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Ben Folds Five will be playing at the Tower tonight after releasing their brand new album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind last week. This is the first record Ben Folds Five has released in over a decade; during the band’s hiatus, Folds enjoyed a solo career in which he produced six solo LPs. According to the band, a portion of the profits from this album’s sales will be going toward Music Education and Music Therapy. The all-ages show tonight at the Tower begins at 8 PM; ticket information can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Brick,” the from 1997’s Whatever And Ever Amen.
Former Smashing Pumpkin James Iha is gearing up to release his first full-length record in since Let It Come Down came out in 1998. Look to the Sky is in stores next Tuesday the 18th, but you can hear it a week early – the album is streaming in its entirety at Team Coco. Notable guests on the record include Sara Quinn of Tegan and Sara, Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Nathan Larson from Shudder to Think. Iha’s fall tour brings him to World Cafe Live on October 7; tickets and information are available here.
Onetime guitarist in 90s alt-rock behemoths Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha always had a soulful, sensitive side that may have gotten overshadowed when he was rocking out to crushing power chords and cosmic effects pedals. His own songwriting was sometimes spotlighted in Pumpkins albums (notably on 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness), but was more often relegated to maxi-singles and EP (though it’s worth noting that he is responsible for the best b-side in the Pumpkins canon, “The Boy”). Since releasing his wistful, romantic solo debut Let it Come Down in 1998, Iha has remained more of a collaborator – working with Isobel Campbell, Fountains of Wayne and Hanson over the years – but this year he’s returned once again to his own songwriting on Look to the Sky, and the tour in support of it brings him to World Cafe Live Upstairs on Sunday, Oct. 7. Tickets to the show go onsale this Friday, July 27, and you can watch the video for the single “To Who Knows Where” below. At first the song sounds like it might possibly be the most amped up thing in Iha’s solo catalog – it’s thumping and epic – but once the verse kicks in, you’ll hear it still showcases the poppy melodies and sentimental lyrics he does so well.