The Barr Brothers Are the Pride of Providence (Playing Wed. 12/13 at GAMH)


The Barr Brothers are originally from my hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, which has not been a hotbed for music other than the Talking Heads. So I have to thank Brad and Andrew Barr for writing an album of indie songs about their misspent youth in Little Rhody. They probably had more fun than I did, but we both left (with the Barr Brothers living in Canada). Their new album, with indispensable harpist Sarah Page, is a model of lo-fi indie folk-rock, folk-blues, and other hyphenates, sounding a bit, as my co-host Jeffrey Edalatpour notes, like Lord Huron or Sun Kil Moon. Good company. - Cy Musiker / KQED's The Do List

Watch I’m With Her Perform “See You Around” (Playing Tues. 4/3 at GAMH)


I’m With Her’s debut album See You Around is easily one of 2018’s most anticipated releases. The project of Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, and Sara Watkins, I’m With Her combines the myriad talents of three of roots music’s most beloved musicians to a result far greater than the sum of its already impressive parts.

Ahead of the album’s February 16 release, the trio has shared a handful of new tunes, including the arresting title track. In many ways, “See You Around” condenses all that’s great about the trio — intricate vocal harmonies, delicately crafted acoustic arrangements, thoughtful lyricism — into just under four minutes, serving as an intriguing teaser for the rest of the album’s forthcoming tracks.

“‘See You Around’ was one of the first songs we wrote together in Los Angeles in July 2015,” Watkins says. “It encapsulates a lot of what this band is about: moving through the world with a certain boldness and looking forward to the future.”

Watch a clip of I’m With Her performing “See You Around” live on the recent American Acoustic Tour. - American Songwriter

Shawn Colvin: A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour (Wed. 10/4 at GAMH)


This fall, Shawn Colvin will hit the road with the A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour. Her first major tour with a full band since the album's original release, the seven-week cross-country jaunt runs from September 30 through November 19 and will showcase Shawn performing the album in its entirety alongside a variety of hits, personal favorites and surprises from her repertoire. Multi-instrumentalist-singer Larry Campbell & his wife singer-guitarist Teresa Williams will support all dates in addition to appearing in the band.

"One of the joys of my career was making A Few Small Repairs,” said Shawn Colvin. "From inception to completion, the project was graced with joy and creative ease. Even the last minute push to finish 'Sunny Came Home,' which went through many lyrical incarnations, worked out thanks to the cover painting by Julie Speed. I'll be thrilled to play that song forever, and am equally thrilled to be performing the whole album on tour this fall with my band. Come one, come all!"

 

Spend the Evening with Roomful of Teeth (Mon. 10/2 at GAMH)


Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.

Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied with some of the world’s top performers and teachers in Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and Death Metal singing. Collaborators include Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Glenn Kotche, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), Nick Zammuto (of The Books), Toby Twining, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Ted Hearne, Silk Road Ensemble and Ambrose Akinmusire, among many others.

Watch Our Exclusive Premiere of Grieves’ The Weeknd-Like Jam ‘Gutz’ (Playing Fri. 9/1 at Slim’s)


About midway through Grieves’ woozy “Gutz,” you find yourself falling into sync with the track. There’s some weird alchemy, like maybe Grieves has found the mid-point between The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller and acid jazz, that happens and you’re suddenly muttering “fuck you” along with the song’s hook. 

The song, off Running Wild, the Seattle-based rapper’s fifth proper full length, sees Grieves hit on something like the zeitgeist. Naturally, there’s plenty of broken glass, a young woman in lingerie, some knifeplay and even a surprise murder. Never say that your friends at Playboy bring you boring music videos.

Grieves tells us that the song is about never being able to get enough of another person.

“When it comes down to the matters of the heart, people can be just as addicting as any drug,” he says. “We tell ourselves ‘never again’, then we wake up in the same bed we promised we’d never return to. It’s complicated and intoxicating. That’s why this video complements this song so well.”

Listen to the song below.

