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Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha Plays Late Show at Mercury Lounge

October 4th, 2012

James Iha is best known as the guitarist and cofounder of the Smashing Pumpkins. But even back in the ’90s, he’d begun working on other projects, making guest appearances on albums and releasing his solo debut, Let It Come Down. And when the Pumpkins broke up in 2000, Iha remained busy, writing, remixing, producing and recording music. He even found time to join a couple other bands—A Perfect Circle and Tinted Windows—co-own a record label, Scratchie Records, and a recording studio, Stratosphere Sound. But eventually you just knew Iha would put out another solo effort. And that’s exactly what he did. Look to the Sky (stream it below) came out a few weeks ago, and Iha plays a hometown show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.