American band Wed, 28 Sep 2022 05:09:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 American band 32 32 High Wycombe man who died of brain tumor inspires US band Fri, 23 Sep 2022 04:00:00 +0000 A MAN who died of an aggressive brain tumor inspired an American band to write a song about him.

Sean Crossey, from High Wycombe, was diagnosed with grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive and fast-growing brain tumour, in August 2016 after suffering intermittent vomiting, dizziness and debilitating headaches.

He underwent three brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but died in September 2018 – just three months after marrying his longtime partner Laura. He was 29 years old.

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After his death, his friend AJ Perdomo, who is the lead singer of American rock band The Dangerous Summer’s, wrote a song inspired by him.

AJ Perdomo also lost his friend Amanda Dayon, from New Jersey, America, who died on September 8, the same day as Her Majesty the Queen, from cancer.

Sean and Amanda inspired the song Goodbye, which appears on the band’s latest album Coming Home, released August 26.

Speaking to Brain Tumor Research, a charity that has supported Sean, AJ said: “It came out to me like songs do, and I felt like there was sadness but positivity. in the message. The fact that we were able to spend time together knowing each other gave us a peace and I tried to paint the emotion as best I could.

“It’s this melancholic emptiness, but there’s a layer of happiness and too often ‘it feels like we’re saying goodbye too many times’. I send my heart to everyone who has been through or is going through the same It’s the endless toll of life, a destination we’ll all reach but no time is ever long enough.

AJ met Sean during his band’s first visit to the UK in 2010. Sean, who was also a talented musician, lived with Jamie Osman, who became the band’s manager, in a flat where they partied after the show, and laughed and sang. Songs’.

AJ said, “Jamie was like a brother to Sean and they came to every one of our shows; we would hang around so much. Sean was a genius, he even made our website, and a few versions of it over the years. Our group split up and after many trips across the pond it looked like it would be a long time before we got back.

“I remember seeing the news of Sean’s illness on Facebook and telling Jamie about it, and Sean directly and holding on to hope and love, and feeling like he couldn’t leave us.

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“It’s like the world is missing an amazing human being, an incredibly sweet, intelligent soul. I love him so much and there’s a hole there that will always exist.

Jo Crossey, Sean’s mother, said: “We are very proud and honored to have Sean remembered in this way. It’s yet another reminder of how much he touched people’s lives.

The Dangerous Summer toured the UK beginning in Birmingham on September 27 and concluding in London on October 5.

Charlie Allsebrook, Community Development Manager for Brain Tumor Research, said: “This song is a touching tribute to a special young man who was taken from this world far too soon and we applaud AJ and The Dangerous Summer for creating it. .

“Sean’s story is a stark reminder that brain tumors kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet historically only 1% of national spending on brain research cancer have been allocated to this devastating disease.We’re working to change that.

The Sag Harbor American Music Festival brings you the bands this weekend Tue, 20 Sep 2022 20:47:06 +0000

Music lovers rejoice! This weekend, the Sag Harbor American Music Festival (SHAMF) returns for its 11th season and, from September 22-25, will offer dozens of free musical performances in public parks and village storefronts.

Kelly Dodds, President and Co-Artistic Director of SHAMF, explains that while in recent years the festival has traditionally offered paid indoor concerts on Thursday and Friday nights at the Bay Street Theater and Old Whalers Church to complement the free outdoor music , last year, with the uncertainties of COVID-19, the decision was made to keep music completely free and everything outdoors.

“We received a grant from the federal government last year to cover ticket costs,” Dodds explained. “When the Board of Directors met to find out how the past year has gone, we had feedback that everyone loved the format and the new Steinbeck Park stage. Part of our mission is to ‘to be accessible to everyone, to be a completely free festival and to be in the open air is ideal for us. We have tried to obtain subsidies to compensate for the entire amount raised through paid concerts, but we have not obtained, so we stepped up fundraising.

With the successful fundraiser, this weekend the music is completely free and outdoors, with top artists performing in a tent at Marine Park on Bay Street and on the Steinbeck Park Stage near the bridge, while that smaller bands and solo acts will perform in front of various retail businesses and cultural institutions spread throughout the village.

“What has made the festival so successful is that we grow with the community,” Dodds said. “How the community experiences it is important to us. We want to make sure that we communicate with people in the best possible way. We could go back to indoor gigs, there are plenty of venues – Bay Street Theatre, the Sag Harbor Cinema and the Whalers Church – but maybe we’ll do something in the early spring before things get crazy.

