CUP is the duo of Nels Cline (the guitarist/composer best known for his work with Wilco) and Yuka C Honda (the composer/keyboardist/programmer best known for her work with Cibo Matto). Combining aspects of electronica, folk, improvisation, and some heated rocking, perhaps predictably—defies easy categorization.”

Guitarist and banjoist Brandon Seabrook is known for pushing his music past the far reaches of the extreme. Welding together elements from punk, jazz, pop, and metal, Seabrook revels in abrasive textures, and paint-peeling virtuosity. His Octet Epic Proportions is a different beast entirely. No less bold or bracing than his more confrontational work, the band trades the corrosive for the lyrical, venturing into areas of beauty and deeply personal emotion.”