Bl_ank - Dream Beast LIVE at Total Drag!
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Bl_ank - Dream Beast LIVE at Total Drag!

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23RD!

Bl_ank
B|_ank(pronounced “blank”) is the solo project of electro-acoustic percussionist/experimental artist Will Hicks. He creates intense and abstract listening experiences by blending his furious drumming style with analog synthesizers, coupled with elements of electronic percussion and live-manipulated digital visuals. His performances can be very harsh and pulsating, as well as ambient and beautiful. He recently performed at the notorious Big Ears Music Festival where RollingStone chose his performance out of over 100 as one of the best shows of the entire festival and dubbing him as the “best solo drummer”. In addition to his solo work, Hicks is a long-time collaborator with The Flaming Lips, and has recently performed with members of Deerhoof and R Stevie Moore.

https://youtu.be/LYFJczMM-94

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQLGxeF2ubA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlhu8FXmpsU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTtyDdUlqkY&t=9s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qTX6f_UcxI

Bandcamp:

https://blankasfuck.bandcamp.com

“…a spectacle of musical mastery and visual art rarely seen.” -Brightest Young Things

Doors at 7pm - Music at 8pm
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LISA PRANK LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!
Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

LISA PRANK LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!

MONDAY NOVEMBER 4TH!


Lisa Prank is a true blue romantic. In fact, “I’m very preoccupied with romance,” songwriter Robin Edwards admits, “and I’m always trying to figure out what the deal with love is.” On her new record, Perfect Love Song, Edwards acknowledges the ultimate joke of love: that there is no

perfect, so you’ll get tripped up while chasing it but what else could possibly be more rich, more exhilarating, more everything, skinned knees be damned? Stitching together pop punk panache and pillow talk introspection, Perfect Love Song finds Lisa Prank not in pursuit of the

flawless impossible, as the title may suggest. Rather, she’s interested in the entire experience of love and learning through it. “I never learned how to be mad,” Edwards sings on the reflective “Get Mad” but she did learn how to write totally gratifying pop songs about it, with the end of

“processing my feelings, and hoping that other people can relate if they’ve been in a similar situation.” Perfect Love Song is an album that takes a soft focus gaze at romance’s sharpest points and edges, both the exciting peaks and the scary cliffs.


Lisa Prank


LINKS

Instagram: http://instagram.com/lisa_prank

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisaprankmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lisaprank

Bandcamp: https://lisaprank.bandcamp.com


$10 in Advance - Tickets on Sale Friday 8/9/19!!

Available at Total Drag - 307 E. 12th Street Downtown Sioux Falls or by calling 605-521-6439, or by shooting us a message on FB.


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GOOD MORNING'S 1ST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR!!
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

GOOD MORNING'S 1ST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR!!

GOOD MORNING is live at Total Drag October 18th!
Melbourne lo-fi pop

Tickets on sale 8/12
$10 advance
$12 at the door

doors at 7
music at 8

Good Morning is the recording project of Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons. An experiment in blurring the lines that circle guitar pop, Good Morning are at once scrappy and melodic, cynical and silly, narrative and abstract: guitar music that’s distinctly contemporary and never self-serious.

Formed in 2013 when Blair and Parsons bought themselves a 4-track, Good Morning have two albums and two EPs to their name. The band have consistently proven live favourites in their hometown, packing out headline shows, no matter how long it takes them to remember to book them. Slightly belying their decidedly no-frills approach to recording and playing live, the band were recently heavily sampled on A$AP Rocky’s “Kids Turned Out Fine”, maybe the result of Instagram shoutouts from Tyler The Creator and members of The Internet. Their early EPs Shawcross and Glory defined the band’s initial lo-fi, lazy and laconic sound, and have amassed over 36 million streams on Spotify alone. Equally melodic and melancholic, the band’s debut full-length Prize // Reward was the first time Blair and Parsons recorded and mixed a Good Morning release alone, and they developed a taste for production

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KLAUS JOHANN GROBE LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!!
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

KLAUS JOHANN GROBE LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!!

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH!!
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY AUG 2ND!!

