Jonathan Wilson is a busy man, most recently producing Father John Misty’s third album, Pure Comedy, plus appearing on Conor Oberst’s Salutations and Roger Waters’ Is This the Life We Really Want, in addition to serving as musical director (and lead guitarist) on the former Pink Floyd member’s massive tour last summer. And amidst all that, Wilson (above, performing “Moses Pain”) somehow managed to make time to complete his third psychedelic-folk gem of an LP, Rare Birds (stream it below), which just dropped this past Friday. “Musically, Wilson serves up a heaping helping of psychedelicized, occasionally spacey, generally measured and reflective rock, often indebted to late Beatles/early ELO, prog, glam and mid-period David Bowie,” says American Songwriter. “A strikingly original, complex and inspired work, one that requires your attention and rewards repeated spins.” And according to NPR Music, “You can tell that Wilson is a student of rock and pop in all its forms, and at the same time he’s an utterly original and irreverent thinker who’s evolving with blinding speed. Rarely have those qualities been balanced as elegantly as they are here.” But, of course, his music is best experienced live and in the moment, and touring behind the new album, Jonathan Wilson plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday night. Queens duo the Shacks open the show.
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Chromeo – Rumsey Playfield – September 12, 2014
As summer winds down there are only a few remaining outdoor shows around the city, and, fortunately, Chromeo’s appearance at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on Friday night was one of them. The dance-pop duo’s set not only kick-started the weekend for a few thousand fans, but it also helped close out a season. The band proved again that Chromeo as a whole are more than the sum of their parts. Look too closely and you’ll see David Macklovitch tapping at a keyboard and easing his way through guitar solos, or Patrick Gemayel occasionally crashing a cymbal or cowbell with a drumstick. But focus less on the details and let loose a little and suddenly you see Dave 1 and P-Thugg orchestrating one hell of a dance party.
All those little things, like handclaps timed to strobe lights, escalated the atmosphere surrounding the hook-filled jams Chromeo so adeptly make. The set was filled with a range of their songs, from the pounding dance beats of “Sexy Socialite” to “Momma’s Boy,” a sweet blend of electronic sound straight out of ELO mixed with guitar that would make the Cars’ Ric Ocasek proud. And regardless of whether they’d seen Chromeo prior to Friday, everyone at Rumsey Playfield ended up hearing something they could enjoy, which always makes for a fun night. —Sean O’Kane