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Oxbow released their first album in 10 years, playing shows (NYC tonight)

photo by Phil Sharp

Long-running noise rock band Oxbow have stayed active as a killer live band, but it had been a while since they released a new album until this year’s Thin Black Duke, their first in a decade. Here’s an excerpt from Tiny Mix Tape’s 4.5/5 review of the album:

Coming in at only eight tracks and about forty minutes, The Thin Black Duke may seem like a slender offering to show for ten years of continuous labor, but Oxbow packs a lot into that scant runtime. Guitarist and chief composer Niko Wenner ditched the woodwinds that played a prominent role in Narcotic Story and supplements his dense arrangements with a brass octet and a pair of string quartets. It adds a grand, orchestral majesty to songs like “Cold & Well Lit Place” and “Ecce Homo,” and helps to accentuate some of the album’s recurring themes and motifs. This approach shines particularly brightly on”Other People,” with the additional instruments weaving their way in and out of the hazy guitar surges and Robinson’s anguished howling.

Oxbow began a short Northeast weekend tour with Queen Elephantine in Somerville last night (7/14) and they’re hitting Brooklyn tonight (7/15) and Philly on Sunday (7/16).

Tonight’s Brooklyn show is at Brooklyn Bazaar and there’s additional support from the boundary-pushing, highly opinionated post-hardcore band Self Defense Family. Tickets for tonight’s show are available.

Oxbow also do another short weekend tour of the Midwest in September. All dates are listed, with a stream of the new album and the video for “Host,” below.

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Oxbow — 2017 Tour Dates
July 15 – Brooklyn, NY at Brooklyn Bazaar with Self Defense Family, Queen Elephantine
July 16 – Philadelphia, PA at Kung Fu Necktie with Queen Elephantine, Mob Terror
September 1 – Madison, WI at High Noon Saloon
September 2 – Minneapolis, MN at Studio B at Skyway Theater w/ RLYR
September 3 – Chicago, IL at Scorched Tundra

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