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I Am Avalanche

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The Movielife was a band that really helped shape the modern face of true Pop-Punk, along the sides of New Found Glory and Lifetime, and they remain an important influence on the genre even though they broke up 8 years ago. Now, former lead singer for The Movielife, Vinnie Caruana has come back even harder with his current band I Am The Avalanche and they prove that growing bitter with age can be a very good thing.

 

This show was something of a New York exhibit, with the exception of Saves The Day hailing from Jersey, and was definitely packed with various styles of attitude. As far as the performances go, I Am The Avalanche certainly stood above the pack with an intensity that dwarfed the others and a punch of that old-school passion. Watching Vinnie jump around stage on songs like Amsterdam and My Second Restraining Order was like viewing an old Hardcore show from back in the day, both with intensity and style reminiscent of such. The one thing I did find to be strange and disappointing, not on I Am The Avalanche’s part but on Bayside’s, was that on the song The Gravedigger’s Argument the guest vocals of Anthony were not preformed by him even though Bayside was present this night and when Bayside preformed The Walking Wounded Vinnie came out on stage and did his part. The crowd response for the band, even though it was very good, was not what I thought they deserved compared to the intense crowd responses of Bayside and Saves The Day for their much less stunning performances.

 

Although all the bands that night were amazing, I Am The Avalanche took the cake for performance and should have received a better crowd response than they did. The torch from the days of The Movielife is still burning and it’s stronger than it has ever been.

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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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