David Wax Museum

David Wax Museum

When future music historians look back at the strong currents circulating between the Americas in the 21st century, they will find Los Lobos, Calexico, and a charismatic, lanky Missourian singing tight harmony with a Southern belle rattling the jawbone of a donkey. David Wax and Suz Slezak form the artistic core of the David Wax Museum, and together with multi-instrumentalist Greg Glassman, fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, infectious melodies, and call-and-response hollering, DWM was hailed by TIME for its "virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies" and has built a reputation among concertgoers all over the U.S, Canada, Europe and China for "kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility" (The New Yorker). With the release of Knock Knock Get Up (September 2012), David Wax Museum has reached a level of cross-cultural integration and musical fluency that allows them to speak electrifying and heartfelt poetry with a tongue that is wholly their own.

Knock Knock Get Up is a fiercely original, rhythmically undeniable love letter to the Museum's growing global audience. It's peppered with field recordings and natural sounds from the city of Santiago, Tuxtla in the Mexican state of Veracruz. From deep in sun-drenched southern Mexico where most of the album's songs were conceived, the earliest version of Knock Knock Get Up travelled all the way to the frozen winter landscape of the Great North Sound Society in southern Maine. The album is the band's second made in collaboration with producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter), and was recorded in a month-long marathon at Kassirer's rustic farmhouse studio in January 2012. The Wax Museum's fourth LP is a mature and playful evolution of the band's sound: classical Mexican strumming patterns are translated onto electric guitars sporting halos of fuzz; the leona, a deep-voiced traditional Mexican guitar plays licks like an old-time, stand-up bass; and the track "Vivian" was first written as a bluegrass hoedown before it grew a Caribbean inspired accordion hook and a Brazilian drum part in the studio. With an expanded musical palate of autoharps, organs and mariachi trumpet loops, Knock Knock Get Up is gritty, intoxicating and vibrantly lush.

Cuddle Magic

Cuddle Magic is a band from Brooklyn, NY. Bassist and guitarist Ben Davis and Christopher McDonald, who plays vibraphone and synthesizers, set out to perform some songs of theirs that included lyrics written by Ben’s older brother, Tim Davis, with whom had been collaborating since early childhood. Their first, self-titled album, recorded in a practice room and an art gallery in just a handful of days, also featured clarinetist Alec Spiegelman’s plaintive love songs and a dream-like ballad by singer Kristin Slipp. The band now plays songs by all four composers. Cole Kamen-Green and Dave Flaherty, who play trumpet-percussion and drums, respectively, have helped to define the band’s quiet storm sound over their three albums. They play dance listening music that unfolds in waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal brass and woodwinds, dense wordplay, and overlapping rhythmic cycles.

The members of Cuddle Magic have collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Beyonce, Anais Mitchell, Amanda Palmer, The David Wax Museum, Larkin Grimm, Mike & Ruthy, new music toy-piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen, Joan Wasser, Zeena Parkins, Rubblebucket, Darius Jones, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Jennifer Kimball, guitarist and composer Fred Frith, and legendary “third-stream” pianist Ran Blake. Members of Cuddle Magic can also be seen performing with Anais Mitchell & The Young Man Band, Larkin Grimm, Green & Glass, Lip Talk, Baby States, 2001, Twins of El Dorado, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Glaspy, People’s Champs, Yapp!, Turkey Vultures, The Superpowers Horns, and many others.

$20 advance / $22 day of show

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David Wax Museum with Cuddle Magic

Saturday, December 28 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM at The Sinclair