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Sunday March 9, 2014 | 8:00PM
Bottletree Cafe (Get Directions)
Bowe Inc. presents: Oberhofer / Small Black / Teen / Wild Party
Doors at 7 PM / Show at 8 PM / Ages 18+ / Tickets $12 advance, $15 day of show

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Ticket sales ended Mar 10, 2014 12:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.

Oberhofer
Emotion is what drives the psychedelic catchy pop rock tunes crafted by the ofteffervescent Brad Oberhofer. Drawing on influences ranging from Brian Wilson to Descartes, the 21 year old is fixated on the idea of making philosophically minded, energetic melodies that just make people smile.

"Music is this thing I just inherently do and psychologically, I have a desire to make as many people happy as possible. Music helps you think about stuff, it helps you feel, you know?"

With an unforgettable way of speaking directly from the heart, Brad Oberhofer's songs have a pulse that form the very core of what makes Oberhofer, Oberhofer. To put it quite simply, a great Rock & Roll band.
Armed with a belief that you spend your entire life searching for the socially aware version of the 5 year old "you", he tries to inject each song with the innocence felt by that same kid, sitting on the couch of his parents house playing the broken guitar he spent months teaching himself how to play.

Referring to his songwriting as "a time capsule of exactly how Im feeling at a particular moment", each song on his forthcoming debut, Time Capsules II, is a clear, unrestrained look inside the head of Brad Oberhofer. "Gold" is a reflection on two magical weeks spent with a first love that inadvertently initiated his musical endeavors. "Away Frm U" is an upbeat pop song about saying goodbye to that love.

Like most of the impressive debut, the stand-out "I Could Go" shows that above all, his heart is on his sleeve in both his words and everything he creates, a trademark that suits his search for sincerity well.

After moving to Brooklyn from his hometown of Tacoma, Washington, to attend New York University, Brad quickly immersed himself in the indie rock community forming the 4 piece which is now quite simply, Oberhofer. Catching the attention of Glassnote Records, the band officially joined the labels roster over the summer of 2011. Brad recorded the debut album Time Capsules II with legendary producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey among others) in Brooklyn last fall and is now preparing for a year on the road, playing shows all across the country, including a performance at this springs Coachella.

Its apparent that this year is going to be a big one. more >>>
Small Black
Formed at the tail-end of 2008 as a bedroom recording project, Small Black first made waves with their eponymous debut EP. Recorded in the attic of singer Josh’s uncle’s remote Long Island beach-house/surfboard workshop, it served as an ideal introduction to the group with its pulsing patchwork synths and addictive, stay-gold hooks that seemed to unfurl themselves gradually over repeated listens. Slightly more immediate and polished than its predecessor, Small Black’s debut LP New Chain remained a continuation of this contrasting ethos – a delirious smudging of the lines between melancholy and nostalgia, tension and celebration, unabashed pop music and experimentation. Next, the band wanted to combine their aesthetic with overt sampling, inspired by legendary beatsmiths like RZA, DJ Premier and J Dilla. Enter the Moon Killer mixtape. A free full-length release through Small Black’s website, Moon Killer not only openly borrows from sources as rich and diverse as Nas, Pere Ubu, Drake and the Carpenters, but features multiple drop-ins from Das Racist MC Heems, as well as remixes from Star Slinger and Phonetag. What truly stands out is the ease with which Small Black folds their source material into their own inimitable sound. It’s a legitimate step forward for the band—a sizeable stride closer to what they’ve been hearing in their heads this whole time.

Small Black released their new album, Limits of Desire on May 14, 2013 via Jagjaguwar. The cover of the album, shot by Dutch artist Scarlett Hooft Graafland, serves as as sort of visual source code for its themes. How are our desires limited and how, in turn, are we limited by them? Featuring a man and a woman embracing on either side of a ladder, the two are completely naked, divided by its triangular span - close but unable to get any closer. It is a moving depiction of modern connectivity and interaction.

Built off the back of 2010's New Chain and 2009's self-titled EP, Limits of Desire is a crystallization of Small Black's gorgeous synth-pop sound. Together the four piece, Josh Hayden Kolenik (keys, vocals), Ryan Heyner (guitar, keys, vocals), Juan Pieczanski (bass, guitar) and Jeff Curtin (drums, percussion) have moved past the hazy, bedroom-recorded feel of their previous releases with a refined sound that pares back embellishments, trading dense layers for space and clarity of vision.

