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Photo Gallery: Imagine Dragons at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA

March 17, 2014 by  
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Imagine Dragons
March 6, 2014
DCU Center–  Worcester, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Album Preview: Akhbar

March 17, 2014 by  
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a0887089877_2Between his work in The Doctors Fox, 3dCosby, and his solo project, Daniel Harris has gotten a lot of love over the years from TWRY.  Now living in a new city (Philly) with a new project called Akhbar, he’s embracing his sensitive side, embarking on the smoothest drones you’ll ever come across. 

After watching the movie Gravity, I’m pretty sure this is the soundtrack I’d want to listen to floating around the earth, watching the sun rise and fall brilliantly during orbit.  I just hope they’ve got tape decks in space – this album was recorded direct to cassette, one 23-minute drone per side. 

For we mere mortals, the songs make for excellent meditation/background/pre-sleep music, and I promise that’s not code for boring.  Just in case you’re not down with popular 80s technology, each cassette comes with a free download card, too. The new album is available precisely now-ish, you can download a preview here, and check out all the social media funsies here:

Bandcamp
Facebook
SoundCloud
Twitter

Check the gorgeous art by a couple monikered BrainTwins, discovered in the Midwest while Harris was touring on the 3dCosby album last summer.  The text, though, is all Daniel Harris original.  Keep your eyes peeled, Akhbar will likely be making its New England debut in late Spring!

 

Photo Gallery: The Naked and Famous at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA

March 10, 2014 by  
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The Naked and Famous
March 6, 2014
DCU Center–  Worcester, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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CD Review: House of Lords / Precious Metal

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Precious Metal
Frontiers Records
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

It’s really hard to imagine that Precious Metal is the 9th studio album from House of Lords but then again after 1992’s Demon’s Down who would have thought that HOL would have to wait another 12 years to get to record album number 4?  In fact during those 12 years from 1992-2004 I played those first three albums constantly, always in regular rotation especially on long drives because those records were just that damn good.  Read more

Concert Review: Flogging Molly at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

Flogging Molly
February 26, 2014
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Reviewed by: Jeff Palmucci

The only reason there’s peace in Ireland is because we’re all over here!” – Dave King at the House of Blues, Boston

Flogging Molly played the House of Blues Boston last Wednesday to a packed house. Boston is a very Irish town and provided a lively audience for the Celtic punk band. For those of you unfamiliar with Flogging Molly: when I say Celtic punk, I don’t mean they are a punk band that simply started in Ireland. They are just as much Irish folk as anything else. To give you an idea of the atmosphere: picture a night at the Black Rose with an incredibly good and hard rocking band. Now, pack in 2400 people and add a mosh pit.

This is the 10th year of Flogging Molly’s Green 17 Tour. Each year, they take to the road around St. Patrick’s Day to support Boston’s hardest drinking holiday (no, New Year’s Eve isn’t close). Other bands do well to throw picks and drumsticks to the crowd. These guys throw cans of Guinness (really). No contest what I’d rather be catching.

I myself have had plenty of great St. Patrick’s days in Boston. After graduation, I moved in to a house in Southie (Boston’s Irish district) with 4 of my college buddies1 and one dog. When I say it was a dog, I’m being charitable. I doubt that Dreyfus had two brain cells to rub together. Incredibly stupid, and on top of that, my housemate Russ actively trained him to hump people’s legs. The house was right on the parade route, so we always had a huge St Patrick’s Day party. During these parties, we used food coloring to dye the dog green. With all the attention people lavished on Dreyfus, he had to be the happiest green dog in the world. No one even complained very much about the leg humping.2

Covering Irish bands like Flogging Molly  brings me back to these wild parties. In addition to the standard rock instruments, this largish 7 piece band has people manning the accordion, flute, violin, mandolin, and banjo. These instruments help give the band their folk sound. For example, listen to Drunken Lullabies for great banjo and violin, and Devil’s Dance Floor features a flute and accordion riffing off of each other.

The band played “Rise Up” as a tribute to folk singer / activist Pete Seegar who passed away this January. Seegar, always one to stand up for what he thought was right, was blacklisted and indicted for contempt of Congress during the McCarthy era. Check out his Wikipedia entry, it is an interesting read. Also credited with popularizing the banjo as an American folk instrument, Seeger got a dedication stenciled on the band’s banjo.

Bridget Regan the band’s flautist and violinist is not only an incredible musician, but also married the front man Dave King. I guess the family that tours together stays together. However, while combing through the night’s photos, I came across this spousal moment. Hilarious. Her face is just shouting, “Back off honey, I’m busy.”

Flogging Molly puts on a great show. For the last decade, they’ve been getting people in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with the Green 17 Tour. So go see them and have a happy St. Patty’s day. Just keep a wary eye on the green dog.


1 Five if you count Eugene, who crashed for a while for free on the back screened in porch in a kind of semi-homeless state.

2 After we moved out of the house, we saddled Eugene and Ed’s parents with Dreyfus. I’d just like to apologize to Mrs. Sweeney for any “training” issues they may have had, and would like to point out that it was all Russ’ fault.

Set list:

  • Wailing Wall
  • Paddy’s Lament
  • Every Dog
  • Revolution
  • Whistles the Wind
  • Drunken Lullabies
  • Tenement Square
  • Saints and Sinners
  • Requiem for a Dying Song
  • Present State of Grace
  • Son Neve Shines
  • Us of Lesser Gods
  • Tobacco Island
  • Rare Old Times
  • Devil’s Dance Floor
  • Likes of You
  • Swagger
  • Float
  • Rise Up
  • Salty Dog
  • What’s Left of the Flag
  • Seven Deadly Sins
  • World Alive

Check out our photo gallery from the Flogging Molly show:

CD Review: Adrenaline Mob / Men of Honor

March 3, 2014 by  
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Men of Honor
Century Media
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Russell Allen may well be the greatest singer on the planet at this time and I was really looking forward to the Mob’s second album Men of Honor.  What really was going to be the wild card with this release was new drummer A.J. Pero of Twisted Sister fame. With the success of The Winery Dogs, Mike Portnoy had to leave yet another band he created. 

Let’s face it A.J. has nothing to prove in terms of his chops to Mob fans and the metal community at large but it has to do more with his style and it fitting into the rest of the band while making sure there is no drop off with the departure of Portnoy.  Well I’m happy to report that not only is Pero a welcome addition to the Mob family but this record truly represents a milestone in the Allen legacy as this album is better than the first record Omerta (2012) and quite possibly my favorite Allen album ever.  Full of vigor, melodic charm and beastly range Allen carries Men of Honor which is now my favorite album so far in 2014 and will be tough to top moving forward. Read more

Concert Gallery: Flogging Molly at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

March 3, 2014 by  
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Flogging Molly
February 26
, 2014
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Jeff Palmucci

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