One of this year’s new highlights that music fans won’t want to miss is the SHAMF Launch Parade taking place on Thursday night and coming down Main Street.

“For years, people who know us have always known that we start with Samba Boom, a 30-piece percussion ensemble known for percussion sessions on the beach. For anyone who hasn’t seen them, they’re a great reason to show up. They usually played on Saturday mornings and I feel like they needed a bigger audience. As the festival grew to add Sunday and now Thursday, we felt we needed more of a Thursday night kick-off – a call to action and to attract community members who might leave for the weekend they can attend.

So on Thursday night at 6 p.m., parade participants will congregate at Main and Madison streets where Samba Boom will play for about 20 minutes, then the band will dance in the street. At 7 p.m., Soul Inscrit will take the stage at Marine Park.

“All of our events are family-friendly — kids in strollers are fine, and if the kids take action, the parents can walk away,” Dodds said. “We present live music for the younger generation, especially teenagers and children who are discovering music digitally for the first time. We have such a variety, the energy of a live performance where they can enjoy it is really an opportunity for them to grow and expand their emotional depth.

“Live music touches you emotionally, in a different way than YouTube. When you’re surrounded by people dancing and singing spontaneously, it has the potential to broaden horizons,” she said.

Expect this year’s festival to feature a wide range of talented musical acts from across the East End and the greater New York and New England area, but one of the acts that excites the More Dodds is Brooklyn-based Red Baraat.

“I think Red Baraat will be the most sensational act of this year – audibly, visibly, the level of energy and performance is unlike anyone I’ve seen in the East End,” she said. declared. “They’ve been together for 20 years – they’re from Brooklyn, but they’ve played the Dubai World Expo and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. They’re well known around the world, but they happen to be pretty relatives.

“I am intrigued and blown away by their talent and their sound,” added Dodds, noting that Red Baraat’s concert will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at Marine Park in partnership with WLIW 88.3, ​​and the music will be streamed live with the station. Ed German as guest host.

“The festival has grown so much, and it’s organic growth, but it’s growing,” Dodds said. “There are 35 to 40 acts, it’s an insane number of acts. The production has become more involved, but it’s a labor of love. If companies weren’t so supportive, we wouldn’t be able to do this. We had a big increase in individual supporters after last season, and those things allow us to do what we do.

The Sag Harbor American Music Festival (SHAMF) is back for its 11th season and, September 22-25, features music throughout Sag Harbor. From the giant sailcloth tent in the Marine Park to the new all-weather stage in Steinbeck Park, dozens of acts will be presented. Other venues include cultural district icons like the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, as well as storefronts and restaurants. These performances are free and open to the public, with costs covered by sponsorships and donations.

The SHAMF program

Thursday September 22

Escola de Samba Boom Parade — 6 p.m. Civil War Monument, Main and Madison. Celebrate the opening of the festival with this 30-piece drum set while dancing down Main Street. Special guests to be announced. A real treat for people of all ages.

Soul Registered – 7 p.m. at Marine Park Tent, Bay Street. Free. The hip hop soul collective from New York offers an eclectic new take on jazz, dub and funk. Composed of Baba Israel (host/production), Grace Galu (vocals), Duv (vocals), Sean Nowell (saxophone, flute, FX), Osei (bass), Robert Knowles (keyboards) and Juan Carlos Polo (drums). The band have toured the world as cultural ambassadors to the US State Department. They are the resident band of “Cannabis: A Viper Vaudeville”, which received critical acclaim off Broadway. The collective is currently working on a national tour.

Post-Concert Bands – 9 p.m. Black & Sparrow performs at Sen (23 Main Street) and Jettykoon performs at K Pasa (2 Main Street).

friday september 23

Drum Lesson with Dan Bailey — 5:30 p.m. at Marine Park, Bay Street. Hailing from the Hamptons, Bailey’s South African roots and mastery of the West African djembe carry a celebratory vibe. Certified by Chris Berry as a Bana Kuma Drum & Dance teacher, he leads classes teaching rhythms representing the sacred elements of air, fire, water and earth. BYO hand drum.

Red Baraat — 7:00 p.m. at the Marine Park Tent. Live broadcast on WLIW-FM. Red Baraat is a pioneer band from Brooklyn. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has garnered worldwide acclaim for their singular sound, a fusion of harsh North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with nothing less than a determined goal to manifest joy and unity for all, the spirit of Red Baraat is worn brightly on its sweaty, hard-working sleeve. Special guest Ed German (WLIW) will open live with his “Friday Night Soul” show before the main event.