Swiss group Klaus Johann Grobe have been at it since 2012, and have just released their third album "Du Bist So Symmetrisch (and third on Trouble In Mind), the
group continues to defy description & blur the lines between electronic pop, dance music, synthesis kosmische.
The band has toured extensively since 2014, highlights being supporting tours with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Growlers and Temples, and they have toured and played festivals in the U.S.A., U.K., Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland,
France and Spain.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isLiuMN9JLs&t=162s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i_Yzb_VL0U

Klaus Johann Grobe

$12 Adv Tickets available at Total Drag (307 E. 12th St. Sioux Falls SD) or by calling 605-521-6439!
Doors at 7pm - Music at 8pm
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BIG BUSINESS LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

BIG BUSINESS LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH!
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 5/17 at 11AM!
(Available at Total Drag or by calling 605-521-6439)

Big Business is a band. They play heavy rock. On that, we can all agree. Things get tricky when you try to classify exactly where on the musical spectrum the dynamic duo’s racket falls. “I guess psychedelic heavy metal punk rock? I don’t know. People always say ‘sludge rock,’ which I always found to be lazy and kind
of inaccurate," says drummer Coady Willis. "A lot of our songs are fast, and it’s not like we’re playing a half-assed Black Sabbath riff over and over again. That’s been the struggle of the band. We’re a band that doesn’t really fit into what everyone else is doing"
Willis comes from punk rockers The Murder City Devils. His co-conspirator, bassist/vocalist Jared Warren,
spent time in noise rock weirdos Karp. Together, they formed Big Business in 2004. The LA-based outfit’s first three albums didn’t quite mesh with Hydra Head’s post-metal aesthetic, but their idiosyncrasies caught the attention of another iconoclastic outfit: The Melvins.
They recorded three albums, an EP, and
various songs between 2006 and 2016 with that iconic grunge/doom/experimental act, all while maintaining their own identity as Big Business. Along the way, they picked up guitarists Toshi Kasai and Scott Martin, but on 2016’s Command Your Weather, they returned to their core duo format. They remain
in that lineup on their sixth full-length, The Beast You Are.
“It’s just better. We work faster, and we know what we’re both going for. It gives us more room to be weirder in certain aspects and try different things. It makes sense because that’s how we established
ourselves in the beginning and how we learned to write songs together, it was just the two of us. Coming back to that lineup felt natural,” continues Willis. The two performed everything on the album, which was recorded between the early November and early December of 2018 at El Studio in San Francisco by Phil
Becker (Pins of Light, Terry Gross). Willis, Warren, and Becker handled the mixing, with Carl Saff lending his mastering expertise to the final product. Once more, Warren has hacked up some construction paper for one of his unique cover art pieces.
With a new, dynamic demoing process leading to the creation of the most songs they’ve ever written for an album, The Beast You Are delivers 13 doses of uncategorizably heavy rock music. From the ominous death march of “The Moor You Know” to the soaring “Let Them Grind” to the delicate, ethereal “Under
Everest,” Big Business continues to defy listener’s expectations. No matter the context of their music,
however, one thing remains true: they are definitely still a band.

Big Business
http://bigbigbusiness.com/

$13 ADV/$15 DOS
Doors at 7 - Music at 8
ALL AGES WELCOME!

TOTAL DRAG - 307 E.12TH STREET, DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS,SD

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TITUS ANDRONICUS - CONTROL TOP  LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

TITUS ANDRONICUS - CONTROL TOP LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH!
Tickets on sale this Friday 5/31/19 at noon!
Available at Total Drag (307 E. 12th St. DTSF) or by calling 605-521-6439!

An Obelisk is the sixth album from Titus Andronicus, which finds the noted rock band under the stewardship of producer and legendary rocker Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar, et al.). This trans-generational meeting of the minds has yielded the most immediate, intense, and unadorned Titus Andronicus record to date. Clocking in at a brisk 38 minutes and change, it is also the shortest. Recorded over six breathless days at Steve Albini’s world-renowned Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, An Obelisk presents the sound of Titus Andronicus, rock band, at its most irreducible, as monolithic as the album’s titular monument.

Curious listeners old and new can take their first careful steps into the shadow of An Obelisk today with the newly unleashed lyric video for lead single “(I Blame) Society.” Directed by longtime collaborator Ray Concepcion, this video brings to life some of the most unsparing verses yet to drip from the poison pen of singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles, leaving just enough room to showcase the majesty of two of America’s most notable obelisks, Cleopatra’s Needle in New York City and the District of Columbia’s Washington Monument.

