PHOTOS: Animals As Leaders, Intervals, Plini—November 16th, 2016 @ The Commodore, Vancouver, BC & November 25th, 2016 @ Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
Washington D.C.'s purveyors of instrumental djent, Animals As Leaders, have vigorously toured across Europe and North America in 2016 to not merely sharpen their prowess on stage, but to promote their then-upco... Read More...
We're here to talk about Plini and why his music should be the blueprint for this growing genre. The reasons are many and, while chronology isn't that good of a reason, it might do to first mention that he's had his name on releases going as far back as 2011. His own releases, along 2013-2015, were tasteful, imaginative sojourns into well defined and enticing musical places. These set some of the main tropes of the genre, including the overall sleek yet colorful aesthetic surrounding the music. But what is it about Plini that makes him rise above the rest? In a growing genre that's already often sounding stale and repetitive, how does he manage to make music which is distinctly his and is interesting to boot? That's the purpose of this article, to examine Plini's appeal and strength of delivery and perhaps, along the way, take a good, hard look at nu-prog and all it has yet to learn.
Way back in 2015, Nick, Ryan and Scott kicked off Jazz Club with an in-depth discussion of Kamasi Washington's phenomenal album The Epic, easily the greatest jazz album of that year and (arguably) the decade thus far. We've ventured in different themes since then though, opting for discussions ranging from current events (Ornette Coleman's passing) to genre starter kits. Today we're back with a conversation focused exclusively on a recent release that many of us view as a potential jazz AOTY for 2016. This time, Nick jumps aboard with Jazz Club dynamic duo Scott and Jimmy Two for a dissection of IV, the latest offering from Canadian quartet and overall jazz powerhouse BADBADNOTGOOD. The band has leveraged hip-hop, electronic music and jazz to create some of the most exciting music in the genre, so needless to say, we were stoked to see what their fourth proper release had to offer.
PHOTOS: Intervals, Plini, Angel Vivaldi, Save Us From The Archon, Outrun The Sunlight—March 29th, 2016 @ Reggie’s, Chicago, IL
Can you ever really have too many instrumental prog bands on a single tour? The Shape of Colour Tour truly aimed to find out, as we were bombarded with riff after proggy riff with the now fully-instrumental Int... Read More...
Ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your figurative metal seatbelts: the Fallujah'ing is upon us. Ever since they shuffled their deck of influences on their previous release, The Flesh Prevails, the community has been keeping its dirty, bloodshot eyes on these guys. For better or for worse, their new-fangled vibe caught us all by the jugular and forced us to look as a whole sub-genre was birthed before our eyes. Well, the guys are back and if you thought that they were done, you're sorely mistaken. Head on over the jump to hear the first single, "The Void Alone", from their upcoming album, Dreamless. Expect brightness, retrowave influences and just a hint of nu-prog. Yeah, see you there.