The Game of Monogamy
The Bright Eyes frontman, who cut an album at Sonic Ranch with his Mystic Valley Band, signed the Refrieds to his Team Love label. Kasher's new album is on Oberst's Saddle Creek Records.
Team Love just released Refried's new album, "Witness to the Storm," which includes a few songs that address the Juárez violence. They include "Cold Reptilian Night," which the band's Josh Brewer says is "dedicated to the spirit of the people (of Juárez) ... does anybody think about the human cost of this stuff? Anybody being a witness to it is almost calloused."
The album's title references the violence and its toll. "We're like being a witness to what's going on. It's upsetting emotionally to people here. We know lots of people who have relatives over there. We feel for them. They can't see their folks over there," Brewer says.
The band puts on the Hands Over Hope benefits that brought Oberst to town last year. They raise money and donations for a Juárez ministry that works with orphans near the Juarez dump.
The Refrieds will be playing at Sunday's 28th annual El Paso Motorcycle Coalition Toy Run. The motorcycle parade begins at 11 a.m. on the West Side, snakes through Downtown and ends at the Coliseum. Admission to the arena will be by donation of a new toy or cash.
Bands will play from noon to 5 p.m., with events ending at 6 p.m., Brewer said. Refried will share the stage with Electric Cactus at noon, with other sets by Most Wanted, PCG and Barry Martin and Friends. Martin will MC the show.
Meanwhile, Kasher heads to the Percolator on Nov. 15. He's touring in support of his new solo record, "The Game of Monogamy." El Paso's the Lusitania and We Are Passengers will open the show. It's at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7). It's all-ages. Tickets cost $10 in advance, on sale at the coffeehouse, and $12 at the door.
Oberst filmed his new video for "Coyote Song" at the end of the border fence in Tornillo, near Sonic Ranch. It's posted on his site, conoroberst.com, and is a fundraiser for the Sound Strike Fund, which assists the families caring for children of people who've been detained in or deported from Arizona. Read more about it at soundstrike.net.
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