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Yo Mama Big Fat Booty Band

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[quote type=”center”] Professor, What’s another word for pirate’s treasure?[/quote]

 

 

 

[quote type=”center”] Well, I think its booty.[/quote]

 

Booty.  Asheville’s green mountain jam kings and queen, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, (the Booty Band) are indeed a treasure.  In front of a lively mid afternoon crowd at the 420 Fest, this gifted and forward-looking act brought it and made sure that every badonkadonk within earshot was shakin’!

 

Led by the effervescent and violet banged Mary Frances, and the flat-out cut up, aerobic bass player, Al Al Ingram, the Booty Band reminds us why we love festivals – they are fun!

With steady, nasty beats from drummer Lee Allen, and Derrick Johnson and Greg Hollowell rounding out a horn section that freaks the funk, the Booty Band is gonna take us over – one cheek at a time.  Add guitarist (and Tommy Lee look-a-like) JP Miller’s high flying solos, and you’ve got a sextet that gets a crowd jumping.

Frances soulfully pleads with us not “to play games with her heart.”  Yet she slyly plays with ours, at one point shaking what her mama gave her while playing the key tar behind her head.  How could we not fall in love with her, Atlanta?

Soon after, Al Al reminds us with clenched fist and rippling triceps that, “These are indeed the precious moments”.  He wants to know, “Can we take you somewhere?”

From behind her wooden Moog, Mary Frances answers for us, declaring, “We won’t stop ‘til we make it.”

From Blowing Rock to Buckhead, Ashville to Ansley Park, I speak for the hipsters, the frat boys, the in-town hotties, and hula hoop smoke monsters – put us on the bus and take us there.  We won’t stop until we make it.

Photos © 2012 Emily Kelsey

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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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