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Skinny Puppy and VNV Nation at Mill City Nights Dec 10

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Alliance of Sound 2014 poster

Skinny Puppy and VNV Nation

Alliance of Sound Tour 2014

With special guests Haujobb and Youth Code

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Doors 8:00 pm
18+
$30 in advance / $35 at the door
Details at millcitynights.com

Purchase Tickets

On sale Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT
Online at axs.com

In person at Mill City Nights box office

Venue Info

Mill City Nights
111 5th Street N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Directions

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9/12 Hocico, Hardwire, infaux at Amsterdam

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 Hocico flyer 2014

Hocico

With special guests Hardwire and infaux

Friday, September 12, 2014
Doors 8:00 pm, 8:30 pm show, 18+

Tickets $16 advance
On sale now at ticketfly.com
$20 at the door

DJ sets by DJ Fenris throughout the evening

Venue Info

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St. (6th & Wabasha next to Eclipse Records)
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Directions and parking info

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8/5 The Cult at Mill City Nights

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 The Cult Poster

The Cult
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Doors 8:00 pm / Music at 9:00 pm
18+
$37.50 in advance / $40 day of show
Details at millcitynights.com

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Venue Info

Mill City Nights
111 5th Street N
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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8/18 Grendel w/Ludovico Technique in St. Paul

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Amsterdam Bar & Hall present…

 Grendel 2014 flyer

Grendel

With special guests Ludovico Technique, ENDIF, DJ Electronic Commando

Monday, August 18, 2014
Doors 8 pm, 8:30 show, 18+

Tickets $16 advance, online at Ticketfly.com 6/7 at noon
$20 at the door

Venue Info

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St. (6th & Wabasha next to Eclipse Records)
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Directions and parking info

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5/13 Voltaire & Ego Likeness at Amsterdam

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Voltaire promo photo

Voltaire

With special guests Ego Likeness and The Trapezoids

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Doors 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm show, 18+

Tickets $12 advance
$15 at the door

Venue Info

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St. (6th & Wabasha next to Eclipse Records)
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Directions and parking info

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5/31 Aesthetic Perfection ‘Til Death Tour 2014

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Ground Zero Nightclub present…

Aesthetic Perfection 'Til Death 2014

Aesthetic Perfection
‘Til Death Tour 2014

With special guests Panic Lift and Surgyn

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm show, 18+

DJs Nitrogen and Noise spinning between sets

Tickets $12 advance, online at Brown Paper Tickets (On sale 2/1 at 10 AM!)
$15 at the door

241 drinks first hour after doors
FREE entrance to club night with concert ticket

Venue Info

Ground Zero
15 4th Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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5/21 De/Vision 25th Anniversary, w/Thought Thieves, DJ Nemo at Amsterdam

De/Vision 2013 small flyer

Kilted Farmer Koncerts & Amsterdam Bar and Hall present…

DE/VISION
25th Anniversary / “Best Of” USA Tour

With special guests Thought Thieves

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Doors 8:00 pm, 8:30 pm show, 18+

Tickets $13 advance, online at Ticketfly.com
$16 at the door

DE/VISION are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and will be performing an extra long set filled with hits and fan favorites!

DJ sets by Nemo throughout the evening

Venue Info

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St. (6th & Wabasha next to Eclipse Records)
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Directions and parking info

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5/27 God Module at Amsterdam

Ayin, Kilted Farmer Koncerts, and Amsterdam Bar & Hall present…

God Module 2014 St. Paul Flyer

God Module

False Face Tour, Part 2

With special guests Die Sektor, Mordacious, and F.T.C.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Doors 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm show, 18+

Tickets $13 advance, online at Ticketfly.com
$15 at the door

DJ sets by DJ SLT of KFAI’s Across the Board throughout the evening

Venue Info

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St. (6th & Wabasha next to Eclipse Records)
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Directions and parking info

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3/8 Hate Dept. w/Project .44 & Absynthe of Faith

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and DarkSide MN present…

Hate Dept. Flyer 2014

Hate Dept.
Featuring Steven Seibold of Pigface

Project .44
Featuring former members of Ministry and Thrill Kill Kult

With special guest Absynthe of Faith

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Club Underground at the Spring Street Tavern
Doors 8:00 pm
Music 9:00 pm
21+
$10 in advance / $12 at the door

Spotify playlist

Purchase Tickets

On sale Saturday, January 11, 2013 – 12:00PM CST

Venue Info

Club Underground
355 Monroe St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Directions

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Gary Numan at Mill City Nights Mar 30

Kilted Farmer Koncerts, 89.3 The Current, and Mill City Nights present…

Gary Numan 2014 Poster

Gary Numan

With Big Black Delta, Roman Remains & DJ Jake Rudh

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Doors 7:00 pm
18+
$25 in advance / $30 at the door
VIP reserved balcony tickets $45
Details at millcitynights.com

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Venue Info

Mill City Nights
111 5th Street N
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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VNV Nation at Mill City Nights Apr 12

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VNV Nation web poster

VNV Nation
Transnational World Tour

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Doors 7:00 pm
16+
$20 in advance / $22 at the door
Details at millcitynights.com

Purchase Tickets

On sale Friday, December 20, 2013 – 10:00AM CDT
Online at axs.com

In person at Mill City Nights box office

Venue Info

Mill City Nights
111 5th Street N
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Social Links

