If you live in Harrisonburg and go to shows, then Diarrhea Planet likely need no introduction. They’ve been playing here for years, and have developed quite a little mountain town cult following. Their set in the basement of a local show house after last year’s Macrock was easily one of the craziest performances I’ve ever witnessed in Harrisonburg. That show has become sort of legendary here. They covered “Born To Run”, so yeah.
But if you’re not as familiar with Diarrhea Planet, don’t let the name turn you off. These Nashvillians bring a full on multi guitar, punk rock detonation that is not to be missed. The melodies are immediate, the guitars shred true, and the vocals almost demand participation. Start with the old classics like “Ghost With a Boner” and then move on to tracks off their most recent, more refined but equally combustive release I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.
Diarrhea Planet return for this year’s Macrock, which goes down April 4th and 5th. Make sure you have long hair by then.
ATTENTION ATTENTION it’s cold in Harrisonburg but our hearts are warmed to announce the next wave of bands playing Macrock XVII! Boogarins, The Diamond Center, Disciples of Christ, Grass is Green, and Kal Marks will all be joining us this April!! Check them out and keep sending us those applications if you want to play with these rad bands at Macrock!
If there’s one band that I’ve heard other bands talk about the most this year, it’s gotta be Ovlov. Indie nerds all up and down the east coast collectively praise Ovlov, wearing their t shirts and playing tunes from ambefore shows. And it makes sense: not many other bands seem to be pulling off fuzzy 90’s indie rock as well as Ovlov. Listen to their track “The Well” and find some one to live all over.
Macrock XVII is very proud to be hosting Ovlov this April, so be sure to come out to Harrisonburg and hear what all the fuzz is about.
Also remember we are still accepting applications to play Macrock until February 14, so get those doggies in the mail.
HEY HEY over the next few months we’re going to be introducing some of the artists you’ll be able to check out at Macrock XVII. First up is EX-CULT.
I saw this band at the Blue Nile last fall and it ruled pretty hard. You know how when you see unfamiliar faces at your local show spot and you wonder if they are members of the touring band or just some weirdo ghosts? That didn’t happen; EX-CULT look like a punk band in all the best ways. I think half this band sports mutton chops? And their live show didn’t disappoint- EX-CULT were loud and direct and punk with enough interesting guitar parts to ever let things get boring.
Seriously they were great you’re not gonna wanna miss them when they return to Harrisonburg for Macrock XVII. EX-CULT have a new record called MIDNIGHT PASSENGER coming out at the end of April so come see all these future classics early.
We are so pleased, excited, overwhelmed to announce that Disco Doom, Ex Hex, Occultist, PC worship, and Woodsman will all be playing MACROCK XVII! Remember there is still time to submit your application to what is surely turning into possibly our best festival yet. Remember to check out our website for more details at macrockva.org or on our Facebook page.
So happy to have so many great bands come play at our home, Harrisonburg! Stay tuned as more details and posts roll out in the coming weeks. April 4th and 5th can’t come soon enough!
We here at MACROCK have long been supporters of Court Square Theater, so we are extremely excited for what they have coming! If you are a performer of any kind be sure to apply to their 24 Hour Project. A festival combining drama, comedy, music, dance, spoken word, and many other performance art forms. A fundraiser and platform to see all the talent Harrisonburg and Court Square Theater has to offer. Go here for more information and remember that the deadline for the application is December 5th!! So hurry.
Also the project is taking place Jan. 25th, you know what else is occurring? The deadline for MACROCK application!!! Be sure to apply to MACROCK while you are at it!
What album are you listening to the most right now?
Chris: Deep Trip by Destruction Unit
Abby: Tie buhtween The Freed Man- Sebadoh and Through the Head- Nona
How long have you been working with MACROCK?
C: 3 Years!
A: 3 yrz
Best MACROCK moment?
C: Diarrhea Planet’s after show last year was packed out and really fun. Also, Bouncing Souls played three years ago!