Saturday September 24

10:00 a.m. – Goat puppet musical show on a boat at the marine park tent

11:00 am – Hopefully Forgiven at Steinbeck Park Stage

11:30 a.m. — Born and raised in the shops of Long Wharf

Noon — Mambo Loco at the Marine Park Tent

12:30 p.m. — Angie Pastor at Matriark

12:30 p.m. – The Kingdom at Sag Harbor Inn

1:30 p.m. — Nancy Atlas at the Steinbeck Park stage

2:00 p.m. — Cold Chocolate at Baron’s Cove

2:00 p.m. — East Points at Ryland’s Green (Main and Madison streets)

3:00 p.m. — Pete Mancini at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum

3:00 p.m. — Evan Francis Quintet at the Marine Park Tent

3pm — Dante Mazzetti at LT Burger

3:00 p.m. — Lynn Blue Band at Sag Pizza

4 p.m. — Chloe Halpin at Provisions

4:00 p.m. — The Resilient at Steinbeck Park Stage

4:00 p.m. — The Sheriff of Good Times at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum

5:00 p.m. — Inda Eaton at the Marine Park Tent

5:00 p.m. — Sara Hartman at Baron’s Cove

6:30 p.m. — Winston Irie on the Steinbeck Park stage

8:00 p.m. – Jake Lear at Kidd Squid Brewing Co.

Sunday September 25

11 a.m. — Caroline Doctorow at the Marine Park tent

Noon — Hoodoo Loungers at Steinbeck Park Stage

1:00 p.m. — Rachel and Keve at the marine park tent

2 p.m. — The Montauk Project on the Steinbeck Park Stage

3:00 PM – Dan Bailey Tribe at Marine Park Tent

4pm — Gene Casey & The Lonesharks at Steinbeck Park Stage

5 p.m. — Alfredo Merat at K Pasa

5:00 p.m. – Foster Europe Band at the Marine Park Tent

6:00 p.m. — Joe Delia & Thieves at Steinbeck Park Stage

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Otoboke Beaver kicks off its North American tour next month Mon, 19 Sep 2022 18:13:50 +0000

Acclaimed Japanese punk-rock-garage quartet Otoboke Beaver embark on their highly anticipated and fast-selling North American tour starting next month; dates and tickets available here. The tour comes in support of their new album Super Champon via Damnably.

Having garnered support from NPR, Pitchfork, FADER, Stereogum, Bandcamp Daily, TheNeedleDrop, BrooklynVegan and beyond, the album sees the band explore themes such as fending off societal pressure to reproduce, making ridiculous judgments about what valuing a woman, and reacting to the uninvited advice of condescending people, on 18 impressive tracks in 20 minutes.

The group also just shared their latest single “Chu Chu Song,” a sound barrier ripper about the endless back and forth in a relationship. The song features their signature guitar shredding and band member Yoyoyoshie’s riffs that rip through intricate vocal harmonies and key changes.

“Chu chu” is Japanese onomatopoeia for “kiss kiss”. It’s the first song the band wrote in 2009, and was previously only heard at live performances and as a crowdfunding supporter exclusive in 2017. The track was also recently featured on the Japan Is Loud compilation. Adult Swim hosted by Toonami’s Jonny Rej. .

Super Champon follows the band’s critically acclaimed 2019 album Itekoma Hits. is a mix of songs ranging from love to food, life and JASRAC. Our music is genderless and has various elements. We hope this will be our masterpiece of chaos music. It also sounds like a champion.

Across 18 songs, lead singer-songwriter Acco expands the band’s possibilities and pushes their musical skills to the limit. Acco has previously commented that she is more influenced by “manzai”, a traditional style of comedy in Japanese culture comparable to stand-up comedy, exemplified by her use of slang puns and puns. , fast-paced back-and-forth dialogue and impeccable timing in delivering a punchline – characteristics that Otoboke Beaver’s music shares in droves.

Otoboke Beaver, formed at the Kyoto University Music Club, consists of Accorinrin (vocals and guitar), Yoyoyoshie (guitar and vocals), Hirochan (bass and vocals) and Kahokiss (drums and vocals). Acco’s quirky self-taught songwriting and confrontational skills, along with the band’s incredible musical sense, make for an exciting and unmissable live.

