With close to a decade of independent touring, Nate Allen is a champion of house shows and silly sing-alongs. He spent the last ten years touring as Destroy Nate Allen, but now he hopes to get a bit more serious with his new side project, Nate Allen and the Pac-Away Dots. Allen is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to release Nate Allen and the Pac-Away Dots’ first album, Take Out the Trash. His goal is to raise $3,300 to print CDs and vinyl copies of the new album. Pledge now to receive anything from a mixtape to a mason jar. The campaign runs through Nov. 5.

The album features a unique mix of punk, blues, folk and rock. Recommended for fans of the Violent Femmes, Calibretto 13 and Larry and his Flask.

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