A: I’d like to preface this one by saying when you’re on the committee you don’t actually get to see many of the showcases because your working so much, so my favorite memories are from last year, running to see Ava Luna play their final song (<3) and DP’s after show waaahhhhh so cool.
One thing about harrisonburg that you feel everyone should know about?
C: There’s a great house show scene!
A: hAUs SHowZ (and it’s a great place for touring bands!).
Musical guilty pleasure?
C: Ben Folds!
A: Lil Debbie
What are you most excited about for MACROCK this year?
C: Seeing all the fun that people have/sleeprock after.
A: It’s hard to know because we don’t have the showcases lined up, but definitely the label expo and red bull highs
You know Eternal Summers, that great band from Roanoke who brought down the house at Clementine on Saturday. Well they need your help!! If you want to help one for your favorite bands (and one of our favorites) than head on over to http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/eternalsummers. You can pre-order the new album or pledge to help the band with their future endeavors. Anything can help, and thanks for coming to support MACROCK and Eternal Summers last weekend!
So my brother wrote this poem when he was six years old or something. It’s very sad and I think it’s the best poem ever and I think it sums up the end of this year’s MACROCK. Obviously, it is not about MACROCK. It’s actually about Christmas but you’ll get the gist when you read it.
So, here’s the best poem in the entire world, which was written by my brother Jason some time between 1989 and 1992. (Hey, Jason, sorry if you get mad at me for doing this, but your art needs to be shared.) :
They’re taking down the Christmas tree. They’re taking down the Christmas tree. It’s over. It’s crying.
SEE YA NEXT YEAR, FREAKS!!! I’M GONNA GO HIBERNATE.
It’s too early for me to think of a witty introduction, but, luckily, Larkin Arts' excellence speaks for itself.
Located in the Denton building on Court Square, Larkin Arts houses a gallery, a school, studio spaces, and an art supply store. Yep. All four. In one space. Oh, and it’s beautiful. But that’s not really what this is about. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Unless it’s Larkin Arts because then you’d be judging it appropriately… I digress…
One thing I personally love about Larkin is their 6 x 6 juried shows that feature really awesome local artists. And guess what, Internet? There’s one happening TONIGHT from 5 to 8 p.m.! So take a tiny break from rockin’ out, come to the opening, and see John Hostetter perfrom from 6:30 to 7:30!
Also during this lovely MACROCK weekend (it starts today!!! AHHHH!!), Larkin will be hosting an ART MARKET! It’s gonna happen on Saturday between noon and 6 p.m.! The market will feature work from a dozen artists, ranging from paintings and prints to other arts and crafts. So swing by on your way either to or from the Label Expo and buy some cool stuff!
Another aspect of Larkin Arts that’s super cool is that they offer art classes for humans ages 4 to 400! Just kidding, nobody lives to be 400. So scoot on over to their site to check them out.
Seriously, though, the Valley is home to some incredibly talented artists, and the owners and operators of Larkin Arts are definitely among them. Their yearn to bring the artists of the Valley closer to the people has made for one incredible, inviting, and really emotionally affecting space. The owners are warm and friendly, the atmosphere is unpretentious, and everything in there really shines. So come check it out and see what art in Harrisonburg is all about!
Don’t forget about the MACROCK Label Expo. The MACROCK Label Expo is a flea market style event hosted in the Blue Nile Basement from 12-4 on Saturday! This year we are hosting some vendors like Waxahatchee’s label Don Giovanni and a local label Quiet Year Records, local artists, clothiers, and more!!!! This event is open to all MACROCK attendees so you can $hOP tiL u Dr0p!
This year is extra special, Funny/ Not Funny Records wil be throwing their third annual Acoustic Set with bands from all of the participating labels and the Blue Nile will be offering a $6.99 buffet all day in addition to their fully loaded bar and awesome regular menu.
