VIDEO: Marco Benevento’s “Dropkick”

The Story Of Fred Short (The Royal Potaty Family) is the forthcoming album from Marco Benevento due out on April 1st and he has just dropped a music video for it. Have a look at “Dropkick”. Along with the album are some shows coming up in support of the new effort, adjust your coordinates:

March 18… Boulder, CO (The Fox Theatre)
March 19… Denver, CO (Cervante’s Other Side)
March 20… Crested Butte, CO (Center For The Arts)
March 31… San Diego, CA (Winston’s)
April 1… Los Angeles, CA (The Bootleg)
April 2… San Francisco, CA (The Independent)
April 3… Santa Cruz, CA (Moe’s Alley)
April 5… San Francisco, CA (The Battery)
April 6… Arcata, CA (HumBrews)
April 7… Cottage Grove, OR (Axe & Fiddle)
April 8… Portland, OR (Wonder Ballroom)
April 9… Seattle, WA (Tractor Tavern)
April 14… Boston, MA (The Sinclair)
April 16… Brooklyn, NY (Music Hall of Williamsburg)

The album can be pre-ordered on compact disc from by clicking the cover below.

SOME STUFFS: Marco Benevento announces tour dates for new album

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He’s ready, and so will fans be when Marco Benevento will have a new album out on The Royal Potato Family called The Story of Fred Short. A 45 for the single “Dropkick” is out for you vinyl junkies but perhaps what you’ll want to know is “will he be playing near me?” Find out and where:

January 6-11, 2016… Miami, FL (Jam Cruise)
January 12, 2016… Jacksonville, FL (1904 Music Hall)
January 13, 2016… Ybor City, FL (Crowbar)
January 14, 2016… Gainesville, FL (High Dive)
January 15, 2016… Orlando, FL (Rollins College)
January 16, 2016… Miami, FL (North Beach Bandshell)
March 18, 2016… Boulder, CO (The Fox Theatre)
March 19, 2016… Denver, CO (Cervante’s Other Side)
March 20, 2016… Crested Butte, CO (Center For The Arts)
March 31, 2016… San Diego, CA (Winston’s)
April 1, 2016… Los Angeles, CA (The Bootleg)
April 2, 2016… San Francisco, CA (The Independent)
April 3, 2016… Santa Cruz, CA (Moe’s Alley)
April 6, 2016… Arcata, CA (HumBrews)
April 7, 2016… Cottage Grove, OR (Axe & Fiddle)
April 8, 2016… Portland, OR (Wonder Ballroom)
April 9, 2016… Seattle, WA (Tractor Tavern)
April 14, 2016… Boston, MA (The Sinclair)
April 15, 2016… Kingston, NY (BSP Kingston)
April 16, 2016… Brooklyn, NY (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 2-4, 2016… Nelsonville, OH (Nelsonville Festival)

SOME STUFFS: Superhuman Happiness share new tour dates and single

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Superhuman Happiness are not the same band as Sister Double Happiness, please keep this in mind. Now that you know, we can continue and say that Superhuman Happiness will be releasing an album later this summer but they want to do some shows to get the cobwebs out of the way, so they will begin a west coast this this weekend. You can check out the tour dates below and also listen to their brand new single, “Super 8”, by heading here.

March 6… Los Angeles, CA (Bootleg Theatre) ^^
March 7… San Francisco, CA (Independent) ^^
March 10… Napa, CA (City Winery) ^^
March 13… Portland, OR (Mississippi Studios) ^^
March 14… Seattle, WA (Nectar Lounge) ^^
April 10… Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Bowl) #
April 16… Syracuse, NY (Funk N Waffles)
April 17… Buffalo, NY (Nietzsche’s)
June 25-28… Rothbury, MI (Electric Forest Festival)

^^ = w/ Marco Benevento
# = w/ Pimps Of Joytime

SOME STUFFS: Marco Benevento to end the year on a high note with a tour

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Marco Benevento is not taking time to slow down too much, even though most artists would say “I’ve had an okay year, let me rest.” He’s not going to rest just yet, for at the end of the week, he will be doing a bunch of shows to close out 2013 and then return to the road in January for a winter tour, with a few guests along the way. Benevento is sure to perform some new music along the way too, as he will be working with producer Richard Swift for his next album. Keep and ear out for the material.

