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Month: January 2011

Ryan’s Smashing Life’s Smashing Soiree @ T.T. the Bear’s Place – TONIGHT!

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Ryan’s Smashing Life 4-Year Celebration w/RIBS, The Cinnamon Fuzz, Bridges & Powerlines, and Fan-Tan
Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, 8:30pm | 18+, $10 | purchase tickets | facebook event

Never mind the sold out Decemberists show at the House of Blues. If you’re looking for a serious party for your Friday night, look no further than T.T.’s, because they’ll be hosting the Ryan’s Smashing Life 4-Year Anniversary Celebration, featuring RIBS, The Cinnamon Fuzz, Bridges & Powerlines, and Fan-Tan. Hang out with the winners of the Boston Music Award for ‘Best Music Blog’ and check out some great bands!

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Band Roundup ~ first of the new year! (part one)

Sonny Smith, Gregory and the Hawk (photo courtesy of mostlyjunkfood.com), Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Woodsman, and Infantree

Sonny Smith, Gregory and the Hawk (photo courtesy of mostlyjunkfood.com), Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Woodsman, and Infantree

Welcome to the first band roundup of the year, though we won’t say how long I’ve had these fine bands sitting in my inbox… In this first installment, there’s the dreamy space jams of Woodsman, beautiful harpist and folk singer-songwriter Meredith Godreau a.k.a. Gregory and the Hawk, and the mysterious desert music of Infantree. A warm, acoustic, both serene and haunting ‘comfy as an old pair of shoes’ EP from Sonny & the Sandwitches, and someone I’ve been impressed with for some time now, Danielle Ate The Sandwich.

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The Airborne Toxic Event’s New Single “Changing” & more on the way!

“The song was originally called “Something You Own.” It’s a song about conflict and resolution, resisting and accepting Change.” Read more…

The new album: All at Once (Island Def Jam), to be released on April 25th in Europe and April 26th in North America.

The tour: February residencies and shows in Europe – see full schedule. Additional dates to be announced February 15 on their official site – and I’ll post them here as well.

It’s all about learning to welcome change. Not just adapt, but a full embrace of the process of life and natural changes in our own lives, and in the lives of those we care about. Change is an integral part of living, but we are frightened by it. We cling to emotionally draining relationships and continue to play out time-worn destructive patterns and tape-loop responses. We hesitate to leave dead-end jobs, preferring to stay in our comfortable prisons. It takes an amazing amount of bravery to leave one’s comfort zone for the vast expanse of the unknown. To venture out on that unfamiliar road with a neutral mind, without preconceptions. With a child’s curiosity, let’s see what the rest of this year holds…

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Expanding Awareness: The Year Ahead with Dietrich Pessin

On tomorrow’s Expanding Awareness show Victor will be joined by astrologer Dietrich Pessin, who will be discussing the year ahead (and making some predictions, so bring along your notepad). Tune in at 10am to WZBC 90.3fm or wzbc.org. If you miss it, you can also listen after the fact by visiting the WZBC Archive (all of ‘ZBC’s shows are online for two weeks).

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College Kids New Demo: The 704

Catching up on some cool music. One of the coolest of all – a new demo from College Kids, the new musical collaboration of Rademacher‘s Malcolm Sosa and Kim Haden (of Yellow Alex), whom I first mentioned last October. Seriously, I want to see Mr. Sosa in some sort of incarnation here on the East Coast so badly, I’ll take anything – Rademacher, College Kids, or a Vaudeville revue passing through town.

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Big Boston Band Night Out – tonight!

A few bands performing for the Livestock Boston series: Streight Angular, Eli 'Paperboy' Reed, Lenkadu, and TonyBear

A few bands performing for the Livestock Boston series: Streight Angular, Eli 'Paperboy' Reed, Lenkadu, and TonyBear

Yep, big doings tonight for the local Boston music scene. Predictably, I’ll be working. But you should definitely get out tonight. Don’t get bummed if you don’t have tickets for the sold out Deer Tick guys; there’s other noteworthy stuff going on – a brand new club’s opening night (with live music – and FREE admission!), and a bunch of local bands playing for a worthwhile charity.

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Darwin Deez at Great Scott Thursday night

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The odd and quirky world of Darwin Deez leaves orbit and lands at Great Scott in Allston on Thursday (Jan. 13), on tour to support his upcoming debut, due out February 22 on Lucky Number. Originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (born to Meher Baba disciples, which surely must mean something), he’s now based in New York, where he developed his unique blend of goofy synth-pop, sing-song vocals and clever lyrics that put a happy coating on vaguely melancholy, slightly cynical sentiments. In “Bad Day,” a song written to some guy who stole his girl, he whimsically sings, “I hope that the last page of your 800 page novel is missing, I hope that your team lost.” It’s this type of juxtaposition that gives him that subversive charm.

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First Night Boston 2011: A Recap

A few sights of Boston\'s First Night: Johnny Blazes @ the Hynes, Judgement Day, the Bunny Collective, a parade!, bright & noisy fireworks on Boston Common, Somerville Symphony Orkestra.

A few sights of Boston's First Night: Johnny Blazes @ the Hynes, Judgement Day, the Bunny Collective, a parade!, bright & noisy fireworks on Boston Common, Somerville Symphony Orkestra.

Wow, what a busy and chaotic 2011, just one week in! While I’m swamped with new shows to list, bands to possibly profile, and a host of other things, I thought I’d show you what I did on New Year’s Eve, though it now seems like a distant memory… Only in Boston do First Night celebrations include parents with their children watching a parade, a man at Downtown Crossing advertising Judgment Day (May 21, in case you were wondering), impressive ice sculptures (melting in the unusually pleasant evening), little kids petting policemen’s horses, and a full-on protest for Palestinian rights. Such were the scenes in and around Boston Common, capped off by a wondrous and satisfyingly loud early fireworks display, and then an evening of awesome music.

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Expanding Awareness: Music with the words of Kahlil Gibran

Happy 2011 everyone! On this New Year’s Day, Victor Robert Venckus is presenting music with the words of Kahlil Gibran, from a recording by Rosko. It’s on right now on WZBC 90.3fm or wzbc.org. If you’re sleeping in, you can also listen after the fact by visiting the WZBC Archive (all of ‘ZBC’s shows are online for two weeks). (P.S. he also played a portion of “Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds”).

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