Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rival Sons -- Paradise,Boston MA May 11,2015



Rival Sons
Paradise, Boston MA
Monday, May 11, 2015

What a night.  I have to admit I am very new to this band but they just didn't fail.   Lead singer Jay Buchanan just has one of the, if not the, most powerful voice in rock. He just soars above it all. The playing was tight, clean and no frills. The band didn't bound around the stage all crazy, they just brought it from start to finish.  I had to grab a few of the cds at the merch stand because they are not the easiest to find around here for some reason.  The bummer was t-shirts sized XL and up were sold out (I need at LEAST an XL)

See them if you can.  You'll be impressed.


The full set list
Electric Man
Good Luck
Secret
You Want To
Pressure and Time
Manifest Destiny, Part 1
** break to set up for acoustic set **
Nava
Burn Down Los Angeles
The Man Who Wasn't There
White Noise
** break to set back up for electric **
Torture
Tell Me Something
Rich and the Poor
Where I've Been
Get What's Coming
Encore
Open My Eyes
Keep on Swinging
     

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Grace Potter Announces Lineup for Fifth Annual Grand Point North Festival


Grace Potter has announced the lineup for the 2015 Grand Point North music festival, scheduled for September 12th and 13th at Burlington, Vermont’s Waterfront Park.

This year the festival will feature the legendary Flaming Lips, marking their first return to Burlington since 2006 and carrying on the tradition of Grace inviting friends she has met along the way since forming Grace Potter & the Nocturnals in 2003.  Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne and Grace first collaborated when she recruited him to record "My Mechanical Friend" with her on the Tim Burton-Disney film Frankenweenie..  Most recently, they worked together on The Flaming Lips' 2014 tribute to The Beatles classic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on With a Little Help from My Fwends.
 
Also on the bill will be Shakey Graves and Greensky Bluegrass, both coming off sold out performances at Higher Ground in Vermont. 
 
Additional acts include Mike Gordon, Spirit Family Reunion, Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers and Odessa. Keyboard wizard Marco Benevento, another longtime pal of Potter’s, will also make an appearance following the release of his critically acclaimed album, Swift which was recorded with renowned producer Richard Swift. Each night will close with a full set from Potter's new band, featuring both new and old faces.
 
Continuing its tradition of highlighting local talent, this year's lineup includes a strong representation of local and regional acts making their mark on the Burlington, Vermont music scene. Local bands featured this year include Madaila, Soule Monde, Heavy Plains, Maryse Smith w/ Michael Chorney, The Snaz, Barishi, and Mal Maiz.
 
For the third year in a row, Seven Days, Vermont’s award-winning alt-weekly, is running a crowd sourced online contest giving Vermont artists the chance to open this year’s Grand Point North festival. Musical act submissions start May 6th with public voting beginning the following week on May 14th. Check www.sevendaysvt.com for more details.
The festival will close Sunday, September 13th with a post-party performance featuring Matt Burr’s widely buzzed about Pink Floyd project, Dark Side of the Mountain at the Higher Ground Ballroom. 
 
Dates: Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Time: Saturday, Gates at 3pm. Sunday, Gates at 2pm (Box Office opens each day at 11am)
Location: Waterfront Park, Burlington, VT
Two-day festival tickets are currently $79 while supplies last. Single day tickets are $59.  Children 12 and under are free. Festival is rain or shine.
VIP tickets are also available for $159 and include early entry to the festival, VIP viewing area at the soundboard, a commemorative VIP laminate, festival poster signed by Grace Potter as well as access to a VIP tent featuring shade and seating, discounted beverages, and light food.
 
Tickets are available online at  www.highergroundmusic.com, by phone at 802-652-0777 or in person at the Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington
 
@grandpointnorth for twitter, #gpnfest
 
 
 
 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Caspian - The Met - Pawtucket RI May 8, 2015


Caspian
The Met Cafe,Pawtucket RI
Friday May 8, 2015
Support - Bloodphesant

So its been a bit since I've updated the blog but when I get to see one of the bands that I just adore it always stirs my creative juices and I had to put finger to keyboard.

When we last saw Caspian live they were doing their 10th Anniversary show at the Larcom Theater. It was an amazing night and  I wrote about it.   Anyhow, the band has been hard a work since.  They are set to release a blu ray of that very show in the coming weeks. (you can pre-order it  in a link below)  They also headed to the studio to record LP#4.  As of this typing its "done" and according to the band they hope to see it come to the masses at the end of September.

So,the band decided to do a one off show before heading to play a set at the Dunk! Festival (holy crap I wish I had tickets for this).

The band hit the stage shortly after 10 and its always a thrill to see them just walk on the stage. The lone bummer of the night was the lack of any sort of light show.  Awash in a blue light it was hard to see the guys and I think that kept many a cell phone camera away (hence the image from their wiki page up top). Opening with "The Raven" it was a full on assault. The crowd was that of adoring fans.  The last time we were together for a "seated"show so it was nice to get up and move with others.  The band then played their first of two new songs "Darkfield".  It was good, and I am curious to hear this one develop.

