I arrive at The Masquerade. I am here to see Rusted Root perform. I head upstairs and eagerly await the group. To my pleasant surprise, the opening act, Adam Ezra Group, rocks the stage. Two of the guys have bare feet and all of the band is dancing with the gusto of people who truly enjoy what they are doing in life. As they approach the last tune, I find myself wishing they could stay on longer. The Adam Ezra Group ends with Western Man and as I look around at the crowd, I see smiles and eyes wide as if everyone is thinking, “Sweet, I need to buy this CD.” Adam announces that this is their first time in Atlanta. Welcome boys! I know Adam Ezra Group will back around soon!
As the set is cleared and made ready for the headliner, I walk behind the stage and I am greeted by Michael Glabicki and the rest of Rusted Root. They are all so nice and pose for pictures with me. I hear Michael sound check his voice. Wow, he hits a pitch I did not think was humanly possible. Liz seems to think so too as her ears are plugged. I walk back out because they are hitting the stage and “sally” right up to the front. As always, Rusted Root has several instruments onstage , and they use every last one! As they begin to play, I immediately start to groove along with them and the music. Rusted Root entertains the crowd with songs from all of their albums. I hear Driving To You, which is off of their latest album Stereo Rodeo. I have never had the privilege of seeing this performed live and I am still singing the song! Send Me On My Way is an all time favorite of “Rootheads” and is instantly recognizable to millions of people throughout the world. I take a step back and my ears are musically delighted. I look to my left and to my right and feel the power of dance emanating from the crowd. Rusted Root exits stage right as cheers and applause fill The Masquerade. I hear “Rusted Root” being chanted and I whistle and pound the bar until they come back on for an encore. I begin to scream,”Ecstasy, Ecstasy!” This is my all time favorite song on any of Rusted Root’s albums and I notice the guy to my right screaming it out too! When I hear the chords begin to play I freak out. Michael joins Preach on the drums and an extended opening to the tune begins. THANK-YOU for playing it guys! I do not want to see Rusted Root leave but I know they have appreciated their fan base when the group bows, as a whole, three times. I will forever carry this performance in my mind and remember it always.
Make sure you check out Ange’s audio interview with Michael Glabicki here Rusted Root – The Masquerade 11/2 – Exclusive Interview
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Jonah Parzen-Johnson at Lilypad
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.
Speedy Ortiz “riiiiise above and gliiiiiide away” at The Sinclair
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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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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