Music Tonight: Progressive Indie band SHADOWRAPTR are doing the rounds this month in support of its just released full-length, It's Always Winter on the Moon. The Cincinnati ensemble crafts humbly epic songs full of winding, unexpected compositional shifts and an overall mysterious magnetism. They call the album a "guitar-soaked psychedelic-soul-pop odyssey," and cite influences like Pink Floyd and Grizzly Bear, which give you a spot-on sense of Moon's trippy allure. Give the album a listen on BandCamp here, then buy it (it's only $5, cheapskate) and go check the group out at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine tonight at 10 p.m. (the band is MOTR's Monday night house band for September). The show is free. Below, enjoy the cool music video for SHADOWRAPTR's "Simple and Pretty" (not featured on the new release).
• Memphis trio Ingram Hill play an intimate show at Newport's Southgate House tonight at 9 p.m. The band, which has scored a handful of Adult Contemporary hits in its decade of existence, performs in the club's small, second-floor "Parlour" room. Tickets are $13 at the door. The band knows how to have a good time, if this fun Beyonce cover from 2009 is any indication.
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for Sept. 19
On this day in 1973, AltCountry (or, as he called it, "Cosmic American Music") forefather Gram ParsonsGrievous Angel, posthumously), Parsons was 26 when he died. Parsons fell in love with the atmosphere and mystery of Joshua Tree, Calif., where he would often go with friends and party in the desert.
passed away from a drug overdose. A member of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, before releasing a pair of beloved solo albums (one,
Though Parsons had expressed the desire to have his ashes cremated and spread across the desert in Joshua Tree, his stepfather insisted he be buried in Louisiana (some suggest the stepfather would receive a bigger chunk of inheritance if he was buried in New Orleans). But while Parsons body was at the airport, ready for southeast shipping, some friends stole him and fulfilled his wishes. At the time in California there was no law against stealing a dead body, so the friends got off with a $750 fine. (The story of Parsons' death and the theft of his body was recreated in the so-so 2003 movie Grand Theft Parsons starring Johnny Knoxville.)
Like artists from Van Gogh to Alex Chilton, Parsons didn't get his real due until after his death. Today, he is an iconic cult hero whose music is often cited as a major influence by mainstream and alternative Country and Roots artists. Here's the trailer for the 2006 documentary, Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel, a great overview of Parsons' life and influence.
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Sept. 19 birthday include: Original Beatles manager, Brian Epstein (1934); Mamas and the Papas vocalist, Cass Elliott (1943); underrated Folk innovator David Bromberg (1945); 10cc member and video director Lol Creme (1947); superb producer (and musician and solo artist), Daniel Lanois (1951); Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers (1952); onetime Runaway turned Hard Rock guitar goddess, Lita Ford (1958); Country music star Trisha Yearwood (1964); and singer for long-running British band Pulp, Jarvis Cocker (1963).
Pulp was born in the initial Punk era, when then 15-year-old Cocker and pal Peter Dalton (14) put the group together while in school in Sheffield. Officially formed in 1978, the group played its first show in 1980. A demo tape led to Pulp's first Peel Session in 1981. Cocker adapted Pulp (originally a more twee, folkish group) as band members came and went and also developed the band's more unique, signature sound throughout the ’80s. In the early ’90s, Pulp finally found widespread success at the peak of the "Britpop" era, releasing legendary albums like His ’n Hers, Different Class and This Is Hardcore. The band split in the early ’00s as Cocker — who has talked openly about his rampant drug use at the peak of Pulp's career (and his wild "appearance" in 1996 with Michael Jackson onstage during the Brits awards show, where the stage-crashing Cocker dropped trou in "protest" of Jackson's "Christ-like" presentation) — went solo.
Cocker and Pulp recently completed a 22-date reunion tour of European festivals, but there are no further plans in the band's future (as of right now). Here's a clip from the group's recent appearance at the Reading Festival, where Pulp also joined co-headliners The Strokes onstage for a version of The Cars' "Just What I Needed" (search around for a clip — BBC has footage but isn't letting others share it).