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Introducing Communion Presents — New Concert Series at Brighton Music Hall!

There’s a new concert series in town. Communion Presents will be hosting shows at Brighton Music Hall that will feature 4-5 artists each month, a diverse lineup of national and international touring acts and local bands. Their debut show is Tuesday night, September 8, featuring Photocomfort (Boston), Conrad Sewell (Australia), Freedom Fry (France/U.S.), The Franklin Electric (Nashville) and Abadabad (Boston).

If you enjoy an exciting evening of music comprising multiple genres and new musical discoveries, this is most definitely for you.

::: Buy tickets from Ticketfly ::


Communion’s monthly U.S. residencies take place in New York, Nashville, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Louisville, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Maquoketa Iowa — and beginning this fall, Atlanta and Boston. More cities will be added in October. Prior residency bands include Walk The Moon, Vacationer, Magic Man, Rubblebucket, Bear’s Den, Marian Hill and Catfish & The Bottlemen.

Communion was founded in London in 2006 by Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Kevin Jones (Bear’s Den) and producer Ian Grimble, and it became a thriving artist community for new bands. They’re involved in live promotion, recording and publishing, and have released music by Ben Howard, Gotye, Michael Kiwanuka, Tennis, Nick Mulvey, Willy Mason, Rubblebucket, Matthew and the Atlas, Bad Suns, Deap Vally, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bear’s Den, Daughter and more. Communion presents monthly residencies in 15 cities across the U.K., U.S. and Australia. Their mission is to introduce emerging and established artists to fans around the world, while encouraging collaboration in a creative and supportive environment. Their shows are in venues ranging in capacity from 150 to 10,000.

If you like what you see and hear, tickets are available from Ticketfly — super cheap! Follow Communion Music on Facebook to keep apprised of new shows.

Communion Music: web | facebook | twitter | instagram

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The Motion Sick’s 3-year reunion

Poster by Nicole Anguish

Poster by Nicole Anguish

Ok, so it’s not like Boston’s own The Motion Sick has been gone for 20 years, and they’re coming back “Rip Van Winkle-like” into a different time. But it has been a little while (three years, in fact) since their last show, so they’re celebrating with a 4-song EP and an opening band line-up where each one features one of their members. So have a listen below and if you like what you here, go celebrate with them the The Brighton Music Hall tomorrow night (Saturday 7/13).


Brighton Music Hall – Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
18+ | $12 | Facebook Event | ::: TICKETS :::
11:00 The Motion Sick
10:15 Parks (feat. Matthew Girard)
9:30 The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library (feat. MJE)
8:45 This Blue Heaven (feat. Travis Richter)
8:00 Wash Pool (feat. Patrick Mussari)

The Motion Sick: web | facebook | twitter | bandcamp – listen to all their music!

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Seeing Out The Year That Was: My 12 Favorite Shows of 2012

A last minute addition: The Magnetic Fields at Symphony Hall for First Night (last night)

A last minute addition: The Magnetic Fields at Symphony Hall for First Night (last night)

It’s a good thing I held off posting this, because I’ve just made it an even dozen in honor of the year that just flew by, 2012. The last one? A band I had the immense pleasure of seeing for the first time, on First Night just last night at the majestic Symphony Hall. [Why do they call it “First Night”? Shouldn’t it be “Last Night”?]

I saw a total of 24 shows this year. Not a whole lot for a music blogger, but I’ll tell you—nearly all of them were spectacular. That’s damn good odds. I’ve heard some people say that 2012 was an awful year. What I’ll say, from my personal perspective, is this: 2012 was a year of massive challenges and difficulties, but the rewards, if you were prepared to step up, and I mean step up in a major way, were equally impressive. It was most definitely not a year for lightweights. But it’s all moving forward, and it’s moving forward quickly. Hold on to something sturdy, because I have a feeling 2013 is going to be just as intense. Remember, with challenge comes opportunity. Happy New Year, everyone.

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Your Samhain/Halloween Plans: Walter Sickert’s SquidHouse of Horror

Walter Sickert’s SquidHouse of Horror
with Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys, Moe Pope, Darling Pet Munkee, XNY
Hosted by Johnny Blazes
Wednesday, October 31
Doors at 8 PM; Show at 9 PM; 18+ Show
Advance Box Office Price $15 | BUY TICKETS


There’s something about this show that makes perfect sense right now, with how positively loony life has been lately. It’s the combination, you know, of time exponentially speeding up, pent-up mass frustrations bursting at the seams and boiling over, crazy ranting lunatics running for public office, full moons, high tides, and bizarro ‘biblical end times’ weather. It all makes a person kinda nuts. Tell me, what kind of world are we all living in, at this very moment, than a Squidhouse of Horror? So it’s especially apropos that the master and mistress of that Victorian carnival funhouse of the apocalypse, Mr. Walter Sickert and Miss Edrie (along with the Bunny Collective, I presume), are hosting this ominous and not-to-be-missed event.

