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A Nite of Original MUSIC!!

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“Zangaro~ Reluctant Saints ~Downside
Rocked 120 Tavern and Music Hall
with Original MUSIC”

3 Original Bands each rich with Strong Seasoned Musicians. Stories of pain and happiness, Song of love and friendship, Lyrics full of power and life each fresh and modern. It was FABULOSO on so many levels the talent that took that stage captivated me and at times left me breathless!!!

Zangaro is an Amazingly Talented Wordsmith taking on Real life issues. Songs of struggles that that are often hidden”Addict of my Dreams” Drug addiction,”Brittle Little Bones” Cancer and “Broken Sorta Life” about his own struggle as caregiver for his Father that suffers from Alzheimer’s. He pulled together a group of Super Talent to bring MUSIC to his Powerful words.
In an Effort to bring Awareness to these issues he has teamed with Jason Salzman of Blue Blanket Studios to release his MUSIC Free.

Vince Zangaro~Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Jason ‘Lefty’ Williams~Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Matthew Trautwein ~Violin, Mandolin, Banjo, Backing Vocals
Mario Peterson~Bass
Pat Strawser~Keys
Guy Strauss~ Drums

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Zangaro set list:
Broken Sorta Life
Addict of my Dreams
Marching Forward
Aftermath
Crumbling
Can you Leave
Better Man
Dos i-Do
Joke
Brittle Little Bones
The Farm

I love bands that have multi-vocalist it add such diversity! Reluctant Saints is just that…Diverse! Take the best of Country,Rock throw in some Blues and you have a Great Band.Wicked Harmonies ,Killer Riffs and Awesome Rhythm! Mark Wilson has a stage presence that is Rarely found in Bass players,he is on my list for “Wicked Bassmen”! Brian Cameron call him the “Slide Master”, Nathan Morgan “Vocals full of Soul”,Gary Chumney is a”WILDMAN!!!

Brian Cameron~Vocals, Guitars, Bare Feet
Nathan Morgan~Vocals, Guitar, Long Hair
Mark Wilson~Vocals, Bass, Cowboy Boots
Gary Chumney~Vocals, Drums, Important Sounding Shoes

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Reluctant Saints set list:
What I Gotta Do
Free
Song to Remember
Black Texas Highway
Southern Lady
A Song is All You Need (The NaNa Song)
Stay
You Wear Nuthin Well
Revival (Allman Bros)
Long Drive
Descending
Blue Ridge Baby

 

Downside is Intense Hard Hitting Energy!! Jonathan Pruitt’s passion for his craft comes through loud and clear in his performance! Aggressive Lyrics that will Rip at your Soul with MUSIC that will Melt your Mind!!

Jonathan Pruitt~Vocals,Guitar
Mike White~Guitar
Tyler Remaly~Bass
Mitch Kiley~Drums

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Downside set list:
Breath Again
Coming Home
Edens Cry
Do You Remember
Beautiful Letdown
Break My Fall
Here Waiting
You Lied

 

Terri Breeding Schlag had this to say about the nite:
“Downside, Reluctant Saints and Zangaro wowed the crowd and rocked the stage at 120 Tavern on Friday! They all brought their talent and weren’t afraid to share it with us! I can’t wait to see all of these guys again!!! Love this venue too! It is big stage sound with an intimate feel!!!”

 

Photos by Joe Williams

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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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