mssv (Mike Baggetta, Stephen Hodges, Mike Watt)
Fri Apr 8 9 pm $25 door 21+
Spirit Lodge, 242 51st St, Lawrenceville
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(Mike Baggetta, Stephen Hodges, Mike Watt) "Haru 2022 Tour"
with special guests Weekend Pants featuring saxophonist Ben Opie
No less an authority than Nels Cline, the high priest of art-rock guitarists, has called Mike Baggetta a guitar poet. That poetry, alternately gnarled and flowing, is on fine display in 'Main Steam Stop Valve', the second album by mssv, an experimental jazz-rock trio featuring Baggetta, the legendary punk bassist Mike Watt, and the versatile drummer Stephen Hodges.
The collaboration began when Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges) joined Baggetta and seasoned session drummer Jim Keltner to record an improvised jazz-rock album called Wall of Flowers, an eight-track romp from pastoral splendor to urban din and back again. When Keltner declined to tour, they brought in Hodges, whose credits as a player include Mavis Staples, Tom Waits, and David Lynch, not to mention 'Contemplating the Engine Room' with Watt.
Solidified as mssvsome heretofore unimagined hybrid of a punky power trio and dreamy experimental jazz-rock bandthey released 'Main Steam Stop Valve', which blends industrial vigor and impressionistic languor into a lingering impression of pressure, combustion, power, and hissing clouds of sonic poetry, as Premier Guitar said. From the throttled surf guitar of The Mystery Of and the glimmering post-rock of Every Growing Thing to groovy, songful numbers like Old Crow, theres no telling which way the band will turn at any given moment, a proposition that becomes a promise when they break down and reassemble these songs live, with an instinct for restraint and an openness to anarchy.
vintage twang in service of Americana-meets exploratory Jazz-psych
...stealthy, mysterious music
-New York Times
"full of subversive surprises, hellacious skronking, string-scraping and a general hornets nest of fuzz-toned dissonance.
Mike Baggetta is a genre-blurring guitar heroat the forefront of an army of guitar innovators
Spirit Lodge (View)
242 51st Street, Downstairs
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|