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Connor Christian and The Daniels Brothers

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CCSG had a huge night to celebrate the release of their new album “New Hometown”.  The crowd had already started to fill Vinyl in Atlanta when The Daniels Brothers Band opened the show.

Logan and Matt Daniels, brothers originally from Lawrenceville, GA,  have a spirit that rocks!  Listening to them, you can definitely hear their musical influences from The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pearl Jam.  They are not just talented musicians, but talented songwriters as well – Although they perform as a duo much of the time, they brought their band for this night….. Sasha Swetlowski (keys), Brad Berry (drums), and Rashad Abu-Azzam (bass).  A lot of their fans were there too as I saw many of them singing to songs like I Know and Walk to the Water.  They ended the show with an obvious crowd favorite, “My Name Is Jacson”,  (yes, that is how it is spelled – you think it’s about a tough dude when really it’s about Matt’s dog – in human form….lol).  Both have talent with strong vocals and rockin guitar skills.  They joke about fighting in their front yard …… After a lot of childhood fighting……these brothers are playing real nice together now!

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After getting rowdy with The Daniels Brothers, the crowd was up and ready for more good stuff…..and we got it – Connor Christian &  Southern Gothic……Christian’s confidence and charm heats up the stage as his voice carries from Country to Rock seamlessly.  The multi-talented band (Jeff Spirko (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Joe Abramson (bass), Shawn Thacker (drums) and Elena Martin, (violin) work the stage in a big way, sometimes looking like a fire drill as they move from instrument to instrument. CCSG is celebrating more than just their new album, they are also celebrating their new video “Sheets Down”.  You can check it out on (cmt.com and cmtpure.com)  Connor is one of those artists that likes to be close to his fans and made his appreciation very clear to everyone – he is thankful, to say the least, to everyone that helped make the album, the video and to all the fans that allowed them 200 nights on the road performing last year!

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Voted Billboard Magazines “Artist on the Verge –Best of 2012”…..They are living the dream right now….. This is only the beginning for Connor Christian & Southern Gothic…..they still have a lot more music to make.

 

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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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