Jeff Rosenstock is bringing his ‘No Dream Tour’ to the First Avenue Mainroom on Tuesday, January 25th and you want to be there– trust me!
NO DREAM is the fourth full-length from Jeff Rosenstock. It comes at a time of unparalleled chaos and confusion, division and despair, the depths of which would have been impossible to predict when much of it was being written over the course of the last few years. And yet the record feels prescient, unexpectedly, and uniquely suited for this moment.
After building a cult following with the acerbic ska-punk of the Arrogant Sons of Bitches and DIY heroics of Bomb the Music Industry!, Rosenstock’s first proper solo record, 2015’s We Cool?, was a step into uncharted territory, fully untethered from genre and expectation. Followed by 2016’s WORRY. and the surprise New Year’s Day launch of POST- in the early hours of 2018, Rosenstock was facing down that least punk of opportunities: a career playing music.
“I thought I had just made a record for no one,” he says. “What’s the point of feeling this way? Does it help to vocalize it?” Rosenstock’s rhetorical question is answered by NO DREAM, an accidentally universal record for a damaged, difficult time.
NNAMDÏ’s (who is supporting Rosenstock on this tour) sounds are a testament to the continual melting away of genre distinctions in the current era of (particularly Black) music,” according to Pop Matters. This statement came in 2020, a pivotal year during which the prolific Chicago Artist established his singular ability to tackle nearly any genre and make something truly innovative and idiosyncratic. His seminal 2020 BRAT LP drew from Hip-Hop, Alt R&B, Synth Pop, and Indie Rock and received broad critical acclaim for its scope, ambition, and execution. NNAMDÏ followed that up with a string of genre-hopping projects including the punk-by-way-of-math-rock Black Plight EP, and the orchestral mind-bending-mostly-instrumental nod to Looney Tunes composer Carl Stalling, Krazy Karl. And a couple rap-infused pop singles sprinkled in as well. He produced all of those projects by himself and earned high praise for his prolific output and singular technical abilities: “Mind Blowing” (NPR); “One of the most exciting acts in music right now” (Nylon); “a broad appetite and staggering musical proficiency” (New Yorker); “Absurd range” (FADER); “You’ve never heard music like this, and you never will again” (DJ Booth); “wildly talented” (AV Club); “Categorically unclassifiable” (Hypebeast); and, of course, “genre-defying” (Grammy.com).
Get there early because Catbite is getting the night started! Formed in May of 2018, Catbite is a 4 piece ska band from Philadelphia. Influenced by the jolting energy of The Specials, the Selector’s edged lyrics, and Elvis Costello‘s love of melody, the group cranks out short, catchy tunes that usually have a deeper meaning. The highly anticipated sophomore album, Nice One, was released on August 6, 2021, on Bad Time Records.
Tickets are still available HERE!