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Corey Smith

Corey Smith

Emporium Presents: Corey Smith

The way Corey Smith sees it, he owes a debt to his fans. And it’s one he is determined to repay with his 10th album, While the Gettin’ Is Good. The project, released on Sugar Hill Records, marks the first time that the singer-songwriter, a wildly popular touring artist who has produced all of his past efforts, has turned over the reins to a bona fide country music producer in Keith Stegall. The result is Smith’s most ambitious record yet, as well as a return on the

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Beck

Beck

BECK

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BECK

Beck has traveled light years from being pegged as a reluctant generational spokesperson
when “Loser” metamorphosed from a rejected demo in 1992 to a ubiquitous smash by
1994. In the decades since, he has crystallized much of the post-modern ruckus of the ‘90s
alternative explosion, but in his own unpredictable manner: Beck’s singular career has
been one thats seen him utilize all manners and eras of music, blurring boundaries and
blazing a path into the future while simultaneously foraging through the past.
Surfacing just as alternative rock went mainstream, no small thanks to his 1994 debut
Mellow Gold, Beck quickly confounded expectations with subsequent releases including the
lo-fi folk of One Foot in the Grave.  But the album that truly cemented Beck’s place in the
pantheon was…

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The California Honeydrops

The California Honeydrops

The California Honeydrops have a reputation as being among the most exciting and dynamic live bands on the planet. With unrelenting energy and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of musical styles, genres and idioms, the Honeydrops have spent a decade playing everywhere from subway stations in their native Oakland, California to sold-out shows in theatres and at festivals all across the globe. In addition to their own non-stop touring, 2016 and 2017 saw them honored to support Bonnie Raitt on her extensive North American tour, following past support slots with such icons as B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy and Dr. John. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.

 

The band has come a long way since vocalist, guitarist, and trumpeter Lech Wierzynkski and drummer Ben Malament started busking in an Oakland subway station. With the additions of Johnny Bones on tenor sax and clarinet, Lorenzo Loera on keyboards and Beau Bradbury on bass, they’ve built a powerful full-band sound drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B…

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Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth

There’s a great scene in The Last Waltz – the documentary about The Band’s final concert – where director Martin Scorsese is discussing music with drummer/singer/mandolin player Levon Helm. Helm says, “If it mixes with rhythm, and if it dances, then you’ve got a great combination of all those different kinds of music: country, bluegrass, blues music, show music…” To which Scorsese, the inquisitive interviewer, asks, “What’s it called, then?” “Rock & roll!” Clearly looking for a more specific answer, but realizing that he isn’t going to get one, Marty laughs. “Rock & roll…” Well, that’s the way it is sometimes: musicians play music, and don’t necessarily worry about where it gets filed. It’s the writers, record labels, managers, etc., who tend to fret about what “kind” of music it is. And like The Band, the members of Railroad Earth aren’t losing sleep about what “kind” of music they play – they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. As Railroad Earth violin/vocalist Tim Carbone recalls, “All of us had been playing in various projects for years, and many of us had played together in…

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The Breeders

The Breeders
Today, the Breeders announce details of their long-awaited fifth album. Entitled All Nerve, and
featuring recent single ‘Wait in the Car’, the group’s first record in a decade will be released on
March 2, 2018. All Nerve’s title track is now available to hear below.All Nerve reunites band members Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson –
the line-up behind the iconic and platinum-selling record, Last Splash. The quartet returned to
the stage in 2013 to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary and have been quietly working on
new material since then. Recording took place at Candyland, Dayton, Kentucky, with Mike
Montgomery; Electrical Audio, Chicago, with Steve Albini and Greg Norman; and with Tom
Rastikis at Fernwood Studios, Dayton, Ohio. Artwork was conceived by Chris Bigg, who has
worked with the Breeders since their first album, Pod.
All Nerve will be released on March 2nd on CD, standard edition black vinyl LP, limited alternate
sleeve/orange vinyl (independent stores only) and digitally. 4AD Store customers also have the
opportunity to bundle their LP album pre-order with the third iteration in the ‘Wait in the Car’
7” single series, while stocks last. This limited red vinyl single features a cover of Mike Nesmith’s
‘Joanne’. For more information head to 4ad.com/store
To coincide…

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An Evening with Trey Anastasio Band

An Evening with Trey Anastasio Band
Trey Anastasio began his career as the guitarist and vocalist for the band Phish. He has
performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2013, he was nominated for a Tony
Award and two Drama Desk Awards for the original score of the Broadway musical
“Hands on a Hardbody.”
Since 1998, Trey Anastasio has toured and recorded with several backup musicians,
commonly referred to as Trey Anastasio Band, or TAB for short. The classic lineup
features drummer Russ Lawton, bassist Tony Markellis, and keyboardist Ray
Paczkowski, augmented by a full horn section including trombonist/vocalist Natalie
Cressman, multi-instrumentalist James Casey, and longtime TAB trumpeter/vocalist
Jennifer Hartswick.
It is with this group of talented musicians that Paper Wheels, Anastasio’s 10th solo
album, was recorded. The group developed the material on stage while touring and at
soundcheck on the tour leading up to the sessions, allowing them to track the album in
just under a week. Taking a cue from the energetic immediacy of classic Stax Studio
recording sessions, TAB worked fast and loose, playing together live in Anastasio’s
Vermont studio, The Barn, and wrapping up tracks after one or two takes.
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As the Crow Flies with Once & Future Band

As the Crow Flies with Once & Future Band

Featuring Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, Marcus King, Audley Freed, Adam MacDougall, Andy Hess & Tony Leone

Chris Robinson has songs he wants to sing. As frontman for The Black Crowes—one of the most prolific and celebrated rock ’n’ roll bands of its generation—he co-wrote classics like “Jealous Again,” “Remedy,” “She Talks To Angels,” “Twice As Hard” and “Sometimes Salvation.” With a desire to breathe new life into this storied repertoire, Robinson has gathered five musicians whose musical journeys intertwine with his own, including guitarists Marcus King and Audley Freed, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Andy Hess and drummer Tony Leone. Appropriately calling the band, As The Crow Flies, they’ll perform music from throughout Robinson’s history at a handful of select U.S. dates in Spring 2018 between tours with his primary outfit, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

Once & Future Band

Joel Robinow (keyboards/guitar/vocals), Raj Ojha (drums/recording engineer), Eli Eckert (bass/guitar/vocals) and Raze Regal (guitar) have been confidantes and conspirators for over a decade, collaborating in Drunk Horse, Howlin Rain, East Bay Grease and many other projects. They have convened as “Once and Future Band” with the purpose of performing and recording Joel’s massive library of songs before they are lost…

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Judah & the Lion

Judah & the Lion
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Kevin Morby with Hand Habits

Kevin Morby with Hand Habits

City Music is an airplane descending over frozen lakes into Chicago. City Music is riding the Q Train out to Coney Island to smell the ocean and a morning in Philadelphia where greats cranes reconfigure the buildings like an endless puzzle. City Music is a quiet afternoon moment on a bench in Baltimore, a highway in Seattle at night where the distant houses look like tiny flames and a bottle of red wine being drained on a bridge in Paris. City Music is a bus pulling into St. Louis at dawn where the arch looks like a metal rainbow reflecting the days early sunlight.
City Music is also the new album by Kevin Morby. Full of listless wanderlust, it’s a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond by a songwriter cast from his own mould. As he puts it: “It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me.”
His fourth album, City Music works as a counterpart to Morby’s acclaimed 2016 release Singing Saw, an autobiographical set that reflected the solitude and landscape in which…

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