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Video | Julie Rhodes – I’d Rather Go Blind

We are super excited to share with you fine folks the brand spankin’ new video for the fantastic song, “I’d Rather Go Blind,” from Somerville musician Julie Rhodes. Filmed and recorded live in one shot, set up in a little shack behind Fond Object Records in Nashville, this video highlights the incredible talents of Rhodes and her stellar band, as well as the outstanding work of director Joshua Shoemaker. While her Boston area fans are thrilled for her success we also see that one The Julie Rhodes Band will no longer just belong to the local music scene. There are great things…

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Photos + Review | Chicano Batman + 79.5 + Sad Girl @ The Sinclair

Tuesdays don’t usually have much going for them. It’s just a boring, mostly ignored day of the week you pretty much just try to get through. I don’t care for Tuesdays, unless of course there is an amazing show to attend that makes you want to dance like it is Friday night. On March 28th the Music Savage gang, and a few hundred of our friends, had a particularly fantastic Tuesday because we had all day to anticipate an evening of soulful, Latino grooves with Los Angeles band Chicano Batman. The band is currently on tour in support of their fantastic new album, Freedom is Free, which…

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Hot Takes | Week of 04.03.17

Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. Tennessee River Runs Low // The Secret Sisters We Are Doing Fine // Major And The Monbacks Engine Trouble // The Last Revel Band Nightlights I // Nana Grizol Saint Ivy // Beach Fossils Mythological Beauty // Big Thief Let The Rain Come Down // Brent Cobb Same Dark Places // JR JR

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New Music + Interview | Andrew Combs – Canyons of My Mind

In the past 365 days, Andrew Combs has been anything but bored. He signed on with a killer label (New West Records,) got hitched to his longtime girlfriend, began prepping himself to be a father, and not long after this post goes live he’ll be officially dropping Canyons of My Mind, the follow up to his watershed album All These Dreams. Where Dreams wowed fans and critics with is combination of sonic wizardry and timeless lyricism, it feels to me like Canyons is more of a personal testament or a mark in time, addressing such themes as environmentalism (“Dirty Rain,”)…

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Mixtape | March 2017

Another great month of music, almost too much of it, to keep the format of 40 songs from the month I ended up pulling a few favorites. But there are some great songs in here, and I know I will continue to come back to this mixtape as the year goes along. I’ve had a ton of fun putting this together, and hope you enjoy.

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Photos | Portugal. The Man @ Union Transfer

With his jacket zippered high and Ebbets Field hat slung low, John Gourley smiled as Portugal. The Man sauntered onto the Union Transfer stage. He smiled, a rye grin that hinted at an increased stage presence for this often introverted frontman, and noted, “this feels a little déjà vu, right?” It was the second of back-to-back Philadelphia sold-out shows. Billed as “One night only, twice!” the idea was sound, proved by the thrusting limbs and curled lips with every song off Evil Friends. Folks been waiting for Portugal. The Man for 4 years, a worthy wait as the band is previewing songs…

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Hot Takes | Week of 03.27.17

Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before) // John Moreland Pulled By The Weather // Valley Queen Thirteen Silver Dollars // Colter Wall Shine On Me // Dan Auerbach This Old Dog // Mac DeMarco The Money Gets Bigger // Trevor Sensor Enough // Winstons Sugar for the Pill // Slowdive You’ve Got A Woman (Lion Cover) // Whitney

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Photos | Alan Doyle + Donovan Woods @ The Sinclair

There aren’t many things that are guaranteed in today’s world, but having a good time at an Alan Doyle show is one thing you can count on. This past Thursday night, Mr. Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies graced the stage of one of the best venues in the region when they took the stage at The Sinclair in the heart of Harvard Square. Opening with a solo and a toast, Alan proceeded to work his way through a set covering his solo material and a handful of classics (I think we can call the that now) from the Great Big…

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