Music

Meat Puppets - "Rotten Shame" (video / tour dates)

While I am not the first to say this, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to the Meat Puppets. On 12 May 2009 the grunge-era rockers made a triumphant return to rock music with the release of their critically acclaimed album Sewn Together. Marking the second album since the band reunited in 2007, Sewn Together has been described as clever and more polished than past works. In an interview with Larry Rodgers of the Arizona Republic, Meat Puppets bassist, vocalist, lyricist and producer Cris Kirkwood said: “Sewn Together (which followed 2007’s Rise to your Knees) represents Curt and I getting beyond the fact that we’re just back together. I think the singing is better than ever.”

To celebrate the newish album the band has released a brand-new music video for the single "Rotten Shame". They have also been touring more vigorously than ever before. In attempts to connect with fans, both new and old, the band has been accepting set-list requests for their live shows at: {encode="MeatPupSetList2009@gmail.com" title="MeatPupSetList2009@gmail.com"}. Tour dates after the jump.

TOUR DATES

Sept 18 - El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, CA**

Sept 19 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA**

Sept 20 - Hopmonk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA**

Sept 22 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR**

Sept 23 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA**

Sept 24 - Grizzly Rose - Boise, ID**

Sept 25 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT**

Sept 26 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO**

Oct 21 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL

Oct 22 - Exit / In - Nashville, TN

Oct 23 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA

Oct 24 - 40 Watt Club - Athens, GA

Oct 31- Rudyard's - Houston, TX

Nov 1 - Voodoo Music Experience - New Orleans, LA

Nov 3 - Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS

Nov 4 - Revolution Room - Little Rock, AR

Nov 5 - Cains Ballroom - Tulsa, OK

Nov 6 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO

Nov 7 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE

Nov 8 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA

Nov 10 - Mojo's - Columbia, MO

Nov 11 - Otto's - Dekalb, IL

Nov 12 - Schuba's - Chicago, IL

Nov 13 - Schuba's - Chicago, IL

Nov 14 - Schuba's - Chicago, IL

Nov 15 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN

Nov 17 - Headliner's - Louisville, KY

Nov 18 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH

Nov 19 - Castaways - Ithaca, NY

Nov 20 - Valentine's - Albany, NY

Nov 21- Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ

Nov 25 - Bowery - New York, NY

Nov 27 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD

Nov 28 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA

Dec 1 - Visulite - Charlotte, NC

Dec 2 - Barley's Tap Room - Knoxville, TN

Dec 3 - Rhythm and Crews - Chattanooga, TN

Dec 4 - Hi-Tone - Memphis, TN

** with Dead Confederate

In Americana music the present is female. Two-thirds of our year-end list is comprised of albums by women. Here, then, are the women (and a few men) who represented the best in Americana in 2017.

If a single moment best illustrates the current divide between Americana music and mainstream country music, it was Sturgill Simpson busking in the street outside the CMA Awards in Nashville. While Simpson played his guitar and sang in a sort of renegade-outsider protest, Garth Brooks was onstage lip-syncindg his way to Entertainer of the Year. Americana music is, of course, a sprawling range of roots genres that incorporates traditional aspects of country, blues, soul, bluegrass, etc., but often represents an amalgamation or reconstitution of those styles. But one common aspect of the music that Simpson appeared to be championing during his bit of street theater is the independence, artistic purity, and authenticity at the heart of Americana music. Clearly, that spirit is alive and well in the hundreds of releases each year that could be filed under Americana's vast umbrella.

Keep reading... Show less

From genre-busting electronic music to new highs in the ever-evolving R&B scene, from hip-hop and Americana to rock and pop, 2017's music scenes bestowed an embarrassment of riches upon us.


60. White Hills - Stop Mute Defeat (Thrill Jockey)

White Hills epic '80s callback Stop Mute Defeat is a determined march against encroaching imperial darkness; their eyes boring into the shadows for danger but they're aware that blinding lights can kill and distort truth. From "Overlord's" dark stomp casting nets for totalitarian warnings to "Attack Mode", which roars in with the tribal certainty that we can survive the madness if we keep our wits, the record is a true and timely win for Dave W. and Ego Sensation. Martin Bisi and the poster band's mysterious but relevant cool make a great team and deliver one of their least psych yet most mind destroying records to date. Much like the first time you heard Joy Division or early Pigface, for example, you'll experience being startled at first before becoming addicted to the band's unique microcosm of dystopia that is simultaneously corrupting and seducing your ears. - Morgan Y. Evans

Keep reading... Show less

This week on our games podcast, Nick and Eric talk about the joy and frustration of killing Nazis in Wolfenstein: The New Order.

This week, Nick and Eric talk about the joy and frustration of killing Nazis in Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Keep reading... Show less

Which is the draw, the art or the artist? Critic Rachel Corbett examines the intertwined lives of two artists of two different generations and nationalities who worked in two starkly different media.

Artist biographies written for a popular audience necessarily involve compromise. On the one hand, we are only interested in the lives of artists because we are intrigued, engaged, and moved by their work. The confrontation with a work of art is an uncanny experience. We are drawn to, enraptured and entranced by, absorbed in the contemplation of an object. Even the performative arts (music, theater, dance) have an objective quality to them. In watching a play, we are not simply watching people do things; we are attending to the play as a thing that is more than the collection of actions performed. The play seems to have an existence beyond the human endeavor that instantiates it. It is simultaneously more and less than human: more because it's superordinate to human action and less because it's a mere object, lacking the evident subjectivity we prize in the human being.

Keep reading... Show less
3

Gabin's Maigret lets everyone else emote, sometimes hysterically, until he vents his own anger in the final revelations.

France's most celebrated home-grown detective character is Georges Simenon's Inspector Jules Maigret, an aging Paris homicide detective who, phlegmatically and unflappably, tracks down murderers to their lairs at the center of the human heart. He's invariably icon-ified as a shadowy figure smoking an eternal pipe, less fancy than Sherlock Holmes' curvy calabash but getting the job done in its laconic, unpretentious, middle-class manner.

Keep reading... Show less
5
Pop Ten
Mixed Media
PM Picks

© 1999-2017 Popmatters.com. All rights reserved.
Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.

rating-image