Posted by jhochstat on December 11, 2008
Ben Harper’s new band, Relentless 7 will be playing The Mercury Lounge in NYC tonite in a very small, very intimate showcase of their new music. Show starts at midnight, I will be there and I am really looking forward to hearing this band. Too bad I won’t be able to make it down to Warren Haynes’ annual Xmas Jam in Asheville NC to hear them jam out as well. They are also playing Kenny’s Castaways tomorrow night. These three shows are the last ones they have scheduled until April 2009 (in Australia) so try to catch them now while you have the chance.
Relentless 7 is:
Ben Harper – Slide Guitar, Vocals
Jason Mozersky – Lead Guitars
Jesse Ingalls – Bass, Keys
Jordan Richardson – Drums
Relentless 7 “Keep It Together” – 10/29 Youngstown, Ohio
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Posted by jhochstat on April 3, 2008
If you have never heard of Howlin Rain, you will soon enough. Signed to Rick Rubin’s Columbia Records subset American Recordings. This band is a throwback to that fuzzy, loose rock band feel from the early 70’s. I had a chance to catch their NYC show tonight at the Mercury Lounge, “The 6th stop on their current world tour.” according to their frontman Ethan Miller.
This is a band that is at times loose, yet tight. Sloppy, yet in total control of their sound. Their sound is infectiously fun and makes you want for more. Tonight’s show was a little more than 1 hour but even with that short of a taste of their sound, they had me as a fan for sure. Something tells me that the next time we see Howlin Rain come through NYC it will be at a venue larger than The Mercury Lounge.
Ethan Miller is surrounded by a very talented group of musicians who came together from various aspects of the California & specifically San Francisco music scene.
Ian Gradek – bass
Garett Goddard – drums
Mike Jackson – guitars
Eli Eckert – guitars
Joel Robinow – keyboards, vocals
SF Weekly said it best: Miller takes influence from the music of icons familiar to anyone stopping the clock in the years around the Vietnam War: the Allman Brothers, Terry Reid, David Crosby, Neil Young, and San Francisco legends from the Grateful Dead to Quicksilver Messenger Service. Howlin Rain tweaks classic rock with distortion and dissonance.
If you live anywhere near any of the shows listed below, go catch this band. Their sound shows where their influences come from yet creates an identity of its own and makes this band very relevant and one to watch for sure.
Remaining Tour Dates
Apr 03 – Washington D.C. DC9
- Apr 04 – Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
- Apr 05 – Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn
- Apr 06 – Memphis, Tn Hi-Tone
- Apr 07 – Bloomington, Indiana Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
- Apr 25 – Nevada City, CA Chief Crazy Horse Saloon
- with Casual Fog, Neil Morgan 9pm, $7.
- May 01 – Belfast, Ireland Aunt Annie’s
- May 02 – Dublin, Ireland In Store: Tower Records, FREE
- May 02 – Dublin, Ireland Whelans
- May 03 – Cork, Myrtleville, Ireland Pine Lodge
- May 04 – Salford, Manchester, England Sounds from the other city at the Kings Arms
- May 05 – Birmingham, England Custard Factory
- May 06 – London, England Luminaire
- May 07 – Cornwall, England Miss Peabod’s
- May 08 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
- May 09 – Camber Sands, England Camber Sands, ATP
- May 11 – Bristol, England The Croft
- May 12 – London, England Scala
- with the Meat Puppets and Wooden Shjips
- May 24 – Santa Cruz, Highway 9 Brookdale Lodge
- with CLUSTER
- Jun 23 – Adrenal, Norway Hove Festival
- Aug 16 – Wales, UK Green Man Festival
Howlin Rain Band Page
Just remember, you have the chance to see them now while they are still playing small venues!
Don’t say we didn’t tell you so.
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