Eclectic Vibes - October 2015
CD/DVD Micro Reviews by Andrew Frey
October simply needs to be longer. I am never able to find time for all the phenomenal music that seems to bludgeon us in October, bringing us 2,3 or even 4 shows in one evening that I would love to see. If time travel isn’t possible, how about time distention? I suppose multiple feeds to the cerebral cortex could work too…
From the moment I first saw Papadosio play at a show high in the Rocky Mountains several years ago, I have been a huge fan. Since then they have toured relentlessly and I have enjoyed numerous performances. But nothing excites like a new release and subsequent tour. Behold their highly anticipated 16 studio track offering, Extras In A Movie, which will propel them and their art that they fervently share into a blossoming transformation in the greater musical and artistic community. Find them 10/6 in Madison at the Majestic Theatre, 10/07 in Minneapolis, MN at The Cabooze, 10/08 in Milwaukee, WI at The Rave and 10/9 in Chicago at House of Blues. papadosio.com
Some time shortly after the year 2000 I caught my first show by instrumental electronic jam rock pioneers STS9. It changed my musical perspective forever. A constantly evolving band, they have explored and tested numerous styles and approaches over the years, but by defining themselves as a group acting as one cohesive unit, they have flown to heights that few achieve. Find out what new vistas can be viewed when they fly though the Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI on 10/23. STS9.com
When Matisyahu (aka Matthew Miller) began his career, he was rocking Hasidic forelocks and a full beard while putting a Hip Hop-reggae spin on topics powered by hardcore Judaism. But then his career morphed and twisted to a certain maturity where the forelocks were shorn along with the beard and musical styles tilted and tightened. This transmogrification was stark and poignant while begging the question, who is this artist now? Find out on 10/26 at Majestic Theater in Madison and 10/27 at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI. matisyahuworld.com
DOUBLE METAL MELTDOWN
Are you itching to roar with the beast? Start your Helloween early with a double dose of metal at High Noon Saloon in Madison! First off on 10/28 is the mighty YOB! This trio confronts listeners with stoner rock and doom metal tapestries of epic length and massive depth. Fellow cohorts in the sludge and stoner metal realm Black Cobra and Jex Thoth are also on the bill. yobislove.com
Night two (10/29) blasts off into darker realms as the acclaimed group Deafheaven sews their signature hybrid sound of black metal, shoegaze, and post-rock. This tour comes hot off the early Oct release of their newest, New Bermuda. With them, Swedish death metal band Tribulation. deafheaven.com
Record Label: Loci Records
Review published: October 2015
Peppered with guest musicians ranging from vocal to orchestral, this 4th studio release from the downtempo electronic maestro known as Emancipator (aka Doug Appling) combines organic with digital contributions expertly and effortlessly. Cosmic chill out beats evolve and travel to distant futures as textures and rhythms mystify and mesmerize through the constantly shifting and restructuring infrastructure. See what surprises the live show has in store 10/29 at Majestic Theatre in Madison, 10/30 at Miramar Theatre in Milwaukee and 10/31 at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis, MN. Appearing with Wax Tailor and Yppah.
Record Label: Vanguard Records
Review published: October 2015
Kala is the final installment in a trilogy of introspection and self discovery for Hall which began in earnest 2 years ago with a trip to India. This experience infused his already meta-minded acoustic rock with a wider sense of knowing and meditative bliss. Meaning “time” in Sanskrit, Kala unfolds and unwinds angles of ambiguity, fluidity and paradoxes based on time while offering rivers of healing sounds.