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Variety Lights

Variety Lights

Experimental / Psychedelic / Electronic Chicago, IL  US
Silent Too Long
Silent Too Long
Oh Setting Sun
Oh Setting Sun


Feeling All Alone


  • 2014

    Jun 13

    Chicago, IL, US | 10:00pm
  • 2014

    May 14

    Madison, WI, US | 5:00pm

    DUST BUNNIES w/ Soundless, T.V. Mike & The Scarecrowes, Variety Lights DUST BUNNIES w/ Soundless, T.V. Mike & The Scarecrowes, Variety Lights May 14, 9:00 PM Ages: 18+$5 / $8 under 21DUST BUNNIES w/ Soundless, T.V. Mike & The Scarecrowes, Variety LightsDUST BUNNIESDust Bunnies combine hope & cheer to the sad truth of doom & gloom through kiwi-inspired minimalist pop. No strangers to cartoon garage bands of the 60s & 70s, the Dust Bunnies are full of catchy hooks & 3-chord/2-minute rock & roll hits.Songwriter Paul Nixon was a creative force in mathy rock outfit Black Apple (Whistler Records) & leads Chicago's only punk rock choir, the Blue Ribbon Glee Club. Crystal Hartford joined the Dust Bunnies after being discovered at her debut show singing with the all supermodel band The Xylenes, she currently plays as one half of the group Hartford/Focht. While Nick is learning to play bass with Dust Bunnies, he adequately plays guitar for Barber Greene (Yes Club), bends bits as The Variable Why (Patient Sounds) & once putzed around in a dream-haze with Light Pollution (Carpark).SOUNDLESST.V. MIKE & THE SCARECROWESLike the Universe, the passage of time, works in mysterious ways. Depending on perspective, it can seem to expand or contract, turning years into months, months into weeks and weeks into days or days into weeks into months into years.For the creation of Weeks to Days, the second album by Bay Area band T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes, it did both simultaneously and named the album in the process - or did the process somehow do the naming? A case could really be made for both sidesIt should come as no surprise that synchronicity is no stranger to this band, whose three core members independently decided to relocate from Bloomington, Indiana to the promised land of California at precisely the same time. The year was 2007.Over the ensuing years, T.V. Mike and his Scarecrowes would attempt to change their name to the Scarecrows, only to be thwarted by Marc Ford and a metal band from Petaluma. The extra e in their name had the last laugh.They would find themselves accidentally making music with other Indiana ex-pats, recording their first album on 1 tape, selling over 700 copies by hand and accidentally having it named one of the Top 20 albums of 2009 by the East Bay Express.And then time got a little crazy.The recording of Weeks to Days took over two years thanks to the runaway success of tUnE-YarDs, who hijacked engineer Eli Crews as their front of house sound guy. Rather than work with someone else, the band choose to bide their time and work around his erratic schedule. Days literally turned into years, but their working camaraderie led the band to push their sonic envelope, adding heretofore unexplored instruments like synthesizers and electric guitars.Somehow, Rogue Wave drummer (and fellow Hoosier) Pat Spurgeon found himself with some complementary free time and recorded basic drum tracks for the record. To increase versatility in the recording process, the band opted to record on 2 tape at Crews New, Improved Studio but use the Pro Tools-equipped Walti Productions Studio for vocal and misc. overdubs. Crews ultimately brought the whole thing together.However, as time was expanding, it was also contracting for singer/songwriter T.V. Mike, who was losing his mother to pancreatic cancer. Her years turned into months, then years, weeks and ultimately days. That experience seeps into the album in more tender ballads like I Need You and Middle America.If any of this leads you to believe youre in for a heavy trip, you clearly havent heard these ex-Midwestern mischief-makers in action. Weeks Into Days is a raucous celebration of life in all its messy glory. T.V. Mike and backing vocalist De lead the charge, hootin, hollerin and harmonizing their way through 10 twang-inflected tunes that are far more likely to have you raising your beer than crying in it.And if youre worried that a couple of years sitting around waiting to finish a record took their toll on the bands energy level, dont you fret. These songs were forged through live performance the Scarecrowes are itching to get back in the field.So while time may work in mysterious ways, it appears to have known what it was doing. Weeks to Days is freewheelin Americana at its finest a testament to a band whose patience and trust in the Universe continues to pay off in spades.T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes have played with: tUnE-YarDs, Fruit Bats, Horse Feathers, Rafter, Beachwood Sparks, The Donkeys, Karl Blau, The Avett Brothers, The Impossible Shapes, Catfish Haven, My Morning Jacket, Awesome Cool Dudes, Drakkar Sauna, Pink Moutaintops, Minus Story, Cross Canadian Rag Weed, Trailer Bride, and many more$5 / $8 under 21Ages: 18+

  • 2014

    Jan 25

    Chicago, IL, US | 3:00pm
  • 2013

    Nov 1

    Saint Paul, MN, US | 7:30pm
  • 2013

    Sep 4

    Chicago, IL, US | 9:00pm



Label: Fire Records

Bio: More than 18 years since he left the public spotlight, mysterious mad-genius David Baker, legendary frontman of the original incarnation of Mercury Rev, is back with new band Variety Lights. The masterful new album 'Central Flow', due for release in June, is a collaboration between Baker and fell...See Full Bio

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