The year was 2003. Month; August? I don't know. That was, like, 15-years-ago. I have a hard time remembering last week. Anyway... the year was 2003. I had tickets to see the incomparable Rasputina on their Frustration Plantation tour at House of Blues in Chicago. Murder By Death was the opening band. Having never heard their music before, I figured I would grab a drink, stand in the back, melt in to the wall, and wait for this band (whoever they were) to be done. Bourbon in hand, back in full lean, Murder By Death took the stage, strapped on instruments and began playing. "Not bad," I thought, sipping away. Then... then... in came the cello. Soulfully. Sorrowfully. Before I knew what was happening, I found myself in the front row, captivated.

"Thank you. We're Murder By Death," said lead singer, Adam Turla. And then they were done. No. NO! That can't be it! In perfect Fry "Shut-Up-And-Take-My-Money" meme fashion I ran to their merch booth and bought Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them? AND a t-shirt. I never buy the t-shirt. That was it. I was hooked. This five-piece band from Bloomington, Indiana had won me over in one set. And now they're coming to Kalamazoo with their latest offering The Other Shore.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Where: Old Dog Tavern
  • When: Saturday, July 27th - 7:00pm
  • Cost: $20 - Get tickets here
  • This event is 21+
  • Bring merch money. Trust me.

Bonus Video: Murder By Death - Until Morale Improves the Beatings Will Continue