An Obelisk functions as a kind of companion piece to last year’s A Productive Cough. Taken together, these two records present a panoramic view of Titus Andronicus’ musical interests. If A Productive Cough left listeners wondering what happened to all the fast songs, An Obelisk offers an answer—they are here. Whereas A Productive Cough was slathered with every available bell and whistle, very much a product of the studio and a demonstration of its capacity for “magic,” An Obelisk is built for the stage, the most faithful and true reflection of the Titus Andronicus live sound yet put to tape.

Thusly, An Obelisk has all the trappings of a classic punk album, though, to hear Stickles tell it, it is moreso an album about punk. “The ideology of ‘punk’ supports the elevation of our own interior authority and the degradation of exterior authority, which we recognize to be arbitrary, a tool by which the many are subjugated under the few,” Stickles explains, growing noticeably short of breath. “While the common ‘punk rocker’ will take this as license to piss on the street and generally pursue a lifestyle of nihilistic hedonism, the true ‘punk’ will recognize the price of this freedom. An Obelisk tells the story of one particular individual, someone maybe a lot like you but certainly a lot like me, scouring linty pockets, trying to pay that bill.”

Titus Andronicus
http://titusandronicus.net/
https://www.mergerecords.com/

Control Top
https://controltop.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/controltopband/
https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/control-top-covert-contracts/

Doors at 7PM - Music at 8PM
$13-ADV - $15-DOS
ALL AGES WELCOME!

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HOUMA LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

HOUMA LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!

SUNDAY AUGUST 18TH!

Loud music from the Great Plains...

HOUMA
(Grunge/Noise Rock/Sludge from Omaha)
https://houmanebraska.bandcamp.com/album/irregular

Articles
(local doom/psych/experimental/math)
https://thearticlesofmusic.bandcamp.com/

T.G. Olson
(from Across Tundras, EXAM)
https://acrosstundras.bandcamp.com/

Doors at 7pm - Music at 8pm
$5 at the door
ALL AGES WELCOME!
TOTAL DRAG - 307 E. 12TH ST. DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS SD

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WOOD CHICKENS - LowRidingMoths - McVay LIVE!
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

WOOD CHICKENS - LowRidingMoths - McVay LIVE!

Saturday August 10th!


The amazing return of.....


Wood Chickens

(punk/country/doom from WI)

https://woodchickens.bandcamp.com/


LowRidingMoths

(local doom/pop)

https://lowridingmoths.bandcamp.com/


McVay

(local rockers)


Doors at 7PM - Music at 8PM

$6 at door!

ALL AGES WELCOME!


TOTAL DRAG RECORDS

307 E. 12TH STREET

DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS, SD

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MELT - GARST - DOKTOR BARKEY LIVE!
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

MELT - GARST - DOKTOR BARKEY LIVE!

FRIDAY JULY 26TH!


MELT is a psych pop band straight out of a basement dive bar time capsule from a 90’s television commercial.

Born and braised in Portland Oregon in 2014, melt has blasted through several west coast and southwest tours as well as releasing multiple EPs and cassettes. Their next release and full US tour is ALMOST UPON US!!


MELT

https://www.facebook.com/Meltmeltmelt666/

https://meltmeltmelt666.bandcamp.com/


Garst

(From Omaha, Ambient punk euphoria concentrated into small bursts of musical destruction that touches on psychedelic, shoegaze, and garage pop influence)

https://garstco.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/garstco/


Doktor Barkey

(local man.. or is he??...)

https://doktorbarkey.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Doktor-Barkey-140502819293986/


Doors at 7PM - Music at 8PM

$8 at the door!

ALL AGES WELCOME!

TOTAL DRAG - 307 E. 12TH ST. DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS SD

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ENGINE SUMMER - FAUX FURRS LIVE!
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

ENGINE SUMMER - FAUX FURRS LIVE!

THURSDAY JULY 25TH!


FAUX FURRS

(Chicago garage rock, neo-psychedelia, dream pop)

https://www.facebook.com/fauxfurrs/

https://fauxfurrs.bandcamp.com/

Engine Summer

(Chicago Post-punk/Psych rock)

https://www.facebook.com/enginesummer/

https://www.facebook.com/enginesummer/


Carl Limo

(locals we loooove)

https://carllimo.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/carllimomusic/


Doors at 7pm - Music at 8pm

$8 at the door

ALL AGES WELCOME!


TOTAL DRAG - 307 E. 12TH ST. DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS SD

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FROTH w/ VERSING / SIOUX FALLS!
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

FROTH w/ VERSING / SIOUX FALLS!

WEDNESDAY JULY 10TH!!
Tickets on sale 4/10/19 & available at Total Drag (307 E. 12th St Sioux Falls, SD) or by calling 605-521-6439!

