3 days ago

Monolith Showcase 2014

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Join Monolith Agency in celebrating it’s 4th year of cultivating the bridge between the Alaska-­Northwest music scenes.  This year we are proud to announce our two headliners: Portland, Oregon’s Animal Eyes, as well as the triumphant return of ex­-Anchorage doomwave rock band, Historian.

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Animal Eyes (Photo: Joshua Veldstra)

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Other notable acts on the roster include the lovely indie-­songstress Ezza Rose (Portland, OR), Gypsy­-folksters Feeding Frenzy (Fairbanks, AK) and longtime Monolith songbird, Emma Hill (Anchorage, AK).  New faces this year include psychedelic rockers Dabarko, the high energy, barn-burning Shoot Dangs (Anchorage/ Fairbanks, AK) as well as americana act Blackwater Railroad Company (Seward, AK).

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 $15 per night // $25 for both nights

Online tickets available at the following links:

Friday, September 19  //  Saturday, September 20 // Both Nights

Physical tickets available at Taproot

4 weeks ago

Emma Hill Celebrates The Release of ‘Denali’ with Her Gentlemen Callers


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Photo Credit: Lauren Parker

Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers to celebrate the release of Denali at Tap Root on August 16th.

Anchorage-based singer/songwriter Emma Hill will perform her new album, Denali, in its entirety on August 16th at Tap Root, supported by a full 7-piece backing band including members of The Whipsaws, Sweating Honey and Ghost Hands.

 The evening will be divided into two separate shows – the first, featuring the new album, will be a sit-down dinner-style performance. The Super Saturated Sugar Strings will open the show with a performance of their new album, Heart-Shaped Leaves, followed by Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers performing Denali.

 The second show will feature another set from each band including older favorite selections and an open dance floor.

 Denali, Hill’s fifth full-length album, was recorded this spring by producer Evan Phillips (The Whipsaws) and engineer James Glaves (Ghost Hands) in Anchorage. Hill’s longtime collaborator, Bryan Daste, also recorded tracks in Portland, OR. The album features many Alaskan musicians and themes, most notably the title track, an homage to Alaska’s most famous monolith. Though not officially released until October 7th, Hill has decided to give Alaskans early access to the album.

 Tickets for either of the two shows are $10 apiece, or $15 for admission to both shows. Tickets are available at the Tap Root box office, (907) 345-0282, or online at taprootalaska.com. Tap Root is located at 3300 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503.

Emma Hill Alaska Tour Dates August 2014

Thursday, July 31       Kenai, AK     Kenai Fine Arts Center       7pm

Sunday, August 3      Ninilchik, AK       Salmonstock*      12:30pm

Monday, August 4      Cooper Landing, AK       Kingfisher Roadhouse        7pm

Wednesday, August 6       Talkeetna, AK       Fairview Inn         9pm

Thursday, August 7      Bethel, AK        House Show        7pm

Friday, August 8       Bethel, AK       Arts Council        7pm

Saturday, August 9       Palmer, AK       TBA       7pm

Sunday, August 10      Anchorage, AK        House Show          7:30pm

Tuesday, August 12        Anchorage, AK       House Show          7:30pm

Thursday, August 14        Seward, AK        Resurrect Art Coffee House          7pm

Friday, August 15        Trapper Creek, AK         Trapper Creak Music Fest           9pm

Saturday, August 16         Anchorage, AK        Taproot*           7pm/ 10pm

Sunday, August 17       Kantishna, AK        Kantishna Music Fest         TBA

Monday, August 18       Denali Park, AK       Denali Education Center         7pm

