Formed in 2015 by members of The Obits, Holy Fuck and The Cops.
For this show SAVAK will have Alexis Fleisig (GvsB, Soulside) on drums and Matt Hunter (Silver Jews, The Wharton Tiers Ensemble) on bass.
"The early to mid-80’s New York underground produced a dark strain of No Wave-influenced post punk bands such as Sonic Youth, Rat At Rat R, and Live Skull—amongst countless other unknowns—whose brooding, paranoia-inducing sounds oozed like napalm across an already-decayed urban landscape. Baltimore, MD’s Quattracenta—a quartet featuring former members of The Uniform, Lo Moda, Piranha Pariah, and Home Recording Project—could have easily been one of those bands, as their sound is so spiritually akin, it’s frightening. That said, the band are no mere copyists and thrust a very modern take on to those old tropes. Their J. Robbins (Jawbox/Government Issue)-produced EP shows them honing their bewitching/repellent, mechanic/organic clang to great effect. A strong debut."
- The Big Takeover Magazine, Issue #83 (Brian Swirsky)
Black Beach - Fuzz Surf Punk (Boston)
Defenders. - Noise Rock (Baltimore)
Dosser - Shoegazey Grungey stuff (Baltimore)
doors at 8pm
$8 advance tickets
$10 day of show
Brews and Board Games will hold its October pop-up at Joe Squared!
Some board and card games, both classic and contemporary, are provided for anyone to play. Feel free to bring your own as well if you have something special in mind.
Come bring some friends, meet some new ones, drink some dranks (alcoholic or non) and play some games!
As always, winners of all games get prizes:
- Cheap Prizes!
- Free drinks!
- 2-for-1 drinks!
- 4 Actual Good Prizes, generously provided by: No Land Beyond, re:gen, Canton Games and THIRD EYE COMICS!!
FREE to attend, but please buy some beer/cocktails/soda to support this event! Stop on by between 6 and 10. Invite your friends!
This is a safer space event. Racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, misogyny, ableism, classism, xenophobia, body shaming, etc. are not welcome.
Unregistered Nurse Booking presents...
with guests, TBA
“Manic” is the only word Arthur gives to describe his mindset going into recording his debut album, Woof Woof. An isolated year and a half spent in the woods of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, allowed Arthur to channel that manic energy into nothing but his most ambitious project yet, creating his own world “inhabited by a religion of my own making, like I was in a cloud, or hell, or something. Searching for charity and my own vision of morality.”
Gradyville, PA, where the album was recorded felt like being trapped in time, trapped out of time maybe. The recordings of phone calls and voice messages show a thin connection to the “real” happenings happening separately from his recording studio/parents’ house, little portholes that gave Arthur a disjointed but needed view into what was going on outside of the constructed world of his recording process.
This idea of a “place out of time” seems to follow Arthur, creating little bubbles of weird and eerie truth that exist for only the people experiencing it then and there, but with this album he has created a physical representation of this skill, shedding the ephemeral nature of what it used to be. Now you can carry a transporter to the liminal world of Arthur with you at all times.
Arthur expands on this with this message to his listeners: “The best version of your reality is the one you create, the best version of yourself is not the one that exists.”
Accessibility info: Joe2 is down one flight of steps with handrails. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.
Indonesian Invasion tour 2019 featuring metal giants Burgerkill Official on their first U.S. tour along with NYC/Indonesian thrashers Suaka. Closing the evening are crash-thrash, black-crust local Bal'more legends Crawler !!!
OTS productions presents:
Transkam (from Tokyo, Japan) is Yana (Drummer of "Numbs"), Tune(Guitarist of "Alan Smithee's MAD Universe"), formed in November 2013.
After that, Yukiyo(Bassist of "TACOBONDS") joined the band in 2014.
Concept is HxCx / minimal / '90V / Junk / Industrial / Krautrock.
Transkam is Trip-music, putting emphasis on Riff and Rhythm.
The First album Titled, "BLUESHADE OF THE OMEGASOUND" released on Zot Records in June 2016. After coming off a great tour in the US in 2016 and 2018, They are coming back to the US.
Nag Champa (DC)
8pm doors / $10 at the door / Wednesday, Nov 6th 2019
The Moonbees and Studebaker Huck are heading to Baltimore!
