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An Evening of Aural Adventure with Balkan Beat Box, Wave Sleep Wave & Mighty Tiny!

Jerry Adler and Yuval Lion of Wave Sleep Wave

Jerry Adler and Yuval Lion of Wave Sleep Wave

Balkan Beat Box, Wave Sleep Wave, Mighty Tiny
The Paradise Rock Club
Thursday, June 14
8pm doors | 18+ | $16.50 advance | ::: buy tickets :::

I was instantly intrigued by the sounds of this debut album from Wave Sleep Wave, which features NYC-based Jerry Adler (The Blam and Flugente) on vocals and guitar, and Yuval Lion on drums. It’s a fantastic swirl of psychedelia, new wave, a bit of Pixies, and kind of taunting, theatrical glam vocals from Adler. Yes, please.

To see that they’re playing with the serious groove of Balkan Beat Box would be enough… and then I see that Mighty Tiny’s raucous carnival is also on the bill. Lordy. If ever there was an aerobic workout for your auditory nerves, this is most definitely it.

Wave Sleep Wave – Wave Sleep Wave by CurbCutRecords

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The Features and Manchester Orchestra @ the Paradise Rock Club ~ March 30, 2010

Manchester Orchestra at the Paradise

Manchester Orchestra at the Paradise

After loading the last two giraffes onto the ark Tuesday night, I headed down to the Paradise to catch… well, the last two bands – The Features and Manchester Orchestra. Apologies to Biffy Clyro and O’Brother, but a show that starts at 6:45pm is good for those who have to be up in the morning, but it does make things challenging for those not in town. I hope someone was there for those early sets!

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Show Preview: Rogue Wave with Avi Buffalo ~ the Paradise Rock Club ~ Monday, March 1, 2010

Avi Buffalo and Rogue Wave (photo by Jeff Antebi)

Avi Buffalo and Rogue Wave (photo by Jeff Antebi)

Rogue Wave with Avi Buffalo
UPDATE: Avi Buffalo unfortunately not appearing, but New York-based JBM will be performing instead.
at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
Monday, March 1, 2010
(doors at 7pm, 18+ show)

Well, this is exciting! Avi Buffalo, one of my much-loved L.A. bands, are embarking on their first long-term U.S. tour (two months) which kicks off here in Boston.

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An Evening With Switchfoot at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston 12/9/09

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Amidst crackling bolts of lightening, swerving madly to avoid large lakes forming in the streets, I was careening down from the North Shore in a torrential downpour to see Switchfoot at the Paradise in Boston. I amusingly thought of biblical analogies, apocalyptic epic floods and such, but given the band’s Christian rock beginnings, as much as I appreciate a helping hand when facing down that scary first paragraph, that was just too easy.

This is not the sort of band I would normally trumpet praises for. It’s less the “Christian rock” bit that puts me off, but rather phrases like “mainstream major label success” and “certified double platinum – 2.6 million copies sold”. There are plenty of mainstream artists I enjoy listening to – U2.. Bob Dylan.. Bruce Springsteen.. Lifehouse, even. With those artists, though, I don’t feel the need to add my voice to the chorus, as it were. But after seeing Switchfoot’s breathtaking performance at the Paradise, I’m impressed with these guys on so many levels, I can’t help myself.

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Sometimes You’re Just Doomed – The xx @ Newbury Comics and with Friendly Fires @ The Paradise, 12/4/09

The xx at their in-store appearance at Newbury Comics, Newbury Street, Boston

The xx at their in-store appearance at Newbury Comics, Newbury Street, Boston

The day started out innocently enough. Well, apart from only just having breakfast at noon, but that’s become standard operating procedure with my middle of the night paying job. I went into town to see my friend Mary who had come in from Washington, D.C. to see The xx at a Newbury Comics in-store, and to cover their show with Friendly Fires at the Paradise for There Goes the Fear and PopWreckoning.

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Show Preview: An Evening With Switchfoot ~ Paradise Rock Club, Boston ~ Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Switchfoot

An Evening With Switchfoot
at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
Wednesday, December 9
buy tickets (doors at 7pm; all ages show)

In his interview with JesusFreakHideout.com back in 2000, Jon Foreman, lead singer/guitarist of Switchfoot explained the origin of their name: “Switchfoot is a surfing term. We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It’s about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.”

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Show Preview: Friendly Fires/Nylon Winter Music Tour featuring The xx @ The Paradise, Boston MA, Friday, December 4, 2009

Friendly Fires - Photo by Dominic Storer

Friendly Fires - Photo by Dominic Storer

The xx - Photo by Terryfy

The xx - Photo by Terryfy


Friendly Fires/Nylon Winter Music Tour featuring The xx
at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Friday, December 4
(doors at 8pm; 18+ show)

[Note: at this writing, the show is sold out, but I’ve been told that a limited number of additional tickets will likely be released, so keep an eye on the Paradise site and also Live Nation]

My first time seeing Friendly Fires was back in March, also at the Paradise. While I’ve never been a huge fan of or terribly knowledgeable about the British synth-pop dance scene, they were highly recommended to me as a band I should definitely check out. What impressed me then (and what I’m sure has been even more finely honed through a great deal of touring) was their explosive energy and enthusiasm, and the serious tribal groove and crazy frenzy they worked themselves and their delirious audience into.

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Show Preview: Andrew Hoover & Sister Hazel at the Paradise Rock Club, 10/21/09

Andrew Hoover, Sister Hazel (headliners)
at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
Wednesday, October 21 7pm, $25
967 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA
(doors at 7pm; 18+ show)

Singer-songwriter Andrew Hoover

Singer-songwriter Andrew Hoover

Better late than never; that’s what I always say. Especially this past week and a half.

Singer-songwriter Andrew Hoover will be opening for Sister Hazel at the Paradise Rock Club on October 21 (that’s tonight, in a few hours from now). Bluesy and soulful with pop influences; a nice sound that probably transfers very well live. Have a listen.

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Show Preview: Sea Wolf, Port O’Brien, Sara Lov ~ The Paradise Rock Club ~ Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sea Wolf, with Port O’Brien and Sara Lov
at The Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
(doors at 7pm; 18+ show)

Alex Brown Church a.k.a. Sea Wolf

Alex Brown Church a.k.a. Sea Wolf

Sea Wolf was formed around 2007 by singer/songwriter Alex Brown Church. Part of the vibrant East L.A. scene, he had previously founded the group Irving, some of whom who would go on to become the Afternoons.

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