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Photos + Review | Smooth Hound Smith + Kyshona @ Atwood’s

On September 26th Smooth Hound Smith and their incredible band brought the tour for the excellent new album, Dog in a Manger, to Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge and as this record is one of the Music Savage gang’s favorites, we simply had to head out for a Thursday night show to hear the new songs come to life in this intimate venue. We have been fans of the Nashville duo since their 2013 self-titled debut album and it was a joy to see them live. The audience on this stop saw a charming, talented couple take over the stage in…

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Photos + Review | Brent Cobb & The National Reserve @ The Sinclair

Brent Cobb’s soulful blue collar country stylings captivated us last week, at The Sinclair. Cobb and his band “Them” delivered us from the red brick of Harvard yard to the mythological land of rural Georgia. After hitting the road opening for Chris Stapleton throughout ’19 it’s pretty obvious these guys have picked up a few things for captivating a huge audience. We were just lucky to be in a much smaller venue, and could feel guitarist Mike Harris’ slide guitar set your hair back and Cobb’s warm vocal delivery that’s a little friendly and has a little bite to it..…

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Photos + Review | Orville Peck @ ONCE Ballroom

The mysterious, masked country singer held the audience at ONCE Ballroom in the palm of his hand, enrapturing them with his unmatched crooner’s voice. Orville Peck is a musician that takes the entity of the classic, baritone cowboy song and makes it his own. Orville Peck and his band truly mesmerized the crowd with songs off of his 2019 album Pony released in March. The album recounts heartbreak and a life of roaming under the all encompassing theme of a forlorn cowboy. Though sad at times, the songs are generally uplifting and empowering, with that twinge of something tender, and…

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Photos | David Wax Museum @ Lizard Lounge

Last Friday night at Lizard Lounge, local legends and Music Savage favorites David Wax Museum celebrated the official launch of their latest release Line of Light by bringing down the house with a magical set that both brought down the house with a overwhelming energy and then built it back up through songs filled with beauty and positivity. Thankfully, they asked us to come along for the ride. Visual evidence of the incredible evening is presented through the photos below, but to be truthful, no image could ever capture the magic that is a David Wax Museum performance. Luckily for…

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Photos + Review | Summer Cannibals + Field Mouse + Lost Dog @ Once Somerville

Summer Cannibals brought their fantastic riffs to Once Somerville on August 16th. Massachusetts band Lost Dog opened up the show, followed by Field Mouse, who had released their new album “Meaning” that day. The band described their songs as being “mostly about the world ending… because it is,” which prompted a reply of “thank god” from somewhere in the crowd, answered in a validating laugh throughout the room. The show was filled with energy and humor from all three bands. Shred masters Summer Cannibals kept the crowd enthralled with constant hair flips and amazing tunes. Their set was lively and…

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Photos + Review | The Menzingers + Queen of Jeans + The Sidekicks @ The Palladium Upstairs

The Menzingers played to a very sweaty, sold-out crowd in Worcester at The Palladium Upstairs. The Philly-born band have had a strong community of Massachusetts devotees for years, after playing a myriad of venues across the state, ranging from this same room at the Palladium to the House of Blues. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more impassioned crowd than a Menzingers crowd. The entire room sings every word to every song, from any era of the band’s discography. Even their newest song “Anna”, released not two weeks prior, was well-known and loved by the crowd. “Anna” is the first…

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Photos + Review | Charly Bliss + Emily Reo @ The Sinclair

Charly Bliss is a band that looks how they sound— eccentric, colorful, and bubbly. The band gave an energetic and loving performance to a sold out Sinclair crowd Sunday, June 9th. Donned in glitter, all four members bounced around the stage, leaving no dull moments. Emily Reo opened the show with a charming performance that coupled perfectly with the show. They delivered a catchy, indie-pop set with beautiful electronic harmonies and plenty of tasteful keytar. Emily made sure not to leave without taking a video of the crowd singing happy birthday to her mom. Lead singer of Charly Bliss, Eva…

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Photos + Review | The Distillers + Starcrawler @ Royale

The Distillers tore down The Royale on a rainy Tuesday night in Boston on May 29th. Starcrawler opened the show with an undeniably explosive energy. Lead singer Arrow de Wilde tears herself apart on stage, quite literally tearing her outfit off, which appears to be covered in blood, to match her face, also streaked with blood. She spends about half the set throwing herself on the ground, openly weeping into the microphone. The performance included swinging instruments, crowdsurfing, and even sending a guitar into the audience for dozens to grab and claw at. Starcrawler made sure to play their cover…

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