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Photos + Words | J Roddy Walston & The Business @ The Royale

One thing was clear on Friday night at the Royale in Boston, those in attendance were witnessing a fuckin’ rock ‘n roll show. As soon as J. Roddy Walston and the Business took the stage they had the place rockin’ with their early hit, “Don’t Break the Needle.” This tour is in support of their new album, Destroyer of the Soft Life, and they did just that. J. Roddy Walston and the Business were definitely not soft on Friday night, and they left no doubt that their hard rocking sound was going to get asses shaking and heads bangin’. I…

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Photos | The Ballroom Thieves + Darlingside @ Old South Meeting House

It seems pretty fitting that just days after releasing their new single “Do Something”—an open “letter to our con-man president”—The Ballroom Thieves headline the first ever musical performance at the Old South Meeting House in their home city of Boston. On this evening, the same building that is widely considered the birthplace of the American Revolution hosted a band and a community gathering not only to spend time listening to music that calms, but music that incites action and response. Joined by local favorites Darlingside as a surprise opener, I can say with high levels of certainty that the Thieves…

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Photos + Review | Elizabeth and The Catapult + Dinty Child and Zachariah Hickman @ Club Passim

Twas the week before Christmas, when all thro’ Club Passim. All the concert attendees were stirring, in the packed house; The guitars were set on the stage with care, In hopes that Elizabeth and the Catapult soon would be there; The audience was nestled all snug in their chairs, While sweet sounds of music danced in their heads. On Thursday, December 21st Brooklyn musician Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, took to the stage to thunderous applause from a crowd eager to shake off the cold and forget the hustle and bustle of the coming holiday weekend. Elizabeth and her fantastic band were celebrating the release of the outstanding…

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Photos | Ian Felice + Nick Panken @ Columbus Theatre

There are few places I’d rather spend a Friday night than at The Columbus Theatre in Providence. This probably isn’t the first time you’ve heard me say that. Every show there is special, whether it’s in the larger room or the more intimate upstairs. But when you put two over-the-top talented singer-songwriters on the small stage in the same night… well, you’d be a damned fool to miss it. The main attraction last Friday night was Ian Felice, front man and main songwriter for the lovable charlatans The Felice Brothers. A songwriter’s songwriter and talented poet, this year Felice released…

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Photos | Ron Gallo + Naked Giants @ Once Somerville

It had been a solid 8 years since I’d seen that much energy packed into a few hours. This past Friday night at Once Somerville, Ron Gallo, Naked Giants, and Gym Shorts stormed the stage and left all of those in attendance grinning like fools and wondering what just hit them. If you’ve never seen Ron Gallo and his cohorts perform their wizardry, the experience is something you should set your mind to getting out for. From the opening trumpet call and reading, to the band member swap with Naked Giants to the closing, thrashing Beatles cover, there isn’t a…

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Photos | Colter Wall + The Local Honeys @ Atwood’s

You know those shows you put on your calendar six months before they actually happen? Sunday night at Atwood’s was one of those for me. Colter Wall book-ended this past weekend at Atwood’s Tavern with his Speedy Creek Band and the ever-charming Local Honeys. If you weren’t able to catch either one of the shows (or the matinee set by the Honeys on Sunday,) it’s likely safe to say you planned poorly. Don’t let it happen again. In case you’re unfamiliar, Colter Wall is the 22-year old Canadian country/folk artist who—in a very short time—has drawn (deserved) comparisons to the…

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Photos + Review | Black Pistol Fire & Blackfoot Gypsies @ The Sinclair

It’s becoming a recurring scene, the Music Savage gang flocking to the Sinclair to catch even a glimpse of the nuclear power factory that is Black Pistol Fire. On the heels of their most recent release, Deadbeat Graffiti, the YYZ come ATX band descended on our little town to set our hair on fire. Opening the night was Nashville’s Blackfoot Gypsies, whom against most any other band could steal the show. Their southern rock / blues / americana sound brings the sound of the Stones and Chuck Berry with a rock-and-roll swagger that is nearly unmatched. Playing songs from their…

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Photos | An Evening with Shovels & Rope @ Columbus Theatre

Who wouldn’t want to spend an evening with Shovels & Rope? The Music Savage gang have been following this dynamic duo for about seven years now, seeing them in venues ranging from the intimate and sweaty Great Scott, to the legendary and now defunct Johnny D’s, to the magical land that is Newport Folk Festival, and quite honestly, we can’t imagine not following them where ever they may roam. On this occasion, a handful of us traveled to one of our favorite venues in the land—The Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI—for a sold-out “evening with.” Playing the main theatre, the…

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Photos | Mandolin Orange + Kate Rhudy @ Royale

There are two things that are consistently true about seeing Mandolin Orange in concert: You are about to witness or have witnessed near musical perfection. The sets are never long enough. Both of those line items still remained in tact for me as I left The Royale last Friday night. Flanked, once again, by a band of fantastic musicians, the duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz gave the early-Friday-night packed house a show that had even the most bustling folks tightening their lips and taking it all in. As an added bonus, a majority of the crowd were introduced to…

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