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The Music and Magic of Theresa Andersson – a new album, video, and tour

Theresa Andersson (9:45pm) with Megan Reilly (8pm)
Sunday, June 17 at T.T. the Bear’s Place
7:30pm doors | 18+ | $12 – ::: purchase tickets :::

I was first mesmerized by Theresa Andersson’s vocal prowess and dexterous musicianship in December 2009. Besides being an amazing live performer with her ‘one woman band,’ she also has a stunning voice, is an accomplished musician on several different instruments, and is a wonderful storyteller. Theresa now has a new album out, Street Parade (on Basin Street Records), which pays loving tribute to her ‘adopted hometown’ of New Orleans (she’s originally from Sweden).

She’s just released a beautifully haunting new video for the title track that was filmed on location in the upper 9th ward/Bywater neighborhood and at Dithyrambalina in New Orleans.

East Coast Shows
(see official site for complete schedule)
6/14: Brookyn, NY @ The Bell House (w/ Lucius)
6/15: Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel (w/ Lucius)
6/16: Washington, DC @ The Hamilton (w/ Lucius)
6/17: Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bear’s

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The strong, soulful sound of Nneka touches down at TT’s Monday night (3/26)

Nneka, photo by Jens Boldt

Nigerian-German songstress and activist Nneka Elise Egbuna has important things to say concerning social justice, human dignity, and the soul’s journey, and she’s been doing it in elegant fashion since 2004, when she first started working with German hip-hop producer DJ Farhot, performing in Hamburg, where she lived at the time. Singing in both English and her native Igbo, she cites hip-hop as her main influence, and her powerful social commentary touches on the best traditions of that genre, but her sound is unique, melding hip-hop beats with shuffling reggae rhythms, African pop and authentic ’60s/’70s soul, with strong tribal roots.


Taking from the best of all worlds, she creates an atmosphere that wraps perfectly around her amazingly agile vocals.

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Introducing Grace Woodroofe (at T.T.’s on Saturday, 3/24)

photo by Ben Sullivan

photo by Ben Sullivan

I’ve got something delicious for you – bluesy, folky, with a touch of jazz and an indie rock chick vibe. Here’s a ridiculously awesome vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, Grace Woodroofe. Her sound slides from quiet and sultry (“Transformer” – god I love this) to dangerous (“Bear”) to “Battles,” which is just eerie, hypnotic, and deeply sad. In the past four years, she’s been in some damn fine company – Ben Harper, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Cat Power, and I predict that people will really like what they hear. Originally from Australia and now based in California, she’s just released her debut album here in the U.S., Always Want (Modular/Universal). She’ll be playing some dates on the East Coast later this month (T.T. the Bear’s Place on Saturday, March 24), before a month-long residency at the Bootleg Bar in L.A. The toughest part of this piece was deciding which of her marvelous songs to post, but you can listen to a few others on soundcloud.

Upcoming Shows

Wed, March 21 – North Star, Philadelphia, PA
Thurs, March 22 – Mercury Lounge (early show), New York, NY
Sat, March 24 – T.T. the Bear’s Place (early show @ 8:15pm), Cambridge, MA
Sun, March 25 – Black Cat Backstage, Washington, DC
Mondays, April 2-9-16-23 – Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles, CA

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UK folk pop tonight at T.T. the Bears with Slow Club

Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson of Slow Club

Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson of Slow Club

Slow Club 11:30pm, Air Waves 10:30pm, and Ryan Lee Crosby 9:30pm
Friday, February 17 @ T.T. the Bear’s Place (Central Square, Cambridge)
$9 adv / $10 @ door

What looks to be a nice evening of folksy pop, rock and country, and fine singer-songwriting tradition will be going down at T.T.’s tonight. From the UK there’s Slow Club, whose latest release back in September was Paradise (Moshi Moshi Records). Joining them are Air Waves, with a blend of folk, rock and country, and singer-songwriter Ryan Lee Crosby. Put on by CQ Presents.

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Boston’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble Starts Tonight!