2022 Super Champion Tour Dates

September 30 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
October 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (sold out)
October 3 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
October 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (sold out)
October 6 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage (sold out)
October 8 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (sold out)
October 9 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (sold out)
October 11 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall (sold out)
October 14 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
October 15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
October 16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir (sold out)
October 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
October 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex (sold out)
October 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
October 21 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah (sold out)
October 22 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
October 25 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
October 26 – Dallas, TX @ Tree’s

Artist and Activist Gregg Deal Challenges Stereotypes of Native American Culture in New Exhibit in Colorado Springs | Culture & Leisure Fri, 16 Sep 2022 06:00:00 +0000

Native American artist and activist Gregg Deal’s recipe is part street art, part graphic styles, part performance art, with generous dollops of punk music, comic books, and superhero fiction.

It does so with one overriding purpose.

“I’m trying to challenge the western perception,” he said, “and create something that helps move the needle of representing the awareness of the first peoples of this country.”

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Visitors to downtown Colorado Springs will experience the work of the Peyton-based artist. He is responsible for “Take Back the Power,” the 66-foot-tall mural of his daughter, Sage Deal, on the side of the building at 102 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The play aims to raise awareness of women, girls and LGTBQ people who are at high risk of disappearance or murder.

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Deal’s new show, “Esoo Tubewade Nummetu (This Land Is Ours),” opens with a free reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Ent Arts Center’s Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery. It runs until December 11.

He and his punk band, Dead Pioneers, will also perform at a Take Back the Power concert alongside poet and activist Marcelina Ramirez and post-punk rock band Alger. The free show is from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 23 downtown on Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street. Deal will also speak at a conference of invited artists and critics on October 11 at the Ent Center for the Arts.

Activist art like Deal’s can be tricky, said the exhibit’s curator and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Galleries director of contemporary art Daisy McGowan. While it might seem simple for an artist to include a strong social message in their work, it’s often difficult to get it right, she said.

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Native American artist and activist Gregg Deal’s new exhibit, “Esoo Tubewade Nummetu (This Land is Ours),” opened Thursday at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery at the Ent Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs.

“People get turned off by too strong a message one way or the other,” McGowan said. “They decide right away whether they agree or not. He took the work in more abstract directions where it is distilled.

Deal, a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe, who moved to the area seven years ago from Washington, D.C., with his wife and five children, sees hope for the representation of Indigenous peoples in the culture. He cites the TV shows “Reservation Dogs” and “Rutherford Falls,” as well as the new Hulu movie “Prey.” Indigenous people make up the cast, he said, and the shows are also informed by indigenous people.

“It’s progressing, as the representation increases,” Deal said. “But most Americans lack the proper context to understand the historical, social, and poetic ramifications of Indigenous peoples.”

He believes that most people only know of the existence of Indigenous peoples through what the culture has told them. Stereotypes in popular media have spread many misconceptions about how they look and talk, such as having certain facial features or certain skin colors.

“Our existence lives within the confines of the perception of our existence and not the reality of our existence,” Deal said. “Telling our own stories is happening, but it’s still pretty new.”

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He seeks to do work that does not adhere to stereotypes. In one of those pieces from the show – the 25-foot-long, 8-foot-tall “Never Forget” – Deal uses abstract and basket designs, but also includes images of things that have existed in the United States. United, like the Boy Scouts of America, which evolved to represent indigenous peoples but also misrepresent them.

“Perhaps known or unbeknownst to many Native tribes and communities, the Boy Scouts of America have used a vast amount of Native-themed ornaments, Native-inspired badges, and even full-fledged headdress during scout ceremonies, rallies and outings since the early 1900s,” ICT reported in 2019. The independent, not-for-profit news organization serves Indigenous communities.

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The exhibit’s central message is in its title, which refers to the fact that Indigenous peoples are not immigrants to this country, McGowan said.

“We are the immigrants here,” she says. “In American culture, we want to look at Native history in museums or history books – in the past tense. It is important to honor and recognize artists who are working now; otherwise, we relegate Native American tradition to the dustbin of history, that is, putting it in a coffin.

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A sixth Paramore album could be upon us very soon Thu, 08 Sep 2022 17:33:17 +0000

It’s been five years since pop-punk trio Paramore released their 2017 album, After the laugh.

With their return to the stage next month – the band’s first live performance in four years – hints on social media and a statement from January about material in the works, all signs point to new Paramore music very soon.

