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The Dreaded Marco CD Release

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On October 1st, The Dreaded Marco held a CD release party for their debut album, “Classy”.  The CD release party was held at the Peachtree Tavern, an awesome little club in Buckhead.  Special guests included Agent Cooper and Six Shot Revival.  It was a really solid lineup.

The first band on the bill was Agent Cooper, which is a progressive rock band from right here in Atlanta.  Even though the band had been in existence for a number of years, with two full albums available on iTunes (the self-titled Agent Cooper and Beginner’s Mind) ” this was Agent Cooper’s first performance – but the musicians in this band are no strangers to the Atlanta music scene, as it is the brainchild of ex-Stuck Mojo & Fozzy alumni Mike Martin and Sean Delson.   They started their set with Disinfect Your Mind, and it was nothing like I expected.  This is not your typical rock band – this is progressive rock along the lines of The Dixie Dregs and Spock’s Beard.  They have awesome song arrangements, great songwriting, and the musicianship is stellar.  I thoroughly enjoyed their stage  performance on stage as well, as they made it apparent that they are a group of experienced players.  Some musicians stand on stage like a statue with no expression, but not Agent Cooper.  They not only played great music, but they were also fun to watch.

Set list:

Disinfect Your Mind

…In the Bottle

Tornado

The Heat

She Screams

Stand

Mother

Good for my Soul

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Next up was Six Shot Revival, a southern/stoner/boogie band from Atlanta.  I have to say the awesomeness continued with this band.  The first song they played was Snake Eyes, and I was hooked.  I loved the way Marc Phillips danced around stage (a bit like Ian Ashbury with a pinch of Jim Morrison), and everyone else was grooving right along.  These guys owned the stage from beginning to the end of their set.  Jon Brown was ripping it up on the guitar and on the electric slide guitar.  Steve Morrison grooved away on the bass while thrashing his hair around, and Brandon Purinton pounded away on the drums. Some other reviewers have pigeoned holed this band as sounding like Lynyrd Skynyrd, but I completely disagree.  Think AC/DC, Nashville Pussy, or even Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster.

Set List:

Snake Eyes

Under the Gun

Crazy

Beatin Around the Bush (AC/DC cover)

On my Mind

Gettin By

Sons of an Outlaw

Blues ain’t Blue

Stone Cold Fox

Bandit

Whiskey Bent

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The Dreaded Marco finished out the night, a self-styled “Dirty” Rock n Roll band from Atlanta.  The Peachtree Tavern was packed with excited fans by the time they came onstage.  This all-star line-up blazed right into their first song “Sexy White Bread” from their debut CD Classy.   Right away, one is drawn into Charlie Sheets’ (formerly of Echovalve) sultry vocals.  The music was pure rock n roll with attitude, groovy beats, and rocking guitar riffs.  It reminds me in a way of mid-era Corrosion Of Conformity, with a blend of blues and even country at times. As I squeezed my way through the crowd, fans had horns up and their hips were swinging.  The Dreaded Marco’s performance was more of a classic style with everyone grooving and moving all over the stage.  Dixie Duncan’s guitar playing was a sight to see, and who doesn’t love Mike Froedge’s (formerly of Atlanta legends doubleDrive as well as Black Label Society) drumming.  Fans ate them up and they owned the stage.  I see this band touring soon!!

Set List:

Sexy White Bread

Frank n Stein

Gospel

Strikes Again

Dirge

Devil’s Wheelchair

Space Mafia

Better Days

When Will The Beating End?

There’s Zombies Chasing After Your Mom

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By the end of the show I was exhausted from rocking.  I have nothing bad to say about this show.  It was awesome, and everyone should check these bands out.  Also, don’t forget to pick up The Dreaded Marco’s debut, Classy.  The Dreaded Marco will be playing next on October 15 at The Local for the Atlanta Cancer Care Benefit Show, with Halcyon Way, SS Vendetta, Rigorism, Inviolate, and Throatpunch.  For more information on that show, check out the Facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=273973025952006

 

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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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