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mssv (Mike Watt, Mike Baggetta, Stephen Hodges) touring around Big Ears

photo: Devin O'Brien
photo: Devin O’Brien

Post-genre power trio mssv was formed early in 2019 when guitarist Mike Baggetta joined up with bassist Mike Watt (MINUTEMEN, fIREHOSE, The Stooges) and drummer Stephen Hodges (Mavis Staples, Tom Waits, David Lynch) to tour on his Wall of Flowers album (BIG EGO Records, featuring Watt and drumming legend Jim Keltner). After a hugely successful US tour performing music that ran the gamut from original electro-free-jazz improvisations, driving new-rock anthems and covers from The Stooges and Watt’s first punk rock opera “Contemplating the Engine Room”, mssv has proved a fearless band.

Featuring live electronic processing by both Baggetta and Hodges, as well as Watt’s relentlessly driving bass and vocals, mssv not only shows what it means to be a band in the modern post-genre landscape, but is well on their way to defining it. [mssv’s website]

Mike Watt, Mike Baggetta and Stephen Hodges‘ “post-genre power trio” mssv are part of this year’s Big Ears lineup and will tour the U.S. this spring around the festival. Things kick off March 19 in Mike Watt’s hometown of San Pedro, CA and wrap up April 11 in Kansas City, MO. There’s a Brooklyn show presented by Le Poisson Rouge at Union Pool on April 1 with Ava Mendoza on the bill as well (tickets). All dates are listed below.

For a taste of what to expect, you can listen to mssv’s Live Flowers album, which was recorded at Philadelphia club Johnny Brenda’s on March 28, 2019 and includes covers of The Stooges’ “Fun House” with special guest J. Mascis, plus Mike Watt’s “No One Says Old Man (To The Old Man)” and “Liberty Calls!,” David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti’s “Pink Room” from Twin Peaks, classic standard “Blue Velvet,” and more. Check that out below.

In semi-related news, fellow our-band-could-be-your-lifers The Messthetics (featuring Fugazi’s rhythm section) are playing the Alternative Guitar Summit 2020 at Le Poisson Rouge on May 6 with Scott Metzger, Vernon Reid, and Joel Harrison (who’s presenting this show) and more, featuring interpretations of songs from 1970 albums including Band of Gypsies, Bitches Brew, American Beauty, All Things Must Pass, and Sonny Sharrock’s Monkie-Pockie Boo.

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MSSV – 2020 TOUR DATES
3.19 – Recess Ops (The Sardine) – San Pedro, CA
3.20 – Cardiff Giant Tattoo – Phoenix, AZ
3.21 – Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
3.23 – 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK
3.24 – Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
3.25 – Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
3.26 – Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, TN
3.28 – 529 – Atlanta, GA
3.29 – Snug Harbor – Charlotte, NC
3.30 – The Cave – Chapel Hill, NC
3.31 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
4.1 – LPR Presents @ Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
4.2 – Ars Nova Workshop @ Ruba Club – Philadelphia, PA
4.3 – Funhouse @ Mr. Smalls – Millvale, PA
4.4 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
4.5 – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH
4.6 – Small’s Bar – Hamtramck, MI
4.7 – State Street Pub – Indianapolis, IN
4.8 – Constellation – Chicago, IL
4.9 – Kaiju – Louisville, KY
4.10 – The Sinkhole – St. Louis, MO
4.11 – recordBar – Kansas City, MO

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