Monthly Archive: August 2018

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Stoll Vaughan LIVE @ LRS Saturday August 18 – 3pm
If Stoll Vaughan sounds familiar — his music, if not the name – it might be because the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter’s efforts have been heard, but not necessarily identified, on major motion picture and network TV series soundtracks likeTrue Blood, Shameless, Friday Night Lights and The Office.
Stoll’s intriguing new album, The Conversation, came out independently via the Commonwealth Artist label on June 29 and is likely to, at last, identify the artist with the music he’s been creating for quite some time. It’s not as if Stoll has been completely anonymous in light of the fact that he’s toured with such top and varied artists as John Mellencamp, Marty Stuart, Def Leppard, John Fogerty, Journey, Don Williams and James McMurtry.
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Stoll will be bringing merch including his latest album, The Conversation on Splatter Vinyl !

and next week…

Dark Bright EP Release Party
Saturday August 25 at 2:05pm
Dark Bright is a new band pioneered by Northern California based Kirana Peyton and Joni Davis. Two voices, electric guitar and keyboards create an atmosphere of hard edges and beauty. Their combined musical histories include national and international touring as well as recording and self releasing solo works. Notable performances include Glastonbury Music Festival, Austin City Limits, and The Great American Music Hall. Each have opened for esteemed artists such as Nick Cave’s Grinderman, Les Claypool, Aimee Mann, and Deerhoof.

Dark Bright are currently playing out and rejoicing in their mutual love of distorted guitars, analogue synths and dark chocolate.

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Grandpa Doug is coming to Sebastopol:

Jayne & Abel tickets available at LRS.

NEW RELEASES for August 17, 2018 include:


Nicki Minaj: Queen, the fourth album from R&B/rap superstar Nicki Minaj. Queen is Minaj’s first album in four years, following The Pinkprint (2014). The album features production by J. Reid, Big Juice, Supa Dups, Beats Bailey, Messy and Ben Billions. Includes the singles “Chun-Li”, “Rich Sex” (featuring Lil Wayne), “Barbie Tingz”, and “Bed” (featuring Ariana Grande). After signing with Young Money Entertainment in 2009, Minaj released her first studio album, Pink Friday (2010), which peaked at #1 on the US Billboard 200 and was ultimately certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, was released in 2012 and debuted at #1 in several countries. Her third studio album, The Pinkprint, was released in 2014.



Ariana Grande: Sweetenerthe fourth album from Grande, the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum, record-breaking superstar that has emerged as one of the most magnetic and massively successful performers in pop music today. The album features the #1 smash ‘no Tears Left To Cry,’ as well as ‘The Light Is Coming’ (featuring Nicki Minaj) and ‘God Is A Woman.’ With the release of ‘no tears left to cry,’ she became the first artist in music history to see the lead single from her first four albums debut in the Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100. By the age of 24, Ariana Grande delivered three platinum-selling albums in addition to nabbing four Grammy Award nominations and landing eight hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.



Death Cab For Cutie : Thank You for Today was produced and mixed by Rich Costey (Fiona Apple, Franz Ferdinand, Muse), who also produced the band’s last album the Grammy nominated Kintsugi. Thank You for Today marks the first Death Cab for Cutie release to see long time bandmates Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr joined in the studio by new members Dave Depper (Menomena, Fruit Bats, Corin Tucker, Ray Lamontagne) and Zac Rae (My Brightest Diamond, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Gnarls Barkley). Depper and Rae have both been part of Death Cab’s touring band since 2015.



Oh Sees: Smote Reverser Crack the coffers, Oh Sees have spawned another frothy album of head-destroying psych-epics to grok and rock out to. Notice the fresh dollop of organ and keyboard prowess courtesy of Memory Of A Cut Off Head-alum and noted key-stabber Tom Dolas, while the Paul Quattrone/Dan Rincon drum-corps polyrhythmic pulse continues to astound and pound in equal measure, buttressed by the nimble fingered bottom end of Sir Tim Hellman the Brave and the shred-heaven fret frying of John Dwyer, whilst Lady Brigid Dawson again graces the wax with her harmonic gifts. Aside from the familiar psych-scorch familiar to soggy pit denizens the world over, there’s a fresh heavy-prog vibe that fits like a worn-in jean jacket comfortably among hairpin metal turns and the familiar but no less horns-worthy guitar fireworks Dwyer’s made his calling card. Perhaps the most notable thing about Smote Reverser is the artistic restlessness underpinning it’s flights of fancy. Dwyer refuses to repeat himself and for someone with such a hectic release schedule, that stretching of aesthetic borders and omnivorous appetite seems all the more superhuman!