Recent online activity (September 7) caught the attention of subscribers, leading fans to anticipate an announcement. On Instagram, each of the group members updated their individual profile pictures.

All appearing to be cut from the same group photo, the footage shows Paramore – vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and drummer Zac Farro – with their faces smashed against a condensation-covered glass barrier.

The posts were also deleted from the trio’s shared Instagram, except for two photos with information about the upcoming tour.

Earlier this year, Williams said rolling stone via email “We wrote and followed something we loved and it really surprised us.

“Thank goodness we were very surprised throughout all of this,” the “Ain’t It Fun” singer explained. “I’m still waiting for the moment that we know we’re on to something new and not just rehashing the same shit,” Williams continued, hinting at a new record with left turns and hooks. right, but doesn’t. not stray too far from the band’s signature sound. “It’s not so much about feeling like a success, but more about a scary and exciting feeling that you’re navigating uncharted waters. It keeps you curious. We were able to feel that feeling very early on this time.

Of the project, Williams added, “We’re still in the thick of it, but some things have stayed consistent from the start. 1) More guitar emphasis, and 2) Zac should be as animal as he wants with drum takes.

Paramore Fall 2022 Dates

October 2, 2022 – Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Theater

October 4, 2022 – Magna, UT – The Great SaltAir

October 6, 2022 – Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theater Omaha

October 8, 2022 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion

October 9, 2022 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits ^

October 11, 2022 – Chesterfield, MO – The Factory

October 14, 2022 – Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater*

October 16, 2022 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits ^

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]]> Season Preview: ‘Paradigm Bomb’ Continues the Evolution of American Repertory Theater | Arts Tue, 06 Sep 2022 15:44:00 +0000

When WNY American Repertory Theater unplugged “The Paradigm Bomb” in May was the right decision, the playwright says. For a city just beginning to deal with the aftermath of a racist mass shooting, the pain was still too raw to absorb the play’s themes of alienation, indoctrination and radicalization.

Four months later, the opening of the play for ART’s 2022-23 season is a sign of healing and a step towards understanding. It will premiere September 9 at the theater at 545 Elmwood Ave.

“It was an easy choice to postpone the show,” said Matthew LaChiusa, executive and artistic director of ART, as well as the author of “The Paradigm Bomb”. He said he and director Monish Bhattacharyya, along with the cast, took a step back to reconsider the play over the summer and worked on significant changes.

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“We really analyzed it in the context of what happened here last May, and we got into the concept of why an individual becomes radicalized,” LaChiusa said. “There were other elements in the room, but we decided, ‘Let’s focus on that.’ ”

The result, he says, is “a very strong, cerebral and socially conscious piece. I think the timing is right to open the season at ART.

The evolution of “Paradigm Bomb” mirrors in some ways the evolution of ART. In its 15th season, the theater is redoubling its efforts to promote Western New York artists and themes that reflect the region’s diversity. Like the upcoming season, 2021-22 was also made up entirely of works by local writers, with a grant that allowed ART to present shows on a “pay what you can” basis.

“It was a success, commercially and artistically. It was good. We didn’t suffer,” LaChiusa said. “And building on last year’s success, we will continue to support the artistic vision of local playwrights.”

“The stigma of people not wanting to risk seeing local playwrights was swept away in the last year,” he said.

Mark Humphrey crafted a good story with compelling characters, and in the end we care about each of them, not as symbols but as friends, writes reviewer Melinda Miller.

As a reminder, ART will present a staged reading of its 2021 Artie Award-winning play, “Speed ​​of Dark” on September 21, along with the four regular productions. “Speed ​​of Dark” is a drama about four workers who lose track of time and find themselves trapped in a “sunset town” after dark. Playwright Mark Humphrey and Patricia A. Carter of the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Living Legacy Project will discuss the play’s themes after the reading.

The rest of the season promises to be, at least, a little less heavy. Local poet and playwright Justin Karcher’s “The Birth of Santa” is ART’s “holiday” show, described as a darkly comedic take-off on “A Christmas Carol.”

LaChuisa said the piece, which opens Dec. 1, is “for people who want to see something different from classic holiday fare. It’s irreverent and ironic – the only way Justin can express his views on Christmas.

The spring production, “Rust and Redemption: Requiem for a Buffalo Grunge Band,” comes from Buffalo author/educator/playwright John Snodgrass. The story looks at former band members who reconnect when one of the band’s original members dies.

“It’s a music-driven piece,” LaChiusa said.

