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Photos + Review | Joe Purdy + Amber Rubarth @ Brighton Music Hall

If you were lucky enough to catch Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth when they graced Boston with their amazing stage presence at Brighton Music Hall on Thursday, February 1st for the “American Folk on Tour” show you witnessed a duo perfectly in sync with each other, and with the political climate we live in today. The two storytellers in song currently star in the new movie, American Folk, and are crisscrossing the country in support of the film’s beautiful soundtrack, which is a collection of classic folk songs and original compositions by Purdy and Rubarth. Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth…

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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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2017 | Ryan D’s Top Albums & EPs of the Year

Once again it has been one hell of a year! And once again I mean that in the absolute best and absolute worst of ways for 2017. When everything around us fell apart we had some AMAZING music to help see us through it all. There were so many top-notch albums and EPs released in 2017 which made the year more tolerable than it otherwise should have been. When all else fails at least we have music! These albums and EPs listed below are highlights in a standout crowd of bands and musicians that made it yet another great year for music lovers…

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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 + 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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Review | The Blue Ribbons — An Unbelievable Success

The older I get, the less new music I listen to. That’s a fact of life for many music lovers; there’s just so much music to love, and thanks to all this newfangled tech we can easily spend all of our listening time catching up on volumes of magical soundtracks from 1959, 1974, or 1983, if we want. I do plenty of time traveling in exactly this way. Listen to The Blue Ribbons and their latest, An Unbelievable Success, and you’ll find more evidence of the comforts of classic radio in their soul-soaked, folk-rock approach. There are moments on this release…

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Photos + Review | Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers + Peter Wolf @ TD Garden

// Review by Jeff Miller (Follow Jeff Miller on Medium) If you were a small town kid in the early 80’s, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers songs were essential FM radio companions. They were stories about other small town kids dreaming of a bigger, more deliciously complex world, searching for love and adventure, often getting lost along the way. All set to undeniably catchy riffs that avoided fussy production, delivered with the dry, humble wit and lovable drawl of a reluctant hero who doesn’t even know how fucking cool he is. In other words, they were songs that were impossible not…

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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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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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