Xylouris White: 7:00pm-7:40pm
Violent Femmes: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Playing times are approximate, venue closes at 10:00pm
One of the most beloved bands of the golden age of indie rock, Violent Femmes formed in 1981 as an acoustic punk band playing the streets of Milwaukee. They were quickly ranked among the era’s most inventive and original, constantly pushing forward with their singular blend of folk and punk, sarcasm and spirituality.
The trio released eight studio albums and more than a dozen singles, among them such iconic classics as ‘American Music’, ‘Gone Daddy Gone’, ‘Nightmares’, ‘Add It Up’, and of course, ‘Blister In The Sun’. Violent Femmes’ remarkable three-decade career earned them cumulative sales of many millions worldwide, with their eponymous first album becoming the first and only album in Billboard history to enter the charts as a platinum album eight years after its initial release.
Their raw sound and honest lyrical perspective has been cited as an influence by artists as diverse as The Smiths, The Pixies, John Cusack, Mark Morris, Pink, Keith Urban, Wim Wenders.
Violent Femmes returned to action in 2013 with an acclaimed performance at Coachella. Viglione (The Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails) came aboard and the newly reconstituted band embarked on a wide-ranging tour that included headline dates and ecstatically received festival sets around the world. The Guardian applauded a London date as “a triumphant rampage through their back catalogue,” declaring the band’s self-titled 1983 debut to be “a cult classic of teenage alienation – a sneerier, post-pubescent Catcher in the Rye, if you like, with added nocturnal emissions and rattling acoustic bass solos.”
Xylouris White is a duo comprised of master of Cretan lute, George Xylouris, and Jim White, a most innovative and charismatic of drummer. Their revolutionary sound is fluid in nature, exciting and edgy, the music is riveting, compelling, spellbinding.
One of the best-loved artists on Crete, the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, George Xylouris is a member of a clan long-regarded throughout Greece as musical royalty. Tohear Xylouris play his long-necked lauto and sing songs of love and liberty in his impassioned, distinctive voice, is to experience tradition at its finest; a sound that has taken him around the world, to festivals and concert venues throughout Europe, North America and Australia – where he lived for eight years in Melbourne, and back again to Crete.
Jim White first commanded international attention in the mid-1990’s with the acclaimed Australian instrumental trio Dirty Three, the New York-Based virtuoso is now the go-to guy for alt-Alist vocalists with collaborations in mind. His is a unique playing style forged in the then isolated Melbourne; a style that can sound like a full band one moment, and something stark and beautiful the next. With a career this long and varied, credits are too numerous to list, having recorded and performed with everyone from the likes of Smog, Nick Cave and Will Oldham to PJ Harvey and Cat Power.
Together they released their album Goats in 2014, Goats being a metaphor for the music they were about to invent, music that would fuse traditional Cretan music with rock.