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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Eli Mardock


ONE TO WATCH


Exceptional New Music - ELI MARDOCK's highly-anticipated solo debut "Everything Happens for the First Time" won't see the light of day for another five weeks (July 9 on Paper Garden Records) but we have the lead song here for you today. Mardock cut his teeth and built an indie cult following through his work with Nebraska's Eagle Seagull - a band that has helped inspire a number of important contemporary pop and independent acts. Mardock toyed with new music last year, releasing two EP albums before taking the big plunge this year with EHFTFT. Download the new track and get ready to add this one to your Best of 2013 Album Lists. All I can say is that we warned you on this one.


ELI MARDOCK
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DEBUT: Filligar - New Local

WORLD PREMIERE
Brand New!




AT SOME POINT TODAY - music writers from around the country will be receiving an email blast offering up the first single for the new FILLIGAR track, "New Local," in their inbox. Those already smitten by the band's charismatic live show - which showcases their boundless energy,will open it immediately -- to find this song. Others will look back later and wish they had immediately seized the opportunity to publish the first song off the band's new album.

ONE OF THE THE BEST LIVE ACTS IN AMERICA- It's hard to argue the facts here... FILLIGAR have gone from Chicago band on the rise, to national buzz band to mover and shaker on the international music scene. It's all because of the live set.  Less than a year after successfully touring Europe, they opened for Counting Crows on The Outlaw Roadshow Tour. Along with a whole bunch of recording out in LA (more on that real soon) Filligar were also tapped to join tours with Brandi Carlile and Taddy Porter. It's been a wild couple of years.

As a music lover (before critic) first and foremost, I'm excited for you to hear this album. It's going to be one of the best of the year for three big reasons: 1) Filligar has managed to capture their live sound, the energy, the flow, the jangly timing, the ascension into the night on each song. 2) the new album comes at the end of three years of solid touring. This is the band you want in the studio to record the album. 3) Many of the songs are well known to fans from tour and they sound better here than they ever have before.





DID YOU KNOW? - Filligar have been playing together for many years and have already produced several quality records. Over the course of the last year, the band re-learned and played almost every song they ever recorded for live audiences, often doing special video bootleg sets for fans and allowing their most diehard fans to call out "forgotten" tracks from the band's back catalog.

May 29 - Philadelphia, PA
North Star Bar
May 30 - Washington, DC
918 F Street
May 31 - Asbury Park, NJ
The Wonder Bar
Jun 1 - New York, NY
Gramercy Theatre
Jun 2 - Burlington, VT
Club Metronome
Jun 4 - New Haven, CT
Cafe Nine
Jun 5 - Cambridge, MA
TT the Bear's
Jun 6 - Mountain Jam Festival - Hunter, NY
w/ Primus, Rubblebucket and more!
Jun 7 - Pittsburgh, PA
The Smiling Moose
Jun 8 - Columbus, OH
Woodlands Tavern

Filligar
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Boston's Rock n Roll Rumble 2013 Night Five

Photographic Evidence
by Kira Doucette

The Rumble (click for info)
TT the Bears Cambridge, MA
Apr 12, 2013


COYOTE KOLB




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THE FIELD EFFECT




Album / Web / Fb / Tw


THE SUICIDE DOLLS




Album / Fb / Tw

WHITE DYNOMITE




Album / Web / Fb 


RSL STREAMING PHOTO ALBUM

On this night, White Dynomite prevailed.

Editor's Note: 
This was the best overall night of all New England music I had seen this year.
All the bands were outstanding!

From The 2013 Rumble:
 Night One
Night Two
Night Three
Night Four

Sunday, May 26, 2013

And Now From Russia.. LENINGRAD



FROM LAST WEEK - Many of you may have seen this video making the rounds the last few days. Something tells me these guys are going places. Grab the album for free below!


LENINGRAD
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More crazy good stuff!

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Review: STAR TREK Into Darkness

Thoughts on Films
Movie Review



In the 12th chapter of the Star Trek franchise, we boldly go…. to where we've already been before. This movie brings back the main villain from Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, though the story is all new and while some aspects are better, others need work. Khan returns as the genetically engineered, 300-year-old warrior cast adrift.




THE SETUP - Starfleet Command has a Klingon problem. A war with this alien race seems inevitable. And instead of viewing the recently unzipped (and decidedly-unwell) Khan as another threat during an already precarious time, an admiral with Starfleet decides instead to ally with Khan with the hopes that he will help the fleet design and build better weaponry which will provide the upper hand with The Klingons.