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Skinny Puppy at Mill City Nights Feb 22

Skinny Puppy poster

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Mill City Nights present…

Skinny Puppy
Live Shapes For Arms 2014

With special guest Army of the Universe
And DJs DV8 and Noise

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Doors 8:00 pm
18+
$25 in advance / $30 at the door
Details at millcitynights.com

Purchase Tickets

On sale Fri, Nov 1, 2013 – 10:00AM CDT
Online at axs.com
In person at Mill City Nights box office

Venue Info

Mill City Nights
111 5th Street N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Directions

Social Links

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An Interview with Ego Likeness

Ego Likeness logo

Ego Likeness return to Minneapolis on November 17 at Ground Zero (full info). We had a chance to ask Ego Likeness founders Donna Lynch and Steven Archer a few questions and they discuss the forthcoming re-issues, the upcoming tour, tour mate Servitor, working in the studio, bees and more.

Lynch and Archer have been busy in the studio, finishing up their next Ego Likeness album, titled “Know Thine Enemy.” They are also re-issuing two of their earlier albums, Order of the Reptile and Water to the Dead on Metropolis records on November 26.

In addition to their work with Ego Likeness, Lynch and Archer have numerous other creative projects, musical and not. Both are accomplished authors and Archer is also an accomplished visual artist.

Thanks to Donna and Steven for their time. We are looking forward the show and hope to see everyone at Ground Zero on November 17!

Kilted Farmer Koncerts:
What can audiences expect from your live show during the upcoming tour?

Donna:
We’ve got a couple new songs that have only had a limited release and one that hasn’t been released yet at all. All three will be on the next album. And in addition to Steven, Mike, and myself, we have a new semi-regular keyboardist, Brendin Ross, from Frontal Boundary. Hopefully, Rick (Mindcage) will be able to join us for a few shows, as well, and we’re hoping Servitor is going to join us for a few songs, too.
Also, bees.

Steven:
We are answering this at different times… Did Donna say bees already? Because that’s important. Also we are doing a bunch of stuff with video now that I’m really excited about. Somewhere between the bees and the video stuff we play music…

Donna Lynch & Steven Archer

Photo courtesy of Ego Likeness

KFK:
You’ve both stated that you are avid readers. What kinds of things do you like to read while on tour? Do you have anything lined up to bring with you?

Donna:
I usually don’t have time to read on tour. I do the majority of the long-distance driving, but even if I didn’t, I can’t read in the car without getting nauseated. I recently contracted Lyme Disease, and since that happened, reading has become very difficult. It’s nasty stuff when it gets into your brain. I’m lucky I can still write. And when I’m doing those really long drives, and everyone is asleep, I’m able to come up with song and story ideas.

Steven:
Is she going on about the Lyme disease? So boring. I got a hang nail last week, now *THAT* was horrible.
Let’s see… what have I been reading… I loved Hugh Howey’s “Wool” series. I read a lot of Science Fiction, but I also enjoy contemporary fiction. I love Barbara Kingsolver’s work- Flight Behavior in particular is great. I’m also a huge fan of Margaret Atwood.

KFK:
You are reissuing two of your full length albums this November on Metropolis Records – 2006′s “The Order of the Reptile” and 2004′s “Water to the Dead”. Both have been remastered. How did these releases come about? Why was 2013 the right time to do so?

Donna:
Well, we ran out of copies of “Order…” haha! Actually, that is partially the reason. All the existing copies from Dancing Ferret were gone, and since DFD is no more, it was do a re-release or that album would be gone in physical form forever. And “Water to the Dead” wasn’t too far behind. Metropolis stepped up and saved them from extinction, so we were pretty happy about that. At the same time, we wanted to give people something new, and the next full-length isn’t quite finished, so it seemed like a good time to take care of both issues.

Steven:
Did she mention the Blasphemous Rituals? I bet she did. Look, the last time things got out of hand, and we had to hire a outside clean up crew, but so what? It’s not like that doesn’t happen to everyone at some point in their career. I mean really, it was all going just fine until the goats got into the pile of dead virgins….

Water to the Dead album coverOrder of the Reptile album cover

KFK:
Donna – You’ve said in past interviews that though you are a classically trained pianist and vocalist, you didn’t start writing and performing your own music until you met Steven. And Steven – You’d been in bands but hadn’t tried your hand at writing until you and Donna formed Ego Likeness. How did you make the initial transition to creating your own music? What were some early challenges?

Donna:
I didn’t pursue a career in classical music because I really wanted to write my own material, but I had no idea where to start. I think finding a creative partner was exactly what needed to happen, especially someone as motivated as Steven. He basically told me to put up or shut up. And for many years, the biggest challenges for both of us were learning to get over ourselves. I had to toughen up and Steven had to learn to remember that we also had a marriage to maintain. It took some time to get it right. Also the challenge of not murdering each other in the studio. I’m difficult and impatient and easily frustrated. I try not to be, but there’s a big block for me when it comes to songwriting, and it’s there *every* time we do an album. I don’t envy Steven.

