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John Vanderslice

John wrote the bulk of his most recent Barsuk release, , while knee-deep in legal limbo after a visa application for his girlfriend, a French national he met in Paris, was rejected by US Immigration. The songs and themes are fueled by an era of deep insecurity and paranoia; they develop in front of a backdrop of ritualized and mythologized current events. Lyrically, JV's characters and storytellers track Manifest Destiny from burning wagon wheels to two-bedroom homes with full amenities in Bakersfield, California. Along that rough road, there are bewildered commemorations, peace-lovers and revenge-lusters, psychotic reactions to unnamed episodes, and the grief-stricken and the vengeance-hungry wrapped up in the same skin. Weaving throughout the entire album is the ever present danger of opposition. But at its simplest, is made up of JV's love songs — confused and angry, afraid and defeated.

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releases

bark66: John Vanderslice / Emerald City
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bark44: John Vanderslice / Pixel Revolt
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upcoming shows

4 Aug  

Nashville TN  @ House: Nashville 

5 Aug  

Knoxville TN  @ House: Knoxville 

6 Aug  

Cincinnati OH  @ House: Cincinnati 

7 Aug  

Indianapolis IN  @ House: Indianapolis 

8 Aug  

Kalamazoo MI  @ House: Kalamazoo 

10 Aug  

Chicago IL  @ House: Chicago 

11 Aug  

Chicago IL  @ House: Chicago 

12 Aug  

Chicago IL  @ House: Chicago 

13 Aug  

Minneapolis MN  @ House: Minneapolis 

14 Aug  

Des Moines IA  @ House: Des Moines 

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