It was an emotional night to see a show in Boston on Saturday. With the Marathon bombing on Monday, a lockdown the day before and the cancellation of all shows in the area, it was questionable as to whether or not this concert would even take place. Lone Bellow female vocalist Kanene Doheney Pipkin even commented on the extreme energy of the crowd, “did somebody just let you all out of your houses?” The bands were sweet to us and present with the high-running emotions of the night’s audience. Opener Twin Forks even began the night with a short Augustana cover of “I Think I’ll Go To Boston” to pay respect to the crazy week we’d all just endured. Read more
Jamie Lidell’s 2013 S/T album Jamie Lidell combines the Motown soul of early albums Jim/Multiply and the technologic fanciness of Compass, though a little dancier than the former and a little less aggressive than the last. In either case, I was expecting a somewhat more mellowed album would likely mean that his performance may have mellowed over time, too. Sorely mistaken but solidly thrilled, Lidell prevailed as a true neofunk mogul at Brighton Music Hall, rocking a floor-length raincoat and drenching it from the inside with the hot-blooded steam of vitality. Read more
In the same way that I’m a sucker for a man with a beard, every music lover has a trigger that makes them far more likely to fall for a song. For some people it’s handclaps, for some it’s beachy oohs and aahs, for some it’s a heavy-dropped bass, take your pick. For me, though – it’s looping. If a musician knows how to live-loop a song with skill, it’s the umami of the concert-going experience. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, a performer will break songs into segments, and will utilize fancy shmancy gear (this is a technical term) to record these parceled phrases one piece at a time. Ideally without breaking flow of the song, the performer will play back the piece they’ve just recorded and harmonize with it, add in bass/drums/other instruments, and continually forge together each sector of the song until it hits its saturation point. It adds an entirely separate sense of construction and dynamism to the songs at hand, and transforms otherwise pleasant songs into an extraordinary art form. Read more
It’s no secret that I was mostly underwhelmed by the music that got cranked out in 2012. I spent my fair share of time devouring and digesting tracks from artists across genres, but only a handful supplied any urgency to explore beyond the first song. Caveman was one of the few bands to give me pause. The second I streamed “Old Friend” off their breakout album, CoCoBeware, I was captivated by the atmospheric mood resonating in their music. With the announcement of their impending S/T album gearing up for release in early April, their second single, “In The City,” has been circulating the media junket, and equally as compelled by this piece as the original release, I jumped at the chance to see these guys live. Read more
The scene was rife with sequins and faux leather at the 25th annual Boston Music Awards, held festival-style in the Liberty Hotel, all proceeds from the show benefitting the non-profit local organization MusicDrivesUs.Org. While trying to navigate to the different concert rooms in this prison-turned-hotel sometimes felt like weaving through an Escher painting, the acts ran the gamut and made the foot traffic well-worth enduring.
Luke Sullivan has had his hands in a lot of creative pots. He’s mastered the albums of many artists/bands that we’ve featured here on TWRY in the last year: Daniel Harris, The Doctors Fox, School for Robots, and has also worked with Bryan Murphy of The Shills. He’d been playing as drummer for the locally lauded band Night Fruit, but has now turned his attentions toward Left Hand Does, where he and his pint-sized sister Jean Sullivan are the project’s top brass. Read more
When I comb the lists of bands coming to town, I scour not only for headliners, but always try to peep the openers, just in case. An all-ages Motion City Soundtrack show would not normally be the first thing to catch my eye, but when I scoped Now, Now tucked away on the bill, I immediately jumped at the chance to see these Minnesota wunderkinds. Read more