Cascading Elephants, Future Country, Clean Breast and Diet of Worms at Joe Squared on Friday December 27!
$7 at the door
Diet of Worms
The Baltimore Podcast Festival returns for it's fourth year, bringing the best podcasts from Baltimore and Maryland to the stage for two days of entertainment! F
On Day 2 at Joe Squared, we feature the following shows: Drug-E Nation Podcast, Unofficially BLACK, The Bipolar Bitch, Fifty to 50 and Dissecting The 80s!
Admission is free, so come out and enjoy another year of certified home-grown podcasts!
The festival is sponsored by Alston Carlisle Media.
SUN OCT 6 at Joe Squared...
THEY CAME FROM THE NORTH!
Tunic (Canuck Neuz Rawk)
New Primals (Minneapolis Spasmods)
The Wayward (Progpunk, mem. Multicult)
Hot Shame (New Bmore Chunk Slingers)
8p $10 Any questions, ask away
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, ALL AGES
Hailing from across Canada and the UK, Montreal's Pottery consists of core writers Austin Boylan and Jacob Shepansky, along with Peter Baylis, Paul Jacobs, and Tom Gould. Initially bonding over artists such as Orange Juice, Josef K and Devo, the band creates a sound that combines eclectic traces of post-punk, pop, and dance music, forming an unusual atmosphere that envelopes audiences. While often shrill and jarring, Pottery's songs simultaneously engage listeners into a hypnotic state. It's this dualism that binds them together, uncovering harmony within discord.
Baltimore's Best Comedy Night Is Back!
We're back with a big one for October! Kasaun Wilson comes to Gin and Jokes to headline!
You’ve seen him performing on stages from NBC’s Last Comic Standing to Broadway but there’s more to this Jersey kid. Kasaun Wilson began his comedy career during his time at Howard University with the urging of his professor, the legendary Al Freeman Jr. Since that time, he has been featured on platforms as recent as TruTV’s Laff Tracks, TVOne’s NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, and too many more to name! He’s performing in colleges, churches, theaters, and arenas around the country including the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, THE Ohio State University, Gotham Comedy Club in New York, and the Kennedy Center, and back where he started comedy, the DC Improv. He’s opened up for acts like Donnell Rawlings (Chappelle’s Show), Michael Blackson (Friday After Next), and Griff (Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell). He’s currently co-hosting “YouthFul Praise with JJ Hairston” on Rejoice Musical Soul Food Network and creator of the Generational Curse Breaker brand but he's taking a break from all that for GIN AND JOKES!!!
Drinks by Baltimore Spirits Company! Hosted by Umar Khan! Doors at 8:30! 21+
Les Prof De Skids are coming all the way from France to share their psychedelic take on spaghetti western 🎵
With friends... Nature Boys ! The rocknroll legends from Kansas City are back and ready to cave this basement in with their fast and hard spitting harmonies.
W/ local support from James Bondage & Period Bomb!
Unregistered Nurse Booking presents...
Sequoyah Murray (Thrill Jockey Records)
At just 22 years old, Sequoyah Murray is crafting the kind of concise, singular musical statements that many artists strive for their whole careers. His mutant brand of modern soul is as deeply eclectic as it is instantly arresting, a quality that drew early comparisons to Arthur Russell. Like Russell, Murray has a boundless, playful approach to composition; an incredible breadth of vision balanced by concise editing. Futuristic electronics, West and North African influenced polyrhythms, gospel vocals and psychedelic Tropicália textures blend seamlessly, anchored by his astounding three-octave baritone. Before You Begin, Murray’s debut album, demonstrates the immense scope of his artistry. Composed, played and produced almost entirely by Murray himself, the album takes the listener on a deeply personal journey through youth.
Before You Begin traces Murray’s “historical fiction of his own life,” as he puts it. It is as sensuous and blissful as it is blue, mining memory to craft vivid, dreamlike pieces that feel instantly relatable yet otherworldly. The album is influenced by Murray’s experience growing up in one of the world’s music capitals. Atlanta’s hip-hop and trap heritage finds its place in his inventive lyricism, future-seeking sonics and DIY approach to music-making. Although Murray points to rap as one influence, he cites Atlanta’s lesser-known jazz and free-improv scene as facilitating his development as an artist. Growing up in a musical family, his parents being active musicians, Murray often joined them in improvisation sessions. His frequent exposure and involvement with such a creative environment helped nurture and develop Murray into an adept improviser.
