Will music festivals EVER be the same? Seemingly so random yet so tragic. Sincerest condolences to all those affected by the horrible shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
Washington, D.C. club owners Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have been spinning together reggae, dub, trip-hop and bossa nova with progressive politics for over 20 years now as the infamous Thievery Corporation, while simultaneously selling millions of albums through their own label. Their most recent, The Temple of I & I released in Feb of 2017, has been widely hailed as one of the top downtempo and reggae releases of the year. Find out why on 10/5 at Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI. Also on the bill, City of the Sun, and Ben Silver, www.thieverycorporation.com
Electronic music is rarely described as dystopian, creepy or psychedelic, but for artist REZZ who composes eery, bass heavy, downtempo soundscapes, the description is more than valid. To compliment her amazing new release, Mass Manipulation, she enlisted illustrator and animator Luis Colindres to breath visual life to her story. With Colindres she produced a 60 page Mass Manipulation comic book in conjunction with the musical release, wherein, a young REZZ arrives on Earth from the cold and watery Neptune with an agenda of hypnotizing and entrancing the people of earth. With that in mind, who can resist the chance to experience her and her Mass Manipulation Tour when it comes to the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI on 10/12? With No Mana & The M Machine. officialrezz.com
Nahko Bear has been writing and weaving mystical and magical musical stories since his youth. After years of touring with Medicine for the People, he is taking an introspective look back at some of his early material, originally written during his journeys in Alaska, Louisiana, Portland and Hawaii. The result is My Name is Bear, a solo effort that will be released on 10/20 on Sideone Dummy Records. The 16 tracks contain even more nuances of this amazing performer, which will be further unveiled when he tours through on 10/29 at Majestic Theater in Madison, WI. nahko.com
This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 Beguiling thru 10 is Mesmeric
Flogging Molly - Life is Good
Album title: Life is Good
Record Label: Concord Vanguard
Contemporary high octane Celtic folk music is what Flogging Molly is all about and this release pushes their catalog to new heights, showing off even more facets of their musical diversity. In their 20th year of kicking jigs and punk anthems, they have toured the world over and captured the hearts of millions. Life is Good showcases both the fast and furious as well as the sincere and sedate aspects of the band.
Appearing on 10/27 at the Orpheum Theater in Madison
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Zoogma - A Future in Blue
Album title: A Future in Blue
Record Label: Zoogma
WTF is Zoogma? Some would point out that it is a five piece group from Oxford, MS that delights in a genre crush of rock, jazz, world, and hip-hop fused into compelling electronica which produce ever evolving beat-driven dance parties. Others note that this creative concoction also combines live improvisation into their carefully crafted beats and rhythmic vistas. Or you could just call Zoogma awesome and inspiring. The choice is yours!
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