In 2009, the Boston Phoenix compiled a list of the “Best New Bands In America,” 50 bands from 50 states. Our local boys, the unpredictable double-drummed and double-titled Magic Magic, hailed victorious in Massachusetts, while the Midwest madcap indie-rock outfit Sleeping in the Aviary was tagged as the band from Wisconsin not to miss. You may have seen other recipients of this high honor on stages around the city, but with both Magic Magic and Sleeping in the Aviary making the rounds on cd release tours, Thursday evening (March 24th) is certain to bring fresh material, frenzied talent, and unbridled ridiculousness in the best possible way.
With support from local ensemble The Bleeders (Mems of Miss Geo and the Metrics/The Observatory), come to check out the best Midwest band you’ve never heard, to celebrate Magic Magic’s triumphant return to home turf, or if only to witness a show that’s guaranteed to be one hell of a party.
18+ show, $10 cover, and tickets are on sale now! If you buy tickets in advance, you’ll get 20% off food at the Middle East the night of the show. Purchase tickets here.
Hope to see you there!
For those of you not in Massachusetts you can check out Sleeping in the Aviary on one of their East Coast Tour dates:
Mar. 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
Mar. 24 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Mar. 25 – Troy, NY @ Troy Bike Rescue, 51 3rd St Space
Mar. 26- Brooklyn, NY @ 538 Johnson St.
Mar. 27 – NY, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery
Mar. 29 – NY, NY @ Cake Shop
Mar. 30 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
Mar. 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Ox
Apr. 1 – Washington D.C. @ Velvet Lounge
Apr. 4 – Charlottesville, VA @ Tea Bazaar
Apr. 5 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Apr. 6 – Salem, NC @Elliott’s Revue
Apr. 7 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Reservoir Bar
Apr. 8 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox
Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber
We have a pair of tickets to see electronic duo The Golden Filter at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA on June 17th. Want’em? Send us an email with subject line “The Golden Filter” and include your name, email address and phone number. We’ll pick one random winner on Wednesday night so enter now!
The band has spent the last year touring the world, including select performances at this year’s SXSW and WMC (check out Pitchfork/Yours Tru.ly‘s coverage here), and this will be their first North American tour since last spring when they were out with The Presets. After a string of widely-circulated singles, remixes, and videos, they’ll be releasing their full-length debut, Voluspa, in the US in June, following its UK release on Brille Records (The Knife, Operator Please). For more on the band or to listen to their music check out their MySpace page here.
What people are saying about The Golden Filter:
“Electronica’s next big thing” – Electronica Album of the Month – Mojo
“An infectious slice of shimmering disco beats, sparkling synth melodies and breathy disaffected vocals” -Pitchfork
“Post-millennial disco with an icy sheen” -NME
As Tall As Lions have been honing their craft since 1998, traipsing around the country and playing to increasingly larger crowds as their fans continue to spread the ATAL gospel. After over a year of touring with their most recent album, You Can’t Take It With You, this eclectic prog-rock conglomerate celebrated the completion of their tour with an all-ages crowd at the Middle East Downstairs on May 9th in Cambridge, MA.
Despite very different performance styles, the members of As Tall As Lions are able to pull together a pretty cohesive set. Dan Nigro, a powerhouse of slithering soul and the band’s lead singer, rotates barefooted between keyboard and mainstage guitar. Saen Fitzgerald, though as a guitarist is not often acutely featured onstage, is the real tour de force of the band, doing the majority of songwriting for the group even if not as much actual singing. Julio Tavarez, the band’s bassist, is more of an onstage exhibitionist, playing up to the very front of the crowd, leading mid-show banter, taking on lead vocals for a handful of songs, and toward the end of the show even coming down into the crowd to play. Cliff Sarcon, the band’s drummer, holds the show together with precision, wind in his hair (literally), and a very sparkly kit.
Don’t be fooled by their onstage Rock Star persona – the gents from As Tall As Lions are nice as can be, wandering in and out of the crowd without pretension, chatting with long-time fans before and after the show, and thanking their tour openers, Bear Hands, with class and whiskey shots. I was lucky enough to sit down with Dan (and Saen briefly) for a bit to discuss their varied sound, their interstate travels, and handclaps.
Interviewed by: Dorise Gruber
Crash Kings Rating:
December 13, 2009
Reviewed by: Sally Feller