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Review | Exitmusic and Phantogram at the Royale

Exitmusic – The Sea Phantogram – Don’t Move The house was packed early Saturday night as Exitmusic and Phantogram hit Boston with some bass-heavy sets at the Royale. Both electro rock boy-girl duos from New York, they suprisingly brought different elements to each of their sets. Exitmusic hit the stage first, with their heavy and moody electro rock rhythms. The Royale was pretty packed even from the beginning of their thirty-some minute set. Phantogram went on just after 8 p.m., and it was clear that everyone was really excited to hear them play. The last time I had the opportunity…

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Review | Brown Bird – Salt for Salt

Brown Bird – Thunder and Lightning Brown Bird – Bilgewater When I got my first crack at hearing Brown Bird I was totally floored.  Amazed at how much great sound duo David Lamb & Morganeve Swain produce together.  Their influences are varied but reside mostly in roots rock, early American Folk, Gypsy music.  Salt for Salt is the perfect example of this blend.  Its a total joy to listen to. Its this dark side of folk that they mainly explore.Brown Bird has a tendency towards the dark side. Pulling from their influences Brown Bird uses haunting lyrics, varied rhythms and…

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Review | Brown Shoe – The Gift Horse

Brown Shoe – Diving Bell Brown Shoe – Colt Rider The pure landscape of Brown Shoe is huge. Its almost as if every song on the Gift Horse were to be sung atop a mountain. The vocals are expansive and soaring, the sounds are vastly textural, and huge. Everything, I mean everything, is just a bit larger on this album.  If you are unfamiliar with the story, the band is made of four brothers from northern California, Aaron, Bryson, Ryan & Lanson Baggaley and their longtime friend Chandler Clemons.  Their music definitely brings to mind the influences of Band of…

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Review | Nikki Lane – Walk of Shame

Nikki Lane – Sleep For You

The recently released album of Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Nikki Lane, really snuck up on me.  Its short, 32 minutes or so, but it comes with such a great package in its ability to mix elements of country-pop with 60’s girl group styles. Lane’s traditional country vocal stylings would fit right in with some of country music’s greats.

The South Carolina native left the south for the bright lights of LA and then bounced her back to the east coast holed up in NYC where she penned her first songs.  The theme of the album is quite the usual, one of of a jilted lover, dejected about being left by her boyfriend who turns out he was recording his own album.  Writing in her apartment in New York it all started pouring out, “I wrote a whole album in a month’s time and just decided I was going to make a record in Nashville. It was like my revenge record.”  Her songs follow in the footsteps of Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, John Prine & Merle Haggard, she’s a contemporary country artist telling stories in song format.

These stories are her stock in trade, and although not too deep on the songwriting level, they still create and illustrate her narrative.  Thematically, Walk of Shame, focuses on bittersweet songs about emotional struggles, the opener, “Lies,” she uncovers her lovers sordid secret affair, she explores denial & regret in “Walk of Shame,” & longing in “Coming Home To You.”  You’ll find a multitude of music styles accompanying these narratives. The music themes on the Noir Americana, Spaghetti Westerns, 60’s Girl Group pop, classic country, & pedal steel and compliments her surprising voice.

Its a fun album to listen to because the influences are varied, yet all feel like thematically stand together well as a concept.  Lane writes with a bit of wit, and a bit of comedy in the way she addresses her modern take on relationships.  This album is well worth your time and worth your dollars.

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Review | The Head and the Heart at Royale

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Review | The Barr Brothers

Photography by Andre Guerette The Barr Brothers – Beggar in the Morning It is not very obvious when first listening to The Barr Brothers that the Montreal four piece includes a harpist. But that fact is a pretty dynamic part of their sound, and vital in the story of how the band got together. The brothers Barr, Andrew (on the far right) and Brad (second from the left) have long been playing music together. But The Barr Brothers didn’t materialize until Brad had moved to Montreal. The story of the harp addition goes something like this: Brad heard someone playing…

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Review | Jonny Corndawg – Down on the Bikini Line

Jonny Corndawg – Chevy Beretta Jonny Corndawg – The Life of a Bear Jonathan Fritz, or better known to his friends and fans, Jonny Corndawg is one of the hardest working guys in music today. He relentlessly tours, with everyone from Jessica Lea Mayfield to Dawes, Robert Ellis and coming in Boston with Trampled By Turtles in November. What can you say about this guy, he’s a touring machine, a marathon runner, and one of the warmest, nicest guys you will ever meet. Down on the Bikini is Jonny’s 2nd release, behind the wonderfully named I’m Not Ready to Be…

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Review | Active Child – You Are All I See

Photo by Ricky Chapman Active Child – Playing House It’s been just one year since Active Child’s acclaimed EP launched his name. The moniker of Pat Grossi, Active Child’s first full-length album You Are All I See is out today and it’s everything and nothing that you’d expect. As I was first listening to the album, I read a lot of tweets from others that all said the same thing: I thought I was going to hate this album, but I kind of love it. Which is a bit of what I was expecting as well. It’s different, fascinating, entrancing…


Review | Gold Leaves – The Ornament

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