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Social Distortion Needs No Intro

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Social Distortion is a band I have personally loved since somewhere around the age of fifteen.  Seeing Social Distortion up close and personal has always been a goal of mine and on Monday night, that goal was achieved.  We were able to see them perform right before The Foo Fighters went on for a short but sweet thirty minute set.

Surprising to me, frontman Mike Ness being a true professional, still introduced himself to the crowd as if we all had no idea who they were.  He still thanked the other bands he was playing with and thanked all the fans in the crowd.  Definitely a pro!

After shooting the first three songs, Rob and I made our way to our seats and enjoyed the show and the crowd.  Sitting in front of us were two boys somewhere around sixteen I would guess.  They were shouting for Social D to play “Ring of Fire”, their cover of the Johnny Cash song.  When they finally played it, the boys went nuts.  It was very surreal watching both that and the band, as I was that age listening to that very song a few years ago :)

Setlist:

Bad Luck
So Far Away
Story Of My Life
Sweet & Lowdown
Reach for the Sky
Another State of Mind
Ring of Fire(Johnny Cash cover)

One thing I an say is that thirty minutes is just not enough… I will definitely see them when they come back as headliners!

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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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