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Green River Festival Preview

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Somehow festival season is now upon us and we’re getting ready to head out to central Massachusetts this weekend for the Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA. Last year was my very first time at Green River, and it was one of the highlights of my summer.

With this year’s lineup the Green River Festival certainly punches above its weight with acts like Dawes, Shakey Graves, The Felice Brothers, Los Lobos, Peter Wolf (of the J. Geils Band) and Tedeschi Trucks Band topping the bill. What’s great about Green River is it’s got more than enough talent and star power to make your friends jealous of your weekend, but it’s small and laid-back enough that you can actually enjoy yourself. And somehow there are still tickets left if this post is making you want to come join in on the fun this weekend.

Beyond the obvious highlights of the weekend (you’re going to catch Shovels & Rope RIGHT?) here are a few acts slightly lower on the lineup that we’re especially excited to check out:

The Suffers

In just the last two years, the Suffers have gone from local bar band playing gigs around Houston to playing one of David Letterman’s last episodes of The Late Show and Newport Folk Festival. I recently had the opportunity to see them open for Lake Street Dive, and the Suffers basically stole the show. That’s no small feat, because L.S.D. are one of the very best live bands out there. The ten-piece bands churns out tight and funky “gulf coast soul”, and lead singer Kam Franklin was clearly born to be a star. It’s infectious, and you can’t help but having a hell of a good time. Do not miss this set under any circumstances.

Lula Wiles

It’s so tempting to overlook the bands playing the first sets at music festivals and show up later on in the afternoon. Lula Wiles, playing first thing on Saturday, are a perfect example of why you’re completely blowing it by sleeping in. Well-known to aficionados of Boston’s sprawling folk scene, Lula Wiles picks from bluegrass, old-time and country without being a niche folk act. Seriously, if you’re into gorgeous tunes and harmonies in any genre, it’s well worth your while to arrive a bit early and catch this set.

Winterpills

This was a new discovery for me as I’ve been getting ready for the summer with a Green River playlist on Spotify. Made up of veterans of the Northampton, MA music scene, Winterpills stand out as straightforward radio-ready pop rock band in the jam/funk-heavy Sunday lineup. I’ve had “Celia Johnson” running through my head on and off for days, and so you will after you throw it on once. Definitely a set that shouldn’t be missed this weekend.

The Balloons

Okay fine, this isn’t a band, but it’s one of the cooler features of the fest. Green River began as a hot air balloon festival 30 years ago, and while it’s easy to dismiss the balloons as something “just for the kids”, there’s nothing quite like watching gigantic glowing orbs rising into the sky shortly after dusk during an outdoor musical performance. You kind of just have to be there to get it.

Win Tickets to Born Ruffians at The Sinclair 10/29/2015

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Born Ruffians at The Sinlcair

When Born Ruffians released their fourth full-length album, Ruff, earlier this month I was quickly reminded that their fabulous debut, Red, Yellow & Blue, was released over seven years ago. Oh how time flies when you’re making great music. The Canadian indie rockers have come a long way since their days performing in a Brooklyn club on Skins, but one thing hasn’t changed and that’s the band’s infectious energy. On Ruff songs like “Stupid Dream” and “We Made It” carry a similar torch to previous hits like “Needle” and “Hummingbird” while “When Things Get Pointless I Roll Away” is an immediate Ruffians classic and a contender for song of the year in my book.

This week the Ruffians bring Ruff and the rest of their lively stage show to the Sinclair on Thursday October 29 and we’re giving away a pair of tickets. All you need to do to enter for your chance to win is sign up for the M&T newsletter at the link below and we’ll pick one lucky winner on Wednesday. Until then enjoy some new Ruffians and get in the dancing mood for Thursday.

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Tall Heights Ready New Tracks, Set To Play Boston and NYC

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Boston’s Tall Heights have come quite a long way from their humble beginnings busking at Faneuil Hall. Since the release of their first EP, Rafters, back in 2011 the duo of Paul Wright and Tim Harrington have performed alongside acts like Laura Marling and Wild Child, released their full-length debut, a second EP, and a 2-song collaboration with another local hero, Ryan Montbleau. Though they made a name for themselves on cello and acoustic guitar, Harrington and Wright will be making a departure from their signature sound with the release of two live singles, “Spirit Cold” and “Horse to Water.”

With piano and electronic drum sounds now in the mix, the duo have injected their sweeping arrangements with a refreshing backdrop that seems like it has always had a home in their music. The one constant that continues to make Tall Heights so special though are the beautiful vocal harmonies delivered by Harrington and Wright. Clearly the focal point throughout previous releases, the harmonies still cut through on the two new tracks and are what keep you coming back over and over.

Lucky for all you readers out there, you don’t have to take our word for it since you can go out and see these new songs for yourself. Click the links below to grab tickets for upcoming shows at Brighton Music Hall in Boston on 4/25 and Mercury Lounge in New York City on 4/30, the latter of which will feature our pals in The Ballroom Thieves as well. Check out the full “Spirit Cold” video below, captured at the beautiful Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA.