Between those shows is “Mercy Seat,” the traditional one-act ART showcase of short works, inspired this year by the alt-punk musical tales of Nick Cave. It opens on February 16. The framing device of a tent revival will weave the pieces together.

As pandemic shutdowns and precautions begin to fade, ART is looking ahead.

“Everyone involved in this season is just hyper-jacked. It’s infectious enthusiasm,” he said, then added with a laugh, “OK, maybe that’s a bad choice of words, but everyone’s excited. We have a hell of a thing going on here in the 716.”

WNY American Repertory Theater

Sept. 9-Oct. 1: “The paradigmatic bomb”

December 1-23: “The Birth of Santa Claus”

February 16-March 11: “Mercy Seat”

April 21-May 13: “Rust & Redemption: Requiem for a Buffalo Grunge Band”

7 p.m. September 21, staged reading of “Speed ​​of Dark” ($15)

Times and Tickets: Most shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets usually cost $20; $15 for students (artofwny.org716-697-0837).

American Stage Prepares Their High-Energy “Idiot” • St Pete Catalyst Sat, 03 Sep 2022 13:51:38 +0000

Watch a rehearsal of american idiot From the seats of House Right, American director Gavin Hawk delved into the narrative spine of the award-winning Broadway musical, adapted from the 2004 album of the same title by punk rock trio Green Day.

“A lot of what we do is treat every song like a music video,” Hawk explained as the young cast ran, jumped and kicked in unison like a herd of antelope at the members. cowards. “So it tells the story more visually.”

Opening on September 7 american idiot will be the first new production of American Stage’s 2022-23 season.

The sung show follows Green Day’s album trajectory almost exactly, song for song, with a few other band numbers stitched together.

But there is no script per se, according to Hawk. “There are letters read between scenes that help tie things together,” he said, “but some lyrics don’t exactly match what’s happening on stage. It’s more a matter of feel or mood. And music is a support, emotionally.

Emotions are close to the surface. It’s after 9/11 and best friends Johnny, Will and Tunny are unhappy, bored, frustrated and slightly scared about the future.

That’s basically it. It’s the age-old dilemma of early adulthood: Where am I going? What I’m doing with my life? Will I become my parents? And getting pulled in different directions.

Ah, but these three guys have music. And, perhaps even better, they have a tight group of like-minded friends.

“The message,” Hawk offered, “is that friends are the family you choose. And the path to happiness, the path to fulfillment, is to find your loved ones and stay with them. Even if the world gives you shit, you can turn it into something beautiful and cool.

“Because that’s really the punk rock kind of philosophy – am I really good at playing the guitar? No, but I know a few chords, and I can put those chords together and make a great song out of it. I don’t have to play like Jimmy Page, you know? I can play like the Ramones.

The scenic interpretations of american idiot the songs are fiery and melodious, arranged with rich, playful harmonies. Each member of the high-energy cast sings and dances.

There are elements of Hair and Lease in the communal and “tribal” nature of the show.

“I think Green Day followed in the footsteps of the Ramones and has irreverent, silly lyrics — but they also have a lot of really catchy, catchy melodies,” Hawk said. “It’s amazing, the melodies of this show. Even Juan (Rodriguez), our musical director, said, “I’m not a fan of punk rock, but these songs are really, really good. They are Beatle-esque.

The American Stage production, he adds, is a “show,” complete with confetti guns, a blowing bubble machine, hazers and other effects. Plus a live band. “It’s about fury, sound and spectacle.”

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The director, who grew up in the punk rock subculture of the 1990s in Southern California, pays a little.

He was 14 when his mother was seriously injured in a car accident. She underwent a year of touch surgeries.

“I was depressed, I stopped eating,” Hawk explained. “I slept all day, I stopped going to school. I didn’t care about anything.

“And then friends I knew from acting class, old people, they just showed up at my house and said, ‘Hey man, get up, get dressed, we’re taking you to a show.'”

It was a Social Distortion performance at a local community college. From the first guitar chord, the music transported him.

“I jump in the mosh pit, I mosh and I fall, I wipe myself…and then there’s like five pairs of hands picking me up, pulling me, patting my back and saying ‘Keep going mate! Carry on, man!

“And that was the metaphor for my life at that time.”

The cast of American Stage includes Nathan David Smith (Will), Zummy Mohammed (Tunny), John Alejandro Jeffords (St. Jimmy), Johnny Shea (Johnny), Ari Glauser (Extraordinary Girl), Mia Massero (Heather) and Analise Rios (Whatshername) .