Neil Diamond: Hot August Night Ill chronicles Neil Diamond’s triumphant return to the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in August 2012. The magical evening was Diamond’s 40th anniversary celebration of the original multi-platinum-selling Hot August Night collection that was recorded at the very same venue in 1972. Diamond’s noted concert performance and onstage musical prowess is in full evidence on Hot August Night Ill, which features 33 songs including 31 greatest hits. Clocking in at over 2 hours and 20 minutes in length, Hot August Night Ill is a grand time for all. Following the 2012 shows at The Greek, Billboard Magazine said of Diamond’s performance, “His voice remains powerful and accurate; he reaches towards the baritone register for emphasis, just as he did in the 70’s…. he never falters in delivering every line with conviction.”


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The NPR affiliate for Sonoma County is KRCB FM

Congratulations to Best Radio DJ in the North Bay, Brian Griffith

KRCB FM Radio 91 is proud to announce long-time Sonoma County air personality and our own Morning Music show host Brian Griffith has won the 2018 NorBay award for Best Radio DJ in the North Bay! The readers of the North Bay Bohemian cast their votes this summer and the winners were published August 1st. Brian is also the music director at Radio 91 and listeners have enjoyed his eclectic mix of music for many years.

Dark Bright EP Release Party

Saturday August 25 at 2:05pm
Dark Bright is a new band pioneered by Northern California based Kirana Peyton and Joni Davis. Two voices, electric guitar and keyboards create an atmosphere of hard edges and beauty. Their combined musical histories include national and international touring as well as recording and self releasing solo works. Notable performances include Glastonbury Music Festival, Austin City Limits, and The Great American Music Hall. Each have opened for esteemed artists such as Nick Cave’s Grinderman, Les Claypool, Aimee Mann, and Deerhoof.

Dark Bright are currently playing out and rejoicing in their mutual love of distorted guitars, analogue synths and dark chocolate.

 

NEW RELEASES for August 10, 2018 (out now) include:

 


Amanda Shires: To The Sunset
”It’s all rock & roll – no golf!’ is how acclaimed singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires describes her electrifying firth album, To The Sunset. She’s borrowed a lyric from the effervescent track ‘Break Out the Champagne,’ one of 10 deftly crafted songs that comprise her powerful new recording. The Texas-born road warrior, new mom, and recently minted MFA in creative writing has mined a range of musical influences to revel an Amanda Shires many didn’t know existed. ‘Isn’t it refreshing?’ Shires asks. Indeed. Distorted electric guitars, effects pedals, swirling keys and synths, and rockin’ rhythms certainly suit Shire’s visceral songcraft and lilting soprano.



Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis: Wild! Wild! Wild!
The collaboration between Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks and rock ‘n’ roll royalty Linda Gail Lewis, Wild! Wild! Wild, gleefully lives up to it’s title. Subversive as it is reverential, the album confidently jumps the genre tracks of nitty-gritty rock ‘n’ roll, Americana, country & western, rockabilly, and all of their offshoots. Recorded at Chicago’s Reliable Recorders by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, The Cactus Blossoms) and produced by Robbie Fulks, the album features a band of American roots music legends, stalwarts, and peers. Linda Gail Lewis says, “I love singing with Robbie. It reminds of singing with my brother, Jerry Lee. The duets we did were so much fun. And the songs Robbie wrote are out of this world. My husband was a promotion man for Stax and Chess, and he felt like he was back at Stax when he heard ‘Foolmaker.’ Robbie is a soul singer. That was a surprise.”



Jason Mraz: Know
the sixth album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Know serves as a follow-up to the 2014 LP Yes!, and is Mraz’s first full-length studio recording in over four years. The bulk of the album was written against the backdrop of the 2016 Presidential election and it’s aftermath, and Mraz found himself writing a lot of “frustrated, angry, even sad songs, but nothing I wanted to sing.” Instead he has chosen to convey an uplifting, positive message. Know. Was produced by Andrew Wells, who brings an organic and groovy feel to the album’s classic, acoustic rock sound. Mraz has won two Grammy Awards and received two additional nominations, and has also won two Teen Choice Awards, a People’s Choice Award and the Hal David Songwriters Hall of Fame Award. He has earned Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications in over 20 countries, and has toured in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and parts of Africa.



The War and Treaty: Healing Tide
As The War and Treaty, Michael and Tanya Trotter serve up healing and pain robbing with freewheeling joy on the monumental new full-length album, Healing Tide. An original tour-de-force produced by Buddy Miller, the collection swaggers with a confidence only gained by artists who are wholly, proudly, themselves. Funky bass lines, keys, lap steel, acoustic strings, and stripped-down percussion create a swampy Southern soul bed for the couple’s transcendent vocals. Michael wrote every track on Healing Tide.



Dawn Landes: Meet Me At The River
Through four full-length albums, Dawn Landes has blazed her own path with songs that are as fresh as they are timeless. Still, there’s no mistaking that strains of Nashville reside in her voice and in her musical soul, and now, with her fifth album, Landes is finally bringing them to center stage. Meet Me at the River is Landes’ self-described Nashville record, and she has assured it’s pedigree by enlisting the production skills of Fred Foster, the Country Music Hall of Fame member who played a pivotal role in the careers of Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, and Kris Kristofferson.