Tuesday, August 19        Denali Park, AK      The Spike           9pm

Wednesday, August 20     Healy, AK       49th State Brewing      6:30pm

Thursday, August 21      Healy, AK       49th State Brewing     10:30pm

Friday, August 22       Fairbanks, AK       House Show        7:30pm

Saturday, August 23       Palmer, AK         House Show       7:3opm

Sunday, August 24      Palmer, AK      AK State Fair         TBA

* w/ Her Gentlemen Callers

1 month ago

The Migration of Great Elk

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Last year Monolith worked with ex-Bethel resident Paul Basile. This year he’ll be back with his Brooklyn-based band, Great Elk.  The band has spent the last several years developing a strong following in New York City and touring throughout the Northeast US. Great Elk has recently drawn comparisons to Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie and My Morning Jacket.  Autogeography, their latest record, is a collection of mid-tempo indie rock gems and lush ballads. Check them out below:

Great Elk 2014 Alaska Tour

Thursday, August 7      Anchorage, AK       House Show*      7:30pm        $10/$20 suggested

Friday, August 8     Denali, AK     Salmon Bake       10pm      $3

Saturday, August 9      Denali, AK     Salmon Bake       10pm     $3

Monday, August 11        Denali, AK       The Spike        9pm         Free

Tuesday, August 12      Anchorage, AK      Studio 2200*      7:30pm          $10

Wednesday, August 13       Anchorage, AK       Taproot         10pm        $10

Thursday, August 14         Anchorage, AK        Humpy’s          9pm        Free

Friday, August 15       Homer, AK       Down East Saloon        930pm        Free

Saturday, August 16        Homer, AK       Kharacter’s         9pm        Free

Sunday, August 17       Cooper Landing, AK        Kingfisher Roadhouse       7pm      Free

Thursday, August 21      Palmer, AK       AK State Fair         2:30pm/ 7pm

* Contact Evan Phillips at evan@monolithagency.com for tour/ house concert details

3 months ago

Animal Eyes Bring Ursus to Alaska

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Animal Eyes are one of us.  They know the sourdough pancakes at the Roadhouse in Talkeetna are unrivaled, and that Homer Brewing distributes their beers in old Sobe bottles. They are one of us because they love their home state for its grandeur, its grit, and its wild game. They are one of us because like you, they grew up chasing lofty dreams, and they went out to the great beyond and they are effing doing it! They are one of us because they are Alaskan.

Only thing is they live in Portland now… However, they have managed to bring their killer indie game home the last couple years, and this time they are bringing thier new EP, “Ursus”, with them. In the midst of hundreds of bands residing in Rip City, the band has managed to make a name and a sound for themselves; one that has caught the ears of many of the upper echelon music rags and waves in the Pacific Northwest. Proof below.

“Newly released EP Ursus—Latin for “bear,” harking back to the members’ Alaskan roots—shows the quintet continuing its toothy assault on the standardized rock-’n’-roll format.” – Mark Stock, Willamette Week
 
On the single ‘Bender’ from ‘Ursus’:
“Throwing any trace of traditional pop structure out within the first twenty seconds, leaving room for the band to run wild. Energetic but not spastic, the song sprints in pop, psych rock, and world music directions – all at the same time. Without any boundaries, Animal Eyes use “Bender” to throw anything and everything they can at the wall. Miraculously, it all sticks.” -Jacob Webb, KEXP Song of the Day
 
“[EXPERIMENTS IN POP] It would be easy to say Animal Eyes sounds like the Dirty Projectors hanging out with Grizzly Bear, but I won’t. The groups have similar characteristics (quick, whirring guitar riffs; layers of shiny vocals; bright, experimental undertones), but direct comparisons sell the band short. Found in the Forest, the group’s debut album released last November, holds 10 invaluable and far-flung tracks. From the quick and campy accordion featured on “Sweet Eyes” to the bluesy, mountainous sound of “Goat Chasing,” Animal Eyes is a genre-bending pop group that’s not afraid to do things its way”.   -Nikki Volpicelli, Willamette Week
 

We at Monolith love this band. They are one of the most unique acts we have ever worked with and we want you to love them too. Go to these shows for the real deal.

