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Photos + Review | Son Little + Christopher Paul Stelling @ City Winery

Friday, March 1st was a pretty special night for the Music Savage gang as we got to spend an evening with two Newport Folk Festival alumni in downtown Boston. Two of our favorite Anti- Records artists shared some shows together for a few days and we were lucky enough on this chilly night to have them stop in our area to warm our hearts and souls with brilliant music for a few hours at City Winery. First up this evening was Asheville, North Carolina-based musician Christopher Paul Stelling whose fourth studio album (the second for ANTI-), Itinerant Arias, was released…

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Photos + Review | Liz Cooper and The Stampede + Harpooner @ Great Scott

Last Monday, February 25th us winter-weary Boston folks got a much needed southern heatwave in the form of a rocking whirlwind of a trio known as Liz Cooper & The Stampede. The jet stream pulled the psych-folk-soul currents directly from Nashville, Tennessee right through the doors of Great Scott, and created a raucous tornado of guitar-fueled energy that swept up folks eager for a good night of tunes. Cooper expertly controlled the stage with her guitar prowess, while Grant Prettyman, (bass), and Ryan Usher(drums) kept the rock n’ roll storm swirling around the jam-packed venue. Liz and the boys kicked…

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Photos | Rayland Baxter + Illiterate Light @ The Sinclair

If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed with a Rayland Baxter show it’s a damn good time. Add in a little Illiterate Light and you’ve got the makings of a what-the-f-just-happened good time. This time round Rayland brought his crew to a sold-out gig at The Sinclair to play through crowd favorites old and new, bringing new spirit to his classics and new energy to songs off his new album Wide Awake. With all of the cool you expect from Rayland, he and his band of merry makers made trekking out on a freezing New England night 100% worth it. But…

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Photos | Hiss Golden Messenger @ The Sinclair

There’s something about a group of incredible musicians—who also happen to be incredible friends—that can change not only your mood, but your outlook on the world around you. As we near Christmas and this peaceful, joyous time that stresses most of us the fuck out, I can’t emphasize enough how badly needed the Hiss Golden Messenger show at The Sinclair really was. HGM—always lead by MC Taylor—takes many forms, but the collective that took to the stage this past Monday was something special. You could feel it not only in the crowd, but from the energy being emitted from those…

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Photos | Billy Wylder and Simray @ Oberon

These days, it pays to take time out to break from the everyday barrage of divisive messages we’re barraged with and bathe in unchained energy and positivity. Last week I was lucky enough to do just that at the Billy Wylder album release show at Oberon. Celebrating the release of their album Strike the Match, Avi Salloway, his band and their family of friends (including stellar opening artists Simray,) took everyone in the room that night on a journey that left everyone with smiles from ear to ear. Make no mistake, though, the smiles didn’t come from blissfully avoiding dealing…

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Photos | Glorietta @ Brighton Music Hall

If you’re unfamiliar with the band Glorietta, you’ve been seriously missing out. The “unlikely singer-songwriter super group” helmed by the one-and-only Matthew Vasquez are everything you hope for when you venture out to see live music. It may sound like hyperbole, but as someone who has seen his share of shows, I swear to you that it’s true. These shows aren’t about every note being perfect, but each and every moment is without question just that. From the antics of those not currently taking their turn leading vocals, to the gut wrenching solo numbers, to the passing of the Patron—there’s…

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Photos + Review | Erin Rae + Samuel Gregg @ City Winery

On July 10th Erin Rae and her incredible band brought the tour for her new album, Putting On Airs, to City Winery in Boston and as this record is one of the Music Savage gang’s favorites of the year, we simply had to head out for a Tuesday night show to hear the new songs come to life in this intimate venue. We have been following the career of Rae for some time and have watched as she has gone from being known as Nashville’s best kept secret to Nashville’s next big thing. The audience on this stop saw a…

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Photos + Review | Newport Folk Presents: Colter Wall + Jade Bird @ The Sinclair

There’s a certain somber delight that comes with attending a performance by Colter Wall. While the subject of the songs you’re singing along to may range from being harassed by police, to infidelity and revenge homicide, to driving your motorcycle off a mountainside, there’s a comforting feeling that even in your loneliest hour, you’re never alone and there’s always another day ahead of you. Wall, an early-twenties Canadian Cowboy whose moody, husky baritone and classic songcraft have drawn the attention of music fans from Natuashish to Nashville, rolled into Cambridge this past Sunday to croon in front of a sold-out…

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Photos | Caroline Rose + Henry Jamison @ Great Scott

Few things can draw people together in the way that an off-the-chain musical performance can. And that, my friends, is precisely what Caroline Rose and her cohorts are delivering on a nightly basis: an insanely entertaining, diverse, high-energy eargasm of a show. Touring behind her latest release (and Music Savage #AOTY nominee,) LONER, Rose and her band of merry mischief makers (including a handless Elmo and Chelsea the faceless, animatronic cat) are ripping up sold out shows across this great land of ours. The sold out show at Great Scott was no exception. Working their way through almost the whole…

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