BLACK SHEEPwith J.SANDS & A.Y.E
Remembered for a couple of striking singles and their membership in the Native Tongues family of groups, Black Sheep also recorded one of rap music's most entertaining debuts, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. Handling both production and delivery, Dres and Mista Lawnge appeared headed for a long, rewarding career.
Both members, Andre Titus (Dres) and William McLean (Mista Lawnge), were natives of New York who grew up in North Carolina, Titus the son of a military man. Both were also hip-hop fans during the mid-'80s, Dres as an MC and Mista Lawnge as a DJ. Looking for a record contract, Lawnge moved to New York -- where he'd spent time as a child -- and played a gig with DJ Red Alert, who introduced him to Mike Gee of the Jungle Brothers. Gee's connection to the newly christened Native Tongues family (headed by Afrika Bambaataa along with Queen Latifah) inspired Lawnge to form Black Sheep and recruit Dres as the group's MC. The duo's first release, "Flavor of the Month," was one of the hottest rap singles of 1991, and the ascendancy of Native Tongues groups De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest only improved Black Sheep's fortunes. Their debut album, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, released on Mercury late that year, hit number 30 on the album charts and the next single, "The Choice Is Yours," was an MTV hit (thanks to director Chuck Stone's video) and a surprising success at college radio (aside from specialty shows, rap rarely appeared on college play lists). The album eventually moved close to one million copies, and the pair appeared on the Brand New Heavies' Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1 next to the era's hottest rappers: Main Source, Gang Starr, Kool G Rap, and the Pharcyde.
RÜFÜS DU SOL with GUESTSDESERT NIGHT EP NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Sydney based trio, RÜFÜS DU SOL are carving out a place for themselves on dancefloors and in minds the world over. They started three years ago on a rainy night in a Byron Bay living room.
Three years ago a couple of friends found themselves alone in Australia’s Byron Bay hinterland, usually an oasis, the Bay was experiencing some unseasonably wet weather. The friends were rained in, trapped, with no food and about $23 between them. Some amongst the party decided to leave the house in search of sustenance. A couple of destitute guys picked up some keyboards and decided to jam. 14 hours later they had 2 songs and knew they wanted to make more. Legit story.
3 years later Jon, James and Tyrone are Australian DIY band RÜFÜS DU SOL. Releasing 2 EPS on their own label, playing stages as far away as Moscow and New York, the band had built a strong online following. It was time for an album.
They locked themselves in a disused water tank. Emerging 8 months later with their debut record ATLAS (due for a world wide release mid 2014), a collection of songs that slip on the precipice of light and dark. Equal parts sun drenched melodies and late night dance floor rhythms. Debuting at #1 on the Australian album charts the record propelled the band into the spotlight. Selling out 17 back-to-back shows as they built a cult following with strong support from Australian taste making radio station Triple J and playing stages in New York, London, Paris and Berlin.
Expect to hear more of RÜFÜS DU SOL as they tour the U.S in March off the back of their debut U.S single ‘Desert Night’, available now.
SEA WOLF (EARLY SHOW)with GUESTS
As Sea Wolf, Alex Brown Church has kept us ensnared in his world of gorgeously lush and longingly moody tales of gypsies, wolves, foggy coastlines, redwood forests, metropolitan nightscapes and precarious loves since his 2007 debut. With his new album Old World Romance, released in September on Dangerbird Records, Church continues the story, delving into new territory.
An NYU film school graduate, and northern California native, Church has always taken the auteur’s approach to Sea Wolf, infusing his lyrics and imagery with his experiences from the romantic grandeur of the West to the old school classicism of the East. But while the scenes he paints in his songs reflect his dual penchants for dramatic natural landscapes and the headiness of urban life, under the surface they are most often about periods of change.
HIP-HOP KARAOKEHOSTED BY APEFACE & ILL MOVEMENTS
We're going to be doing it up big once a month with hosts APEFACE and ILL MOVEMENTS.
The format for HHK is straightforward, and designed to create a positive environment for guests and performers alike. Starting at 10 pm, we run 'sets' of 4-5 people every 15-20 minutes with the DJ spinning in between to keep things poppin off. We want this to be an inclusive and un-intimidating event, that embraces more than the usual freestyle backpacker open mic type cats. We hope to get lots of these proper emcees out, but more importantly draw all the closet hip hop heads out to share that track they kill in the shower every morning. So rally your crew, get your shit together and come to a unique and super bumpin party.
