The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015

    The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015

    The Lights Out brought their parallel universe freak-out to The Sinclair.

    Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 8.13.2015

    Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 8.13.2015

    Every time I see Abbie Barrett play with her band, I walk away a bigger fan.

    Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ Mile Marker One 7.31.2015

    Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ Mile Marker One 7.31.2015

    Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents ripped out a fantastic mix of originals and covers in Gloucester. This is one heck of a band.

    Ad Frank And The Fast Easy Women @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 7.22.2015

    Ad Frank And The Fast Easy Women @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 7.22.2015

    Ad Frank And The Fast Easy Women would be my true goodbye to T.T. The Bear’s Place.

    The Sheila Divine @ Harvard Square Mayfair 5.3.2015

    The Sheila Divine @ Harvard Square Mayfair 5.3.2015

    Sometimes you get to watch a good chunk of The Sheila Divine’s set at the Harvard Square Mayfair. Sometimes you have really good days.

    Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015

    Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents are Jeff Lynne’s dream R&B band. Or maybe they’re Darlene Love’s favorite new wave band. I can never remember which it is. No matter. They were their usual fantastic selves at The Sinclair.

    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015

    Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015

    I’m not really sure which words to use to describe Ruby Rose Fox that won’t sell her talents short. She’s a world class singer and performer with a crack backing band. Their Sinclair set was mesmerizing. Ruby Rose Fox can already hold an audience in the palm of her hand, yet it still feels like she’s just getting warmed up. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • Ruby Rose Fox @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015

    Answerman – SWYM (2015)

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    Answerman
    SWYM
    2015

    Answerman has a new EP of proto-punk tunes knocking on grownup punk’s door. SWYM jangles and buzzes and tangles with fuzzes. The standout track is “No Good,” which is actually quite good. Start there and bop along to the rest if you like what you hear.

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    The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015

    The Lights Out brought their parallel universe freak-out to The Sinclair.

    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015
    • The Lights Out @ The Sinclair 8.28.2015

    The Humanoids – “Fields of Death” (2014)

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    The Humanoids
    “Fields of Death”
    2014

    Look, I’m not saying your survival depends on listening to “Fields of Death” by The Humanoids on repeat at a volume just a tick below hearing-damaging level, but why chance it? I mean, what if the Grim Reaper swings by unexpectedly to see how you’re doing? Throwing the horns, screaming for vengeance and showing no mercy is probably your best chance for survival. At a minimum, you’ll go out with a smile on your face.

    Where to get it:

    Raw Blow – Slow Choke (2014)

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    Raw Blow
    Slow Choke
    2014

    Watching Raw Blow during The Rumble was so engrossing I became oblivious to the world around me. I’m happy to report their Slow Choke EP is just as compelling. I’m trapped in their world of frenetic energy, heavy riffs, tight harmonies and insanely precise execution. It’s loud, occasionally discordant and always riveting. Nine minutes and sixteen seconds later I am abruptly released, left alone and wanting more.

    Where to get it:

    Eddie Japan – “Fight Song” (2014)

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    Eddie Japan
    “Fight Song”
    2014

    This might just be the slickest protest song you ever hear. Recorded in 2014 and dedicated to the Wisconsin protesters of 2011, Eddie Japan’s “Fight Song” is an inspiring tune delivered with style. The message being swooned and crooned feels as relevant as ever with election season heating up. Give it a listen and feel empowered and entertained at the same time.

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    Aloud – “Love Is A Losing Game” (2015)

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    Aloud
    “Love Is A Losing Game”
    2015

    Here we have Jen and Henry of Aloud covering Amy Winehouse’s soulful, Burt Bacharach-style heart-breaker “Love Is A Losing Game.” Aloud’s version is a quiet, understated display of music’s ability to express complex emotions. Less mournful and dramatic than the original, this arrangement unfolds with a sense of knowing and acceptance. It’s a sincere take on a great song.

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    Ruby Rose Fox – “Good Friday / Gloria” (2015)

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    Ruby Rose Fox
    “Good Friday / Gloria”
    2015

    Sometimes you have to burn it all to ashes and hope that, deep down, you’ve got it in you to build it all back up again. That’s exactly what Ruby Rose Fox does on “Good Friday / Gloria.” The sound is stripped down to its bruised bones. It has weight. Ruby Rose Fox sings. It has soul. A chorus of heavenly harmonies rain down. It has majesty. The song will rise again.

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    These Wild Plains – “Break Your Heart” (2015)

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    These Wild Plains
    “Break Your Heart”
    2015

    These Wild Plains have just released a new single. “Break Your Heart” glows with a warmth that could comfort the coldest soul. Delicately layered guitars and a lilting melody ride atop a fluttering beat. The song draws you in even as you’re being pushed away. Welcome home.

    The band also revisits “Waves” and “Plains,” the songs that first had These Wild Plains haunting my dreams.

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