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Release Day Picks this week we highlight new albums by tUnE-YaRdS, First Aid Kit, The Bad Plus, Moon Taxi and Van William.
Listen to the new The Bad Plus album ‘Never Top II’ thanks to NPR Music’s ‘First Listen’ series.
A founding member of The Bad Plus will play his final show with the band later this year.
New releases by Prophets Of Rage, Big Gigantic, Cass McCombs and The Bad Plus make up this weeks new music highlights.
Listen to the new record by jazz trio The Bad Plus in advance of its official release next week.
The jazz trio expands to a foursome on the upcoming joint LP, ‘The Bad Plus Joshua Redman.’
Latest The Bad Plus Setlist
The Bad Plus at The Village Vanguard
- Everywhere You Turn
- Big Eater
- Thriftstore Jewelry
- Undersea Reflection
- People Like You
- Wolf Out
- 1983 Regional All-Star
- Slow Reactors
About The Bad Plus
The Bad Plus has spent more than a decade redefining what a piano-bass-drums trio can and should be. They’ve reached audiences of all demographic stripes with an uncompromising body of original music (plus some ingenious, genre-jumping covers) and dedicated touring around the globe. On their eighth studio album, Made Possible, bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King take their distinctive musical M. O. to captivating new heights, proving once again that the rules of musical convention are made to be broken.
“This band contains some of the most punk energy I’ve ever seen or felt as a musician — it just doesn’t need to do it so obviously,” King says. “That’s our statement. It’s a complex emotion.”
Made Possible marks a palpable departure for The Bad Plus on a few fronts. Layers of synth and electronic drum sounds can be heard prowling amid the trio’s signature acoustic palette. Also, whereas the group’s new material typically gets a thorough road test before being recorded, these songs were brought in with looser expectations and even more potent possibilities. And for the first time since 2005′s Suspicious Activity?, the band chose to record far away from its Minnesota motherland, holing up instead at a remote studio in upstate New York.
The resulting nine tracks — eight originals plus a loving nod to the late Paul Motian (“Victoria”) — showcase everything this groundbreaking trio is capable of: pulse-pounding anthems, bright-eyed melancholia, bold juxtapositions, tunefully mathy contortions and a masterful sense of song. “Seven Minute Mind” and “Wolf Out” are streaked with heady minimalism. “For My Eyes Only” and the epic “In Stitches” highlight the group’s vulnerable, ambitiously emotive core. “Re-Elect That” honors and extends the rich bloodline of American avant jazz, while “I Want to Feel Good Part Two” offers an irresistible two-beat that’s equally suitable for a postmodernist time capsule or a church picnic. As ever, the sum effect is a welcome demolition of what listeners might expect from an instrumental trio.
Per Iverson, “It’s the sound of getting together in your garage and all committing, no matter what, seeing what you can make up today.”
Throughout its career, The Bad Plus has held fast to a band ethos (deeply collaborative with no “leader”) and a belief in what its members like to call avant-garde populism (progressive, musically sophisticated ideas without the highbrow trappings). Made Possible is a vivid and convincing document of this passionate stance, loaded with genre-defying music that is at once complex, heartfelt and instantly engaging.
- SweetWater 420 Fest Announces Free nugs.tv Webcast: Widespread Panic, Joe Russo's Almost Dead & More
A free webcast of this weekend’s SweetWater 420 Fest will feature performances from Widespread Panic, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and more.
High Sierra Music Festival lineup additions include Dawes, Shook Twins, Midnight North and more.
A new graphic novel entitled ‘Grateful Dead Origins’ documents the legendary band’s early days and formation. A deluxe edition comes with previously unreleased music from the era.
Legendary rockers Fleetwood Mac will finish their previously postponed North American tour this fall
Guster announced a cross-country summer tour that includes dates on both coasts and in the Midwest.