Email HHK@commonwealthbar.ca for more info or to sign up.
BSD 2014 AFTER PARTYw/ HEJ ZEUS (aka IVAN RANKIC & DJ HEEBZ)
SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!! Except for exams, but those can wait.
Calgary's best DJ tandem HEJ ZEUS (Ivan Rankic & DJ Heebz) are going be rocking the Commonwealth stage with all of your favorite party tracks.
$4.00 domestic beers and a special $4.00 BSD shot on special all night.
For large group bookings contact: email@example.com
SMALLTOWN SUNDAY BESTw/ SMALLTOWN DJS & SPECIAL GUESTS PLUS CARL CASSIDY & TUBBY BURGERS
If your ears work, you can’t not have fun at a Smalltown DJs gig. That’s a scientific fact. Look it up. The Canadian duo’s uncanny ability to make crowds feel like schoolkids at recess stems naturally from their focus on maximizing fun for themselves.
For guest list info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
LADYHAWKwith SHOTGUN JIMMIE
Ladyhawk awakens in a trash-filled, "morning after" apartment in East Vancouver, British Columbia. Duffy, Darcy, Sean, and Ryan arise, pick up their instruments and head out into the heathen city, singing songs about life and love. They are rockers and dreamers -- still trapped in their apple country teenage minds, looking for girls and kicks, and mining their teenage quarries from the inside-out. Growing up together as the best of friends, Ladyhawk have stories that radiate with the presence of all four members. Their self-titled debut on Jagjaguwar is a stomping and sweaty ride through the Vancouver streets that they all know well, as viewed from the seats of a bruised and doorless Astro Van. In this ride, you can't help but feel that you will fall out and you will fall down, and your joints will all be sore at the end of the trip.
COMMONWEALTH COLLECTORS CLUB
Commonwealth Collectors Club, is happening again featuring vintage clothing, local art, handmade jewelry, records and other interesting knick-knacks, our curated market has something for everyone; including most of the original vendors from previous editions as well as some new great talent. DJs will be spinning records and the bar will be serving up mimosa’s, so there's no better way to start off your Sunday! And with a portion of proceeds going to charity, it’s guilt free for your conscience.
BATHSwith YOUNG FATHERS
Three years ago, Baths dropped his startlingly beautiful debut, Cerulean. Released on Anticon, the record blurred the line between post-modern pop and the LA beat scene with devastating emotional clarity. Its tone was as celestial as its album title, taken from a shade of blue typically used to describe the sky.
Cerulean earned year-end “Best Of” recognition from Pitchfork and The Onion’s A.V. Club and established Chatsworth-raised Will Wiesenfeld as one of the finest young composers (and falsettos) in Los Angeles. His sophomore album, Obsidian finds him emerging as one of the most complete artists of his generation. As you might expect, the name hints at darker overtones. The mood is shimmering and pitch-black, the lovely blood flow has turned into lava.
PARQUET COURTS with GUESTSPRESENTED BY SLED ISLAND & COMMONWEALTH
Little was said about Parquet Courts’ debut effort, American Specialties. Released exclusively on cassette tape, the quasi-album was an odd collection of 4 track recordings that left those who were paying attention wanting more. A year of woodshedding live sets passed before the Courts committed another song to tape. The band’s first proper LP, Light Up Gold, is a dynamic and diverse foray into the back alleys of the American DIY underground. Bright guitars swirl serpentine over looping, groovy post-punk bass lines and drums that border on robotic precision. While the initial rawness of the band’s early output remains, the songwriting has gracefully evolved. Primary wordsmiths A. Savage and Austin Brown combine for a dynamic lyrical experience, one part an erudite overflow of ideas, the other an exercise in laid-back observation. Lyrically dense, the poetry is in how it flows along with the melody, often times as locked-in as the rhythm section.
From the Blog
Thursday 2/2 at 7:00PM
w/ DJ HEEBZ & APEFACE
Friday 2/3 at 7:00PM
w/ DISORIENTAL (upstairs) & TEDDY CELEBRATION (downstairs)
Saturday 2/4 at 7:00PM
w/ IVAN RANKIC & DJ HEEBZ (upstairs) & ROY LT (downstairs)
Sunday 11/3 at 7:00PM
with CARL CASSIDY & TUBBY BURGERS