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Concert Preview

Tall Heights at The Sinclair 11/7/2013

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This Thursday our friends in Tall Heights are set to take the stage at The Sinclair in Harvard Square, with Emily Elbert and Seth Glier as support, for what might be their biggest local headline show to date. The Boston based duo are no strangers to the pages of M&T as we covered their album release show at Club Passim earlier this summer and featured the track “Murmuring State” on our June 2013 playlist. Since the release of Man of Stone in May the band has been hard at work perfecting their live show, and they’ll even be debuting some new surprises to their already stellar live set this Thursday. If you haven’t had the chance to catch a Tall Heights show, do yourself a favor and grab tickets ASAP. The harmonies and lush layers of guitar and cello are a mesmerizing sight to observe, and it’s hard to believe that such a full sound is created by only two people.

Check out the video for the title track from Man of Stone below and make sure to get yourself to The Sinclair this Thursday.

The Ballroom Thieves Set To Release New EP + Play Sinclair 10/4/2013

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It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of local trio The Ballroom Thieves round these parts. Their debut EP was one of our favorite releases of 2012 and we had an incredible time traveling to Summerfest with the band, documenting their journey to open for Dispatch in Milwaukee. This Friday the band is set to release their self-titled follow-up to The Devil & the Deep at The Sinclair, where they will be joined by fellow M&T favorites Caroline Rose and Tales of Olde. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the EP, and all we can say is that you are in for quite the treat. Ahead of this Friday’s gig we exchanged emails with Thieves frontman Martin Earley where he gave us the inside scoop on The Ballroom Thieves EP. Read on below for the full interview and remember to get your tickets for this Friday’s show while they last!

Maimed & Tamed: Tell us a little bit about the recording process for the new EP. Where was it recorded? How long did it take? How sweaty did Devin get?

The Ballroom Thieves: Well, we had ventured out to Oakland, California to record 12 songs in early January, but when we got the masters back later on in the year, we realized that the band had progressed quite a bit in the meantime and no longer felt comfortable releasing those tracks. We were adamant about the idea of delivering the energy of our live show on the record so we started over from scratch, right here in Boston. We worked with Mike Davidson (who also recorded our previous EP, The Devil & the Deep) at his Plaid Dog Studio in Allston, MA, and we got the whole thing done in just under a week. We were working hard because wanted to make sure we got everything done before October 1st, so (as you can imagine) Devin got extraordinarily sweaty. The whole process was a great time, and we can’t recommend Plaid Dog and Mike enough.

M&T: The band utilized a Pledge Music campaign to help fund the EP, what were your favorite pledge rewards to fulfill?

TBT:  We had an interesting balance between serious rewards and more whimsical, funny ones. The framed lyric sheets were really nice to produce, just because it’s fulfilling to know that someone actually wants my words in a frame on one of their walls. The dispensable cameras (which we’re still working on) are one of the more fun rewards; the people who got those may not have realized what they were signing up for…

I also know that Devin had a great time designing the drum heads, and that he’ll probably be knitting until next summer to get all of the scarves done.

M&T: For fans who have seen the band live [Editor’s Note: You’re dumb if you haven’t] we know that you’ve got more than four new songs in your repertoire that didn’t appear on 2012’s The Devil and The Deep. How did you choose the four tracks that ultimately made the cut for the new EP?

TBT: Like I mentioned above, we recorded 12 songs in California, and then we wrote about 2 or 3 more in the following months, so the decision-making process wasn’t easy. We wanted to produce a coherent set of songs that would be appealing to our long-time fans, while giving those people who haven’t seen us play live a taste of what it’s like to be at a Ballroom Thieves show. The EP doesn’t come with whiskey or sweat, though.

M&T: You guys have a new cellist since we last saw you, could you tell us about her addition to the band and how that fits in with the release of the new EP?

TBT: Callie had her work cut out for her, but she’s done amazingly over the last week and a half. Not only has she learned our repertoire of songs (on cello and vocals), but she’s also written new parts to several songs, including a brand new one that we may or may not debut at the Sinclair on October 4th. Oh, and she’s done all of that while putting up with the other two-thirds of the band. We couldn’t be more excited to have her with us, especially since this new EP is in many ways a rebirth of the band. Our first EP was a bit of an exploration; we were still trying to find our own sound. It took two years, but I think we’ve found it, and we couldn’t be more excited for Callie to help us shape the direction of the band in the future. 

