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Radiolucent at Smiths Olde Bar

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‘Sweet Southern Rock n Roll’ is the best way to describe this band from Athens known as Radiolucent.  They were on fire at Smith’s Olde Bar as lead singer, Michael Mann, started the set off acappella, crooning to the crowd while showing his smooth soulful vocals. The ‘sweet tone’ was quickly whisked into rock mode as the band came crashing in behind it with a whiskey soaked rocker called “Jim Beam”. It’s obvious from the start, this band loves what they do and the crowd was instantly caught up in the spirit.  These guys have developed an impressive fan base playing around North Georgia since 2007 –  Smith’s was full of faithful fans that made the trek from Athens to Atlanta to hear their favorite band sing homegrown tunes like American Son, Rivertown, I’m So Country and Man that I Am.

Radiolucent’s lyrics dig deep into their Georgia red clay roots and the energy this band emits is large enough for any stage. Behind Mann’s churning guitar, and thumping out each tunes infectious rhythms with reckless abandonment, was drummer, Andy Appling and bassist, Cody StalveyPat Strausser (filling in on keys for temporarily injured keyboardist, Mike Cowan) fell right in with the band, seamlessly holding down the B3 and piano parts.

With musical influences like Led Zepplin, Lynard Skynard, Mihalia Jackson and Otis Redding this young band brings the vibe and excitement of yester-years vintage R&B and Gospel soul of the past.  Rumor is they have been hanging out at ZAC Recording in Atlanta and their debut album will be released soon!  Glad to hear it …cuz this Southern Girl is ready for some more!

Genre: Country, Soul, Southern Rock

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Song List

Fountain

Jim Beam

I Miss Mississippi

Please please please

Coal Miners Cry

I’m So Country

Say Your Prayers

American Son

Henry Hill

Rivertown

Man that I Am

Honky Tonk Heart

Farther Along

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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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