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Photos & Review | Nikki Lane w/ Brent Cobb, Jonathan Tyler @ The Sinclair

On a chilly March night in Cambridge, Massachusetts a storm of good ol’ southern rock n’ roll, aptly named the “Stagecoach Spotlight Nikki Lane Highway Queen Tour,” blew into The Sinclair directly from the south bringing with it some of the most talented musicians that side of the Mason-Dixon line. The crowd was treated to three stellar acts, each bringing enough charm and style to light up the stage for a few hours and make us forget we were still in winter’s grasp. First up was Dallas, TX musician Jonathan Tyler. Armed with only a guitar he quickly got to work setting…

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Photos + Review | Joan Shelley + Ian Fitzgerald @ Columbus Theatre

Heading to the Columbus Theatre on January 25th, at the end of a really long day, I was looking forward to some relaxing, soul-warming music. I didn’t realize just how enchanting it would be. Appropriately introduced as the Pride of Providence by the Columbus sound engineer (Bryan Minto), Ian Fitzgerald opened with a set of mostly new tunes, off his recent album You Won’t Even Know I’m Gone. I had the pleasure of attending his record release show at this same venue in November, but experiencing Ian perform is sincerely, always a pleasure; one of which I have indulged many times in…

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2016 | Sarah’s Favorite Live Acts

Before we bid a final adieu to 2016, and go headstrong and hopeful into 2017, it’s my turn to look back and acknowledge some of the positives to come of the year – like so much great live music! Rather than deep-diving on my impression of the year’s best new music, I’d like to take you on a cliff notes journey of some of the most memorable live events I experienced last year. Here we go, in chronological order: Jason Isbell / Shovels & Rope February 27, 2016 – House of Blues, Boston, MA Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent nailed…

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2016 | Ryan D’s Favorite Albums & Singles of the Year

It’s been a hell of a year! I mean that in the best and worst of ways for 2016. When everything around us fell apart we had some fantastic music to help see us through it all. There were so many amazing albums and singles released in 2016, which made the year more tolerable than it otherwise should have been. When all else fails at least we have music! You’ve read the rest now it’s time for the BEST! These albums listed below are simply highlights in a standout crowd of bands and musicians that made ’16 a great year for…

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Photos + Review | Julie Rhodes + Z Boys @ Nick-a-Nee’s

On a cold Saturday in the Jewelry District of Providence, Nick-a-Nee’s was hot hot heat. During the day, folks gathered in an open-mic fashion, celebrating a milestone birthday for Brian Jablonski, the bassist from local band The Low Cards. I’ll refrain from revealing WHICH milestone, and instead tell you that Brian’s wife slyly arranged for some of his old-school friends to fly in from around the country; which made for part reunion, part bday shenanigans, and a whole lot of good music from the Low Cards, Corn Mo, and friends. Nick-a-Nee’s is the perfect destination for such a formula. For…

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Photos + Review | Aaron Lee Tasjan + Brian Wright + Cowboy & Lady House Show

Who doesn’t love a good house show? Getting a glimpse into strangers’ medicine cabinets? Count me in! Truthfully, house shows offer such a unique experience, and I’ve yet to attend one that didn’t leave a lasting impression. Wednesday was no exception, and in fact was one of the best. Especially on this day, while our country is in a state of civil unrest, following the results of the election. Nothing brings people together like music, and Aaron Lee Tasjan and Brian Wright, hosted by Cowboy & Lady (Tyler-James Kelly and Jess Powers) in their home on the west end of…

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Photos + Review | Mandolin Orange + My Bubba @ The Sinclair

It was fantastic to come out to Cambridge’s Sinclair, walk towards the stage and see that it was near impossible to find a place to stand. We’d all packed in to see a band who’s latest release is a palette of intimacy and emotion from two of the most sincere and genuine artists I’ve come across. The Sinclair was packed elbow to elbow, and was intensely focused on Andrew Marlin, and Emily Frantz every harmony. And boy can they harmonize, and leave you awestruck. It’s hard to imagine a band or artist out there that comes across more sincere than…

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Photos + Review | Whitney + Hoops @ Great Scott

If you were lucky enough to be at one of the two sold-out Whitney shows at Great Scott on Sunday, October 9th you witnessed a band in the throes of a breakthrough year, currently on a breakout tour in support of one of my favorite albums of the year, Light Upon The Lake, and having one hell of a good time. The capacity crowd was expecting something great and the Chicago boys did not disappoint. Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich are no strangers to the music landscape (both were in the fantastic band Smith Westerns and Ehrlich played drums for Unknown Mortal Orchestra)…

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Photos + Review | Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration

The Copenhagen Beer and Music Celebration originated in Copenhagen, Denmark and has been celebrating the blissful marriage between beer and music for years. This weekend marked the first ever CBC in the United States and Boston was fortunate enough to host. Friday night’s session kicked off with music from Boston’s local band Vunderbar followed by folk rock band, The Barr Brothers from Montreal. Unfortunately, just as Friday’s headliner, experimental indie rock band Yo La Tengo, was finishing their set storms sent event goers running for the shelter of the beer tents. The high energy banjo twang of the local folk…

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Review | Adam Remnant – When I Was a Boy EP

In 2011, I wrote lovingly about one of my favorite records of the year titled, Canary, by the Athens OH band Southeast Engine. It was full of wonderfully penned stories about an Appalachian family at the turn of the 20th century. Since 2012 the band has wound down, but with great pleasure I’m happy to hear that singer and primary songwriter Adam Remnant, has finally reemerged as a solo artist. Last week, he released When I Was a Boy EP, via Trailer Fire Records. The 6 songs that make up Remnant’s, When I Was a Boy EP, were assembled together…

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