Soul Coughing Rolls Out New Material At Surprise Gig

Beat-rockers Soul Coughing went incognito Tuesday night for a surprise show at New York City's Mercury Lounge where the band road tested new material that will turn up on their upcoming album.

For the show, the band adopted the name El Oso (The Bear), which will also be the name of the new album when it arrives in late summer or early fall.

While the vast majority of the band's hour-plus set was devoted to new material (which still carries the band's trademark jazz-touched bouncing grooves), the band did pull out a few past gems like "Super Bon Bon," "Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago," "Disseminated," and "True Dreams Of Wichita."

"El Oso," the band's third studio album, is tentatively slated to arrive in September. As we reported last month (see "Puffy/U2, Roni Size/Soul Coughing Among Projects You WON'T See Despite Reports"), the album will be produced by Chad Blake and not drum-n-bass demigod Roni Size as one British

magazine had reported. While Size did work with the band on a track for the "Spawn" soundtrack, they will not be teaming again for the album.