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Concert Review: Glasvegas at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA

June 1, 2011 by  
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Glasvegas
Brighton Music Hall

Allston, MA
May 26, 2011

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Reviewed by:  Sally Feller
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Concert Review: La Roux at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

November 18, 2010 by  
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La Roux
House of Blues
Boston, MA
November 15, 2010

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Reviewed by:  Sally Feller
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Spotlight Band: The Dusty 45s

October 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Spotlight Bands

The Dusty 45s are:
Jerry Battista – guitar/vocals
Billy Joe Huels – Lead vocals/trumpet/guitar
Kelly Van Camp:  Drums/harmonica/vocals
Jeff Gray:  Upright bass/vocals


By:  Sally Feller

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The Paradise Rock Club Gets A Face Lift

September 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, New England Music, Staff Insider

Let Me Introduce You To The All New Paradise Rock Club
Sally Feller

Originally opening its doors in 1977, the Paradise Rock Club has been treating locals to amazing music for over thirty years. In case you don’t believe me based on that one sentence, U2 performed their first show in the U.S. at the Paradise. Who else is on the list of legends to play at the Paradise? How about AC/DC, REM, The Police, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, INXS (swoon), Cheap Trick, Phish, Chris Isaak, Rage Against the Machine, The Pixies, Elvis Costello, and Tom Waits.

Of course, there have been some amazing new bands in the limelight at “the dise.” The Paradise has hosted Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, Dresden Dolls, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Liz Phair, Ray Lamontagne, and a whole slew of bands you’ve seen reviewed on your favorite site (that would be TWRY, of course), including Young the Giant, The Subways, Crash Kings, Of Montreal, and Mew, to name a few. Every night of the week, the Dise offers up great acts, both up-and-coming and well-known national acts.

So when a Boston institution like the Paradise closes its doors—even temporarily—you can feel the pain like an arrow in the heart. It’s a dark world in which to exist. However, the updates and renovations to the Paradise were well worth the suffering of Bostonians and Allstonians (non-locals, the Paradise actually lives in the little area just outside of Boston called Allston, which primarily houses students from Boston University and a few Boston College kids).

What’s changed in the place, you ask? Where the bottom floor of the club used to be a bit tight during a sold-out show, the Dise knocked down the separating wall between the club/stage and the merch area and added another bar. The whole floor is opened up and way more comfortable, even during a sold-out show. The upstairs area of the club was basically a ring around the venue with additional standing room and two bars. You stand up and around the sound boards and can get a pretty decent overhead look of the stage, without that crammed in feeling you used to feel on the floor. The top level hasn’t changed, but remains a bit of a respite from the occasional shoving on the main floor (depending on the band, crowd, etc.).

I was lucky enough to score a pass to see Young the Giant at the Paradise on the night the club re-opened their doors to the public. The show was completely sold out and never once did I get that stuffy, panicky, shoved-into-a-sardine-can feeling you often get at these small live music clubs with too many people. The floor was open, the lines to the bars seemed to run smoothly with the addition of the bar where the merch area once lived.

If you’re in the Boston area or are visiting our lovely city sometime, definitely show your support for live music and small local venues by heading over to the Paradise. You’ll have a fantastic time, trust me!

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CD Review: John Nagle / John Nagle

September 6, 2010 by  
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John Nagle
John Nagle

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Reviewed by:  Sally Feller
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Concert Review: Keane at The Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA

August 6, 2010 by  
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 Keane
Bank of America Pavilion
Boston, MA
August 3, 2010

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 


Reviewed by:  Sally Feller

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Concert Review: Of Montreal at The Paradise in Boston, MA

January 31, 2010 by  
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Of Montreal
The Paradise
Boston, MA
January 27, 2010

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Reviewed by: Sally Feller

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CD Review: Drug Rug / Paint The Fence Invisible

January 18, 2010 by  
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Drug Rug
Paint The Fence Invisible

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Reviewed by:  Sally Feller
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Concert Review: MuteMath in Boston, MA

November 18, 2009 by  
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mutemaatharmisticeMuteMath
House of Blues – Boston, MA
November 12, 2009

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Reviewed by:  Sally Feller

Playing to a respectably crowded House of Blues on a Thursday night, MuteMath kept the energy pulsing through the crowd. Setting the stage with an unexpected dose of incense, the band played all of the crowd favorites and a few select songs from their new album “Armistice.” After reading about some difficulties and professional differences between the members of MuteMath, I wasn’t sure what kind of show to expect—would their performance seem stilted and disjointed, or would they pull together for the love of their music and the fans. I can happily announce that the guys came together to put on a spectacular show and I wouldn’t have known about any of their problems had I not read about them in the local music magazine pre-show.

If you’ve never heard MuteMath before, picture the lovechild of Keane, Muse, and The Bravery. They have a typical indie-pop sound, amped up with piano-heavy tunes and powerful vocals. Filled with catchy beats and fun lyrics, MuteMath creates albums for those listeners seeking something just slightly different from what they hear on the radio and those who are, perhaps, not quite ready for a jump into the more disjointed, edgy indie bands.

The crowd really got into “Typical,” shouting lyrics and trying not to slosh their drinks while jumping around. Once “Spotlight” pumped through the speakers, it seemed that people were trying to pretend that they didn’t know the words, for fear of making it public knowledge that they listened to the “Twilight Soundtrack,” but they couldn’t stop themselves—MuteMath plays catchy tunes and I dare you to not sing along at their live show; I DARE YOU.

Even the mellow ballads like “You Are Mine” came off with energy and feeling, thanks to the stellar performance by MuteMath. Often in a mid-sized venue these songs can sound a little flat and dull, given the amount of people and the open space, but MuteMath were blessed with a great sized audience and Paul Meany’s heartfelt vocals. There was even some xylophone rocking out going on, in a non-ironic way, which should sell you on checking them out in your own town during the remainder of their tour.

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F0r more on MuteMath visit their official website

Isaac Koren of The Kin

October 23, 2009 by  
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thekinNot too long ago, Australian brothers Thorry and Isaac Koren were heading in very different musical directions as members of separate bands, until one event brought them together to form The Kin. Their newest album released on October 6th “The UPside” is a follow-up to “Rise and Fall,” and is chock full of piano and guitar rock. The Kin is promoting their latest album by touring with Rusted Root this fall following a tour as an opener for Rod Stewart. Yeah, you think they’re sexy.

Opening strong with the powerful pop song “Waterbreaks,” the album kicks off with solid vocals that make for a catchy passion-fest of joy-infused pop/rock. The UPside is sweet, but not syrupy enough to turn the cynics away. The UPside is a more hope-filled collection to follow up their darker debut album, which will likely be welcomed by fans of The Kin and will hopefully rope others into becoming kindred as well. I sat down with Isaac Koren before their Boston show at The Red Room last week to talk about the new album.

Interviewed by: Sally Feller | October  2009

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