PLAYED OUT - In a move that absolutely no one didn’t see coming a mile away, Khan and the admiral try to kill each other time and again, and the rest of the Federation gets caught in the middle. Meanwhile, things aren’t looking too good for the crew of the Enterprise. Kirk gets stripped of his command after repeatedly demonstrating to everyone that he, again, doesn't deserve the post by declining to follow protocol (yes, we get it - he's a maverick). Thankfully, said starship command is then returned about ten minutes later when just about every commanding officer gets killed by Khan in an early assault. After this surprise attack, Kirk offers to go after Khan... One has to wonder if Starfleet even had any other officers.





WHAT WORKS - As in the last film, the special effects set the bar for all sci-fi films. The trowel with which they layer this cinematic mortar is used when needed, not as a means of burying a lackluster performance, but adding the flash needed to back up the substantive acting. From the transporter to the starship battles, the crew behind Star Trek takes full advantage of these technological tools to add an incredible amount of detail, such as the engines of the Enterprise spinning like a pair of turbines, and the hull peeling away during one of the later scenes. Obviously not content to rely solely on green screens, the cast proves to one and all why they’re here. Chris Pine (Rise of the Guardians, People Like Us) was definitely the right person for the role of Captain James T. Kirk, balancing the grating arrogance that comes from his natural talents with a realization that he cannot do it all. With that truth comes a deep, bottomless fear that he’s the narcissistic punk everyone says he is. The fact he’s literally responsible for hundreds of lives can’t make that any easier.




Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story) returns as the Vulcan science officer Spock. He manages a few glib jokes, but otherwise maintains his cool, logical demeanor, only losing his control in the most dire of circumstances. It’s like he’s reprising his role of the calculating villain Sylar in Heroes, but adding more control to the emotional storm within. Karl Urban (whom I have seriously underestimated as an actor) heads to sickbay as the cantankerous Dr. Leonard McCoy, a man who seems incapable of just relaxing for five seconds. Seriously, how this character lasted this long without a rage-induced aneurism is a mystery.

As for the rest of the cast, they do their jobs very well, backing up their commanding officers with solid performances that I believe would make the original team proud. Simon Pegg (Sean of the Dead) as Chief Engineer Montgomery Scotty never gets old. Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of Khan, and it’s this character that I feel lets me down the most. I almost wish he had slept in on the day auditions were held. (Where is Ricardo Montalban when you need him?) Cumberbatch manages to bleed out a lot of the emotion of the original, instead giving us a villain whose premiere talent seems to be talking slowly and menacingly.





THE VERDICT - I’m a huge Star Trek fan, and this revamp of the series does Gene Roddenbury’s franchise some justice. It's a beautiful effort but it falls a little flat here and there. Ultimately, a question for the fans... Does this movie have enough wind in its sails to keep viewers in the theaters for a second - or even a third viewing this summer? For most of us, the answer is 'not quite.'

You'll go, sure, but then you'll see what I mean.
GRADE:  B / B-


STAR TREK: Into Darkness 
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Murder By Death




BEAUTIFUL, BROODING MUSIC - The brand new MURDER BY DEATH music video "Lost River" is animated and yet still uniquely powerful in a way that few live action videos ares. The emotion and meaning of each word of this cinematic song is clearly communicated here and your brain will have a hard time telling which way is up. The video was animated and directed by O'Death's gifted Gabe Darling.