Jake Shears
Showcasing the essence of what Jake Shears does best, the eponymously titled solo debut from the Scissor Sisters frontman is an album brimming with anthemic choruses and lyrics about the joys and vagaries of love and sex – all of it underpinned by a swampy soul influence imparted from his newly adopted hometown New Orleans. Shears’ artistic vision blossomed in the epicenter of Southern decadence, where he had headed following the Scissors hiatus in 2012. Initial ideas for the album were mapped out at the city’s famed Marigny Studios before he decamped to Louisville, KY to work with producer Kevin Ratterman (Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket) who recruited members of My Morning Jacket, VHS or Beta, Jim James’ solo band, and Floating Action to lay down the album’s foundation. With string and brass arrangements by Christian Hebel (Barbra Streisand) and Lance Horne (Alan Cumming), they returned to NOLA to capture the city’s signature sound with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Sturgill Simpson’s brass section. The result is a thrilling work that plays inside some of the hallmarks of classic American rock music and marries them with Jake’s inimitable point of view, humor, and gift for unforgettable hooks.



Jim Lauderdale: Time Flies
Jim Lauderdale’s 31st album, Time Flies, is a return to what he does best: classic country infused with striking notes of Americana and soul. As a two-time Grammy winner and multi-genre dabbler, Lauderdale is able to carve out space for himself in music worlds both familiar and foreign, and after a creative legacy spanning nearly three decades, it’s no surprise that his ability to rejuvenate his sound is indomitable. Time Flies was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN, and produced by Jim Lauderdale and Jay Weaver. Special guests include Charles Odie Blackmon, Mando Saenz, and Pete Bernhard (The Devil Makes Three).



Mac Miller: Swimming
the fifth studio album by rapper Mac Miller. Includes the single “Self Care.” Mac has accomplished every goal he ever set for himself. At least that’s what the magazines say about the Pittsburgh kid, and they’re right enough. With his first album, he became a grassroots rap megastar. With his second he bared his weird soul and was praised for it. His 11 mixtapes boast a couple bucket lists’ worth of collaborators, from Bun B and Kendrick Lamar to Rick Ross and Juicy J. And in the same year that he toured the U.S. backed by a psychedelic soul band, he rapped all over Europe with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. He did indie. He’s doing major. He even bought himself a ridiculous house in the Los Angeles hills and made a TV show about it. Hell, he made a jazz record.



Shemekia Copeland: America’s Child
With America’s Child Shemekia stakes her claim as a riveting Americana singer of striking authenticity. The album features eight new songs from Gauthier, Kimbrough and more, plus brilliant covers of Prine’s “Great Rain,” The Kinks’ “I’m Not Like Everybody Else,” Johnny Copeland’s “Promised Myself” and the traditional ballad “Go To Sleepy Little Baby.”



Shooter
Ever the outlaw, Shooter Jennings has now crafted what might well be his most truly idiosyncratic work thus far, Shooter. Produced by longtime friend and collaborator, Low Country Sound founder Dave Cobb, at the renowned RCA Studio A on Nashville’s Music Row, the album sees Jennings staking out a fairly straightforward goal: to simply make a great country record. It should be noted, Jennings’ last studio album was a genuinely visionary tribute to Giorgio Moroder so in some ways, making a straight-up country record is as much of a left turn as anything else in his brilliantly mercurial career thus far. But with songs like “Fast Horses & Good Hideouts” or the raucous “I’m Wild & My Woman Is Crazy,” Jennings more than affirms his mission by returning to country’s original, if oft misplaced, mandate: singing songs about growing up and getting older, about going out and getting trashed. In short, making music for real people with real lives. With Shooter, Jennings truly puts his own mark on country music, living up to his extraordinary birthright with unparalleled passion, experience, and heart.



Steve Coleman: LIVE at The Village Vanguard
Alto saxophonist Steve Coleman’s Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) is his first live release in over 15 years. It captures his band Five Elements in two joyous sets at the historic New York venue where some of the most famous jazz recording from the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Bill Evans have been made. Coleman’s personal history is tied deeply with the club: One of the main reasons he moved to New York City from Chicago was for the opportunity to play in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, of which he was a member from 1978 to 1980. After playing there with singer Abbey Lincoln in 1984, there followed a hiatus of over 30 years before he was invited to perform at the club as a leader in 2015. Since then, he has led his band Five Elements at the Vanguard every year, including these two sets recorded in May, 2017. Unlike his two most recent releases, Morphogenesis (NPR Critics Poll #2 album of 2017) and Synovial Joints (New York Times #1 jazz album of 2015), both of which are highly orchestrated, Coleman’s recent goal has been to perform as spontaneously as possible, often completely extemporaneously, and yet still retain form and structure. Interspersing the set with tracks that feature these new compositional tactics with long-time Coleman favorites, the musicians tackles Coleman’s typically intricate music with an effortless grace. The band’s mastery over the cross-hatching rhythms, tricky counterpoint and percolating groove, inspired by the magical vibe of the Village Vanguard, is captured here at it’s absolute peak.

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