Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015

    Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015

    Magen Tracy brought The Missed Connections to the cozy confines of Atwood’s for a stellar night of music played by some of my favorite people in town.

    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.

    Zip-Tie Handcuffs @ T.T. The Bear's Place 5.1.2015

    Zip-Tie Handcuffs @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 5.1.2015

    The wall of distortion and close-spaced vocal harmonies whipped through the crowd melting faces like the spirits at the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Zip-Tie Handcuffs are your 2015 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Champions.

    Dinosaur Jr. @ The Sinclair 4.27.2015

    Dinosaur Jr. @ The Sinclair 4.27.2015

    Converse Rubber Tracks Live brought Dinosaur Jr. to The Sinclair with The Replacements and The Young Leaves. Unbelievable.

    The Juliana Hatfield Three @ Cuisine en Locale 4.19.2015

    The Juliana Hatfield Three @ Cuisine en Locale 4.19.2015

    Old songs! New songs! Solo songs! The Juliana Hatfield Three played it all at Cuisine en Locale.

    Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015

    Here are some photos of Abbie Barrett And The Last Date. Take a look. They’re a wonderful group of people playing really well written songs. Oh, and they’re an absolute joy to watch. They played the Magen Tracy EP release the other night at Atwood’s. I enjoyed myself. Maybe you would, too. It’s worth a try.

    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Abbie Barrett And The Last Date @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015

    Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.21.2015

    Magen Tracy has just released a powerful new EP. To celebrate, she brought The Missed Connections to the cozy confines of Atwood’s for a stellar night of music played by some of my favorite people in town.

    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015
    • Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections @ Atwood's Tavern 5.21.2015

    Party Bois​/​Petty Morals Split 7″ (2015)

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    Party Bois​/​Petty Morals
    Split 7″
    2015

    Do you like to party? No, do you like to party? Party Bois​ and ​Petty Morals like to party. They’ve got a new split 7″ to prove it. Party Bois offer up their biggest hook yet on “Loving Arms.” That’s saying something with the singles they’ve been putting out. It’s also the most straight-up rockin’ tune they’ve done. The electric guitars share equal time with the synths and electronic drums. Whoa-oh-oh! The flip side has Petty Morals hand clapping their way through another number ready for the ’80s guilty-pleasure flick running through my dreams. “Go For Broke” is a call to action. I suggest you answer it.

    Petty Morals Party Bois 2

    The 7″ record comes on snazzy pink vinyl and plays at 45RPM. Small hole. Full color jacket. Digital download. Get it.

    Where to get it:

    Petty Morals Party Bois 3

    Le Roxy Pro – Le Roxy Pro (2014)

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    Le Roxy Pro
    Le Roxy Pro
    2014

    Le Roxy Pro are cooler than cool. One listen to their debut album will convince you of that. The band crosses The Dandy Warhols with The Beach Boys to wonderful effect. Give “Get It Out” a spin and you’ll see what I mean. “Coral Coralles” basks in a summer glow. “Bushkill” is a study in tension and release. “The Green Path To Nowhere” calls Teenage Fanclub to mind. They got me. Sometimes, straight. Sometimes spacey. Always compelling. What a sound.

    Le Roxy Pro 2

    The physical product is an eye catching, 12″ slab of blueish/greenish vinyl that comes in a full color outer sleeve and black & white inner sleeve. Lovely.

    Where to get it:

    Le Roxy Pro 3

    Eddie Japan – “Albert” (2015)

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    Eddie Japan
    “Albert”
    2015

    Wow. I don’t even know how to describe what Eddie Japan is up to these days. “Movie music without the movie” doesn’t cut it anymore. Their sound is grand and layered. The lyrics, in this case inspired by Albert Camus, are colorful and well-considered. They play with passion and purpose. “Albert” brings all of this together in stunning fashion. Strings! Horns! Backing Vocals! Guitar twang! Breakdowns! Outros! Eddie Japan have found the perfect middle ground between their unabashed pop (“You Will Find Me Dead in My Comfort Zone”) and their love of the epic (“A Town Called Nowhere”). It’s the sound of thirteen musicians coming together for love.

    Where to get it:

    Full Disclosure: Nicole Anguish of Daykamp Creative did the artwork for this single. That’s why it’s so awesome. The artwork, not the song. I mean, the song is awesome, she just can’t take credit for that.

    Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015

    There was a lot going on this past weekend. I had dreams of catching a whole bunch of bands at HarpoonFest. I hoped to wander the streets of Somerville taking in the sounds of Porchfest. Neither one panned out. Thankfully, I did make it out to the Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival to see Roy Sludge. At least I picked a good one. Roy Sludge is a national treasure.

    Also, one of these photos was taken by a six year old. I’m not sayin’ which one.

    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015
    • Roy Sludge Trio @ Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival 5.16.2015

    The Daily Pravda – “1999” (2015)

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    The Daily Pravda
    “1999”
    2015

    “1999” sparkles with The Daily Pravda’s if-it’s-British-and-has-a-flair-for-the-dramatic-we-don’t-care-what-year-it’s-from-we’re-inspired-by-it sound. Bowie? The Psychedelic Furs? Radiohead? They’re in the mix. Layered guitars and well-placed backing vocals add dimension to this spaced-out melodic morsel. The whole thing is refined, precise and expertly executed. I like where this is going.

    Where to get it:

    Township @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.7.2015

    Township rippin’ new classic riffs is always a sight to behold. Atwood’s was the perfect backdrop for the band’s latest set of timeless tunes.

    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Township @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015

    Animal Talk @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.7.2015

    Thanks to Jed Gottlieb putting together this fine show at Atwood’s, I am reminded that Animal Talk are a ton of fun. It’s not like I forgot about their insanely catchy melodies or undeniable groove. I have the knowledge. Sometimes you just need a little nudge to make it feel more real. Like with “don’t read the comments” or “that milkshake looks delicious but you’re lactose intolerant.” Animal Talk are an excellent band that will make you want to move.

    • Animal Talk @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Animal Talk @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Animal Talk @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Animal Talk @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Animal Talk @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Animal Talk @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Animal Talk @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Animal Talk @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Animal Talk @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Animal Talk @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015

    (Half of) Aloud @ Atwood’s Tavern 5.7.2015

    Look, I know this show at Atwood’s is a tie-in to Jed Gottlieb’s wonderful series of guitar videos, but when Jen & Henry from Aloud take the stage it’s all about the harmonies. And the songs. OK, and the guitars, too.

    • Aloud @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Aloud @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Aloud @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015
    • Aloud @ Atwood's Tavern 5.7.2015