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Motley Crue, Poison and New York Dolls… My Oh My

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For three bands that made their names in rock history in the late 70’s throughout the late 80’s, it was quite amazing to see them still rockin in 2011!

Mötley Crüe, Poison and The New York Dolls came and conquered Aaron’s Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA Sunday July 10th!

Opening the night and setting the scene was The New York Dolls. David Johansen and the band spun right into their well-known songs including “Dance like a Monkey,” which went over well with the crowd.  Johansen and his band mates delivered a solid set! They mixed old-school classics with fabulously catchy tunes off the three critically acclaimed albums they’ve released since reuniting in 2005.

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Poison was there to bring the house down and with the crowd they had to work with, that is just what they did. Poison is on their 25th anniversary tour. If you can believe that! 25 years of rockin and rollin. What makes Poison Poison is that they stick to what they’re good at, which is playing party music, and the audience eats it up! The majority of the crowd had probably seen them 25 years ago so this was a trip back in time. The crowd literally screamed every word of “I Want Action” along with Michaels, all the while  flames burst from the pyro machines on stage.

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Mötley Crüe ended the night with a bang!  Singing their best loved songs Vince Neil was definitely there for the crowd. Tommy Lee was the star of the show, as we could expect, and Nikki Sixx really brought the crowd in! When they played “Same Ol Situation”  which was the 5th song into their set, the crowd reacted with a furious roar.  Their set list for the night was Wild Side, Saints of Los Angeles, Live Wire, Shout at the Devil, Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.), Primal Scream, Home Sweet Home, Don’t Go Away, Mad (Just Go Away), Drum Solo, Guitar Solo, Looks That Kill, Dr. Feelgood, Too Young to Fall in Love, Too Fast for Love, Girls, Girls, Girls, Smokin’ In The Boys Room (Brownsville Station cover), Kickstart My Heart

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All in all it was a great night of rock n roll!

Special thanks to our very own photographer Tom Dausner for the great shots!

 

 

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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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