American Field Returns To Boston September 13-14, 2014


Next month, local men's apparel company, Ball and Buck, will once again bring its American Field event to Boston. If you weren't able to Read More

Nemes Release New Video for "Butterfly"


Local rock group Nemes have returned with a new single and accompanying video from their upcoming album I Carry Your Heart. "Butterfly" is the Read More

Will Dailey Releases National Throat & Gives Away Signed Vinyl


In January of 2013, Will Dailey published a mission statement that proclaimed his artistic freedom after breaking up with his record label and concluded Read More

Dwight & Nicole Release First Official Music Video for "Smile"


Our favorite duo hit the interwebz yesterday with the premier of the official music video for their island-soul inspired “Smile,” the second single of Read More

September Spotify Playlist of the Month


We are going to hold on to summer as long as we can here at the M&T HQ and we highly suggest that you Read More

September Spotify Playlist of the Month

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We are going to hold on to summer as long as we can here at the M&T HQ and we highly suggest that you turn on our September playlist and do the same. Once again we are trying to cram as many new jams as possible into the end of summer so we’ve got an extra special playlist for your this month with double the tunes. End of summer saw the release of two more Album of the Year candidates in Rubblebucket and Will Dailey who are featured on this month’s playlist alongside other M&T favorites like The Griswolds and Nemes, as well as new faces such as Alvvays, #1 Dads, and STL GLD. Check out the full 40-track playlist below and make sure to subscribe for fresh jams every month!

Dwight & Nicole Release First Official Music Video for “Smile”

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Our favorite duo hit the interwebz yesterday with the premier of the official music video for their island-soul inspired “Smile,” the second single of their 2014 release, Shine On.

Shot, directed and edited by Andy Wesby, the video follows two scientists as they build a robot boy and attempt to teach it (it? him?) to “smile.” Their repeated efforts prove unsuccessful, and while one of the scientists (we’ll call him, Dwight) grows dispirited, the other (we’ll call her, Nicole) schemes a new, ingenious idea. But will it work? Can you you really teach a robot how to smile? I guess you’ll just have to watch and find out.

Robot boy may or may not learn to smile, but you’ll sure be grinning from ear to ear for 3 minutes and 35 seconds. We promise you that!

Will Dailey Releases National Throat & Gives Away Signed Vinyl

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Will Dailey National Throat Album ArtIn January of 2013, Will Dailey published a mission statement that proclaimed his artistic freedom after breaking up with his record label and concluded with the following declaration:

The goal of this song collection is to celebrate this journey and the rewards of enduring artistic struggles. With you, I’m fully confident that the mission will be a success. What we leave behind will be an honest and invigorating album. You are the ears and hearts where my songs find a home.

Mission accomplished. This week, one of Boston’s finest delivered that ‘honest and invigorating’ album that he so passionately foreshadowed 20 months before with the release of National Throat. A three time Boston Music Award winner for Best Male Singer-Songwriter, Will has set the bar high for himself and others as one of our city’s best songwriters and he soars right over that bar with his most rounded work to date.

National Throat’s sonic landscape is full of rich instrumental textures that draw from pop, rock, folk and blues, setting the perfect backdrop for skillfully crafted lyrics about love, fatherhood and navigating life as an independent musician. The album addresses Dailey’s split from his label both metaphorically and head-on, leaving little to the imagination. Not many artists can lay it all on the line like Dailey does, but with National Throat he has made an honest record that is sure to resonate with his peers and fans alike.

National Throat quickly found a home in our ears and hearts, and it’s not leaving anytime soon.

Check out Will’s first-ever official music video for the lead track on National Throat, “Sunken Ship,” and enter to win a free signed copy of his 180 Gram Blue/Gold Vinyl. See details below.

NATIONAL THROAT VINYL GIVEAWAY

We’re helping Will give away a signed copy of his 180 Gram Blue/Gold Vinyl pressing of National Throat. Head on over to our Facebook page now to enter. All you have to do is  tell us about your favorite Will Dailey moment – be it a song, lyric, live moment, video, etc – by commenting on the pinned post at the top our feed. Will will be reading what you wrote and choosing his favorite comment. There were only 250 of these babies printed, so let’s hear it!

