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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Stop Motion Jack-O-Lantern!

NEW VIRAL VIDEO SELECTION
Halloween 2012



THE COOLEST NEW VIDEO SERVED UP FRESH - Auke de Vries is a 23 year-old freelance Animator and Motion Graphics Designer in the Netherlands. Pumpkin carving by Taylor Vegetables Express..
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"Horror Movie Song" by Cancer Killing Gemini

New Music Video
Halloween 2012!


HORROR MOVIE SONG
the lyrics...

Porn star, dumb guy
Full moon climbs through a starless sky
Black car, brake lights
The air in this town doesn't feel quite right
Old man, with just one eye
That's no reason not to trust a guy
Cliche, right here
"We should split up"
That's a great idea

Now I want to see some vampires
I want to see the girl chased
Then I want to see a werewolf
I want to see their car crash
I wanna see the doll child
Crawling up the staircase
I want to see the porn star
Mangled in the car crash




Farm house, porch light
Let's go inside and stay for the night
Come see what I found
"Is it a big ancient book where the words move around?"
Just then the old man
Flailing around with a knife in his hand
Outside, best part
Never would've guessed that the car wouldn't start

Is the old man gonna get me
I thought we killed him yesterday
Now he's some kind of zombie
If he bites me
I will try to eat your brains
Just shoot me in the head we'll be okay
In the sequel I'm undead



ABOUT THE BAND - Cancer Killing Gemini is a genre-crossing rock band from Boston. Their ever-evolving sound allowing the band to change it's sound up at a moment's notice. A quote on the band's page describes this ability to go with the flow thusly, “McCartney and Mutemath meets Nine Inch Nails.” The band came to my attention after listening to a few songs and realized these musician has laid down the ultimate artistic gauntlet...! They have vowed to write and record a new song every month, forever! Go to their page for more information about this pledge and to hear what else is new.

Eric Michael Cohen – vocals, songwriting
Andrew Padua – bass
Max Butler – keyboards
Chuck Pukmel – guitars
Frank Hegyi – drums


11/10 Valentine's
Albany, NY w/ Bishop
11/15 ME Upstairs
Cambridge, MA w/ Bear Language and Juice


CANCER KILLING GEMINI 
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"Here Comes The Sun" VAMPIRE VERSION


David Dondero, Justice of the Unicorns & Darren Hanlon cover The Beatles


David Dondero
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Justice of the Unicorns
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Darren Hanlon
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Ryan Adams - Halloween (Live in Copenhagen)


Ryan Adams by Mark Evans



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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Eddie Japan makes cinematic music capable of causing Quentin Tarantino to cry tears of joy!

New Music Ahead!
The Boston Scene




In two weeks, Eddie Japan - one of the best full band live experiences playing New England these days, will release their new EP, Modern Desperation, Part 1. You can catch them at their release show November 17 at The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge if you're a local. They play the date with The Daily Pravda and Gene Dante and the Future Starlets. This one's sure to sell out in advance.

If you're reading this outside Boston, go to the band's website to find out how you can get your mitts on this one. What are you outsiders missing? Something that I'm sure you cinematic movie lovers would really get a kick out of. Eddie Japan produce a steady flow of mind-expanding, time-traveler rock. And if you know Quentin Tarantino, share it with him and tell him Ryan sent you!

Editor's Bonus: We debuted a song of theirs a couple of years back. Check that one out too.


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The Outlaw Roadshow NY Day One

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Photos from
The Outlaw Roadshow
The Bowery Electric 
 NEW YORK 10/19



MEAN CREEK





 
HEY MARSEILLES


 

BRIDGES AND POWERLINES



 
MELLOW BRAVO


RIBS

 

WILL DAILEY


YOU WONT


DO NOT FORSAKE ME OH MY DARLING


THE DAYS WEIGHT


AUNT MARTHA


GOLDEN BLOOM


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Titus Andronicus "In a Big City"

Brand New Music Video
Sounds  You Should Know



Rockers Titus Andronicus have labeled themselves a blue-collar, small town band that believes in Local Business; both the concept and the many independent institutions nationwide, and as they embark on their 40+ date US tour, the band has invited fans around the country to celebrate and support local businesses in their cities.

The New Album is "Local  Business" - Anchored by local music venues and record stores (key local businesses for any touring band) the band wants you to share with the band your favorite establishments - stores, restaurants, bars, and hidden gems in your hometown - so that they can visit and patronize the best independent businesses in America, and encourage their fans to do so, as well.



music video directed by Isaac Ravishankara

Visit the Local Business Forever page for a list of record stores along Titus' tour route giving away concert tickets and Local Business red vinyl test pressings. The band's promotion of twitter hashtag #localbusinessforever suggests they will be interacting with fans quite a bit on this tour. I think it's clever but more importantly, it works. Looking at a big year ahead for this band..

