Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tortoise - The Sinclair, Cambridge MA March 15, 2016


Tortoise
The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Support –Mind over Mirrors, E


Tortoise released"The Catastrophist"  back in January and it is a great return record for them.  Seems it had been quiet from their camp for some time.  When the band announced a string of shows I knew it was fine time I went to see them again.  The last time I saw the band was at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston so the venue felt a little more suited for them on this night.
Arrived when Mind Over Mirrors was performing.  Note I did not say anything about “on stage”.  Nope, set up on the floor right off the sound board.  The music was neat, sort of “drone” but enough that, at least at first, I wasn’t  begging for him to stop.  It was interesting, but 20 minutes or so was plenty.  It sort of felt like PA music so the wait for Tortoise seemed all that much longer.
Arriving on stage with little to no fanfare the members took their places on the stage.  On the front lip of the stage was two drum kits (both facing one another).  There were times when there were two drummers going, and others when there was no drummers.  
The band played about 55 minutes for their “main set” stopping only once to speak about how the primary was being held in their home state (Illinois) and that they were too scared to look at the results.  Other than hand waves that was about all the band did to acknowledge the sold out crowd.
The two encores felt a bit forced.  Why the band did two songs, break, then two more seemed unessesarry .  We still got the music, but the gaps messed up the flow where it was nearly flawless for the previous 55 minutes.
What drives Tortoise is the musicianship.  They are accomplished performers as evidenced by the carousel like ease the band had with swapping instruments.  The audience was respectful and engaged which is always a plus

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Monday, February 29, 2016

New Music - Dead Trains


New from Boston based band "Dead Trains" comes the release "Country Road Bound".  The albums is out now and includes 7 tracks that run that fine mix of punk rock meets country.  Its an odd mix, but it works!

Check out the track "Mean Town Blues"

You can grab the album now.  Check em out!  Looking for some shows to pop up soon too!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Two bands to mention..

The year has been a bit quiet so far on new releases.  I grabbed the new Tortoise record last week.  Called "The Catastophist" its a pretty solid listen. I have to say the cover of "Rock On" is not really what I would have expected. It actually is the one song I tend to skip on the record for whatever reason.

Otherwise I've really been digging on the band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.  I read about them in a magazine (yep still old school around here) and it was cool to dive in and check em out.  They are really prolific, releasing 2 records a year at their current clip.  Excited to hear new stuff, get in to it and then be ready for even more new stuff.

The good news is both Tortoise and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are making local area appearances.  Both bands hit The Sinclair in the next few months.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Hello

The year is coming to a close and the blog continues to be on the back burner.

new job, lots of hockey and just a little change of direction.

I like the blog, I need to decide in the next few weeks really to see what is up.

Happy New Year to all.

Monday, September 21, 2015

2Cellos come to Boston (rescheduled tour info)



2CELLOS COMING TO BOSTON’S

WANG THEATRE
February 20, 2015

 

Tickets on sale now!

The duo come to Boston on Friday February 20, 2016.  Tickets are on sale now and range from $37.75 to 62.75 (price includes $3.75 facility fee).  They are on sale now through ticketmaster or without service charge(s) at the Wang Theatre box offce located at 270 Tremont St.

A limited number of Meet & Greet and VIP packages priced at $250 and $150 respectively will go on sale online at ticketmaster.com starting Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 AM.

Forced to cancel much of their North American tour earlier this year due to cellist Stjepan Hauser’s neck injury, music’s most electric and dynamic instrumental duo are healthy and happy to be back on the road.

The Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, have achieved international success by taking the cello to a new level with their incredible talent and undeniable passion. Their playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. 2CELLOS have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out to AC/DC and Iron Maiden.

The duo released their album "Celloverse" in January of this year.  It debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Classical and Classical Crossover charts as well in the Billboard Top 200.  Their new album is supported by a world tour landing the 2CELLOS in the U.S. in mid-February for 42 sold-out dates. Moreover, 2CELLOS’s viral video for “Thunderstruck” from Celloverse has racked up over 33 million views to date on YouTube!

Aside from their huge online following where they continue to amaze with new YouTube hits, 2CELLOS’ main focus is performing live. In addition to many sold out solo tours (U.S., Japan, Europe), the duo have joined Sir Elton John on tour globally, performing with him and opening his shows in massive stadiums, as well as appearing at prestigious venues and events such as Madison Square Garden, Paris Olympia, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the Emmy Awards. They have also collaborated on stage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, George Michael, and Lang Lang.