MURDER BY DEATH
 Album / Web / Fb / Tw




NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

5/26 - Sacramento
Harlow's
5/27 - San Luis Obispo
SLO Brewing Company
5/28 - Frensno
Fulton 55
5/29 - Las Vegas
Beauty Bar
 5/30 - Santa Barbara
SoHo
 6/1 - Wichita
Wichita River Festival
 6/2 - Des Moines 
Wooly's
6/4 - Fayetteville
George's Majestic Lounge
 6/6 - Dubuque
Mindframe Theater
7/6 - Silverado
Oak Canyon Ranch Orange County
 7/13 - Lansing
Common Ground Fest
8/22 - Palatine
 w/ Maps & Atlases
Durty Nellies
8/23 - Minneapolis
w/ Maps & Atlases
Fine Line Music Café
8/25 - Fargo
w/ The 4onthefloor
House of Rock @ The Hub
8/27 - Billings
w/ The 4onthefloor
The Railyard
8/28 - Missoula
w/ The 4onthefloor
Top Hat
 8/29 - Lethbridge (AB, Canada)
w/ The 4onthefloor
The Slice
8/30 - Edmonton (AB, Canada)
w/ The 4onthefloor
The Starlite
8/31 - Calgary (AB, Canada) 
w/ The 4onthefloor
Republik
9/2 - Vancouver (BC, Canada)
w/ The 4onthefloor
Electric Owl
9/3 - Seattle
w/ Larry and His Flask, The 4onthefloor
The Crocodile Café
9/4 - Portland
w/ Larry and His Flask, The 4onthefloor
Dante's
9/6 - San Francisco
w/ Larry and His Flask, The 4onthefloor
The Independent
9/7 - San Diego
w/ Larry and His Flask, The 4onthefloor
The Casbah
9/9 - Phoenix
w/ Larry and His Flask, The 4onthefloor
The Crescent Ballroom
9/10 - Albuquerque
w/ Larry and His Flask, The 4onthefloor
Launchpad
9/12 - Salt Lake City
w/ Larry and His Flask
Bar Deluxe
 9/13 - Denver
Bluebird Theater
9/14 - Kansas City (MO)
w/ Kentucky Knife Fight
The Record Bar
 9/15 - Springfield (MO)
w/ Kentucky Knife Fight
Outland Ballroom
9/17 - Tulsa
w/ Larry and His Flask
The Vanguard
9/19 - Austin
w/ Larry and His Flask, My Jerusalem
The Mohawk
9/20 - Dallas
w/ Larry and His Flask, My Jerusalem
Sons of Hermann Hall
9/21 - Houston
w/ Larry and His Flask
Fitzgerald's
9/22 - New Orleans
w/ Larry and His Flask
One Eyed Jacks
9/24 - Little Rock
w/ Larry and His Flask
Downtown Music Hall
9/25 - Carbondale
w/ Larry and His Flask
The Hangar 9
9/26 - Urbana 
Pygmalion Music Festival
 9/27 - Cincinnati
MidPoint Music Festival
 9/29 - Chicago
w/ Larry and His Flask
Reggie's Rock Club





Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Christopher Paul Stelling

New Music of Note!
Names You Should Know



CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING is a workhorse. A year after releasing the beautiful "Songs of Praise and Scorn" (Best Albums of 2012) and touring extensively on both sides of the Atlantic, Stelling returned home a few weeks ago and then settled in to prepare for the release of his new record. This week, Stelling released False Cities - a new record that upon early listening is more than a match for it's predecessor in terms of intensity and focus. The new music video, "Brick x Brick" was filmed in Texas, New Orleans, Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, and then edited whilst on this most recent European tour. The video was made by Stelling's good friend, John Christopher Alberico and shot during a southern tour to SXSW and back earlier this year. The song and the video demonstrate just how good Stelling is at conveying story and fiery resolve - it's a focus of these new songs.




TOUR DATES
6/06 - The Living Room - New York, NY
6/07 - Tin Angel - Philadelphia, PA
6/11 - Cafe Nine - New Haven, CT
6/12 - Local 121 - Providence, RI
6/13 - The Oak & The Ax - Biddeford, ME
6/14 - Radio Bean - Burlington, VT
6/17 - Divan Orange - Montreal, QC
6/18 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ONT
6/20 - Abilene Bar & Lounge - Rochester, NY
6/27 - Harvest Gallery Wine Bar - Dennis, MA
7/10 - Eddie's Attic - Decatur, GA
7/13 - Bunbury Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH
7/16 - Rozz Tox - Rock Island, IL
7/17 - Shitty Barn Sessions - Spring Green, WI
7/18 - Thursdays on First and Third - Rochester, MN
7/20 - The Ace Bar - Chicago, IL
7/21 - The Milwaukee Opry - Milwaukee, WI
7/23 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH
7/25 - Newport Blues Cafe - Newport, RI
(w/ The Low Anthem, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons)
7/26 - Floyd Fest at Blue Bow Pavilion - Floyd, VA
7/27 - Floyd Fest at Blue Bow Pavilion - Floyd, VA
8/16 - BSP Lounge - Kingston, NY

CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING
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For More Christopher Paul Stelling, 
See Also: The 53 Best Records of 2012

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tall Heights - Man of Stone




BRAND NEW - Directed by Mike Rogers, the new music video from TALL HEIGHTS is called "Man of Stone." It's a song about durability and solitude that Rogers chose to shot with a bleak landscape of grey and white. None of that can restrain the powerful (and beautiful) playing of Tim Harrington (guitar and vocals) and Paul Wright (cello and vocals) who elevate the track in the midst of the emotion. The pair released their latest ep, The Running of the Bulls, earlier this year to rave reviews. Tall Heights just recorded their first Daytrotter Session (we love those guys). And they have made rabid fans of audiences everywhere..




TALL HEIGHTS 
Album / Web / Fb / Tw


Monday, May 20, 2013

The Best Dirty Rock Band in America?