Steven:
I’m very much a autodidact. If I decide I need to know how to do something, I just learn it. So for me it was pretty easy. I’m not the best technical musician, but I think I have a good ear, and after living as a visual artist, I know how I learn and think. Once I figure out *what* I need to know how to do in order to make something sound the way I want it to sound, it’s pretty easy.

Also, I’m a joy to work with in the studio. Unlike some people I could mention.

KFK:
You both have numerous other artistic projects, some together (e.g. The Trinity Project), others separate. How do you juggle all of these projects?

Donna:
Sometimes we don’t, which is why Trinity was put on the shelf indefinitely. But Steven is a crazy man and needs a hundred projects at any given time, so that works for him.

Steven:
I have more ideas than I know what to do with and I’ve worked very hard to create a life in which I can do that.

KFK:
What are some things you do to capture inspiration or ideas? How do you choose which medium (or which musical project) to use to express an idea?

Donna:
For me, an idea chooses it’s own form. I let the idea sit, or write it out simply- just a line or a description. When I find it again, either in a notebook or on my phone, it usually tells me what it needs to be. When I see scenes or entire movies in my head, those are the ones that become books.

Steven:
I start throwing sounds into the sequencer, and then try to figure out where all those sounds live. The music comes out of the place. And what that music is handled depends on which hat I am wearing at any given time.

KFK:
How do you primarily come across or seek out new and interesting music?

Steven:
I’m not as aggressive about finding new music as I used to be. Often I stumble across it in strange places. These days I think I am more influenced by books I read than music.

KFK:
What are some new or up and coming musicians/artists you’re excited about or that you think more people should know about?

Steven:
We’ve toured with some amazing bands over the past year or so. Servitor who does a solo tribal drum thing. He opened for us at a show in Detroit last year, and we liked it so much that we are bringing him out on this next tour. Cryogen Second out of Nashville, who are great industrial metal. On the flip side, we love Zola Jesus and Fever Ray.

KFK:
You’ve toured quite extensively throughout your career thus far, playing to thousands at large festivals in Europe and the US and also playing to much smaller crowds in clubs. What has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned while on the road (practical, philosophical, whatever)? Why?

Donna:
The traveling part needs to be loved as much as the performance part. The checking into motels at 4AM when you have to get back on the road at 7AM. The truck stops and creepy rest areas in the middle of nowhere. The eating Subway for weeks on end. The getting excited when you find a place to wash your clothes, even knowing you’ll have to choose between sleeping and laundry. But, you get to see *everything*. It’s amazing and one of the best ways I could ever imagine spending my life. Seeing canyons at sunrise, weird roadside attractions, plains, hills, mountains, rivers, oceans, deserts, castles, iconic monuments. Every day you’re on tour you see something that makes you have to pull over and take a photo or just sit and *look*. If you hate that part- if it’s all long, uncomfortable drives, and being tired and miserable- you’re missing out on 50% of why touring is so amazing. You’re wasting half the experience.

Steven:
I have one goal at every show: Don’t fall down. Any show that I manage to not fall down, it’s a good show.

Ego Likeness band photo

Photo courtesy of Ego Likeness

KFK:
You’ve had the opportunity to open for and rub elbows with some pretty amazing and well known musicians thus far in your career. Of all the people you’ve met, who has given you fanboy or fangirl butterflies? How did you meet?

Donna:
Aw, I can’t answer this without name-dropping. It’s a trap! I try to play it cool, but I won’t lie- opening for Peter Murphy was pretty crazy. And New Model Army and The Damned. We’ve played with so many bands that were influential to us, fifteen-year-old me can’t even handle it. Fifteen-year-old me AND thirty-nine-year-old me also can’t wait to play with The Dead Milkmen at Twisted World in PA this spring. What a weird world.

KFK:
Sheffield, UK club Revolution created a list of “retired songs”, never to be played again during their club night. The reasons they cited are that they believe the songs have been overplayed, worldwide and that the artists on the list have newer and/or better songs that can and should be played in clubs. What 3 songs would be on your “retired songs” list?

Donna:
I gotta’ say- I don’t like that concept, that there should ever be a song that people love, or loved, that gets expelled. Are there songs that don’t need to be played every week? Sure. Mix it up. Get the new blood in there. Take chances, try something new, or new to you. But there’s room for everyone. My problem with it is not that people don’t want the same set lists week after week. I get that, and I don’t want that, either. It’s that those lists sometimes become too personal. “I *hate* this song, or that song…even though it packs the floor, I don’t like it and I don’t want anyone else to enjoy it, either”. There’s too much cat and snark drummed up by those lists. If you’re a DJ- balance your shit out…play to crowd, and do it your way. *I* might be tired of Dead Stars or Military Fashion Show, but if it makes sense and the floor is calling for it, then let your audience have a good time. It’s four minutes, for fuck’s sake, and you don’t have to do it every single week.