Running Wild will be out August 25th via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Pre-order the album here - Playboy

Watch Our Exclusive Premiere of Grieves’ The Weeknd-Like Jam ‘Gutz’ (Playing Slim’s on Fri. 9/1 with Dem Atlas)


About midway through Grieves’ woozy “Gutz,” you find yourself falling into sync with the track. There’s some weird alchemy, like maybe Grieves has found the mid-point between The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller and acid jazz, that happens and you’re suddenly muttering “fuck you” along with the song’s hook.

The song, off Running Wild, the Seattle-based rapper’s fifth proper full length, sees Grieves hit on something like the zeitgeist. Naturally, there’s plenty of broken glass, a young woman in lingerie, some knifeplay and even a surprise murder. Never say that your friends at Playboy bring you boring music videos.

Grieves tells us that the song is about never being able to get enough of another person.

“When it comes down to the matters of the heart, people can be just as addicting as any drug,” he says. “We tell ourselves ‘never again’, then we wake up in the same bed we promised we’d never return to. It’s complicated and intoxicating. That’s why this video complements this song so well.”

Listen to the song below.

Running Wild will be out August 25th via Rhymesayers Entertainment. - Playboy

Actual Wolf Debuts New Video For “Baby Please” (Playing Slim’s on Thurs. 8/10 with Jon Wolfe & Sarah Summer)


Grand Rapids indie-folk artist Eric Pollard, known by his stage name Actual Wolf, has shared a new video for his tune “Baby Please,” a hazy, soulful rocker off his recently released album Faded Days. 

Directed by fellow Minnesota native Erik Nelson, the “Baby Please” visual follows a contemporary Bonnie-and-Clyde couple on the road as they revel in the exhilaration of robbing banks, shooting guns, and eluding the police. 

In considering Pollard’s recent brush with the law and fairly itinerant lifestyle—travelling between Duluth, MN, Brooklyn, Nashville, and Oakland over the years—it is not difficult to interpret the video’s subtext as containing some personal resonance.

“It is important to relax, view the work, take in its finer points, and draw your conclusions as to its motives/themes,” says Pollard. “Thank you and enjoy. Stay wavy.”

Faded Days features collaborations with Al Church, Jeremy Hanson, Jake Hanson, Steve Garrington, and Ditch Kurtz, and is out now on cassette and digital platforms. The album is slated for a vinyl release September 15 via Red House Records. - American Songwriter

Rex Suru & Cherubim Vibes Make Their US Debut At Slim’s This Friday! (7/28)


Rex Suru & Cherubim Vibes are an Afro-roots Reggae band from Nigeria. The band was formed by Rex Suru in 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria. Blending the West African rhythmic Afro-beat with Jamaican Ska Reggae, Rex Suru & Cherubim Vibes are the quintessential showcase of Afro-roots Reggae. The music promotes spiritual, political, and social themes; at its core, it is pulsating and moving. All songs are original compositions by Rex Suru. The band will be performing in the United States for the first time Summer 2017 (including their very first US performance here at Slim's on Fri. 7/28!)

Fanna-Fi-Allah (Sun. 7/9 at GAMH)


In this time of religious extremism, there are still those who are carrying the flame of religious tolerance, devotion and mysticism - and the Sufis are some of the most ancient.

Fanna-Fi-Allah carries the tradition and teachings of the Sufis in their music, the devotionally driven and passionate music of Qawwali. Through many years of study and practice under the guidance of Qawwali masters of India and Pakistan, their expression of Qawwali music has become an authentic representation and continuation of this ancient tradition of Sufi music.

Wallows Make Their SF Debut Here at Slim’s on Sat. 7/15!


Wallows are Cole Preston, Braeden Lemasters, and Dylan Minnette. The LA-based band recently released their debut single “Pleaser” which quickly amassed over 2 million streams on Spotify and hit #2 on the Global Viral Top 50. (“…an upbeat, lo-fi indie rock anthem that will have your head-banging into the weekend. The song radiates some major summertime vibes, and we can practically feel the sun beaming down on us as they shout in the chorus.”- NYLON)

Their first show in San Francisco here at Slim's comes on the heels of sold out shows at The Troubadour, The Roxy and Constellation Room.

