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Joan Jett! 8/29/10

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Review and Pictures by our newest contributor and photographer : Leisa Foretich
Leisa says “I am not a writer, I am a fan :) ”

Joan Jett did not fail to please her fans last night at Chastain Amphitheater as the opening act for Billy Idol.  I missed the first song setting up for camera shots. Before I knew it she was belting out “Cherry Bomb”, the teen anthem from her first band “The Runaways”.  The hits “Do You Wanna Touch Me”, “Fake Friends”, “I Hate Myself for Lovin’ You, “Crimson and Clover”, “Androgynous”, “Light of Day”, and of course “I Love Rock and Roll” and “Bad Reputation”, along with all the other hits we love to sing out loud proved to give everyone a belly full of ROCK to start out this night of 80’s flashbacks!

It was great to see fans old and new.  The coolest thing about this generation of middle aged rockers (haha, no offense) is that we love to share “our” music with our children!  I never recalled going to a concert as a teenager and seeing a child seated next to me.  Almost all the concerts I have attended in the past few years, I have noticed more often than not, parents introducing their children into their generation of music, thus enabling their favorite musicians to stay on tour and keeping them young at heart!  THIS ROCKS!

I saw Joan last year at the same venue and was knocked out of my socks by her pure energy.  This year seemed a little more subdued.  Maybe having to do with the fact that her mother had passed away just a couple of days prior, but nonetheless, she managed to do what all performers do.  As “the show must go on,” she rocked as hard as she could for her fans! After all, she is the “Queen of Rock and Roll!”

Joan Jett is a brilliant musician! She is the epitome of “rock chick” and after 35 years of performing, never skipping a beat… a true rock icon. “You go girl!”

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Jonah Parzen-Johnson at Lilypad

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Jonah Parzen-Johnson has an innate ability to make the baritone sax sound like bagpipes, and maybe that’s why I cried.

Mostly I cried because Jonah tells radiant stories with his saxophone and analog synth, working the brass and pedals to recreate the framework which surrounds his album Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow: Parzen-Johnson wanted to make “something of myself that’s for everybody else.”

Jonah opened his set with “Stay There, I’ll Come to You,” showcasing the harmony between synth and sax right off the bat. With haunting lilts, the two combined into a ribbon of melody, pulsating inside the ear as well as the heart. Much like the song’s title, Jonah was the one approaching the audience as an experimental troubadour of tête-à-tête.

The back stories and thoughts behind each song tied in so well with the raw, almost throaty sax, developing such strong, emotional resonance with the musical layers. The skeleton shook.

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Speedy Ortiz “riiiiise above and gliiiiiide away” at The Sinclair

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The Sinclair was a packed house Wednesday night for the Speedy Ortiz CD release party; as a hometown gig for the Northampton, MA-based band, kinetic warmth buzzed through friends and fans alike as Sadie Dupuis and crew played their freshly-release Foil Deer track-by-track.

What’s a party without some guests, though? That’s where Krill and Mitski come in.

Krill kicked off the night with some tracks from A Distant Fist Unclenching, other goods from Lucky Leaves. Lead singer/bassist Jonah Furman brought to mind early (read: good) Billy Corgan, which I’m not sure he will appreciate. But I think he’ll appreciate this: I couldn’t stop laughing because then I kept thinking about Marilyn Manson telling Billy Corgan that he looked like Charlie Brown.

Opening with “Theme from Krill,” the Boston trio has a knack for rhythm and melody that burrows into your brain. The dreamy bleakness of “Purity of Heart.”  The discordant garage rock and hiccupping guitar and warbly Scooter-ness of “Foot.” Krill’s sound is a good, comfy noise that keeps you wiggling and all that good stuff. Be sure to catch the band at Boston Calling.

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Years & Years at Royale Boston

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During winter storm Juno, UK electro pop group Years & Years were forced to cancel the first show of their two-night stint in New York City back in January. After the snow finally melted, they made the rounds again this past March, playing several shows in California, South by Southwest before finally landing in Boston.

Due to popular demand, the show was moved from The Sinclair to the Royale in downtown’s Theater District.

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