Froth is a band formed in 2012 in Los Angeles, CA, by four friends who had never played in bands before. They released two albums in 2014 and 2015 before signing to Wichita Recordings in 2017 and releasing Outside (briefly).

Across the ten songs, the band dialed back the noise and psych-pop found on their previous LPs to reveal delicately beautiful melodies, intricately arranged instrumentals, and some of their most experimental song writing to date. This evolution revealed new dynamics of Froth’s sound, resulting in a moodier and more atmospheric bend to their shoegazing melodicism and pop sensibilities, mixing the driving, tuneful drone of first single “Contact” alongside the epic squall of the intertwining guitars on “Passing Thing” and the more spare, meditative landscape of “Show A Flower A Candle And It Grows.”

Following the release the band toured extensively in the US and Europe, including dates supporting RIDE and Interpol. The band is set to release their fourth studio album Duress on Wichita Recordings in spring 2019.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLicpdQOA7I

Froth
https://www.facebook.com/frothla/
https://froth.bandcamp.com/

Versing
https://www.hardlyart.com/artists/versing
https://www.facebook.com/versingtheband/

$10 advance tickets available 4/10/19
Doors at 7PM - Music at 8PM 
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HAYBABY - THE VELCRO ULTRASOUND LIVE!
Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

HAYBABY - THE VELCRO ULTRASOUND LIVE!


TUESDAY JULY 9TH!

Haybaby is a band of total babes that play honey-ass heartbreak crooning sometimes screamy sludgy pop & slop rock that will make you have some feelings. They are "weird and magnetic" and "heavy as shit," according to Time Out NY and some guy on the internet.

Haybaby
https://haybabyband.com/

The Velcro Ultrasound


Doors at 7PM - Music at 8PM
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TOTAL DRAG
307 EAST 12TH STREET
DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS, SD

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PINK FUZZ - STEM CELLS LIVE!
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

PINK FUZZ - STEM CELLS LIVE!

TUESDAY JUNE 18TH


The music on “Speed Demon” is a showcase of how far this band has come with their song writing. Sludgy riffs, ripping guitar solos (think your favorite track off Smashing Pumpkins “Mellon Collie” meets QOTSA’s “Era Vulgaris”) and driving rhythms are still a large part of this band’s sound. But what stands out on this album are those song’s counter parts. Pink Fuzz can still throw down with the heaviest rock n' roll, but what is setting them apart is their ability to balance that with beautiful melodies and a wide array of dynamics. LuLu and John’s vocal harmonies in these melodic driven moments are a highlight of the LP, as their voices blend together in a way that is instantly recognizable. With John’s vocals taking on the style we’d expect from a love child of The Stooges era Iggy Pop and Marc Bolan. While LuLu’s silky smooth vocals channel more of a Josh Homme written melody with a Beth Gibbons (Portishead) style delivery. Their individual vocals drive the intensity and fluidity of other songs, the entire band’s talent and experience shines through seamlessly to create an incredible performance through out the entire album. There is no doubt that this band can shred, but it is clear that everything was played with intention; not a note or beat is wasted or over played. - August 16th, 2018 - ULTRA 5280


Pink Fuzz

https://www.pinkfuzzband.com/home


Stem Cells

(Local punk)

https://stemcellssf.bandcamp.com/releases


Doors at 7PM - Music at 8PM

$7 at the door

ALL AGES WELCOME!


TOTAL DRAG

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SIMON JOYNER LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

SIMON JOYNER LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH

TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY 4/23/2019!


Simon Joyner is a singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska. He's been flying under the radar since 1991, releasing music on various independent labels including: Team Love, Jagjaguwar, Sing Eunuchs!, Catsup Plate, One-Hour, Shrimper, Brinkman, Secretly Canadian, and Unread. He is also the co-founder of Grapefruit Records (grapefruitrecordclub.com) and an occasional producer of other people's albums. He has influenced the music of Bright Eyes, Kevin Morby and Gillian Welch.[1][2][3] In the early 1990s, Beck listed Joyner in his top 10 albums when asked by Rolling Stone.[4] He is also known for the so-called "Peel Incident," when British DJ John Peel played his album, The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll, from beginning to end on air. Joyner has collaborated with John Darnielle, of The Mountain Goats. He is named after Paul Simon.


