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Fri 05/05 Devin Townsend Project with Special Guests Thank You Scientist and ONI 7:30pm All Ages
Over the course of Devin Townsend’s storied career, a single constant has persevered: change. As far back as Steve Vai’s Sex & Religion, which Townsend fronted, to 2001’s landmark full-length Terria to the multi-instrumentalist’s country rock outfit Casualties of Cool to his stunning new album Transcendence, the Canadian isn’t too interested in keeping an even musical keel. To stay the proverbial course is, well, anathema. For certain, he’s far too impatient to write the same Strapping Young Lad song over and over—which is why he folded the band in 2007—and it’s likely there will never be a fourth or fifth Ziltoid album (a third if we’re lucky) because by that point he’ll be in a totally different frame of mind for galactic puppets gone awry. To understand why Townsend, consciously and subconsciously, favors change is to know the man and his music today.
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Sat 05/06 An Evening With Nancy and Beth 8:00pm All Ages
In the year of our Lord 2011 Megan Mullally met Stephanie Hunt in a sport utility vehicle whilst filming a motion picture in Smithville, Texas. They exchanged haiku, made significant eye contact, admired each other’s stigmata and sang close harmony. The Earth inhaled sharply. Reality expanded and shuddered with delight. The local tree frogs stoppered their raucous ditty and have nary been heard from since. That blessed day saw the voluptuous becoming of Nancy & Beth - the most magnificent duo that every laid lung to a blues chord - conjoin together as one. A brace of beauties, plying their troth to bring it to you sweetly in your ear-holes. Together with their gypsy band of starry-eyed mystics, jazz pastors and tea-heads, these curvaceous ladies will blow mouth sounds and shake their accessories like the ripest bags of produce until you go jingle-jangle in your juice-box. Welcome to pleasure.
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Sun 05/07 Catfish and the Bottlemen 8:00pm All Ages
The most exciting new guitar band to break through in the UK this decade is Catfish and the Bottlemen. Their tightly honed melodic two-guitar rock draws from new wave, indie, garage, and grunge. 2014 debut album, ’The Balcony’, written by “lithe and excitable” young front man Van McCann, has just been certified Platinum in the UK. At the end of 2014, they were awarded Best Newcomer at the BBC Music Awards, and went on to feature prominently at many UK Festivals throughout the summer of 2015, then capping a whirlwind year with an extensive sold out tour of the UK. Over the Atlantic in USA they also didn't stop. Touring consistently, they were announced as the number 1 new artist in USA by Billboard Magazine with single ‘Kathleen’ becoming a firm favorite at alternative radio.
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Tue 05/09 91.3 WYEP presents Old 97's 8:00pm All Ages
"Rock and roll's been very very good to me," Rhett Miller sings on "Longer Than You've Been Alive," an epic six-minute stream-of-consciousness meditation on his life in music. It's a rare moment of pulling back the curtain, on both the excesses and tedium of the world of a touring musician, and it's the perfect way to open the Old 97's new album, 'Most Messed Up.' "I wrote that song very quickly and didn’t rewrite one word of it," Miller explains. "It's sort of a thesis statement not just for this record, but for my life's work."
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Wed 05/17 Meat Puppets and mike watt + the jom and terry show 8:15pm All Ages
Until last September, things were relatively quiet in Meat Puppets 2016 world. Then Riotfest popped up on their schedule. There are not too many “firsts” left for the Puppets to experience, but out of the blue, Curt was invited to meet with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders (!!) at Suder Montessori Magnet School in Chicago. Following that outing, the band has started to revisit the folk and singer-song writer nuggets Curt put out in 2005 on his solo masterpiece, Snow, as well as similarly veined tracks from Rat Farm (“Sometimes Blue”).
"What can be romantic to Mike Watt?" This question is from the song "One Reporter's Opinion." It first appeared on "Double Nickels on the Dime," the Minutemen's acclaimed 1984, 45-track, two record release; often named among the best and most influential albums of the 1980's. At the time of the song's recording, this query may have seemed rhetorical, as the band was an integral part of Los Angeles's explosive early punk and hardcore scene. By 1984, The Minutemen - - Mike Watt on bass, guitarist D Boon and drummer George Hurley - - had already earned a reputation for fierce, rapid-fire performances. Their songs were abrupt gusts of genre-bending music, with concise, satirical lyrics that probed and skewered topics like Reagan era politics and commercial popular culture.
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Sun 05/21 WPTS Radio presents Ty Segall 8:00pm All Ages
Ty Segall has made whole records that wrestle with realities – fighting against some, pulling mightily to bring others into being. His new self-titled record – the next record after Emotional Mugger, Manipulator, Sleeper, Twins, Goodbye Bread, Melted, Lemons and the first self-titled album that started it up in the now-distant year of 2008 – is a clean flow, a wash of transparency falling into a world that needs to see a few things through clearly, to their logical end. It’s got some of the most lobe-blasting neckwork since the Ty Segall Band’s Slaughterhouse (from way back in the long, hot summer of 2012), but it also features a steep flight of fluent acoustic settings.
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Mon 05/22 Opus One & PromoWest North Shore presents Mac DeMarco with special guest Tonstartssbandht 8:00pm All Ages
Before you ancients out there turn your heads and scoff at the premise of a twenty-something rock-and-roll goofball calling himself an old-anything, consider this: said perpetrator, he who answers to the name Mac DeMarco, has spent the better part of his time thus far writing, recording, and releasing an album of his own music pretty much every calendar flip, and pretty much on his own. The fresh meat you’re now feasting on, This Old Dog, makes for his fifth in just over half a decade—bringing the total to 3 LPs and 2 EPs. According to the DMV, MacBriare Samuel Lanyon DeMarco is 26. But in working-dog years, ol’ Mac here could easily qualify for social security. To stay gold, turns out all he needed was some new tricks.
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Thu 05/25 WPTS Radio presents Oddisee & Good Compny - Beneath The Surface Tour with special guest Olivier St. Louis 8:00pm All Ages
Oddisee is an everyman with extraordinary talent. Both a rapper chronicling the perils and joys of ordinary existence, and a virtuosic producer attuned to the vibrations of how life actually sounds. But don’t mistake the Odd Tape for the noise of birds chirping, idle chatter, or car alarms; it’s that internal soul-jazz reverberating at the back of your brain. For the last decade, the Mello Music Group artist has alternated between instrumental albums, full-length rap records, and his role as one-third of Diamond District. The Odd Tape is technically the former—there are no vocals—but if you call this an instrumental album, you might as well say the same about Bitches Brew.
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Wed 05/31 Morbid Angel with special guests Suffocation, Revocation, Withered 7:30pm All Ages
Steve and Trey: “ We are excited to get back out on tour with longtime friends and death metal brothers SUFFOCATION as main support. We have also added the technical thrash metalers REVOCATION and newcomers THE WITHERED to what will promise to be a great night. The tour will also mark the unveiling of the new lineup of MORBID ANGEL featuring Scott Fuller (Annihilated, Errorgeist), on drums, and Dan Vadim Von ( guitarist / frontman of the American death metal band VadimVon) on second guitar." Trey and Steve are currently still in Mana's studios, continuing work with long time friend ERIK RUTAN on the new album which is planned for a 2017 release on UDR / JVC worldwide.
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