Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bandits On The Run

THE MAILBAG - A couple of times a month, I spin fate's wheel and dip my blogger chalice into the river of electronic mail.* And so long as the stuff is potentially of interest to our music-crazed audiences, we'll publish it. Today we win really big. This particularly band completely blew me away! Proving once again, I may be crazy but I'm crazy like a fox..

Bandits on the Run have a vibrant presence here on 'Potted Plant.' This is a really fun track and a bit of a big break from what I've been listening to - which is also so refreshing (and ultimately, satisfying.) This one is the perfect scene to accompany any summer breeze. And bands with alter egos?? (Need I say more?)

Bandits on the Run - Potted Plant

Produced by William Garret
Engineered by Ian Kagey
Mastered by Oscar Zambrano at Zampol Productions

IN THEIR WORDS - Bands On The Run was born out of a chance encounter in the subways, when cellist Sydney Torin Shepherd encountered guitarist Adrian Blake Enscoe busking on an L-train platform. The group fully formed when Shepherd’s longtime music collaborator Regina Strayhorn moved to NYC and Enscoe invited the two down to the subways to try their collective hand at busking. 

All three actors in their own right, their dynamic quickly coalesced around the romantic whimsy of old school outlaws, and they took on the Bandit alter egos (Shepherd going under the moniker Bonanza Jellyfish, Enscoe as Roy Dodger, and Strayhorn simply as “Clarissa.”) 

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OMG this band is great.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Brett Newski this week with Better Than Ezra

Brett Newski is a rambling punk poet and a guitar-player with a big heart. Having just played with Courtney Barnett, the singer (who played this March's Outlaw Roadshow in Austin, TX) embarks this week on some large rooms with Better Than Ezra. Newski is a total gamer. He relentlessly tours the country, regularly posting videos for fans and friends. His sets are dynamic, vibrant and fun. 

The full name of the band (a duo) is Brett Newski and The No Tomorrow. The later of which is comprised entirely of gifted drummer Matt Spatola. The pair knocked 'em dead at SXSW this year, all the while a VH1 video truck wasn't far behind. There's a lot going on here on that stage. Definitely One To Watch!

7/10 - Paradise Rock Club

7/11 - The Paramount

7/12 - Baltimore Soundstage

IN HIS OWN WORDS - Known by many as the first band ever to be kicked out of Wal-Mart for playing an illegal show, Brett Newski has certainly kicked his own ass over the past 6 years, touring infinitely (mostly alone) and wandering down the rabbit hole of anxiety, depression, and wallowing self-doubt. All of these negatives have blossomed into positive creative energy on his third LP."Anxiety can actually be a good thing. If you use it right, that nervous energy can be channeled into motivation or creativity," explains Newski. "Even the most seemingly confident people have self doubt."

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Knives Out

VIDEO FROM THE WEEK - In a world where crossover summer movie extravaganzas have become expected fair, how about something a little different. Looper and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson looks to have something on his hands with the dark comedy Knives Out

It's a murder-who-done-it with an all-star cast. And based on the first trailer, it looks like Captain America (Massachusetts' own Chris Evans) gets to break out of the role in a big way. He steals the show here. 

This is a real tease. Film won't see the silver screen for another four months - in November. Consider this a running start. (Big tip of the cap for the knife throne - whoever is responsible deserves a dragon egg!)

Knives Out stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Noah Segan, Edi Patterson, Riki Lindhome, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

July 3 is Mark Sandman Day

September 24, 1952 – July 3, 1999

I spent all day yesterday watchin' the grass grow
what I learned is that grass really grows slow
now I that I know there's no reason left for me to stay
I only wish I never heard you say
Have patience
everything will be alright
have patience
give it just a little time
everything will be alright
I spent half my afternoon sittin' at a stop sign
thinkin' about how good you look even when you're lyin'
then I lost my car in a parking lot
I bought a newspaper and I decided to walk
You said have patience
everything will be alright
have patience
give it just a little time
everything will be alright
I spent all day long just listenin' to the doorbell ring
must have been a Sunday I could hear the choirs sing
down in the graveyard they're listenin' to the underground
they're the only ones that ever learned to calm down patience
everything will be alright
have patience
it's really such a beautiful lie
everything will be alright
everything will be alright
everything will be al-
everything will be alright