Now, the tour dates:

December 27, 2013… Port Chester, NY (The Capitol Theatre) *
December 29, 2013… Burlington, VT (Metronome) !
December 30, 2013… New York, NY (Highline Ballroom )
December 31, 2013… Woodstock, NY (Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble)
January 23, 2014… Syracuse, NY (The Lost Horizon)
January 24, 2014… Erie, PA (Crooked I)
January 25, 2014… Pittsburgh, PA (The Rex)
January 31, 2014… Teaneck, NJ (Mexicali)
February 1, 2014… Arden, DE (Arden Gild Hall)
February 11, 2014… Asheville, NC (Asheville Music Hall)
February 12, 2014… Athens, GA (Green Room)
February 13, 2014… Greenwood, SC (Music On Maxwell)
February 14, 2014… Atlanta, GA (Terminal West)
February 15, 2014… Live Oak, FL (Aura Music & Arts Festival)
February 21-22, 2014… Portsmouth, NH (The Press Room)
March 14, 2014… Greenfield, MA (Arts Block) [solo piano]
March 15, 2014… Marlboro, NY (The Falcon) [solo piano]
March 28, 2014… Los Angeles, CA (The Mint)
March 29, 2014… San Francisco, CA (The Independent)
April 1, 2014… Arcata, CA (Jambalaya)
April 2, 2014… Cottage Grove, OR (Axe & Fiddle)
April 3, 2014… Seattle, WA (The Royal Room)
April 4, 2014… Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge)
April 5, 2014… New Orleans, LA (Tulane University)

* = as a member of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
! = as a member of Dark Side Of The Mountain

VIDEO: Marco Benevento’s “This Is How It Goes”

Sir Marco Benevento will be a busy man for the next month. Outside of performing tonight in Killington, Vermont, The Royal Potato Family (his record label) will be reissuing his first album as a blue vinyl pressing for Record Store Day this year. If you are a fan of the Invisible Baby album, you’ll be able to enjoy it at 33 1/3 rpm.

Then there’s his new video for “This Is How It Goes”, taken from his Tigerface album. You may view this above.

Tour dates? Of course, you may look at them below His new tour begins next week on March 30th. Along with a few breaks along the way, he’ll be heading to Italy at the end of June:
March 21… Killington, VT (Snoe.Down)
March 30… Kingston, NY (BSP Lounge)
April 1… Cleveland, OH (Beachland Tavern)
April 2… Pittsburgh, PA (Club Cafe)
April 3… Columbus, OH (Woodlands Tavern)
April 4… Lexington, KY (Cosmic Charlie’s)
April 5… Louisville, KY (Zazoo’s)
April 6… St. Louis, MO (2720 Cherokee)
April 7… Chicago, IL (Schuba’s)
April 18… Boston, MA (The Great Scott) *
April 19… Philadelphia, PA (The Blockley) **
April 20… Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Bowl) ***
April 26… New Orleans, LA (Republic) ^
April 27… New Orleans, LA (The Maple Leaf)
May 1… New Orleans, LA (Howling Wolf) #
May 15… Lancaster, PA (Chameleon) ^^
May 16… Washington, DC (The Hamilton) ^^^
May 17… Baltimore, MD (8×10) ^^^
May 18… Charlottesville, VA (The Southern) ^^^
May 23… Providence, RI (Fete) *
May 24… Greenfield, MA (Strange Creek)
May 25… Thornville, OH (Dark Star Jubilee)
June 21… Fairfield, IA (Fairfest)
June 27… Bari, Italy (Bari In Jazz)
June 28… Foligno, Italy (Dancity Festival)
August 2-4… Happy Valley, OR (Pickathon)
August 16-17… Equinunk, PA (Equifunk)

* w/ Diamond Doves
* w/ Everyone Orchestra & Diamond Doves
*** w/ The Mike Dillon Band & Diamond Doves
# Megalomaniac’s Ball w/ Midnight Disturbers, Mike Dillon Band & more
^ w/ The Soul Rebels & George Porter’s Tryptophunk
^^ w/ Slackwater News
^^^ w/ Jocie Adams & Arc Iris

SOME STUFFS: Winter tour dates announced for Marco Benevento

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In support of his Tigerface album on The Royal Potato Family label (my review of which can be read here), Marco Benevento has announced concert dates this winter. He is doing a number of shows right now, in fact he’ll be in Syracuse, New York tomorrow but after he heads to Maine in mid-December and does the holiday thing, he’ll be back on the road, with some shows featuring The Mike Dillon Band or Rubblebucket.