Titus Andronicus
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Heartless Bastards at Royale Tonight

The Best Live Acts in America!
Someone You Need to Know


 Erika Wennerstrom and Heartless Bastards play Boston tonight




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Thursday, October 25, 2012

VIDEO The Lumineers on Letterman

New: Aired Just Last Night
In Case You Missed 'em on  
Their Sold Out 2012 Tour




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The 2012 Boston Asian American Film Festival

Film Festival Spotlights

STARTS TODAY 
Runs Through
Sunday 10/28
  

This weekend, independent films spanning the genres, from horror to dramatic comedies to documentaries, will be screened at the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF). Nine feature-length films and a collection of shorts crafted by filmmakers from across the globe will be shown from Oct. 25-27 in three Boston-area theaters—the Brattle in Cambridge, Davis Square’s Somerville Theater and The Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Center.

While a few of the screenings are sold out, tickets for individual shows or the entire weekend are still available.

Along with getting some laughs or screams from the film-going audience, this festival, now in its fourth year, aims to empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a program of the Asian American Resource Workshop. The festival also aims to eliminate the stereotypes that exist around Asian Americans.



White Frog
Thursday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge

After the death of his popular brother Chaz (Harry Shum Jr. ), Nick (BooBoo Stewart), who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, struggles to carry on. Nick’s parents have their own problems coping with the loss, but Chaz’s best friend Randy (Gregg Sulkin) takes Nick under his wing. As Chaz’s family comes to understand his secret life, they will be forced to reconcile the boy they thought they knew with the man he really was.

Sunset Stories
Friday, October 26, 5 p.m.
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston

May (Monique Gabriela Curnen, The Dark Knight; Finishing The Game, Festival 2007), is a high-strung nurse based in Boston. She reluctantly returns to Los Angeles, her former home, to retrieve bone marrow for a transplant. Soon after her trip begins, her world turns upside down when past and present collide and she runs smack into rocker JP (Sung Kang from the Fast & Furious series in full sensitive, cool, heartbreakingly handsome-mode), her former fiancé who she left five years earlier. Flustered, May loses the cooler containing the marrow.

With only 24 hours remaining, the two embark on an After Hours-style journey up and down Sunset Boulevard, meeting a cast of eccentrics ranging from a transgender chanteuse at the Silverlake Lounge, a self-conscious young Mexican graphic artist, a struggling actor who takes any gig seriously (even if it’s dressed as a tube of toothpaste on the Hollywood Walk of Fame), and a bag lady who may just be Kevin Bacon's biggest fan.




I Am A Ghost
Friday, October 26, 7 and 9 p.m.
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville

I Am A Ghost focuses on a woman named Emily (Anna Ishida), a ghost who is unaware of her present and past due to her current physical and mental state. Soon enough, another individual is introduced into the empty house she inhabits, a medium named Sylvia (Jeannie Barragoa). Sylvia makes an effort to communicate a few important points to Emily, as Emily searches for the answers of her own confusing state of existence. As Emily tries to find out about her own past, present and future, right when you think the story is about to end, something very strange happens.

Wedding Palace
Friday, October 26, 7 p.m.
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston

Jason Kim, a 29-year old advertising executive (Brian Tee from The Fast And Furious: Tokyo Drift), feels the pressure from his parents and other relatives to wed before his 30th birthday in order to avoid an ancient curse placed on his family. A visit from a Shaman, played by Margaret Cho, reminds Jason and his family that if he is not married before his 30th birthday, he will certainly die a horrible death.

On a business trip in Seoul, Jason falls for businesswoman Na-Young, played by popular Korean star Hye-jung Kang (Oldboy, Welcome To Dongmakgol). News of their budding online relationship gives Jason’s family hope, until the young bride to be touches down at LAX and she is not what Jason’s family, or for that matter, Jason himself, expected… In this day of virtual dating, are webcam sessions and phone calls enough to really know someone? Are Na Young and Jason the perfect match? Sit back and enjoy the ride in this rollicking family comedy where finding true love could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance of happiness, or a sure path to regret.

Fear Buffet: A Shorts Program
Friday, October 26, 9:30 p.m.
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston

Featuring: Dumpling, How War Ends, Fortune Cookie Magic Trick, Mr. Nakamura’s Addiction, Blooktraffick and Down Under.

