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Month: March 2010 (Page 1 of 2)

Boston Bands This Week (01/31/10)…

The Somerville Symphony Orkestar, The Daily Pravda, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling (photo by Kelly Davidson), and Kingsley Flood (photo by Kelly Davidson).

The Somerville Symphony Orkestar, The Daily Pravda, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling (photo by Kelly Davidson), and Kingsley Flood (photo by Kelly Davidson).

Featured this week, just barely, is: a wildly crazy April Fool’s show at Church (Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys, Mighty Tiny, HUMANWINE, and Somerville Symphony Orkestar); dance night on Friday at Great Scott, with special live guests The Daily Pravda; a Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling CD release party at Church on Saturday; and for folk/Americana fans – a CD release party at the Middle East for Kingsley Flood, which also features the very popular Boston Americana group, Cassavettes.

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Band Round-Up, Part Two – March 30, 2010

Red Tide, Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket), Walter Schreifels, Satellite Crush, The Morning Pages (photo by Ginny Maxwell), and Straylings (photo by Robert Burton).

Red Tide, Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket), Walter Schreifels, Satellite Crush, The Morning Pages (photo by Ginny Maxwell), and Straylings (photo by Robert Burton).

Here’s part two of my latest “band roundup”, with ambient/electronic L.A.-based Red Tide, Yim Yames’ (My Morning Jacket) label, Removador Records, some heartbreak and yearning with Satellite Crush, seductive melodies of Straylings, rootsy and soulful New Yorkers, The Morning Pages, and introspective singer-songwriter (he’s performed in metal and hardcore bands??), Walter Shreifels.

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Band Round-Up – March 29, 2010

Dustin O'Halloran (photo by stafano.masselli@fastwebnet.it), Mevansa, Julia Nunes, Evelyn Evelyn, Laminated Cat, and Moga.

Dustin O'Halloran (photo by stafano.masselli@fastwebnet.it), Mevansa, Julia Nunes, Evelyn Evelyn, Laminated Cat, and Moga.

Time for another one of these. Way past time, in fact. Here’s a handful of folks who ‘jumped out at me’ from a pile of email in January and February. Hopefully I can catch up with this delightful onslaught so I can get to March’s mailings before the summer. Though if anyone is coming through the Northeast on tour, I’ll try to be more timely than that. In part one of two – contemporary classical pianist Dustin O’Halloran, the quirky and cool duo of Boston’s Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, giving birth to Evelyn Evelyn, quirky (yes, I like quirky) singer-songwriter Julia Nunes, cool and buzz-worthy Boston/Georgia/Maine-based Laminated Cat, a pretty and folky L.A. band called Mevansa, and folk/psych peeps from Providence RI, Moga.

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The Kids Are Lined Up On The Wall And Ready To Die???!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!

by Andrew Koskie, guest blogger

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So it’s about 4:00 am and I receive an urgent email from Julie, “You gotta check out this site, and register for tickets”. I wake up about three hours later and realize it wasn’t another dream about The Airborne Toxic Event coming back to the East Coast, but the real thing! I was on my way to New Jersey at the time to visit with my sister, and thank god I was able to register on my phone! I received a confirmation email saying, “your information has been received. We will notify you a week before the show if you have won tickets”. Boy was I excited! About two days later I receive a Google update saying the Aquarian Weekly was holding a contest to win tickets. I enter, and dream of winning the golden tickets!

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Boston Bands This Week…

Mali of Jaggery (photo by BriAnna Olson), Holly Brewer of HUMANWINE, and Orchestra Morphine

Mali of Jaggery (photo by BriAnna Olson), Holly Brewer of HUMANWINE, and Orchestra Morphine

Craziness abounds on ‘musings’ right now, and in April I have plans to see (and cover) perhaps as many as ten shows, so I’m scaling this back a bit. This week, I’ll have a quick look at two shows happening Thursday and Friday night – from theatrical otherworldly cabaret (OwlWatcher, Jaggery, Walter Sickert And The Army Of Broken Toys, HUMANWINE); to the bluesy, rootsy, and down-to-earth (Orchestra Morphine, Treat Her Right).

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Band Round-Up: Eastside L.A. Edition, part two

One Trick Pony (photo by Zoe Ruth), Princeton (photo by Laura Heffington), The Sweet Hurt, The French Semester (photo by Olivia Hemaratanatorn), Sara Lov (photo by Paige K. Parsons), and Wait. Think. Fast.

One Trick Pony (photo by Zoe Ruth), Princeton (photo by Laura Heffington), The Sweet Hurt, The French Semester (photo by Olivia Hemaratanatorn), Sara Lov (photo by Paige K. Parsons), and Wait. Think. Fast.

Here’s “part two” of my latest installment of really awesome Eastside L.A. bands (see part one, in case you missed it). Please forgive the brevity, but there’s just so much amazing music going on out there, I want to mention as many as possible. As I become more familiar, I’ll do larger profiles and maybe review new music when it comes out. And certainly, if any of these guys make the cross-country journey to these parts, I’ll be sure to let everyone know! As always, if there’s anything or anyone I missed who deserves mention, please pass it along.

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Band Round-Up: Eastside L.A. Edition, part one

A handful of awesome Eastside L.A. bands: Aushua (photo by Angi Welsch), Best Coast, Correatown, Downtown/Union, Le Switch (photo by Charlie Chu), Manhattan Murder Mystery (photo by Laurie Scavo), and Marvelous Toy.

A handful of awesome Eastside L.A. bands: Aushua (photo by Angi Welsch), Best Coast, Correatown, Downtown/Union, Le Switch (photo by Charlie Chu), Manhattan Murder Mystery (photo by Laurie Scavo), and Marvelous Toy.

This is a continuation of my two-part “Silverlake Band Update – part 1 and part 2” with bands that I’ve listened to or heard of since then and wanted to give a nod to. Note that these aren’t “new” bands – most have been together for at least a few years now – but they’re newish to me, as most just perform around the Los Angeles area or the West Coast – plus the fact that I’m a hermit and I don’t get out much. If there’s anyone I haven’t gotten to who I should know about, please let me know!

Also, three more blogs to check out: (newish) This Ain’t A Scene and (not so new, but I forgot last time): Surfing On Steam and When You Awake, a very cool place dedicated to the country, alt-country, folk & roots scene.

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Spring

Empty page, budding trees, singing birds, brand new start
yet familiar yearnings in my heart
the pain of connecting, then by fate forced apart
and I wonder what you’re thinking, what you’re doing, where you are.

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Expanding Awareness: Devils & Demonology in the 21st Century with Katie Boyd

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On tomorrow’s Expanding Awareness show, Victor will be discussing “Devils & Demonology in the 21st Century” with author Katie Boyd. Listen on Saturday morning at 10am on WZBC 90.3 FM (in the Boston area) or check him out online. You can also listen after the fact on the WZBC archive.

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Boston Bands This Week…

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Margin Walker, The Stereo Flys, and The Grave Reviews @ P.A.’s Lounge, Somerville, Saturday, March 20. 21+, 8:30pm doors, tix $10.

Just one featured band this week, due to exhaustion and a pile of other things to get to. Boston’s own The Stereo Flys are a happy, crunchy, distortion-loving psych-rock indie trio – Jeff Beam (guitar & vocals), Sam Peisner (bass) and Zander Kagle (drums).

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