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Rudd, Wiser

With his new multi-cultural band and new album Nanna, Xavier Rudd is ready to show the world what’s up

0 Comments · Monday, May 18, 2015
Successful Australian singer/songwriter Xavier Rudd was compelled to push his art in new and interesting directions. Long desiring to assemble an Impossible Missions Force of global musical talent with the express purpose of refracting his ideas through fresh contextual prisms, for his new album, Nanna, Rudd achieved his goal with a new band that he's appropriately dubbed the United Nations.  

Music: Agent Orange

0 Comments · Thursday, May 14, 2015
In a world where Punk has become a commodity on a par with soy lattes and $500 tennis shoes, it’s comforting to know that Agent Orange is still prowling the wastelands and kicking the universe in its rapidly descending ballsack.   

The Antlers with Mutual Benefit

Thursday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
There is a sense of desolation and edgy calm in The Antlers’ expansively compelling soundscapes. If you were freezing to death on an Antarctic ice shelf, this is the music your brain would spontaneously create to distract you from your imminent popsicle-hood.  

Agent Orange with In the Whale and Bearer of Bad News

Tuesday • The Drinkery

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
In a world where Punk has become a commodity on a par with soy lattes and $500 tennis shoes, it’s comforting to know that Agent Orange is still prowling the wastelands and kicking the universe in its rapidly descending ballsack.
  

Marc Cohn

Wednesday • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Marc Cohn isn’t particularly prolific, but when he lays hands on a piano or guitar, something extraordinary happens. Witness the ubiquitous platinum success of “Walking in Memphis” from Cohn’s eponymous 1991 debut, which earned him a Best New Artist Grammy. Neither 1993’s The Rainy Season nor 1998’s Burning the Daze matched his debut’s immediacy, and it was nearly eight years before Cohn wrote new original music.  

Metro Station with Saywecanfly, 7 Minutes in Heaven, Satellite Flight and Lullaby Crash

Thursday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The hit Disney show Hannah Montana not only launched Miley Cyrus' career, but it was also tangentially responsible for Metro Station, an energetic Pop/Rock outfit that hit enviable heights in spite of significant internal tensions. During Hannah Montana’s first season, Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso, brothers of the show’s co-stars, met on set and formed Metro Station based on their mutual musical interests.
  

The Donkeys with Ben Knight & the Welldiggers

Saturday • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
If you’re a Donkeys fan, you know the San Diego quartet from its decade-plus history, three exemplary albums on Dead Oceans and 2014 debut with new label Easy Sound Recording Co., Ride the Black Wave. You know they haven’t had a lineup change since forming in 2004 and that they’ve been nominated twice (winning once) for Best Rock Band at the San Diego Music Awards.
  

Poet Aureate

Kevin Barnes takes of Montreal to new Glam/Dance heights with Aureate Gloom

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 5, 2015
There is an odd circularity in the work of Kevin Barnes. Back in 2005, of Montreal’s amazingly prolific and profoundly talented frontman was pursuing an Electronic/AfroBeat direction on The Sunlandic Twins and celebrating the arrival of his daughter Alabee. Ten years and five albums later, Alabee is a 10-year-old tween and Barnes and his wife Nina are navigating the stormy seas of separation and divorce.  
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Musicians Pay Tribute to Influential, Gone-to-Soon Singer/Songwriters

Remembering Elliott Smith and Jason Molina as they get the full-album tribute treatment on a pair of recent releases

{CommentsCant} · Friday, May 1, 2015
Tribute albums are typically divided into three categories. They’re either a) bankable artists covering high profile subjects (or, infrequently, famously known cult figures); b) cool/respected artists covering cool/respected artists; or c) some weird hybrid of the first two.  Two recently released tributes fall squarely in the second category, with Avett Brothers frontman Seth Avett and ris...  

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers with Us Elevator

Wednesday • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
When I was getting into music as a teenager, I took a genealogical approach to discovery. If I liked a particular band, then presumably I’d like the bands its members had played with previously or would play with subsequently. If you applied that same connective logic to Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, you would a) experience a healthy degree of corollary success, and b) collect a backbreaking amount of material in a hurry.