April 26, 2018

The Radio Set: EP#2

English New Wave quartet The Radio Set picked up rave reviews last year when their debut EP. A fresh stack of songs keeps the moemnetum going on their new EP#2. Preceded by the catchy as Hell single Gotta Crush on You - produced by Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order) - the band dig a little deeper lyrically, urging listeners to stand tall (Bullet), give in to well l-served relaxing after a busy day (Long Cigarette) and allow themselves to swept of their feet by the prospects of a new love (Breathe).

EP#2 is a celebration of early Eighties music - upbeat against all odds. They can get a crowd dancing their asses off, thanks to the locked-in-the-groove rhythm section, old school synths and blink-and-you'll-miss-'em guitar fills. Top it off with a lead singer who can deliver indie pop phrasings effortlessly and then you have a band that can connect with an age demographic covering a couple of decades: timeless goodness. The EP ends with a Big Love Mix of Gotta Crush on You, a reworking that deserves a 12" vinyl release. Too bad that Factory Records is no longer around to make that happen.

April 25, 2018

Kapok: The MIRABEL-MICRO tour

Dutch jazz trio Kapok will do three more shows before taking a break. The MIRABEL-MICRO tour is the last chance to see them going all improv, until their show on April 6, 2019 with the Ragazze Quartet.

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Words about music (476): Thelonious Monk

There are no wrong notes; some are just more right than others.

Thelonious Monk

April 24, 2018

Eureka California: Roadrunners

photo: Stacey Piotrowski

Athens, GA band lo-fi garage rock duo Eureka California inserted a bit of surf and grunge into the songs on their new album Roadrunners. Jake Ward (guitar, vocals) and Marie A. Uhler (drums) tackle underground CIA projects (MKUltra), the Three Mile Island accident (Threads), a billionaire turned paranoid recluse (Howard Hughes at the Sands), sniper rifles (SWDs and other decidedly non-mainstream subjects.

While the subject is dead-serious, the killer riffs, rumbling drums, and aloof vocal delivery make it a record that also can enjoyed as-is. It's a rambling, politically charged party record, not unlike some of the punk bands of yesteryear.

Trey Anastasio Trio: New Orleans run webcasts

All three shows of the Trey Anastasio Trio @ Civic Theatre in New Orleans, LA (April 26-28) will be available as pay-per-view webcasts thru LivePhish.com.

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