Have you ever been lost in a desert, parched by thirst? All you want is artisan beer and local wine, oh the misery! No need to fear. Harrisonburg isn’t a desert, but Midtowne Market is an oasis. Centrally located among all the venues, this little nugget has everything you could ever want: beer, wine, cigarettes, snacks and even some local products. The best part? They are open until 2 a.m. both nights of MACROCK. So if you forget your toothbrush or even your smokes you can get them here. Located at 20th West Water Street (on the corner of Water and Main) or call at (540) 383-7249.
A great organization that is invested in the revitalization of Downtown Harrisonburg. They have a comprehensive vision of what the community can be. We are honored to be apart of that vision. If you would like to find out more then head over to downtownharrisonburg.org for all the details of their mission. Also remember that there are over 30 restaurants and 50 shops that you can find in between the showcases, panels, and label expo. Find the complete the list at their website.
Remember that you can connect with them directly at facebook.com/downtownharrisonburg.
Yet again we are so honored to be apart of the revitalization of Harrisonburg and all the support of the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance!
MACROCK XVI is only four days away are you ready?!!
GET DRUNK AND THEN GET FULL: JACK BROWN'S AND BILLY JACK'S
Ohhh Jack Brown’s and Billy Jack’s, you are the reasons for my ten-pound weight-gain over this past year.
Seriously, I don’t know how they do it, but these sister bars both boast the most delicious, decadent, diet-crushing menus in Harrisonburg.
While both businesses focus on beer (they both have so much beer I’m not even going to try to list it), they differ in the eats they offer. Jack Brown’s is a no-frills burger joint. Seriously, I don’t even think they have ketchup. That might not be true. Actually, that’s probably a complete lie. I’m sure they have ketchup. But they definitely don’t have lettuce and tomato. You know what they do have? Daily burger specials. And they are so weird and so delicious. How special can a burger get, you ask? OH I WILL TELL YOU:
The Greg Brady: mac and cheese and bbq chips. It’s everyone’s favorite. It’ll probably give you a heart attack but who cares? The Showalter (I think this still exists but I’m not sure): bacon, egg, and cheese on donuts. Donuts. The Elvis: peanut butter, mayo, bacon, cheese. Hey, it’s what the King would have wanted.
Unfortunately for you, Jack Brown’s only offers one of these specials a day, so you’ll just have to wait and see what you can get. I know Fridays are Greg Brady days and Saturdays are freestyle days, meaning they’re gonna put whatever-the-hell they want on a burger and you will eat it and you will like it. Oh also, they have fried Oreos. Yep. Yeeeeeeeep.
If you’re not a fan of red meat, head on over to Billy Jack’s. They’re located on the same block, after all, between Water St. and Court Square. And ooohhhh Billy Jack’s is so good. I must confess that I’m a chicken nugget addict. I don’t know why or how it happened, but I am. And Billy Jack’s has the. best. chicken nuggets. My personal menu favorites are as follows…
Chipotle-lime Sticky Nugs: served in a chinese take-out box with blue cheese or ranch dressing Sweet Chili Sticky Nugs: see above. Chicken & Waffles: I mean yeah. Jalapeno-chili-cheese fries: with ranch. Raaanch. The Muddy Pig: a homemade donut with Nutella and bacon. MMMHMM.
Billy Jack’s has a number of wing and donut options, too. And LOTS of beer on draft. So come check these businesses out when you’re in town! They’re both open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends.
A not-so hidden gem of Downtown Harrisonburg, the Indian American Cafe serves up the best Nepali style food around. You can customize your meals hotness level from 1/2 (Mild) to 5 (SPICY!). No joke, some of the greatest food that you will ever taste! The restaurant is super friendly (kid-friendly too), and open Monday - Saturday 11:00-2:30 and 5:00-9:00pm and closed Sunday. Be sure to stop by while you are in Harrisonburg, you won’t regret it.
