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Duluth: Dixie and Dossman Style

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Every Wednesday night you will find Dixie Duncan jammin’ with friends at Wild Bill’s in Duluth.
This week’s playlist featured songs from his newest release, “Lost in the Shadow of a Dream,” or “LSD.” With a touch of ambient and world music, the song “Bithkit,”  is escapism at its best. Trust me, you’ll want his new CD, as it makes the perfect gift for a music lover this holiday season.

This week, joining Dixie, was the talented Shane “Dossman” Doss. Kristoff Meyer was scheduled to sing while Dossman hit the strings, but due to the flu, he couldn’t. Being a true professional, not wanting to let his fans down, Shane rocked the mic.

I had the opportunity to visit with Shane backstage before his performance.  He was surrounded by a circle of his dear friends. David Saunders was there to offer technical support. Todd Magee, soundman extraordinaire, ensured all was pitch-perfect. David Greer helped with tuning the guitars, and was the perfect practice partner. The lovely Hope Senn was there to style Shane to the nines.

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As his performance began, I thought,”Wow.” Not only was their passion in his guitar playing, but heartfelt emotion in Shane’s vocal debut.  From “Save Me on Sunday,” to “Alone Again,” the fans could really feel what Shane was singing. “Best of You,” was my personal favorite, as his vocals gently kissed your ears with very sweet sounds. It was a very special treat for all. Wednesday’s performance was Shane’s last in Atlanta for the time being. After the holidays, he is moving back home to Florida. I won’t ruin the special announcement, but his new management company, Suncoast Music Productions, has BIG things in store for him. Look for announcements after the new year.

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Until then, keep rockin’!

 

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

 

 

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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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