M&T: After The Sinclair gig on Friday what else is in store for the band? What can your fans expect for the rest of 2013?

TBT: We’re closing out the year with some really fun shows, including an opera house performance with The Last Bison, who happen to be one of our favorite bands at the moment. We’ve got some surprises in store for all of our friends in Boston, and we’re psyched to make a trip out to the West coast – not solely to escape the inevitability of the New England winter. These are really exciting times for the band, and we can’t wait to share the experience with our accomplices.

M&T: Who is your favorite blogger in Boston?

TBT: I can’t mention his name but it rhymes with Schmeric Schmea. [Editor’s Note: Does that rhyme with Eric Shea?]

The Suitcase Junket and Miriam Elhajli at Tommy Doyle’s 10/6/2013

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After a bit of a scheduling issue last week we’re are back on at Tommy Doyle’s! This time around we’re teaming up with our friends from Young Giant to bring you the musical stylings of The Suitcase Junket and Miriam Elhajli. Still the same great deal for only $5 and a night of total aural satisfaction, that’s a guarantee. Doors will open at 9pm next Sunday October 6, and we can’t wait to see you there. Read on below for more on The Suitcase Junket, Miriam, and why you’d be crazy to miss this show.

The Suitcase Junket

To call Matt Lorenz aka The Suitcase Junket, a one-man band would be quite the understatement. Armed with his deft slide guitar skills, a hi-hat, a gas can turned kick drum, and an accordion case that doubles as a bass drum, Lorenz takes multi-tasking to a whole new level. With the EDM craze inescapable in the music world these days, it’s incredibly refreshing to hear Lorenz creating layers of ear-pleasing music with no loop pedals or other electronics needed. And what makes The Suitcase Junket even more impressive is Lorenz’s secret weapon– throat-singing. Lorenz has perfected his throat-singing skills over the past five years and you can hear it in action about two minutes into the video below. With two full-length records under his belt as The Suitcase Junket, Lorenz has developed a catalog of songs that one could compare to the style of The Raconteurs or Thickfreakness era Black Keys. Whatever your thoughts are on The Suitcase Junket it’s Lorenz who puts it best himself when he calls his music, “one guy making a racket.” Trust us, you won’t want to miss this racket at Tommy Doyle’s come Sunday.


Miriam Elhajli

This local singer-songwriter and Berklee product is a wonder to watch perform. Her poignant vocals and deft finger-picking immediately bring to mind artists like Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie who helped to popularize the singer-songwriter genre in 1960s Cambridge. Elhajli is certainly part of the folk revival that is taking place in our city and throughout music as a whole and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have this talent perform for us at Tommy Doyle’s.

Tales of Olde and The Suitcase Junket at Tommy Doyle’s 9/24/2013

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UPDATE: Due to some unforeseen circumstances that were out of our hands, this show has been postponed. We are working on a new date and will hopefully have some exciting news for you soon!

The last Tuesday of the month means one thing around these parts, killer live music presented by M&T + Young Giant (aka Tame the Giant) at the Loft @ Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square. On September 24, we are beyond excited to be hosting two artists that are currently among our favorites in the Massachusetts music scene. Tales of Olde and Suitcase Junket both bring something a little different to the table, and for only $5 there’s no reason for you not to come out on a Tuesday night and check out some local music. Read on for more info on both artists and join us next week at 8pm when all of the fun kicks off.

Tales of Olde

If you’re an avid M&T reader you know that Tales of Olde headlined The Middle East Upstairs last month and that they’re one of the most promising new bands in the local folk scene. The band is currently hard at work on their debut EP, but that hasn’t stopped them from playing all around Boston and releasing some tantalizing live videos, like their cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Pusher Love Girl” below. When we first heard Tales of Olde we immediately knew they were a band after the M&T crew’s collective heart. With acoustic guitar, strings, and male/female vocal harmonies, discovering Tales of Olde was a similar experience to the first time we saw The Head and the Heart back in early 2011.

