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Amazing Grace

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Is it possible for Grace Potter to get any better?  That is the burning question spreading in cities across the country.  Atlanta, GA was no exception to that question last weekend and Grace Potter and The Nocturnals played two sold out shows at The Variety Playhouse Friday and Saturday nights.

Potter has been on a serious roll ever since the group’s self-titled breakthrough album — her third for Hollywood Records – was released in June.

Some of her loyal followers remember her from her pre Nocturnal, darker haired days and the 2004 solo debut of Original Soul. Potter’s dramatic change from a high school choir girl in Vermont to glamorous blonde rock goddess has also attracted a whole new set of  admirers.

As men and women (OK, mostly men) continue their great debate over serious matters such as “Who’s the Sexiest Woman in Rock?”, Potter has been wooing some voters as her tour heads south for the winter before winding up in March with more sellouts in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Ms. Potter can belt it out like Janis,  shake it like Tina and rock it out like a heavy Heart.

The encore certainly provided some heat treatment, combining guaranteed show-stoppers with several goodies

At only 27,  Ms. Potter has years to make the sex-factor work for her before it becomes a too much to bear (just ask Stevie Nicks).  Until then,  it’s hard to imagine anyone else  with the capacity of flourishing in today’s rock ‘n’ roll world with such style, beauty and Gr ace.

Setlist for The Variety Playhouse: Feb. 26th 2011
Hot Summer Night
Ah Mary
Toothbrush and My Table
Mastermind
Only Love
Goodbye Kiss
Failing of Flying
Nothing But The Water 1
Nothing But The Water 2
2:22
Acoustic:
Ain’t No Time
Treat Me Right
Back To Full Band:
Grandma’s Hands
Watching You
Apologies
Stop The Bus
Medicine
Encore:
Crazy on Your
Big White Gate
Paris

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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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