Dhani Harrison – All About Waiting

Grammy Award winner Dhani Harrison has been busy since the release of his last album with his collective thenewno2. In the past four years Harrison has scored a handful of feature films, marking his big screen debut as a composer on Warner Bros.‘s Beautiful Creatures, which the LA Times praised for its “cool alt-rock sound thanks to the haunting music of Harrison”, as well as Sir Ben Kingsley’s critically acclaimed Learning to Drive. Harrison also found the time to score four TV series including Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese’s The Divide, two seasons of the Paul Giamatti executive produced show Outsiders, Showtime’s White Famous and Amazon’s original series, Good Girls Revolt.

In addition, Harrison has collaborated with an eclectic array of musicians and like-minded artists such as The Wu-Tang Clan, Regina Spektor, Pearl Jam, UNKLE, Ben Harper and Prince.
Echoing his influences over the past few years as a composer, Harrison’s IN///PARALLEL paints a cinematic soundscape, with his first solo album coming out on October 6.

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David Ramirez – Watching from A Distance

Prolific singer and songwriter David Ramirez has earned a large and growing following for his soulful, introspective songs and passionate performances. Ramirez grew up in Houston TX, where he became interested in music and formed a band with his friends.

Influenced by ’90s alternative rock, Ramirez’s group primarily played parties, but he got hooked on making music, and while attending college in Dallas, he heard an album by Ryan Adams and became fascinated by contemporary folk and influential singer/songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s, especially Bob Dylan.

 

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Ted Leo – Can’t Go Back

Ted Leo is one of the finest songwriters of our generation, even if it’s not entirely clear what generation that is. Starting in New York Hardcore with Citizen’s Arrest, making the ‘90s safe for power-pop and Weller-esque hair with Chisel, then singing our turbulent lives like we were smarter than we were with The Pharmacists, and most recently providing equal parts sweetness and solace with Aimee Mann as The Both, Ted never let us down. And now, seven years after The Brutalist Bricks, he has a new solo album. And it’s wonderful.

The songs on The Hanged Man, recorded at a home-studio-in-transition in Wakefield, RI, with Ted playing almost all the instruments, are some of the finest and most finely wrought of Ted Leo’s career. Ted describes the time working on the album as one of “personal desolation that felt fallow but was actually very fertile” and, indeed, lyrically, The Hanged Man is suffused with hope of sorts but is crushingly heavy. The concerns addressed, whether personal trauma or the national disaster we’re all currently existing in, matched with the range and vitality of the songcraft, is inspiring, even uplifting.

The Hanged Man offers the sharp bursts of skinny-tie pop-punk fury one would expect from Ted—and even these feel streamlined like never before—but they are offset with an adventurousness in both tone and structure. The intention was to upend expectations but, on songs like the bookends of “Moon Out of Phase” and “Let’s Stay On The Moon,” the intention never gets in the way of the result. There’s no strain of effort in songs that are unlike anything Ted has done previously. The Hanged Man is a career high, born through industry soul sickness, nausea-inducing crisis, and a talent that feels like secular grace.

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The Dream Syndicate – Filter Me Through You

The Dream Syndicate was a classic guitar band of the eighties. Born at the end of the Punk era, with a feel for Velvet Underground The Dream Syndicate instantly became the saviors of alternative rock before the term was commonly used. With The Days Of Wine and Roses they climbed to a high point in the critics eyes, and is still today considered a classic outside of die hard Steve Wynn fans circles. The Medicine Show took a different direction that the raw punkish debut, and some critiques turned their fingers down. It was/is however on of the most lived albums among fans.
During the recording of their new record Steve Wynn told his bandmates said, “Hey, you only get the chance to make a first Dream Syndicate album in 30 years once in your life.” He write, “It’s a strange statement but one that’s hard to refute (unless we end up making one at some point in our late 80s — which, well, you never know).”

Steve Wynn will be making a special solo appearance at Jack’s Music Shoppe in Red Bank on Sunday September 17 at 3pm to celebrate the new album!

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The Suburbs – Hey Muse

Founded in 1977, The Suburbs are recognized worldwide as among the original heroes of the “Minneapolis Sound”; a historic music era that saw the emergence of other bands like The Suicide Commandos, Prince, The Replacements and Husker Du. Led now by original keyboardist and singer Chan Poling, original drummer Hugo Klaers, and longtime saxophonists Max Ray (also of The Wallets), they are augmented by a supergroup of newcomers: Stevie Brantseg and Jeremy Ylvisaker on guitars, Steve Price on bass, Janey Winterbauer on backup vocals, Rochelle Becker on Bari Sax and Stephen Kung on horns and keys. Their last single “Turn The Radio On” was voted “Song Of The Year” by a poll of local music critics in the Mpls Star Tribune in 2013, and their brand new album “Hey Muse!” is already being played around the world and is described as, “the product of a seasoned band” (Chris Anderson, The Old Town Crier). The Suburbs continue to entertain at the highest level and remain one of the most creative and vital bands out there today, honoring their past and blazing into the future.