The Suitcase Junket

To call Matt Lorenz aka The Suitcase Junket, a one-man band would be quite the understatement. Armed with his deft slide guitar skills, a hi-hat, a gas can turned kick drum, and an accordion case that doubles as a bass drum, Lorenz takes multi-tasking to a whole new level. With the EDM craze inescapable in the music world these days, it’s incredibly refreshing to hear Lorenz creating layers of ear-pleasing music with no loop pedals or other electronics needed. And what makes The Suitcase Junket even more impressive is Lorenz’s secret weapon– throat-singing. Lorenz has perfected his throat-singing skills over the past five years and you can hear it in action about two minutes into the video below. With two full-length records under his belt as The Suitcase Junket, Lorenz has developed a catalog of songs that one could compare to the style of The Racontuers or Thickfreakness era Black Keys. Whatever your thoughts are on The Suitcase Junket it’s Lorenz who puts it best himself when he calls his music, “one guy making a racket.” Trust us, you won’t want to miss this racket at Tommy Doyle’s come Tuesday.

Way Over Yonder Festival 2013

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It was only a matter of time before Newport Folk Festival spread its wings and sent its guitar carrying gull over to the West Coast. What has resulted from NFF’s rapid rise in popularity over recent years is a second festival taking place in Santa Monica this fall aptly named Way Over Yonder. For fans of NFF there will be plenty of familiar faces like First Aid Kit, Jonathan Wilson, Shovels & Rope, Spirit Family Reunion, and more. Joining these Newport veterans are a spattering of new folk festival friends such as Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and Aaron Embry, among others.

Just when we thought Newport Folk Festival couldn’t get any better, now Christmas comes twice a year in the form of your next favorite folk festival (sorry, couldn’t resist the alliteration). So get up off your folkin’ desk chair, book your flight, and grab a ticket to Way Over Yonder. It’s just too hard to resist. Whilst you confirm your plans, take a listen to a video we caught of one of our favorite NFF alums and WOY 2013 act, Jonathan Wilson, as he and his band take on “Can We Really Party Today” at NFF 2012. FOLK ON!

 

Tales of Olde at Middle East Upstairs 8/25/2013

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In the ’50s and ’60s the music scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts was the focal point for the rise of folk music and more specifically the advent of the singer-songwriter. Acts like Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez were regulars at the famed Club 47 (now Passim) and in 2013 there has been quite the resurgence of folk music in the area. If you’ve read Maimed & Tamed before you know that we are big fans of local folk acts like The Ballroom Thieves, Tall Heights, and  Darlingside to name a few, but a new group to the scene has recently caught our ear.

Without even releasing a proper album, Boston’s own Tales of Olde has already begun to make a splash in the burgeoning local folk scene. Their folked up cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Pusher Love Girl” (see what I did there?) has already amassed nearly 50,000 YouTube views since May and this weekend the band will make their way to Cambridge to play Middle East Upstairs. On Sunday August 25, Tales of Olde will be joined on the Middle East stage by other local acts Educate the Antidote, Hunting Stories, and Kate Brule.

While you patiently wait for Tales of Olde’s debut EP to hit the internet, enjoy the aforementioned JT cover below and make sure to get your tickets to Sunday’s show and be a part of Cambridge’s folk music revival.

Tame The Giant Presents: Hayley Jane and Justin Hancock + Grey Season at Tommy Doyle’s 8/27

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WE’REEEE BAAAACK!! Once again the Maimed & Tamed crew has joined forces with our friends from Young Giant to bring you some incredible local music as part of our new collaboration, Tame The Giant. Next week on Tuesday August 27th we will be bringing two local bands that we are very excited about to The Loft @ Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square for only $5. For those of you who came out to our last show you understand how much of a steal $5 was for two great bands like VAVÁ and We Avalanche, and we’re sure that you won’t be disappointed with our lineup this time around either.

Doors will open at 8pm and Hayley Jane and Justin will kick things off at 8:30pm. Read on below for more info on each band and make sure to share all of the event details and invite your friends to come out using our handy dandy Facebook Event Page.

