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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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Review | Boston Calling 2017

// Review by Martin Smith The Boston Calling music festival took a big step forward this year. They started by moving the location from the Boston’s City Hall Plaza to the much larger Harvard Athletic Complex. Festival goers navigated between three music stages, a comedy club, and in their down time, entertained themselves with craft beer tents, local food vendors, wine tasting, a giant connect-four, jenga, bag-toss, and even a ferris-wheel. While years past have included some big name national acts, the Boston Calling crowd remained mostly local. That all changed with the expansion of the 2017 festival, which really…

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Photos + Review | Matthew Logan Vasquez @ The Middle East

There’s nothing better than a great Friday night rock n’ roll show. The work week is behind you and you’re ready to cut loose with some terrific live music and good friends. On this particular Friday the Boston area was treated to a rowdy night of fun with Texas musician Matthew Logan Vasquez who is touring in support of his great new album, Does What He Wants, released April 21st on Dine Alone Records. With a handful of solo records, as well as his work with Delta Spirit and Middle Brother, Vasquez created a setlist from the vast array of tunes in his…

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Photos + Review | Chicano Batman + 79.5 + Sad Girl @ The Sinclair

Tuesdays don’t usually have much going for them. It’s just a boring, mostly ignored day of the week you pretty much just try to get through. I don’t care for Tuesdays, unless of course there is an amazing show to attend that makes you want to dance like it is Friday night. On March 28th the Music Savage gang, and a few hundred of our friends, had a particularly fantastic Tuesday because we had all day to anticipate an evening of soulful, Latino grooves with Los Angeles band Chicano Batman. The band is currently on tour in support of their fantastic new album, Freedom is Free, which…

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New Music + Interview | Andrew Combs – Canyons of My Mind

In the past 365 days, Andrew Combs has been anything but bored. He signed on with a killer label (New West Records,) got hitched to his longtime girlfriend, began prepping himself to be a father, and not long after this post goes live he’ll be officially dropping Canyons of My Mind, the follow up to his watershed album All These Dreams. Where Dreams wowed fans and critics with is combination of sonic wizardry and timeless lyricism, it feels to me like Canyons is more of a personal testament or a mark in time, addressing such themes as environmentalism (“Dirty Rain,”)…

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