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GILDED TRASH . . . a night of glam rock

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To all my little boys and girls out there who are looking a fix of glitter and rock, you are in luck!  Thank you to Atlanta’s own Amber Taylor for hooking this town up with a night of glam, known as “Gilded Trash” on Friday July 22nd at The Masquerade.  Amber Taylor is the dreamer and promoter of what is planned to be a monthly glam rocked themed party, she is also the singer of The Sexual Side Effects who headlined the night.  I over heard many a sparkly attendee, say ” Wow, Amber’s band is really good, they really rock.”  The Sexual Side Effects or SSE as the fans started chanting started their set off with T-Rex and ended with Bowie.  Both performances were met with wild dancing and overjoyed expression from the crowd.  SSE’s set was seasoned with the gender bending sensuality as performers shimmied and slithered  their shiny silver selves all over the stage.  Not to be outdone, The Chameleon Queen reigned as sexy royalty as she brought  a touch of sophistication with a classic fan dance.

NYC’s STARBOLT9 and  The Unsatisfied from Chattanooga were bringers of rock as well.  All bands were accompanied by twin golden go-go dancers. DJ Tiny Tears filled the gaps between bands with new and old glam rock and fiercer than life, Dax Exclamation Point MC’d.  Body painting, jewelry vendors and drink specials oh my were also a part of the festivities. The night had something for everyone.  A firm date has not been set for the next Gilded Trash event, it should be sometime in September.  Stay tuned and follow the trail of glitter…

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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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