Brother duo Roadkill Ghost Choir coming
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
It’s been two years since Roadkill Ghost Choir has taken listeners on a ride. Last trip, brothers Andrew and Zach Shepard packed the car with high aspirations, a top-notch crew of musicians and the profound swelter of the South. With the upcoming arrival of "False Youth Etcetera," the brothers have outgrown their roots in a supersonic fashion — exchanging their broken-down vehicles for an electrified magic carpet ride that soars through the night sky.
Amid the surprise success of the band’s first record, primary songwriter Andrew Shepard was hardened by his experiences on the road, and under pressure to deliver new songs that bested their previous releases. "False Youth Etcetera" feels like a turn towards the fantastical and that's immediately felt on the band’s first single, “Classics (Die Young),” which bends beautifully and purposefully in the direction of synth-pop, setting the tone for the entire record.
“Going into (the band’s first major release) ‘In Tongues,’ I was terrified because I had never written under such a time crunch, and I struggled with writer’s block,” said Shepard. “For ‘False Youth Etcetera,’ it ended up being the first time I didn’t have a timeline. I was able to navigate what I really wanted to do musically and lyrically. This record is more textural, with more synth and more interesting experimentation within our sound and genre.”
Crooner Chris Lane playing Ballroom
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.
Listen to one moment of Chris Lane's signature falsetto, and it's clear there's a new vocal range in country music. In Lane's hands, mixing those earth-shattering high notes with banjo plucks and a danceable beat (whether that dancing is done in cowboy boots or Nike sneakers) has never felt more unique. He may have some “Girl Problems,” as the title of his debut album suggests, but he has no problem at all weaving a fresh sound that both thrills country fans and encourages pop faithfuls to dip a toe onto his side of the Mason-Dixon line.
After touring in the past year with Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini and Rascal Flatts, Lane's been making a name for himself as one of the genre's most groundbreaking new stars. His first single, "Fix," topped the country radio charts, has been certified Gold in both the U.S. and Canada, and reached over 34 million streams on Spotify and over 9 million views on Vevo, making waves for how effortlessly it blends progressive pop and that sultry falsetto with his country roots. The North Carolina native's follow-up single, “For Her,” is currently climbing the country radio charts and has already notched over 26 million streams on Spotify.
Stone Temple Pilots back with new singer
Saturday, March 17, in the Ballroom, 8 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $38.50. (Online ticket purchase includes digital copy of upcoming STP album). Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.
Stone Temple Pilots return to Billings with a new lead singer, who joined in early November of this year after an online audition.
Jeff Gutt, a former member of the metal band Dry Cell and Rival City, takes over for Chester Bennington, who died earlier this year. Bennington took over for Scott Weiland, who died in 2013. The San Diego band, which formed in 1985, is currently touring with original members Dean LeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz.
The band was one of the biggest rock successes of the 1990s. Their debut album, “Core,” sold more than eight million copies, and the band has since sold more than 40 million records.