Hayley Jane and Justin Hancock

This immaculate duo makes up half of the Boston Americana quartet Hayley Jane and the Primates and we are very excited to have them serenade us with their sweet sweet songs. Hayley and Justin have played regularly as a duo throughout Boston, performing alongside acts such as Ryan Montbleau and Dennis Brennan. Their stripped down set of guitar and vocals is a sight see and hear, with Hayley’s powerful vocals blending beautifully with Justin’s guitar and harmonies. If you don’t take our word for it, check out a video below of Hayley and Justin performing at the Lizard Lounge earlier this year and see for yourself.


Grey Season

For all of you Newport Folk Festival fans out there, Grey Season is the perfect dose of high-energy folk and bluegrass to fill the musical void during these dog days of summer before July rolls around again. This Boston bred quintet features all of the ingredients that make for a successful folk rock recipe. Take some acoustic guitar, a little bit of banjo, mix in the mandolin, and stir together with an infectious energy and you’ve got yourself Grey Season. Their debut EP Troilus was released earlier this year and has been gaining some steam within the local folk music community. You can listen to Troilus in its entirety below via bandcamp, but be warned, foot stomping and hand clapping will ensue.

Wild Cub at Great Scott 8/10/2013

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It seems like only yesterday that we were putting back Jim Beam and PBR (not mixed, what do you think we are savages?) at Arlene’s Grocery as we watched Wild Cub rock the stage for our CMJ Party with Young Giant. Now the band is back on the road promoting Youth, which was one of our favorite records of 2012, and will be making a stop at Great Scott in Allston this Saturday August 10. Our friends from Nashville have had quite the busy summer from Hangout Festival to Lollapalooza and supporting acts like Ellie Goulding and Palma Violets along the way.

Wild Cub is also fresh off the release of the creepy, yet weirdly sexy video for their new single “Blacktide” which premiered yesterday on SPIN. This new track plus many more from Youth are sure to get the dance party started at Great Scott this Saturday and you would be silly to not join in on the fun. Check out a live performance of “Thunder Clatter” (#12 on our Best Songs of 2012) from Sonicbids’ SXSW 2013 Party below and grab your tickets for their Great Scott performance before they sell out.

 

Boston Calling and Sonicbids Want To Hear Your Band

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Boston Calling Music Festival is returning to City Hall plaza this fall after it’s successful installment last May. On the first full weekend in September acts such as Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, Local Natives, Deer Tick, Lucius, You Won’t, and more will take to the heart of Boston for a two-day, two-stage festival. The best part though is that with the festival just a few months away, the lineup is still growing. Boston Calling has partnered with another local company, Sonicbids, to book two additional opening slots, one for each day of the festival.

Sonicbids, based in Boston’s South End, is a platform that connects emerging artists to a multitude of gigs across the globe. Over the years Sonicbids has helped to facilitate the burgeoning careers of various up and coming acts. Like Gotye, who booked his first US gig through Sonicbids at the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon, or Macklemore who used Sonicbids to book Bumbershoot all the way back in 2006. If your band wants to share the stage with Vampire Weekend or Passion Pit you can submit to play Boston Calling through Sonicbids using the button below. Sonicbids will also be ponying up cash stipends for each artist that is selected to perform. If you’re a music fan make sure to grab your Boston Calling tickets, this could be your chance to see the next Gotye or Macklemore before they become superstars.

Check out the lineup announcement video below and make sure to mark you calendars for September 7 and 8, you won’t want to miss this.

Jetty at Church 7/13/2013

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If you haven’t heard Jetty yet we feel for you.  Only for a second though, cause you will, it’s gonna to find you.  The scariest part about Jetty is that there doesn’t seem to be an end of quality material in sight.  These guys LIVE in and operate 3 home studios which, is absolutely frightening and amazing all at the same time.

Can you imagine the possibilities?  Most of the time you get musicians who know nothing of recording or who are so slow at whipping out new music babies that they pretty much breed their own destruction.  With Jetty this is certainly not the case.

Jetty consists of 5 longtime friends whose sole purpose in life it seems is to weave their everyday lives and experiences into amazing fucking music.

Jetty’s sound is organic, not a single beat feels forced.  There’s nothing worse than a band that is faking it.  You can’t fool the listener.  We know the good stuff.

This is the good stuff.

