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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.’
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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.
Phish continued their repeat-less trend as part of a show featuring bust outs and tasty jams in Charleston on Saturday. Check out the setlist, a recap and The Skinny.
Bob Weir sat in with an all-star cast for the Rex Benefit’s ‘American Beauty’ event.
Tedeschi Trucks Band treated the Orpheum Theatre in Boston to an acoustic set full of blues classics.
Greensky Bluegrass welcomed guitarist Tom Hamilton of opening band Ghost Light to kick off their two-night run at the Mission Ballroom in Denver.
Phish kicked off a three-night stand at the North Charleston Coliseum that closes the band’s Fall Tour 2019 on Friday night in North Charleston, South Carolina.