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Sneak Peek : Red Hot Chili Peppers and Santigold

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers invaded Tampa, Florida at the Tampa Bay Time Forum for the first date of their rescheduled ‘I’m With You’ World Tour on Thursday night. This was my first time seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers live and boy was I impressed. For a band that has been around for nearly 30 years (29 to be exact….) they still know how to bring it for their live shows.

Opening act Santi White, better known as Santigold, brought her powerful voice and new wave reggae fusion band that certainly complimented the headliners for the evening. I briefly had a chance to listen to their music before their show, but seeing them live really made an impression on me. Costumes, choreographed dances, and the occasional prop made their show stand out from the mundane, typical openers one would often see at a rock concert. They have certainly gained a new fan in myself and I would be willing to bet many others who were there as well. Make sure to check out their upcoming release Master of My Make-Believe which comes out May 1st.

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Late in 2011, singer Anthony Kiedis had surgery on his foot after putting it off since their Stadium Arcadium tour. The first leg of their ‘I’m With You’ Tour had to be rescheduled and this was their first show back from their short hiatus. Opening up with the second single off of their new ‘Monarchy of Roses’, the Peppers started out slowly…building up anticipation to the screams and yells of the raucous crowd. Once the song kicked in, the band came to life….bassist Flea and new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer spastically moving around the stage with Anthony interacting with the crowd and providing his soaring vocals. There were times when I was entranced with the show, too busy being a spectator rather than taking pictures. They played multiple songs off of their newest release ‘I’m With You’ including their newest single ‘Look Around’. While this tour may be focused on their newest material, that’s not to say they didn’t play their hits. Intermingled within the set were the timeless classics like ‘Can’t Stop’, ‘Scar Tissue’ and the Stevie Wonder cover of Higher Ground. The crowd sang along to every word and you could tell it was well their 3 month wait for this concert.

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Make sure to check out the Red Hot Chili Peppers newest album, ‘I’m With You’, available everywhere now.

all photos ©2012 Jason Goetz

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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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