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Monday, July 01, 2019

Club Passim drops an impressive lineup for their Jerry Garcia tribute

Ken Friedman photo, 1991

Cambridge, MA) In honor of Garcia’s 77th birthday, a stellar group of songwriters and acoustic instrumentalists will come together at Club Passim on August 1st to celebrate his spirit and legacy—as a guitarist, as a songwriter, and as an interpreter of American roots music. Performers joining the celebration include:

Leslie Mendelson. Leslie is an acclaimed singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn whose debut, Swan Feathers, was nominated for a Grammy. Her 2017 release Love and Murder features a duet with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. She has opened for Roger Daltrey on two U.S. tours, and in May 2019 opened for the Who at Madison Square Garden.

Jefferson Hamer. Jefferson is a songwriter, guitarist, and traditional musician based in Brooklyn. He performs with Eamon O’Leary in the Murphy Beds, featuring harmony vocals backed by intricate guitar and bouzouki, and with the roots-rock ensemble Session Americana. Hamer’s 2013 Child Ballads album with Ana├»s Mitchell earned a BBC2 Folk Award and was named one of NPR’s top-ten folk releases of the year.

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers. Jeffrey is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. He interviewed both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir and is author of a video series teaching Grateful Dead songs for acoustic guitar. Joining him is multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Ramsay, his partner in the duo Pepper and Sassafras.

David Surette and Steve Roy. David and Steve are two stalwarts of the New England folk/bluegrass/roots music scene. They will team up as a duo to explore the music of the Grateful Dead on acoustic guitar and mandolin. Surette has performed with his wife, singer Susie Burke, for more than 30 years. Roy has toured internationally with acts such as Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Molly Tuttle, Joe K. Walsh, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and Joy Kills Sorrow.

Ryan Fitzsimmons and Laurence Scudder. Roy and Laurence are fixtures of the Boston roots-rock scene and frequent collaborators. Fitzsimmons has steadily built a reputation as one of the Northeast’s most compelling songwriters and, in the words of Red Line Roots, “a brutal force of nature on acoustic guitar.” Violist/singer/songwriter Laurence Scudder performs with Spotted Tiger, Danielle M and the Glory Junkies, Thank God for Science, Brothers McCann, and other Boston-area bands.

Tickets are $20 ($18 for Passim members)
Club Passim is located in Harvard Square 
47 Palmer St., Cambridge, MA 02138.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

WILCO opens Solid Sound in Massachusetts, unveils new US Dates

This Friday 6/28 and Saturday 6/29 - Solid Sound Festival
North Adams, MA - SOLD OUT

Thu. Oct. 10 - Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
Fri. Oct. 11 - Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
Sat. Oct. 12 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Sun. Oct. 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Tue. Oct. 15 - Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Wed. Oct. 16 - Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Fri. Oct. 18 - Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Sat. Oct. 19 - Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theatre
Sun. Oct. 20 - Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
Tue. Oct. 22 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom - SOLD OUT
Wed. Oct. 23 - Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory
Fri. Oct. 25 - Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
Sat. Oct. 26 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater - SOLD OUT
Sun. Oct. 27 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Mon. Nov. 4 - Grand Rapids @ 20 Monroe Live
Tue. Nov. 5 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium
Wed. Nov. 6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
Fri. Nov. 8 - Charlottesville, VA @ Sprint Pavilion
Sat. Nov. 9 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
Sun. Nov. 10 - Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
Tue. Nov. 12 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre
Wed. Nov. 13 - Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace
Thu. Nov. 14 - St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
Fri. Nov. 15 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ Paramount Theatre
Sun. Nov. 17 - Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Tue. Nov. 19 - Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
Wed. Nov. 20 - Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theatre

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