Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Archie Powell and The Exports have a Rotten Christmas

Dysfunctional family dynamics, year-long grudges and unrivaled disappointment. Christmas isn't all it's cracked up to be for everyone. Chicago rockers Archie Powell & The Exports could be the most fun-loving act in America as all their songs are equal parts humor and unadulterated energy. Already on our Best of 2014 Nice List, the band played an outstanding set for us in New York City (video page and artist page). It looks from the outside that 2015 could be their best year yet. Provided, of course, they make it through this holiday season.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Golden Bloom - Wonderful XMas Time (Paul McCartney)

One of my favorite bands - a corny, fun-loving group that goes by the name of Golden Bloom (here's their Outlaw Roadshow page) has gone and covered an over-the-top Christmas classic by everyone's favorite living Beatle, Paul McCartney (sorry Ringo). This is something that even the most skeptical of you can believe in.

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Holiday Heartache from Girls Guns and Glory

Already on our Best of 2014 Artist List for their work on the outstanding Good Luck record, Girls Guns and Glory have gone and released a boozy Christmas Carol. "Holiday Heartache" got debuted on Rolling Stone's website last week and we're psyched to share this side of the holiday with you here. Known for their robust, Texas-by-way-of-Massachusetts sound, GGG have carved out a loyal following for their Hank Williams cover nights. 

The band plays two shows on New Year's Day at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA with Miss Tess on January 1. The 4pm is sold out but tickets remain for the 8pm show. Celebrating the turning of the calendar with some old friends! [tickets]

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The Oh Hellos Christmas

I'm not much of a Christmas man, but I can appreciate the Christmas music side project. There's something magical about the effort artists exhibit in curating their own Christmas EP, which is often a elevation and a departure. Wanted to shine a light today down on The Oh Hellos who I came to appreciate following Newport Folk Festival this year. Their new Christmas record is a family record -- and therefore, much more traditional that my usual fare,  but therein lies the heart of a truly gifted band..

Maggie and Tyler Heath, the core of The Oh Hellos, are sibling composers whose talents and voices have acted as magnets, drawing a group of as many as 11 musicians to the studio and on stage to join them in crafting an extraordinary sound. On stage the result is at one moment intimate, the next explosive and triumphant, leaving fans in breathless bliss.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby Baby play Boston this Saturday!

BABY BABY - This Saturday at Great Scott!  The Atlanta Fun Rock band are one of my very favorite live acts in America. Words that spring to mind: Manic, Playful, and Explosive! Now on a coast-to-coast national tour, Baby Baby have carved a place for themselves in the nightscape of Atlanta where Hip Hop and Rap are the sounds of the streets. Their audiences? They have embraced the geeks, the losers, the fiends and those who love to rage, and made all of them their friends.

Poster by Nicole Anguish of Daykamp Creative

The 21+ show this Saturday at Great Scott features Baby Baby, Animal Talk and Twin Berlin. We will run a spotlight on each act before the week's out - return every day to catch that and buy those tickets (only $10) now!

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