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STARSHIP PILGRIMS + BENJAMIN CARTEL


  • Dick's Tap and Shake Room 1602 E Avenue Northeast Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402 United States (map)

STARSHIP PILGRIMS + BENJAMIN CARTEL

Doors 9:00pm | Show 9:30pm | $8/advance, $10/door

STARSHIP PILGRIMS take you on a journey back in time, stopping along the way at the Winterland Ballroom at The Band’s last show in 1976, Pompeii with Pink Floyd in 1972, and Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock in 1969, along with many other of rock and rolls famous landmarks through the years. Their music will make you reminisce on the glory days, as well as excite you for new things to come. Whether you crave a soaring shred of a solo, breathe solely for the groove and the funk, or just need a good jam band to lighten your days, the Pilgrims have your fix 24/7. Songs like “Settle In” will make you swoon, as well as headbang all the way to doomsday, and “Daytrip” will take you on a drive with the top down along the shore of southern California. As the Jam scene’s newest addition to the family, they pay homage to their sonic father figures like the almighty Grateful Dead and the always lovable Phish. Their debut album is available May 5, 2018. Don't sleep! The Starship has landed.


BENJAMIN CARTEL is one sly songwriter. The tunes on his new disc Gothenburg can often conjure the same subliminal tension as that of a Randy Newman or John Prine. While the melody draws you in with its tunefulness and catchy hook, the lyrics, often dark and disturbing, have something else on their dirty little minds. 

“Madeleine” is a striking example of Cartel’s Law of Unintended Consequences. While evenly-strummed acoustic guitars chirp in a chipper fashion, and a piano adds splashes of bright primary colors, the narrator has something much darker on his mind. “Madeleine climb the stairs,” Cartel sings. “It’s only right that you should choose/What your heart is telling you,” he continues, in a voice as unnaturally upbeat as unreliable. What you think you hear, the commands of an unbalanced control freak, is that not that far-fetched. 

Give the haunting, multi-layer Gothenburg a spin, and you will find you get Benjamin Cartel too. Your heart will be haunted by the tunes, your mind will wonder about those complex lyrics, and you’ll soon be a fan. To continue the Swedish motif? It may just simply be a case of Stockholm Syndrome. But so what? If you care about fine, incisive songwriting, you’ll be happy to identify with Benjamin Cartel. Musically speaking, a particularly captivating captor.