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Presenting The Anthony Pirog Quartet @ Luce Unplugged

The next collaboration between Hometown Sounds and the venerable Luce Unplugged Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum brings experimental jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog to the stage to lead a quartet of musicians combining the intensity of punk with the inventiveness of jazz.


Photo credit: Shervin Lainez courtesy Cuneiform Records

Luce Unplugged invites local musicians to perform in the beautiful Luce Foundation Center surrounded by 3000 works of art. A staff-led talk about artworks chosen by the performing artists starts at 5:30 pm.

Well-known as a member of The Messthetics with Fugazi’s rhythm section Joe Lally and Brendan Canty, Anthony Pirog also frequently performs solo and with his partner, cellist Janel Leppin.

The music starts promptly at 6 PM on Thursday November 7th. Free & all ages!

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Podcast for February 23rd, 2016

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Tony’s ignorance of vinyl culture has some destructive consequences for his bro’s record collection, and Paul reports on how last Friday’s Union Arts benefit show was a wee bit bananas.

Tracklisting:
Sistr Mid9ight – Femaphilia [single]
Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh – Guiltiness [single]
Broken Grids – Into the Desert [s/t EP]
The Radiographers – Missy May [single]
Forgetter – Tied Tight [sad sac EP]
Janel & Anthony – Sweet and Sour [single]

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Anthony Pirog – Threshold video

Today I’m shamelessly jumping on the Anthony Pirog lovefest train. Yesterday the fine folks at DC Music Download premiered this new music video for Threshold, an angular, dissonant rock track from Pirog’s breakout album Palo Colorado Dream on Cuneiform Records. Sunday the masters of DC jazz at Capital Bop host a traveling edition of their Jazz Loft series at the Fridge, featuring Pirog’s trio and support from excellent saxophonist Brian Settles. Grab your $10 advance tix now.

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Anthony Pirog – The New Electric video

For some sad reason, the jazz world hardly ever produces music videos. Thankfully we’ve got stellar guitarist Anthony Pirog shaking things up in many different ways. Though rooted in jazz with a degree in jazz studies, genre and convention utterly fail to contain Pirog’s virtuosic guitar abilities. While most well known locally for his Sonic Circuits-featured experimental work with partner Janel Leppin, I was quite surprised to see Pirog playing guitar for alt-country rock band The Jackfields at Iota’s Magnificent Intentions festival earlier this month. Now Silver Spring based label Cunieform Records has released Pirog’s debut full length album as a jazz trio leader, Palo Colorado Dream, featuring drummer Ches Smith from New York and Baltimore’s Michael Formanek on bass. The video for “The New Electric” was created by filmmaker Dan Sharnoff from 7848 photos he took of the trio performing at Shangrilah Studios in Brooklyn. I love how the imagery matches the song in pace as it progresses from its quiet jazz intro to bombastic post-rock noise. Make your way to #DCDIT house show mecca Paperhaus tonight to see the Anthony Pirog Trio along with Split/Red, Native America and DC’s resurrected Young Rapids.

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