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So Much Joy…. The Joy Formidable took Gwinnett Arena

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The Joy Formidable has come a long way in the last year.

In Atlanta, they played The Earl last March, then they played Music Midtown, then this Monday they opened for The Foo Fighters!

On top of that, to have Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters say on stage that The Joy Formidable is his favorite band… yes, they are finally coming into what they deserve!

To quote Amber Amick when she saw them at The Earl, “Ritzy is a brilliant frontwoman. She’s endearingly sweet, and punk-rock hilarious. Matt is a fantastic drummer. He is perfectly punk rock, perfectly metal, perfectly indie. He’s perfect. (But then, the whole band is perfect.) He drove the band, he drove the crowd. Ritzy tweaked the effects pedals, and slashed her platinum bob through the air again and again. ”

I agree so much.  The way Ritzy moved on stage and her facial expressions really told the crowd that she loved being there! She was living in the moment and that moment was beautiful!

We have had the pleasure of covering them every time they have played in Atlanta and we can not wait to see them back…. as Headliners!

 Photos by Rob and Ange Alex

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Read Amber’s full review from March 2011  HERE

 

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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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