For the first time in five years, The Men aren’t looking for tomorrow’s hits. Well, that’s not entirely true: The New York rock band is very much focused on “Tomorrow’s Hits,” its cheekily titled fifth album.
Kieran Hebden — who goes by the name Four Tet — combines elements of free-jazz, dub, folk, EDM and house into warm, oddly emotional electronic music. The enigmatic British producer rarely participates in interviews, mostly letting his glitchy, fractured soundscapes speak for themselves.
Stephen Malkmus, 47, has now made six records with the Jicks — more than he did with his previous band, influential indie-rockers Pavement. He headlines the Black Cat on Friday in support of the Jicks' latest album, January’s “Wig Out at Jagbags.”
Even though Austin-based rock band White Denim spent just four days in the studio with producer Jeff Tweedy working on 2013’s “Corsicana Lemonade,” the Wilco founder loomed large over the remainder of the sessions.
Listening to Jonathan Wilson’s epic new album, “Fanfare,” is like reading a dense novel full of literary allusions. Every track is packed with references to the music he loves: The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Jackson Browne, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
When you’ve spent 20 years on the road playing in a popular rock ’n’ roll band, sometimes there really is no place like home. Perhaps that’s why Wilco bassist John Stirratt finds he’s at his most creative in the first two days after he comes home to Chicago from touring.