Luscious Jackson on “Parenthood” tonight on NBC!

Hey! Our song “Are You Ready?” will be on the show Parenthood tonight, Thursday, March 13, on NBC at 10/9c.

We are all big fans of the show so we are very excited!!!

Don’t forget our upcoming shows in LA, SF and Boston- ticket links below.

Hope to see you all….

May 30 — Los Angeles CA — El Rey Theater

May 31 — San Francisco CA — The Independent

June 7 — Boston MA — The Paradise

Jill, Gabby and Kate


“Luscious Jackson were to New York freestyle dance pop what their cohorts the Beastie Boys were to hip-hop… Welcome back, ladies.”–ROLLING STONE

“… like a night out hitting the clubs in New York City: a rock riff here, reggae grooves there, some sugary pop, and plenty of low end. All in all, a good time, and plenty eclectic”–ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jill Cunniff, Gabby Glaser and Kate Schellenbach were the coolest girls in the East Village when they emerged as the eclectic alt-rock group Luscious Jackson… They’re still the coolest.”–PAPER Magazine

Luscious Jackson has confirmed its first shows in more than a decade in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston.

The full itinerary including ticket purchase links is below:

May 30 — Los Angeles CA — El Rey Theater

May 31 — San Francisco CA — The Independent
June 7 — Boston MA — The Paradise

The new shows are the latest news in the wake of the band’s Magic Hour album, released last November on the band’s own City Song label (on sale at iTunes or Magic Hour has seen a uniformly excellent reception including raves from NPR, ROLLING STONE, BILLBOARD, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, a November 18 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and rapturously received live shows at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer and Webster Hall in New York City.

New York Times Review!


“Magic Hour” (City Song)

Tired of subtext? Luscious Jackson promises relief. The songs on its new album, “Magic Hour,” offer amiable grooves and simple, straightforward tidings: “You and me, we got something good,” the members sing in “You and Me,” adding, “La, la, la, la, la.” In “#1 Bum,” they praise someone’s rump: “Bum, bum, bum, bum, show it to me now you’re the one.” The upward-swooping synthesizer line of “Aaw Turn It Up” immediately places it in a club, where a mutual flirtation ensues: “When she sees him on the dance floor/She wants to do things she’ll regret,” Gabby Glaser raps.

O.K., there’s a little subtext. “Magic Hour” is Luscious Jackson’s first album in 14 years. The band solidified in 1991, when Kate Schellenbach, the original drummer for the Beastie Boys, joined three other women: Jill Cunniff (bass and lead vocals), Ms. Glaser (guitar and backup vocals) and Vivian Trimble (keyboards).

With a casual charm that belied the ingenuity of the music, Luscious Jackson’s songs mingled conversational rapping, airy hooks and harmonies and grooves that dipped into funk, reggae, disco and rock. One of its songs, “Naked Eye,” grazed the Top 40 in 1996; after releasing its third album in 1999, Luscious Jackson disbanded. The women regrouped to record a children’s album in 2007, but didn’t release it. Minus Ms. Trimble, the other three band members decided to make an album for adults and got crowdfunding through PledgeMusic for “Magic Hour.”

So there may well be a subtext for “You and Me,” and there’s definitely one for “We Go Back,” which reminisces about growing up together and concludes — in a rocker with a touch of “Gimme Shelter” — “We go back but we can’t go back/but we can go on.” That — and “3 Seconds to Cross,” a song that complains about the brevity of traffic lights in Los Angeles — are as earnest as the album ever gets. The rest of “Magic Hour” returns to the idiom-hopping nonchalance of the band’s 1990s heyday, from the African-tinged funk of “You and Me” and “Are You Ready?” to the Beasties-ish rap-rock of “Show Us What You Got” to the blipping electropop of “Frequency,” which asks the eternal question, “Is it serious, or are we just dancing?”

“Magic Hour” doesn’t discourage nostalgia for an era of teasing, non-bombastic dance music. But it doesn’t depend entirely on nostalgia, either; there’s always another catchy refrain on the way. JON PARELES

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