November 29… Syracuse, NY (The Westcott Theatre)
November 30… Ithaca, NY (The Haunt)
December 1… Albany, NY (Red Square)
December 7… Wilkes Barre, PA (River Street Jazz Cafe)
December 8… Harrisburg, PA (Appalachian Brewing Company)
December 13… Hartford, CT (Arch Street)
December 14… Providence, RI (The Met)
December 15… Portland, ME (Empire)
December 28… New York, NY (Highline Ballroom)
December 29… Rochester, NY (Water Street Music Hall ) #
December 30-31… Burlington, VT (Higher Ground) #
January 16, 2013… Avon, CO (Agave)
January 17, 2013… Breckenridge, CO (320 South)
January 18, 2013… Carbondale, CO (PAC 3)
January 19, 2013… Denver, CO (Quixote’s True Blue)
January 20, 2013… Frisco, CO (Barkley’s Ballroom)
January 31, 2013… Los Angeles, CA (The Mint) ^
February 1, 2013… Felton, CA (Don Quixote’s Music Hall) ^
February 2, 2013… San Francisco, CA (Independent) ^
February 6, 2013… Arcata, CA (Humbrews)
February 7, 2013… Cottage Grove, OR (Axe & Fiddle)
February 8, 2013… Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge)
February 9, 2013… Seattle, WA (The Royal Room)

^ w/ The Mike Dillon Band
# w/ Rubblebucket

REVIEW: Marco Benevento’s “Tigerface”

Photobucket Marco Benevento is going all over the place on his new album, Tigerface , and upon first listen I wasn’t sure if I liked it.

The first portion sounds like a delibereate effort to create a pop album, and that’s nothing against Benevento, he has the freedom to create the kind of music he wants. In my mind I wondered how I would describe that in words. Was I taken aback and it so, why? I liked his musicianship and music before, what would make this (in my mind) new exploration any different from the explorations he had done in the past? Was it the elitist critic in me which made me want to say “I don’t want his talent to be taken and abused by people who will not respect him in the same way I do?” and that’s when I stopped. It becomes “a penis in the gym shower” mentality and I wasn’t happy with that coming out of my memory bank at all, so I chose to wait it out and listen to it when ready.

I was ready.

Tigerface is a continuation of Benevento’s musicianship and talents, but this time he shows textures and songwriting structure that might catch some by surprise, specifically songs that sound like something you may expect to hear in television or films, or in a Broadway setting. The structure is less freeform than some of his other works, but he has always showed this sense of structure in everything he does. It’s nice to hear, and perhaps the structure heard (real or merely a perception) may help him do more works that are along the same lines. Then again, he could be the kind of musician that might get a toy piano and screw with it as if he was John Medeski. Here, he sounds ready to be the kind of composer that will receive accolades, and create music that becomes timeless for all and not just someone respected in certain daring circles of jazz.

Maybe I was taken aback for foolish reasons, but the second and third listen lead to me enjoying it, foolishly or otherwise. I found myself placing these songs within different visual environments, but then again I’ll do that occasionally with other songs. It’s Benevento pushing forward with new music, and if this leads him to where he wants to go, may this become the sacred bean hunt of a time and place unknown.

SOME STUFFS: A month away from hearing new album by Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon is arguably one of the more adventurous musicians out there today, but you may be saying “John, there are 7 billion people on this planet. Can this Dillom mate truly be that adventurous?” That is what I said, so the answer to that is yes, and you can also say yes when he releases a brand new album a month from today called Urn (Royal Potato Family), which was not only recorded in his native New Orleans but was recorded straight to analog tape so for those who love their warmth where it counts, this is for you.

Dillon is currently on tour, where he will be until late September, where he will join Marco Benevento for a small straight of shows.
August 28… Norman, OK (The Deli)
August 29… Oklahoma City, OK (VZDs)
August 30… Tulsa, OK (The Colony)
August 31… Fort Smith, AR (Webby D’s)
September 1… George’s Majestic | Fayetteville, AR (George’s Majestic)
September 2… Little Rock, AR (Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack)
September 5… Kansas City, MO (The Brick)
September 6… Mojo’s | Columbia, MO (Mojo’s)
September 7… Carbondale, IL (Varsity Center for the Arts)
September 8… Ceder Falls, IA (Spicoli’s Grill)
September 13… New Orleans, LA (DBA)
September 14… Jackson, MS (Martin’s)
September 15… Ocean Springs, MS (Mezzos)
September 17… Boone, NC (Mezzos)
September 18… Waynesboro, VA (Hot Spot)
September 19… Rochester, NY (Water Street Music Hall)^
September 20… Buffalo, NY (Nietzsche’s) ^
September 22… Chicago, IL (Martyr’s) ^
September 23… Fairfield, IA (Cafe Paradiso) ^
September 24… Des Moines, IA (Vaudeville Mews) ^
September 25… Kansas City, MO (Record Bar) ^
September 26… St. Louis, MO (Old Rock House) ^
September 27… Louisville, KY (Headliner’s Music Hall) ^
September 28… Columbus, OH (Woodland’s Tavern) ^
September 29… Pittsburgh, PA (Rex Theatre) ^

