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Live Review | Dark Dark Dark + Emily Wells + The Novel Ideas at Great Scott

photos by @bosconcertphoto [L]ast week we were treated to a nice show at Great Scott. It seems as though a lot of people were excited to see this show, as I arrived at the venue to see a line out the door, even on a cold night in Allston, everyone was excited to see this one. The night was highlighted by Emily Wells’ standout set. She mans the stage entirely alone, creating loops based off of the many instruments she plays while on stage, looping them all together with heavy bassy beats. It’s really something to hear, the elegance of…


Live Review | The Jezabels (PDX – Music Experiment Show)

Photos by Bobby Lilly [T]here are moments in life that pulsate with possibilities – moments you know will blossom into incredible stories you will happily retell for years. So when someone offers you the opportunity to cover a local opener plus an Australian headliner who are playing aboard a sternwheeler on the Willamette River in a nautical steampunk-themed celebration, you do not refuse. You rearrange your schedule, work out the logistics, and you get on that boat. The aforementioned party was the third of four Music Experiment events scattered throughout the U.S. this year. This was the result of a…

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Live Review | Jack White at the Agganis Arena

Photos by Boston Concert Photography [O]n Friday, September 28th Jack White paid a visit to Boston to promote his solo album Blunderbuss and remind everyone at the show exactly who is in charge. The last time Jack was in our neck of the woods he was behind the drums with his last super-group side project, The Dead Weather, back in the summer of 2009. When I asked fans around the arena if they had been to that show most of them said no. When asked why did they miss a chance to see Jack White in Boston the most common…

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Photos | Beach House + Dustin Wong (PDX)

  Photos by Colin McLaughlin   [T]hunder is grand, but sometimes its unnecessary for affecting music. Sometimes all you need to make a mark is a pretty voice, a clean guitar line, and a soothing melody. Beach House have always taken this formula and used it like a weapon of love on their army of appreciators. Not that you should blame a Beach House fan; they know what’s up. It would be hard to trust someone that didn’t feel entranced by Teen Dream (and [whisper voice] certain parts of Bloom). Their music makes you feel lost among the willows on a…

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Photos | Father John Misty (PDX)

Photos by Colin McLaughlin As part of a western expansion, Music Savage will be covering shows in the Portland, OR area through our friend Colin McLaughlin. We look forward to his contribution and the expansion of our empire. If you see him at a show, tell him you love him, because we do. [I]f you were ever to leave home in search of adventure, Father John Misty is the type of companion you’d want by your side. Imagined by J.Tillman as a Laurel Canyon lost boy, hell bent on squeezing life for all its juice, the Father John Misty character…

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Photos | Tall Heights + Aunt Martha

Photos by Boston Concert Photography

[I]f you were amongst the brave few who braved hurricane like conditions this past Tuesday night to head to the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, you were certainly witness to a pretty special event. Tall Heights, in the third installment of their residency, hosted an EP release party for their latest: “The Running of the Bulls“. In addition to being treated to a two fantastic sets from one of Boston’s brightest up-and-comers, those in attendance were also witness to a choice solo acoustic set from Aunt Martha‘s Tim Noyes in which the enigmatic singer-songwriter played some crowd favorites including an amazing version of “Blood Shot” and a cover of 2Pac’s “California Love”.

To close out the night, Tall Heights and Tim joined forces to cover Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” something this fella hopes ends up being tracked in a studio sometime soon.

Check out pics and vids of the songs mentioned above after the jump…

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Photos | Shovels & Rope @ Johnny D’s

Photos by Boston Concert Photography Shovels & Rope – Birmingham Shovels & Rope – Boxcar [W]e spent Saturday night at the early show at Johnny D’s eagerly awaiting the husband and wife duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, also known as Shovels & Rope. We’ve already mentioned how much we love their record, we’ve posted videos, waxed poetic and just gushed again and again as we listened to the records.  All that aside, Saturday night was a great night, and although they seemed to be a little tired, a little whisky and a crowd that was hanging on…


Sasquatch! A recap

I just got back from the Sasquatch Music Festival at the beautiful Gorge Ampitheater in Eastern Washington. It’s one of my favorite festivals because it always has a fantastic lineup and takes place in an unbelievably beautiful place. But this year I discovered another reason why it’s so great: small bands getting their chance to play for huge crowds. The festival itself welcomes 25,000 people through the gates every day, and the mainstage seats 20,000+. For some of these bands, playing the mainstage at Sasquatch (and even the side stages) is the largest crowd they’ve ever played.

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Live Review | Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater at the Paradise

Sharon Van Etten – Serpents Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater stopped by the Paradise on Thursday evening to play two great sets in support of their newly released albums. Sharon Van Etten’s third studio album Tramp was released February 7 and already has a slew of positive reviews and new fans. Van Etten has been solidly releasing new music and touring over the last few years. But with the release of Tramp, Van Etten has finally established herself as one of the best female folk artists in the industry today. And her tour is a perfect example of that. I’ve…

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