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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Selwyn Birchwood – Trial By Fire

With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma. Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Birchwood’s meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire. The album received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics’ Award for Best Debut Album Of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. Selwyn and his band have crisscrossed the U.S. and Europe repeatedly, delivering unforgettable live performances. With his new album, Pick Your Poison, Birchwood, along with his band—saxophonist Regi Oliver, bassist Huff Wright and drummer Courtney “Big Love” Girlie—takes a major step forward, crafting visionary blues for a new generation of forward-looking fans.

You can catch Selwyn and band at The Saint on Thursday August 30th.

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Pickwick – Turncoat

Listen to LoveJoys, the sophomore release from Seattle, WA’s Pickwick, and you’ll hear a band that has pushed aside external pressures and expectations, overcome internal demons, and plugged directly into their own creative center. Slinky, sinewy, and articulate, the record pulses with a palpable confidence. Hypnotically intricate, just-right sonic ornamentation shimmers around a thick, undulating bed of propulsive rhythm. Submit willfully, give yourself over to Pickwick’s practiced ministrations, and you’ll find yourself exhausted and deeply satisfied, slick with a sheen of glitter and sweat.

Following the breakout success of 2013’s self-released Can’t Talk Medicine the band found themselves on national tours with Neko Case and Black Joe Lewis, performing on the main stage of the Sasquatch Music Festival, headlining the Capitol Hill Block Party, and performing alongside with the Seattle Symphony. They holed up to begin work on what was to be the follow up release, and things got complicated.

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Val Emmich – Leave The Past Behind

ValEmmich“WHAT DO YOU DO?”
It’s the question I fear most. I never know how to answer. I do lots of things. Or more to the point, I make a living doing lots of different things. For that, I feel very lucky.
I started playing music and writing songs when I was fifteen. After graduating Rutgers University, I got my first record deal with Sony/Epic. Since then, I’ve released more than a dozen albums as a singer-songwriter and toured the U.S. several times over. The Star-Ledger very kindly proclaimed me “one of the finest songwriters in the Garden State, [and] also one of the most prolific.”
I’ve also been acting since I was eighteen. I’ve had roles on Vinyl (HBO), 30 Rock (NBC), The Big C (Showtime) and Ugly Betty (ABC) and been featured in a bunch of commercials.
Last but not least, I write fiction. My debut novel, The Reminders (available for preorder now), is based on a short story that won an award in Glimmer Train’s New Writers competition and will be published on May 30 by Little Brown in the U.S./Canada and by a dozen other publishers abroad. It has also been optioned for a film. ~Val Emmich

 

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Matthew Sweet – Trick

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Tomorrow Forever, Matthew Sweet’s fifth album of new material in this century, the first since 2011’s Modern Art and 14th overall in a recording career spanning more than three decades, is teeming with his signature sounds and ongoing preoccupations. But the expansive 17-song work—available June 16, 2017 in CD, double 180-gram-vinyl LP, CD and digital configurations via Sweet’s own newly launched Honeycomb Hideout imprint through Sony’s RED Distribution—takes these familiar elements into previously unexplored territory, reflecting profound changes in his life. Essentially, Tomorrow Forever contemplates a knotty epistemological question: Does what is real extend beyond what the consciousness can readily grasp? In early 2014, Sweet, his wife Lisa and their cats moved from their longtime home in the Hollywood Hills to their native Nebraska. They bought a house on the outskirts of Omaha, 40 miles from Matthew’s hometown
of Lincoln, where his elderly parents still lived. The 80-year-old house was spacious enough to accommodate Matthew’s high-end studio—formerly Lolina Lane, now Black Squirrel Submarine—and vast array of instruments, as well the Sweets’ collection of big-eyed art and Matthew’s pottery-making tools.

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Davy Knowles – Oxford MS

Davy_Knowles_TMSCOM-6799The journey began for Davy Knowles growing up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green and Mayall in his father’s record collection, and honing his skills playing the local music circuit. Knowles’s professional career started with a bang – arriving in America age 19 with his band Back Door Slam, an acclaimed debut album, and rave reviews at SXSW 2007. (“I heard the spirit of Jimi Hendrix “– Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times). From that dynamic introduction, Knowles proceeded to make a significant impact across US media – from memorable TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel and Good Morning America, to a three year run at radio with the singles ‘Come Home’ from the debut album Roll Away and ‘Tear Down the Walls’ and ‘Coming Up For Air’ from the Peter Frampton produced sophomore album – both albums Top 3 Billboard Blues Chart. “Davy already has a recognizable style. He’s definitely the gunslinger guitarist of the 21st century,’’ – Peter Frampton

 

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The Deadmen – 55 Days

deadmenBefore The Deadmen, Justin Jones and Josh Read had built independent careers and forged a friendship as singer-songwriters in DC. Jones was raised on a diet of Otis Redding and The Band in a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. He picked up the guitar at an early age and eventually moved to Washington because, in his mind, that was the biggest music town in the region.

He got a job bartending at the famous 9:30 Club and on his off nights put out a succession of self-released records. Jones went on to release two records through Thirty Tigers, and toured North America extensively.
Read came to DC by way of South Africa. Immersing himself in the DC music scene, he founded the now defunct Gypsy Eyes label, releasing records from Vandaveer, Brandon Butler (ex-Canyon and Boy’s Life), John Bustine and his own band, Revival. After a few years and a dozen releases, the label folded and the members of Revival left Read to join Son Volt… leaving Read without a band.

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Company Of Wolves – Play With Fire

Company Of WolvesCompany of Wolves formed in 1988 by Kyf Brewer – singer/songwriter, Steve Conte – guitar/singer/songwriter, John Conte – bass/singer/songwriter, and Frankie LaRocka – drums. By 1989, the band had garnered interest from many major labels and after a stunning NYC performance, were signed to highest bidder Mercury/Polygram. Company of Wolves’ eponymous debut was released in January of 1990 to rave reviews by standards of the industry like Rolling Stone and Album Network. The Wolves toured extensively the first year,recording a second album in 1991, which the label refused to release due to the then-popular insurgence of grunge music. The band subsequentlyreleased two further albums on their own, slowly dissolved, and began solo and backing careers, while always remaining close friends. The cult popularity of Company of Wolves after the introduction of the internet sparked enough interest for the band to consider reforming for more recording and live performances, despite the untimely death of drummer Frankie LaRocka in 2005. In 2017, Company of Wolves releases its first new recording in 20 years – their version of the Rolling Stones classic, “Play With Fire”.

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