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The Church – Future, Past, Perfect

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When “The Church” planned their US tour, they did it with amazing verve.  It was an impressive feat to say the least as they were set to play three albums in their entirety in one night!  The ‘Future Past Perfect’ tour was almost unbelievable as they would be covering each decades of the band’s career.  Most groups, even young ones would never try to take on performing 34 songs in one night.  Three amazing hours of music played to a packed house in the heart of trendy Little Five Points. The Church pleased their fans in a way that only these Australian boys could do.

Steve Kilby started the night off by welcoming his fans and opening up the first album of the evening “Untitled #23”.  This album was by far their most progressive. All ten of the albums songs were performed during the first act.  With the crowd at their mercy for more, The Church paused for a quick ten minute break.

 

 

Coming back to the stage, it was time to take a trip back to that wonderful year, 1992.  “Priest=Aura” was their seventh release and featured fourteen songs for your listening pleasure.  However Tuesday night, it was only for the  fortunate ones at The Variety Playhouse.

Finally, they made it to the breakthrough album from 1988 “Starfish”.  This album was one of their most successful as it featured the popular song “Under the Milky Way” which is still heard on Atlanta radio to date.  You could hear the crowd sing along as the chorus came in.  I couldn’t help but sing along myself.  When the full ten songs on the album were performed, everyone could feel that they had witnessed a great night in music and music history.

All in all, “The Church” remains a solid, tight-knit band that will hopefully make their way back to the states and to the great city of Atlanta.

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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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