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Delbert McClinton

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Delbert McClinton & Dick50 delivered an awesome show April 1st at The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.

SOLD OUT crowd and a good time is what you can expect at his concerts. From the opening act, The Randall Bramlett Band hyped the crowd up with several selections that kept you on your feet rockin’ to rhythmic beat laced rock and blues overtones. In short they ROCKED!

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Finally, in amidst of screaming fans shouting “DELBERT,DELBERT!!!”, out he comes and the party begins. Delbert performs the crowd favorites and songs off of his latest albums with the help of one hell of a band, Dick50 and amazing saxophone player Dana Robbins (who, by the way, showed off her major sax talent during several songs, and trumpet player, Atlanta’s own, Quinton Ware (who took us right to New Orleans with his performance). All of who keep the hard rock, country, and rhythm & blues laden beats going.

You’d think by now the crowd was done…don’t bet on it. Delbert was just heating up. This man has a stage presence rivaled by none. That’s not even the half of it.

One of Atlanta’s best kept secrets, Ms. Heaven Davis, joined Delbert on stage to perform along with performances from Dick50 which include Kevin McKendree (keyboards), Rob McNelley (guitar), Lynn Williams(drums), Steve Mackey (bass). This was a juicy treat to this already talent packed buffet of artists.

Trust me when I say, “Nobody can leave a stage wet & smoking like Delbert McClinton and Dick50. All of these talented singers and musicians have amazing albums out. I’m so looking forward to adding them to my musical collection.”

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Pictures by The Backstage Beat’s Tom Dausner


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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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