Marc Muldin photograph

A rock sound that slam dances and guitar rocks on the fine line between psychedelia and darkness DEAD CONFEDERATE are a hard band to nail down but an easy one to to love. For the uninitiated, Dead Confederate is a five-piece rock band from Athens, GA. Each of their last two releases have been placed near the very top of our annual best albums list (for Sugar from 2011 and Wrecking Ball from 2008) and with a new effort, In The Marrow, out now and a string of mesmerizing dates in support - this is your chance to find out for yourself just how amazing Dead Confederate are.. The release of In the Marrow sees a re-galvanization of the band. Those who saw the band’s recent two-night stand at the Earl in Atlanta, Georgia, left the venue brimming with vigor. Seasoned followers couldn’t help but think of Dead Confederate’s early days, in part due to the addition of new drummer Nick Sterchi (the Bohannons). His arrival sees the live show maintaining and exploiting the bombast of the original lineup. Let's take a look:




When the band's Hardy Morris (also of Diamond Rugs) was asked about Dead Confederate’s plans for 2013 beyond In the Marrow, he answered, “The plan is to tour and hit the festival circuit and release another recording before the end of the year.”

To me the title of Best Dirty Rock Band in the land either goes to Dead Confederate or Deer Tick. Hardy is brothers in arms with Deer Tick's John McCauley (also of Diamond Rugs). You simply cannot go wrong with either sound. These are important bands in 2013. Get down with it - and as soon as possible.





Dead Confederate
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bridges And Powerlines - Williamsburg

NEW WAYS OF 
REACHING PEOPLE






We've long been believers in Brooklyn's Bridges and Powerlines. With each album they've outpaced their peers and produced better material than what you're hearing on the radio. On Tuesday of next week the band release Better - an album that celebrates the end of a tough year for the band and new beginnings. There's a lot to get excited about. Better features a guest appearance by Wisconsin's Bon Iver and was produced by Kieran Kelley (Sufjan Stephens) and mixed by Adam Lasus (Yo Lat Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). Each song from the record takes its name from a different Brooklyn neighborhood. This is the brand new music video for "Williamsburg."




Photos of Bridges And Powerlines playing The Outlaw Roadshow.


BRIDGES and POWERLINES
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Hey Marseilles - Heart Beats



NEW MUSIC VIDEO


The easy to approach & even easier to love  HEY MARSEILLES are one of America's best live acts. They have done it again with the new album, Lines We Trace. This new music video by filmmaker Haley Young (director of the sensational Rio music video) helps celebrate the breathtakingly beautiful side to the band's music. In Heart Beats the band explores the most human side of us - surrender.

Hey Marseilles have a huge summer plate ahead of them touring with PHOX, Lucius, and Rouge Wave. They have been invited to play Newport Folk this year. This is a band that we've been loving on for years now. You should be too!

Hey Marseilles
Lines We Trace / Wb / Fb / Tw
Summer Tour Dates




Thursday, May 16, 2013

Beware of Mr. Baker





Whether you realize it or not (and I certainly hope you do), GINGER BAKER was the world's greatest drummer for decades. In the grand scheme of things he's probably still the best there ever was. Behind the kit for Blind Faith, Cream, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Hawkwind, Graham Bond Organisation and many others, he's seen more life and more music than the rest of us can even imagine. Because of his penchant for living each moment like it's the last and surviving decades of this personal abuse, he also could be one of the most colorful men in rock 'n' roll history.

I was extremely enthusiastic to see the film (catching it at the Boston Independent Film Festival last year) but even I could not have anticipated just how profoundly powerful and endlessly entertaining BEWARE OF MR. BAKER the documentary would be. The movie profiles Baker's life through never-before-seen video clips, through reluctant and fiery interviews with ex-wives and children, and in Baker's own words and through those of fellow musicians; Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Eric Clapton, Neal Peart, Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart, and Marky Ramone.





GINGER'S STORY BEGINS - Born in South East London the same week the Nazis began bombing, Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker’s first memory was running after a train that carried his father off to death in WWII. From his music to his life, at the expense of family and fortune, Ginger would never be left behind on the tracks again. Though best known for his work with Eric Clapton in Cream and Blind Faith, the world’s greatest drummer did not hit his stride until years later in 1972 when he drove the first Range Rover ever produced from London to Nigeria in pursuit of the African rhythms and musical icon, Fela Kuti. There he found his Mecca of drumming, introducing the African beat and “world music” to the West, years before any other musicians in the field.





The film is directed by Jay Bulger who initially pitched the story of doing an interview (here it is) to Rolling Stone magazine years ago. He ended up tracking down Baker - ever reluctant to share information - in his South Africa compound with a 29-year-old internet bride and Baker's 39 polo ponies.

