J. Robbins: voice, guitar
Bill Barbot: guitar, voice
Kim Coletta: bass guitar
Zach Barocas: drum kit
Jawbox was formed in Washington, DC in 1989 by J. Robbins, bassist Kim Coletta, and original
drummer Adam Wade. The group released their debut 7” in 1990 on their own DeSoto label.
Grippe, released on Dischord Records in 1991, was Jawbox’s first full-length outing. That year
saw second guitarist/singer Bill Barbot join the line-up in time to create a denser sound for
1992’s Novelty, also released on Dischord.
Zach Barocas assumed drumming duties in April ‘92, ushering in a new era for the group with
his contributions to the rhythm section and the band’s songwriting, as first exhibited on 1994’s
For Your Own Special Sweetheart.
Tours of all sizes and durations throughout Europe and the U.S. were part and parcel of
Jawbox’s routine back then. Equally explosive at Red Rocks or a Roman squat, they were in all
cases a galvanized, well-oiled band.
They released their last album, the self-titled Jawbox LP, in 1996, and after another year of
touring, broke up in 1997. Although Atlantic Records released the last two albums, Dischord has
since made all of the band’s full-lengths available.
The group reunited briefly in 2009 for an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The
performance was a one-off, and there was no subsequent talk of any other shows of any kind
In early 2017, however, Zach contacted his former bandmates to see what they thought about
playing some shows. The resulting conversations were at first casual, but eventually moved the
band to action, and by June they began rehearsing for the shows that now comprise An
It’s been an exciting time, reacquainting not only with the music but also with each other.
However much the members of Jawbox have played elsewhere over the years, there is no
doubt that the chemistry and energy they bring to this band remains unique for each of them.
The sets will draw from most of their discography with an emphasis on the
Robbins/Coletta/Barbot/Barocas recordings, especially For Your Own Special Sweetheart and
Jawbox, which albums mark the peak of their creative and performative time together. Longtime
fans will be in familiar territory: Coletta’s irrepressible presence; Robbins’s heartfelt guitar and
vocal harmonic roar; Barbot’s razor-sharp vocal and guitar challenge and complement; and
Barocas’s exacting flail and crash continue to coalesce as they always have, as a single
functioning musical unit.
Craig Wedren is a composer, a songwriter and a singer.
He got his start fronting avant-punk pioneers Shudder To Think, before expanding into composing scores for film and T.V.
As a composer, Wedren has scored a host of popular feature films including Wanderlust, Role Models, The School of Rock, Wet Hot American Summer, By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, Laurel Canyon, Roger Dodger, Afternoon Delight, How To Be A Latin Lover, and A Futile, Stupid Gesture. He has also written and performed music for televisions shows including New Amsterdam, Shrill, GLOW, Wet Hot American Summer, Fresh Off The Boat, Hung, The United States of Tara, Reno 911!, Children's Hospital, Burning Love, and The State.
Wedren’s first emerged as singer and primary songwriter for Washington, DC-based Shudder To Think, a band that started out in the city’s legendary Hardcore Punk scene on Dischord Records, only to challenge and expand the aesthetics of the genre, and those of the emerging Alternative Rock scene. After breaking indie music tradition by signing with Epic Records (Sony Music), Shudder To Think released three major label albums including their opus, “Pony Express Record.” Shudder To Think toured extensively with bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi, Pavement, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam and their videos were featured regularly on MTV. At the peak of their career, a battle with Hodgkin’s Disease grounded Craig and the band, but following successful treatments Shudder To Think returned with a new goal in mind – to create music for film. With Shudder To Think, Wedren scored the independent films First Love Last Rites and High Art, and contributed songs to Todd Haynes’ beloved Glam-Rock valentine Velvet Goldmine. Shortly after making the transition to film work, the band dissolved their partnership, and Wedren continued his dual career as both film composer and solo artist.
While continuing to grow creatively and commercially as a composer, Wedren has also developed a successful career as a solo artist. He released his first solo album “Lapland” on Conor Oberst's Team Love label, after which he toured the U.S. and Australia supporting the Foo Fighters and Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs. His follow up release was the epic "Wand," for which Craig toured the U.S. with Chris Cornell and worked with director Tim Nackashi to create a series of narrative, multi-platform 360 degree interactive videos, following which Craig collaborated with Jefferson Friedman on the album "On in Love," pairing his voice and lyrics with Friedman's magnificent compositions for ACME chamber ensemble. Selections from On In Love had their LA premiere at Disney Hall in April 2016, with John Adams conducting, and Craig singing with the LA Philharmonic. Craig's most recent album “Adult Desire” is an electro-acoustic exploration of family, sex, and age. Dubbed 'Domestic Surrealism.' The experimental style of “Adult Desire” carries into another series of semi-narrative 360° VR music videos that Craig shot for the Adult Desire 360 app whose engrossing, innovative visual technology continues Craig's forays into the vanguard of music, art and imagination. In Spring 2019 Craig published a book of photos, “My ‘90s” with a concurrent gallery show at The Loin in San Francisco.
Craig lives in Los Angeles with his wife Meggan and their ten-year old son Lennon.