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12sep7:30 pm96X Presents: Bastille
U.K. band Bastille made its debut in 2013 with the album Bad Blood, which entered the U.K. album chart at No. 1. It has since sold more than four million
U.K. band Bastille made its debut in 2013 with the album Bad Blood, which entered the U.K. album chart at No. 1. It has since sold more than four million albums worldwide alongside 11 million singles. The global hit “Pompeii” was certified 5x Platinum in the U.S., where it topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs, Hot Rock Songs, Adult Alternative Songs and Dance Club Songs charts. The singles “Bad Blood” and “Flaws” were certified Gold. Bastille won a BRIT Award for British Breakthrough Act and received two GRAMMY® nominations and two American Music Awards nominations.
Rolling Stone hailed Bastille as “Brit pop’s new crown princes” upon the release of the band’s second album, Wild World, which retained the vivid, filmic songwriting of its predecessor, but pushed the band’s unique sound in new directions. In the U.K., Wild World debuted at No. 1 on the album chart and the first single, “Good Grief,” topped Apple Music’s Hot Tracks chart and the Shazam chart. The band returns to the road with the extensive “Wild, Wild World Tour.” Founded by Dan Smith (vocalist/songwriter), Bastille’s line-up is completed by Chris Wood (drums), Will Farquarson (guitar) and Kyle Simmons (keyboards).
(Tuesday) 7:30 pm
317 Monticello Avenue
29sep8:00 pm10:00 pm96X Presents Jimmy Eat World
“… I realize that I wouldn’t be who I am today unless everything happened exactly the way it did. I can listen back to our records and hear that maybe
“… I realize that I wouldn’t be who I am today unless everything happened exactly the way it did. I can listen back to our records and hear that maybe I was trying to tell myself some things before…but didn’t really want to let them in.
Our 1999 album was called CLARITY, but I really wasn’t on a quest for clarity when we put that out.
The crux of the decision is ‘Am I going to do something different or am I going to continue even though I hate who I am right now?’ That’s the difference between surviving and truly living. “That’s the point of the songs on SURVIVING.”
Jimmy Eat World recorded the 10-track set mostly in their home studio, working again with co-producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, their partner on 2016’s INTEGRITY BLUES.
The result is punchy,dynamically explosive &hearkens back to the heavy yet crafted melodic edge that woke the world up to Jimmy Eat World a quarter century ago.
There’s plenty of guitar rock on SURVIVING, from the blast off of the title track through the ferocity of “Criminal Energy,” “All the Way (Stay)” and “Love Never” and the gritty, propulsive grind of “Diamond.” Vibey tracks such as “Delivery,” “Recommit” and the lushly majestic “555” expand the album’s sonic scope, meanwhile, “One Mil” alternates between pretty acoustic verses and anthemic, stadium-caliber choruses. The set-closing “Congratulations” simmers with an edgy sense of purpose as the group declares “You’re on your own. “
Noting that “I was a passenger in my own body for 36 years and never realized it,”Adkinsfills SURIVING’s songs with lessons of clarity and insights into the soul and psyche. These are the songs ofsomeone who’s had an awakening;accepting the person he was and finding both solace and joy in the continuing process of who he’s becoming.
“I think we’re at the stage in what I would call acareer,and it’s important that you have a grasp of why you’re doing it. With this being our 10th album, there better be a reason you’re continuing –so what is that?”
Much of what Adkins is trying to convey on SURVIVING is a taking of control after becoming sober. No longer is he the prisoner of what he calls “the default operating system” he employed over the years –“I’m just not faithful, that’s who I am” or “I’m just awkward in relationships” or “I just drink like that. I guess that’s me.”
“Criminal Energy,” for instance, comes from an expression for moral sickness that Adkins heard in Germany. “Delivery” and “555” are about becoming self-aware.
“Love Never” celebrates a realization that “love isn’t an abstract dream that one day falls out of the sky, fully formed. It’s a choice. It’s a verb.”
More About Jimmy Eat World:
-Jimmy Eat World are Jim Adkins, Rick Burch, Tom Linton and Zach Lind.
-The group has released 9 studio albums
-5 have reached Top 10 on Billboard’s 200 Chart
-The band’s last 4 albums have reached Top 5 on Billboard’s Rock Albums Chart and Alternative Albums Chart
-The group has had 7 Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart with 2 being at #1, “Pain” and “The Middle.”
-Their third studio album, Clarity was lauded as “one of the greatest emo albums of all time” by Rolling Stonewhile their 4th studio album, Bleed American, was certified platinum
-Their latest effort, Integrity Blueswas released in 2016 to rave reviews and produced the Top 10 Alternative single,”Sure & Certain”
(Friday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
317 Monticello Avenue
13oct7:00 pm11:00 pm96X Presents Thrice with '6820th Anniversary Tour Artist in the Ambulance
At the end of summer 2017, not long after Thrice had finished up a national tour, singer Dustin Kensrue woke up in the middle of the night and found himself
At the end of summer 2017, not long after Thrice had finished up a national tour, singer Dustin Kensrue woke up in the middle of the night and found himself fixated on the mental image of an open hand—a visual that instantly became his touchstone in the writing of Thrice’s tenth album, Palms.
