Eclectic Vibes - March 2019

by Andrew Frey

On a JRAD journey through the Dead at the Sylvee on 2/17/19 - photo by Andrew Frey

On a JRAD journey through the Dead at the Sylvee on 2/17/19 - photo by Andrew Frey

Do you find yourself marching into March to the beat of a different drummer? That’s what this column is all about!

ALMOST DEAD
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead was this massive Sold Out show at the Sylvee in Madison on a sloppy Sunday night on the 17th of February in Wisconsin and it still managed to be awesome! JRAD brought to the stage exactly what the audience wanted and needed for the evening, offering not just Grateful Dead, but several other choice rock selections, building connections across musical landscapes and time frames near and far. Until we meet again! www.joerussosalmostdead.com

MYSTIC TROUBADOURS
After seeing both Trevor Hall and Dirtwire last fall at Shangri La at Harmony Park in MN, I was ecstatic to find out they were touring together in 2019. Trevor Hall offers us deep and heart felt mystical songs, while Dirtwire shows off unique instrumentation amid a strange southwestern sounding rock. Together they will produce an unforgettable evening on 3/28 at the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI and 3/29 at Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL with Will Evans. www.trevorhallmusic.com

DEAF BARONESS
Smashing genre stereotypes while proving that not-your-run-of-the-mill black and extreme metal CAN make it into the big time is what this amazing lineup is all about! The top rated melodic indie pop black metal band Deafheaven certainly are headlining, but the mighty and majestic sludge runners of Baroness will give them a run for their money, plus the bluesy, ritualistic black metal of Zeal & Ardor will make you reexamine your beliefs in metal itself. Prepare to be entertained and confounded at the Sylvee in Madison, WI on 3/30 and Riviera Theater in Chicago, IL on 3/31. www.deafheaven.com


MICRO REVIEWS:
This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 is Supperated thru 10 is August

Andy Frasco & The UN - Change of Pace

Andy Frasco & The UN - Change of Pace

Andy Frasco & The UN

Album title: Change of Pace
Record Label: Fun Machine Records
Rating: 9

Super fun and party forward, Andy Frasco & The UN have toured through 10 countries, average 250 shows per year and have somehow managed to output 10,000+ hours playing music. Change of Pace adds more soul to their fabulous freaky funk, showing off their natural evolution as a band, while not losing their edge or originality.

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Kojo - Guide My Soul

Kojo - Guide My Soul

Kojo

Album title: Guide My Soul
Record Label: Random Records
Rating: 9

Guide My Soul is the first full length psybass release from KOJO (aka Alexander Green). It is filled with a multitude of quirky samples, fat, plucky bass lines and upbeat rhythms. Time spent experimenting with styles and techniques over the past years pay off throughout the 14 tracks offered here by making this a grand adventure through many sonic landscapes distant dimensions.

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Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics - From The Sea

Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics - From The Sea

Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics

Album title: From The Sea
Record Label: Super Best Records
Rating: 9

Featuring a DJ, an MC, and a violinist in addition to Menert’s wide ranging electronic musical influences, this 7 piece band flavors their compositions with tasty measures of jazz, jam, R&B and hip hop. Additionally, Menert for the first time shares lead vocal duties with Jules Thoma to create a warm and dreamy element to this release. Surprisingly seductive and soulful selections overall.

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Ninjula - Bass ‘n Honey

Ninjula - Bass ‘n Honey

Ninjula

Album title: Bass ‘n Honey
Record Label: Ragtime Records
Rating: 10

Electro swing just keeps getting more exciting! From start to finish, these 6 explosive and super punchy tracks blast out zany breakbeats and wild groovey rhythms flavored full of vintage and big band era compensations with barely a moment to catch your breath. Get wound up in the hyper bass and glitch-hop your nights away to these edgy high octane tunes!

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SoDown - Jet Black

SoDown - Jet Black

SoDown

Album title: Jet Black
Record Label: GetDown Records
Rating: 10

This EP is smokin hot! Establishing a menacing synth ambiance before introducing slick slices of glitch amid strong casts of electro bass and funky beat breakdowns makes for an entrancing listening experience. Chest pumping, hip hopping electronica doesn’t get much better than this.

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Soleance - Tribute To Galt MacDermot

Soleance - Tribute To Galt MacDermot

Soleance

Album title: Tribute To Galt MacDermot
Record Label: First Word Records
Rating: 10

Grammy Award Winner Galt MacDermot died on Dec 17, 2018, but his music will live forever! Best known for his work on the musical Hair, he produced several #1 hits in the late 60s and has been sampled by numerous groups and producers over the years.. This tribute by the French group Soleance samples choice snippets and turns them into quite on point, catchy, funky,  jazzy electronic infused compositions.

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Yaima - Antidote

Yaima - Antidote

Yaima

Album title: Antidote
Record Label: Yaima
Rating: 9

Blooming with a connection to nature and sparked by the fire of internal growth and transformation, this third release by Seattle based duo Masaru Higasa (Guitar, flutes, handpan) and Pepper Proud (guitar & vocals) constructs gentle soundscapes filled with stories about the Lightness of Being. An introspective journey filled with atmosphere and many perspectives of the grand whole will please and pacify your inner soul itch.

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