Simon Joyner

https://simonjoyner.bandcamp.com/


Dan Nissen

(local writer of songs)

https://weathersrest.bandcamp.com/


Sodak Jack

(new in town songwriter)


Doors at 7PM - Music at 8PM

$10 - Advance

ALL AGES WELCOME!


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307 EAST 12TH STREET, DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS SD

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DEHD LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

DEHD LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!

FRIDAY MAY 24TH!!


Jason from Ne-Hi is bringing his other band DEHD to Total Drag!!

You don't want to miss this one folks...

TICKETS ON SALE NOW at TOTAL DRAG (307 E. 12th St. S.F.SD) or by calling 605-521-6439!

Locals Old Deaths will open!


Doors at 7pm - Music at 8pm

$10 - ALL AGES WELCOME!


https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/03/dehd-lucky.html


Love is everyday magic. That’s the impression you get listening to Water, the new album by Chicago trio Dehd. Love rises up into the atmosphere like steam off a summer sidewalk and makes you wild. Love breaks your heart and you consider yourself lucky for it. Like water itself, it surrounds us, it supports us; it’s what we’re made of. It takes the shape of its container.


That’s something Jason Balla, Emily Kempf, and Eric McGrady discovered quickly after forming Dehd in 2014. Balla and Kempf are both veterans of Chicago’s increasingly fruitful DIY scene (Balla with Ne-Hi and Earring, Kempf with Vail and formerly with Lala Lala). When they joined forces with first-time drummer Eric McGrady, they discovered they shared a strange and inexplicable chemistry. The music they make — hazy and reverb-drenched, a scuzzy and hyped-up take on surf rock that could only come from the Third Coast — came so intuitively, it made all three feel like they were stewards of something bigger than themselves, even while that very thing is unmistakably drawn from their own personalities. “There’s always been this easy grace about the band because we purely just love doing it,” Balla says of their immediate coherence.


That easy relatability was tested around the time they began working on Water in August 2017, when Balla and Kempf, who had been dating since the band’s inception, went through an agonizing breakup. “Realistically, when you have a breakup, you want to isolate yourself and cut yourself off from one another,” Balla says. Instead, Dehd went on tour. The time in the van did them good, forcing each of them to come to terms with the way they felt about one another — and about the band.


“We processed our breakup through the scope of the band,” Kempf explains, leading them to realize that the music they were making as Dehd was more important than the dissolution of their romantic relationship — and that the musical connection between the three of them was even deeper than they’d imagined. “Every time we write music together or play shows, the chemistry between the three of us seems rare and worth holding on to,” Balla says.


“I don’t take it for granted,” Kempf adds. “We love each other — in the truest sense of the word ‘love.’”


That might be why Water never comes across as cheap or exploitative, and why it doesn’t rely on any Rumours-esque interband drama for its power. Throughout, both Kempf and Balla — who composed the lion’s share of the material in live improvisation with McGrady in their Chicago practice space — sound fresh and alive, like they’ve each returned from a journey and are here to share what they’ve learned; it’s virtually impossible to imagine them on the opposite sides of a conflict.


In fact, Water finds Dehd’s three members united as they push themselves beyond their natural limits and end up in places they wouldn’t have imagined. Balla’s production incorporates flubbed notes and dropped beats, and it emphasizes he and Kempf’s occasionally strained voices. It’s all animated by the red-lining feel-good spirit of the Velvet Underground’s Loaded and the breezy melodicism of C86-era indie rock, with a dash of the Cramps’ spooky-hop bop courtesy of McGrady’s locomotive drumming.


Which makes Water feel like a different kind of record: It’s at once a mature and grounded look at adult relationships, and a raucous celebration of friendship, and a cracked piece of purely musical bliss. It’s a clear-eyed look at the wild nature of everyday life that’s been spun up in sugary sweet melodies and scratched-crystal sounds. More than anything, it’s the embodiment of Dehd’s m.o. from the start: As Kempf puts it, “Work with what you have and make it magical.”

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R. ARIEL RETURNS!
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

R. ARIEL RETURNS!

THURSDAY MAY 23RD!


One of our favorite humans is coming back!!


R.ariel

(indie/pop/trip-hop from AZ)

https://rariel.bandcamp.com/


Sons of Sans Arc

(local psych)

https://sonsofsansarc.bandcamp.com/


Virginia Kathryn

(local(ish) singer/songwriter)

https://www.virginiakathryn.com/


Doors at 7pm- Music at 8pm

$7 at the door

ALL AGES WELCOME!