Check out the Ponir Saag (cheese cubes with spinach and a bunch of other Nepali spices) and the lamb curry. Y U M .
Over the last couple of days I’ve been seeing posts on my Facebook news feed of a bunch of people who will be experiencing (yes, that’s the correct word to use) Sigur Ros tomorrow at the Patriot Center in D.C.
This particular committee member, will also be participating in this other worldly experience and thinks if you haven’t ever had the chance, you should. This ambient, celestial, well-respected band has proven to be quite the forceful, foursome since they first made the journey from Iceland to the U.S. They have explored music in ways that not many have and produced some of the most moving and emotional (in my opinion) music of its kind.
But if you didn’t know about their show tomorrow or forgot to buy your ticket, its not sold out! Also this band is the unpredictable sort so this might be the only chance you’ll get to see them for a long time or ever! Here’s the info to get your tickets:
GET TO KNOW YOUR VENUES: The Little Grill Collective
This little eclectic restaurant is a staple of the Harrisonburg community. Even though it’s small, it boasts a variety of food and entertainment that you can’t ever really go wrong with.
It has a Mexi night, Indian night, and a “Down Home” or southern cooking night. The menu is geared to vegan’s and vegetarians with their specialties of “groovy” gravy and soysauge but they still offer meat options including a grass fed hamburger and a local free range chicken burrito.
But, I bet if you stopped anyone on the street to ask where to get the best breakfast, they will point you towards the Little Grill. Their Blue Monkey Pancakes (fluffy batter filled with blueberries and bananas), breakfast burrito, or any choice of their omelets will leave you completely and utterly satisfied and ready to start your day. (Literally, I could go on and on about the breakfast menu at this place.)
MACROCK loves having them as a venue because they are always super supportive of us as well as, the entire community. This restaurant leaves your tummy happy along with your conscious because you know that you’re giving to a collective that’s constantly giving back to the community.
So luckily if you’re trying to see Modern Hut or Waxahatchee this year at MACROCK you’ll be spending some time at the Little Grill. If not, I would find an excuse to get their breakfast the morning after MACROCK… it will be the best completion to your weekend.
Located at the end of Court Square - right next to the Artful Dodger - is Court Square Theater (completely different from Court Square Music). It’s one of Harrisonburg’s TWO movie theaters, but it’s not a movie theater all the time. Court Square Theater specializes in the performing arts. You want plays? They got ‘em. You want shows? Check. You want indie films? LOOK NO FURTHER.
Court Square Theater is also home to the Super Gr8 Film Festival, which happens annually in November. Basically, a bunch of artists go out and film a little movie on a Super 8 camera and aren’t allowed to see it before it’s shown to the public. It’s super cool.
You know how being able to eat some weird 12-course meal and drink a super-expensive-yet-crappy bottle of wine while watching a movie is really trendy right now? Well Court Square Theater does not offer that, because that is stupid. THEY DO HAVE ALCOHOL, THOUGH. And POPCORN and CANDY. Yum!!
A N Y W A Y … It’s an adorable little theater and it’s always the host to our folky and softer showcases. This year On an On, Holopaw, Julianna Barwick, Timbre, and Cat Martino will be gracing the stage. Talk about an angelic and talented lady fest!
So come out and take a break from standing to watch some of our loveliest and whimsical acts.
GET TO KNOW YOUR VENUES: Court Square Music (Downtown 34)
Courts Square Music (formerly Downtown 34) is a cool live-recording studio/general space for music. It’s kind of hard to describe. They just remodeled, so it’s no longer a music store. They got a wood floor in, I heard. It’s super spacious - probably the biggest venue - and it’s ready to be filled with the likes of YOU!
This year it’ll be host to our noise rock showcase (!!!!) and our noodly/emo showcase! We’re super stoked to welcome everyone into the space.
