Music Monday: War Widow Every Saturday Night in August at Casey’s!

July 30th, 2012 — 3:14pm

War Widow was founded in Los Angeles in June 2010. Their unique style incorporates punk, blues, thrash, and other genres of music into the synth driven music of its time. The band was formed by ex-chef and oil painter J.P. Russel (Mellowdrone, 16 Volt), and guitar builder, Eric Blackwell… a complete nobody. Their first album was recorded and Produced by Jonathan Bates (Mellowdrone, Big Black Delta, White Sea, M83). The name of the band was taken from a line in the novel Slaughterhouse Five by author Kurt Vonnegut.

The band formed in the after-birth of a drunken bar brawl which found Russel and Blackwell, strangers at the time, fighting together to defend a drag queen. The event put Russel in the hospital with a concussion. The next day he was visited by his new friend Blackwell, and the two began a mutual friendship based on Steve Albini, Baseball, homemade beer, and early 80′s Heavy Metal.

Dave Freeman – 213 Music Director

Quote of the Day: Homer Simpson

July 30th, 2012 — 2:46pm

“A woman is a lot like beer. They smell good, they look good, and you’d step over your own mother to get one.” -Homer Simpson

You don’t have to step over your own mother to attend the LA Craft Beer Crawl on August 18th! You can buy tickets at

The Varnish wins Best American Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

July 29th, 2012 — 4:28pm

Congratulations to our team at The Varnish for winning Best American Cocktail Bar at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards last night!

Check out Tales of the Cocktail’s Facebook to see the full list of award winners.