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Blind Pilot: Love at First Listen

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Sometimes, you just know.  While many assume this feeling of love at first sight is solely applicable to romance, I fell head over heels for Blind Pilot’s We are the Tide about five seconds in to their album opener, “Half Moon.”  Love at first listen it was.  The longing strings, banjo accents and breathy harmonies, which will inevitably draw comparisons to M&T favorite The Head and the Heart, plucked at my heartstrings immediately. But while my infatuation for Blind Pilot’s …

A Stones Classic Gone Thai?

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I’m a sucker for world music.  Tunes with a strong inspiration from exotic cultures never fail to transport me to another time and place.  But add in a little English rock and roll into the equation, and now you’ve really got my attention.  That’s exactly what you’ll find in Chaweewan Dumnern’s “Sao Lam Plearn.”  This track comes off of last year’s compilation album, The Sound of Siam, and it blends vintage Thai sounds with, shockingly, The Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”  …

Rise and Grind: Nina Simone’s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”

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It can be tough to motivate yourself to get up in the morning.  I know waking up for another day will be tough for me tomorrow, considering today, for lack of better words, totally sucked.  I won’t get in to the gory details because Lord knows no one cares but me, but it involved a broken shoe, a water-logged purse, and sprinting for (and missing) a train.  Yep, I was that hot mess you saw in North Station today. Because …

Concert Review: Bon Iver at Mountain Park 8/6

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At Bon Iver’s Saturday night concert at the outdoor venue, Mountain Park, a lot of people were probably a little ticked off.  It wasn’t because of the music (which was exceptional), or the rainy conditions (which only added to the atmosphere of the evening).  It was the fact that many of us had just driven to Holyoke for hours, solely because we couldn’t get tickets to Bon Iver’s sold-out Boston show.  Regardless, the tired, hungry and poor travelers who unloaded …

Newport Folk Fest 2011: Interview with Suz Slezak of David Wax Museum

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With a lot of talent and a little bit of luck, the David Wax Museum found themselves at last year’s Newport Folk Festival by winning a contest.  After a year of recording and touring, the DWM crew was back for more this year, and had the honor of taking the main Fort Stage at 11:30 Sunday morning.  Following their captivating and lively performance, we had the pleasure of speaking to the band’s Suz Slezak.  “Our whole landscape has changed,” Suz …

Please Please Please Let Me Get Through This Traffic: PS22 Chorus at Newport Folk Festival 2011

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Traffic sucks, guys.  There’s really no way around it (pun intended).  And if you arrived in Newport for the Folk Festival this past weekend basically any later than sunrise, traffic indeed you encountered.  Now, I’m willing to sacrifice punctuality every once in a while due to some nasty gridlock.  But on Saturday of the Festival, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, was going to get in between me and my PS22 babies (Creepy? Deal with it). The PS22 Chorus was set …

The #StrangeMercy Phenomenon

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  Celebrities and social media have a rocky relationship.  They always manage to get themselves into trouble, don’t they?  With the rise of Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere, it’s been fun for us commonfolk to observe just how dim-witted celebs can be with technology.  We’ve witnessed the controversial, like when Patrick Carney of The Black Keys received unrelenting verbal abuse from Lady Gaga’s fans in response to a fairly harmless jab at Mother Monster on his Twitter.  We’ll also see …

Active Child: Joanna Newsom’s Brother from Another Mother

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Joanna Newsom, look no further. When you’re finished dating Andy Samberg, we’ve found you the obvious replacement. To be clear, musical act Active Child may not be your soulmate, but considering your mutual love and obsession with the harp, you two would have at least a pretty entertaining first date. Active Child is Patrick Rossi, a songwriter out of LA who is prepping to release his first major album, You Are All I See, this summer. Rossi’s ability to integrate …

Newport Spotlight: The PS22 Chorus

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A motley crew of inner-city 5th graders, performing nationwide at venues like The Academy Awards and The White House, all while being conducted by an ex-clown with cornrows.  Shockingly enough, this is not the premise for a feel-good children’s movie with a half-baked script (ahem, August Rush).  This is the PS22 Chorus.  If you’re thinking it sounds too Disney Channel Original Movie to be true (or at the least, legitimately good music), think twice, because these kids know how to put …

More than ‘The Voice’

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To the greater public, Cee-Lo Green is generally known for three things: His Little Teapot stature, his vocal coach stint on the breakout TV show The Voice, and his massive radio hit “F**k You.”  Being a borderline obsessive fan of the Talented Mr. Green, I’d like to take the liberty to respond to these matters. Firstly, hold on to your hats Middle America, because Cee-Lo Green is officially not a midget.  Though short and stout, Cee-Lo checks in at 5 …