Deerhoof are such a sugar rush.