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Dwight Yoakam at Wild Bills

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There is something about the aura of mystery that surrounds Dwight Yoakam that has always been attractive…… there was no mystery Saturday night at Wild Bills. Dwight Yoakam still has his allure onstage!

This Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award Winning, Producer, Actor, Director, and Entrepreneur continues to impress his fans.  I saw him back in the 90’s at Chastain Park and still remember what those “poured on jeans” and “big-tilted so you can’t see his eyes” cowboy hat looked like  up on stage. The Dwight we knew and loved is still around! Chances are if you have a favorite album of Dwight’s, he played at least one song off of it. Everything from “Honky Tonk Man” off of the “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc, Etc” album to “Thousand Miles from Nowhere” from his “This Time” album – Wild Bills was a great venue for his fans. If you didn’t have a good view, all you had to do was move….and what Dwight couldn’t see, that he probably would have liked, is all the people doing the two-step to his music in the back of the dance floor. I loved how he played “Guitars and Cadillacs” and then went straight into “Fast as You”.  It’s not just Dwight that is incredibly talented, it’s his entire band – Dwight continues to surround himself with  incredible talent.  Can’t wait to hear his new music he has coming out. The seven year wait will soon be over with the release of his new album in early 2012. Whether it’s the mystery of him or the fact that he can flat out rock a song, Dwight Yoakam always leaves us wanting more……and he has again.

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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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