Sulic and Hauser have played the cello since childhood; Sulic graduated from the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, and Hauser from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, both in 2011. Sulic has won a series of top prizes at numerous prestigious international music competitions including First and Special Prize at the VII Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw (2009), First Prize at the European Broadcasting Union “New Talent” Competition (2006) and First Prize at the Royal Academy of Music Patron’s Award in Wigmore Hall (2011) among others. 

Hauser has worked with acclaimed classical artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernard Greenhouse, Mennahem Pressler and Ivry Gitlis, to mention a few. He has collected no less than twenty-one first prizes at the national and international music competitions and performed twice for Prince Charles in Buckingham and St. James’s Palace. Both have appeared in major classical music venues throughout the world including Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Center, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New Music from Bob Forrest


New Album Survival Songs out 10/9
via Six Degrees Records, on tour this October

Forrest Best Known as Lead Vocalist of Thelonious Monster, The Bicycle Thief, and as a Drug Counselor on Celebrity Rehab


On October 9th, singer-songwriter Bob Forrest will release Survival Songs via Six Degrees Records.  Formerly the lead vocalist of LA rock bands Thelonious Monster and The Bicycle Thief, Forrest is also known for appearing as the lead drug counselor on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.  
 
The first track "Truth Chaos & Beauty" premiered at Yahoo Music, listen or embed the track via Soundcloud right here!!
 
To record Survival Songs, Forrest worked with friend and Grammy-winning producer and author Ian Brennan (Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Tinariwen). The pair, along with a small crew of musicians that featured Zander Schloss (Circle Jerks, Joe Strummer) went to Big Sur to record the album on a plot of property owned by Bob's close friend Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

During his past battles with addiction to cocaine, heroin, and alcohol, Forrest once almost killed himself onstage, and infamously mangled the “Star Spangled Banner” so badly at a Clippers game he become a minor sports celebrity. After 24 attempts at rehab, Forrest finally recovered from addiction in 1996  eventually going from celebrity drug-runner to celebrity drug-counselor and Dr. Drew Pinsky's right hand man. A fixture in the recovery community, Bob Forrest has appeared alongside Pinsky in Celebrity Rehab and Sober House.
 
Bob Forrest was also the subject of the full-length documentary Bob and The Monster, which featured testimony from his peers including Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Keith Morris (Black Flag/The Circle Jerks), Steven Adler (Guns & Roses), Courtney Love, and more.
 
Survival Songs coincides with the paperback release of Forrest's memoir, Running With Monsters, which details his struggle with addiction in L.A.’s ‘80s and ‘90s indie rock scene.
 
Tracklisting:
 
1. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
2. Song Of The Songs
3. Cereal Song
4. Sammy Hagar Weekend
5. Looking To The West
6. Body And Soul
7. Off-Street Parking
8. Lena Horne Still Sings 'Stormy Weather'
9. Not Going To Do It Again
10. Anymore
11. You've Gotta Be Kidding Me
12. Elvis, We Are Waiting For You!
13. Truth, Chaos & Beauty (Peace in the Valley)

Tour Dates:
 
10/03/15 – Seattle, WA – Elliott Bay*
10/10/15 – Washington DC – The Potter’s House*
10/12/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Boneshaker Books*
10/13/15 – Chicago, IL – City Lit Books*
10/14/15 – San Diego, CA – The Whistlestop^
10/15/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Book Soup*
10/16/15 – San Francisco, CA – Make-Out Room^
10/17/15 – Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library^
10/18/15 – Reno, NV – Sundance Books*
10/20/15 – New York, NY –  Joe’s Pub^
10/21/15 – Boston, MA – Johnny D’s^
10/25/15 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe^
 
* = Bob Forrest Book Tour
^ = Bob Forrest Solo Show
 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear -Brighton Music Hall July 23, 2015

This is just a very short entry for now.
Had the chance to see Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear at Brighton Music Hall tonight.
What a great show. I've seen a lot of shows and it takes a lot for me to stand back some and think "I am seeing something really special".
Tonight was one of those nights.

Much more to come (including some pictures) but here is the set list.
Live By The Water
Whole Lotta Problems
Daisy Jane
Modern Day Mystery
Alligator Fish N Chips
Undertaker and Juniper
Silent Movies
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
Dead Daffodils
Fight On
Stand By Me (Ben E.King)
Sorrows and Woes
E
Yellow Taxi

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