Radical Face @ Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei, Berlin

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Ed Note: Abby’s Back!

At the only German gig in his 5 stop European mini-tour, Knox Road favorite Radical Face (Ben Cooper) was in typical form. Armed with his Jacksonville, Florida-based band, he delivered, per usual, a tome of stories plucked from a variety of his records released since 2007. It seemed to be over before it started. Exquisite and delivered with a self-deprecating humor, as always. But wait, there’s more:

The tour is on the heels of the release of his The Bastards 3 EP as well as the phenomenal CLONE project. While the latter is not officially a Radical Face production, it is an exciting collaboration of Cooper and long time friend and stellar musician Richard Colado (Rickolus). An album nurtured and recorded over the last 3 years (and planned for 6), it is an opera of sorts, telling the story of an adult, male clone experiencing life for the first time. The album has been released slowly over the last month in 6 acts. You can find details, links to downloads and how to acquire the pièce de résistance: a laser engraved crystal thumb drive containing the entire project, including the album in its original .wav format, stems of each act for remixing, and a .pdf transcript of the album here. Better move fast as they are limited to 250 pieces.

If you happen to be in Europe, clear your calendar and catch he and his entourage at one of their few remaining stops. As I’ve been saying consistently for the last five years, he’s not to be missed:

Nov 4 – Traffic Club, Rome

Nov 6 – Magnolia, Milan

Nov 8 – Iceland Airwaves

For those of you in the US, fingers crossed for some sort of tour in the living rooms, clubs and/or wooded areas of America. He’s done it all before and will hopefully do it again. For all of us.

Happy Tuesday.

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