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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Jittery Jack




Late 1950's Rock n' Roll gets served up right in this new 'classic' video by JITTERY JACK. Something Wicked This Way Comes refers to a girl who everyone can tell is a whole lot of trouble, but no one can resist. The song is on the new album, Gonna Have A Time With Jittery Jack, which you can pick up with the link below.

Filmmaker Michael Gill does it right in this black and white film noir telling of a different kind of tempest, one who rises from the sea to claim men. Jittery Jack survives to tell the tale, but only just barely..



JITTERY JACK
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Elvis Costello


Elvis Costello will always be one of our favorites. Along with all of his fantastic songs through the years, Costello's biggest impact may be on his peers - the other musicians and bands in your music collection. Today is Elvis' birthday and we thought we would celebrate in style! This really cool Elvis Costello set was recorded with the Attractions at Winterland in San Francisco, CA on June 7, 1978. I love "Blame It On Cain", this show's "Chelsea" and "Watching the Detectives." Hell, going back now and re-listening this morning - they all sound pretty damn good!



Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Live at Winterland

San Francisco 1978





Thursday, August 21, 2014

These Wild Plains - Virginia

WORLD PREMIERE - NEW MUSIC



Soft and rising like smoke on a new fire, Virginia is the new song from These Wild Plains. These east coast cowboys are fueled by bourbon and have all the right classic music influences. But this is an alt-country appreciation cultivated in the rock-y terrain of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Working hard to finish their LP, These Wild Plains are already making a whole lot of noise. Listed as "One Of The 15 Bands To Watch in 2014" by Esquire - this is definitely a something you won't want to miss. Boston kin: you can catch them on stage tonight at Great Scott where they will shaking some of those new songs out on stage.  These Wild Plains are Ryan Bambery, Matt Girard, Nick Mercado, Rob Motes & Ben Voskeritchian.



THESE WILD PLAINS
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Erica Driscoll gets naked in the new BLONDFIRE video for WAVES



You hear them when you try to fall sleep
They crash to the shore they come from the deep
As sure as the sun will rise the sun will set
You taste the salt the closer you get

Waves-picking you up
Pushing you down
They’re always around
Waves-just like a dream
Silver and green
We live in between
They can carry you all the way to me
They can pull you out to The deep blue sea
Oh waves, there are waves

Empires will crumble to the sand
All that you love can slip through your hand
But you must face the ocean once again
Follow the tides wherever you’ve been

Waves-picking you up
Pushing you down
They’re always around
Waves-just like a dream
Silver and green
We live in between
They can carry you all the way to me
They can pull you out to The deep blue sea
Oh waves, there are waves





Editor's Note: If long-time readers recall us posting this video with an alternate video more than a year ago, your mind is not playing tricks on you. It's just such a great song, that the repackaging - new lyrical video (with implied nudity, of course) works pretty well. Surely we can all agree the bubble gum and blow-up dolphin are the winning elements of the video.


Blondfire
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Nemes - Butterfly


  VIDEO INTRODUCTION


Nemes.. You say it like "knee·miss."
album "I Carry Your Heart" is out Oct 28


NEMES
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Joseph Arthur sings for #Ferguson





Words and Music by Joseph Arthur

Where Is Our Freedom

The cops in Missouri
Are in a fury
They shot a teenager
Who wasn't breaking the law
Dressed like the army
Someone better warn me
Waging a war
On the streets of America

Where is our freedom
Who can we trust
When the police
We pay for protection
Are turning their guns
Back on us
Where is our freedom
Who's protecting the law
When the cops are the thugs
We need to escape from
When the night falls

The people all riot
Cops come in droves
Shooting gas at our own
While wearing military clothes
Reporters arrested
For reporting the truth
Big brother is hiding
And destroying the proof

Where is our freedom
Who can we trust
When the police
We pay for protection
Are turning their guns
Back on us
Where is our freedom
Who's protecting the law
When the cops are the thugs
We need to escape from
When the night falls

In America


JOSEPH ARTHUR  
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

This is LE ROXY PRO




After a huge run (national tours, festival extravaganzas and a 'final album' that earned multiple four-star-reviews,) I was dismayed to learn Boston's The Wandas [ web / wiki ] were going on a sabbatical of an undetermined length. Members communicated to me that they be getting together to write and create, but there would be no new live shows on the fore. For those of us who have been come to love the band for their facile & hearty, rock-steeped pop - it looked like a serious drought..

And that's when it became clear that Wandas guitarist Brent Battey had something of his own in the oven.. Battey promised something fun, different and great. And, at the time, all he would tell me was the project, which would feature his Wandas teammates and guest star a number of the northeast's best music talent; would be known as LE ROXY PRO.. The first single is Coral Coralles (pronounced "coral-EES")




"I’ve always loved surf jams; I’ve always loved rock music," says Battey, "and I’ve always loved making music with my friends and here it all is." It's like a pool party at a nice hotel with adult beverages - think The Beach Boys meeting up with Queens of the Stone Age.

Featured on the Le Roxy Pro debut
Nick Grieco – The Field Effect
Jen de la Osa & Henry Beguiristain – Aloud
Greg Settino – Tiger City
Andrew Knox – The Broads
Matty Medeiros – Michelle Lewis
Paul Sentz & Ana Karina DaCosta – Slowdim
Al Polk – Straight Angular
Alex Sepe – Age Rings
Keith McEachern & Ross Lucivero – The Wandas




Le Roxy Pro plays Great Scott in Boston on Aug 28.


LE ROXY PRO
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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Summer Movies: LUCY

Thoughts on Films
Movie Review



I can’t tell if LUCY wants to be an intense, trippy, action movie about a heroine with mental powers or a soul-searching tale of introspection and scientific exploration. Here's my breakdown of where the film falls short and you can decide for yourself if it's one worth watching this summer.

This film, directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Taken 2) centers on the scientific theory that humans only use 10 percent of our brain, and that if we could only unlock the rest, we’d be privy to unimaginable powers, such as enhanced intelligence, telekinesis, telepathy, etc. As Professor Samuel Norman (Morgan Freeman) so helpfully explains however, it’s all guesswork, and there’s no way of knowing what would actually happen. The fact that he’s spent his entire life studying this and admits he has no clear idea doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Science, after all, begins with theory.






Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2, The Avengers) plays the titular character, a hard-partying college student studying abroad (I think there’s really no indication she’s doing any real studying). After meeting up with some skeevy guy at a party, she’s asked to deliver a suitcase to a hotel.The case contains a drug called CPH4 and the folks she’s delivering it to are psychotic gangsters. The drugs are surgically implanted in her body and she’s forced to deliver them to other gangsters. En route, the package containing the drugs inside her is burst open due to obvious plot advancement and they mix with her bloodstream, unlocking portions of her brain throughout the movie. We’re told this through helpful text breaks that show what percentage of her mind has been opened.







From the very early stages of this movie, I found myself really unable to be worried about the heroine, despite the constant danger she is in. Let’s face it, when you get the power to control time and space, thugs with guns just don’t pose the same threat that they used to. It makes me wonder why they’re there in the first place when they seem to be nothing more than cannon fodder. As she’s pursued by the gangsters, Lucy teams with French police captain Pierre Del Rio (Amr Waked) as she races across country to meet with Norman so that he can fully explore what is happening to her. Yes, the now super mind-powered heroine needs help from a guy whose entire career amounts to a shrug of the shoulders and “I dunno.”






Despite what seems like a solid thumbs-down, there are parts of this movie I liked. What’s interesting is Johansson’s transformation as more and more of her mind is released from nature’s constraints. As she puts it, things like desire and pain begin to fade away early on, and what’s left is a walking computer that can barely remember what it means to be human. In one scene, when Del Rio asks why he’s still being dragged around when she’s so powerful, her response is to kiss her and say that he’s a reminder.





I also enjoyed the scientific speculation on what our minds are really capable of. After all, science is a journey, a search for the answers to life’s mysteries. This particular theory has been debated time and again, and some well-known fictional characters have resulted from this (Deathstroke from DC Comics comes to mind). But honestly, the folks behind this just should have picked what kind of movie they wanted to make, because the end result is an odd mashup that just leaves me confused and tempted to ask for my money back.

All told, this movie might get a few conversations going afterwards, but a lot of them will just be about how thin it was. And if you're interested in the science of it all? Do yourself a favor and watch Bill Nye instead.


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

VIRAL -- ACDC's Thunderstruck covered by Steve 'n' Seagulls


VIRAL VIDEO SELECTION - The most unlikely cover ever just happened! A Finnish band called Steve'n'Seagulls recorded AC/DC's Thunderstruck in a way I never thought possible. Well worthy of a watch and a recommendation for a friend. The video was recorded by Jaakko Manninen Photography.



STEVE 'N' SEAGULLS
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for more viral videos use the viral video tag at the end of this article!




Strand of Oaks + Christopher Denny

Names To Know &
Shows to See 2014




Tim Showalter should be a known name for our regular readers. The gifted Indiana songwriter goes by the stage name Strand of Oaks and is responsible for Heal, one of the best records of 2014 (ed's note: best of 2014 half-year list). Tim has a vibrant creative streak, a strong indie-rock aesthetic represented in his music. This is cathartic, deep release music - desperate songs written from a fiery soul. Because of how good this guy is and it's an album tour - I would give this the highest recommendation possible. Dollar for dollar, seeing Strand of Oaks is a brilliant choice - the best show in town.


STRAND OF OAKS
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Tim Denny could be the perfect foil to Showalter's sometime-rock-growl, rounding out the tour perfectly. A fervent Orbison meets Dylan tenor that fills Denny's songs with a tremendous emotional pressure. It’s the voice of a Southern choirboy who attended the church of alcohol, drugs and self-destruction in a failed attempt to deal with his inner pain and conflicts. He has a gift for infusing simple words with raw sentiment and marrying them to haunting melodies that immediately capture your attention. “The album was inspired by my struggles,” Denny says. “The moments in my life that caused me the most hurt and brought me the most beauty." Those human dramas are fleshed out on If The Roses Don’t Kill Us, Denny's Partisan Records debut, perfectly capturing the singer's 'Arkansas Soul.'


CHRISTOPHER DENNY
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August 7
GREAT SCOTT - BOSTON MA
August 8
HIGHER GROUND - BURLINGTON VT
August 9
IL MOTORE - MONTREAL CA
August 11
THE DRAKE - TORONTO CA
August 12
CLUB CAFE - PITTSBURGH PA
August 14
MOTR PUB - CINCINNATI OH
August 15
RUSSIAN RECORDING - BLOOMINGTON IN
August 16
IGNITION MUSIC GARAGE - GOSHEN IN (Tim's hometown)
August 18
PABST THEATER - MILWAUKEE IL
August 19
7TH ST ENTRY - MINNEAPOLIS MN
August 21
OFF BROADWAY - ST LOUIS MO
August 23
HI DIVE - DENVER CO
August 24
KILBY COURT - SALT LAKE CITY UT
August 26
TRACTOR TAVERN - SEATTLE WA
August 27
BILTMORE CABARET - VANCOUVER CA
August 28
DOUG FIR - PORTLAND OR
August 30
THE INDEPENDENT - SAN FRANCISCO CA
August 31
THE CREPE PLACE - SANTA CRUZ CA
September 3
THE ECHO - LOS ANGELES CA
September 4
CASBAH - SAN DIEGO CA
September 5
LAST EXIT - PHOENIX AZ
September 7
THREE LINKS - DALLAS TX
September 9
LAMBERTS - AUSTIN TX
September 10
THE BOTTLETREE - BIRMINGHAM AL
September 13
THE PINHOOK - DURHAM NC
September 14
DC9 - WASHINGTON DC
September 19
BOOT & SADDLE - PHILADELPHIA PA


Friday, August 01, 2014

Freedom Fry

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 2014, 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.


AMAZING - What’s in a name? FREEDOM FRY is the tongue-in-cheek alter ego that French songstress, Marie Seyrat, and Michigan-born musical chameleon, Bruce Driscoll (of Blondfire) go by. The duo met and are based in Los Angeles where their desert warm, beachy, bittersweet, lo-fi/hi-fi, retro pop sound is right at home. Recently they’ve played alongside Phantogram, We Are Scientists, Superhumanoids, Dan Wilson (of Semisonic, Adele), Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) to name a few. Here is the brand new single, Wilder Mile, which debuted on ALT 98.7 where they were the Artist in Residence for the month of July. I can't wait to hear more!




FREEDOM FRY
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