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Adam Booker Releases “Seven Last Words”
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Adam Booker Releases “Seven Last Words”

Adam Booker has released his second album as a leader, entitled “Seven Last Words.” The album is a showcase for the dichotomy of his playing as it alternates tracks between two sets of music.

Journey Fires Ross Valory and Steve Smith
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Journey Fires Ross Valory and Steve Smith

In a shocking turn of events, Journey has fired drummer Steve Smith and bassist Ross Valory. The news was broken by a press release by the law firm Miller Barondess, LLP.

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Joe Osborn’s Original Charts Up for Auction
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Joe Osborn’s Original Charts Up for Auction

As part of the fabled L.A. studio musicians dubbed “The Wrecking Crew,” the late Joe Osborn was one of the most prolific bassists of all time. Now several of Osborn’s original charts will be placed on eBay.

Matthew Jamal Releases Solo Debut, “Itinerant”
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Matthew Jamal Releases Solo Debut, “Itinerant”

Double bassist Matthew Jamal has released his debut solo EP, entitled “Itinerant.” Featuring only sounds from his bass and voice, the songs are described as “rooted in Jazz harmony while maintaining a style that is indie, experimental, and classical.”

Khruangbin and Leon Bridges Team Up for “Texas Sun”
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Khruangbin and Leon Bridges Team Up for “Texas Sun”

The psychedelic genre-bending trio Khruangbin has teamed up with vocalist Leon Bridges for a new EP called Texas Sun. The vast state is home to both the band and Bridges, who pay homage to its expansiveness and beauty. “Big sky country, that’s what they call Texas,” explains Khruangbin bassist Laura Lee. “The horizon line goes all the way from one...

Kim Gordon Announces World Tour
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Kim Gordon Announces World Tour

Kim Gordon released a new solo album in October called “No Home Record.” Now the former Sonic Youth bassist will be touring the world in support of it.

Wolfgang Van Halen Signs to Explorer1 Music Group for Solo Album
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Wolfgang Van Halen Signs to Explorer1 Music Group for Solo Album

Five years after revealing it was in the works, it looks like Wolfgang Van Halen’s solo debut is on the cusp of being released. The Van Halen bassist has announced he has signed a deal with Explorer1 Music Group to unleash the album.

King Crimson and The Zappa Band Announce Summer Tour
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King Crimson and The Zappa Band Announce Summer Tour

King Crimson has announced a new North American tour for 2020 called “We Paint Electric Rhythm Colour.” The six-week outing will see the iconic prog band joined by the Zappa Band, which includes alumni from Frank Zappa’s various bands.

Tool Announces Larger Scale North American Tour
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Tool Announces Larger Scale North American Tour

After announcing several smaller legs since the release of “Fear Inoculum,” Tool has announced a large scale North American tour that will take place in the spring and into the summer.

Oteil Burbridge to Tour with Dead & Company, Oteil And Friends
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Oteil Burbridge to Tour with Dead & Company, Oteil And Friends

Dead & Company have announced details for their summer 2020 tour. The band includes three Grateful Dead members (Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann) as well as guitarist John Mayer, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, and bassist Oteil Burbridge.

Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, and Steve Swallow Return with “Life Goes On”
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Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, and Steve Swallow Return with “Life Goes On”

Carla Bley has just released a new trio album on ECM called “Life Goes On.” The pianist once again worked with her longtime musical partners of saxophonist Andy Shepperd and bassist Steve Swallow, who is also her spouse.

New Documentary Examines Robbie Robertson and The Band
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New Documentary Examines Robbie Robertson and The Band

The Band was one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Now, fans can get a new perspective on the group in a documentary called “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band.”