Bash & Pop to Play The High Watt May 24


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by: Philip Obenschain

Following the 1991 disbandment of punk greats the Replacements (who briefly returned a few years back, before fizzling out once more in 2015), and several years before his near two-decade tenure in Guns ‘N Roses (which only came to an end when the group’s classic lineup mounted a reunion last year), the great Tommy Stinson briefly fronted a pop rock project called Bash & Pop, whose debut album, 1993’s Friday Night Is Killing Me, came in the middle of their all too short two-year run. Stinson, better known as a bassist in his bigger bands, though an adept vocalist and guitarist in his own right, would go on to form similar and also short-lived project Perfect right after, before the GnR gig and some intermittent solo albums. Critics’ Pick Bash & Pop


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Far too often, there’s a fine line between workmanlike and dull, but that is most certainly not the case with Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more energetic brand of hard-charging, meat-and-potatoes rock ’n’ roll than what Stinson delivers with the new incarnation of Bash & Pop. Stinson didn’t achieve the band chemistry he was striving for when he first formed Bash & Pop in 1992 after The Replacements’ (first) demise, but this time, the 50-year-old spark plug hits the bullseye. Stinson’s latest bandmates — Hold Steady gunslinger Steve Selvidge, Mighty Mighty Bosstones drummer Joe Sirois and bassist Justin “Carl” Perkins — match his energy while also keeping him grounded. Even when the music starts to go off the rails, it never quite falls apart — no small feat, especially under the weight of Stinson’s legend. But Bash & Pop makes it look easy, both shrugging off and honoring the past with irresistible verve.

Win tickets to BrooklynVegan presented Bash & Pop show in NYC 5-18 at the Bell House


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Tommy Stinson‘s post-Replacements band BASH & POP began their BrooklynVegan-presented tour earlier this week, in support of their first album in 25 years, Anything Could Happen (on Fat Possum Records).

The tour lands in NYC on Thursday (5/18) at The Bell House. That show will be opened by Sebadoh’s Jason Loewenstein (and his band) and Bird of Youth, plus Maggie Vail (of Bangs and Hurry Up, sister of Bikini Kill’s Tobi Vail) as the DJ for the evening under the name DJ Magic Beans.

Interview with


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Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses) joined Tim Gagnon (Allston Pudding) for an extended interview on politics, jamming with Tim Kaine and his newly resurrected band Bash and Pop who play Middle East Downstairs on Tuesday with special guests Goddamn Draculas and Me in Capris.



5/16 – Cambridge MA at Middle East

5/18 – Brooklyn NY at Bell House

5/19 – Washington DC at Songbryd

5/20 – Richmond VA at The Camel

5/22 – Orlando FL at The Social

5/23 – Atlanta GA at The Earl

5/24 – Nashville TN at The High Watt

5/25 – Memphis TN Hi-Tone Café

5/26 – Dallas TX at Club Dada

5/27 – Austin TX at Barracuda

Orginially posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017   On The Rocks: A Look At The Brash New Album From Bash And Pop (Tommy Stinson Of The Replacements) I simply cannot resist sharing a Tommy Stinson anecdote on the occasion of the release of the fab new Bash and Pop album, the sharp and blistering…