TOTAL DRAG - 307 EAST 12TH STREET, DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS, SD

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JASON STEADY - CHRIS TWIST - CARL LIMO
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

JASON STEADY - CHRIS TWIST - CARL LIMO

MONDAY MAY 13TH!!


It's the Return of the Paisley Angels <3


Jason Steady

(Midwest hero/& 1 helluva model american :) )

https://jasonsteady.bandcamp.com/


Chris Twist

(of The Lemons from Chicago!)

https://christwist.bandcamp.com/


Carl Limo

(our boy Jake <3 )

https://jakemakesstrangersfeelinsecureaboutwhattheyeat.bandcamp.com/album/jake


Doors at 7 - Music at 8

$7 at the door!

ALL AGES WELCOME!


TOTAL DRAG - 307 E. 12th St. Downtown Sioux Falls SD

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VINYL WILLIAMS LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

VINYL WILLIAMS LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!

MONDAY APRIL 29TH!


The rare history of harmonious pop music imbued in Vinyl Williams Opal LP is finally coming to the conscious surface in the warped form of a celestial hyper-coaster, combining sunshine pop, afrobeat, and progressive rock into a dense emanation of sonic optics. The California native has attuned his sound palette to the cosmic

quintessence – opalescent tones that harmonize chaos, synchronizing a global family of celestial harmonies into a macrocosmic epicenter.

Out of such came 10 tracks of incessantly lush pop songs that can be used to intangibly dress your dream palace. It was recorded almost exclusively by Lionel Williams at Non Plus Ultra (all ages venue / studio in LA) with the exception of Gal Lazer (ex-drummer of Yonatan Gat) playing hand drums on Aphelion, and Ian Gibbs (Williams long time musical partner) overdubbing guitar &amp; synth on several tracks.

Through the process of recording individual tracks onto a VHS camcorder, as well as using handheld cassette devices, the fluttery lo-fi guitar &amp; synth sounds became architecturalized by hi-fi drum sounds, keeping the warbly rollercoaster somehow on track.

Williams also creates his own immersive realms in the form of 360º videos, downloadable explorable worlds, and interactive web art. These ineffable environments impress upon transcendental incorporeal states of being,termed noumena. Two elements – anima (Jungs term for femininity embedded in masculinity) pneuma (the

octave above air) give rise to these vast lands of sublimity.

Before meeting Iasos (founder of New Age music) in 2013, Williams already had an out-of-body experience where he visited this syncretic haven. During their conversation, Iasos revealed a similar experience that had occurred where an ineffable intelligence &quot;Vesta&quot; sent endless hours of higher dimensional footage into his mind in an instant.

The process hence has been a process of discovering how these visual architectural sonic atmospheric forms can be concentrated in a pop structure. The main ambition of the group is to transmute

qualitative opposites into an equilibrium of light &amp; sound, that ultimately has a beneficial affect.

In 2016 Vinyl Williams released – a fantastical critique of the country incorporation of Sharia Law from the perspective of an inter-dimensional being. During the time the album was being recorded Williams father had been hired by the sultan of Brunei to perform with Dean Martin's son Ricci Martin. The performance

was supposed to include a realistic hologram of Dean, where Ricci & Dean were to switch off melodies with each other. This drove Ricci to the point of a breakdown, which unfortunately ended in his death via alcohol overdose around the time the album was released. The original inspiration behind the album was when Williams had seen currency from Brunei, which at the time was rainbow & prismatically translucent. This sparked the mystery in discovering the country's lavishness as well as socioreligious detriments.

These themes of religious dissonance originate from Williams upbringing in the state of Utah. Although he's a Los Angeles native, he had moved to Utah in 1998 at the age of 8. The culture shock he had experienced living in a small LDS town sculpted his practice into an impressionistic utopia of religious harmony.

Vinyl Williams' live group consists of Lionel Williams (vocals / keys / guitar) Ian Gibbs (guitar / vocals) James

Lake (drummer) &amp; Billy Winger (bassist). Williams & Ian Gibbs additional play drums & bass in Morgan Delt.

Other associated acts include MT. OSSA &amp; HOTT MT through their LA-based art group &amp; performance space

Non Plus Ultra.

Active since 2007, the group have toured extensively with Toro y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mount

Kimbie, This Will Destroy You, Temples, among others.


-VINYL WILLIAMS

-INNER SPACE VISITOR (VW guitarist solo project)

- Dendrons (Chicago boys are back!)