11/17 Ego Likeness, GATA, Servitor and Ficshe at Ground Zero

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Ground Zero Nightclub present…

Ego Likeness 2013 tour poster
Ego Likeness

with special guests

Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Servitor and Ficshe

Sunday, November 17, 2013
Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm show, 18+
241s first hour after doors

Tickets $12 advance
$15 at the door

Venue Info

Ground Zero
15 4th Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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11/9 The Foreign Resort, The Bellwether Syndicate & UZZA at Ground Zero

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Ground Zero Nightclub present…

flyer for the foreign resort and the bellwether syndicate
An Evening of Post-Punk and Dark Indie Rock

The Foreign Resort
Copenhagen, Denmark

The Bellwether Syndicate
Chicago (featuring William Faith of Faith and the Muse)

With special guests UZZA

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm show, 18+
241s first hour after doors
FREE entrance to club night with concert ticket

Tickets $12 advance, online at Brown Paper Tickets beginning 9/14 at noon
$15 at the door

Venue Info

Ground Zero
15 4th Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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An Interview with Kristy from The Azoic

Kristy, who is the vocalist, lyricist, keys and programming for The Azoic, answered a few questions for Kilted Farmer Koncerts about The Azoic, The Azoic’s first ever Minneapolis show on August 31 with Combichrist, Niliahah Records, the Kickstarter experience, the “darkwave” scene and more.

A big thank you to Kristy for taking the time to do this interview. We are very much looking forward to the show on August 31 and we hope to see everyone there!

The Azoic band photo

Photo courtesy of The Azoic

The Azoic was formed in February of 1996 in Columbus, Ohio. The band released their first album, “The Divine Suffering” in October of that year. They now have 7 full length albums, 4 EPs and several tours under their belts. Most recently, the band released an EP for the song “Corruption” in early 2013. They’ve had tracks featured in Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3 on Xbox and have released singles that climbed to the top 5 on the DAC (Deutsche Alternative Charts) and DUC (Dutch Alternative Charts).

Kristy founded Nilaihah Records in 1999, releasing The Azoic’s second full length album, “Where Broken Angels Lie”, that year. Since then, Nilaihah has grown to a roster of over 30 artists in the Electronic Dance, Industrial, EBM, Synth-Pop, Darkwave, Trip Hop, and Electronica genres. Kristy also owns The Shrunken Head, a bar, restaurant and music venue in Columbus.

Kilted Farmer Koncerts:

The show at Ground Zero on August 31 with Combichrist marks your very first show in Minneapolis. What are you looking forward to most about the trip up here?

Kristy:

It also marks all our first time to Minneapolis (except one live member), so we are quite excited to see the city too!  And, since Kilted Farmer has kindly asked The Azoic several times over the years, it’s beyond time and we are very grateful to be coming to perform.  We just hope the fans are as excited as we are.  :)

KFK:

You’ve added a cellist to your live lineup. What prompted this addition?

Kristy:

I believe in fate and circumstances.  We may try to plan things, but life typically takes over.   I love strings in songs and it’s always been a dream to play with a cellist.  We lucked out.  I was at a random show that my friend dragged me too and I heard this band play, but didn’t really hear anything but the cellist.  I approached him after the show and asked if he’d be willing to perform one show with us at a big local festival and (as they say) the rest is history!  He’s extremely talented and definitely adds a new dimension to the tracks.

KFK:

Combichrist’s first remix ever was for The Azoic’s “Conflict”. How did that collaboration come about?


Kristy:

I knew the Icon of Coil guys and emailed Andy about an Azoic remix for our ‘Conflict’ EP.  He emailed back and said he could do one, but he was living in Germany (at the time) and Seb [Sebastian R. Komor] and Christian [Lund] were still in Norway, so logistically it wouldn’t work.  He wasn’t sure what project of his the remix would be under and he finally decided upon his newly formed ‘Combichrist’ project the day before I had to send it to the pressing plant.  I still remember him sending the remix and apologizing for only being able to fit the spoken word parts of the original song and not all the vocals.  After I heard it, I didn’t care, as it was awesome and actually became a big hit in the industrial scene.

KFK:

Last year, you successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign to fund the “Corruption” music video and EP. What was that experience like for you and would you do it again?

Kristy:

That was a strange situation.  We wanted to do the music video and had a videographer confirmed in March of 2012.  I sent several emails asking when shooting would begin only to hear delays.  I then received an email in July stating that his company wasn’t able due to other commercial accounts that paid more.  You can imagine I was frustrated, as the space we wanted to film in and had confirmed was on a college campus – so renting it was all based around the summer break.  Luckily, we found an amazing videographer team out of Cleveland called Rewind Media and an extremely talented lighting designer (who had worked for Oprah as the assistant lighting designer for 7 seasons) within a few weeks in July.  It eventually all came together, but we needed all the info on the video shoot before we could even start the Kickstarter campaign.  Therefore, instead of a typical 30-day Kickstarter campaign, we had a 10-day campaign!  Amazingly, we managed to raise just over $3,800 in that short period of time.  We were incredible grateful and all that money went to towards the “Corruption” video.  It was well worth it and we were very pleased with the results.  In fact, our goal is to “shoot” for a another video if time allows…  :)


KFK:

Running a record label and being in a band, you must have a broad view of the dark electronic music genres. What is your opinion of the state of these genres? What’s exciting to you right now? What’s not?

Kristy:

I like all styles of electronic music, especially when it evokes emotion from within. There’s always something exciting about any state of the dark electro genres – whether it’s hearing their influences from other bands or even listening to a new interpretation. I hope this doesn’t come off wrong, but I’m not sure there’s anything mind blowing that’s happening in dark electro right now. However, with that, musical styles evolve and change, like anything. Soon there will be something that will help revive the state of “the scene” and I’m definitely looking forward to that.

