PBR Presents: Queen Plz (Illegal), Gemynii (The Conjure)

PBR Presents: Queen Plz (Illegal), Gemynii (The Conjure)

Shirlette Ammons, Henbrain, Hammer No More the Fingers, Real Dad, Ryan Gustafson, Molly Sarlé, Al Riggs

Fri, November 16, 2018

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

Cash donations at the door / No Pre-sale!

This event is all ages

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Queen Plz (Illegal)
Queen Plz (Illegal)
Queen Plz is a scientist, a feminist, a dirty south enthusiast. Her art is inseparable from her politics, and her DJ sets will take you on a meandering journey from the rapid fire of the New York ballroom scene to the slow southern drawl of UGK. She aims to move you, in one way or another, so close your eyes, drop your inhibitions, and follow the night where it leads you."

Queen Plz has been throwing parties in the triangle area for almost five years. She is one of the original founders and resident djs of the monthly Illegal parties at The Pinhook in Durham, as well as holding it down for the queer party scene on a regular basis. She has opened for Jubilee, Lief, Mykki Blanco, TT the Artist, and Mighty Mark.

Her mixtape "First Amendment Area" is a recent winner of the "Bull City in The Mix" local mixtape competition.
Gemynii (The Conjure)
Gemynii (The Conjure)
Artist by trade and DJ by craft, Gem produces experiences that seduce the audience and lures them into her meticulously cultivated audiovisual realm. Though she asserts herself as a selector more than a DJ. She is an open format DJ with an extensive collection of music that represents the best of Hip-Hop, R&B, Dancehall, Baltimore Club, Afrobeat, Rock & Roll, Trap, and Twerk. Since the summer of 2016, Gemynii has been become a regular face at venues such as Arcana and the Pinhook and is the curator of The Conjure - The Celebration of Black & Brown Femmes.
Shirlette Ammons
Shirlette Ammons
shirlette is a Durham, NC-based musician whose sophomore solo album, Language Barrier was co-released by SugarQube Records and Churchkey Records in February 2016. The album features guest appearances by The Indigo Girls, Meshell Ndegeocello, Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso), Hiss Golden Messenger, Median (The Foreign Exchange), Heather McEntire (Mount Moriah), Phil Cook, and Jocelyn Ellis with musical compositions by Daniel Hart (St. Vincent, Broken Social Scene).

shirlette’s first solo album, Twilight For Gladys Bentley, was released in 2012 by Springstoff Records (Berlin, Germany) and is a ‘re-imagining,’ of 1920′s blues singer, Gladys Bentley. shirlette has toured throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the US in support of the work. In 2012, shirlette travelled to Belgrade and Novi Sad, Serbia with Next Level Program, a collaborative international exchange program that engages underserved communities in various countries around the world and uses artistic collaboration and social engagement to enhance people-to-people diplomacy, especially among young audiences. Using multi-disciplinary hip hop collaborations, this unique arts-based exchange explores and addresses conflict resolution strategies by sending up to 20 American beat makers, DJs, B-Boys/B-Girls (or experts of other types of hip hop dance), or MCs in teams of 5 artists to lead four- to six-week exchange programs in various countries.

shirlette’s past works include a 2011 release with Chapel Hill based rock band, The Dynamite Brothers called And Lover’s Like. The album includes guest appearances from Justin Robinson (formerly of The Carolina Chocolate Drops), Kelly Crisp (The Rosebuds), Juan Huevos, Greg Humphreys, Yahzarah, Jocelyn Ellis, and Pierce Freelon. Her most recent collection of poetry, Matching Skin featuring The John Anonymous EP was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2008. Shirlette’s first collection entitled Stumphole: Aunthology of Backwoods Blood was published by Big Drum Press in 2002. Her literary work has appeared in The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, What Your Momma Never Tod You: True Stories About Love and Sex, The Asheville Revielw and The Journal of the Academy of American Poets amongst other publications. She has recieved a John Hope Franklin Grant for Documentary Studies, The Ebony Harlem Award for Literary Achievement, as well as Emerging Artist Grants from the Durham Arts COuncil and the United Arts Council. She is also vocalist for the hip hop rock band Mosadi Music whose debut album, The Window, was released in 2006 and songwriter and vocalist for the fusion electronic duo, Jon Anonymous. As a freelance writer, Shirlette has contributed to The Independent Weekly and Duke Performance’s Blog, The Thread. Shirlette resides and creates in Durham, North Carolina.
Henbrain
Henbrain
Once described as a "love-child of Iron Maiden, Tori Amos, Rush, and The Doors", this group is built on not one but TWO BASSES playing together to weave epic masterpieces complemented by powerful drum lines, dreamy keys, and roaring female vocals. It's a double bass punch to the face.
Hammer No More the Fingers
Hammer No More the Fingers
Pink is the worm of the night that moves up through the drain, into your brain. Catchy and fun at the base level, Hammer No More the Fingers' music grows more interesting and intricate after each listen.

There is no neatly packaged description for Hammer's sound. You could shoehorn them into a 90s indie rock revival thing, but it's a little like putting a squid in a sweater. Perhaps the fact that Joe Hall, Jeff Stickley and Duncan Webster have been playing music together since 1994 conjures nostalgic feelings of a sound developed and perfected over the past two decades. Hammer is a continually developing exploration of the music these guys were born to create.