Tickets for Sat. 7/15 are going fast - get 'em while you can!

Video Premiere: The Happys – Trippin (Playing Sat. 6/24 at Slim’s w/ Mad Caddies)


The Happys are a Bay Area-based rock band that started in 2012 by lead singer Nick Petty. This new music video is the title track for their album Trippin which was released on 4/20/2016. “Trippin” is a breakup song that comes from the point of view of laughing at the pain and not letting it take you out. The video was directed by the band and shot by filmmaker Will Rushton all along the California coast and at San Francisco’s annual 420 Fest at Hippie Hill. You can catch The Happys live on tour by viewing their upcoming tour dates with the Mad Caddies by clicking HERE! Grab their album inside iTunes by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video - www.thepier.org

Justin Townes Earle Premieres ‘Maybe a Moment’ Video, Talks About New Record and Being an Expecting Father (Plays Slim’s on Fri. 6/2!)


The video for 'Maybe A Moment,' a track from Justin Townes Earle's upcoming eighth album "Kids In The Street," is a bit of a blast from the past for the singer-songwriter.

The clip, directed by Alicia J. Rose, tracks two young women traveling together, hitchhiking and eventually ending up in a rundown club where Earle is performing the song on stage. "It reminded me a lot of playing the Springwater in Nashville," Earle tells Billboard. "When I was 15 years old I would play from noon 'til seven at night there. There used to be this [girl] that showed up in mini-skirts and halter tops and she and her friends would dance in front of the stage. There'd be two old drunks at the bar, the girls dancing in front of me -- and those girls never looked like the ones in the video, that's for sure."

 And while the actresses seem to be portraying a lesbian couple, Earle hopes it's open to interpretation. "Really, it's just two young girls, one kind of egging the other on, like young kids do," he explains. The song itself, meanwhile, is drawn from some of Earle's own misspent, egging-on youth.

"It's one of the more autobiographical songs I've ever written," he notes. "When we were kids in Nashville whose parents wouldn't pay attention to you, we'd stay out all night. By 12 and 13 I would jump in a car with older boys and go to Memphis to see punk rock shows, drink Olde English 800s, smoke shitty s--tty and try to get back before school -- before we quit that and stopped going to school. We were doing all sorts of things we weren't supposed to do at fairly young ages. Looking back nostalgically now I wouldn't want to do it again, but there's something amazing I always remember about that, getting into the car and taking off on the highway with a bunch of idiots."

"Kids In The Street" is due out May 26, and marks the first time Earle has recorded outside of Nashville, working with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) in Omaha, Neb. "When you grow up with Nasvhille musicians and all the people there, it's hard to think about making a record anywhere else," Earle says. "The first thing that drew me (to Mogis) was the fact he had mixed M. Ward's "Hold Time" record and he also recorded Jenny Lewis' "Rabbit Fur Coat" record; those were just amazing sounding records, and he has great ideas. I mean, nobody in Nashville would've said, 'Let's put a bajo sexto on this song;' they would've tried to copy it with a guitar and something else and complicated it."

It's also Earle's first album since becoming a father, and while he finds plenty to grouse about, particularly the gentrification of some of his old Nashville neighborhoods, on the album, "Kids In The Street" finds him significantly more settled and easygoing throughout.

"These songs were definitely from somebody who's more clearheaded and married, for sure," Earle acknowledges. "I think that I do see things from a more calm and lucid perspective these days, and that has a lot to do with my wife." The couple is also expecting their first child in July. "We'll see what the kid does to [the music]," Earle says. "This record was written and in the can when we found out she was pregnant. I was actually in the studio when I found out; I was just kind of, 'Holy shit, I'm gonna have a kid' and blanked out the rest of the night."

Earle returns to the road Thursday (April 27) with The Sadies as his band, and shows currently booked into early June. "I couldn't ask for a better band to do it with," Earle says. "We've done shows together; I've opened for them, they've opened for me. We've never actually gotten a chance to work together, but I've been looking for a reason to for a long time, and here it is." - Billboard

Don't miss Justin Townes Earle + The Sadies + Sammy Brue at Slim's on Fri. 6/2!