And, as for genres, part of me misses when there were just 2 broad genres of Gothic and Industrial. Darkwave soon came along and then the genres seemed to explode into so many sub genres, it can be hard to keep up. I completely understand the need to describe an unfamiliar band or sound, and as a label, can appreciate that.

KFK:

How has Nilaihah evolved since it’s inception back in 1998? How have you been able to continue expanding the business during years of such rapid change in the music industry and with technology?

Kristy:

It has been an interesting evolution since then.  Especially over the last 4-5 years, things have changed drastically.  It can be hard to keep up, especially since Nilaihah Records is only a part-time job outside of everything else I do.  So, for me, expanding isn’t necessarily due to the industry, but is more with what time I even have available.  It’s why Nilaihah Records has never really grown leaps and bounds, like a full time label would/should.  I think technology has definitely made certain things easier, but it’s also made certain things much harder.  I don’t resent change though, as it keeps us learning and growing, so I just try to adapt as best I can within the allowable time I have.

KFK:

2013 has been a busy year for Niliahah Records. What are some highlights?

Kristy:

I think every release is exciting, but we’ve mixed it up a bit and held some remix contests and added some digital singles and EP’s to the actual pressed physical CD’s. And, of course getting back into booking shows is always fun, as you get to engage more with your fans.  It’s a lot of work, but rewarding in the end.

[KFK: Check out Nilaihah's latest releases at nilaihah.com. In particular, the new Interface single "It Begins Today" is definitely worth checking out if you like your music on the synthpoppy side.]

KFK:

Imagine that your 18 year old self is starting a band today, in 2013. What advice would current you give 18 year old you?

Kristy:

Since things are so different now then they were when I was 18, I’d explain that on-line marketing and having a strong internet presence is crucial.  Getting your name/sound out there, branding your band and having a cohesive, recognizable sound is also extremely important.  And, don’t forget videos!  Music videos and engaging with your fan videos.  But, even with all the on-line opportunities, getting in front of people, including for live shows, is still critical as well.  Never discount personally engaging with people, especially fans or potential fans.  It’s a labor of love and will take an incredible amount of time, so only the dedicated and passionate will persevere.

KFK:

Name a live show you’ve seen that was particularly awesome. Who/when was it and what made the show so amazing for you?

Kristy:

I’ve seen so many amazing shows and in so many different genres, especially over the last 4 years since we’ve owned/run a bar/music venue.  I’ve also come to appreciate different styles and types of performances.  For me, the best shows are those where the bands are passionate and get lost in their music on stage.  They don’t need a fancy set-up if they are really dedicated to the performance and entertaining the fans.  I think I’ve learned a lot from just watching so many bands (from small to large productions) and feel that it has even made The Azoic stronger as a result.

KFK:

What’s your favorite way to discover new music?

Kristy:

I don’t have one dedicated source.  I love iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, seeing live bands at our venue, hearing recommendations from friends and even just listening to demos that Nilaihah Records receives.  I even love listening to CD’s on my stereo and cranking it up!

KFK:

Thanks again to Kristy for doing this interview. Be sure to catch The Azoic live on August 31 at Ground Zero. And if you’re located outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, head over to The Azoic’s Facebook page for more tour info. Additional links and contact info are available at www.theazoic.com.


9/19 Hellions of Hollywood 2013 w/Psyclon 9 & Dawn of Ashes

DarkSide MN, Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Ground Zero Nightclub present…

Hellions of Hollywood 2013 with Psyclon Nine and Dawn of Ashes

Psyclon Nine & Dawn of Ashes flyer

With special guests Promidal and as|of

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Doors 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm show, 18+
241s until showtime

Tickets $15 at the door

Venue Info

Ground Zero
15 4th Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Social Links

Facebook Event | Dark Twin Cities Discussion | Last.fm Event

Videos and bios below the fold…

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8/31 Combichrist (Old School) & The Azoic at Ground Zero

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Ground Zero Nightclub present…

Combichrist August 31 Poster

Combichrist

“Everybody Hates You” Era Electronica Show featuring songs exclusively from Combichrist’s first 3 albums

With special guests The Azoic, F.T.C. and DJ SLT

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm show, 18+
241s first hour after doors
FREE entrance to club night with concert ticket

Tickets $15 advance, online at Brown Paper Tickets (On sale 7/27)
$20 at the door

Venue Info

Ground Zero
15 4th Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Social Links

Facebook Event | Dark Twin Cities Discussion | Last.fm Event

Videos and bios below the fold…

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Help Save La Crosse’s Historic All Ages Venue The Warehouse

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The view from the top of the Warehouse’s famous 49 stairs by aztalanturf

La Crosse, Wisconsin’s historic music venue, the Warehouse, is in trouble. Serious trouble. In short, after 22 years of hosting over 8,000 local, regional and national bands the Warehouse (always all ages and no alcohol, never “pay to play”) is in very real danger of being turned into condos. Watch the video or visit their IndieGoGo campaign to learn more.

The IndieGoGo campaign is gaining momentum with support from bands of numerous genres, including members of Chemlab, Everclear, Martin Atkins (Killing Joke, Pigface, The Damage Manual), All American Rejects, the Descendants, Left Spine Down, GoFight, Four Letter Lie and more. You can read some quotes below. Locally, City Pages music blog Gimme Noise have published an article in support of the Warehouse.

