Upcoming on Audioasis: Shawn Smith & Battle Hymns live @ High Dive


Update: We regret to say that the broadcast portion of Audioasis will not take place at the High Dive. You can still listen to Shawn Smith, who will be performing at the station at 6:30PM. The rest of the showcase at High Dive, starting at 8PM, will still go on, including Battle Hymns at 8PM, Discover America at 9:30PM, Smile Brigade at 10:15PM, Wallpaper at 11:15PM, and Shawn Smith at 12:15AM.

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We are pleased to announce this month’s Audioasis lineup, airing live from the High Dive tonight. Hannah Levin and Lisa Wood team up this week to present Shawn Smith and Battle Hymns. And because we like to be as involved in the community as we are in your eardrums, this week’s show will benefit Bike Works, an organization that helps build sustainable environments through the promotion of everything having to do with bicycling.


photo by Ron Henry

Shawn Smith (6:30PM) will kick off this week’s program. If you’re not familiar with the name, perhaps his past projects, Brad, Satchel and Pigeonhed, will ring a bell. Either way, with a resume like that, Smith is sure to take attendees through a myriad of sounds, most notably some funky psychedelic rock. In support of his most recent effort, The Diamond Hand, Smith ventured on what appears to have been a very successful first solo tour of the UK just last month. For someone who should be recognized as a local music hero, this guy definitely doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Be sure to arrive early and see what this storied musician is all about.


photo by Rosemary Wagner

Battle Hymns (8:00PM) own the stage next, delivering material from their debut, Hidden Reservations. Lyrically and musically, Battle Hymns take some inspiration from Neil Young, using traditional rock instrumentation to create dynamic arrangements and some sinister alt-country. Some may know this band from their previous project, The Western States, whose fallout we have to appreciate for what it’s given us. Working alongside engineers Nick Peterson (Fleet Foxes, Pedro the Lion), Andrew Rudd (Aqueduct) and others, BH have created one of the more notable local releases so far this year.

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