Recorded in the Durham home of Jay Murphy, the 2007 self-titled EP catapulted Hammer into the Triangle music scene. After touring the release, the band received national recognition, most notably as a Stereogum Band to Watch. The band took their next batch of material to producer J Robbins to create their first LP, Looking for Bruce. Working with one of their heroes proved to be a defining moment for the band. J Robbins has fronted and produced many bands that were huge influences during their formative years. Hammer returned to work with him in 2010 to record Black Shark, their most recent full-length release. The second LP explored the use of strings and keys, adding a new dimension to Hammer's ever-evolving sound. Touring both releases extensively in the US and UK, Hammer has found a growing population of die-hard fans.

Recently, the guys have explored side projects and solo work, revealing a new sense of purpose. The projects have inspired each member to bring more eclectic ideas to the table, creating an endless well of material. Hammer just recorded a 5-song EP with Black Mountain honey bear BJ Burton of The Love Language. They took a more stripped down approach to this recording, revisiting their enthusiastic beginnings of jumping around on couches during marathon practices. As always, the band's favorite album is the one they're working on.

"The hooks and harmonies of Hammer No More the Fingers are one thing, but the way the trio writhes around crazy chords and builds from inventive bridges to addictive choruses puts them alongside Oxford Collapse or No Age – that is, in the upper echelon of young, essential indie rock."

-Grayson Currin
Real Dad
Real Dad
"Dark", "Dusky", "Danceable", "Disorienting", "Dystopian", "Durham", "Dad" - IndyWeek


After the breakup of The Charming Youngsters, Nolan Smock started Real Dad as a disassociated Twitter account and instrumental music for a movie that didn't exist. It was a chance to get away from the rock band process built over the last ten years, to re-focus on the electronic roots of earlier home-recordings and -- because a small apartment means the "studio" is just a desk in the living room -- play with new sounds while their partner re-watched the entire series of 'Buffy: The Vampire Slayer'.

After months of rehearsals and a handful of shows in 2016, including performances and residences at The Carrack and Arcana in Durham, NC, Real Dad eventually transformed from horror scores to warped pop music inspired by equal parts Batman Forever and Twin Peaks soundtracks, Scott Walker and Sia. Real Dad performed frequently over the next two years, usually with violin accompaniment from Erica Schinasi, including sold out shows with TV Girl and The Love Language, WKNC's Fridays on the Lawn, Dave Rodriguez's (Merge Records / Bull City Records) DIY show series 'Why Wait', a musical guest on Mettlesome Comedy's improv show The Golden Age, and featured Hopscotch day party, Spazzscotch.

In 2018, Real Dad, currently a solo act, continues to perform and records and releases singles regularly. These digital releases range from self-recorded tracks to collaborations with Durham producers and musicians including Brian Haran (Ama Divers, Filthybird), James Phillips (Bombadil), PlayPlay, Treee City, CALAPSE, Big Spider's Back.
Ryan Gustafson
Molly Sarlé
Molly Sarlé
A few introductory lines from Molly Sarlé

Mountain Man: first album, Made the Harbor, released 2010
toured the world

Member of Feist’s band for her album, Metals
A Zen monastery
LA
Leslie Feist told me i was a lightning bolt, so i should keep making my own music

Decided to write an album, and moved to Big Sur in my car
ended up making friends with a woman who lived at the top of a mountain, up the same road Henry Miller used to walk down in his underpants to get his mail
lived in a mouse-infested Airstream and hiked through the mountains, went to karaoke, wrote songs

Missed the company of people, so i moved to Durham
met Ryan Gustafson at album release show for his Montana, worked on this new album with him. Fall recording. 2018 to the world.
met the Canine Heart Sounds, dreams came true

Jenn Wasner says my songs are making her psychic = heart Grammy
Al Riggs
Al Riggs
I lived in Greensboro, NC for three years. In that time I was making quiet music that wanted to get louder and loud music that was forced to be quieter. This was due to living with someone at the time who said the sound of any acoustic guitar would put them to sleep and who threw an entire rack of my guitars to the ground as a response to “no I don’t think I’m using too much dish soap”.

These songs went un-listened-to, unplayed, not really thought about in the years following the break up and the eventual move to the Triangle, where this is being written right now.

In the spring of 2017, halfway through recording what was going to end up being a skeletal yet optimistic album called Hell House, I met with Brad Cook to discuss Music Things. He had the idea to have a singles collection; a means to whittle down a huge back catalogue into an easier to digest introduction.

Brad’s enthusiasm for the idea is the reason you’re reading this and is the reason Hiding From The Sun came to be.

It features 16 songs (13 on the original digital version and 3 more on the cassette re-release from the Cottage St. label) from various releases of mine that I consider to be the most catchy, enjoyable, and defiantly loud that I have to offer. Some (most) of them are rough around the edges and the quality in recording jumps around a lot, but I feel that I have arranged them into a jittery flow resembling a new home with old parables etched into the crown molding.

Please leave any questions or comments you may have with the man in the jean-vest on your way out.

-al Riggs

Durham, NC
February 2018
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/