Jason Loewenstein (Solo Electric), Carl Gene

Fri, October 20, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Rather than pick up where they left off, Grails take the sky-high riff-based heaviness of their earlier albums and distill it into a nuanced, widescreen opus. The perennial influences of mid-20th century Western film scores, obscure library music, and psychedelic krautrock are indelibly imprinted, but Chalice Hymnalexudes an eerie patience in unfurling the many layers of its subtle details. Produced by the band over the past five years, Chalice Hymnal bears some of the European psych and experimental hip-hop production techniques of founding members Alex Hall and Emil Amos’ other group, Lilacs & Champagne. Amos’ meditative metal band, Om, and longtime singer-songwriter project, Holy Sons, also naturally find their way into the Chalice cauldron. Rounding out their line-up, cofounder Zak Riles (also of experimental kraut-psych trio, Watter) layers synths and programming into an electronic-prog hybrid that pushes Grailsfurther into the deep end, displaying a profound resonance, both musically and emotionally. No one else sounds like Grails, and on Chalice Hymnal they sound more like themselves than ever before.
Jason Loewenstein (Solo Electric)
Jason Loewenstein (Solo Electric)
THE BIG TAKEOVER: "Spooky Action" review

"....Jason Loewenstein’s playful rocking tendencies have always stood out amongst Lou Barlow’s shy introspection and Eric Gaffney’s bonkers odysseys. Fifteen years after his only other solo full-length, it’s great to see another record chock full of turbo-charged barnburners from the man."

GHETTOBLASTER: "Friday Roll Out" "Spooky Action" review

"Oh dear Lord, after listening to Spooky Action I’m spent. There are 11 proper songs here and the beauty of this album lingers on, long after it ends. Hell yes."

SPILL MAGAZINE: "Spooky Action" review

"An extremely strong album. And a perfect album for the summer. Fans should enjoy and people who may not be familiar with his music give it a chance, he may have a whole new fanbase. One small request, let us not have to wait another 15 years until the next solo album."

SOUNDBLAB: "Spooky Action" review

"...there are at least 100 guitar riffs on this album."

"Spooky Action is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it smash through 12, three minute, not-quite pop songs; played by a man who is more than proficient on all instruments. The writing and playing are difficult enough to interest all fans of 90s Lo-Fi. Jason Loewenstein also has so many ideas, it seems like there are 15 years' worth competing for our attention. A welcome return from an under-rated talent, still reassuringly fecund."
Carl Gene
Carl Gene
Baltimore, Maryland’s Carl Gene (who previously performed under the names “Naked” and “Naked Cult”) specializes in raw emotion and brutal honesty. While some acts bludgeon the listener into a depression, Carl Gene’s music slowly grabs hold and pulls you down, like quicksand for your feelings. It envelopes you, pulling you deeper and deeper into the abyss. You struggle to fight out of it, but that only makes things worse until inevitability takes hold.
Venue Information:
Metro Gallery
1700 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201