Join us for some scary fun and sample tastes of horror, fear and other flavors of frightful situations in this interesting short film program.

Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer
Saturday, October 27, 2 p.m.
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge

Step into the extraordinary life of a Chinese immigrant who achieved the American dream. This biography follows a boy who learns the value of hard work and perseverance through kung fu training. He escapes the harshness of political oppression, bravely ventures out, and embraces opportunity in a new land. The highly recognized Grandmaster Pui Chan is one of the pioneers responsible for bringing traditional kung fu to America. He built the first kung fu temple here, and leads an international martial arts system. Pui’s daughter Mimi Chan confronts the challenges of trying to keep tradition alive in a modernized era.

Model Minority
Saturday, October 27, 4 p.m.
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston

L.A. teenagers survive the treacherous world of peer pressure, drug dealers, juvenile hall and dysfunctional families. Kayla, an underprivileged Japanese American 16-year-old, endangers her promising future as an aspiring artist when she becomes involved with a drug dealer.
Director Lily Mariye describes Model Minority as “a film about redemption, the struggles of the 21st century family and hope for the future.”



Mr. Cao Goes to Washington
Saturday, October 27, 7 p.m.
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston

Rookie congressman Joseph Cao of Louisiana angers fellow Republicans by befriending President Obama, then he alienates the President by voting with the Republicans against Health Care Reform. Will bipartisanship reward or ruin his chances for re-election?




Yes, We’re Open
Saturday, October 27, 9 p.m.
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston

Luke and Sylvia think of themselves as a modern couple – always in the know and open to new experiences. Enter Elena and Ronald – a provocative polyamorous couple that challenge Luke and Sylvia’s status in their circle of friends and with each other. With temptation right around the corner, Luke and Sylvia must figure out where they really stand on love, sex, and honesty. Yes, We're Open takes an intimate look at the unconventional world of San Francisco relationships, where promiscuity and fidelity aren’t always mutually exclusive.

Reel Food: A Shorts Program
Sunday, October 28, 3 p.m.
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston

Featuring: Wonder Boy, People Aren’t All Bad, The Commitment, Bleached, Café Eleve, My 2009 Experience, Commitment and Nani.

A showcase of some of the finest short films by up-and-coming filmmakers who make cinematic forays into personal identity, family crises and everything else in life.




Shanghai Calling
Sunday, October 28, 5 p.m.
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston

Shanghai Calling is a romantic comedy about modern-day American immigrants in an unfamiliar land. When an ambitious New York attorney is sent to Shanghai on assignment, he immediately stumbles into a legal mess that could spell the end of his career. But with help from a beautiful relocation specialist, a well-connected foreign businessman, a clever but unassuming journalist, and a street-smart assistant, Sam might just save his job, discover romance, and learn to appreciate the many wonders Shanghai has to offer.




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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Delilah in the Woods by Sam Friend & The Freckles

New Live Music Video
Someone You Should Know



Delilah lives in the woods
Out beyond the berry fields of Old Blacksburg
Delilah's a southern girl
And her hands they hover above the soil

Yes it's slow
But even Rome in all its glory
Pales in comparison
To the great unknown

Child of a holy host
Of mystic proportions
I thought
I thought I'd seen it all
Then I woke up at the wheel
Headed to make a deal
I hope
I hope I took enough

Yes it's a rush
To paint her fence in the shade
While she Charlestons
Before I lose my train of thought
To the great unknown

Yes it's a rush
To paint my face in the name of the ain't made up
Before I lose my train of thought
To the great unknown

Sam Friend - Vocals, Guitar
Luke Moellman - Drums
Bridget Davis - Vocals
Abigail Wilensky - Violin
Bryson Barnes - Trumpet
Jim Camacho - Bass

Shot at Metaphonic Studios
Media by Luke Moellman

ONE TO WATCH - Raised on music in Miami but now based in Brooklyn, Sam Friend continues to honor his roots with thoughtful songwriting and a dedication to the poetic leanings of both the 60's folk movement and experimental and electronic landscapes. The results are pretty incredible.