One thing ya gotta know about Court Square Music is that ya can’t drink. Soooo get your drinkin’ done before you come. Don’t worry - it’s located smack dab in the middle of Court Square - across the square from the Dodger - and next to this cheap-ass restaurant Jess’ Quick Lunch. So you’ll be able to get booze and food. DON’T WORRY.
We just posted on our website the final list of headliners for the venues of MACROCK XVI!!
Be sure to check out at the great bands and talent with such artists as Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, On and On, Tyvek, and many more… Remember even more announcements are coming soon with applied bands.
If you like what you see or hear than be sure to buy your pre-sale ticket for $20 on the MACROCK website.
Clementine (not Clementine’s) is located just before Court Square, on Main and Newman. It’s got a big ol’ stage that’s ready for an awesome showcase! If you like good, interesting food; a great drink selection; and awesome things to look at then Clementine is purrfect for you! This year Clementine will be hosting our garage rock showcases and psych showcases.
Downstairs is a sultry little basement bar called Ruby’s. There won’t be bands playing down there, so you can venture into the abyss to take a little breather. There’s a big giant back patio and it’s a nice place to smoke cigarettes and have drunk chats about life. Or MACROCK. Or a movie. I’m just tryina’ say that it’s a good talk spot, ya dig?
If you like yummy, left-of-center cuisine, you need to check out Clementine’s menu. Here are our suggestions:
Baked Goat Cheese: delicious goat cheese topped with kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and fresh basil. Served with yummy grilled pita. Fried Goat Cheese Salad: This doesn’t even really need a description because you should understand its awesomeness. Spinach, fried goat cheese, marinated tomatoes, balsamic. Yes. Yes. Gooooood. Chicken-Apple Bacon Wrap: grilled chicken, granny smith apples, cheddar cheese, bacon, greens, sun-dried tomato aioli. Tangy and delightful. Pork BBQ Sammich: Yup. BBQ from Hanks on a house made roll served with cole slaw and tabasco onions. Avocado Bacon Burger: Avocado spread, a big ol’ burger, havarti cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, chipotle aioli. MMMMM MEAT.
All items listed are priced between $6 and $10.
They have an ill brunch on Sunday that you should hit up. Mmm eggs benedict mmm steak and eggs mmmm.
Our ninth member is a cat. Deal. And he has great taste in music and life. He helped us sort, sit on, and generally kept us entertained during the listening process. He is crazy and invaluable to the process that is MACROCK.
MACROCK is pumped to be hosting some real sweet bands this year. So excited even, that of course we can’t help but to personally tell all you MACROCKers about them! But we’re not the only one’s talking about how great they are… There’s quite a buzz about some of our headliners in the music world as of this past week that we think are worth passing along via tumblr.
It’s close to about a month and a half left before MACROCK and with our final announcement coming up soon, all you true attendees and fans of MACROCK should be doing your research on what bands you don’t want to miss!
Also don’t forget you can pre-order tickets now! Go to www.macrock.org. Believe me, buying in advanced is the better decision in life. :)
TONIGHT (IN LIKE A HALF HOUR): USELESS EATHERS + THE HUMAN FLY
@ CrayCrayACAB, 10:30
Useless Eaters (Nashville): Bluesy garage rock with super treated vocals. Ex-members of Heavy Cream. FFO Television and Wire, ya digg? Yeah ya do The Human Fly (Hburg): grunge pop FFO Eels and being bummed out.
Whatchya doin’ tomorrow? Nothin’? LAME. You SHOULD be attending MACROCK trivia night at the Dodger!
Starting at 8 p.m., teams of up to 6 people can compete in a music-themed, MACROCK-sponsored trivia night.
"What’s in it for ME?" you’re saying to yourself under your breath. Glad you asked! The winners will receive either FOUR FREE BADGES TO MACROCK XVI ($104 value/let’s be real: priceless) or 75 BUCKAROOS. You’re free to choose, but you should take the badges.