In an unexpected twist, the story is also somehow about Bulger's passion, his drive to make the movie work. That much is clear in the opening sequence in which (near the end of filming with Baker) Bulger is threatened by Baker in his home. Bulger does not respond quickly enough and is met with a blow from Baker's cane - across the bridge of his nose. Ginger Baker is still a fiery porcupine. And it's hard to imagine anyone else getting the goods like Bulger does here.

Chain smoking and ingesting copious amounts of morphine while sitting in his leather recliner, the 73-year-old Baker takes to Bulger, deflecting questions about years of mounting lawsuits, claims of unsupported children, and near death experiences - each of which the musician shrugs off.  My favorite bits of the movie are all those never-before-seen bits of live footage (seriously folks you have never seen some of this Blind Faith and Cream video) and the fact that nearly every person that Jay Bulger runs into in this movie, says the same thing when approached for a quote on Baker: "He's still alive?" Then each person shakes their head knowingly. It takes a lot to take down such a legend.

Much credit for this film's measurable success needs to also go to Editor Abhay Sofsky who helps marry the various bits of video archive with Bulger's direction, sewing together several narratives with the telling bits of animation and illustration (credits there to David Bell and Joe Scarpulla) which make this movie really go. This is the best music documentary I've seen in years. It went on sale yesterday. You need to own this one. Even those that don't know the bands or the music will find this one infinitely entertaining.

OUR GRADE: A




BEWARE OF MR. BAKER
Now Available via Itunes + Amazon






Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Jay Nash - Letters From The Lost

THE BEST NEW 
ALBUMS OF 2013 





After a solid year of touring, JAY NASH spent most of 2012 hunkered down in his Vermont home studio, crafting what would become Letters from the Lost (produced by Bill Lefler & Jay Nash). It was a time for stepping out. This is the first album Nash had recorded outside of LA in many years. Throughout his career, indie-folk-rock artist Jay Nash has shared the stage with numerous acclaimed artists including Counting Crows, Maroon 5, Ingrid Michaelson, Zac Brown, Lucinda Williams, The Low Stars, and Katy Perry. Jay's albums have featured a luminary cast of musical characters: Don Heffington (drummer for Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Ricki Lee Jones) Rob Wasserman (bass for Bob Weir, Ratdog) Chris Joyner (keys for Ray Lamontagne, Jason Mraz) and Jamie Wollam (drums for Jackson Browne).





OUR GRADE:  A-  Change was in the air for this record - and it's reflected in the music. Behind Nash's distinct vocals this time are a far more layered soul. And in support: mandolin, baritone electric guitar, and ukulele. These robust new songs are charged with energy. It was a challenge to Nash to take so many chances and head off into the unkown... These challenges are being rewarded as Letters from the Lost contains both songs that are immediately classic (like Sailor) and quietly important and immediately relevant (Wander). The full breadth of human emotion are captured here. This is career-level work from Jay Nash! This is a record you need to own.


photo by Deborah Lopez

JAY NASH 
Album / Web / Fb / Tw
BONUS: Jay Nash is an Outlaw.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

FOALS

Thoughts on Shows
by Todd Harrington
The Scene: 
The MET May 8, 2013
Pawtucket, RI





FOALS are a band from OXFORD, ENGLAND - The quintet slowly took the stage and before you knew it, it erupted in energy! Touring in support of their new release Holy Fire, the band opened with “Prelude”. Singer/guitarist Yannis Philippakis, shrouded in a dark hoodie traded guitar lines with Jimmy Smith as the crowd swelled in anticipation. Drummer Jack Bevan, keyboardist Edwin Congreave and bassist Walter Gervers were up to the task of keeping Philippakis on task, as he was busy!

The fourteen song spanned their albums with a heavy focus on the new, and incredibly catchy, material. “My Number” had its playful bounce, and was welcome early in the set. The pretty “Bad Habit” was equally as compelling as Smith played a second keyboardist role and Philippakis, who had shed his hoodie, sung with an honest and true emotion you could almost see tears.*

(* Full disclosure here. The Foals are a few records deep now, and I only recently began paying attention and am kicking myself for it!)





As the set continued on Philippakis worked the stage like a caged animal. He jumped from the tops of speaker equipment. He'd drag his microphone (stand and all) into the crowd where he'd be circled by crazed fans all while not missing a beat. The band was forced to jam some of the tunes as Philippakis made his way back to the stage. Philippakis would wave, toss water, shout thanks...rip through another song, then head back to the audience for another song.

