May 01

Telekinesis w/ Sontalk

Available Online or in Gift Shop
Big Room Doors: 7:00 PM | Food Service 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Sontalk 8:00 PM | Telekinesis 9:00 PM
————————————————————–
When it came time to make the fourth Telekinesis album, drummer/songwriter/principal architect Michael Lerner found himself in a predicament that will sound familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in the lore of rock bands. In just under five years, he had released three fantastic records— Telekinesis! (2009), 12 Desperate Straight Lines (2011), and Dormarion (2013)—each more ambitious than the last. He had toured all over the world, shared stages with great bands (Death Cab for Cutie, Portugal. The Man, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo’s The Both), and enthralled fans of his infectious, ebullient power pop. Newly married and happily ensconced in the home studio he’d assembled in his West Seattle basement, Lerner found himself asking the question that has haunted modestly successful bands down the ages: What do you do after the rock and roll dreams you had when you were 19 have come true? The obvious answer was to make another Telekinesis record—that was his job, after all, and he was grateful for it. So he got to work. It didn’t go well. At least not at first.

“I went down to the basement,” Lerner recalls, “and started playing the same chords I always play… I just felt like I’d exhausted everything I knew. I was not excited at all. I just could not make another power-pop album.”

He sought inspiration in music that bore little relation to the familiar Telekinesis sound, and soon found it in the swooning, synth-driven pop of early ’80s UK bands like Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Glasgow’s The Blue Nile (whose 1982 debut album, A Walk Across the Rooftops, Lerner had been given by Merge honcho Mac McCaughan), as well as more up-tempo numbers like Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder’s 1977 disco master class “I Feel Love” and, even further afield, Drake’s 2013 summer jam “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Though Lerner is a drummer with a strong affinity for loud electric guitars, he found himself irresistibly attracted to the powerful atmospheres stirred up by the gorgeously inorganic sounds and simple arrangements of these wildly disparate inspirations. A new idea began to take shape, as did a somewhat obsessive collection of old synthesizers and drum machines.

Lerner dedicated himself to learning the intricacies of antiquated keyboards with names like the Roland JX-10 (the very model Angelo Badalamenti used to com-pose the music for Twin Peaks), the Teenage Engineering OP-1, the Moog Sub Phatty, the Elektron Octatrack, and even a Speak & Spell. “If you buy a guitar,” observes Lerner, “people always say ‘oh, there’s a song in that guitar.’ That’s how it was for every piece of equipment I acquired over the last two years.” Finding the songs was one thing; making sense of the elaborate technical requirements that would allow him to sync the multiple generations of machinery with digital recording software was another. There were plenty of easier ways to go about the process, sending MIDI versions of the vintage sounds and letting a computer do the heavy lifting, but that would have missed the point. There was joy in getting his hands dirty; part of the process was to invent the process. It took months of diligent effort (“pulling my hair out, for real”), but when the literal and figurative dust settled, what emerged looked and sounded like a legitimate breakthrough. The previous three Telekinesis LPs had been recorded fast, on tape, in professional studios with accomplished producers—Chris Walla on the first two, Jim Eno on the third—at the helm. This new one had been painstakingly assembled by Lerner alone, working without a map, using an entirely unfamiliar palette of sounds, and discovering an entirely different tonal vocabulary in the process. And though the total running time is a tidy 33 minutes, it had taken what seemed like forever to get there (hence the album title).

And yet, for all the new methodology and instrumentation, the DNA of Ad Infinitum is oddly familiar. The melodic hooks that have endeared Telekinesis to the world of pop music aficionados are flagrantly front and center. The pinging pong of an instrumental figure on album opener “Falling (In Dreams)” sounds almost like a permission slip for Lerner to let loose with a soaring head voice in the chorus. It’s a chilling entrance to an album that soon veers into the much faster new-wave thrills of “Sylvia,” the ironically technology-averse retrofuturism of “In a Future World” (which sounds like the missing link between Speak & Spell-era Depeche Mode and the birth of Erasure), and onward. The hyperactive gem “Courtesy Phone” proves that no matter how many stylistic obstacles he places in his own path, Lerner’s knack for perfect power pop is irrepressible. But the high- energy dance rhythms of “It’s Not Yr Fault” and the gorgeous, McCartney II-esque polyphony of “Ad Infinitum Pt. 1” are totally unprecedented in the Telekinesis oeuvre. The whole album is a relentless marriage of old and new, memory and imagination, deconstruction and rediscovery.

While artists like M83 and Blood Orange (among many, many others) have made fruitful use of vintage sounds and production techniques in recent years, Ad Infinitum is a different animal. It’s less like a time capsule and more like a time machine. In the movie version of the story, Lerner would stumble on his way down the stairs, hit his head, and wake up in 1983, and the only way he could get back to the present day would be to make a record using available instruments. Then he’d wake in 2015 to discover he’d been in his basement studio all along. And the record he’d made in that strange dream state would turn out to be Ad Infinitum, the most ambitious and assured Telekinesis release to date.

