Known not just for his wholly original approach to making music and must-be-seen-to-be-believed live shows, Xav is also recognized as a great Australian activist, advocating for indigenous rights and environmental responsibility. Both his social conscious and sense of hopeful exultation co-exist on Dark Shades released Aug 19.
The past few years have been a whirlwind for Xavier. In between sold out tours in Europe, Australia and the US, both headlining and supporting the likes of the Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, he has been working on the film score for fellow-surfer and Rudd-enthusiast Matthew McConaughey’s Surfer Dude, a film starring McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson.
Guitar-driven jams expand on a sound only hinted at on previous releases, and distortion often supplants the pretty jangly guitars heard on earlier work. Mixed by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age), Dark Shades of Blue shows Xav at his most assertive, heavy and psychedelic, and while Xav’s signature didgeridoo remains.
With special guest Griffin House Tuesday, Sept 23, 8:00 pm show, 7:00 pm doors Majestic Theatre 608.255.0901 $20 adv $22 dos – all ages
Xavier Rudd “Stargaze” on Jimmy Kimmel
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