Band support has helped, but there is still a long way to go. The IndieGoGo campaign marks one of 2 things: a 60 day countdown to the end of the Warehouse, or the beginning of two more decades of providing an all-ages alcohol-free concert space. Please help spread the word using tag #savethewarehouse and please also consider contributing to the campaign. Perks range in price and include naming rights to the main room, purchasing one of the venue’s historic 49 steps, Jane Harm’s famous chocolate chip cookies, and several fantastic, limited edition t-shirts.

Jared Louche, CHEMLAB

This venue’s one of the most important places for independant bands in the country and has been for over 20 years. Chemlab played there more times than I can count, mis-spending much of our fabled youth there rocking out and freaking out under the graces of Stephen Harm and his coterie of incredibly supportive and hungry-for-action employees like Nick Wilhelmy, and enjoying the sick pleasures of some excellent local disturbed noise like Zero Dark 30 (who never got the exposure they deserved, of course). We were always greeted on the street by a band of kids ready, snow or sweat, to hump our ridiculously heavy gear with us up every band’s arch nemesis: those endless fucking flights of eye-wateringly near-vertical stairs. The stage is wide and deep and not too high so I could always caress the glory faces that I’d soon be screaming in, steal people’s cigarettes and dance with total abandon in and amongst the audience knowing that I was in a place that “got” us. The Warehouse, Steve and Co. dug us from very early on, and it was one of the places that did so long before most other places outside the Midwest. The Midwest was years ahead of the rest of the country in swallowing everything we had to deliver, and so we spent a lot of time playing in places like the Warehouse and the Lizard Lounge in Grande Rapids. That a place like this, that’s supportive of the local scene, alcohol-free and hungry to keep doing what it’s been doing for years is in danger is Art Crime.
PLEASE send whatever you can to help support them and keep them from being sold to the soulless developers.

Greg Eklund, drummer, EVERCLEAR 1994-2003

I joined EVERCLEAR 2 years after the band had formed. In the early days of my touring with them, still playing small bars, etc., after a bad show…Art & Craig would tell me “Just wait ’til we get to La Crosse and The Warehouse. It will go off!”

Everclear from the very beginning had a rabid fan base in the Midwest, thanks to this all ages club where anyone, including teenage kids, could come see a show. One of the few true all age no alcohol venues in the country. National or local, everyone came through the Warehouse.

When we finally made it to the gig, the load in up those stairs was a killer! Luckily Steve, or some kids milling around always pitched in to cart stuff up (and down) those famous stairs.

And the cookies baked by Steve’s Mom! We looked forward to that after 3 months on the road because it seemed like a little piece of home. Thats what the Warehouse was and still is! A place you look forward to on a long tour where you knew you would have an enthusiastic crowd, hands to help on the stairs, a good night of merch sales, and cookies to hold you over ’til you made it to the next town, which was never ever as good as La Crosse and The Warehouse. Please help them out.”

Brian Nagan, FOUR LETTER LIE

The Warehouse is everything you want out of a music venue, and so much more. All ages, alcohol-free, and welcoming to everyone. I credit the start of my music career to Steve and its staff. I was privileged to play my first-ever out-of-state show at the Warehouse. Steve took a chance on my band when not many would. We developed an amazing relationship and friendship that continues close to 10 years later. The Warehouse was always my favorite venue to play, and I know first hand how important it is to the music community, and the City of La Crosse.

Kaine Delay, LEFT SPINE DOWN

Help save one of the best venues in North America. Played here with 16volt and CHEMLAB on the MIDI Ghetto Tour 2010.


Leaether Strip 25th Anniversary at Ground Zero 18+

Leaether Strip Flier

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Ground Zero Present…

Denmark’s electro-industrial pioneers LEAETHER STRIP

25th Anniversary tour & 1st time EVER in Minneapolis

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Opening acts Cynergy 67 and Promidal
w/ DJs Nitrogen and Noise
Doors 8:30pm
Show 9pm
18+

$20 / adv
Online at Brown Paper Tickets starting May 18, 10 AM
At Ground Zero ticket booth during club hours, no fees
$25 / door

241s for first hour after doors

Venue Info

Ground Zero
15 4th Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Social Links

Facebook Event | Dark Twin Cities Discussion | Last.fm Event

Videos and band bios below the fold…

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Goth Prom 2013 Details

The Goth Prom committee has officially announced details for 2013′s event. Goth Prom is consistently one of the Twin Cities’ biggest and best events of the year for goths, punks, and misfits of every persuasion and we highly recommend it! And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, admission is free :)

Check out the press release and we hope to see you on May 20!

-The KFK Street Team

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An Interview with Ayria’s Jennifer Parkin

Ayria Logo

We are pleased to welcome Ayria back to Minneapolis on May 23 with Project Pitchfork at the Triple Rock. Click for full event details and pre-sale tickets. We hope to see everyone at the Triple Rock on May 23!

Ayria is the one-woman electronic music project of Toronto’s Jennifer Parkin. Now on the verge of releasing her 4th full length album, Plastic Makes Perfect, and launching a US tour with Project Pitchfork, Jenn took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about the upcoming tour, the new album, dubstep, roller derby names, managing burnout and more.