This was achieved, in part, with the addition of live drums, electric guitar and trumpet to the band's sonic palette. Speaking with SPIN recently, Kolenik pointed out these changes saying, "New Chain was hyper-layered collage-y by design and as an artist you always want to fight against what you did last...as you get a little older and more learned in your craft, you want to show everything and not hide behind multiple vocal takes or any sort of haze."

The tracks are, accordingly, sophisticated and precisely rendered. "Free At Dawn" starts at a low rumble and builds to a climax with Kolenik chanting the title over soaring guitars and synths. "Breathless" takes Lynchian lyrics ("Saw both my life and death / in two lines / felt the kick of fate / there I was invisible / out of phase") and sets them to a bumping electro-pop theme, which is then immediately ratcheted up to epic on "Proper Spirit" where Kolenik croons flirtatiously over razor sharp synths. "No Stranger" is the kind of private origin story couples tell each other for reassurance ("Tell me where you thought you saw me / Tell me why you asked my name"), dressed up for the club like one of Robyn's best heartbreakers. This the sound of four skilled musicians crafting stories about intimacy on the highest level. Ultimately, Limits of Desire is the sound of a band arriving. more >>>
Teen
Brooklyn’s TEEN came together when Teeny Lieberson, formerly of Here We Go Magic, began to make music with her sisters Katherine and Lizzie and their longtime friends Jane Herships and former member Maia Ibar. Since releasing the EP, Little Doods, in April 2011, they have steadily honed their sound around New York and readied their first long-player, In Limbo. more >>>
Wild Party
Sometimes, success comes easy. Other times, you have to grab life by the collar and make it happen. For San Antonio’s Wild Party, both could not be more true.
The indie power-pop quartet will release their first official EP, All Nighter, this May. Although this is their first “official” release, early indicators of success have already shown off Wild Party’s huge commercial potential.
Wild Party, made up of vocalist Lincoln Kreifels, guitarist Lucas Hughes, bassist (and Lincoln’s older brother) Jake Kreifels, and drummer Ethan Kaufmann are still a young band, but they have already been around the block and across the pond.
The band were thrust into the spotlight early in their career when they were offered a gig to support The Wombats on tour across the UK in 2010. Only 19 at the time, frontman Lincoln Kreifels had only played two previous live shows before the whirlwind UK tour.
Kreifels was a natural rock star. Fans flocked. John Kennedy of UK’s Xfm radio picked up the band’s single “Take my Advice” and broadcast it over the air to millions of listeners. As Wild Party hit their stride, word of mouth and Internet buzz grew and fans started to speculate as to when the band would release an album.
Without label support, Wild Party seized the moment and took a DIY approach—first releasing a music video for fan-favorite “When I Get Older” on YouTube in January 2013—and soon after, debuting a collection of songs on iTunes that they self-recorded and produced under the title Phantom Pop.
Within 24 hours of its release, Phantom Pop cracked the iTunes Top 100 and music journalists, would-be managers, publishing companies and hopeful record labels swiftly came knocking at their door. With the influx of support, Wild Party plucked the record from iTunes and will soon release their debut EP, All Nighter.
The EP boasts four tour-tested, fan-approved nuggets that deserve the wider audience that they are slated to reach. Lincoln Kreifels and Lucas Hughes, who have been best friends since childhood, write feel-good, catchy pop songs with relatable themes and honest lyrics. The songs were recorded by Ethan Kaufmann, the band’s drummer, alongside Wild Party in his Dallas studio and mixed by Mark Meedham and Tate Huff.
Lead single “When I Get Older” showcases Wild Party’s ability to deliver simple, catchy hooks. “Walkin’” offers listeners a range of audible treats—a sprinkling of bells and hand snaps here, a breezy whistle-along crescendo there.
Throughout the EP, Kreifels’ voice soars over driving rhythms and grubby guitar riffs like Brandon Flowers of The Killers or Julian Casablancas of The Strokes. The EP leans towards refreshingly sincere simplicity and avoids overwrought, too-clever lyrics in favor of fun, dance-ready tracks akin to Phoenix or STRFKR.
As Wild Party blaze their own path in the music world, their passion and obvious talent continue to propel them forward. All indicators predict a sure and steady march towards success—whether it comes easy or not. more >>>