NOTABLE:
The track “Providence” was changed to “Pawtucket” for the night and the main set ended with “Bloom”.

Returning for a three song encore Foals put the final nail in the coffin. They just shredded and wouldn't let up. The frenzy in front of the stage had the floor boards bouncing seeming to throw people even higher in to the air. Between “Inhaler” and “Two Step, Twice” The band left it all on the stage.


5/8/13
Pawtucket RI
Prelude
Total Life
Balloons
My Number
Bad Habit
Milk
Sahara
Red Socks Pugie
Late Night
Providence
Bloom
E:
Stepson
Inhaler
Two Step, Twice

FOALS
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Nathan Reich

NEW VIDEO OF NOTE 
Names You Need To Know


It's very hard to find talent that both stimulates the mind and chills your bones... That's what NATHAN REICH does. The talented singer-songwriter has been stirring the creative pot the last year, producing a fan-sourced debut album called All Night Pharmacy. He toured the country with wunderkind Foreign Fields (this is what a cloud sounds like when you ring it out or the sun sounds like when it reflects off the glassy surface of water). Reich has followed his own muse. His songs are sad but absolutely gorgeous. And having watched him play in venues and at kitchen tables - it would be both unkind and untrue to dismiss his performances as anything other quietly transformative and inspired...




I encourage our Boston audiences to go see Nathan Reich for themselves. The new live video for "Chicago" was shot by Nashville filmmakers Crackerfarm.

Reich just played a string of East Coast dates but will return to Boston on May 22nd playing the all-ages Cafe 939. Advanced tickets are available.




NATHAN REICH
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Meet Nathan Reich

Sunday, May 12, 2013

M. Roosevelt

From the Mailbag

So, here's the deal. I can't begin to listen to, digest or publish everything we receive. About once or twice a month in 2013, I'll open new mail - and so long as the stuff is potentially of interest to our music-crazed audiences, we'll publish it. It gives everyone - no matter who you are, what kind of music you make, no matter your budget, a chance to reach our audience.




MEET THE MAN - M. Roosevelt is the stage/creative name for Mike Rasimas (The Worthies, Rotten Jazz Quartet) from White Plains, NY. Rasimas just wrapped up "Bummerang," (name your price) his latest M. Roosevelt song project. It's got elements of shoegaze, dissonant rock, and popular music. Perhaps the strongest elements of these records are Rasimas' aggressive, nearly progressive changes that hammer the listener throughout.

Each song is an adventure: whether telling the simple story of rising to meet a new day, or acting as a cinematic backdrop for a video game-like drama, this music is entertaining.  Rasimas' voice is vulnerable and real and at some points in these songs he reminds me a great deal of David Lowery, whose best stuff coincidentally (see The Palace Guards) was similarly reaching for something else. Give this project a listen!





M. ROOSEVELT / Mike Rasimas
Album / Fb / Tw

Saturday, May 11, 2013

How Can It Be? (Acoustic) by Zak Ward of Son Of The Sun


NEW VIDEO - UNPLUGGED & SOLO

Son of the Sun
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from rslblog.com's Best of 2011 List

Friday, May 10, 2013

Z*L


NEW MUSIC 



MUSIC AND TAKING CHANCES - It's taken me a long time to realize what I like best about music nostalgia; it's not the emotion of the music or the atmospherics - it's really just this: Great music is about sounding awesome - but music's even better when it takes chances.

Let me ask you this... If you are old enough, do you remember a day when a good record could be made without having it shoved down your throat through YouTube and Facebook advertising, through pseudo-independent corporate music blogs, or through product placement next to the cash register of  coffee shops?  Ugh. * (These may all be perfectly acceptable if not potentially requisite approaches to "making it" today. This does not change the fact it stink.) As a kid emerging in the world of music, I seem to remember being richly rewarded, time and time again, for doing simple research with a healthy music curiosity. The best new records are the ones you take a chance on and the best new records out there are the ones in which the artists do the same.





AND HERE IT IS.     And that brings us to Z*L, clearly descendant from the past, this is still something quite different. Isabel Reilly (vocals and bass) , Ian Adams (vocals and guitar) and Jack “Knife” Guilderson (drums) cut their teeth in such popular Boston bands as The Ghost Of Tony Gold, Rock City Crimewave, Vera-Go-Go, and Slim Jim And The Mad Cows but is something else altogether in this incarnation. So while you can see, hear and feel the undeniable influences of early influencers: the Jesus and Mary Chain, X, The Pixies and Mudhoney, for instance - the finished product on their eponymous debut is somehow far more than that.