^ with Marco Benevento

SOME STUFFS: Surprise Me Mr. Davis ready to perform a small handful of shows this summer

Surprise Me Mr. Davis, the quintet featuring Andrew Barr, Nathan Moore, Brad Barr, Marc Friedman, and the restless Marco Benevento, will be going on tour very soon in support of their latest EP, That Man Eats Morning For Breakfast (The Royal Potato Family). Some shows will also feature The Marco Benevento Trio, so show up early for those.

June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
July 1 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 3 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 6 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
July 7 | Moe’s Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
August 19 | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO
August 20 | Three 20 South | Breckenridge, CO
August 21 | Newhoma Music Festival | Florissant, CO

REVIEW: Marco Benevento’s “Between The Needles & Nightfall”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Marco Benevento has explored a melange of musics over the years, while making jazz the core. With Between The Needles & Nightfall (The Royal Potato Family), he is bobbing and weaving out of the boundaries some fans and critics have placed on him, and he’s going for his.

The first few songs on the album sound like they’re from Paul McCartney‘s 1970 debut solo album, in fact the military-style drums of “Greenpoint” may make you whistle the countermelody of 1976’s “Let ‘Em In”. “Between The Needles” has a McCartney-type playfulness to it, from that full, round bass guitar sound to the majestic piano playing that Benevento has turned into one of his signatures, and once you reach this part of the album, you realize this isn’t just a normal “I have a muse, this is it, I’ll call it an album” thing. “Two Of You” reminds me of a modern day Vangelis or Frank Mills, not sure if it’s because the music is so friendly or it reminds me of good music of the past, but then add a drummer who plays the funk out of his drums, the kind of drumming where you feel it doesn’t belong in music like this but you’re welcome he had taken off his shoes? It’s a comfortable music, almost easy listening, with occasional nods to “Hey Jude” or something Purple Rain-ish, maybe even something from the country music vaults if Thom Yorke got a hold of it. Normally, this is the point of the album where other journalists will say “I’ve listened to enough, this justifies a review” but I’m not like that. The album only gets better from this point on.

“Numbers”… I have to say it, I don’t know if Benevento smokes weed, but if he does, it must’ve been a potent batch because this song sounds like it was recorded in Jamaica: dub mixed in with a bit of circuit bending and some Mellotron that he fixed up, the song feels like it’s dancing in different eras and somehow feels very modern. If Amy Winehouse is going through a personal hell, Benevento has created the template in his version of “You Know I’m No Good”, taking it back to the 1960’s for a retropective feel but taking it to Capitol Recording Studios and giving it that nice echo chamber pop feel that David Axelrod would love and pass a joint to, or if the Booker T. & The MG’s were the house band for Capitol, this is what it would sound like.

The album goes through a lot of moods, the happy songs aren’t overly sappy and those drenched in melancholy keep you listening because you know there’s optimism at the end of the tunnel. At the same time, one can imagine this being backing music for a wide range of singers, with Benevento offering his services to what ends up being an audience of three or four. In other words, having no takers allows the music to shine and develop on its own merits, it’s vocal-less on purpose. This could be a pop album for indie rock fans, it could be this year’s answer to a pop masterpiece, and yet that ingenuity comes from Menevento’s songwriting craft, musicianship, and arranging that is truly a lost art, and yet he combines that with the fervor of a kid in the studio discovering that combining one wire to another component of the same device will lead to unintended sounds.

He’s smart like a purist, but smarter like someone who defies convention. Maybe that place Benevento describes Between The Needles & Nightfall is the mythical place we aspire to be and resist, the yin and yang, the good and bad, la bien/la mal. If this is that fine balance between good and evil, I hope he’ll continue to pack lunches and spend awhile there. Benevento has found his bowl of cherries, and this is his pie.