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Shelby Lynne Sells Out Atlanta

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How many of us could open up our past and our hearts and reveal them for the world to see. Well that’s what Shelby Lynne does in her most recent release, Revelation Road. She wrote, sang, played, and produced every song and then released it on her own label. And, then she went on the road, all by her diminutive self.

I have lived in Atlanta Region for 32 years. So why is it that I am now just discovering Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. Anywho … since Shelby Lynne released her album of Dusty Springfield covers in 2008,  I have been a fan.  So early Monday afternoon on November 14th, I find that Shelby is playing Eddie’s Attic and its SOLD OUT! … Oh noooo …. After some real begging and groveling, my editor scores me a pass to the show … Oh yeah :)

Shelby and I … in a room together … well there were 150 or so others there also … oh my. Ain’t nothing like being up close to an artist who pours her heart out on the stage. Shelby with her sultry sounds of misery are most appealing.  No one, this side of Adele, has the franchise on sad songs.

Shelby played her newest album Revelation Road in its entirety before launching into a full set of her previous favorites listed in the setlist below. But its her raw emotion that captured the crowd in this small room. But, there is always that moment in every show … that magic moment. On this night, that magic moment was when Shelby sang the spiritual traditional “You Are My Sunshine” accompanying herself on the ukelele.  She dedicated the song to her grandfather and all our grandfather’s as she urged us to sing along.  It was a special night as Shelby shared her deepest raw emotions with us through her songs.

Shelby Lynne Setlist 11-14-2011 Eddie’s Attic Decatur, GA

Lead My Love

Woebegon

Revelation Road

Even Angels

I Want to Go Back

The Thief

Toss It All Aside

Heaven’s Only Days Down the Road]

Killin’ Kind

Jesus On A Greyhound

Leavin’

10 Rocks

Johnny Met June

Old Dog

Where Am I Now

Why Didn’t You Call Me

Your Lies

Where I’m From

I Won’t Leave You

Encore:

You Are My Sunshine

Iced Tea

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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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