I’m pretty sure Endation sets are powered by inner turmoil feeding on itself and radiating out like some kind of fuzzed-out core meltdown.
Oh, hey Endation! What are you up to? Wait, is this a bad time? Are you in the middle of something? Uh oh. No need to get so worked up. Take deep breaths. You seem like you’ve got something you need to get off your chest. Careful! Don’t hurt yourself! I’ll just wait over here until you finish your set.
The Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling Big Band Revue* took to the Davis Square Theatre stage for some Jingle Ball Rock. The world’s only drum, bass, trombcussion and fluboe quartet might not be festive, but they are compelling.**
* At least I think that’s what they’re called these days. I may be making that up. Yes, I’m most definitely making that up.
** Probably the world’s only. I sorta made this one up, too, but it may actually be true.
The more I listen to Sarah Rabdau & Self Employed Assassins, the more I hear the pop undercurrent that flows beneath their adventurous arrangements. There’s a lot that goes into their sound—so much to take in. Couple this sense of layered artistry with an engaging live performance and you have a show to remember. Like this past Friday when Sarah Rabdau & Self Employed Assassins released Free as Thieves at TT’s…
Crazy. Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling just released two songs, with videos(!!!), on the same night night. That’s not the crazy part.* The crazy part is that they added a few folks to the DNFMOMD fold for the occasion. Matt Graber, Rachel Blumenthal and Susannah Plaster all pitched in on various instruments for a memorable set. What’s so crazy about that, you ask? One look into Sophia’s eyes and you’ll understand…
*For most people releasing two videos on the same night would be called crazy. For Sophia and Michael, it’s called Friday.
Sarah Rabdau & Self Employed Assassins’ set for TT’s 40th Anniversary was captivating. Throw in a a cover of The Sugarcubes’ “Birthday” and you have a performance to remember.
Anthony Conley took the stage for Endation’s set at the For Boston benefit with “Martin” scrawled across the front of his t-shirt in memory of 8 year-old Martin Richard. Then he and Matt Graber played their hearts out for the little guy.