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Periphery at The Masquerade

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To say the least, Periphery is a band who is anything but ordinary. I remember about 4 years ago, the lead guitarist in my band telling me I needed to go check out this guy on YouTube named Bulb. I really didn’t give it much thought at first because I figured it was just another guitarist that was sitting there replicating songs that I had listened to a million times before, and man was I wrong.

The first time I saw a video of Misha I just could not get away from my computer, and sat there all day looking up more and more videos of him playing just in awe of his creativity and how much he pushed the limits on composition and sound. Some time later I found out that he had formed a band named Periphery and to say the least, my mouth was watering with delight. Since the release of their self titled cd Periphery has set the standard for metal in my opinion. Every member of the band in their own right are phenomenal musicians, but together they create sonic landscapes that anyone in their right mind would go crazy about. These guys are all about layering and style. As far as Periphery’s live show, it was phenomenal! The band brings to the stage all of the energy of the CD and is able to replicate even the most technical aspects of their work very precisely. As far as entertainment purposes go, Periphery set up their own light show and were engaged with the crowd as well as each other which made the show even more amazing.

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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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