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Video | Ray & Remora – Honey Beware

I don’t write about dream-pop very often (you’d be forgiven for replying “You don’t write about anything very often,” I know, mea culpa), but this is different. This is Ray & Remora’s latest, “Honey Beware,” and this video was shot in a very sweaty bar in Austin, Texas this year in August. I know this because I was there. Let’s back up. Ray & Remora. From LA, used to be a two-piece but now they’re more (having added keyboards and drums for their new album). The Remora of the name is Amanda Walker and her gorgeous, ethereal voice, and the Ray,…

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Photos | Joseph @ Brighton Music Hall

If you were anywhere near Brighton Music Hall this past Thursday night, you likely fell victim to all the charms of Portland, Oregon’s latest family export Joseph. Sisters Meg, Allie, and Nat Closner brought their folk-pop talents to a packed house and didn’t leave any of the diverse crowd wanting. With splendid harmonies and solid hooks, the sisters and their more-than-capable band, took a journey through songs that reminisced all parts of their lives and brought the house along with them, in spirit and voice. There’s no doubt that selling out BMH is just the first step on the way…

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Photos | Smith&Weeden + Dylan Sevey & The Gentlemen @ Columbus Theatre

Recently, the Northeast lost yet another quality local musician (and person) to the ever-growing musical mecca that is Nashville. Dylan Sevey (Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen / Smith&Weeden) said goodbye to New England and two of his bands to officially get after it as the yin to Ron Gallo’s yang. OK, he’s playing drums, but the whole yin/yang thing sounded better. We couldn’t let Dylan head out without an official send off, though. Graciously hosted by the folks at The Columbus Theatre, friends, family and frienemies gathered to hear and join The Quahogs, Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen and Smith&Weeden…

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Photos + Review | Whitney + Hoops @ Great Scott

If you were lucky enough to be at one of the two sold-out Whitney shows at Great Scott on Sunday, October 9th you witnessed a band in the throes of a breakthrough year, currently on a breakout tour in support of one of my favorite albums of the year, Light Upon The Lake, and having one hell of a good time. The capacity crowd was expecting something great and the Chicago boys did not disappoint. Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich are no strangers to the music landscape (both were in the fantastic band Smith Westerns and Ehrlich played drums for Unknown Mortal Orchestra)…

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Photos + Review | Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration

The Copenhagen Beer and Music Celebration originated in Copenhagen, Denmark and has been celebrating the blissful marriage between beer and music for years. This weekend marked the first ever CBC in the United States and Boston was fortunate enough to host. Friday night’s session kicked off with music from Boston’s local band Vunderbar followed by folk rock band, The Barr Brothers from Montreal. Unfortunately, just as Friday’s headliner, experimental indie rock band Yo La Tengo, was finishing their set storms sent event goers running for the shelter of the beer tents. The high energy banjo twang of the local folk…

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New Music | Shovels & Rope – Botched Execution

We are just two weeks away from the release of the new album, Little Seeds, from Shovels & Rope and earlier today the duo premiered their latest tune, “Botched Execution,” accompanied by a super-slick video made to look like a retro comic book. The song is hip-shaking, boot-stomping fun about a man on the run from the law after surviving a poorly executed execution, and the video keeps up the frenetic pace with a Sin City type flare. I bet this is going to be a helluva lot of fun live! Speaking of live, don’t forget Shovels & Rope will be in Boston on…

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New Music | La Sera – Queens

Los Angeles musician Katy Goodman recently turned her band La Sera into a duo that now includes her husband Todd Wisenbaker, and earlier this year the two released their first album together Music for Listening to Music to. On September 30th they will be releasing a digital only EP titled Queens and we have the title-track to share with you all.

“Queens” is a guitar driven number with back n’ forth vocals by Goodman and Wisenbaker adding a pleasant one-two punch of rock n’ roll oomph. I would classify it as a perfect summer song. Yeah, I know summer is almost over but you can still hold on tight to the last waning days with this new single turned up loud.

La Sera will embark on a cross country tour starting in October with a stop at Brookline Teen Center here in Boston on 10/25.  Continue reading New Music | La Sera – Queens

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New Music | Thaddeus Anna Greene – “In Vein”

It’s a time of change here in the great Northeast. Evenings are sweatshirt and fire pit worthy, football teams everywhere are prepping to dominate our Sundays… hell, some leaves have already hit the ground. Fall is upon us, and things are about to get downright chilly. So, if you’re looking for something to warm you up in the coming nights, put the latest single “In Vein” from Cleveland-based rockers Thaddeus Anna Greene on your next playlist. The song’s bluesy-soul rock combined with lead vocalist / guitarist Tj Maclin’s impassioned voice and tasty licks make this a track that you’ll likely…

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New Music | Shovels & Rope – St. Anne’s Parade

There’s a whole lot of anticipation building for the new album, Little Seeds, and it goes without saying that we are pretty big fans of Shovels & Rope, so it’s my pleasure to be able to share with you the lovely video for the new single, “St. Anne’s Parade,” which premiered over on NPR this morning. The song is a beautiful tribute to life itself, as in you should realize it’s all too brief a moment so make the time you have count. With a gentle mandolin strumming the two sing into an old-timey microphone while images of a wedding march for friends…

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