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Outlaws of Love – Police Tribute Review

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Friday September 24th, The “Outlaws of Love” made their debut at Bogey’s in Duluth.

I was privileged to be there and see their first public performance.
First off, I had never been to Bogey’s in Duluth and wanted to say thanks to the management, Logan and Stanley.  You guys were fantastic and I look forward to seeing you all again.  By the way, if you happen to make it out to Bogey’s in Duluth, try their fried pickles!  They are delicious!!! Crisp, battered, and deep fried pickle spears.  Mmmm…..

The “Outlaws of Love” feature Rob Alex on bass and vocals, Eric Sands on guitar and backing vocals, and Jeremy Truitt rocking the drums.

Without hesitation, they ripped into “Message in a Bottle” from The Police’s second album, Reggatta de Blanc.  That set the pace for what was to follow: a blistering
set chock full of hits!

Message in a Bottle
Synchronicity 2
Roxanne
Next to You
De Do Do Do
Can’t Stand Losing You/Regatta de Blanc
Driven to Tears
So Lonely
Invisible Sun
Omega Man
Truth Hits Everybody
Walking on the Moon
Hole In My Life
Demolition Man

One highlight of the night was when Lee Banks joined the band onstage to lend a hand in backing vocals on “Hole in my Life”.  The great thing about the set was everyone was either singing aloud with the band or at the very least mouthing out the words.  There is something for everyone in the music of The Police.

The “Outlaws of Love” are a force to be reckoned with.  Eric Sands is one amazing guitar player!  He plays with soul and really represents Andy Summers’ guitar playing and tone to a “T”.  Jeremy was rock solid on the drums. He plays the intricate passages and rhythms of Stewart Copeland as if they were his own.  Rob’s vocals were fantastic considering he was fighting a sore throat!  It is no small task tackling the vocal/bass playing style of Sting.  From the lower vocal register of “Invisible Sun” to the shrieking falsetto of “So Lonely”, Rob delivered.

When they book their next show, you simply have to be there!  The “Outlaws of Love” are THE Tribute band to watch for.

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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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