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Month: August 2011

Expanding Awareness: Martial Arts with Arthur Goodridge

On Expanding Awareness tomorrow morning, Victor will be discussing martial arts with his guest, martial arts and yoga teacher, Reiki master, writer, musician and composer Arthur Goodridge. Tune in to 90.3FM in the Boston area (the interview begins at 10am), or this show can be heard on the WZBC Archive. All of ‘ZBC’s shows are online for two weeks.

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Road Kill

Fear and loathing on the North Shore.

He came darting out suddenly toward my right front tire – fearful, nervous, yet determined. Much the same as me around that god-forsaken rotary that spews people out gratefully like paint from a Spin Art machine.

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New club AND record store in Union Square, Somerville!

Here’s some very cool news for music fans in the Boston area. There’s a new club in town, and a new record store as well (yes, a record store), both moving into what’s turning out to be the next Hipster Haven, Union Square in Somerville. Already there’s P.A’s Lounge, Sally O’Brien’s, Precinct and Starlab. Add to that Radio, which has its grand opening October 7. And while you’re waiting for the first band to come on, you can do a little rekkid shopping at Somerville Grooves.

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Caveman with The War On Drugs and Porcelain Raft @ Brighton Music Hall *Tonight*

photo by Kate Edwards

Caveman with The War On Drugs, Porcelain Raft
at Brighton Music Hall
Sunday, August 21, 2011 – TONIGHT!

Doors at 8 PM; Show at 9 PM; 18+ show
Advance Box Office Price $10 | buy tickets

Why “Caveman”? Why not “Primordial,” or “Palaeolithic,” or “Troglodyte,” or “Aborigine”? Never mind; all that matters is that their music is luxuriously primative, dreamy space pop with 4-part harmonies, little blasts of cosmic madness, and some hypnotic tribal drumming.

Since coming together at the start of 2010, Caveman have already toured with some impressive bands – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, White Rabbits, Here We Go Magic, Cursive, Wye Oak and Yuck.


To celebrate their debut album, CoCo Beware (digital release 9/13; CD and vinyl on 11/15), they’re on tour with The War On Drugs, and will be decending on The Brighton Music Hall on Sunday night to caress and then melt your ears for a little while.

If you’re in New York next month, you can celebrate the release at the Mercury Lounge on September 15th.

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Bob Dylan and his band @ the House of Blues Sunday Night

Bob Dylan and his band
House of Blues, Boston
Sunday, August 21, 2011

Doors: 07:00 PM; Show: 08:00 PM
$56.25 – GA Standing Room | $76.25 – Reserved Seating
Ages: all | buy tickets

There’s this promising ‘up-and-coming’ singer-songwriter from Duluth, Minnesota, going by the name of Bob Dylan, who has been composing some pretty good songs and performing around locally for a few years. He accompanies himself primarily on guitar and harmonica, and dabbles in a variety of styles, from folk to blues, gospel, country, alt-country and rock, with a curiously grating vocal style that I actually find quite endearing. His songs have a special poignancy (and some of them are quite long), but it’s unknown if he can appeal to a larger audience. Nevertheless, it’s a gamble he’s willing to take, as he’ll be playing with his band at the 2400 capacity House of Blues on Sunday night.

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Show Preview: Scattered Trees with Paul Dempsey and The Alternate Routes

Scattered Trees

Scattered Trees

Scattered Trees with Paul Dempsey and The Alternate Routes
at Brighton Music Hall, Thurs, August 18, 2011
Doors at 8 PM; Show at 8:30 PM; 18+ show

Chicago-based Scattered Trees are currently are their first national tour, stopping by Brighton Music Hall with Australian singer-songwriter Paul Dempsey (formerly with Something For Kate) and Connecticut band The Alternate Routes.

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Jaggery: Unabridged ~ A Unique Lizard Lounge August Residency

photo by Noah Blumenson-Cook

photo by Noah Blumenson-Cook

Wed, August 17th: Jaggery with Honeycircuit
Wed, August 24th: Jaggery with Foolish Ida
Wed, August 31st: Jaggery with Hello Dust (formerly Now You)

One of my personal favorites – the dark, luscious and mysterious Jaggery – is in the midst of some special performances at the cozy Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, for their first ever residency. Supporting them are some of Boston’s most fascinating musicians with new bands and projects.

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Faces on Film and Mirah in the Museum of Fine Arts’ Calderwood Courtyard – tomorrow night!

Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn and Mike Fiore (photo by Mika Gagne)

Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn and Mike Fiore (photo by Mika Gagne)

Mike Fiore (Faces on Film) with Mirah and DJ Leah V at the Museum of Fine Arts
Elaine and Jerome Rosenfeld Concerts in the Courtyard
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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7:30 pm | $30; $24 seniors, students and MFA Members | purchase tickets

Boston multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Mike Fiore of Faces On Film will (with a full band) be performing music from his beautifully dreamy just reissued Some Weather album (Nice Music Group). It’s an attractive mix of 60s Brit, Americana and old-timey. He’ll be joined by San Francisco musician Mirah. Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has been performing since 1997, releasing over a dozen recordings (most recently on K Records), and collaborating with such artists as Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Black Cat Orchestra, Phil Elvrum (Microphones), and Tune-Yards. Her latest recording, with Thao Nguyen (with whom she’s toured) features her sweetly disarming, precocious vocals, which then take off and seriously wail when you least expect it. Spinning tunes between sets will be DJ LeahV. The concert is in a lovely outdoor setting, the MFA’s Calderwood Courtyard.

Faces On Film: facebook | twitter | bandcamp
Mirah: official site | facebook | twitter | K Records

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Expanding Awareness: UFOs

This morning on Expanding Awareness, Victor is discussing UFOs with famed Canadian engineer, politician, writer and commentator, Paul Hellyer. Tune in to 90.3FM in the Boston area, or this show can be heard on the WZBC Archive (all of ‘ZBC’s shows are online for two weeks). [you’ll want to pull this one from the archives – he’s speaking mostly about the world financial crisis – a seriously fascinating guy. check it out!] | PaulHellyerWeb.com | Victory For The World

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