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Bush, Chevelle, and Filter at Masquerade Music Park

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Bush, Chevelle, and Filter took over The Masquerade Music Park and showed that they still have that spark that fans fell in love with in the 90’s. With rain coming down and threatening the outdoor show, all of the bands seemingly did a rain dance to scare it all away just in time to go on and light up the warm Georgia night. With a great crowd turn out, every one of the bands made it worthwhile to come out in the rain.

As Filter took the stage, there was still a little drizzle coming down, but it sure didn’t stop them from taking over and making everyone forget about what started out to be somewhat miserable conditions for a live show. Every member of the band really got the crowd into the show, but lead singer Richard Patrick truly went out of his way to make their part in the show a truly memorable occasion. At one point you could catch him climbing one of the pillars that held up the stage, minutes later he brought up that he had just gotten into crowd surfing and wanted to give it a try with the Atlanta fans, soon after jumping into the crowd and surfing his heart out, held up by his loving fans. Although the band has been through line changes and luls, they still have it and play a very well balanced and energetic show.

As Filter left the stage and Chevelle took over fans were in a great mood and couldn’t wait for more. Chevelle put on a phenomenal set playing all of the songs that they have become admired and respected for. Pete Loeffler sang to the crowd with the passion that we have all come to know them for. Their crowd really got into the show as everyone packed tighter together to get closer to them. I had never seen them live before but I guarantee that I will definitely be back to see them again in the future.  Photos by Keith Minor    [nggallery id=436]

As Chevelle left the stage and the crowd awaited Bush’s arrival the cheers and energy multiplied. Having played at the Masquerade many times before, this crowd knew what was about to happen and seethed with anticipation for Bush’s return to Atlanta. Even with the break up in 2002 and 8 year hiatus, Bush’s faithfuls have remained vigilant in their hopes for the band to get back together and were rewarded for their patience and understanding of the hiatus and new band members Chris Traynor and Corey Britz. As the band took the stage the crowd came to a roar which did not dim during the show. Bush played all of their hits as well as some new tunes off of their new release, “The Sea of Memories.” Gavin and the boys really took over the stage and did not slow down the whole set and had the crowd singing along just as they had so many years ago. The band has been reinvigorated by their new members and progression in overall sound and composition. The new album still has their well known grunge sound, but has been backed by even more maturity and thought than their previous records. Hats off and good luck on tour to all three of these amazing bands.

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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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