Nemes Release New Video for “Butterfly”

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Local rock group Nemes have returned with a new single and accompanying video from their upcoming album I Carry Your Heart. “Butterfly” is the first track released from the record due out October 28th and if it’s any indication as to what we can expect for the full-length then we may all have Nemes songs stuck in our heads for the rest of 2014. The video for the catchy-as-hell “Butterfly” is a fun take on the lyric video and incorporates ASL (American Sign Language) performed by each band member. Not too bad for working with a $7 budget. Pre-order the self-produced and Rick Kwan (My Morning Jacket, Zambri) mixed I Carry Your Heart and you’ll get a free download of “Butterfly” to hold you over until October 28th. And don’t forget to catch Nemes performing this Thursday at the Boston Calling Block Party in Dewey Square.

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American Field Returns To Boston September 13-14, 2014

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Next month, local men’s apparel company, Ball and Buck, will once again bring its American Field event to Boston. If you weren’t able to make it last year or aren’t familiar,  you’re in for a treat. American Field is a 2-day event, being held this year September 13-14 at the Innovation and Design building in the Seaport. The whole theme of the event is to bring together loads of vendors and sponsors who put an emphasis on American made products.

What better way to accent all of this patriotism than with some good ole American music? This year Maimed & Tamed had the distinct pleasure of booking the entertainment for the event, and as you can see below, the lineup is chock full of M&T favorites. There are alumni from our monthly playlists like Hillary Reynolds Band and As The Sparrow as well as other local folk scenesters such as Damn Tall Buildings, The Novel Ideas (whose brand new video we premiered yesterday), and more. You can view the daily lineup below and explore more info about the 2-day event on this year’s American Field website. While you browse be sure to download the free audio sampler featuring a handful of this year’s performers.

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Saturday September 13, 2014

12:30pmAnjimile

1:30pmHillary Reynolds Band

2:30pmAs The Sparrow

3:30pmThe Dire Honeys

4:30pmChadley Kolb

Sunday September 14, 2014

12:30pmBox of Birds

1:30pmThomas John Cadrin

2:30pmThe Grownup Noise

3:30pmThe Novel Ideas

4:30pmDamn Tall Buildings

Exclusive Video Premiere: The Novel Ideas – “Lost On The Road”

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We’re big fans of local folk group The Novel Ideas, so needless to say we were beyond thrilled when asked to premiere their new music video for the single “Lost On The Road.” The video, directed by band member Danny Hoshino, provides the perfect backdrop for the road-weary and nostalgic song. Cutting between live performance footage, and candid moments on the road, the video gives us a deeper look into what it’s like to be a young band on the road. Something tells us though that The Novel Ideas won’t be crammed into a beat up van for long. We think you’ll agree after checking out “Lost On The Road” below. Scroll down for tour dates and make sure to catch the band at Great Scott next week.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

August 17th: Lancaster, PA at Tellus360

August 20th: Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY with Frances Cone

August 22nd: Great Scott, Boston, MA with Frances Cone

August 23rd: The Basement, Northampton, MA with Frances Cone

August 26th: The Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH, with You, Me, & Apollo

August 29th: Oswego Beats & Eats, Oswego, IL

August 30th: Uncommon Ground Rooftop Sessions Presented by Lagunitas, Chicago, IL

September 2nd: Scoot Inn, Austin, TX

September 3rd: Opening Bell Coffee, Dallas, TX

September 4th: Lola’s Saloon, Fort Worth, TX

September 5th: Rhino Coffee, Shreveport, LA

September 6th: Cafe Prytania, New Orleans, LA

September 7th: Moonlight on the Mountain, Birmingham, AL

September 8th: Americana Sessions at the Rooftop of the Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA

September 9th: The Basement, Nashville, TN with Jacob Thomas Jr.