Animal Eyes Alaska Tour Dates // May-June 2014

Saturday, May 24     Trapper Creek, AK     Trapper Creek Festival       9pm/$50

Thursday, May 29       Fairbanks, AK      The Marlin        10pm/$5

Friday, May  30        Fairbanks, AK     The Marlin      10pm/$5

Saturday, May 31     Talkeetna, AK     Fairview Inn     930pm/Free

Thursday, June 5     Denali, AK     The Bake     930pm/$5

Friday, June 6     Anchorage, AK     Live After 5      5pm/Free

Friday, June 6     Anchorage, AK      Taproot w/ Dabarko      945pm/$7

Saturday, June 7      Anchorage, AK      Humpy’s      930pm / Free

Sunday, June 8      Anchorage, AK     Private Event      8pm

Wednesday, June 11     Homer, AK     Kharacter’s      930pm/Free

Thursday, June 12      Homer, AK     Down East Saloon       930pm/Free

Friday, June 13     Seward, AK      Yukon Bar      930pm/Free

Saturday, June 14       Seward, AK     Yukon Bar    930pm/Free

Sunday, June 15     Cooper Landing, AK      Kingfisher Roadhouse        9pm/Free

5 months ago

In The Shadow of Denali – Emma Hill Alaska Spring Tour

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Artwork by: Laúra E. Lauterbach

Emma Hill and longtime bandmate and producer, Bryan Daste, will be touring Alaska in April.  The duo have been recording their newest album  with the assistance of Alaskan-based producer Evan Phillips (The Whipsaws, Easton Stagger Phillips) and mixing engineer, James Glaves (Ghost Hands, Historian).  Although the new album (tentatively titled Denali) isn’t slated for release until August 2014, the band plans to give fans a sneak peak over the spring.  At the merch table, three new songs will be available via digital download with the purchase of limited edition, screen printed tour posters.  For now, you can listen to the title track of Denali here:

Emma Hill & Bryan Daste Alaska Spring Tour

Tuesday, April 1     Anchorage, AK     House Concert      7:30pm/ $10-$20

Wednesday, April 2     Anchorage, AK     House Concert     7:30pm/ $10-$20

Thursday, April 3     Fairbanks, AK     The Marlin     10pm/ $5

Friday, April 4     Fairbanks, AK     House Concert     7:30pm/ $10-$20

Saturday, April 5     Palmer, AK     Vagabond Blues     7:30pm/ $10-$15

Sunday, April 6     Eagle River, AK    House Concert    7pm/ $10-$20

Monday, April 7     Palmer, AK    House Concert      7pm/ $10-$20

Thursday, April 10     90.3 KNBA Interview     5:30pm

Thursday, April 10    Anchorage, AK     Taproot     9pm/ $7

Friday, April 11     Seward, AK     Resurrect Art Coffee House     7pm/ $10+

Saturday, April 12     Ninilchik, AK    The Peddler     7pm/ $25-$35

Saturday, April 12      Homer, AK     Kharacters     10pm

Sunday, April 13     Anchorage, AK     Studio 2200*    8pm

Monday, April 14     Sutton, AK    Sutton Library     7pm

For House Concert information, please contact Evan Phillips @ evan@monolithagency.com

                              * Private Show

6 months ago

Got The We Shared Milk?

 

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“…in firm command of a sound that has elements of hazed-out ’70s and slack-jawed ’90s, but sounds entirely up to date.”
-Portland Mercury

The We Shared Milk are another group of Portland-based Alaskan expats, who are making their presence known in the thick soup of NW bands; legend has it that some of them are from Talkeetna. These dudes have been busting their humps in Portland for the last few years and we have been chatting with them about hitting Alaskan stages for about as long.  The We Shared Milk has a sound that is a a bit of a departure from that which Monolith has been sharing with Alaska in the recent past, but we are certain Alaska will be into it.

We are especially a fan of their song “Drag” and we’ll let this video do the talking. Just do yourself a favor and check them out while you can.

