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Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck Five

When: Mon., Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m. 2014



KINGSWith two decades of recording and touring behind them, New Jersey's Rye Coalition has had plenty of time to flirt with and elude the big time, and to tinker with a sound somewhere between youthful hardcore and aged hard rock. Their biggest moment came in 2002 when they released the album On Top, engineered by Steve Albini. Its critical and commercial success helped them bounce from respected indie Tiger Style Records to major label Dreamworks and start working with their dream producer, Dave Grohl. And that's when everything went to hell. As the band and Grohl began to work on a new record, which would come to be pointedly called Curses, Universal Music Group bought and dismantled Dreamworks, dumping Rye Coalition on Interscope Records, which seemed to have little interest in them. The band had to pursue legal action to recover the record Interscope was leaving to molder on the shelf, and in 2006, they found themselves back where they began, releasing Curses on New Jersey indie Gern Blandsten Records. Rye Coalition has not released a record since. Director Jenni Matz filmed the band for more than a decade, and her new documentary, which has won awards at numerous regional festivals, supplements her footage with the band's own to tell this story of rise-and-get-stuck. It features appearances from Albini, Grohl and members of bands such as Queens of the Stone Age and The Melvins. 8:30 p.m., $6 suggested donation, 14 W. Martin St., 919-833-1091, www.kingsbarcade.com. —Brian Howe

Price: $6

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