PREMIERE: Adam Rubenstein’s ‘Nightly Waves’ is rootsy, jangly and great

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photo: Mickey Alexander

There is life after punk, and Adam Rubenstein proves it. The guitarist for hardcore-gone-y’allternative act Chamberlain (who put out one of my all-time favorite albums, The Moon My Saddle, just an FYI) has been releasing solo music sporadically for the past 13 years, but it’s his “day job” as a composer for TV and film that keeps him busiest—he’s contributed music to ESPN’s 30 For 30, PBS’s Medora and even wrote the theme song to A&E reality series Modern Dads. But on his third proper solo LP, Nightly Waves, Rubenstein takes a different approach for his own music, focusing on delivering folksy, rootsy, jangly alt-pop that could fit snugly in between Dan Wilson, Matthew Sweet and maybe even the Horrible Crowes on a playlist. Rubenstein elaborates:

“I used to scrutinize every word and chord progression to an unhealthy level. This time around, I went with the first ideas I had. I know it’s not the most interesting thing to admit as an artist, but I think the process unfolded so easily because these songs come from a place of contentedness. As I get older, I feel appreciative that I still have the means to make music, and spend very little time dwelling on the unchangeable past.”

Adam Rubenstein’s Nightly Waves will be released October 16 via Arctic Rodeo Recordings and can be pre-ordered here.

Adam Rubenstein will begin a European tour with Zeki Min later this month and will return to the Midwest early next year:

Oct 16 Kokolores Künzelsau, Germany
Oct 17 VCHC Herbstfestival Volkach, Germany
Oct 18 Polkadot Vienna, Austria
Oct 19 Bogarts Timelkam, Austria
Oct 20 Flight 13 Freiburg, Germany
Oct 21 COW CLUB Solingen, Germany
Oct 22 Miss Maples Trier, Germany
Oct 23 Villa Nachttanz Heidelberg, Germany
Oct 24 Paul’s Holzwurm 2.0 Saarwellingen, Germany
Jan 21, 2016 8AM Chicago, IL
Jan 22, 2016 THE HI-FI Indianapolis, IN