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Concert Preview

Heyrocco and The Features at Middle East Upstairs 5/12/2013

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Still can’t figure out what to get for Mom? Well if she’s the type who would take a dirty rock club over a classy dinner, have we got the best Mother’s Day gift idea for you. On Sunday night, The Middle East Upstairs will bring a bill chock full of great young bands including The Features out of Nashville and Heyrocco from Charleston, South Carolina. The latter of the two bands is fresh off recent dates with M&T favorites Oberhofer (who makes an appearance on our May Playlist) and Apache Relay. Heyrocco’s newest single, “Elsewhere,” has also been on repeat at the M&T HQ over the past few weeks. We hate to be the ones comparing bands to one another, but if you had a gun to our heads we would call “Elsewhere” the lovechild of Nada Surf and Vampire Weekend.

If your Mom isn’t the type to spend her day in Central Square with some hipsters, you need to make it your mission to get brunch out of the way and ditch her in time for a killer live show at The Middle East. Totally worth the threat of no home cooking for the foreseeable future.


Tall Heights Record Release at Club Passim 5/10/2013

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The duo of Tim Harrington and Paul Wright make up Tall Heights, one of our favorite local acts out there right now, and next week they will be releasing their LP Man of Stone. To celebrate, Tall Heights will be playing not one, but two sets at the legendary Club Passim this Friday May 10th at 7pm and 10pm. Man of Stone comes on the heels of the group’s EP The Running of the Bulls  which was released in late 2012. Although their newest EP follows The Running of the Bulls by less than a year, Man of Stone sounds anything but rushed or incomplete. The record is a precise yet gorgeous blend of vocal harmonies and tantalizing interplay between Harrington’s guitar and Wright’s cello. If you don’t want to take our word for it you can donate at the group’s Pledge Music page and receive a digital copy of Man of Stone RIGHT NOW before it is released to the public on May 14.

We will be out at Passim on Friday night and so should you. Get your tickets here, you won’t want to miss it.

RIBS at Great Scott 4/20/2013

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Local rockers RIBS have just finished up a slew of dates supporting The Joy Formidable and what better way to celebrate than with a homecoming show at Great Scott? For the Boston-based trio, the show on 4/20 will be somewhat of a pilgrimage back to where it all began for the band as they explain on the Facebook event page for the show. The last time we covered the band we gave you 5 good reasons to check out the show and if you didn’t take our advice then, here’s 3 more reasons why you need to see this show now–

1. It’s on 4/20…and we all know that the best way to celebrate 4/20 is at a rock show.

2. It also happens to be drummer Chris Oquist’s birthday, which means there will be some extra special energy on stage.

3. Their latest release, Russian Blood, was one of the best records to come out of our fine city in 2012.

Now that we’ve convinced you, grab your tickets here and get ready to party on 4/20.

Matt Sucich at Church 4/13/2013

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New York native Matt Sucich has been quite busy over the past year, with appearances at Bonnaroo, SXSW, and even a performance at JFK Airport as part of JetBlue’s “Live From T5” series during the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon. Now Sucich’s travels bring him to Boston to perform at Church this Saturday April 13. Since the late 2012 release of his most recent album, Layers, Sucich has garnered praise from press outlets like Esquire Magazine, The Huffington Post, and our Boston blogging colleagues Ryan’s Smashing Life.

Our first encounter with Sucich was last summer at a pre-Bonnaroo songwriters-in-the-round performance at a Nashville hotel. Although a hotel lobby may not be the place you would think to find incredible songwriting talent, we were immediately drawn in by Sucich’s ability to craft a beautifully compelling story with just an acoustic guitar and his gentle yet confident vocals. Since then we’ve had the pleasure of catching Matt perform in New York and Boston, and both times we couldn’t help but be totally fixated on each word of every story that he weaves throughout his set. This weekend you have your chance to be captivated by the music of Matt Sucich and you’d be silly not to take advantage of this opportunity. So take our advice, and check out Sucich’s “House of Cards” on our November 2012 playlist while you grab your tickets for Saturday’s show. And since we know you’ll be begging for more, we did you the favor of embedding Layers in its entirety for your streaming pleasure below.

The Ballroom Thieves, Mean Creek, and Little Green Cars at Sinclair 3/23/2013

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For the Maimed & Tamed crew the bill for Saturday night at the Sinclair is just too good to be true. When the show was first announced I had to rub my eyes and pinch myself just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. If you checked out our end of year lists in 2012 you’ll know that both of the opening bands made appearances. Mean Creek’s Youth Companion was our #15 album of the year, while The Ballroom Thieves’ “Loose Lips” took #28 in our best songs of 2012. The Thieves are also hard at work on their new album which you can find out more info on here.

It’s easy to see that we enjoy the recorded material that both of these bands have produced, but the reason why we are so excited for this show is that these are two of the best live bands in Boston right now.

With an acoustic guitar, a cello, and a djembe, you may not think The Ballroom Thieves to be a rock band, but with the energy that they bring to the stage they can unquestionably be classified as just that. With Mean Creek, frontman Chris Keene is somewhat of a punk-rock Bruce Springsteen, both in his on-stage flair and incredible storytelling abilities. All of this and we still haven’t come to the headliner…

Ireland’s Little Green Cars are certainly a contender for buzz band of the moment, having booked a headlining tour in the US and an appearance at Coachella without even releasing their debut album in the States. Normally this would be a head scratcher, but take a listen to lead single “The John Wayne” below and you’ll understand why people are springing at the chance to catch them in action.

