Date(s) - 12/13/2019 - 12/14/2019
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
The Uptown Nightclub
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Post-genre power trio mssv was formed early in 2019 when guitarist Mike Baggetta joined up with bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges) and drummer Stephen Hodges (Mavis Staples, Tom Waits, David Lynch) to tour on his Wall of Flowers album (BIG EGO Records, featuring Watt and drumming legend Jim Keltner). After a hugely successful US tour performing music that ran the gamut from original electro-free-jazz improvisations, driving new-rock anthems and covers of The Stooges and more from Watt’s first punk rock opera “Contemplating the Engine Room”, mssv has proved a fearless band.
Featuring live electronic processing by both Baggetta and Hodges, as well as Watt’s relentlessly driving bass and vocals, mssv has been able to not only show what it means to be a band in the modern post-genre landscape, but is well on their way to defining it.
mssv will release a new live album in December 1st on Striped Light Records and begin production on a new studio album that same month after this run of California-only preview shows.
The chemistry is palpable, the vibe is loose, and the songs are all worlds unto themselves.
– Aquarium Drunkard
Mike Baggetta is a genre-blurring guitar hero…at the forefront of an army of guitar innovators.
– Brad Cohan, JazzTimes
A true supergroup power trio, ala a modern day Cream.
– Guitar Moderne
Mike Baggetta makes stealthy, mysterious music … he’s trying to do something personal with collective improvisation without ever getting in the way of beauty.
– Ben Ratliff, New York Times
…a kind of post-Frisellian sonic explorer … with his wild whammy-bar articulations, ambient looping and rippling arpeggios … full of subversive surprises, hellacious skronking, string-scraping and a general hornets’ nest of fuzz-toned dissonance.
– Bill Milkowski, DownBeat Magazine / Slate Magazine
OPENER: Henry Kaiser and Scott Amendola
For the past 40 years, Bay Area-based radical guitarist, ethno-musicologist and composer Henry Kaiser has been at the forefront of creative music. He has been nominated for a Grammy for his work with acclaimed director, Werner Herzog and has conducted research as a scientific diver and videographer for the US Antarctic program. He has also been a pioneer in the realm of effects, looping and extended techniques for the guitar.
For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. Over a career spanning more than three decades, Amendola has forged deep ties across the country, and throughout the world. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader, electronics explorer, first-call accompanist, and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings.