Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Moving Music, This is Avi Jacob

Proximity is the gift from Avi Jacob to listeners. His immediately recognizable but completely unique voice uplifts, enlightens and devastates the listeners. This is an emotional songwriter and you'll hear that in his lyrics and see it in his delivery. 

Avi Jacob traveled the east coast looking for good work, performing live music and doing some recording the last few years. And he's raising a son. All of these things are great fodder for someone with an artist's heart. 2018 finds Jacob now residing in Providence, RI. Another fresh start. 

This is art. Jacob's creative soul crafts modern tales of human discovery (agony and ecstasy) and that too, is immediately relatable to each of our ears. The immediate 'closeness' of his songs depict not a harshness (no, not at all) but rather how effective it is cutting to the quick.

It is with the utmost pleasure that The Outlaw Roadshow announces Avi Jacob will play an acoustic set for us at this Thursday's Providence show at Alchemy. The lineup offers a heady "Festival-like" night of rock music, celebratory pop, Americana grind and folk at Alchemy in Providence on Thursday. The whole thing is free to the public. Doors at 7pm.

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Bonus Track!
vocals/guitar/bass/keys/toy piano- Avi Jacob
drums/engineering- Jett Craze

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Cranberries at Woodstock '94

Losing people who have proven to be important to you is a part of growing up but I'll never get used to losing my heroes. I can remember the very moment I heard Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan's amazing voice and I'm pretty sure I fell in love with her immediately.The world has plenty of souls, just one less angel today. 

I recall watching the Primus and Cranberries sets at Woodstock '94 and being so tremendously jealous I wasn't there. Now I'm using these clips to remember her best and who I was then. That's the way music works. It connects us and never forgets. 

Rest In Peace Dolores. Thank you and long may you run.

Dolores O'Riordan #RIP
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

First Signs of Spring: Allysen Callery

Jaw-Dropping Folk - Among the greatest storytellers who has ever graced an Outlaw Roadshow live stage, celebrated Southern New England folk singer Allysen Callery makes a return to our lineup in Providence this week. Allysen's delicate, austere sound has been compared to classic British folk artists like Sandy Denny and Nick Drake.

The songstress, who has won praises from all corners of the world of folk - beautifully helps ground a heady "Festival-like" night of rock music, celebratory pop and Americana grind at Alchemy in Providence on Thursday. 

“Allysen Callery, the most unique and fascinating voice of the American folk scene.” – Ondarock (Italy) Best of 2016.

RSVP & Attend  it's a free music night out on the town!

"There are only winners in any lineup which features the magical Allysen Callery," said Outlaw organizer Ryan Spaulding on Sunday. "She's got a beautiful, shimmery, ghost-like quality to her voice that folks will never forget. I think even those who typically love their music loud and in their face can appreciate her delivery and energy."

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Big Love for High Fascination

On the verge of releasing a new album here in 2018, The Outlaw Roadshow has added Boston's High Fascination to our huge Providence lineup on Jan 18. That bill already features The Quahogs and The Low Cards. Two acoustic sets to be unveiled in the next 48 hours.

High Fascination were one of the hero acts at the last Outlaw Roadshow New York and were a big hit with both the crowd and the other bands in our lineup. The band and its young players have found a niche for themselves by playing tones and styles emblematic of music's past - celebrating classical approaches to songs of heartache and dismay. It's easy at times to forget you are listening to a band in 2018.

During the recording of 2016's The Optimist, and whenever possible the band have insisted on using vintage equipment for their recordings, resulting in the amplifiers, keyboards, and most of the guitars used on the album predate the 1972 (a meridian line for purists). So what we have here is a bunch of gear heads and music nerds executing feel great pop and rock songs influenced by music's heroes. And that's kinda just perfect.

One of my fondest memories of the band wasn't on stage. Late one night following a New York show, an impromptu jam session with members of a dozen Outlaw bands took place. At the core of it were the guys from High Fascination. They are gifted, knowing players and dedicated to execution. Their ability to merge into this one-band with members two decades older, flawlessly, was notable. 

That night we all sang and played old standards which the members of High Fascination: Andrew Weiss, Mark McIntyre, Eddie Matthews, and Sam Gautier, who seemed to know the way better than most. It was a life memory!


As I noted, the lineup will be fully announced within the next two days. Save the date - next Thursday, January 18 - to be utterly amazed. Alchemy in Downtown Providence on Richmond Stret. Five acts, each brilliant. RSVP on Facebook. Ticket price is Free!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winning Big with The Low Cards

Last week I walked into the most unexpectedly amazing of live sets I've seen in six months - and I just have to share. I love punk-infused country rock. I have a soft spot in my dark little heart for blue-collar poetry. And you should probably know, I'm hoping the doctors don't ever come up for a cure for the Blues. 

And if you can't appreciate these things, you may never ever understand The Low Cards. And perhaps, this particular entry in my music blog isn't at all for you. The rest of you should probably fasten your seatbelts and get ready, because tonight - we ride.

The American Rust Belt and the blue collar cities in the country's midsection and south have been making some of the best rock and roll and most honest music this world's ever seen. This is nothing new. Fair comparisons on this one to celebrated bands like The Black Keys and Heartless Bastards are inevitable for The Low Cards, who play slow and steady but raise clouds of excitement with each.. dusty.. step. 

In Their Own Words - Rock & roll, swamp rock, roots rock... The Low Cards have been described as many things, one thing's for sure, they rock. Dissonant guitar mayhem, bombastic pigskin pounding, and slap happy upright bass debauchery... The Low Cards are guaranteed to satisfy.

This is real music. Zero sugar-coating. Not overproduced, over-hyped or elevated in any way. And it's the best thing you've heard in a good while.  Pick up the new self-titled album and turn the volume up high..

"There Aint' Nothing Wrong With Being Dead"

The Low Cards are Matt Slobogan, Dan Baker and Brian Jablonski.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Quahogs are On The Move

Bawdy, glitzy, low-born genius music. That's the honest-to-god truth of a four-piece rock band from Rhode Island named The Quahogs. Named for a creature that lives in the soil and water and found mostly at low tide, The Quahogs offer infectious, high-energy live performances characterized by singer Steve DelMonico's twisted and incredible, un-poetic delivery. 

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If Delta Spirit are the party at it's height of magic and a bit of drinking after-hours, The Quahogs might be the band after a few extra pops during the night's resulting chaos.. time filled with jealous girlfriend-stares and some bad dancing in a broken down ballroom.

Gritty; sure - but make no mistake, this is clever stuff and for fans of full-throttled rock and emotional heft - this is one of the finest provocateurs of that sound in New England and one of many notable national-quality bands proliferating in Providence, RI today.

I'll just go ahead and put it out there. I fully anticipate this band to prove out as one of the best of 2018. They've got guts. The Quahogs are DelMonico on vocals and guitar, Steve Donovan on lead guitar, Nick Iddon on the drums and Amato Zinno on bass.

"It’s difficult to define a band like The Quahogs by a genre," the band writes today. (We're) equal parts tender and heavy rock."

The Quahogs most recent release, an 11 song LP titled Sunny Waste, was recorded at the revered Columbus Theatre in Providence. The songs fit just about every emotion in the gamut of rock 'n roll and perhaps that's by design. 


Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The Return of Boston's One Night Band

One of the city's biggest music events this winter unfolds this Saturday afternoon with the triumphant return of One Night Band - a tradition involving 40 local musicians who band together to make something new. The city hasn't seen the likes of the event, which focuses on community and creativity, in years. 

The huge night of music is being organized by one of the event's original founders, Richard Bouchard a long-time local music promoter who flies under the moniker of Indie Rock Ranger.

this amazing poster is designed by Nicole Anguish of Daykamp Creative.

One Night Band is this Sat, July 6 at The Sinclair in Cambridge. Proceeds of the event benefit local music charity, Zumix. The day begins hours earlier as the names of the bands and their random membership are announced. That night, they will be expected to play in front of the masses. 

Pulling it off is a huge challenge for the impromptu bands. But it's also a hell of a lot of fun for everyone. (Editor's Note: One Night Band is a virtual whos'-who in New England music. Attendance should be required rite of passage for new bands.) If you're a music lover looking to get out of the house, this is a sure-fire bet. Three cheers for amazing-ness reborn. And a tip of the hat to you, Mr. Bouchard for making it happen.

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