Watch Telekinesis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGaowAKuRR4

Sierra Nevada Presents! A Concert Series in the Big Room in Chico, CA
May 04

Beer Camp - Chico, CA (Now 2 Days!)

Come join us at

SIERRA NEVADA BEER CAMP 2019 - CHICO, CA
THE EPIC ADULT DAY CAMP RETURNS!
Saturday, May 4th AND Sunday, May 5th

Save the date: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp returns to Chico! Get ready for even more fun and games alongside your favorites from last year like human foosball, hungry human hippos, silent disco, obstacle course, keg bowling, Hammerschlagen ®, costume contest… the list goes on. And of course, you’ll enjoy all of this with a cold Sierra Nevada beer in hand. Gather your crew and come ready to party, get a little dirty, and experience an unforgettable afternoon that could only be Sierra Nevada Beer Camp!

TICKETS:
All tickets are available starting March 1st at 10 am until sold out. More information on tickets, pricing, and festival details to be announced in February.

All ticket sales are online and final. Tickets are limited and will sell out. You must be 21+ and present a valid ID to attend.

*ACCOMMODATIONS: Please check hotel availability before purchasing tickets. We anticipate that the Camp Fire recovery will continue to impact lodging availability. Tickets are nonrefundable.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions are coming to our webpage soon!

***FESTIVAL SPECIFICS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE***
***THERE IS NO PARKING ON SITE AT SIERRA NEVADA***
***PLEASE FEST RESPONSIBLY!***

Hop Field, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
May 05

Beer Camp - Chico, CA (Now 2 Days!)

Come join us at

SIERRA NEVADA BEER CAMP 2019 - CHICO, CA
THE EPIC ADULT DAY CAMP RETURNS!
Saturday, May 4 AND Sunday, May 5

Save the date: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp returns to Chico! Get ready for even more fun and games alongside your favorites from last year like human foosball, hungry human hippos, silent disco, obstacle course, keg bowling, Hammerschlagen ®, costume contest… the list goes on. And of course, you’ll enjoy all of this with a cold Sierra Nevada beer in hand. Gather your crew and come ready to party, get a little dirty, and experience an unforgettable afternoon that could only be Sierra Nevada Beer Camp!

TICKETS:
All tickets are available starting March 1st at 10 am until sold out. More information on tickets, pricing, and festival details to be announced in February.

All ticket sales are online and final. Tickets are limited and will sell out. You must be 21+ and present a valid ID to attend.

*ACCOMMODATIONS: Please check hotel availability before purchasing tickets. We anticipate that the Camp Fire recovery will continue to impact lodging availability. Tickets are nonrefundable.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions are coming to our webpage soon!

***FESTIVAL SPECIFICS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE***
***THERE IS NO PARKING ON SITE AT SIERRA NEVADA***
***PLEASE FEST RESPONSIBLY!***

Hop Field, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
May 10

The Wild Reeds

Available Online or in Gift shop
Big Room Doors 7:00PM
Food Service 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Wild Reeds 9:00PM
————————————————————————————————————————-

The Wild Reeds are a band led by women, and that matters. Not a sister band, not a girl group, but a band fronted by three women, all talented singers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists in their own right: Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe, and Sharon Silva, with drummer Nick Jones and bass player Nick Phakpiseth providing the Los Angeles-based band’s rhythmic foundation. Like a harmony at its euphoric best, the leads’ powerful — and powerfully distinct — voices merge to form a sound that can only be The Wild Reeds. On their third LP, Cheers, the band comes together to create an ode to the joys and pains of camaraderie.

Watch The Wild Reeds - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TiEO149Ydc

Sierra Nevada Presents! A Concert Series in the Big Room in Chico, CA
May 11

Lauren Anderson

On the Amphitheater Stage at the Sierra Nevada Taproom in Mills River, NC on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 from 2pm to 5pm for a free show with Lauren Anderson.

This soulful rocker, originally from Chicago, has had a passion for singing throughout her entire life. Growing up in a household that was rich in music, her influences were widely varied from artists such as Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, The Pointer Sisters, Eva Cassidy, Etta James, Joss Stone, Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, and many more.

After officially completing her masters in 2012, Lauren began performing solo gigs around the greater Kansas City area and eventually put together a full band. She released her first official EP, “Do & Hope”, in August 2014. Fittingly, this EP was named after the unofficial motto of Lauren’s mother’s side of the family, who often remarked, “Just do it and hope it turns out okay.”
Lauren released her first, full-length CD titled, “Truly Me” in August 2015. And two singles, recorded in the legendary Ocean Way Nashville Studios, in 2016. Shortly after these releases she finally made the leap into becoming a full-time musician and moved to Nashville in February 2017. Since moving to Nashville, Lauren has continued to tour and released her latest EP, now available on all platforms, titled “The Game”.

Amphitheater at the Taproom at Sierra Nevada, Mills River, NC from 2pm to 5pm - Free Show