-MERRY MARTIAL


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307 East 12th St. Sioux Falls SD

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CHRIS COHEN LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

CHRIS COHEN LIVE AT TOTAL DRAG!

Friday April 19th!

Tickets on Sale Friday January 25th and available at TOTAL DRAG (307 E.12th St. Sioux Falls SD) or by calling 605-521-6439!


Chris Cohen’s songs initially sound easy. They’re each tiny jewels that unfurl at a leisurely pace, but dig a little deeper and you’ll reach a melancholy core. His previous two albums — 2012’s Overgrown Path, and 2016’s As If Apart — were built from lush, blurry tracks that embedded themselves in your subconscious, like they’d always been there.


Chris Cohen, his third solo album, was written and recorded in his Lincoln Heights studio and at Tropico Beauties in Glendale, California over the course of the last two years. Cohen would sing melodies into his phone, fleshing them out on piano, then constructing songs around the melodies, and later, adding lyrics and other instrumentation with the help of Katy Davidson (Dear Nora), Luke Csehak (Happy Jawbone Family Band), Zach Phillips, and saxophonist Kasey Knudsen, among others. It is his most straightforward album yet, but it is also the conclusion of an unofficial cycle that began with Overgrown Path.


“My parents got divorced while I was making this record,” he says. “They were married for 53 years and my father spent most of his life in the closet, hiding both his sexual identity and various drug addictions. For me it was like being relieved of a great burden, like my life could finally begin.” It is this sense of truth and freedom that is woven into the very fabric of the record even as it grapples with complicated emotions. Indeed, a core truth of the record is what at first seems like a simple idea: “I hoped that by writing about what was closest to me at the time, I might share something of myself and where I came from,” Cohen says.


Though the album is undeniably part of the framework that made up his previous two records — Chris Cohen is also a thoughtful, accomplished meditation on life and family, backed by dusky instrumentation influenced by the late evening beauty of Pat Metheny’s Falcon and the Snowman soundtrack, and Thomas Dolby’s Golden Age of Wireless. It’s beautiful, but it’s also unflinching in its depiction of emotional turmoil.


On “Edit Out,” written in the wake of his parents’ divorce, Cohen examines his relationship with his father through devastatingly straightforward lyrics: “We were loved from afar / Everyone kept in the dark.” Though it’s a gorgeous song, the emotional weight is immense. A line like “people want a lot” carries a substantial amount of power, even if the initial intention of the lyric is not immediately clear.


But Chris Cohen is not a confessional record in the traditional sense. Instead of picking at open wounds, the album looks forward by embracing the past. Cohen’s father worked in the music industry, which exposed him as a child to not just the practical realities of a career in music — from a young age he saw plenty of recording studios and heard stories about musicians from his parents — but the more creative as well. “I had the sense that music was important and was something I could do,” he says.


On album opener, “Song They Play,” Cohen revisits his childhood, and his attempts to get his father’s attention. “I was mostly shielded from what was going on,” he says. “but had occasional glimpses into my parents’ complex world. When I sing these songs, I think it’s my way of communicating what I am unable to communicate in real life.”


None of these songs are abrasive or even aggressive. The soft drum fills on “Song They Play” comfort, and the guitar virtually glitters. Chris Cohen is a beautiful album about pain and loss but it’s also about accepting loss. Of the song “Green Eyes,” Cohen says “[It’s about] the men in my family and how they passed their worldview along to each other from great emotional distances. My father and grandfather were full of secrets and longing, which were communicated through everyday actions like driving a car or cooking a meal. We all wanted closeness, but never found it in each other.” This is a statement about a specific song, but it is also a statement about the album as a whole: Chris Cohen is not so much autobiographical as it is multi-generational.


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BLACK BELT EAGLE SCOUT LIVE!!
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

BLACK BELT EAGLE SCOUT LIVE!!

THURSDAY APRIL 18TH!
TICKETS AVAILABLE at TOTAL DRAG (307 E. 12TH St. DTSF) or by calling 605-521-6439!

Do yourself a favor and check out her newest album on Saddle Creek Records!!
http://blackbelteaglescout.com/
https://blackbelteaglescout.bandcamp.com/

“Having this identity—radical indigenous queer feminist—keeps me going. My music and my identity come from the same foundation of being a Native woman.” Katherine Paul is Black Belt Eagle Scout, and after releasing an EP in 2014 Paul has wrapped up the band’s first full-length. Recorded in the middle of winter near her hometown in Northwest Washington, the landscape’s eerie beauty and Paul’s connection to it are palpable on Mother of My Children. Stemming from this place, the album traces the full spectrum of confronting buried feelings and the loss of what life was supposed to look like.