Find tickets and additional information here.

Heavy music mavericks, the Melvins, return to the Great American Music Hall Thu, 01 Sep 2022 03:47:00 +0000

SAN FRANCISCO — In a career spanning more than 35 years playing by their own rules, guitarist Buzz Osborne and monster drummer Dale Crover co-piloted founding underground rock band The Melvins through a hugely diverse exploration of heavy music. . Inspired by the slow tempos and down-tuned guitar sludge of Black Sabbath as well as the dissonance of punk iconoclasts Flipper and my war-era Black Flag, the Melvins became legends in Washington State during their formative years in the early to mid-1980s after being founded in the small town of Montesano.

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The band’s combination of crushing riffs and heavy grooves would eventually influence the entire North West music scene. Aberdeen natives and early fans Kurt Cobain (who at one point auditioned for the band) and Krist Novoselic were inspired to form Nirvana, while other grunge heavyweights like Alice In Chains and Soundgarden also updated Sabbath model. The Melvins have been recognized as a fundamental inspiration for a number of heavy rock subgenres, providing the template for stoner-rock bands and experimental drone terrorists.

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With a rotating cast of bassists, the Melvins produced a veritable landslide of experimentally-minded releases that consistently pushed the boundaries of alternative rock. Whether recording for the Atlantic major in the early 90s or releasing records on numerous independent labels, the group has forged a singular sound, immediately recognizable, without ever being afraid to take great experimental detours. The band have received numerous critical accolades since they began collaborating with the equally heavy duo Big Business of bassist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis a decade ago with the celebrated effort (A) Senile animal in 2006.

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Powered by a massive two-drum attack (both players used a huge overlapping kit that shared some drums), this album and follow-up recordings nude with boots and The bride cried murder twisted, melodious riffs from Osborne and some of the band’s most catchy production to date. The band would also branch out with other collaborators, partnering with famed avant-rock bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, John Zorn) on a record-breaking album and tour that saw the trio play in 50 states and Washington. , DC in 51 days. with Dunn sticking exclusively to acoustic bass, reuniting with original drummer Mike Dillard (with Crover moving to bass), releasing a guest-packed cover collection (Everybody loves sausages in 2013) and recorded with Butthole Surfers members Paul Leary and bassist JD Pinkus (who had previously been a frequent member of the band on tour).

In 2016, the group succeeded in further accelerating its already prolific production. In addition to Sub Pop releasing a set of longtime recordings with GodheadSilo bassist Mike Kunka that were recorded in the late 90s (credited to Mike and the Melvins and titled three men and a baby), the band toured extensively with newest bass recruit Steven McDonald of Redd Kross and OFF! fame to promote their other newer version. The Ipecac Records effort loaded bass featured newer material recorded with McDonald as well as songs featuring a variety of recent bassists and a guest spot from Novoselic himself.

As well as playing a few shows in conjunction with screenings of the documentary The Colossus of Fate: A Melvins Tale by co-directors Bob Hannam and Ryan Sutherbyband members also found time to collaborate with vocalist Terri Genderbender (The Butcherettes) and Omar Rodríguez-López (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In) in new band Crystal Fairy for a self-titled effort on Ipecac as well as recording their first double album, A walk with love and death.

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The 2017 collection matched an album’s worth of more traditional Melvins material with a second set of experimental recordings that serve as the score for an avant-garde short titled To like directed by band friend and director Jesse Nieminen. Crover also released his first solo The wayward finger of fate through Joyful Noise Recordings. While he had already made a number of albums as the frontman of his side project band Altamont, the endeavor gave Crover a chance to expand on everything from drumming experiments to fractured pop tunes.

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Having already introduced fans to the band’s explosive two-drummer line-up, the Melvins introduced another mutant version of the band with their 2018 album. Pinkus Abortion Technician which features both Pinkus and McDonald playing bass. A rare exception to Melvins’ releases that are usually dominated by Osborne-penned songs, the new effort features some reworked Butthole Surfers songs (including a twisted mash-up of the R&B/rock standard “Stop” with the Surfers song “Moving to Florida”), a distorted cover of the Beatles standard “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and a mix of originals written by Crover, Pinkus and McDonald.

