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Upcoming Missoula Shows

What's going on in Missoula from 8/1-8/11
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As I was sitting at my computer on Thursday trying to think of what I should write about, I decided I’d start a new series and do brief profiles every two weeks or so on the upcoming bands and artists that will come through Missoula in the next two weeks. Here goes nothing!

August 1: Stump Tail Dolly The Badlander, price unlisted. Free?

Nashville’s Stump Tail Dolly have been described as a “country and metal band. They’re touring in support of their debut, "Americanoclasm." Lucy B. Cochran is a fiddler and graduate of the Berklee College of Music, while Ryan Clackner is a William Paterson University educated guitarist with a background in jazz. It’s difficult to provide a comparison to existing bands. Maybe if Mastodon’s instrumentalists played folk metal with a fiddler and mostly clean, country-esque vocals by male and female vocalists over the top. It’s weird as hell but strangely compelling.

August 2: The Oh Hellos Top Hat, $12-14

The Oh Hellos are an American folk rock and indie folk brother and sister duo formed five years ago by Tyler and Maggie Heath in San Marcos, TX. Although they only have two official members who appear on recordings, it seems that they tour as a nine-piece band. They’ve released two full-length albums and a Christmas EP, and are currently touring in support of their "Dear Wormwood LP" (2015), which is a concept album telling the story of a protagonist trapped in an abusive relationship, by the way of letters written to the antagonist and drew partial inspiration from C.S. Lewis’ "The Screwtape Letters," Patrick Rothfuss’ "The Name of the Wind," and various mythology and folklore. Their stuff is really cool and I might actually try and go see them if I have the time. I never heard of them prior to researching for this article.

John Adam Smith is the opening act.

August 3: Out To Lunch Caras Park, FREE

As always during the summers, there will be free music and numerous (non-free) food vendors in Caras Park during lunchtime (11 a.m to 2 p.m.)

August 4: Downtown Tonight Caras Park, FREE

As with Out To Lunch, there will be free live music and numerous food vendors, along with a "beverage garden." (5:30-8:30 PM)

August 4: Local Yokel Top Hat, FREE

Local Yokel are a Missoulian bluegrass-inspired five-piece who won a Missoula Independent Best of Missoula award in 2015 and have been touring and playing in and around Montana ever since.

Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs are the openers.

August 4: ZOSO: The Led Zeppelin Experience. The Wilma, $20 advance/ $25 door

ZOSO are a Led Zeppelin tribute band. So, as well as playing covers, they also imitate the look and the “feel” of a Led Zeppelin show, even to the point of trying to look like their respective members of the original band. They’re based in California and tour across the country. There’s not a great deal more I can say about them. They play Led Zeppelin. You know what to expect. They’re supposedly really good.

August 5: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers. The Wilma, $35-45

Bruce Hornsby is a Virginian singer and keyboardist who draws from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock, blues and jam band musical traditions. His previous band, Bruce Hornsby and the Range, won a Grammy in 1987 for Best New Artist, and he won a 1990 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album and also the 1995 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. He also has collaborated with the Grateful Dead, including their recent Chicago reunion shows and The National’s gigantic "Day of the Dead" album tribute album, collaborating with Bon Iver predecessor DeYarmond Edison on “Black Muddy River,” and was an official member for a two-year stretch in the early '90s.

With the Noisemakers, his most recent touring band, he has released seven albums since 1998, culminating in June’s country-tinged "Rehab Reunion," which included appearances by Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and soul singer Mavis Staples.

August 5: American Falcon/Drift/Shot Stereo The Palace, FREE

Local bands American Falcon, Drift and Shot Stereo will be playing The Palace. American Falcon, a power trio formed in 2011, describe themselves on Facebook as “Glory Rock,” which they describe as stylistically classic rock, but not one of “the same 45 songs played on classic rock radio,” to quote a 2011 "Independent" article on them. Drift have no videos or bios or anything online, so it’s anyone’s guess. Shot Stereo play “thrashpunk.”

