Bad Poetry & LitQuake presents: Bad Stories: A Celebration of the Awful in All of Us
w/ Matthew Zapruder + Steve Almond ~ Doors open 6 pm. $5 adv / $10 door ~ 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Lurking in journals and hard drives of every great writer is the mountain of bad work they never showed the world. But our worst, most embarrassing stuff is usually our most intimate, revealing, and funny. Join writers Matthew Zapruder and Steve Almond for a frank and wide-ranging evening of literary failure, as they discuss their most recent books, how bad stories have degraded our democracy, and the need to confront our delusions rather than hiding from them. Highlight of the evening: a Bad Poetry Contest/Reading, with the worst poems awarded free books and other prizes! (To submit a bad poem, just email
Doors open 6 pm. $5 adv / $10 door
Talent Moat presents: EX-CULT (Memphis, In the Red), VIOLENT CHANGE, MODERN DANCE -- $10 -- 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Ex-Cult, Violent Change, Modern Dance live at the Make-Out Room, Tuesday Oct. 16th. 9pm, $10.
Hazy pop channeled through submarine-fidelity noise. If you were among the fans of their previous records, this remains heavily disassociative music; if it helps to paint the picture, the live band now includes members of Bay Area favorites Rays and Life Stinks, though these recordings here are a whole different grade of barbiturate. Still, take note: from the opening notes of the second track, Unit A, its immediately apparent that bandleader Gladys Bleyle has learned to let his melodic brilliance shine. This is Violent Change's real pop moment, an album of lonesome romanticism on par with Shoes 'One In Versailles' and Chris Bell's 'I Am The Cosmos.' I kid you not, this record is that good.
The Memphis punk powerhouse known as
EX-CULT started six years ago in Memphis, Tennessee. Founders Chris Shaw and MIchael Peery conceived the idea at the legendary Memphis dive the Lamplighter, a 37 person capacity venue where the band would later play its second show. Fast forward to 2018 and the band has toured the continental USA countless times, doing tours with the likes of Ty Segall, OBN IIIs, and Power, in addition to a five week tour of Europe in 2016. Ex-Cult's recorded resume reads like a whos who of underground labels, including Goner Records, Castle Face, Famous Class, and most recently, Los Angeles label In The Red Recordings. The bands pummeling third full length, Negative Growth, is available through now through In The Red.
New stupor group featuring members of Life Stinks and Rays!