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BrownBoot gets an attitude adjustment with Exile on Main Street - 5/31 @ the Middle East

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson May 30, 2012 10:08 AM

Anyone who has seen BrownBoot knows that the rock & roll combo does have a certain looseness and swagger that gives then that hard-to-come-by "Stones vibe." The Boston 6-piece, who recently were featured in the Rock n Roll Rumble, even performs spot on Faces covers from time to time with just the perfect amount of charm and slop. It's a surprisingly hard balance to strike. These songs can't just be copied note for note. It's a spirit thing.

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So it's no real surprise that BrownBoot were asked to contribute to the For the Sake of the Song series performance of the Rolling Stones' classic double-album Exile on Main Street tonight at the Middle East, which will also feature the Lo-Fi Angels, the Matt Borello Band and Exile on Elm St (Tom Bianchi, Danille Miraglia and others). To call BrownBoot 'ringers' in this instance might be an understatement, but maybe it's not. I talked to BrownBoot guitarist Rodrigo van Stoli (also of Bang Camaro) about it and this is what he had to say.

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Just like starting over with Jenee Halstead - 5/25 @ the Lizard Lounge

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson May 24, 2012 09:57 PM

When Jenee Halstead moved to Boston in 2006 to try her hand as a singer-songwriter, she was surprised to encounter a scene that was in someways a little foreign to her off-the-grid ways. Caught in that familiar middle-ground between pop and folk (we can both thank and blame Bob Dylan for that chasm), she leaned more towards the rootsy, folk story-teller side in her first five years in the city. However, a new album, Raised By Wolves finds the Pacific Northwest native taking a sharp right turn to the wild pop sounds of her alter-ego.

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Musical t-shirts with Battle House – at Midway Cafe 5/19

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson May 19, 2012 09:30 AM

I have to admit, when I first heard of Battle House’s musical t-shirts, I was hoping they were going to be something like the t-shirt that caused a shut-down of Logan Airport in 2007:

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But they actually look like this...which is at least wearable (see front/back):
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Missing 28 Seeds with Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson May 18, 2012 12:19 PM

Walter Sickert and Meff from the Army of Broken Toys are missing their musical 28 Seeds, which just closed at Boston Center for the Arts. And while I can't speak for you, I'm missing it too. In fact, I completely missed it all together, much to my sadness--especially since I like to pay special attention to intersections of local music and other mediums.

Watch the promotional video here, safe for work, especially if you work with animals.

28 Seeds was the biggest musical/theatrical performance from a live Boston act since Amanda Palmer did Cabaret at A.R.T. But this one was an original work. Frankly I'm not surprised that the show was a success. In some ways, the transition to stage for Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys is an organic one. After all, their live shows already include costumes (at least I think they are costumes) and a strong burlesque element. Gothic folk mixed with punk and Eastern European influences--a lot of which sounds like a more gypsy verison of Pere Ubu to me--Steamcrunk, they call it. Although, I think using a genre to describe the band is more a convenience for journalists than an accurate depiction of what the Army is really up to.

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DOM and Needy Visions season up Brighton Music Hall - 5/11

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson May 11, 2012 02:58 PM

As primarily a Live Nation booking venue, Brighton Music Hall's schedule has been more or less in sync with the national touring scene in recent memory. But tonight, some Boston craziness is surely going to descend, with DOM and Needy Visions bringing in some much needed local love.

Can we really call DOM's singer/songwriter Dom (who chooses not to give his last name) local though? Talking to him on the phone today from his tour van, it sounds like he might as well be from parts unknown. According to the singer (who plays at Brighton Music Hall tonight) his story begins after bouncing around in foster homes and group homes until he finally ended up getting lost (or found) in Worcester's underground. Then there is a big blur, somehow writes these amazingly catchy songs on a lark, and ends up getting signed to EMI (Astralwerks) based on buzz alone.
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Our hero goes so far as to actually crack Billboard with the bratty, punky, bubblegummy Family of Love EP before leaving the label in a burning wreck. "Pretty good, eh?" he tells me, sounding much like a 7 year-old learning a skateboarding trick.

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Alastair Moock tips his cap to Woody Guthrie - A.R.T. 5/16

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson May 10, 2012 03:48 PM

While A.R.T. is bringing Woody Guthrie back to life with it's latest production, Woody Sez, one of Boston's own folk performers will get his chance to bask in his idol's glow.

Following the 5/16 performance of Woody Sez at A.R.T.'s Loeb Drama Center, Alastair Moock will treat audiences to a live performance that will give patrons quite a double-bang for their buck.

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The hoarse-voiced singer has been kicking around the Boston folk-scene since the mid-nineties, having released several albums of original music in addition to his latest --2011's These Are My Friends--which finds the artist continuing his venture into children's music.

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About the author

Jonathan Donaldson is a Boston-based musician, writer, and second-generation music junkie. An Ohio native who moved to Boston in 1998, Jonathan's musical loves include R&B, psych, punk, bubblegum, country, electronic, More »

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