“I got up and started listing off all the things an open palm represented, especially as opposed to the idea of a closed hand or a fist,” says Kensrue, who co-founded Thrice with guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge, and drummer Riley Breckenridge in 1998. “That became the basis of the record: that feeling of being open, whether it’s open to mystery or to receive things or to give. The album came from a place of trying to combat the hate and bigotry we’re seeing in the world right now, but attempting to do that in a way that’s nondivisive.”
In the spirit of that openness, Thrice created Palms with a free-form and fluid approach to the album’s sonic element. The result is their most expansive work to date, encompassing everything from viscerally charged post-hardcore to piano-driven balladry. To carve out that eclectic sound, Thrice enlisted trusted producer Eric Palmquist for the recording of the percussion and vocal tracks, and self-produced all of the guitar parts on Palms. “When we track our own stuff we tend to be far less neurotic about getting every note perfect,” says Kensrue. “It’s more about getting the right emotion out of the performance, so that it connects on a deeper level.”
Mixed by John Congleton (a Grammy Award-winner known for his work with Lucy Dacus, Xiu Xiu, and St. Vincent), Palms unfolds with an immediacy that magnifies the power of each track. “The vocals are very dry, without a lot of delay or reverb,” says Kensrue. “As the person who’s singing that’s kind of a scary thing, but I think there’s a forcefulness to the album that sets it apart from our other records.”
Much like its predecessor—2016’s politically minded To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere—Palms mines a great deal of inspiration from the literary and philosophical realm. In his lyric-writing, Kensrue drew from sources as varied as the lectures of philosopher Alan Watts, the writings of Franciscan friar Richard Rohr, and the process metaphysics of mathematician Alfred North Whitehead. “In the past couple of years I’ve come to embrace a more non-dualistic way of looking at the world, partly because of listening to and reading things that broke me out of those black-and-white patterns,” Kensrue notes.
On the album-opening “Only Us,” Thrice bring that newfound understanding to a heady fusion of frenetic synth lines, fragile harmonies, and massively heavy guitar riffs. “‘Only Us’ came from thinking about how we’re so easily divided into ‘us’ and ‘them,’ when really we have an inherent ability to care for those in our group, and the parameters for who falls into that group are extremely flexible,” says Kensrue. “It’s about how the things that we think separate us are actually inconsequential, and if we could broaden the idea of ‘us’ to include all people, it would help us to build a more loving and civil society.”
All throughout Palms, Thrice instill both vulnerability and urgency to their uncompromising self-reflection. At turns gracefully melodic and furiously intense, lead single “The Grey” captures what Kensrue describes as “the frustration that comes from straining within some kind of system, and the feeling of freedom that comes from moving into a new way of understanding things.” One of the album’s most stunning moments, the piano-laced and quietly glorious “Everything Belongs” examines the notion that “there’s a way to view the world where everyone does belong and fits together quite beautifully,” according to Kensrue. And on “Beyond the Pines,” Thrice close out Palms with an intricate arrangement of crystalline guitar tones, gentle percussion, and starkly delivered lyrics inspired by a passage from “The Great Wagon” by 13th century poet Rumi: Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing/there is a field. I’ll meet you there. “‘Beyond the Pines’ is about how all the names and the labels we put on things have nothing to do with their essence,” says Kensrue. “There are deeper realities at work, and nothing sorts itself as neatly as we’d like it to.”
Elsewhere on Palms—such as on the powerfully cathartic post-hardcore of “A Branch in the River”—Thrice return to some of the most formative influences from their early years. Hailing from Orange County, California, the band formed when three of its members were still in high school, making their debut with the kinetic punk/hardcore hybrid of the 2000 album Identity Crisis. Their breakthrough arrived with 2003’s The Artist in the Ambulance—Thrice’s third full-length, whose singles “All That’s Left” and “Stare at the Sun” each landed on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. With their past releases also including an ambitious duo of concept albums (2007/8’s The Alchemy Index: Fire and Water and Earth and Air), the band took a several-year hiatus starting in 2012, then re-emerged with To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere (an album on which Thrice “conjure an atmospheric beauty but maintain a connection to the dirt beneath their feet,” according to DIY Magazine).
Thrice’s first release since signing to Epitaph in early 2018, Palms matches its raw passion with a measured intensity, a rare feat for an album so informed by the volatility of the times. “Even though some of these songs are really aggressive-sounding, I wanted to make sure they never felt like finger-pointing, especially at a time when there’s so much talking past each other,” says Kensrue. Within that approach, Thrice reveal their profound commitment to making an enduring impact on the listener. “You can’t expect someone to automatically shift to the way you see the world, and you’ll just end up getting frustrated if you try,” Kensrue says. “But I do think we can change through lots of little interactions, and gradually start to see things differently. I hope that the record can operate like an ongoing conversation, where it slowly brings people to a place of looking at the world in a more open-ended way than they did before.”
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
317 Monticello Avenue