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Ok, so I’m flat out working all weekend and completely out of the loop, but for those of you wondering where all the hipsters are tonight, they’re at T.T. the Bear’s Place for the first night of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble! For a full schedule of bands during this six-night extravaganza, check out Ryan’s Smashing Life. Featured bands include Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, Spirit Kid, Mellow Bravo, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, and Sidewalk Driver (and loads more).

As for ‘musings’, I’m currently auditioning bands and will be doing one of my infamous ‘Band Roundups’ very soon. Promise.

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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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Leslie and the Badgers with Ferraby Lionheart @ T.T. The Bear’s Place ~ May 16, 2010

Leslie and a few of her Badgers.

Leslie and a few of her Badgers.

It’s fair to say that Los Angeles isn’t best known for its country music, but there is a small and growing scene, partly coming out of the alt-country history of Laurel Canyon, and supported by an excellent folk/country/roots blog, When You Awake. Leslie and the Badgers are proud purveyors of this fine country tradition, made all the more authentic by Leslie Stevens’ Missouri upbringing. But there’s also a lyrical and musical sophistication, a big city street-wise sensibility, that for me, sets them apart.

They’ve been really moving along lately, with shows supporting Roky Erickson and Okkervil River, and a recent performance on NPR’s Mountain Stage. They were joined this evening at T.T.’s by Ferraby Lionheart, a Nashville/Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter with a love of old-timey entertainment and a unique quirkiness worthy of his unusual name.

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Boston Bands This Week (03/03/10)…

A few of the people gracing our stages this week: The Novel Ideas, Black Marmot, Session Americana, and Rob Potylo (as Robby Roadsteamer).

A few of the people gracing our stages this week: The Novel Ideas, Black Marmot, Session Americana, and Rob Potylo (as Robby Roadsteamer).

Yep, it’s Wednesday. Yes, the first show I’m mentioning is happening tonight. And yes, actually, it just started. Any other questions? Good, I thought not. A very cool line-up of prog rock and pretty folk/pop at T.T.’s, and lovely folk-rockers Black Marmot’s CD release party (again at T.T.’s) tomorrow Saturday night. More Americana comes your way with Session Americana at Lizard Lounge Thursday & Friday, with notable performers (really notable) – check Lizard Lounge for important ticket info. And finishing up with HUMANWINE with Rob Potylo @ Center for the Arts At The Armory in Somerville on Saturday.

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Boston Bands This Week…

The Elevator Drops, Cassavettes, Your Favorite Ex, Harry & The Potters

The Elevator Drops, Cassavettes, Your Favorite Ex, Harry & The Potters

Well, I guess this isn’t going to be a weekly feature, but here’s some Boston-area bands playing this week anyway.

You can see The Secret Sea at Great Scott on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Supa Dupa! plays T.T. The Bear’s. On Thursday, Hallelujah The Hills is at the Middle East (downstairs). On Friday, Monique Ortiz performs at Toad, and Elevator Drops plays at the Middle East (downstairs) for, apparently, a one-time-only reunion. On Saturday, Your Favorite Ex does an afternoon show at the Middle East (upstairs) as part of a “Boston Music Spotlight”, and Street Dogs play the Paradise. At Toad on Saturday, folk-rock/Americana group Cassavettes are performing with the rootsy Don’t Kill Antz. There’s a cool show on Sunday at the Middle East (downstairs) – The 5th Annual Yule Ball, a Harry Potter-inspired extravaganza featuring Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, Whomping Willows, MC Kreacher, and more. And Street Dogs are at the Paradise again.

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Happy Hollows at T.T. The Bear’s Place, Cambridge MA, Oct. 18, 2009

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Sarah Negahdari, Chris Hernandez, and Charles Mahoney of The Happy Hollows

Toward the end of my ‘Silverlake East Coast Revue’, there was this marvelous miracle of an appearance by highly regarded (and rightly justified!) eastside L.A. band, The Happy Hollows, at our lovely little dive, T.T. The Bear’s Place in Central Square. I don’t know how on earth they got plunked onto a bill that sandwiched them between two swampy Southern rock bands, but bless all the pagan gods that they did. [as Sarah said to me afterward, “we were the odd ducks in the middle”. Odd and immensely talented ducks, I’d say!]

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