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Bassnectar and Pretty Lights Light Up Verizon

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Bassnectar and Pretty Lights (literally) came to Atlanta on October 15th to show us what they’ve got and to say the least, they rocked the house! The atmosphere was remarkable as everyone lined up to have a good time at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Almost everyone was dressed up in colorful wigs, metallic clothing and a friendly disposition, frantically trying to move the lines faster so they could start their personal parties!

Pretty Lights put on a fantastic show, getting the floor busy with moving bodies, which helped with it being such a cold night! The dazzling lights hypnotized everyone watching and moved everyone who was listening. No seat in the house was a bad one but the pit was definitely where it was at. Some people couldn’t resist the pull of the pit’s energy and flew over private seating and past security personnel in order to be closer to the stage and get lost in the pit, not to be seen again. I have to say that had I not had an awesome seat and pit passes, I’d definitely have joined them in the run!

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For some people who’ve never been to a dubstep show but love to dance and have a good time with friends, a Bassnectar show is absolutely the place to go! The show included a few of my favorite things, massive bass, amazing light shows and music that brought back old memories as well as created new ones. Once Bassnectar hit the stage, the floor was bombarded by kids as young as 13 to adults over 40, once again showing that music appreciation doesn’t vary with age. Glow sticks flew through the air as everyone danced to the beats of electronically remixed favorites and oldies that everyone loves. The energy that he puts out at his shows is simply amazing and you can only wish that it would last forever![nggallery id=437]

 

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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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