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Noah Gundersen – The Sound

Noah Gundersen is the product of a lifetime of pushing boundaries and learning to craft his own perspective. His parents, although devoutly religious, encouraged a questioning of dogma and church hierarchy. They also instilled in him a love of music from an early age. Along with starting Noah on piano at age nine, Noah’s father taught him melody and tracked songs to a reel-to-reel tape recorder while Noah was growing up. Consequently, Noah started writing and recording himself at age 13, diving headlong into music, forming and leading bands, involving himself in the small but vibrant hardcore scene of Centralia, Washington, and writing prolifically all the while. After quitting his day job at 18 and spending a year living out of his car and on couches, playing small bars and coffee shops, Noah began to build a dedicated following and garner interest from the music industry.
Noah’s canon of albums and EPs delineates a clear path of growth from past works like his Family EP and his full-lengths Ledges and Carry the Ghost. Family, released in 2011, proved to be the endeavor that gained Noah’s songwriting skills acclaim on the national stage—the title track was featured on the TV shows Sons of Anarchy and The Vampire Diaries, while the song “David” was featured on the show The Following. Noah was also nominated for an Emmy for co-writing the tune “Day is Gone” for Sons of Anarchy. And recently, he’s opened up for internationally acclaimed, genre-spanning artists like Emmylou Harris, Beck, City & Colour, and Josh Ritter.

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dada – The Bluebird

Since the release of dada’s groundbreaking 1992 debut Puzzle, the trio has created an array of songs boasting progressive rock musicianship, dazzling vocal harmonies and melodic power pop layered with inspired psychedelic and experimental rock impulses.

Adding to the trio’s groundbreaking line of attack are the marathon-length shows that deliver on the promise that every performance is the only one of its kind. Two decades after the Los Angeles outfit embarked on its singular journey, singer-guitarist Michael Gurley, singerbassist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt are celebrating dada’s 25th anniversary.

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Jesse Malin – Meet Me at the End of the World

Few in the modern musical landscape have reinvented themselves like Jesse Malin, whose songwriting has shape-shifted through decades and genres and left an indelible mark on hardcore, punk, folk, and everything in between. Malin’s career began on Manhattan’s Lower East Side at the age of 12, when founded the pioneering hardcore band Heart Attack. Out of the ashes of Heart Attack, Malin formed D Generation, the influential punk band described by Rolling Stone as “the best thing to happen to New York noise in the Nineties,” but the years of hard living and volatile personalities caught up with the band by the end of the decade, and Malin needed a change. His debut solo album, 2002’s The Fine Art Of Self Destruction, produced by Ryan Adams, was stripped-down, acoustic, raw, and intimate, and it was an un­qualified smash with press on both sides of the pond. Malin would spend the next decade-and-a-half blurring the lines be­tween singer-songwriter and punk rocker, releasing a string of celebrated records including 2004’s self-produced The Heat, 2007’s Glitter In The Gutter, and 201 O’s Love It To Life. Throughout it all, he continued to circle the globe relentlessly, touring with everyone from Gogol Bordello and The Hold Steady to The Gaslight Anthem and Butch Walker, in addition to performing on The Tonight Show, Conan, Letterman, and more. After a five-year studio hiatus, Malin returned with a bang in 2015, releasing a pair of albums within seven months of each other. Showcasing a newfound musical adventurousness that tipped its cap to the bass-driven grooves of The Clash and punchy brass of Motown, New York Before The War and Outsiders found Malin tying together all the disparate threads of his musical life like never before.

See Jesse and his band this Saturday, August 19, at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. It’s part of StrummerJam, celebrating the birthday of the late Joe Strummer of The Clash & The Mescaleros. He and his band will also back up special guests Brian Fallon, Craig Finn & Tad Kubler of Hold Steady, Ted Leo, Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus, Richard Barone, Daniel Rey, Anthony D’Amato, Don DiLego, Mike & Jonathan of Hollis Brown, Danny Clinch, RB Korbet, Supla of Brothers Of Brazil, and local favorites The Vansaders and Matty Carlock through a set of Clash & Strummer classics!

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Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men – You Ain’t Got The Heart

The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are a rootsy rock n’ roll band born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Influenced by those early surroundings, songwriters Jamie and Kellen Coffis’ blend of folk, blues, R&B and straight-ahead rock is evidence an upbringing spent listening to all of the right records from Tom Petty, Neil Young, and The Beatles.

 

On their third full-length album, Roll With It, The Coffis Brothers put that rock into overdrive, looking ahead to the good things coming and suffering no fools. First single “You Ain’t Got the Heart” is a barn burner and a fan favorite, having already been part of the band’s live set for a couple of years. “There’s a little bit of that sense of angst and that sort of ‘I don’t need this’ attitude,” says Kellen Coffis, “but don’t overthink this one.

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Waxahatchee – Silver

Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album as Waxahatchee, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life. As Crutchfield prepared for the release of her Merge debut Ivy Tripp, she found herself depleted emotionally and professionally amidst the dissolution of a noxious relationship. “Ivy Tripp doesn’t really have any resolution. It’s a lot of beating around the bush, and superficially trying to see my life clearly, but just barely scratching the surface. Out in the Storm digs into what I was going through without blinking. It’s a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself.”

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