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See the Minus 5 Tomorrow Night

September 22nd, 2009


Scott McCaughey is a prolific musician. He formed the Young Fresh Fellows in 1993, but he continued to record solo albums and work with others, including R.E.M. and Robyn Hitchcock (and he’s performed live for as few as eight people and as many as 125,000). And if that weren’t enough, he’s also involved with a variety of side projects, most notably the Minus 5. That band began when McCaughey realized he had loads of material that didn’t quite fit with any of this musical endeavors. So he enlisted Jon Auer (the Posies), Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Ken Stringfellow (the Posies) to form a pop collective. Although the lineup sometimes changes, the Minus 5 has recorded loads of material and their most recent studio album—done with the help of several members of the Decemberists—the somber country-rock Killingsworth, came out in July. And tomorrow the Minus 5 comes to The Bowery Ballroom. Check them out, above, playing “The Lurking Barrister,” and then go see them play live.