NEIL HALSTEAD with JOSHUA JAMES at the Pike Room

FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2009
doors at 8PM
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)

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NEIL HALSTEAD, former leader of SLOWDIVE and currently of MOJAVE 3, comes to the Pike Room for an intimate set of his beautiful acoustic tunes. One night while in the studio with Neil Halstead a friend questioned him as to what kind of music he played. Neil’s extremely thick beard turned into a smile as he said “Nylon Rock” before laughing and turning back to his beer. I don’t think that description offered any clarity to the asker, but to me it seemed perfect: a self effacing term to help him deal with the fact that he, a former shoegazer, was making a solo record and his main weapon was simply a nylon string guitar and a couple of shakers.

In the late ‘90s Neil fronted a band called Slowdive, and after a couple of really good records they split. From there Neil formed his current band Mojave 3, who have released 4 records to date with a few more to come, we hope. Hard to find 2 bands with more critical accolades, and at the core of those bands was Neil and his songwriting. oh mighty engine is the name of Neil’s newest solo record. It is a record that can handle excessive listens that can make you happy, sad, and can make you laugh all at once.

With JOSHUA JAMES.

 

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