Thursday News Threads

  • It’s been a tough run of weeks for musicians: Monday marked the passing of another legend, Richard Wright, who was a founding member and the keyboardist of Pink Floyd. Born in London in 1943, Wright was born the son of a biochemist, and he originally began his career studying architecture. The design and construction of buildings was quickly replaced by a different sort of art: Wright’s passion for music--which produced, by his teens, a proficiency in the trombone, saxophone, guitar, and piano--and, in particular, his interest in jazz, eventually led Wright to team up with Roger Waters and Nick Mason, who performed together in the six-member band Sigma 6. Though Wright soon dropped out of architecture school, he stuck with Waters and Mason, and the three paired with Syd Barrett and Bob Klose to form the five-member group that would become Pink Floyd. Some 40 years later, the five managed to create a rich and diverse legacy, which, just last month, was honored with the Polar Music Prize for the band’s “monumental contribution over the decades to the fusion of art and music in the development of popular culture.” Wright, who made his last appearances in front of an audience last year, will most certainly be missed.
  • Cold War Kids, who will be at the Showbox at the Market on the 29th (and at Easy Street Records on that same day), have released their first video from the forthcoming LP Loyalty to Loyalty:

  • Look, between now and November 4, it’s just going to get more political: Ted Leo, frustrated by the reception that protesters received in St. Paul a few weeks ago, has released a four-track EP addressing the matter. Proceeds will benefit Democracy Now! and Food Not Bombs.


James Monroe (The Last Cocked Hat) f. Marla Hansen (MP3)

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  • Tour dates! A Place To Bury Strangers will be at El Corazon on September 26, Akimbo will be at King Cobra on September 27 (after performing live on KEXP this last Saturday!); People Under the Stairs will be there the next day; MSTRKRFT will be at the Showbox at the Market on October 2, Baroness will be at Studio Seven on October 3, Ron Sexsmith will be at the Triple Door on October 7, Gogol Bordello will be at the Showbox SoDo on October 9, Danielson will be at Vera Project on October 11, and Vivian Girls will be at Nectar Lounge on November 23. Looking further into next year, Bad Plus will be at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley for four nights beginning March 12.
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