Kilted Farmer Koncerts:
You’ve toured with Project Pitchfork before and we’re excited to have both Project Pitchfork and Ayria back in Minneapolis on May 23. What are you most looking forward to on the upcoming tour?

Jenn:
Getting back out on the road, getting to play the new songs from “Plastic Makes Perfect” finally! Also it’s always a pleasure touring with Project Pitchfork! Hopefully we’ll get to make and Peter will post more tour videos from the “Fork Force”. Most importantly, seeing the fans old and new, some who have supported me for the past decade (or close to) through all my releases. Meeting people and having a good time, albeit an exhausting time since touring is very draining, but the adrenaline of what we get to do each night keeps us going!

Ayria promo image

Jennifer Parkin of Ayria, by Jeff Turner Photo

KFK:
You consistently put on a pretty energetic live show. What do you do to make the show interesting and engaging for fans and how do you prepare? How do you overcome the challenge of having geographically separated band mates when preparing for a tour or show?

Jenn:
Luckily, with electronic music like mine, the live band can practice on their own and since it’s people I’ve worked with previously and throughout the past decade (like my drummer Mike) I usually know exactly what to expect. It’s funny since the first show on the tour the past 2 tours is Minneapolis. So if my band can already have a good energy and togetherness on stage, that’s a great sign for the rest of the tour since the first show is actually the first time we are all onstage live together since the last shows or tours!

Also, thank you for the compliment about the energetic live show. I put a lot of pre-work into my own set with massive amounts of cardio training. This is something all bands should do and I encourage my band mates to work on their cardio pre-tour. It really helps me with lung capacity trying to move and sing and not being a sweaty mess right from the first song trying to catch my breath. I rehearse my vocals (starting to now, the few month before the tour since I’m rusty!) and I sing in my studio trying to move in my big boots.. to make sure I’ll be ready for the tour! ;) I hope the shows are interesting to fans. We try and change up the pace of the songs in the set, both for the fans and so that we don’t die on stage from our “work out”.

KFK:
Plastic Makes Perfect is your 4th full length album as Ayria, and you worked with Sebastian R. Komor (Icon of Coil, Komor Kommando, Zombie Girl), who also produced Hearts for Bullets. What was the process like for this album? Was it similar to or different from creating Hearts for Bullets?

Jenn:
This release I tried to challenge myself further to write better songs, write different songs, work on developing more harmonies, different melodies that moved me. I spent a lot of time on this aspect. This album sonically has more textures and layers. There’s more sounds going on than in Hearts For Bullets, which, while I love HFB, I’d like to say Plastic Makes Perfect is more mature and has more depth. I think any artist wants to think they have evolved which each release. I’m older now. I still have a lot of angst and drive for aggression, but I’m also in a happier place too with parts of my life so I wanted to play with all sides of my self and where I’m at now. Some songs are playful, fun but others stay true to my darker side too. The diversity is wide on this album, there’s a song for every mood I’d like to say. Seb and I had both grown, and coming back together to work at producing the next album was another great combination that doesn’t sound identical to the first time around. I hope the fans enjoy it!

KFK:
Which of the songs on Plastic Makes Perfect are you most excited to perform live and why? Or is that a surprise? ;) [Interviewer note: I'm definitely hoping to hear the title track, Plastic Makes Perfect. I think it would be killer live!]

Jenn:
Well, I think it’s fair to say I’ll most likely be playing the songs that people will have heard already. Technically, there have been 4 tracks released: “Hunger”, “Missed The Mark”, “Plastic Makes Perfect” and now “Friends And Enemies” which was included for anyone who pre-ordered from the Ayria bandcamp page as an instant download. I have one other new track I’m toying with since I think it will be so fun live.

It’s hard to choose the set list now when I have 4 releases. That sadly means that older tracks will have to get cut out. But that’s the reality. Artists tend to favour their new material since you become a bit bored with the older stuff… think about performing the same songs for 30 days straight that were from 4 years ago! ;) I can’t imagine bands that have 10 releases under their belt! You’d never even get to touch most of your back catalog live!

KFK:
You wrote song dissections for Hearts for Bullets quite a while after the album was released. What inspired you to take on this project and what was the experience like for you? Are song dissections a possibility for Plastic Makes Perfect?

Jenn:
YES! I’ll be starting the song dissections again soon! For Hearts For bullets, I was digging through all these old files and demos, and I got really nostalgic about the writing of HFB. A few friends of mine loved hearing the demos and my stories about writing different parts, so I thought perhaps my fans would too! I’ve seen documentaries of bands I love talking about the inspiration of their songs, and playing different layers of the recordings, and I can’t get enough of this kind of stuff, so hoped my fans might like it too! It also was a great way to highlight the songs individually again. For example, a song like ‘Insect Calm’ from HFB might not get played live, or in a club, so therefore perhaps gets a bit buried in an album filled with more obvious songs or “hits” but there was a time when I was writing that track where that one song was the centre of my universe! Everything about it, the lyrics, inspiration, music. So it’s nice to go back and remember the hours and hours I would have spent focussing on that song and that emotion and how it came out vs how it started and the process to get it there. I don’t consider any tracks as throw aways! Just some are more subtle and let obvious than others for getting attention ;)

Ayria promo photo

Jennifer Parkin of Ayria, by Jeff Turner Photo

KFK:
Dark Electronic music in almost any form always seems to be shunned by the mainstream. Why do you think that is?