Laura Moreno photo


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THE LAST BISON

New Music Right Now
By Julie Stoller


The Inheritance EP was released Tuesday



INTRODUCTION - The Last Bison has the sound and chops of a tightly-knit family affair. And indeed they are. Siblings Ben (lead vocals, guitar) and Annah (keys, vocals) joined their father Dan Hardesty (guitar, vocals) some years ago at their family home in Chesapeake, Virginia, and began to make musical magic together. Brothers Andrew and Jay Benfante joined them on percussion and keyboards, along with Teresa Totheroh and Amos Housworth on violin and cello. The end result is a powerhouse of an ensemble that sounds like they’ve been together for 20 years, instead of just a few. They self-released their debut album, Quill, just last year. The Inheritance EP (Republic Records) was released this week.



ABOUT THE MUSIC - Old-timey, traditional folk has been wedded beautifully with sophisticated classical string arrangements and tightly woven harmonies. Production is minimal, as it should be, recreating the sound of family gathered together on a porch or around a bonfire (which is how this music first came to be).

The EP opens with “Switzerland,” a charming folk tale that blends strings and bells, sounding convincingly like the Virginia hillsides of yesteryear. This particular song, in an earlier incarnation on their debut album, generated a great deal of audience interest when first aired on WROX-FM in Norfolk. Not surprising, as it steamrolls along as a kind of “indie folk anthem.”
Oh Switzerland
I never thought I’d have you as a friend
I'm praying it was not at all pretend
I need you now
To help pick me up from off the ground
SONGS ABOUT LIVING - The band describes their genre as “mountain-top chamber music,” and it is that (fans of Decemberists, Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons take note). However, there is something else going on here. On the second song, “Distance,” suddenly there’s this stark theatrical vocal with dramatic classical accompaniment. It’s an absolute stunner, and it’s something that sets this interesting band apart from those initial influences (“distance is not for the fearful”). “Dark Am I” is dense and powerful, with sprinklings of bells nicely balancing the somber mood. “River Rhine” begins with rich spiritual harmonies, acoustic guitar and stark, earthy percussion, conjuring ancient structures and deeply sowed tradition
“Dark and cold / The nights we stole / As we’d escape from / Walls of wood / And walls of stone / To recreate the sounds / On the night I loved you."

If you don’t yet believe these guys are a bit different from what you might expect, their live instrumentation includes a 75-year-old chaplain’s pump organ and a Bolivian goat toenails rattle.
The Last Bison is currently on tour on the East Coast supporting Langhorne Slim. For fans of old-timey strings and pastoral family harmonies, but also richly rewards the more adventurous.





Dates w/ Langhorne Slim
10/24 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall * Tonight!
10/25 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
11/28 Norfolk, VA - WROX Radio Show

Headline Dates
11/29 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
11/30 Vienna, VA - Jammin Java
12/01 Toledo, OH - Headliners
[Free Show, All-Ages]
12/03 Chicago, IL - SPACE
12/04 Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
12/05 Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
12/08 Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head On Stage
[All-Ages Matinee]


THE LAST BISON
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Our Review of ARGO

Thoughts on Films
Movie Review


In 2007, Ben Affleck made the transition from actor to director with Gone Baby Gone, followed up by The Town in 2010. Both movies received rave reviews, and proved that Affleck’s film talent isn't limited to that happening before the camera. With Argo, he shifts once more, this time changing genres from the crime dramas he’s helmed in the past to a politically-charge retelling of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.



The film takes place in Tehran, Iran, where the citizens are irate with the United States’ support of the recently deposed Shah, who was accused of torturing and killing those who opposed him. Suffice to say, it’s a bad time to be an American in Iran, particularly for the folks in the U.S. Embassy. After scaling the walls and overpowering the Boy Scout-level security measures, all but six members of the embassy are captured. Those that managed to get out while the getting was good find themselves in the home of the Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber).



The Central Intelligence Agency comes up with some laughable and wholly useless plans to extricate the hostages, including sending them bikes to ride out of the country. Because surely a bunch of middle-aged office workers have the endurance to make it across mountainous terrain while likely being chased by gun-toting extremists. CIA specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with his own scheme. This entails sending Mendez to Iran pretending to be a Hollywood producer scouting the city as a potential location for a film shoot. While there, he’ll pick up the six Americans, give them cover stories as being part of his crew, and whisk them back home. Yeah, it sounds like a terrible idea, a fact which Mendez admits to his bosses while trying to convince them to give his operation the green light.





And let’s not forget the irony that the director and producer of this movie also plays the role of the CIA agent pretending to be a film producer. Irony, thy name is Ben Affleck.




