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Ted Leo At MASS MoCA

Aug 21, 2015

  From his early adventures in the hardcore scene of 1980s NYC, to his beloved band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, to his recent duo project with Aimee Mann called The Both, Ted Leo has distinguished himself as a unique presence in the indie music world: a cerebral punk with an ear for power pop, equally at home ripping into a crunchy-guitared anthemic call to arms, or belting out a sweet melody.

Ted Leo will play a solo show at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA tonight at 8 o'clock.

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  The Bang on a Can Summer Festival culminates with "Bang on a Can Plays Art," – the second week of a jam-packed music extravaganza featuring 13 concerts in 8 days, from July 25 - Aug 1.

Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on display in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert showcases music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically, and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival Artists and Fellows, and special guest Alvin Lucier.

Bang on a Can co-founder and composer Michael Gordon joins us this morning to tell us more. This Saturday the Bang on a Can All Stars play Gordon’s oratorio, Van Gogh.

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Over the weekend, the population of North Adams swelled by more than 7,000 as people packed hotels and pitched tents, in town for return of the Solid Sound Festival.

  Established in 2010, the Solid Sound Festival kicks off at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA tomorrow evening. The art and music festival is curated by Chicago-based rock band, Wilco, and even now they are in the area rehearsing while countless excellent people put the finishing touches on what is sure to be an amazing weekend of eclectic music, eye-popping art, world-class comedy, food, friends, and fun.

Wilco will play a special acoustic set on Friday night, a plugged-in set on Saturday night, and then Jeff Tweedy’s still-pretty-new band, Tweedy, will play a concert with friends to wrap up the festival on Sunday.

Jeff and his son - and skilled drummer - Spencer formed Tweedy last year and released an album, Sukierae, in September. Spencer has also played drums on albums produced by Jeff over the last few years including Mavis Staples’ One True Vine.

I sat down with them in North Adams yesterday to talk with Jeff and Spencer and was struck by their congenial and respectful their relationship is -- and thrilled to also note good-natured ribbing. To borrow a Wilco title - they have The Whole Love - it’s contagious and it’s cool. Just like Solid Sound.

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  The next in our series of Solid Sound Festival interviews features Parquet Courts. The indie rock, post-punk band based in Brooklyn, New York formed in late 2010. The band’s members are A. Savage, Austin Brown, Sean Yeaton, and Max Savage.

They’ll perform on Saturday at Solid Sound.

  The Solid Sound Festival returns to MASS MoCA this weekend. The Richard Thompson Trio will play in Joe’s Field on Saturday.

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011, Thompson was the recipient of the Order of the British Empire - personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Most recently, the Americana Music Honors & Awards nominated him for “Artist of the Year”.

Yesterday his new album, Still, was released yesterday on Fantasy Records. The album was recorded in The Wilco Loft in Chicago and is produced by Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy.

The Solid Sound Festival will take place at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The family-friendly music and art festival is curated by the rock-band Wilco and each day this week on The Roundtable we are speaking with one of the featured artists.

Today, we welcome Terry Adams from NRBQ. The band will play in Courtyard D on Saturday afternoon. NRBQ was founded in 1967. They are known for its live performances, containing a high degree of spontaneity and levity, and blending rock, pop, jazz, blues and Tin Pan Alley styles. With a varied career and many think outside-the-box projects, NRBQ has made music and had fun doing it for almost 50 years.

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The first full weekend of summer brings the return of Solid Sound Festival to MASS MoCA. Some 7,000 people from near and far are expected to take part in the three-day event in North Adams.

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  Stand-up comedian, Cameron Esposito, will perform at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA at 8pm this coming Saturday.

Esposito has been named a "Comic to Watch" by LA Weekly, Time Out Los Angeles, Jezebel, Los Angeles Magazine and Cosmopolitan Magazine. She hosts Put Your Hands Together - a weekly stand-up showcase and podcast out of UCB in Los Angeles, and co-hosts Wham Bam Pow an action and scifi moviecast. Her recent album is entitled Same Sex Symbol.

Her bi-weekly column for The Onion’s AV Club is Who In The World Is Cameron Esposito?

  Cultural partners Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA present KEIGWIN + COMPANY this weekend - April 11 and April 12 at the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA.

A favorite among dance audiences and critics, KEIGWIN + COMPANY will bring a mixed program featuring a variety of diverse contemporary works that embody the company’s signature wit, broad musicality, and profound emotional capacity.

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