August 6: Steel Pulse The Wilma, $30-40

Steel Pulse are an eight-member Rastafarian roots reggae band from Birmingham, England. They’ve been active since 1975, albeit with a vast number of roster changes. They have a long history of political involvement and activism, with members involved in civil rights issues, often taking part in lawsuits against racist policies. They have released eleven studio albums, including the Grammy-winning "Babylon the Bandit" (1986, Best Reggae Album), two live albums, contributed to or released eleven compilation albums and a large number of singles.

August 7: Emmylou Harris The Wilma, SOLD OUT

Emmylou Harris is an award-winning American singer-songwriter whose music has been categorized as folk, country, country rock and bluegrass. Active since 1975, she won 13 Grammys and numerous other awards, and has collaborated with a vast list of artists including Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, Neil Young, John Denver, Dolly Parton, Steve Earle and Willy Nelson. She released 26 studio albums and numerous other live and compilation albums.

August 10: Beach House The Wilma, $25-28

Beach House are a dream pop duo from Baltimore who released six studio albums since 2004. Think of if Sigur Ros and Tame Impala collaborated. I’ve been listening to them for a couple months, ever since receiving a digital version of their "Depression Cherry" album from a Schwanke camper. Their stuff is rather introspective and worth a listen.

August 10: Brandi Carlile, Blind Pilot Big Sky Brewery, $36

Brandi Carlile is a critically-acclaimed alternative country, pop and folk rock singer-songwriter from the Seattle area. She released six albums, most recently 2015s "The Firewatcher's Daughter," which earned her a Grammy nomination. Her influences include Patsy Cline, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Thom Yorke, k.d. lang and Roy Orbison.

August 10: Sista Otis Great Burn Brewing, unknown price

Sista Otis (born Shawn Marie Tinnes) is an award winning American soul singer, songwriter and MC from Detroit who has been making music since the late 1990s.

August 11: Bear Hands The Badlander, $13-15

Bear Hands are a post-punk and indie rock band from Brooklyn, NY. They opened for MGMT, released three albums, two EPs and had a top 10 hit on the Alternative Songs chart in 2014 with “Giants.” They’re touring in support of their 2016 album, "You'll Pay For This." They sound similar to a more sonically traditional (i.e. less hip-hop oriented) twenty one pilots.

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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.
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We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:


1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.


2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?


3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.


4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.


5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.


6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.


7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.


8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.


9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.


11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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10 Things Being A Mental Health Blogger Has Taught Me

After three and a half years of being a mental health blogger, here are ten things that I've learned along the way.

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The summer before my junior year of high school I decided to go out on a limb and create a blog.

Little did I know that here I'd be, three and a half years later, writing for the Odyssey and being a quite successful writer. All I knew was that I needed an outlet for my clinical depression and anxiety.

I was always told as a child that I was good with words, and I thought seeing my experiences published would be some sort of relief for me. These past few years have been anything but easy, but so incredibly worth every published post.

1. Writing is a beautiful outlet

Sitting down to write a post is always an amazing feeling. Letting my hands fly away on the keys feels and later reading what I wrote is a one-of-a-kind experience. Sometimes, I even like to handwrite first and type it up later. There's truly something about seeing your thoughts and feelings in front of you that feels like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. So do it. Take out a notebook, open your laptop, and write to your heart's content. Your feelings, your day, your hopes and goals, your passions, your family...the world is yours! Write about it!

2. Content doesn't always come easy

I can't stress this enough! I would often take large breaks of weeks or even a few months simply because I didn't know what to write about. Mental health is a touchy enough subject, but writing about my terrible lows felt repetitive and I didn't want to bore my readers. One thing I like to do, is if I come up with an idea in the middle of the day, I quick jot it down somewhere to remind me later. I also encourage myself to try new things or put myself in uncomfortable situations so that way I can grow as a person and potentially have something to write about. Content "dry spells" don't last forever, and when you get something to write about, it's going to be amazing.

