The Sheila Divine @ Harvard Square Mayfair 5.3.2015

Sometimes you hang out in Harvard Square on a beautiful day and watch bands with your 8-year-old son. Sometimes that boy gets tired. Sometimes you strike a deal with him* to hang out for just two songs from one of your favorite bands. Sometimes, as you’re walking to the T with your little buddy after those two songs, he decides he wants to stick around a little longer and you end up getting to watch a good chunk of The Sheila Divine’s set before everyone goes home happy. Sometimes you have really good days.

* Bribe him with pizza.

The Sheila Divine @ T.T. The Bear’s Place 9.13.2013

I’ve seen a lot of great shows at TT’s over the years. This here Friday night of the club’s 40th Anniversary week has been another to remember. What a ridiculous lineup. Who could possibly close out a night that has already seen killer sets by The Gravel Pit, Sidewalk Driver, The Field Effect, Emergency Music, Corin Ashley and Kenny Chambers? What’s that? They’ve got The Sheila Divine coming up next? You can’t be serious. Really? Good golly. I just. This is. I… uh… yeah. Amazing.

The Field Effect @ Redstar Union 9.5.2013

I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to take in a show at Redstar Union. I’ve watched the live streams and video clips they produce and I’m always amazed at the quality. For some reason I’ve never made my way over to the slick Kendall Square performance space. Well, Brian Charles* curated last week’s The Singhs & Friends residency. His picks? Aaron Perrino and The Field Effect. OK, you got me. I’m now watching The Field Effect bounce around the Redstar stage like excited molecules powered by fancy LED lighting…

* Along with being one of the best producers in town over at Zippah, Brian runs Zippah Records and founded the fabulous Tuesday Night Recording Club with Aaron Perrino. He knows his stuff.

The Field Effect as Weezer @ Church 10.27.2012

Here are some pictures of one of my favorite live bands covering a band I used to love but disowned after they put out a record so bad it ruined my perception of the band forever. Or so I thought.

You see, Weezer and I were estranged. After Make Believe came out, I stopped listening to them altogether. I had such a distaste for that album that I couldn’t even bring myself to listen to Pinkerton. Everything seemed off. Then The Field Effect came along and reminded me how much I love some of those old Weezer tunes. I was hearing them through someone else’s ears. Sometimes you need a little distance from a bad breakup to appreciate what you had and move on.

A few days later my six year old grabbed The Blue Album off the shelf and asked me what band it was. I told him. We listened. We both liked it.