Elegant Trash was formed in 2003 by Lee Austin Hoffman on Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Trez Howell on Lead Guitar, and Mike Perez on Drums while living in Atlanta, Georgia. For the first 8 years, they performed live and recorded 23 EPs together. In 2011, Lee moved to Berkeley, California where he played with many different band members and recorded an additional 16 albums while keeping the same band name. Elegant Trash’s musical style is eclectic and evolves with each new band member’s influence. The current line up consists of Lee Austin Hoffman on Lead Vocals, Nathalie Hoffman on Back Up Vocals and Accordion, Jesse C. Dienner on Guitar and Vocals, Craig Campbell on Bass, and Mark Pena on Drums and vocals. Before the pandemic, Elegant Trash played at over 40 venues throughout the SF Bay Area, and was the resident band at the Stork Club in Oakland, California where they headlined shows every first and third Friday of the month. Now Elegant Trash hosts at The Ivy Room every first Wednesday of Every Month and also hosts outdoor shows the first and third Saturday of every month along with other bands as part of Bang the Bay’s Solar Van Saturdays live music series. And Their music is available online on reverbnation, bandcamp, applemusic, spotify, pandora, soundcloud, and youtube. “Rocking Faces” is not just the name of one of their albums, it’s a way of life.
In plain words, Tommy Stinson is a great American musician. You can needle-drop at any juncture of the Minneapolis native’s four-decade-plus career and find a moment of great significance. Stinson was a founding and lifetime member of The Replacements. He was a key second-generation ingredient in Guns N’ Roses and served a seven-year tenure with Soul Asylum. He also led two essential bands of his own — the aptly named Bash & Pop and Perfect — appeared on recordings by the Old 97’s, MOTH and BT and played bass on the Rock Remix of Puff Daddy’s “It’s All About the Benjamins.”
Stinson’s latest venture is called Cowboys in the Campfire — a duo with good pal Chip Roberts — and its debut album, WRONGER, is perhaps the most American album the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has ever made. For the live shows, they’re joined on upright bass by the amazing Chops LaConte and the trio have been on the road these past few months, continuing through this year.
Ratboys have been recording and releasing music for over a decade, but their newest album, The Window (Topshelf Records), marks a number of firsts for the band. For starters, it was the first time they’d ever traveled outside their home base of Chicago to record an album, journeying to Seattle to work with producer Chris Walla for three weeks. It was also the first time they’d ever written an album collaboratively from start to finish, having added full-time members Sean Neumann on bass and Marcus Nuccio on drums in recent years. The new approaches to writing and recording are immediately apparent on The Window, which showcases the fullest, most expansive version of Ratboys’ sound.
Through evocative, emotionally resonant music, Goodbye, Hotel Arkada, the new LP from Mary Lattimore, speaks not just for its beloved namesake — a hotel in Croatia facing renovation — but for a universal loss that is shared.