Kilted Farmer Koncerts & Amsterdam Bar and Hall present…
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
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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Voltaire (Aurelio Voltaire Hernandez) is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.
As a musician, he is a songwriter whose music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs “Brains!” and “Land of the Dead” from the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy”.
Voltaire’s live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombie prostitutes and wrestles Krakens.
Voltaire has been recording and touring for two decades. He’s released 11 studio albums, about half through Projekt Records and half as an independent artist. He last appeared in the Twin Cities in 2009. Voltaire is touring in support of new album, “Raised by Bats,” released in February 2014.
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Ego Likeness was created in 1999 by artist Steven Archer, a DC native, and writer Donna Lynch in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking their name from Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune, the band began as an experimental/ dark trip hop project. Throughout the course of four full length albums and several EPs, Ego Likeness have explored numerous styles from darkwave to trip-hop to rock.
Ego Likeness signed with Metropolis Records in 2010 to release their fourth album, Breedless. The album showcases their dark electronic trip hop sensibilities overlaid with Donna’s passionately emotive vocals. While many may compare them to Curve and Collide, Ego Likeness continues to take their music to darker corners of the human psyche.
In addition to touring extensively with The Cruxshadows, Voltaire, Ayria, Angelspit, The Ludovico Technique, Ego Likeness has had the honor of sharing the stage with The Damned, Peter Murphy, Chris Connelly, Collide, Razed in Black, Bella Morte, Das Ich, Rasputina, Iris, Decoded Feedback, The Azoic, More Machine Than Man, In Strict Confidence, Combichrist, Stromkern, New Model Army, And One, Seabound, Attrition, Assemblage 23, Nitzer Ebb, Aesthetic Perfection, Terrorfakt, The Gothsicles, and many others.
Ego Likeness has performed at festivals throughout the US and in Europe, including Dragon*Con (Atlanta GA), Convergence 11 (San Diego CA), Dracula’s Ball (Philadelphia PA), Ring Con (Fulda, Germany), Balticon (Baltimore MD), Black Sun Festival I (New Haven CT), Freaks United (DC), Eccentrik Festival (Raleigh NC), Reverence (Madison WI), Wicked Faire (Somerset NJ), WTII Mini-Fest (Chicago IL), several Electronic Saviors Benefit shows, and others.
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The Trapezoids formed in the back of a school bus in Feb. 1981 by 13 year old Bradley Beving. After a week or so of talking about The Trapezoids, and “writing” 2 songs (Yellow Meat and Free Milk) the idea was abandoned due to the severe lack of synthesizers.
In 1982 Bradley got involved with the punk/hardcore scene in Minneapolis, changed his name to Ollie Stench.
After 25+ years of making other musics and collecting more influences Ollie has decided to revisit the Trapezoids project and see what kind of entertainment he can come up with.
Whether that entertainment is for his enjoyment or yours has yet to be determined.
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