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An Evening of Dreamy Synth Pop: Savoir Adore Opening for Oh Land at Brighton Music Hall on 12/7

Savoir Adore, Oh Land (photo by Chris LaPutt)

Savoir Adore, Oh Land (photo by Chris LaPutt)

Oh Land with Savoir Adore at Brighton Music Hall
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Doors at 8 PM; Show at 9 PM; 18+ show
Advance Tickets $15

If you’re in the mood for some atmospheric synth pop on Wednesday evening, head over to Brighton Music Hall for Oh Land and Savoir Adore. Oh Land, fronted by Scandinavian fairy tale princess Nanna Øland Fabricius, is a pleasantly fluffy concoction infused with the sensibilities of a formally trained ballet dancer raised by an opera-singing mother and church organist father. Dance beats and whimsy propel things along. Supporting Oh Land is the lush and dreamy Savoir Adore, from Brooklyn, New York. They’ll be releasing their second album next year, but in the meantime, their latest single is “Dreamers,” available from Neon Gold Records.

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Fenway Recordings Sessions @ Brighton Music Hall TONIGHT and TOMORROW

(clockwise from top left): Grouplove, You Am I, Young Man

(clockwise from top left): Grouplove, You Am I, Young Man

Fenway Recordings Sessions Presents:
Grouplove with Young Man
Tuesday, September 13 ~ Brighton Music Hall
Doors at 8 PM; Show at 9 PM; 18+ show

Fenway Recordings Sessions Presents:
You Am I / Sloan
with Taylor Locke & The Roughs
Wednesday, September 14 ~ Brighton Music Hall
Doors at 8 PM; Show at 9 PM; 18+ show
Advance Box Office Price $15 – BUY TICKETS

Yes, I’m getting to this one just as the first band is coming on. However, I’ve been remiss in mentioning this wonderful concert series that has been going on for some time now, put on by the folks at Fenway Recordings and featuring marvelous ‘up and coming’ buzz bands, plus a few more well-known favorites in surprisingly intimate venues. More on these guys and their great shows when time isn’t of the essence. Tonight and tomorrow, they have two of these showcases on tap, at Brighton Music Hall. Tonight there’s the upbeat energy and pretty harmonies of Grouplove (a band comprised of two New Yorkers, two Los Angelinos, and a Londoner) with the gentle, dreamy acoustic sounds of Young Man (a.k.a. Colin Caulfield). Tomorrow night, Aussies You Am I are joined by Toronto-based Sloan and from Los Angeles, Taylor Locke (formerly of Rooney) and the Roughs. That’s a hell of a lot of geography covered.

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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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Darwin Deez Returns to Boston: Brighton Music Hall, Saturday, July 16

DarwinDeezCD
It’s the East Coast return of the extraordinarily odd, danceable and downright charming Darwin Deez. His self-titled debut had a physical release on May 23rd, and he’s been touring for the past year and a half. At first listen, his music (and perky, upbeat vocals) might seem over-the-top cheerful and cheesy, but a careful listen reveals enough melancholy and sarcasm to give the sticky sweet syrup a surprisingly pleasant sourness and bite.


“Little yellow fish are happy it’s not so tough / would everything you wish you had be good enough?” – Deep Sea Divers

Supporting him will be dreamy psych-pop Lucky Number label mates Caged Animals.

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Alela Diane & Wild Divine with The Parson Red Heads @ Brighton Music Hall (6/15/11)

Evan and Brette Marie Way of The Parson Red Heads

Evan and Brette Marie Way of The Parson Red Heads

In addition to being greatly impressed with the musical prowess of Alela Diane and her band Wild Divine, I was also greatly impressed with her fans. Going out to a club to see a singer-songwriter, folk band, or similarly delicate and nuanced music can be a dicey proposition. That it was The Parson Red Heads‘ first ever Boston appearance gave me even more anxiety. I wanted it to be special. I wanted to be able to actually hear them. To my surprise and great pleasure, the crowd was quiet and attentive during the Parsons’ set, despite the fact that few had ever heard of them. They repaid the favor by treating us to a beautiful, heartfelt set of songs with strong focus on their upcoming album.

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Alela Diane with The Parson Red Heads at Brighton Music Hall ~ Thursday night (6/16)

Parson Red Heads and Alela Diane (photo by Chloe Aftel)

Parson Red Heads and Alela Diane (photo by Chloe Aftel)

If you’re looking to kick back with the gentle sounds of psych-folk and alt-country, honest storytelling and sweet harmonies, look no further than Brighton Music Hall on Thursday for an evening with Alela Diane and The Parson Red Heads. I’m really enjoying my first listen to Alela and her band, Wild Divine, and I can personally attest to the life-affirming qualities of The Parson Red Heads. You’ll definitely not want to miss what I believe is their first visit to our city.

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