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#HotTakes | Week of 06.19.17

Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. Rich Friends // Portugal. The Man Girl Like You // Toro y Moi Two Fingers of Whiskey (BBC Arena: American Epic) // Elton John + Jack White Deranged // Chemtrails When Cats Claw // Shabazz Palaces Chase Me // Danger Mouse featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi Little of Your Love // HAIM Po’ Boy Blues (Live at Chickie Wah Wah) // Jon Cleary Upcoming Show: Monday, June 26th @ City Winery

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Song of the Week | Erin Rae – Like The First Time

The latest WFMO X Music Savage Show “Song of the Week” spotlight is focused on the great new single, “Like The First Time,” from Tennessee musician Erin Rae. It’s the first song from her forthcoming sophomore album which is due out this year. Rae has been called Nashville’s best kept secret, quietly making her mark on the Music City by providing her extraordinary vocal talent to a number of albums from notable area musicians such as Margo Price, Andrew Combs, and Anderson East. She is also a voice coach and has helped aspiring singers to find their place in a city that radiates talent. In…

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Review | U2 @ Lincoln Financial Field

For the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, U2 has taken the common voices (poets, crusading women, heroin addicts and economic down-turned masses) of America and blended them into celebration. While the evening’s expectation of playing the iconic album straight through certainly sold tickets, it was as Bono reminded Americans of the idea of America that the night grew grand. Surrounded by the expanses of Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, U2’s set opened with Larry Mullen, Jr. descending down a ramp to a Joshua tree-shaped thrust stage where his drum kit stood waiting. Mullen’s emphatic double high-hat confirmed that this would…

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Photos: Daniel Romano @ Atwood’s Tavern

It doesn’t happen often, but let it be known from here on out that if Canadian artist Daniel Romano is rocking his way through our fair city we should make a concerted effort to get our asses out to the show. Having long been recognized for not only his musical talent, but also his visual art and leatherwork, Romano is currently on a creative tear that will leave a wake of sweaty appreciation after each show. Despite suffocating temperatures, Romano and his band (including surprise opener Caitlin Rose) commanded the stage from minute one. Rocking their way through songs new…

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#HotTakes | Week of 06.12.17

Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. Skin and Bone // Phil Cook ft. Shirlette Ammons and Tamisha Waden Skin and Bone by Phil Cook featuring Shirlette Ammons and Tamisha Waden Nothing but Dreams // Eden Sela Baby Please // Actual Wolf Last Song // Gold Casio Mind On Fire // Aisha Badru Creature Comfort // Arcade Fire Sugar Town // ShitKid Blue Magic (Waikiki) // Son Little

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Song of the Week | Anna of the North – Lovers

Photo credit: Jonathan Vivaas Kise The latest WFMO X Music Savage Show “Song of the Week” spotlight is focused on the beautiful country of Norway and shines directly on the amazing new single, “Lovers,” which is the title-track from Oslo duo Anna of the North’s upcoming debut LP, out September 8th via Different Recordings. Anna of the North is Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith. They met five years ago in Australia after Lotterud left Norway to find new and exciting challenges away from her everyday life and came across Daniell-Smith, a New Zealand-born Australian, playing an acoustic set in a club. The two found a kinship…

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#HotTakes | Week of 06.05.17

Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. Motivation // Benjamin Booker Everybody’s Trying to Steal Your Heart // Fast Romantics In Undertow // Alvvays Mississippi // The Cactus Blossoms Barf Day // Diet Cig It’s A Whale // Deer Tick The Gold // Manchester Orchestra Nose On The Grindstone // Tyler Childers

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Song of the Week | Floco Torres – You!

Photo credit: Brandon Everett Thompson The new WFMO X Music Savage Show “Song of the Week” spotlight shines brightly on the brilliant new single, “You!,” from Ohio based hip-hop artist Floco Torres. It’s the first song from the musician’s upcoming EP, again, which he will be self-releasing July 7th. Torres is a New Jersey native whose career took off after moving to Macon, Georgia where he was supposed to begin an internship for a record label. Upon arrival he discovered that the internship was no longer available so he did what any talented emcee would do when facing unexpected adversity,…

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Hot Takes | Week of 05.29.17

Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. Skinny Legs // Elohim QUICK // Tank and The Bangas Taking Care of Eddy // Surfer Blood The Ballad of Dale and Ray // Dale Watson and Ray Benson Holding On // Tyler Sjöström Bones, Hold Me Up by Tyler Sjöström 15-25 // Justin Townes Earle Everything Now // Arcade Fire You! // Floco Torres

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Photos | Christopher Paul Stelling @ Atwood’s

A few weeks back Christopher Paul Stelling kicked off the tour for his incredible new album, Itinerant Arias, at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge and the Music Savage gang joined a sold out crowd to hear the new songs come to life in one of our favorite local venues. Our readers know how much we appreciate the passion Stelling and his amazing band put into each performance and we implore you to check the tour dates and get yourself to an upcoming show. Fair warning however, once you have attended you will find yourself comparing a Christopher Paul Stelling concert to all…

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