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Butcher Brown Live at Paste Studio NYC

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Our favorite band out of Richmond, VA, Butcher Brown, are back at it again with a new studio session from Paste's studio in Manhattan. With a short set of songs, some brand new and some from their latest release, Live at Vagabond, watch the group kill it as expected after the jump below.

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The Line-Up for 12 January 2018

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

I didn't have any ideas arriving at the studio last week so I cobbled together this hour in a flash. I like the range.

The Line-Up for 12 January 2018

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Maria Neckam - 'Because I Sang So' (EP Premiere)

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Maria Neckam has always been one of my favorite vocalists ever since I fell in love with her album Deeper in 2010. She’s been, as of late, marching to the beat of her own drum, releasing electronic music EPs under the moniker Milán. There are rumors of a completely new direction for Neckam in 2018, but along the way she stumbled upon some old, unreleased recordings...

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The Octopod - 'Monoliths and Sepulchres'

Miller Wrenn
Contributing Writer
millerwrenn@gmail.com / @MillerWrenn

Saxophonist and composer Garrett Wingfield has an infectiously peculiar musical mind. His interests and abilities fall under no easily recognizable category. His work as both a performer and composer somehow feels equally informed by disparate influences — as much Ellington as it is Berio, as much Ornette as it is Zappa — complete with a healthy helping of humorous self-awareness and pop-culture relevance. The Octopod was founded as a vehicle for Wingfield's compositions and improvisational exploration after the members met while attending the much-lauded University of North Texas jazz program. It features Wingfield, Aaron Dutton, and Emilio Mesa on a small arsenal of saxophones, his twin brother Luke Wingfield on trumpet, Conner Eisenmenger on trombone, Aaron Holthus on electric and acoustic bass, Gregory Santa Croce on piano, and John Sturino on drums.

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Cat Toren's Human Kind - 's/t'

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

In the liner notes of Cat Toren's Human Kind, the pianist looks to the past to address the present. Even without the notes, it does not take much analysis to come to the conclusion that this record is political. The fact that it was released on the day of the presidential inauguration, the images of protestors, the Washington monument and song titles like "Regression" and "Sanctuary City", should be enough clues for any American. The pianist points out that in the past, jazz artists such as Nina Simone held benefit concerts for civil rights organizations like the Congress of Racial Equality and by donating the proceeds of this record to the American Civil Liberties Union, she addresses the present by honoring this past tradition. With the help of Xavier Del Castillo (Saxophone), Yoshie Fruchter (Oud/Guitar), Jake Leckie (Bass) and Matt Honor (Drums), Toren's compositions shine throughout Human Kind.