Before You Begin distills an enormous wealth of ideas, emotion and detail into a stunning debut. Murray’s joyful energy is infectious on his bravely intimate self-portrait, painted with an inventive and unexpected collection of sounds.
with Baltimore acts MovaKween, Josh Stokes, and Eyas
Joe2 is accessible by a set of stairs with double handrails. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.
C.W. Stoneking (Australia)
There are multitudes in Stoneking’s music. It’s probably easiest to describe him as a ‘blues artist,’ but the term disguises what makes his music special. There’s so much in there. A 1920s pre-war blues sound is key, but there’s almost equal helpings of New Orleans jazz, jug band music, hokum, country and calypso, and he’s lately brought in elements of jump jive, early rock’n’roll and gospel. His gift is that he brings them all together without anything sounding out of place. He finds the strands that connect all of these different styles and gently braids them together. It’s what he values more than anything: “It’s getting everything to unify really. The music, the flow of it, keeping it moving, with no dead spots. Then I guess having the lyrics and the meaning that flows in that too, you know? Getting it all to knit together in a way that, if you didn’t speak English maybe, you’d still be able to feel the melody, or the sounds of the words. If you did, then the meaning would also flow. That’s sort of what I’m trying to do, I guess.” When so many on the blues scene are trying to sound ‘authentic’ – whatever that is – it’s that unity of sound that allows Stoneking to actually achieve it, and with apparent ease, too. Back in the day, no-one was ‘just’ a blues musician, or a jazz or country musician, and so neither is he.
Stoneking’s work can never really be second-guessed; you never know what you’re going to get. After charming his audiences with acoustic parlour guitars, National resonators, tenor banjos and a band laden with brass on his first two albums, he dropped all of that to go electric with his latest, 2014’s Gon’ Boogaloo, which was all about his Fender Jazzmaster and doo-wop backing vocals. While acoustic is still in his plans, it seems like he’s ditched the banjo for good; he’s been known to go on the occasional but vicious anti-banjo tirade. When I try to ask him about it, he suffices with “I have to be careful with what I say. People get angry about that sort of stuff.” Maybe he’s been advised by his lawyers. Maybe it’s just part of his own epic, enigmatic legend.
Accessibility information: Joe Squared is down a flight of steps with two handrails. If you have any accessibility concerns please get in touch and we will do our best to help.
Sickle Cell & Unregistered Nurse Booking present..
Parsnip (Melbourne, Trouble In Mind Records)
"Parsnip’s first full-length is playful, poetic, propulsive punk. An album perpetually in motion, When the Tree Bears Fruit is just over half an hour of absurd, understated energy. There’s an immediacy to the sheer joy, velocity and whimsy of Parsnip’s delivery. When the Tree Bears Fruit was recorded over three days, and truly captures the energy the group are known for live, of a cannily controlled chaos. This is an album that invites its listener to join in its celebration: the record’s title, inspired by the ideas of guru and poet Sri Chinmoy, refers to the idea that a tree will grow fruit and it will be offered for anyone and everyone to share in. The band see this principle as it applies to their work – to sharing their joy and nonsense with the world, and hoping people will enjoy it."
Road Dog Booking PRESENTS: 8pm! DOORS at 8!
June Pastel • junepastel.bandcamp.com
Steady Sun • steadysun.bandcamp.com
The Big Net • thebignet.bandcamp.com
Christa Wilcox • christawilcox.bandcamp.com
Accessibility info: Joe2 is down a flight of steps with two handrails. If you have questions or concerns about accessibility, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.
Unregistered Nurse Booking presents
Uniform (NY, Sacred Bones Records)
$12/ all ages
Following the release of critically acclaimed LP Wake in Fright, which had two songs featured in the new season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, it was time for Uniform vocalist Michael Berdan and instrumentalist Ben Greenberg to return to the studio. The duo decided to up the ante and add a third member to help perfect their vicious post-industrial dystopian cyber-punk. After some deliberation, Greenberg called upon drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy, Zs) to help round out the sound they were looking for. Using a mix of triggered samples and real drums along with layered synths and good old electric guitar, the trio arrived at what would become The Long Walk after only a few short days in the studio.