Paul grew up in a small Indian reservation, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, surrounded by family focused on native drumming, singing, and arts. “Indigenous music is the foundation for all of my music,” Paul explains. From an early age, Paul was singing and dancing at powwows with one of her strongest memories at her family’s own powwow, called the All My Relations Powwow. Paul reminisces, “When I was younger, my only form of music was through the songs my ancestors taught the generations of my family. Singing in our language is a spiritual process and it carries on through me in how I create music today.”

With the support of her family and a handful of bootleg Hole and Nirvana VHS tapes, Paul taught herself how to play guitar and drums as a teenager. In 2007, Paul moved to Portland, OR, to attend college and get involved with the Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls. Inspired by Riot Grrrl and Post-Rock bands like Sleater-Kinney and Do Make Say Think, Paul dove deep into the Portland music scene, playing guitar and drums in a bunch of
bands while evolving her artistry into what would later be Black Belt Eagle Scout.

On Mother of My Children, the songs weave together to capture both the enduring and fleeting experiences of loss, frustration, and dreaming. The structures are traditional, but the lyrics don’t adhere to any format other than what feels right in the moment. “I don’t play music to write songs,” Paul explains, “I play music to process feelings, and sometimes what comes out of that is a song.” Paired with Paul’s clear and measured voice, each song leaves the listener feeling as if they were there when the song was written, the immediate, candid emotion tangible.

The album begins with the singles “Soft Stud” and “Indians Never Die.” Paul calls “Soft Stud” her “queer anthem,” saying that it is “about the hardships of queer desire within an open relationship, which I think a lot of the queer community can relate to.” The choruses in the song start soft with lyrics, “need you, want you, I know you’re taken” and develop into louder choruses and heavy guitar solos.

When reflecting more on her writing process, Paul admits “I wrote this album in the fall of 2016 after two pretty big losses in my life. My mentor, Geneviève Castrée, had just died from pancreatic cancer and the relationship I had with the first women I loved had drastically lessened and changed.” Heavy and heartbroken, Paul found respite from the weight of such loss in the creation of these songs that “are about grief and love for people,” she says, “but also about being a native person in what is the United States today.”

As Standing Rock was happening, many people in Paul’s life were coming together and fighting for the most basic thing necessary to sustain human life: water. “Our treaty rights weren’t being honored,” Paul laments, “Imagine hearing on the news that the government doesn’t support you as a human being and never has.” Paul goes on stating, “’Indians Never Die’ is a call out to colonizers and those who don’t respect the Earth; they don’t care about the water, they don’t care about how they are destroying what is around them. Indigenous people are the protectors of this land. Indians never die because this is our land that we will forever protect in the present and the afterlife.”

The album in itself is sprinkled with guitar solos, some heavy and some woven hooks. “Just Lie Down” starts with a heavy nature of distorted feedback and wild drums that sound like violent waves on a rainy coastal night. The song embodies what anger looks like when mixed with sadness. Lyrics like, “You aren’t yourself, what’s wrong, it’s in your head, it’s in your heart” are what Paul calls, “a point in grief where you don’t feel at all like yourself and you wonder if you’re going mad. The stage of grief and sadness that turns to anger, while it is a terrible thing, can also bring out a sense of relief that the process is coming to a healing point soon.”

Mother of My Children is a life chapter gently preserved, and the access listeners have to such vulnerability feels special and generous. We are left wanting more, and all signs point to Black Belt Eagle Scout just getting started

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Doors at 7PM - Music at 8PM
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Tickets on sale 1/15/19 and available at TOTAL DRAG (307 E. 12th St. DTSF or by calling 605-521-6439!
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RECORD STORE DAY PARTY AT TOTAL DRAG!
Apr
13
8:00 AM08:00

RECORD STORE DAY PARTY AT TOTAL DRAG!

Its our favorite day of the year!
We open at 8AM with tons of RSD 2019 exclusives!
The Breaks Coffee Roasting Co. will be here with a pop up coffee shop and Green Dream Screen Printing will be printing the ufo total drag design by Derek Buckley, on your choice of shirt from 8am -1pm.
DJ's all day + cake + donuts + pizza and all for free!!!

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