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Blanket The Homeless enlisted San Francisco-based musicians to contribute to a new benefit album that will be celebrated with a benefit concert at The Independent one day ahead of its release.
Over the course of the two last years Graham Patzner’s revolving-door band has gone through more incarnations than the Dali Lama. In his search for the perfect cast to portray his edgy, hallucinatory soul songs, the 23-year old singer (brother of Judgement Day string players Anton and Lewis Patzner) has performed with party bands, stripped-down folk quartets, string-only duos and five-piece horn sections. For a while it was questionable whether Graham would ever give up his musical bachelorhood but he finally seems to have settled down with a permanent group of skillful psychedelic rockers. His new band Whiskerman goes into the studio in early April with producer Greg Ashley (Gris Gris) and headlines Bottom of the Hill April 10th.
Backed by his brother Lewis Patzner on cello and trombone, bassist Will Lawrence, singer Madeline Streicek and drummer Nicholas Cobbett, Graham takes to the stage wildly wielding guitar, violin, piano and a voice that’s both powerful and vulnerable. The resultant sound is a Frankenstein fusion of a simple folk backbone, rich classical core, wide-streching art-rock limbs and big jazz feet. Driving the songs are Graham’s lyrics, which dig deep into subjects of love and loss, and wander into the territory of ghosts and beyond to the archetypal landscapes of a vivid hallucination… arriving back safely into a lover’s vulnerability. Be the song spindly or fierce, the energy this Oakland 5-piece puts out is palpable.
The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek has died at the age of 75.
Watch Neil Young dust off “New Mama” for the first time in over 40 years and welcome Norah Jones at Harvest Moon A Gathering.
Watch Brandi Carlile welcome Mavis Staples and The Highwomen bandmates Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Watch Greensky Bluegrass welcome Lil Smokies for “Midnight Moonlight” during their Red Rocks three-night run opener.
Watch Warren Haynes and Alison Krauss sit-in with Bonnie Raitt at last night’s Outlaw Music Festival stop in Philadelphia.