Jetty’s self-titled debut EP brings the funk, the jazz, the sexy, and most importantly the whiskey.   Come out to Church of Boston, on Saturday July 13, 2013 and be a part of their live video/show recording.

We were fortunate enough to catch up with the guys and get some of our burning questions answered.

Maimed & Tamed: Who’s in Jetty and what does everybody play?

Jetty: Jetty is comprised of three multi-instrumentalists (Yeugene Barokha, Mike Spillane & Mike Conway), and a bass & percussion/rhythm section (Devin Fernberg & Dave Davignon).

M&T: What were the different bands you’ve all been in together previously and how’d Jetty form?

Jetty: Jetty formed late last summer as Spillane & Conway (consistent collaborators and roommates at the time) were working on an all-collaborative album called The Drift Tape. As that was wrapping up, there was one last, incomplete instrumental that need a good match for a vocalist. Eventually a friend referred Yeugene. Sparks flew, and Jetty was born soon thereafter.

Different permutations of the Spillane, Dave and Devin line-up have been featured in Speed the Harvest, Kid and the Wolf and Ashley Root and the Tubers. Conway was involved in recording and mixing albums for Speed the Harvest and Kid and the Wolf.

M&T: Where did the name Jetty come from?

Jetty: The bottom of a bottle of Old Crow whiskey on a breezy summer night down on Squaw Island.

M&T: Although Jetty is fairly new you’ve managed to string a good amount of shows together, is there a favorite memory from one these shows that sticks out?

Jetty: We played a benefit show promoting our friend’s cross-country bike ride for Cancer and Crohn’s research. Aside from helping out the fundraising effort, the show was phenomenal. It was 100+ degrees inside the venue with no windows or air conditioning and a room full of our friends. They stuck it out, danced their asses off, and absolutely brought the ruckus. Everyone left drenched in sweat and smiling ear to ear.

M&T: Some say that this music really capture the essence and soul of summer, does that put any pressure on the represent and how do you feel about that that description of Jetty’s tunes?

Jetty: We think thats a great analogy. I would love for people to crank Jetty on the beach, on the boat or out at the clubs at night. I think our music has a place in all of those scenarios. Our intention is to usually make music that will spark up that care-free, windows down, let’s party kind of a vibe. The mentality to spend our time having a great time; no matter what it is we do is really the only thing for us in New England that isn’t seasonal.

M&T: The great thing about a Jetty show is that there is a built-in audience of die hard music and party lovers from the band’s previous incarnations that follows the band around almost religiously.  How does it feel after years of playing in different projects to get this sort of immediate love and support with a new project and does that in turn motivate you to give even more back to the fans and keeping pushing out better and greater amounts of work?

Jetty: For the most part it feels like friends and family, because that’s what it is. We feel very fortunate to have a strong support structure around us that is built by people who are excited to come out, party, dance, and share the music with us. Beyond that, we invite any and all to come join that family. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses!

M&T: July 13 presents an incredibly cool and unique opportunity in which Jetty, in cahoots with StellarFX Boston, will be recording a live music video during the show at Church of Boston.  Can you reveal what sort of cool tricks Jetty and StellarFX have planned for the concertgoer that night?

Jetty: Yes! We are recording some live video at the July 13 show, with the help of a few very talented friends in the world of production. We’ll be mixing stereo field recordings and the sound board audio. Nothing groundbreaking really, but we expect to have a lively and exciting product to inform folks of what our live adaptation is like.

The lighting component should really augment that. Essentially, the company sets up some programmable LED arrays, and gets those synched up to the music. Some of the lights are responsive to bass or whatever else. Some of the lights are programmed on a show-by-show basis or even controlled by a live operator who has a familiarity with the set list.

M&T: Last but not least, when can we expect more music?

Jetty: SOON. We are really excited about our next batch of songs, and sharing the next progression of our sound. And although much of that music is ready, we’re still working through how we’re going to package it, and tying up some loose ends. It may come out in mix-tape format with remixes, singles and b-sides released in sequence, a traditional EP, etc. We’re in the process of working that out.

One thing we can say for sure is that we have no apprehension about releasing the new material on the heels of our current Self-Titled EP. Our mission is to create and release music that we love. People will find it whenever and however they find it.