REMEMBER, this trivia night is music-themed, so we’ll be testing your knowledge of tuuunes. There will be some questions about MACROCK bands, but most questions will be about famous(ish) musicians.
Get ready to get rowdy! Also check out the awesome flyer Tori Toper made us :]
* I need to preface this post by saying that I spend entirely too much time and money at the Blue Nile.
Located downtown on the corner of Main and Wolfe, the Nile is a one-two punch. Downstairs is a venue/bar and upstairs is a restaurant/bar. Either way, there will be booze. The Nile (as we localz call it) usually hosts our metal showcase, as well as the label expo. The basement is dark and dingy and gritty and a lil bit scary and it’s the purrfect hide out for all you hard rawkers. $3 PBR tall boys at all times. Except on Sundays and Tuesdays when they’re $2. Also, shout out to the bar staff, because they’re all awesome.
Upstairs is super different. It’s a bright, pretty, airy Ethiopian restaurant. And they got some seriously delicious food. If you like things that are good/cheap, I suggest hitting up the lunch buffet ($7 on Sunday and Monday, $9 every other day… wut?!). Let me also suggest the following:
Azifah Fitfit: lentils, onions, green peppers, injera bits, vinegar, olive oil, mustard… YUM. Served on a giant piece of injera. (My personal favey.) Shorba: Your choice of lentil or peanut soup. ‘Nuff. Said. Fried Tofu: Sweet ‘n’ sour. Served with lettuce that you won’t eat. Himbasha pocket: Think Ethiopian calzone. It’s got meat and keye wat and lots of cheese. Get the lamb. Get. The. Lamb. I’m salivating just thinking about it… Tacos: Two delicious tacos served with chips and salsa AND guac. Crazy good. I suggest the beef. Eggie Grinder: For the vegetarians. Scrambled eggs, collards, rosemary, guac. On a sammich. You get a side (go for the sweet potato fries or the mixed veggies; YUM).
Best part? Nothing I’ve listed is above $7. Yeah. This is why I’m always there.
TONIGHT: MACROCK BENEFIT SHOW; TOMORROW: AWESUM REGULAR SHOW
I know it’s a cold and dreary day, but you should peel yourself off the couch and come to an AWESOME MACROCK BENEFIT SHOW tonight! SRSLY, we are SO STOKED for this show, dudes and dudettes.
TONIGHT @ CRAYCRAYACAB @ 9:30
Lil’ Huffy (Hburg, brand new!) Sloppy sounds in the vein of Japanther and Dinosaur Jr. Death Cassettes (Hburg, brand new!) Low-fi garage rawk for lovers of Ty Segall and day drinking on porches White Laces (RVA, MACRAWK vetties) ~*DrEaMy*~ shoegaze that you WILL love. Bib-bi (Hburg, not a band anymore) Getting back together for one night only! Dreamy grunge rock. Don’t miss it!
We’re askin for $5 or whatever ya got to spare! We tryina get those fuuunddzzz so we can bring y’all some dope bands in April.
Be there or be dead.
R U A PUNK? GOOD, ME TOO. Well not really, but I LIKE punk a lot. If you feel the same way, then you NEED to come out to the Nile tomorrow (Feb. 17) at 9 p.m.
Worried Sick (Hburg) hardcore for you angry mothersuckers. Think Ceremony. It’ll be rowdy. Sinister Haze (RVA) new act, never heard ‘em, tried to find ‘em on Myspace but only found a weird white rapper. Probably punk/metal? I DUNNO. Devil’s Hand (RVA) hardcore punk for fans of Motorhead (aka everyone good). Ex-Dry Spell. THEY RULL GUD. Thrones of Deceit (Hburg) Cruuuuuuuust puuuuuunk. They got a new drummer and they sound REAL nice. Everyone was stoked on them when they played Crayola last week. Come out. They got MERCH. I’m talkin’ a real cool shirt with a wolf on it. Probably some recordings. I don’t know though don’t trust me :$