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Dangerous New Machine

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Dangerous New Machine is a well oiled machine that pumps out what they describe as alternative heavy rock. Dangerous New Machine is getting ready to embark upon their first European tour where they are scheduled to play Sonisphere and Download Fest to name a few. These Atlanta boys are a  3 year strong unit that include former singer of Stereomud, Erik Rogers, Billy Grey-Lead Guitar (Fozzy & Sick Speed) , Randy Reider-Bass and their newest edition,Jack Slade-Drums (Symphony Cult) Slade happens to be rock and roll royalty as he is the son of Ac/Dc drummer Chris Slade. DNM with also continue touring around the country treating old and new fans to their energetic stage presence until they take some time off in the fall to do some work in the “machine factory”. Until then check out their new Website and listen to their new single “Skeleton”.
It’s hard to get fans to come out to shows on a Tuesday night. Hell, I’ve seen bands have a hard time drawing fans on a Friday night.The threat of early morning alarm clocks didn’t seem to deter the DNM fans who filled the Peachtree Tavern  on Tuesday May 24th. These fans sang along with almost every word, bounced and danced at the instruction of Erik. Crowd participation was encouraged! DNM kept the room throbbing with their songs about indulgence, love, loss and every day anger.  The bands cover’s of Flo Rida’s “Low” and  Salt n Pepa’s “Push It” are some of the most entertaining covers I’ve ever heard.

photos by Brook Hewitt

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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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