Last Summer On Earth 2013: Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, Guster
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It’ll be a busy summer for the Barenaked Ladies (guitarist/vocalist Ed Robertson, bassist/vocalist Jim Creeggan, keyboardist/vocalist Kevin Hearn and drummer/vocalist Tyler Stewart), who are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the release of a brand-new studio album Grinning Streak. The album, the band’s twelfth, is their first in partnership with Vanguard Records after self-releasing their last four efforts. Over the course of the past 23 years, Barenaked Ladies have amassed an international fanbase whose members number in the millions.
Ben Folds Five is touring in support of The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind_, the group’s first album of new music in 13 years. The groundbreaking pop trio of pianist Ben Folds, bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee launched in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in ‘94 and released debut album Whatever And Ever Amen_ in ‘97. A slice of pure pop perfection, the album introduced the ballad “Brick,” which broke the band commercially and sold more than two million copies worldwide.* BF5 *recorded its last album, ‘99’s The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner_, which included the single “Army,” before disbanding in 2000. (The trio reunited for a one-off live performance of _The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner on MySpace in 2008.) In 2011, the original three members of Ben Folds Five came together to record three new studio tracks for The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective, a career-spanning anthology. The band’s magic rekindled in the new tracks, BF5* *gave its first concert in more than a decade to a spellbound audience at New York’s Mountain Jam Festival on June 2, 2012. That inspired a short run of key U.S. summer festival dates, including Bonnaroo, Milwaukee Summerfest and Old St. Patrick’s Church Block Party in Chicago, which set up a massive comeback tour with dates in the U.S., UK, Australia and Japan.
*Guster** *recently self-released Guster: Live Acoustic, a collection of live recordings from their 2012 acoustic tour. It’s been eight years since Guster released a proper live album — 2004’s Guster On Ice — and two years since their last studio album, Easy Wonderful. The 16 tracks from Live Acoustic are a musical tribute to the varied faces and places that made last year’s travels one of the most remarkable in Guster’s impressive career. Guster began in a dorm room at Tufts University and has released six studio albums in the last two decades — Parachute (1993), Goldfly (1998), _Lost and Gone Forever _(1999), Keep It Together (2003), _Ganging Up On The Sun _(2006) and Easy Wonderful(2010). Known to open up for themselves in disguise as psychedelic rockers “Trippin’ Balls” and as Christian Southern Rock outfit “The Peace Soldiers,” Guster has also shared the stage with the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony in recent years. Singer Ryan Miller has branched out into scoring films — including 2012’s beloved Sundance standout Safety Not Guaranteed. Bandmate Adam Gardner has started his own non-profit called Reverb, which works with bands, artists, and venues to reduce the music industries environmental footprint.