Kevin Devine

Kevin Devine

Chris Farren, Jesse Pino

Sat, June 10, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)

Las Vegas, NV

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Kevin Devine - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Kevin Devine
KEVIN DEVINE is used to living life in the gray. For the past 14 years, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has oscillated between As and Bs: intimate acoustic moments and bombastic rock songs; deeply introspective lyrics and sociopolitical charges; the storm cloud and its silver lining.

Produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) and released via Brand New’s Procrastinate! Music Traitors label, INSTIGATOR is Devine’s ninth full-length album and comes on the heels of a busy few years: In addition to recording two albums with Bad Books (the indie-rock supergroup he formed with members of Manchester Orchestra), he released the Kickstarter-funded double-album collection BUBBLEGUM and BULLDOZER in 2013 along with the wildly ambitious 2015 DEVINYL SPLITS 7” series with the likes of Brand New's Jesse Lacey, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws.

Devine is a master storyteller, and he imbues Instigator - from the biting power-pop of "Both Ways" and “No Why” to the angular, Nirvana-esque "Guard Your Gates" & gorgeously finger-picked “No One Says You Have To” - with intricate details and often-uncomfortable truths. Their meanings are personal, but their themes are universal. It’s a skill that makes both his albums and his live show so alluring: Even when Devine’s writing about the world at large, he’s pointing a mirror back at himself.

That sensibility is present on “Freddie Gray Blues,” a harrowing portrait of the events surrounding the 2015 death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore police officers. Over haunting acoustic-based talking blues, Devine pays tribute to Gray before digging deep into his own past to reconcile both his privilege and social status as the son, grandson and nephew of NYPD officers. “I don’t think there’s a way for a person in my position to sing that song credibly without talking about why I’m in the room," he says.

And it’s there on “No History,” a string of personal vignettes centered on the September 11, 2001 attacks. It’s a song made much more meaningful by both the din of the 2016 presidential election and current global climate—a cautionary tale that one moment in time has wildly lasting repercussions.

When Devine’s past lives meet his present-day self on the career-defining “I Was Alive Back Then,” the beautiful duality of his art takes center stage: Life is never all peril or perfection, a country ripped apart by war and social injustice or the joy of holding your child for the first time. The extremes might be easier to define, but it’s in the middle where life really happens.

“That’s how I write records,” he continues. “You want to write about real shit. It’s really trying to communicate what I think it’s like to be me—even though I don’t know that all the time—and in the process help people touch a little closer what it’s like to be them, too.” XX
Chris Farren - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Jesse Pino - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Jesse Pino
Singer/songwriter Jesse Pino is no stranger to the music scene. The Vegas native musician/martial artist first started making music seriously in 1998-99. At age 15 he formed the melodic punk band Nadaclue. Heavily inspired by the bands of Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph, they gained a fair amount of popularity capturing kids with their fast, driven beats, hook-laden song writing with solid harmonies.

Soon after Nadaclue’s short lived 2 year span, Pino spent the next 10 years (2000-2010) maturing and developing through other styles of music which would bring him on guitar and backup vocals for Las Vegas’ much-loved 5-piece rock band Left Standing. Sharing the stage with his two older brothers, Left Standing serves up a welcome dose of rock n roll as well as incredible acoustic sets.

In 2010, Jesse decided to step out on his own and pursue his own creativity. 2011 saw his debut sharing the stage with punk/folk/troubadour legend Chuck Ragan and later in the fall with master songsmith Kevin Devine. The fall of 2013 showed more promise being the opener for Tegan and Sara, and soon after earning the prestige title of becoming RAW Vegas's "Musician of the Year" under the RAW: Natural Born Artists Arts Organization.

Comfortable with a full band or just an acoustic guitar in hand, Jesse continues to craft his own signature blend. Pino released The Burn EP in 2011 and is currently writing music for his first full length record.

-Steven Matview CEO/Founder/Owner at Punks in Vegas
Venue Information:
124 South 11th Street
Las Vegas, NV, 89101