General admission tickets are $20 in advance or $26 at the door.
Table seats are $24.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door and must be purchased in multiples of 4.
Online and phone sales close at 5:00 pm day of show.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Goodbye, Killer by Pernice Brothers is Joe Pernice’s first band album since 2006’s Live a Little. In several weeks-long bursts of work over the course of a couple of years,
in between writing a novel, recording a soundtrack for said novel, touring on both, and doing real-life things, Joe, his brother Bob, and long-time collaborators James Walbourne (Pretenders, Son Volt, Peter Bruntnell) and Ric Menck (Matthew Sweet, Velvet Crush) holed up in an attic in Boston and recorded these 10 Pernice originals.
Over a 15-year career in music, Pernice has made 13 full-length records. He began in the mid-90’s, with Scud Mountain Boys, who released two albums (Pine Box and
Dance the Night Away, later compiled as The Early Year) before signing to Sub Pop and releasing Massachusetts, considered by many to be an alt-country masterpiece. In 1998, Pernice disbanded the Scuds and assembled Pernice Brothers, recording Overcome By Happiness (Sub Pop), called “a startling slice of beauty” by The New York Times and “A thing of pernicious beauty indeed” by The Irish Times. In 1999 and 2000, he released two records, under the names Chappaquiddick Skyline and Big Tobacco. (More or less considered solo records, they do feature assorted members of the Pernice family circus, so that designation is a bit misleading. This naming inconsistency also dogs the enterprise to this day, and therefore, Pernice promises to call everything Pernice Brothers from now on, until he changes his mind.)
In 2001, Pernice and his manager decided that they were as capable of not selling many records as anyone. They founded Ashmont Records, releasing a series of Pernice
Brothers records, featuring various players, beginning with The World Won’t End, which was called a “lush, perfectly realized record” by The Onion (not ironically). 2003
brought the release of Yours, Mine and Ours, called “a monumental record from a towering talent” by Magnet. A live record and DVD, Nobody’s Watching/Nobody’s Listening was released in 2004. In 2005, Discover a Lovelier You came out, and the song “Amazing Glow” was included in the legendary “Partings” episode of Gilmore Girls. Pernice performed the song on the show. Live a Little, called “a stunning album” by Spin was released in 2006.
In 2009 Joe Pernice published his first novel, It Feels So Good When I Stop (Riverhead/Penguin), and Ashmont released a soundtrack of the same name, more or less, featuring Pernice covering songs referenced in the novel. (A novella, Meat is Murder, was published by Continuum Books in 2003, as part of their popular 33 1/3 series. It remains one of the bestselling books in the series.)
Goodbye, Killer should appease Pernice fans from all walks of life. It includes the fullon rock ‘n rollers “Jacqueline Susann” and “Bechamel,” signature pop songs “The
Great Depression” and “F***ing and Flowers,” the Scuds-esque “Newport News” and “The End of Faith,” and two AM radio would-be classics “The Loving Kind” and
“Goodbye, Killer.” Pernice refers to the undeniably show tune-y number “We Love the Stage,” as his “homage to vaudeville, indie rock and learning to love betting against
yourself.” (Whatever. Pernice’s manager just hopes it’s the first song in the musical he and Walbourne are going to write, because she’d love to lose a lot of money producing musicals too.)
Goodbye, Killer is a versatile album that’s trademark Pernice. Performed by Joe Pernice, James Walbourne, Ric Menck and Bob Pernice. Recorded and mixed at Upper Ashmont Studios by Bob Pernice. Mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering. Cameos by Laura Stein (vocals), John Felock (bass), Elizabeth Cheever (trombone).
All songs by Joe Pernice, published by Bony Gap Music (BMI), administered by Bug.
Wesley Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex, in 1965, and educated at the King’s School, Canterbury, and Jesus College, Cambridge. He released 17 albums under the name John Wesley Harding. His new album, Self-Titled, for which he has returned to his given name, is released by Yep Roc, September 2013. He has also published three novels.
Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders, his variety show based at City Winery in NYC, has recently launched on NPR. Since the Cabinet’s inception in 2009, the show has become a virtual who’s who of contemporary performers, writers, and comedians. It’s “one of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer” (New Yorker), “a brilliant evening of laid-back fun” (Village Voice), and “one of the most whip-smart variety shows on the market” (Portland Tribune). Additional shows will air in 2014.
Stace has been joined onstage by Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, John Prine, and Bruce Springsteen (with whom he recorded a duet on his album Awake), among many others. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.His songs have been featured in films (including High Fidelity) and covered by other artists. Most recently, he co-wrote Eleanor Friedberger’s Personal Record.
Stace teaches a course (“How To Write A Song”) at Princeton University with poet Paul Muldoon. He has also taught literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he curates the Words & Music Festival.
His first novel, the international bestseller Misfortune, was published to great acclaim in 2004. It was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, listed as one of the books of the year in the Washington Post and the Boston Phoenix, and was one of Amazon’s Top Ten Novels of the Year. His second, By George, (2007) was one of the New York Public Library’s Books To Remember of 2007, and Booklist Editor’s Choice for books of the year. His third, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, (2010) was called “the most confident musical fiction I have read in years” (New Statesman), and an “Inventive black comedy unfolding with Nabokovian precision” (Financial Times).
Stace’s fourth novel, Wonderkid, will be published in February 2014 by The Overlook Press.
He has lived in America since 1991, and resides in Philadelphia with his wife Abbey, daughter Tilda, and son Wyn.