Tickets are still (somehow) available for the show, so if you’re looking for the best Saturday night in town click here.

RIBS Set to Rock Great Scott 2/1/2013

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How do you like that for some consonance in the title? As if that isn’t enough to get you to Allston for this Friday’s show with local rockers RIBS at Great Scott, here are 5 more reasons–

1. They’re the best rock band in town according to the Boston Music Awards

2. They’re touring with The Joy Formidable this spring

3. They have a song in Rock Band 3

4. Their 2012 release Russian Blood kicks some major @$$

5. It’s only $5, so suck it up you cheapos

Grab a free download of their track “Alarms” below (right click and save link) and we will see you on Friday!

RIBS – Alarms

Newport Folk Festival 2013 Predictions/Wishlist

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It’s almost that time of year for the lineup to be unveiled for our favorite festival of the summer. Before the curtain goes up on the artist announcement for the 2013 Newport Folk Festival we wanted to get in some last minute predictions/requests. If you’re smart like us you would have already picked up your 3-day pass (because the lineup NEVER disappoints), but if not you better act fast because IT WILL SELL OUT. 3-day passes have already sold out and it’s only a matter of time before 2-day and single day passes go by the wayside. Trust us, it’s worth it to grab your tickets now. Enough of the preaching from us, here’s who we’d like to see down at the Fort this summer:

The Low Anthem– After a 2-year hiatus from the festival we think it’s time for these hometown favorites to make their return to Newport. With frontman Ben Knox Miller serving on the Festival Board of Advisors a comeback in 2013 makes perfect sense.


Jim James– The My Morning Jacket frontman has already announced a few dates to promote his solo debut Regions of Light and Sound of God, and like BKM, James also serves on the esteemed Festival Board of Advisors. After MMJ had their headlining set cut short by the weather last year, we would love to see James finish what his band started 6 months ago.


Deer Tick + Dawes– Because Dawes has a new album coming out. Because the Goldsmith brothers can’t stay away. Because Deer Tick is the perfect festival band. Because it just wouldn’t be the same without John McCauley. I could go on and on.


You Won’t– You already know that this duo is one of our favorite bands in Boston and they also released one of the best albums of 2012 in our humble opinion. Following a very buzzworthy 2012, we think they are primed to grace the stages of Fort Adams come July.


Shovels & Rope- Another duo who made an appearance on our Best of 2012 lists is nearly a shoe-in for this year’s fest. Close your eyes, take a listen to “Birmingham” and imagine yourself soaking in the Newport sunshine.


The Lone Bellow– We’ll let this video do the explaining


Haim– These three sisters from LA should be this year’s version of tUnE-yArDs. Their sound doesn’t quite belong at a folk festival, but for some weird reason it just makes sense.

Best Fest 2013- Need to Get Away?

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What is Best Fest you ask? Why it’s only a 2-day festival taking place next to a National Park in the mountainous jungles of Costa Rica. Intrigued? Thought so. This year’s Best Fest takes place on February 9 and 10 and features a lineup that spans across genres and nationalities with headlining sets from The Pimps of Joytime and The Werks. It’s not as expensive or difficult as you may think to get to Costa Rica from Boston (more info here) and now that the snow has started to come down here in Beantown, it’s the perfect time to escape for some sun and beach.

Check out the full lineup here and take a listen to The Pimps of Joytime below while imagining yourself on a Costa Rican beach…

Motive at Middle East Upstairs 1/7/13

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If you made it out to our showcase with Young Giant Records at CMJ this fall you will remember Brooklyn’s Motive with their snazzy suits and catchy grunge rock tunes. If you didn’t get the chance to hang with us in NYC, now you have the opportunity to catch Motive right here in Boston at Middle East Upstairs this Monday January 7. They will be joined by Boston based bands The Difference Engine and Choose to Find as well as New Hampshire’s Gnarlemagne. For more info on the show and tickets click here and check out a video of Motive performing their new song “Dance For Your Maker” below.

The Apache Relay and The Ballroom Thieves at Great Scott 12/15

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If you read up on our Newport Folk Festival 2012 coverage you know how much we loved the Saturday morning set from Nashville’s The Apache Relay. It’s a lot to ask a band to start their set at 1130 in the morning, but to bring as much energy as they did to the Harbor Stage is even more impressive. If you missed Newport this year (first of all shame on you), now you’ve got your chance to catch The Apache Relay this Saturday at Great Scott. Believe us, you’re not going to want to miss this one.

Not only is The Apache Relay one of our favorite NFF ’12 alums, but this Saturday’s opener is one of our favorite local bands right now. If you haven’t heard the news, The Ballroom Thieves are one of the most dynamic and exciting young bands currently on the Boston folk music scene. We had the pleasure of catching them a couple months back at TT’s and their set was, to put it in one word– entrancing. I can’t pinpoint whether it is the unique instrumentation (guitar, cello, and djembe), the beautiful vocal harmonies, or the fact that the trio always look like they’re genuinely enjoying each moment they spend on the stage together, but there is something special about these guys. With an EP under their belts this year, the band will be hitting the studio early next year to record their debut LP which promises to be a release to keep your eye on in 2013. For now though you’ll have to grab your tickets to Saturday’s show and check out a new tune from The Apache Relay that we captured at NFF ’12 along with one of our favorites from The Ballroom Thieves.