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Years and Years at Royale 3/30/15

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Fresh off their prestigious appointment of “BBC Sound of 2015”, Years and Years have hit the ground running this winter. The electro-pop trio – hailing from London by way of Australia and Turkey – has swiftly snuck into everyone’s go-to party playlists. With Disclosure type jams, “King” and “Desire”, dispersed around other down-tempo 90s R&B influenced feelers, “Memo” and “Real”, Years and Years are clearing crowds on their way to the top.

On March 30th, lucky Boston will host the trio at Royale at 8pm. Having already moved venues in order to support massive demand, the show is a must-see and, consequently, we couldn’t be more excited to offer two free tickets. When you sign up for our newsletter you’ll automatically be entered to win.

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The hype is real, take a listen below.

 

Dwight Ritcher Trio at the Lizard Lounge 3/27 & 3/28

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Our friend Dwight Ritchter of Dwight & Nicole is making his triumphant return to The Lizard Lounge with The Dwight Ritcher Trio. If you’ve never seen his live show before you are in for some groovin’ vibes and face-melting guitars. Lucky for you we’ll also be giving away a pair of tickets to one winner who signs up for our newsletter through the link below. Check out Dwight and his trio shredding at Lizard back in ’13 in the video below and make sure you sign up for our newsletter now for your chance to win a pair of tickets to one of this weekend’s shows.

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The Western Den, Kevin William, and Billington Sea at Great Scott 3/23/15

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If you’ve heard the whispers, they’re right – The Western Den, Kevin William, and Billington Sea are folking up Great Scott on Monday, March 23rd.

After a year and a half stunning listeners with the spellbound folk tunes from their debut EP, Battle Hymns, The Western Den have returned with their highly anticipated new EP, All The Birds. In fact, March 23rd will be the first time to hear the haunting harmonies in the flesh and we’re shaking in our bones to get our hands and ears on it.

And although last summer’s shadow seems a world away, the stark romance of Kevin William’s Current Fears EP still remains. With the initial flicker and flame at its release in May 2014, Current Fears has now slipped into the go-to queue for late night feels and the singer/songwriter looks as though everything is ahead of him at the moment.

And, finally, fresh off the release of their self-titled debut album Billington Sea appears to be building steam. After a steady stream of shows up the east coast over the past month – specifically a killer set at Sofar Sounds Boston in February – the charming duo have set their sights on March 23rd to bring their playful tunes back to the stage.

On top of all that – Maimed & Tamed will be giving one lucky winner a pair of tickets to the show. All you have to do is sign up for our newsletter below and we’ll select a random winner who will get all sorts of folked up on March 23.

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Flight Facilities at The Sinclair 3/10/15

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It’s perhaps no surprise Flight Facilities are headlining The Sinclair tonight in Cambridge. They are, after all, the OG’s of that sunny electro-goodness to which Boston seems to finally be graced with – in more ways than one.

After a rather lengthy spell since their initial touchdown, the Aussie production duo returned in October to release their first full-length, Down To Earth. Pulsating with the same airy catch-tunes that we’ve come to expect from the duo, Down To Earth represents somewhat of a compilation of pre-released hits (“Stand Still”, “Claire de Lune”, “Two Bodies”, “Crave You”) while still offering a healthy dose of surprises. After all, everyone knows it’s impossible to talk Flight Facilities without including “Crave You” – an absolute gem that still makes summer feel like summer.

The ever-perceptive LA via Sydney based DJ, Touch Sensitive, will preface the Aussies with his electro-drenched 80s disco jams. Despite the bill’s lack of consideration for cold weather and snow, I think they’ve lined this one up for a winner. I might even stretch to say that the club is, in fact, set to go up on a Tuesday.

 

Damn Tall Buildings, Nemes, and The Western Den at Cafe 939 2/6/2015

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Damn Tall Buildings, Nemes, and The Western Den at Cafe 939

It’s true; the snow has forced us to keep inside these past few weeks tending to our soup and beer, sometimes together, sometimes separately. But it’s time to return to wild.

On February 6th (this Friday), when all the snow melts, Damn Tall Buildings, Nemes, and The Western Den will be taking the stage at Café 939 at Berklee College of Music. All three Boston based bands brandish their own dynamics and sounds with Damn Tall Buildings leading the folksy bluegrass two-step, Nemes following with their alt- foot stomp inducing -rock, and Western Den finishing with the caress and conquer of a good folk tune.

Not only is this music the best way to return feeling to your bones, it’s – in fact – the only way. Bring your dancing shoes, or rather your duck boots, and set your weekend off to the start it so deserves.

Doors open at 8pm. Don’t be late!

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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

1:30pm – Hillary 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

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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