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People, get ready to see People Get Ready - February 01, 2013

Bob Boilen of NPR saw 462 shows last year. (That's not a typo. He's just ambitious.) Anyway, Mr. Bob made a list of his favorite 243 performances of 2012 and he put People Get Ready at number one.

Like, whoa! Anyway this isn't just a numbers game. They did not get a 10.0 or a 7.5 or an 8.9. (Damn that Romanian judge!) Nope he wrote about them, and here's what he said:

No single show took my breath away the way this one did — part rock concert, part performance art, part dance, all perfectly melded together. Having seen so many dudes with guitars during the CMJ Music Marathon, it was incredibly refreshing to find a group challenging and changing the norm. It felt like a band creating a music video for every piece of music performed. I hope People Get Ready take this show, Specific Ocean, on the road. If they do, GO!


PGR took Bob's cue and are now going on the road with Deerhoof in April and preparing a tour of the full performance piece Specific Ocean for the fall. For now we got this:

04/04 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
04/06 - Middle of the Map Festival - Kansas City, MO
04/07 - Plush - St Louis, MO
04/08 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL &
04/09 - Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI &
04/11 - Crofoot Pike Room - Pontiac, MI &
04/12 - Andy Warhol Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA &
04/13 - Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY &
04/14 - Valentine's - Albany, NY &
04/15 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA &
04/19 - Atlas Performing Arts Center - Washington, DC

& = with Deerhoof

Oh yeah, New York City likes them too. They're opening Local Natives sold out February 1 show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, and doing their own date February 8th at Mercury Lounge.

"You'd have to be a committed wallflower to not wish yourself up there with them - bouncing and grinning and throwing every muscle into the music..." wrote Anna Weiner in Deli Magazine's cover story on the band.

Point being, many nice words have been said about PGR recently, but "GO!" is probably our favorite and the band's motto in 2013.

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Secret history of Sufjan's CARRIE & LOWELL - March 30, 2015

Oh hi. Recently we've heard some grumbling about these news updates on brassland.org. "It's so long I didn't read it," people complain. "Why do your news updates take such a roundabout way of getting to the freaking point?" one friend told us. (i.e. Note the picture that goes with this particular update, a barely relevant #selfie of Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and some dude with a hat from the most recent installment of the MusicNOW festival.) Finally others criticize: "You could say the same thing with far less verbiage." ....continue....



Steven Reker of People Get Ready wins award, debuts at Lincoln Center - February 08, 2015

Things may have seemed quiet on the People Get Ready front since the summer release of their sophomore album Physiques but rest assured respect, accolades and affection continue to accrue for the members of this uncategorizable indie/performance quartet. That accrual has been most pronounced in the case of main man Steven Reker. First Lincoln Center selected him to debut a new piece of work at their prestigious American Songbook series. (The date is February 27th for those who like keeping your calendars up-to-date.) And just this morning The New York Times announced that Steven has been awarded American Dance ....continue....

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This Is The Kit announce April release date for Bashed Out - February 03, 2015

Earlier today, after This Is The Kit wrapped up an UK opening tour for The Barr Brothers, Stereogum broke news of the release date for their long-anticipated new album Bashed Out, which was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner. Before we say more, take a listen to the first music released, the album's title track. "Kate Stables has been recording music as This Is The Kit for years now, but this is probably one of the first times you’re reading about her," wrote Stereogum. "Bashed Out will be her third full-length album, and…it ....continue....

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Brassland takes Éire, The Gloaming snare year-end honors - December 09, 2014

Brassland has landed in Ireland! No awkward puns or repetitive use of verbs intended! For a thorough round up of what's going on, take a listen to this hourlong podcast prepared by Dublin's National Concert Hall. It also serves as a great capsule history of the label. Alternatively, if you try to observe the "pod-" in podcasting, you may download part one and part two from Soundcloud (or, if you're a real traditionalist, via iTunes). They were produced by the most-excellent Ben Eshmade in honor of NCH's just-as-excellent Perspectives series which launched this year ....continue....

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