I am super stoked and feel the excitement course through my blood. For those of you who do not know, I missed REHAB in Atlanta by seconds. It makes this show all the more sweet! Danny, Demun, Mike, Foz, Hano, and Chris come out and the crowd goes wild! These men do not stay still either, and the dancing and movement on stage is phenomenal. I see the heart and soul of the music being performed right in front of me. Drinking Problem starts and I am dancing in a cage next to the crowd. I am trying to get pictures, but the cage is rocking from the movement of all on the floor below me. Not one person is sitting still. These guys really know how to write music that relates to the masses and I find myself hoarse within minutes. My nephew Nick is a HUGE fan of REHAB! I look over at him and he is nothing but smiles. This is what REHAB music means to me: laughter, smiles, rock, soul, and a flair that complements my lifestyle. Demun is spitting lyrics and will not sit still. I do not think I got one picture of him that was clear! But hey, he is not here to pose. He is here to perform for his fans. And perform is all REHAB does at The Warehouse in Clarksville, TN.
Danny and the boys sing 1980 and it takes me back to Big Wheels and Monchichis. Yes, I am a child of the 80’s and proud of it. I feel the roller skate motion hit my feet and I am moving like mad. I look around and I am not alone. On and off stage people are in constant motion. Foz handles his guitar the way a man handles a woman with a little bit of roughness around the sensual edges. I told him, “What I would not give to be your guitar.” He just smiles because he knows. Mike is in front of me jamming out to the songs being played and giving me an eye-full of talent. Hano holds his guitar like an extension of his body and rocks the melodies all night long. Chris, man Chris! He bangs the drums like no other and brings the thump to the music. As the night comes to a sweaty end, Danny announces that everyone has to sing along and that all people know the words to the next song; and Bartender begins. I have never seen a crowd all SING along with such a deafening roar. I will admit it is one of my favorite songs. I am honored to hear Bartender performed live by the original band who knows it best. REHAB, I am so glad I made out this time to see you. For the holidays, REHAB will soon be taking a break to be with their families, but check out their future tour dates HERE. Thank-you again REHAB for having me out. My friends, you are MASTERS of ENTERTAINMENT!
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.
Years & Years at Royale Boston
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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