September 11th: House show, Pittsburgh, PA

September 12th: Pittsburgh Winery, Pittsburgh, PA

September 13th: Hill Country, Washington, DC

September 14th: American Field, Boston, MA

August Spotify Playlist of the Month

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July was quite the month for new jams, which means that our August playlist is packed with hits. As we near the 3/4 mark on 2014, it’s clear to see that some of the best tunes from this year were released to liven up the dog days of summer. Jenny Lewis’ Voyager and Vacationer’s Relief, who are both represented on this month’s playlist, have catapulted themselves into the record of the year discussion. Meanwhile familiar faces like Jeff Tweedy and Robert Plant have teased us with singles from their forthcoming releases. All this and more make for an action packed August playlist which you can check out and subscribe to below. Once again we can’t thank our resident photographer, Andrew Cleak (@sandmanmusic), enough for the incredible images he provides for our playlists each month.

So put your headphones in, turn it up, and enjoy the rest of summer.

Mark Whitaker CD Release at Club Passim 8/6/2014

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If you’re a fan of the local bluegrass scene you’ll certainly recognize Mark Whitaker from his work in various groups and his highly memorable banjo playing. Though he can still be seen gigging around town in other groups, this week Whitaker is set to release his full-length solo debut at Club Passim. On Wednesday night Whitaker will be performing selections from Nowehere to Land, an album that we were lucky to get a sneak preview of. The album creates a perfect blend of traditional bluegrass and soulful harmonies, that is sure to please the Passim crowd. Highlights include the title track, “The River”, and “Nightlight”, the latter of which you can preview below. To make the night even sweeter, M&T favorite and May 2014 Spotify Playlist artist, Hayley Sabella, will be opening. Click the button below to get your tickets now before they sell out!

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Newport Folk Festival 2014 Additional Highlights

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After posting our Newport Folk Festival 2014 Recap  yesterday afternoon, we quickly realized that we still had so much more to say about the best weekend of our year. We compiled a list of additional highlights from our fearless team of writers in attendance at the fest which we hope will help to sate your folkin appetite until next year.

  • Andrew Combs and Ron Gallo making the kidz bop with the crazy-catchy singalong “Emily” in the Late July Kids Tent -Caroline
  • J. Roddy Walston bringing the crowd to their feet on his soundcheck alone -Caroline 
  • Hozier taking the Harbor Stage parishioners to church early Sunday afternoon with a transcendent version of “Work Song” that featured the the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir -Andrew 
  • Tall Tall Trees breaking the toy-gun-as-a-musical-instrument barrier at NFF -Jeff 
  • Mavis Staples proving she was the undisputed Queen of the Newport Folk Festival as she celebrated her 75th birthday in style throughout the weekend -Eric 
  • Pete Seeger tributes abound throughout the weekend, even Jack White struggled to keep it together when paying tribute to the late Folk patriarch -Eric 
  • Having reconstructive surgery on our faces since Rodrigo y Gabriela melted them off -Trev
  • Seeing a young girl on her father’s shoulders holding up the peace sign while Mavis sang “We Shall Overcome” -Trev 

Newport Folk Festival 2014 Recap

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If you’ve read this blog over the years then you know how much we love the Newport Folk Festival. It’s difficult to put into words how incredible this festival really is, especially the feeling of community amongst the artists and fans alike. Luckily, former Boston scenester Hilary Hughes summed it up better than we ever could in her recap of this year’s festival for Esquire. We could keep gushing about the festival, but instead let’s cut to the acts that made this year’s event so incredible.

Tall Tall Trees – It would be a damn shame for Mike Savino’s set to be forgotten simply because he was the first act to perform at this year’s festival. We included him in our list of 5 Must See Acts before the fest started and we hope that you were smart and took our advice. Savino aka Tall Tall Trees wowed the crowd with his impeccable looping skills and somehow incorporated the spacey sounds from a toy gun, along with various other props, to create a beautifully hectic soundscape. The ebbs and flows of the set kept everyone on the edge of their sets all the way through the last song, a rollercoaster version of the 2012 standout track “Highwire”.

-Eric

Band of Horses – We won’t lie, we were a bit worried when Ben Bridwell started off this Friday evening set with just an acoustic guitar…Don’t get us wrong, the band is capable of incredible acoustic arrangements, but we were thankful that through the first few songs more of the band’s members joined until they reached full-on rock out mode on “The Great Salt Lake.” From there the set literally became a run through of the band’s greatest hits. “Is There a Ghost”, “Islands on the Coast”, and “Ode to LRC” were certainly highlights, but overall they couldn’t have picked a more perfect setlist even if they asked us to make it for them. We didn’t think that their intimate show at The Paradise three years ago could ever be topped, but this 12 song romp came pretty damn close.

