Cat's Cradle Presents

American Aquarium

The Watson Twins

Thursday, August 29
Doors: 7:30pm : Show: 7:30pm
Premium reserved: $45 Members, $50 Nonmembers
Reserved: $40 Members, $44 Nonmembers
Lawn/General admission: $30 Members, $33 Nonmembers

For nearly two decades, American Aquarium has pushed toward that rare form of rock ’n’ roll that’s revelatory in every sense. “For us the sweet spot is when you’ve got a rock band that makes you scream along to every word, and it’s not until you’re coming down at 3 am that you realize those words are saying something real about your life,” says frontman BJ Barham. “That’s what made us fall in love with music in the first place, and that’s the goal in everything we do.”

On their new album, The Fear of Standing Still, the North Carolina–bred band embodies that dynamic with more intensity than ever before, endlessly matching their gritty breed of country-rock with Barham’s bravest and most incisive songwriting to date. As he reflects on matters both personal and sociocultural—e.g., the complexity of Southern identity, the intersection of generational trauma and the dismantling of reproductive rights—American Aquarium instills every moment of The Fear of Standing Still with equal parts unbridled spirit and illuminating empathy.

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