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Dropkick Murphys!

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The Dropkick Murphys have returned to Atlanta for one night, and one night only!

From the moment The Dropkick Murphys hit the Tabernacle stage, it was crazy fast, crazy loud, and non-stop motion from song to song. They went through tracks from the album Going Out in Style, including fan favorites like “Shipping Up to Boston,” “Do or Die,” “Skinhead on the MBTA” and many more. The lighting changed for each song throughout the show, making each performance a frenetic, unique experience.

There were people in their 20’s present, but there were even fans in their 50’s and 60’s–I even spoke with a 72 year old audience member. The one thing uniting everyone was a love of great music (and bagpipes) and love for the band. And the beer didn’t hurt either!

The band played for an hour and a half. They included both acoustic and electric sets and lots of songs. They ended with an audience participation on stage, where a lot of really happy people got to be part of the show. During the encore,  the Dropkick Murphys had the women in the mosh pit come onto the stage for “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced,” and then they let a few of the guys up as well. All in all, a very memorable, fantastic and wonderful show from an awesome band!

If anyone of you have not had the pleasure of seeing The Dropkick Murphys live before…PLEASE DO!!! You will not be disappointed.

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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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