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Stripped Down!

We're excited to be playing Acadia on Friday. We'll be doing a stripped down acoustic show. Come drink some beers and enjoy Acadia's fine menu.

Hey, while you're here, do you mind signing up for that mailing list? We'll let you know when we're playing shows. That's it.

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8.14.14 - The Usual Things in Minneapolis, MN

Triple Rock Social Club
8:00 PM, $8 Advanced / $10 Door, 18+, Get Directions, Get Tickets

We could not be more thrilled to be opening for Jillian Rae at the Triple Rock. Triple Rock is one of our absolute favorite rooms in the city. It's just the right size for an intimate, but rowdy show.

Jillian recently played some string parts on the new American Scarecrows record. She slays.

w/ Jillian Rae, Little Man

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Proudly from Minneapolis, MN, The Usual Things mix power pop melodies with midwestern story telling. Singer/songwriter Aaron Shekey references his own experiences with relatable ambiguity; tales that push the simple, upbeat melodies of the band into darker territory.

Their influences range from the story telling of Drive-By Truckers, to the guitar-based melodies of early Radiohead, to the straight-forward rock fervor of the Foo Fighters. “It’s a Shame About Ray” by the Lemonheads rarely leaves their van’s CD player.

Their latest album, “Home Sweet Alone” explores the consequences of a failed 10-year relationship that could only be described as the quintessential, All-American highschool sweetheartdom.

“It's more of a breaking up record. A break-up record implies that everyone’s moved on,” says Shekey. He continues, “It’s dark, brutally honest, and all kinds of sad. I’ve never been more proud of a record.”

While it highlights the autobiographic side of a maturing band, Home Sweet Alone doesn’t lose its hooks or its bravado. At once it drifts between acoustic interludes and full-on telecaster thunder… a turning point in both the band’s musicianship and lyrical content. Home Sweet Alone is a cohesive, measured effort.

“Everything’s out in the open on this one. My fear is it’ll be hard for me, personally, to listen to it in a few years’ time… but this record absolutely had to be made. It's the best work we’ve done.”