Jenn:
I don’t know, I thought dub step sounded darker than anything that was going on in our genre when I first heard it and it got pretty popular. But I’m not sure why to be honest, it might be the limited appeal of the subject matter, goth fashion. It’s not for everyone. Although, Pop stars wear the black PVC and bondage fashion now too (think Lady Gaga and Rhianna). I guess distortion in music or making lyrics unintelligible, is never going to be accessible to the masses? I guess if industrial music is like a dark sci-fi movie, only some of the population will be interested, and think it’s super cool, but pop music is like the summer blockbuster that everyone goes and sees, no matter if it’s good or not because the ads are shoved down your throat. Is that an ok analogy? Hahaha :) to be fair, there’s a lot of mainstream music I like as well these days. I try and keep an open mind with all music and just know that not all styles of music are destined for top 40 audiences but I’m happy with the types of unique fans that my music draws, and how supportive and wonderful they are to help make sure I can keep doing this and touring for them. It’s ok if it’s not for everyone ;)

KFK:
You have a lot on your plate between working a “real” job (like most artists in the genre) on top of creating new music, managing all aspects of Ayria, performing, etc. How do you balance everything? How do you avoid burnout?

Jenn:
(obviously I don’t balance things well since being so late with my interview response! Hahaha) I unfortunately don’t avoid burnout. I still haven’t mastered balance in my life. There are times when I stay off email completely knowing that I’m too overwhelmed and I need a day or two to NOT think about Ayria. I’m not complaining about what I have going on. I feel so lucky to get to do what I do for 10 years. I am a one-woman project. I do work with some amazing people with art, production, etc. but at the end of the day, I’m the one responsible for Ayria succeeding or not, I’m the one with the vested interest in Ayria. There are some things in my life I’ve delayed, or sacrificed completely in order to do Ayria at the level I have. Again, my choices, I’m happy with everything I’ve been able to do. I do it all for the passion of the music I’ve created. Nothing more. I touch on this in one of the new songs “Big City Lullaby”. It’s me realizing that I may be on a path that’s ending, and how certain things in my life have not been easy as I’m wrapped up in this world, as well as touching on the absurd experience of being on tour in cities you never get to see except the inside of a club. I’ll try and stay balanced this year despite it being packed with touring and the new release. But I have a vacation planned at a cottage this July. There’s no internet there ;) Oh! And working out helps me clear my mind about everything! Plus I try and book massages to get the ridiculous kinks out of my neck and back where the stress lives ;) I have no coverage for them, so that’s my go to gift request for family and friends for Christmas.

KFK:
As a fan, what’s been one of your favorite live concert experiences? Who did you see and why was it an especially memorable show?

Jenn:
My first concert in my life was seeing Madonna when I was a kid. That inspired me to want to be on stage. I think that’s common for many little girls when they see a pop star of that status! It all seems so glamorous and exciting. Then I’ve seen Depeche Mode twice, Nine Inch Nails three times, um, to name some bands I’ve seen that I’ve found the shows inspiring: The Presets, The Cranes (I was star struck), VNV Nation, The Cruxshadows, Switchblade Symphony, I AM X, The Police, Um.. there’s so more, I’m blanking right now. I need to get out more I think, but every time I see live acts I’m in awe and try and gather inspiration for my own performance.

KFK:
Silly question*: You’ve mentioned in past interviews that you like to rollerblade, so this is a bit of a spin off…If you joined the roller derby, what would your roller derby name be and why?

*Nod to Theresa at Dark Horizons Radio

Jenn:
Hahaha! (I <3 Theresa!) Definitely it would be Jenn-o-cide!! Hmm, I’ll have to think of more, that one’s most likely taken already. I’ve never done roller derby but it looks so fun and I have friends that do it! I like plain old rollerblading through the park on a waterfront trail we have here in Toronto! I also LOVE Zumba. It’s my thing right now. Latin and hip hop music and the most intense cardio ever! :)


Video

New Video: Silent War by Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Gabriel and the Apocalypse have just launched their video for Silent War. Catch them live on March 29 at Ground Zero with Chicago’s I:Scintilla, Go Fight and Goodnight Criminals. It’s going to be a great show! Details:

http://kiltedfarmer.com/2012/12/13/329-iscintilla-wgata-gofight-goodnight-criminals-at-ground-zero-18/


5/23 Project Pitchfork, Ayria, As|Of at Triple Rock 18+

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and the Triple Rock Social Club present…

Project Pitchfork 2013 flier

Project Pitchfork

With Ayriaas|of and DJ Nitrogen

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Doors 8:00 pm, music 9:00 pm, 18+

Tickets
$12 in advance
Online at TicketFly
In person at The Triple Rock, Red Savoy’s Uptown, Electric Fetus or Eclipse Records

$16 at the door

Venue Info

Triple Rock Social Club
629 Cedar Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Social Links

Facebook Event | Dark Twin Cities Discussion | Last.fm Event

Videos and band bios below the fold…

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