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Although the prolific band didn’t release a new album in 2019, the Melvins performed at an all-star tribute to the late Soundgarden frontman Christ Cornell at The Forum in Los Angeles in January before an extensive tour with the line. -up to two bassists. . They also released a new four-song collaborative EP recorded with the avowed inspiration Flipper which featured the Melvins covering a pair of Flipper songs as well as two tracks with members of both bands performing together. The Melvins also released a second collaborative EP with Swedish artist Sh-tKid (the stage name of punk songwriter Åsa Söderqvist).

The Melvins coped with the non-touring downtime during the pandemic by ramping up their work in the studio which released in 2021. In addition to releasing a new effort Work with God which featured the 1983 version of the group reuniting again, the trio also released five legged dogan extensive double-disc acoustic collection featuring new recordings of songs from across the band’s career plus new and reimagined covers of songs by the Rolling Stones, Harry Nilsson, the Turtles and Alice Cooper.

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While December’s COVID surge forced the band to cancel a pair of shows in San Francisco that would have included a New Year’s concert, the Melvins hit the road again in 2022, joining Ministry and openers Corrosion of Conformity on a tour celebrating the landmark’s 30th anniversary The mind is a terrible thing to taste album. The band also released the first of new recordings they made during the hiatus, releasing the limited number lord of the flies EP featuring two new songs and a pair of covers (a version of Soundgarden’s “Spoonman” featuring Matt Cameron on drums and a medley of Led Zeppelin’s “Misty Mountain Hop” and Devo’s “Uncontrollable Urge”) ahead of their final album Rising bad mood. For this show at the Great American Music Hall on Labor Daythe Melvins are joined by Austin, Texas-based “freak rock” power trio WE Are the Asteroid – which includes former members of such notable bands as the Butthole Surfers, Ed Hall and Daddy Longhead – and Taipei Houston, a new local duo band consisting of drummer/guitarist Myles Ulrich and his bassist/vocalist brother Layne (they are the sons of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich) formed during the pandemic.

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Monday, September 5, 8 p.m. $28 to $33
Great American Music Hall

Bauhaus cancels North American shows as Peter Murphy enters rehab Wed, 31 Aug 2022 14:11:08 +0000

Bauhaus were scheduled to tour North America in September, but those dates have now been canceled as a singer Pierre Murphy enters rehab. The group shared a new statement, which reads:

It is with the greatest regret that Bauhaus performances in North America have been canceled for the remainder of the year.

After a series of critically acclaimed reunion shows across continents, Peter Murphy will enter a rehabilitation center to tend to his health and well-being.

Please contact your point of sale regarding ticket refunds.

The canceled dates, which you can see below, included Riot Fest and two Brooklyn shows at the Kings Theater.

The Bauhaus had previously postponed its US spring tour dates due to an “unforeseen medical issue not associated with COVID-19” in May.

September 6 – History (Toronto, ON)
September 8 – Kings Theater (New York, NY)
September 9 – Kings Theater (New York, NY)
September 10 – The Met (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
September 12 – Anthem (Washington, DC)
September 13 – MGM Music Hall (Boston, MA)
September 14 – College Street Music Hall (New Haven, CT)
September 16 – Masonic Theater (Detroit, MI)
September 17 – Riot Fest (Chicago, IL)
September 18 – Palace Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
September 20 – Southside Ballroom (Dallas, TX)
September 21 – 713 Music Hall (Houston, TX)
September 23 – Tabernacle (Atlanta, Georgia)
September 26 – The Mission Ballroom (Denver, CO)
September 29 – Greek Theater (Los Angeles, CA)

US band include Church of Shropshire on European tour Sun, 28 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 THE Enablers will make their live debut in Shropshire next month.

The band have a long association with the county, releasing records on the Bishop’s Castle-based Lancashire & Somerset label for over a decade, but this will be the first time they have played in Shropshire in their 20-year history.

Initially formed in San Francisco in 2002, the group is now shared between New York, California and France.

They have reunited to make a new album ‘Some Gift’ and embark on a 40-date European tour at the end of next week and will perform at the historic Myndtown Church on Monday September 5 at 7.30pm.

Support comes from the Haress of Bishop’s Castle.


Haress channels traditional folk music through eerie atmospheric filters bringing new life to familiar sounds. Their own album “Ghosts” was released earlier in 2022 to critical acclaim:

A review in The Quietus said: “It’s an appropriate image given that Ghosts was recorded in a disused watermill. This blissful psychedelia isn’t quite pastoral – there’s nothing twee about these unfolding grooves – but evokes water and wood, light and shadow, a forgotten workplace. and the absent human form with seductive grace.

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