From the opening whirr of the title track, it’s clear that the band is onto something special. Recorded in Strange Weather studios in the first part of 2018, The Long Walk is eight new tracks by the duo of Greenberg and Berdan, incorporating Fox’s skills behind the drum kit to add an entirely new dimension to the signature Uniform sound. Ditching sequenced tracks, Greenberg opted for single takes to highlight the Frankenstein-like guitar-bass-synth hybrid that oozes throughout the recording. Meanwhile, crushing guitar thunder is punched up by Fox’s masterful drumming while Berdan’s cries from the nether feel more desperate and morose than ever. This is Uniform at its most bleak, emotional, and powerful.
Accessibility info: Downsquares is down one flight of steps with two handrails. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.
We're back and laughing off summer like it didn't suck the life out of us! Gin and Jokes returns to the Joe Squared basement with another killer line-up headlined by Brian Parise!!
Brian got his start in DC before moving to New York City, performing on New Faces at Montreal Just For Laughs, and going on to win an Emmy for his writing on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He performs standup in NYC and on the road, hosts one of the hottest monthly comedy shows in Brooklyn, and has been selected to perform at a number of other festivals including Laughing Skull, Laughing Devil, Skankfest, Asheville Comedy Festival, Cinderblock, and the Boston Comedy Festival.
It's the best show in Baltimore and the best $8 you can spend on a Thursday! Drinks by Baltimore Spirits Company! Hosted by Umar Khan! 21+ only
Malci & Free Snacks are two hip-hop acts from the new and burgeoning hip-hop label Why? Records based in Chicago, IL. They will be joined by locals Josh Stokes and I.R.A..
Malci's sound has been heralded as creative and chaotic-- if nothing else but staggeringly original and experimental. He draws from forward-thinking hip-hop like Flying Lotus and Milo, pushing the genre's limits and boundaries to bend and grow.
Free Snacks are a super duo of Joshua Virtue and Ruby Watson two of Chicago's most refreshing and exciting new voices to emerge in recent memory. They tag-team through sample-based beats with chemistry and ease while each rapper shines with two of the most unique voices, perspectives and flows.
Josh Stokes (Baltimore)
Josh Stokes is a Baltimore-based Drummer, Singer, & Producer operating with every genre from Hip Hop to Funk to Rock.
In order to describe I.R.A., the words refreshing and innovative will come to mind. Musically I.R.A. has created a lane of his own with melodic flow
Crawler [Baltimore crust metal. debut full length out Aug 2nd on HPGD / Money fire recs]
Cliterati [PDX D-Beat /Queer Crust, Tank Crimes Recs]
Bellicosas [Baltimore crusty grunge duo first show in months!]
At Joe Squared
DOORS AT 7 first band at 8pm
Blood & Stomach Pills are coming to Charm City from upstate New York! “...Encompassing a broad geography of American music, husband-and-wife duo Heron (drums/guitar/vocals) and Sierra Furtwangler (drums/organ/vocals), employ a palette of gnashing guitars and gospel, punk, and country vocals, underpinned by a bedrock of undertaker organ..." -Chronogram Magazine
Church Grim is a three piece lo-fi garage band from the eastern shore of MD. Featuring members of Penny Pistolero and The John Hardy Boys.
Vampire Beat is a one-man Sci Fi garage band from Baltimore
The Dead Ringers are a high-energy two piece garage punk band from Essex
21 and older
Doors at 8:00/Show at 9:00
Drunk Mums (BURGER RECORDS, Australia)
BBQT and Unholy Sights
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
The four piece, have built a reputation for their rowdy shows over the years, having played at many of the country's finest festivals: Cherry Rock, Party in the Paddock, Paradise, Sounds of the Suburbs as well as with the likes of Jake Bugg, Dune Rats and Rich Ramone.
Melbourne rock outfit Drunk Mums return with a new single ‘Ode To Death’ The first single of their forthcoming EP Denim.
The track continues from their recent homage of hard rock and punk heard on their latest release Leather. Taking influence from Johnny Thundersand The Stooges the band takes a step back with this one, or so it seems, considering the lyrics have a pretty bleak undertone. Don’t let that fool you though, it is still something you could probably show ya parents and hell they’d probably like it too...