3. Editing can be painful

After writing for a long period of time, the last thing I want to do is sit down and re-read everything I just wrote. Sometimes I like having my mom or a friend proofread just to make sure everything makes sense. It can also be hard to properly format your thoughts/ideas in order so that everything flows nicely. Don't feel pressured to fix it all at once!

4. Never apologize for who you are

Being a blogger has made me so vulnerable and open with my readers as well as with myself. After I finish writing I often contemplate whether or not I'm ready to share my writing with all of my Facebook friends, family...etc. I always wonder if my writing makes people view me differently, but at the end of the day, I know I never have to apologize for being myself. I'm free to write whatever I please, and that's not something to be ashamed of. I am not defined by my illness and writing about it helps defeat stigma.

5. Not everyone is going to read what you write

This one can really bother me sometimes. After hitting "Publish" I wonder if anyone gets excited to see what I have to say. I wonder if my blog is anything people talk about. I know there are plenty of devoted readers who follow my media and tell me that they do, however I'm positive there are even more who read my writing and I just don't know about it. Either way, blogging is still my outlet and if a lot of people read it, cool. If they don't, that's cool too.

6. Feedback is good, but it isn't necessary

This one continues to hit me like a truck. As human beings, it's normal to want to get a little pat on the back every once in awhile. Unfortunately, the blogging world isn't always like that. I wrote well over a hundred posts in the past three and a half years (most of which have been deleted since making my new website), and very rarely did I get positive feedback. Occasionally I would receive a Facebook message or an email from an interested viewer or a family member, and I found myself thriving on it. Reality check, you're a good writer whether people tell you or not. Especially as a mental health blogger, I was writing about taboo topics and just because very few people said anything, doesn't mean there wasn't a ton of people reading it.

7. Sometimes it's hard to write what you think

Many of us are familiar with the term "writer's block", when our heads feel empty and you simply have nothing to say. I experience the contrary, I often have so many ideas that my hands and my head can't keep up with one another. I start writing a few sentences, decide it's not exactly what was running through my head, and the next thing you know it's Control+A+Delete. Don't get me wrong, it's nice always feeling like I have at least something to say, but it's also frustrating to have your brain running a million miles a minute and not knowing exactly how to process it all. My biggest tip is take a deep breath, write it all down, and edit later. You can always delete what you don't like, but you can't add what you don't remember.

8. Publishing can be scary

I cannot stress this enough. As someone who has written about a suicide attempt and a sexual assault, pressing "Publish" was the hardest part of the whole process. Once it's out, it's out. Readers from all over finally know another piece about you. Even with subjects and content that is less bold, publishing brings all sorts of questions about.

"Will they like it?"

"Will this post be inspirational to anyone?"

"Did I put enough voice into my post?"

And so many more. My best advice for you is don't be scared. You are your worst critic.

9. You'll almost never finish it in one sitting

This can be hard to accept. It's easy to get carried away and want to finish the entire post in one sitting. My biggest encouragement is this: take your time! Don't feel like you need to rush. Your best writing will come once you give yourself the opportunity to reflect on it. So write it out, take a break (get some coffee, go for a walk, take a nap...etc.) and come back! Give it a few days if you have to!

10. Success isn't defined by viewers

The hardest pill to swallow for me was understanding that my success isn't defined by the number of views I get. It was so easy for me to become obsessed with the amount of views that flew in after I published. If it wasn't a number I was proud of I was quick to question the quality of my writing or even myself as a writer. But that's not the point. I don't write so that hundreds of people can read my stuff. I write because it makes me happy, it's what I'm good at, and hopefully my words get through to someone. Even if it's just one person, that's something to be proud of. I rest happily in knowing that I am using my gift of writing to the best of my ability, given to me by the Lord, to further His purpose.

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