What Works: This film blends a tense political-fueled drama with some dry, sarcastic comedy, but even during the lighter moments, it’s impossible to forget that every second counts. While Mendez and company work on creating cover stories that can withstand any scrutiny, the six Americans are living with the knowledge that any moment the Iranians could kick down the door, drag them into the street and gun them down. This tension is further enhanced by the scenes showing the Iranians piecing together the shredded documents and learning that they didn’t capture everyone at the embassy. A little lesson here—not every bad guy in a movie is a simple-minded clod.




What Really Doesn't Work: What I’ve learned about any movies with the tagline “based on a true story,” is that I need to take the story with a grain of salt and resist the urge to fact-check the plot line, lest I’m consumed with urge to throttle the writer. In the film industry, it seems that “based” is a flexible term. Think of it as the filmmaker’s Silly Putty. In fact, Affleck actually stated in an interview that because they say it’s based on a true story, rather than being a true story, they get to take some dramatic license, i.e., change the story however the hell they want to in order to sell more tickets. In Argo, a lot of criticism was heaped on the creative team for their alterations to the story, mainly that the role of the Canadian government was reduced, while Mendez was seen to be taking all the risks and making all the decisions during the crisis. And then there’s the fact that Affleck cast himself in the role of the Latino agent Tony Mendez. Sad to say, this is far from the first time an American film managed to insult an entire country or race, and I doubt it’ll be the last.




That disappointing aspect aside, I feel Affleck and his crew deserve credit for crafting a pretty detailed story, from using archival footage to recreate some of the scenes, to the clothing and hairstyles of the characters. The performance from the cast deserves a lot of praise. The tension during some of the scenes was palpable, and the quiet background music was a great counterpoint to the gunfire in the streets. The fear in the actor’s faces and voices seemed very real to me, and it didn’t take long to get completely caught up in the story.

Yes, the creative team deserve a major head slap for the facts that got left on the cutting room floor, but frankly, this is nothing new, so one can’t hold Affleck as the sole perpetrator of this crime. Argo is a pretty intense film that gives a lot of suspense and a few good laughs. Just do yourself a favor and read about the Iran hostage crisis after the film’s over so you can get the whole story.

Verdict: A-/B+, a Mixed-Bag but Well-Worth Watching





Monday, October 22, 2012

Counting Crows: The NY Secret Show!

Photographic Evidence
by 5342 Studios


Photos from
The Outlaw Roadshow

at The Bowery Electric 
10/19/12 NY, NY






CMJ Music Festival audiences were treated to perhaps the best set of the week on Friday night as Counting Crows played the unofficial and well-attended Outlaw Roadshow at The Bowery Electric. The show is co-curated by singer Adam Duritz and RSL's Editor Ryan Spaulding. Four members of Counting Crows (Duritz, Dan Vickrey, Dave Immergluck, and Charlie Gillingham) played acoustically for a delighted mass of 200+ music fans and band members in town for the showcase.

The room was painted in golden sound - this was a moment hung in time, like art on a museum wall. The energy of the room was positively charged, with a sense of fellowship. Duritz demonstrated his stage prowess - both through his presentation of songs (a mix of the old and the new) and through his colorful storytelling. He embraced the crowd and crediting a number of independent musicians who have come to impact him musically and personally - as friends during the year prior. The singer relayed he had musicians and friends staying on his couches, beds and on the floors of his home. The hour came to end the show and the great staff at The Bowery Electric let the music carry on. It was one of those evening in which no harm could be done and despite the fact it was a free and open show, everyone was getting paid in some way...

Counting Crows were actually billed at the show in advance: they were listed on the poster as SONIC COW GRUNT, making for great laughs from the crowd as Duritz discussed the naming of the band on stage.

[ SETLIST ] The highlights for this writer were magnificent versions (the best these ears have ever heard live) of "Rain King" and "Washington Square." At one point Duritz and Immergluck (Immy) took the stage together and performed a heartbreaking and beautiful cover version of "Girl of the North Country" made famous by Bob Dylan. Counting Crows invited indie musicians Daniel And The Lion (Wisconsin) and Filligar (Chicago) on stage to sing Dylan's "You Aint' Goin' Nowhere" - which the Crows cover on their latest album Underwater Sunshine.

Counting Crows appear on Howard Stern today.









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Friday, October 19, 2012

Ben Folds Five in Boston!

Photographic Evidence
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Photos from
The House of Blues 
10/13/12 Boston, MA




In September, Ben Folds Five released The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind (ImaVeePee Records/Sony Music Entertainment), the group’s first album of new music in 13 years! We were there to capture their sold-out set recently in Boston and soon found what audiences everywhere are talking about - this is one of the best live shows and hottest tickets going. Pick up the album and see a show!






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Ben Folds Five 
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