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Spacehog, Sponge head four-band bill at Grog Shop this Sunday

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The 90’s will ring anew this Sunday when alt-rock outfits Spacehog and Sponge team up for a double-bill (and then some) at the Grog Shop.

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They’ll be joined by genre-juggling groove-metal / reggae band Lionize and the performance art musicians in The Red Paintings.

Still fronted by singer / bassist Royston Langdon (aka “Ray Sprinkler”), Britain’s Spacehog struck pay dirt in 1995 with Resident Alien, pushing over a million copies of its debut disc on the strength of infectious hit single “In the Meantime.”

Don’t think you remember it? You do. The music video should juggle your circuits:

The band cut two more albums in the before splintering into the side project Arckid in the early 2000’s but reunited for a pair of important L.A. gigs in 2008.

Now the guys are touring behind their long-awaited fourth album, As It Is On Earth, with multi-instrumentalist Timo Ellis subbing for guitarist-turned-moviemaker Antony Langdon who participated in the 2010 Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary “I’m Still Here.” Richard Steel is the band’s principal guitarist, while Jonny “Corky” Cragg anchors Langdon’s rhythms on drums.

Detroit bashers Sponge have been soaking up alt-rock accolades for twenty years, capturing the zeitgeist of the Clinton era with heavy hits like “Molly (16 Candles)” and “Plowed.” They’ve shared stages with the likes of Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, KISS, and Iggy Pop over the course of its seven-disc career.

Sponge’s latest, Stop the Bleeding, features indie hit “Come In From the Rain.”

The band has weathered several lineup changes, with vocalist Vinnie Dombroski remaining the core of a reconfigured unit boasting Billy Adams and Kyle Neely on guitars, Andy Patalan on bass, and Tim Patalan on drums.

Watch the official music video for Sponge’s new “Fade From View:”

Lionize have been turning heads and engaging ears for over six years, seamlessly weaving stoner rock and island rhythms on EPs and long-players like Superczar and The Vulture, Space Pope and The Glass Machine, and Mummies Wrapped in Money. Now signed to the Weathermaker label (owned and operated by their friends in Clutch), the quartet is in post-production on a new disc slated for early 2014. Fans can count on hearing a few new tracks Sunday at the Grog Shop—and on December 30 at House of Blues, when they open for Clutch.

Lionize is Nate Bergman (guitar / vocals), Chris Brooks (keyboards), Henry Upton (bass), and Mel Randolph (drums).

Watch the Lionize promotional video here:

Founded by songwriter Trash McSweeney, the Red Paintings combine guitar and piano-based scores with onstage visuals and theatrics that often include transforming ready and willing audience members into “living art.”

Watch the Red Paintings video for “Wasps:”

Gifted / cursed with the ability to “see” color in sound after a catastrophic seizure, McSweeney has been pushing the boundaries of indie rock, industrial, and orchestral music for nearly a decade. A series of EPs and maxi-singles (Reality Ahead of Schedule, Destroy the Robots, Feed the Wolf, Your Tears Are Warning Signs, etc.) found the intrepid Australians prepping listeners with its fascinating sound-scapes. Now based in Los Angeles, they’ve finally released a proper full-length on The End Records.

McSweeney and friends will debut The Revolution is Never Coming for Clevelanders when they hit the stage at 7:30pm.

Spacehog / Sponge / Lionize / The Red Paintings. Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd. Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106). Tickets $17 / $20 DOS. Doors at 6:30pm.

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