The We Shared Milk Alaska Tour Dates

Thursday, March 27       Fairbanks, AK      The Marlin      10pm/ $5

Friday, March 28      Fairbanks, AK       UAF Pub       9:30pm/ $5

Saturday, March 29      Talkeetna, AK        Fairview Inn       10pm

Tuesday, April 1       Anchorage, AK       Studio 2200       7:30pm

Wednesday, April 2      Homer, AK      Kharacter’s          9:30pm

Thursday, April 3      Anchorage, AK       Humpy’s Alehouse           9:30pm

Friday, April 4     Anchorage, AK       Taproot         9:30pm/ $7  w/ The Sweeteners

Saturday, April 5       Seward, AK      Yukon Bar        9:3opm

7 months ago

Paul Basile Comes Home

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Paul Basile, singer/songwriter and frontman of the acclaimed NYC band Great Elk, will tour Alaska later this month for the first time since 2007. Basile got his start in Bethel, AK, where he lived for several years and recorded his first album. Since then he’s gone on to live in Brooklyn, NY, where he started Great Elk, and has toured internationally both with the band and as a solo performer.

With a striking voice – at times a delicate whisper and at times a brave, vocal weapon – Paul Basile writes “rustic rock anthems worthy of Band of Horses or My Morning Jacket”. It is rare to find someone who can sing and write in such prose, while preserving the raw experience of the American man. Like the ballads of Ray LaMontagne, the songs are strong, emotional and stirring.

Paul Basile Alaska Tour Dates

Wednesday, January 22     Fairview Inn      Talkeetna, AK        9:30pm

Thursday, January 23     KSUA Take Out Session     Fairbanks, AK     7pm

Friday, January 24     The Marlin     Fairbanks, AK      10pm/ $5

Tuesday, January 28     House Concert     Palmer, AK     7pm

Wednesday, January 29     House Concert     Anchorage, AK     7:30pm

Thursday, January 30    90.3 KNBA     Anchorage, AK     5:30pm

Thursday, January 30     Taproot      Anchorage, AK       9:30pm/ $7

Friday, January 31     House Concert     Anchorage, AK     7:30pm

Saturday, February 1     Studio 2200     Anchorage, AK      7:30pm

Sunday, February 2     House Concert     Anchorage, AK      2pm

Tuesday, February 4      Arctic Entries     Anchorage, AK      7:30pm/ $10

For House Concert information contact Evan Phillips // evan@monolithagency.com

10 months ago

Courtney Marie Andrews

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Every now and then you hear a voice that stops you in your tracks.  This was the case when I first listened to Courtney Marie Andrews.  A few months ago, Courtney emailed me saying she had heard about Monolith Agency via an NPR Marketplace story (You can listen to that HERE), and wondered if we’d be interested in working with her.  I streamed her new album On My Page, and was instantly floored.  Courtney is a phenomenal songwriter and musician, and her voice is stunning, to say the least.  In my eyes, this 22 year old songstress is THE modern day Joni Mitchell.  We couldn’t be happier to be working with Courtney for her first tour of Alaska.  - E.P.

Alaska Tour Dates (November, 2013)

Tuesday, November 12         Arctic Entries       7pm       Anchorage, AK

Wednesday, November 13      House Concert       7pm       Anchorage, AK

Thursday, November 14       90.3 KNBA Interview       5:30pm        Anchorage, AK

Thursday, November 14       Studio 2200     8pm       Anchorage, AK

Friday, November 15     House Concert      7:30pm      Anchorage, AK

Saturday, November 16       House Concert       7:30pm        Fairbanks, AK

Sunday, November 17     KSUA ‘Take Out Session’       7pm       Fairbanks, AK

Thursday, November 21       House Concert       7:30pm        Palmer, AK

Friday, November 22        Resurrect Art Coffee House        6:30pm          Seward, AK

Saturday, November 23        House Concert          7:30pm        Anchorage, AK

Sunday, November 24       Songwriting Workshop       7:30pm      Anchorage, AK

For house concert info contact Evan Phillips//evan@monolithagency.com

1 year ago

Monolith Showcase 2013

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1 year ago

Monolith Agency featured on NPR’s ‘Marketplace’

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Monolith Agency was featured on NPR’s Marketplace today. You can read the story HERE.

 

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