The always welcome, file under my all time favorite song from them, came in "Some Are White Light".  I never get tired of that song and honestly the band could have walked off stage and I would only have been mad for a instant.  They mellow it out some with "Concrescence"and I get now why they do this.  They need  breather as they then launched in to the "The Heart that Fed" a track from the bands last ep.  That then spiraled in to the always crowd pleasing "Gone in Bloom and Bough".  This 8+ minute romp takes you on a ride and the false ending still catches me off guard.  The band then played the last song off the main set a second new one called "Arc of Command". Now I'll admit I was texting the set list to a buddy that couldn't make it.  I wrote as it started "new one".  Then as the song absolutely blew my brains in I texted him again...and simply said "Whatever it was, its our new favorite".  It was awesome.

The band left the stage and returned with "Halls of Summer" in which Phil took a moment to thank us all again and sort of give a report on the band, the album, (sept) etc.  We then got the standard closer of "Sycamore" with the band engaging in the full circle drum circle at the end.  It never ever fails.

The Full Set:
The Raven
Darkfield
Some Are White Light
Concrescence
The Heart that Fed
Gone in Bloom and Bough
Arc of Command
encore
Halls of Summer
Sycamore

As the weekend progressed the band was hosting a listening party. Basically they have 30 ipods loaded with the new record and you can go to a park or what have you with the band and listen..soak it in and then talk about it.  There was a system mishap for me personally when the tickets for that went on sale and sadly I missed it.  A friend was able to go and posted pictures.  The band set up on the ocean, brought out a grill and hung out.  All fans needed to do was bring headphones.  A wonderful experience I am sure.  There are few more of these headed to Europe. Jump on this if you can..sounds awesome.

For everything Caspian visit their website
To preorder the Blu Ray  check out this link
To try to get in to a listening party in Europe: here (a few are sold out)

Also..a little birdy told me a US Tour is planned and Boston gig is towards the end of October...lets leave it at that!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

So..how you been?

Some news here.  After 20 years with my former company I decided to step away.  It was time.  I just was. 

Hard to leave the people more than anything but the thought of something new feels "good".  Terrifying too.

So, maybe some fresh stuff to post about as I "start anew".

Thanks for hanging out.
-march

Saturday, April 4, 2015

When something ends???

For the last few years I've had the pleasure of coaching my son's youth hockey team.

I've spent hours behind the wheel, eaten far too many donuts and other fast foods than one really should. Spent hours coming up with practice plans, communicating to parents, figuring out "lines".  It could have been, and should have been a full time job.

Then today, in a playoff loss I had the sudden realization that it might be......done?

My son will be a Bantam next year.  Bantams are 8th-9th graders and its the first time that "checking" is allowed in the game.  I think he is very worried.  I am a bit too, but its easy for me to say "try to deal with that part of the game" when I am not on the ice with him. 

Its been a blast and maybe a few days, or even weeks he will perk up at the thought.  Still hesitant perhaps, but willing to take the shot.

Being 100% selfish I hope he continues to play.  As a 44 year old guy I still love the game above all other sports.  I am fortunate enough to skate once a week with like minded adults.  Its a laid back,fun skate usually concluded with trash talking and beer drinking.  Ahh the glories.

I often wonder why we don't remember the "last time" for many things.  The last time you laced them up, the last time you were in a rink.  We remember the last time we were at a bad restaurant...but the really life/important things.  I am lucky to live not too far from the ocean (okay about 1hr) but closer than most of the USA.  Still when I go to the beach for the day I never seem to think "Could this be the last time?"  What if I got a job transfer?  What if "life gets in the way".

Odd.

Anyhow..I hope its not "the end" just a slow speed bump tossed at us at what might be the right time.

Time will tell.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello...

Digging out from the clutter of the new year and the snow.  Things are slowly turning towards "normal".  Looking to get more content going for the blogs few readers.  As always I thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Fraidies, new music video for "Never Love Again (It's Doubtful)."



Pretty cool indie power pop from the Seattle area!  Check out their newest video.
Check it out right here and drop a comment!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Just a ramble...target is: The Grammy Awards"

Quite honestly if I was not on social media I am not sure I'd even know the Grammy Awards were on television last night.  (Better Call Saul, Walking Dead, Bruins game...my DVR was smoking..)

The big deal this year seems to be about one artist complaining another artists should give up their award to ANOTHER artist because that artist did it better and needs to be respected.

Notice I have left out names. The funny part is both the artists being discussed have made my year end favorite list(s).

Looking around social media I came upon the "bent out of shape" artists "quote".  Its just comical to me as a music fan.  The way it was spoken about you can change the name(s) to an artist you like and an artist you don't like.  Its a big name calling why did they win and I didn't?

Maybe because your record sucks?

I don't know. I haven't heard it.

What I am getting at is that the older I get the less this stuff matters.  Really.  People get worked up over a "best new artist" and then in a few years..poof they are gone.   One of the names I hear that was so wonderful was Annie Lennox.  Singing a "standard" from her album of standards.  See,she can sing and lets it all be known she can sing. She takes a chance, she is creative...she is an artist.  It happens with everything I understand.  Try to name the Oscar Winner for best film from last year...two years ago?  Remember these are considered "The best" by "experts".

Chances are your favorite musical acts have won an award, but chances are greater they haven't.   When an "artist" makes a record, paints a painting, directs a movie, acts etc etc, chances are the LAST thing that is on their mind is dressing up in a gown/suit and then thanking people for making is possible.  Consider them giving you an award, for caring, and speaking about their music.  That should be an award enough for all of us.