I hear fuzzy psych rock, a country-steeped ballad, and throwdown rock 'n' roll interspersed through this one.  It's impossible not to enjoy a band releasing an album's worth of great new music that somehow also manages to take chances. For that reason alone, Z*L is a project you should be listening to right now. Beyond that? They're wicked damn cool.





Z*L


Thursday, May 09, 2013

Johnny Marr wraps his North American Album Tour in Boston

Thoughts on Shows
The Scene: 
The Paradise  May 4, 2013
Boston, MA





Johnny Marr brought the heat to a cool spring evening. It is that simple. Few things are better than going to a show that exceeds your expectations, and Marr and the band did just that on Saturday night for the sold out Paradise crowd.

Marr has reached icon status. He can just walk on the stage and soak in the applause for extended periods of time. That is fine, he has earned it. The guitar player was a key cog in the seminal 80's band “The Smiths”. Since the band's demise he has worked with Bernard Sumner in “Electronic” as well as “Modest Mouse” and released a few solo albums. Sure he was all smiles as the audience greeted him, but he and his suit wearing band, were quick to re-affirm the accolades and earn even more praise.

The 19 song set began with “The Right Thing Right” from Marr's latest studio release “The Messenger”. Nary missing a beat the band launched in to the first of six Smiths songs. “Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before”. Marr does a respectable job of taking the lead vocal duties. It is sacred ground to many, but Marr was solid enough, and based off the thunderous applause people were pleased.

The band was very tight and the backing vocals allowed for Marr to bounce around the stage and throw out his rock start and gun slinger poses. We ate it up! There were a few stories, but the chatter was kept to a minimum letting us focus on the songs.



This was the final night of the North American tour and “Still III” was introduced as one of those “We haven't played it yet, wanted to...so if it stinks just be nice”. The main set ended and the band left the stage, to return a few moments later and now Marr was wearing a red “Johnny F**king Marr” t-shirt.

A rowdy take of “I Fought The Law” had the hipsters moving up and down rather than hoisting a cell phone over head. It was a ferocious a version as I've ever heard and that went in to “Getting Away With It”. A moderate radio hit this was the lone miss-fire to me of the night. Not in that it was played, it was just a different take on the song that seemed to have lost the sythny bounce to it. Swapping “Bigmouth Strikes Again” and moving the two may have worked better, but then again based off the reaction I was the minority.

The set ended with one of those “now I can die in peace” moments from the moment you hear the buzzy/swirly intro of “How Soon Is Now?” it was an out of body experience. Love or hate The Smiths this is just one of those songs, that riff, oh...that riff. The version could have been 20 minutes long and been too short for everyone. Marr waved, thanked us for ending the tour on such a high note and off we went, thankful for that cool spring evening that awaited out the doors of the Paradise.


SETLIST:
The Right Thing Right
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before*
Upstarts
Sun + Moon
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out *
Forbidden City #
London*
Lockdown
The Messenger
Generate! Generate!
Say Demesne
Bigmouth Strikes Again *
Word Starts Attack
New Town Velocity
Still III *
I Want the Heartbeat

E:
I Fought The Law %
Getting Away With it #
How Soon Is Now? *

*The Smiths
# Electronic
%Bobby Fuller Four


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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes announce a 3rd album



The self-titled LP will see a July release 

"We are amazed and excited to announce that our self-titled third album will be coming out in the US/CAN on July 23rd and worldwide on July 29th!! "These songs mean everything to me. It's the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we've done." - Alex

THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS

MAY 11TH, 2013 NAPA, CA
BOTTLE ROCK FESTIVAL
MAY 23RD, 2013 LAKE TAHOE, NV
MONTBLEU RESORT CASINO
MAY 25TH, 2013 PORTLAND, OR
THE ROSE FESTIVAL
MAY 26TH, 2013 QUINCY, WA
SASQUATCH FESTIVAL - SOLD OUT
MAY 28TH, 2013 BILLINGS, MT
BABCOCK THEATRE
MAY 29TH, 2013 JACKSON, WY
PINK GARTER THEATRE - SOLD OUT
MAY 30TH, 2013 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
RED BUTTE GARDEN AMPHITHEATRE - SOLD OUT
JUNE 2ND, 2013 MORRISON, CO
RED ROCKS - SOLD OUT
JUNE 4TH, 2013 COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA
STIR COVE
JUNE 5TH, 2013 DES MOINES, IA
SIMON ESTES RIVERFRONT AMPHITHEATER
JUNE 7TH, 2013 PITTSBURGH, PA
THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL (FREE)
JUNE 8TH, 2013 NEW YORK, NY
GOVERNOR’S BALL MUSIC FESTIVAL
JUNE 9TH, 2013 PORTLAND, ME
STATE THEATRE - SOLD OUT
JUNE 11TH, 2013 SHELBURNE, VT
THE GREEN AT SHELBURNE MUSEUM
JUNE 12TH, 2013 MONTREAL, CANADA
THE METROPOLIS - SOLD OUT
JUNE 13TH, 2013 - JUNE 16TH, 2013
MANCHESTER, TN BONNAROO
JUNE 15TH, 2013 ATLANTA, GA
MIDSUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL (FREE)
JUNE 18TH, 2013 CHATTANOOGA, TN
TRACK 29
JUNE 19TH, 2013 KNOXVILLE, TN
BIJOU THEATRE
JUNE 21ST, 2013 NORFOLK, VA
THE NORVA
JUNE 21ST - JUNE 23RD, 2013 DOVER, DE
FIREFLY FESTIVAL
JUNE 24TH, 2013 KALAMAZOO, MI
KALAMAZOO STATE THEATRE
JUNE 25TH, 2013 MINNEAPOLIS, MN
CABOOZE OUTDOOR PLAZA
JUNE 26TH, 2013 MILWAUKEE, WI
SUMMERFEST
JUNE 28TH, 2013 CHICAGO, IL
OLD ST. PAT’S CHURCH BLOCK PARTY
JUNE 29TH, 2013 KANSAS CITY, KS
KANROCKSAS MUSIC FESTIVAL
JULY 2ND, 2013 BERLIN, GERMANY
HEIMATHAFEN NEUKÖLLN
JULY 3RD, 2013 HAMBURG, GERMANY
MOJO CLUB
JULY 4TH, 2013 RUDOLSTADT, GERMANY
TFF FESTIVAL
JULY 6TH, 2013 LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK
JULY 8TH, 2013 PARIS, FRANCE
LE TRIANON HALL
JULY 9TH, 2013 UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS
TIVOLI - SOLD OUT
JULY 11TH, 2013 BILBAO, SPAIN
BBK LIVE FEST
JULY 12TH, 2013 LISBON, PORTUGAL
OPTIMUS ALIVE
JULY 14TH, 2013 DUBLIN, IRELAND
PHOENIX PARK - SOLD OUT
JULY 15TH, 2013 GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
SWG3
JULY 16TH, 2013 MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
THE RITZ
JULY 18TH, 2013 BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
TRINITY CENTRE
JULY 19TH, 2013 LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
SOMERSET HOUSE - SOLD OUT
JULY 20TH, 2013 LEWES, UNITED KINGDOM
GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD STOPOVER
JULY 27TH, 2013 FLOYD, VA
FLOYDFEST
AUGUST 1ST, 2013 LAS VEGAS, NV
THE COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL
AUGUST 4TH, 201 LOS ANGELES, CA
HOLLYWOOD BOWL
AUGUST 17TH, 2013 STERLING HEIGHTS, MI
MO POP FESTIVAL
AUGUST 23RD, 2013 SIMCOE, CANADA
GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD STOPOVER - SOLD OUT
AUGUST 29TH, 2013 KENNETT SQUARE, PA
LONGWOOD GARDENS - SOLD OUT
AUGUST 30TH, 2013 TROY, OH
GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD STOPOVER - SOLD OUT
SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2013 ASPEN, CO
JAZZ ASPEN SNOWMASS


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Monday, May 06, 2013

Adam Duritz in a Bunny Suit!

BONUS FOOTAGE
Seeing it for the 1st time!


FREELOADERS - A group of slackers living for free in rock star Adam Duritz's mansion suddenly find their lives on easy street threatened when he decides to sell his pad. To stop the sale the gang comes up with a series of ludicrous and hilarious schemes to insure the house never sells. Today's spotlight clip shows what happens when Adam learns the gang have allowed a fundraising porno to be filmed at the house. The bonus footage scene you are about to see does not appear in the final movie -- it's a bonus scene from the DVD! And what, exactly does the bunny suit say about Hollywood?? Too funny. I knew we just had to share it..




Freeloaders is a Broken Lizard production (the producers of Beerfest and Super Troopers.) Freeloaders stars Olivia Munn, Dave Foley, Jane Seymour, Nat Faxon, Denise Richards, Josh Lawson, Zoe Boyle, Clifton Collins Jr., Kevin Sussman, Warren Hutchinson, Brit Morgan and featuring music by Adam Duritz and NOTAR.




Sunday, May 05, 2013

New from JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND

BRAND NEW SOUNDS
This is Going to Be Great!


New Album HOWL is out 05/21/13



JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
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