-Eric

Stream the full Band of Horses set via NPR

The Oh Hellos – Each year, a Newport Folk set comes to exemplify the community of the festival for us, and this year it was The Oh Hellos. While the band in itself is a community (they’ve got fourteen members!), The Oh Hellos and their interactions with the crowd exhibited the endlessly giving spirit that lies within the walls of Fort Adams. The Oh Hellos, one of the more modestly known acts at the Fest this year, came out swinging with their eclectic foot-stomp folk. As the band exerted full force on song after song, the screams under the Quad Stage got louder and louder. The crowd’s roars lasted long after each song, which clearly stunned and moved the entire band, as they exchanged wide-eyed glances and surprised smiles among one another. The immense reciprocal appreciation for those on stage and those watching was palpable throughout the set.  It’s clear that each and every musician, even the legendary Jack White, feels blessed to play at Fort Adams, but watching the Oh Hellos experience and react to the crowd’s unconditional love embodied the community spirit of Newport Folk Festival like nothing we’ve ever seen.

-Caroline

Jenny Lewis – When Jenny Lewis appeared on the Fort Stage draped in a billowing purple cloak, she joined Jim James in a very elite crew of cape-wearing music royalty. And while there’s no proof that a cape bestows singers like James and Lewis with special powers… given Jenny’s mesmerizing performance, y’all best believe. Jenny captivated the crowd with darkly funny soon-to-be hits from her brand new album The Voyager, like “Head Underwater” and “She’s Not Me.” And just as importantly, she didn’t hesitate to dig into her deep pockets of past work: the revelatory call to arms of “Rise Up with Fists!!” left us emotionally spent, and the ultra-rare loneliness ballad “Acid Tongue” stung so good. Even if she’d left her majestic stage attire back in the van, Jenny Lewis’ Newport performance made one thing blatantly clear: the Reigning Queen of Indie Rock is here to stay.

-Caroline

Stream the full Jenny Lewis set via NPR 

Jeff Tweedy Surprise Solo Set at Museum Stage – The Newport Folk Festival is full of little surprises and that’s what makes it so special. Tweedy brought along an acoustic guitar and played through stripped down versions of Wilco songs like “Misunderstood”, “Hummingbird”, and “Passenger Side” to a very packed house at the Museum Stage. The highlight though was when Tweedy, who always springs for an opportunity to interact with the crowd, called out a young child sitting near the front of the room donning a Wilco t-shirt. When Tweedy asked if the kid knew any of his songs or if his parents just dressed him up in a Wilco shirt the kid’s retort caught everyone off guard– “Heavy Metal Drummer.” Of course Tweedy obliged, but not before warning the crowd that the song contained adult themes (classic Tweedy). After taking the request Tweedy had time enough for one more song and again turned to the tiniest fan in the room whose reply caught everyone off guard for a second time– “I am trying to break your heart.” It was a perfectly hilarious and fitting exchange, one that we wouldn’t expect to see anywhere else but Newport.

-Eric

Conor Oberst – The Bright Eyes frontman returned to the festival’s main stage for the second time in three years and did not disappoint amidst the Sunday afternoon drizzle. There wasn’t much banter between songs, but that didn’t matter as Oberst let his music do all of the talking. Backed by the boys from Dawes alongside accompanying mandolin, slide guitar, and horns, Oberst stormed through a mix of tracks from his recent solo effort, Upside Down Mountain, along with selections from the Bright Eyes catalogue. Though I was already a fan of Upside Down Mountain, seeing the songs performed live took my appreciation for the record even further. “Governor’s Ball”, “Artifact #1″, and “Double Life” were certainly standouts that allowed Oberst to really dig in and show off the visceral stage presence he has become known for over the years. The real treats though were the Bright Eyes selections, especially “Old Soul Song (For The New World Order)” and set closer “Another Travelin’ Song”, the latter of which saw Oberst kicking his mic stand straight off the stage and leaving the crowd screaming for more.

-Eric

Stream the full Conor Oberst set via NPR

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