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Concert Preview

Yale MA, Atlantic Thrills, Ravi Shavi at Great Scott 12/3

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The time has come for us to awake from our winter hibernation and start posting some more music that we think you will love. We know that it’s been a while since our last post, but we have been plotting our triumphant return to the blogosphere and what better way to do it than with a local rock show? Tomorrow night Boston punk rockers Yale, Massachusetts will be joined by Providence-based groups Atlantic Thrills and Ravi Shavi at Great Scott in Allston. Named the Best New Act in 2012 by the Boston Phoenix, Yale, Massachusetts has taken to the local scene with their fast-paced guitar-driven punk rock. This show is sure to be a rowdy one so if you plan on attending (which you should), remember to bring your dancing shoes.

For more info on the event click here and see below for a track from each band.

Johnny D’s Thanksgiving Pre-Heat

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Got plans for this Tuesday November 20th from say 830-11pm? Now you do! Maimed & Tamed is proud to be a party of Johnny D’s Thanksgiving Pre-Heat event. Yours truly will be spinning some local M&T favorites on Tuesday evening and there will also be DJ sets by other local bloggers/musicians including Township, Andrea Gillis, For the Sake of Song, and more.

It’s bound to be a fun night full of tunes and drinks, so clear you calendars and make your way to Johnny D’s at 830pm on Tuesday November 20th. Let us know via Facebook and Twitter what songs you’d like to hear and then come out on Tuesday to hear what made the cut. For more info check out the Thanksgiving Pre-Heat event page. Here’s a little preview of what you may be hearing on Tuesday–




Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes Hit The Road

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If you missed Nashville quartet Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes at our CMJ showcase (shame on you), you’ll have plenty more chances to see them in the month of November. DE&TGL are embarking on a 15-city tour that brings them from Missouri to Seattle, down to Fort Worth with a stop at the Daytrotter studios and a handful of other cities in between. Their most recent release, 2011’s Civilized Man, has caught the ears of Spinner, Paste Magazine, Consequence of Sound and others, and it’s safe to say that you will be hooked too if you check them out next month. Check out a video below of the band performing “Shoe Fits” at the Maimed & Tamed + Young Giant Records CMJ 2012 showcase and scroll down for a full list of tour dates.

11/9 – St. Louis, Missouri – Blueberry Hill (The Duck Room)

11/10­­­ – Carbondale, Illinois – The Hangar 9

11/11– Rock Island, Illinois – Rozz-Tox

11/12 – Rock Island, Illinois – Daytrotter

11/13 – Colorado Springs, Colorado – The Modbo

11/15 – Seattle, Washington – Seattle Living Room Show

11/16 – Seattle, Washington – Comet Tavern

11/18 – Redding, California – Vintage

11/20 – Sacramento, California – Torch Club

11/21 – San Francisco, California – Hotel Utah

11/23 – Santa Monica, California – TRiP

11/25 – Long Beach, California – DiPiazza’s

11/26 – Yosemite National Park, California – Yosemite National Park **Private Event**

11/28 – San Antonion, Texas – 502 Bar

11/29 – Austin, Texas – The Parish Underground

11/30 – Fort Worth, Texas – The Wild Rooster

CMJ 2012 Showcase Preview

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The CMJ 2012 festivities are almost underway and we wanted to remind all of you about the showcase that we are co-presenting with Young Giant Records at Arlene’s Grocery on Thursday 10/18. Below you will find links to a feature on each performing band as well as a schedule for the day. Swing by and say hello, grab a drink, and enjoy some amazing music!

12:00PM-12:25PM: Mobley
12:35PM-1:00PM: Motive
1:10PM-1:35PM: Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
1:45PM-2:10PM: The Hill and Wood
2:20PM-2:50PM: The Floorwalkers
3:00PM-3:30PM: Darlingside
3:40PM-4:10PM: Vinyl Thief
4:20PM-4:50PM: Wild Cub
5:00-5:45PM: The Black Cadillacs

CMJ 2012 Artist Feature: The Floorwalkers

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Last, but certainly not least, on the list of bands included in our CMJ 2012 coverage are The Floorwalkers. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio this sextet brings a funky/jam sound that is quite different than any other artist on the lineup for the Young Giant Records + Maimed & Tamed showcase at Arlene’s Grocery on 10/18. On their most recent album, 2010’s The Natural Road, the band creates a soulful, southern sound that you wouldn’t expect from a group out of Ohio. Tracks like “Three Wishes” and “Love The Sun Away” remind us of The Sheepdogs, another band with a southern sound, but not so southern roots.

Check out the video for “Three Wishes” below and be prepared for your fair share of soul and funk at Arlene’s Grocery on Thursday 10/18.

CMJ 2012 Artist Feature: Mobley

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It can be somewhat difficult to describe Austin-based Mobley’s sound. It’s funky, it’s poppy, it has an ’80s new wave feel to it, but mostly it’s just plain good. With their brand new album, Young Adult Fiction, the band creates a sound that is led by frontman Anthony Watkins’ raw energy and passion. He may not be Stevie Wonder, but the passion in his voice is what makes Mobley’s sound so infectious. You can check out “Torch” on our October Spotify Playlist and watch the video below for “Ego Is” to witness that raw energy and passion that I was talking about, we guarantee you’ll be hooked.

Mobley will be taking the stage at Arlene’s on Thursday October 18 as part of our CMJ showcase with Young Giant Records so make sure to swing by to catch these guys live.

CMJ 2012 Artist Feature: The Hill and Wood

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With our most recent posts you may have been thinking that our CMJ showcase with Young Giant Records was all about Tennessee, but today we will be featuring a band from a few hundred miles north in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Hill and Wood is led by Boston native Sam Bush who did the majority of the writing on the band’s debut self-titled album. On their debut The Hill and Wood create layers of sound that are reminiscent of Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born. What THAW has that Wilco doesn’t though (save for “You and I” with Feist) is the element of the male-female harmony on nearly every song. Bush’s voice is joined by Juliana Daugherty to to help create the group’s lush sound and spot-on vocals that can be found throughout their beautifully crafted record.

Check out their video for “The Call” below and make sure to come by Arlene’s Grocery on Thursday October 18 at 12pm to catch the band live.

CMJ 2012 Artist Feature: Vinyl Thief

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If you haven’t caught on by now, we are big fans of bands coming out of Nashville and Vinyl Thief is no exception. They will be joining fellow Nashville natives Wild Cub, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, and The Electric Hearts at the Young Giant + Maimed & Tamed CMJ showcase at Arlene’s Grocery on October 18. Vinyl Thief most recently released a 3-song EP entitled Rebel Hill back in March and they are already hard at work on their next studio album which is set to be released in early 2013. The electro-rockers have a sound that is not too dissimilar to that of Wild Cub with light, airy synths and catchy vocals that will certainly get you up out of your seat to dance.

Vinyl Thief has already garnered some attention from Paste and Deli Magazine as a band to watch out of Tennessee, and all of this before even releasing their first LP. We expect big things from Vinyl Thief and if you want to say that you saw them before they hit the big-time, then join us at Arlene’s on the 18th!

CMJ 2012 Artist Feature: Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes

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Last week for our CMJ 2012 preview series we featured Nashville based group Wild Cub, whose indie-pop sound doesn’t quite align with the conventional Music City scene. This week we turn our ears to fellow Nashvillians Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, whose jangling riffs and rockabilly influences are more what you would expect from a band reared in the heart of Tennessee. What is most intriguing about Ellsworth’s debut LP Civilized Man is that although tracks like “Hieroglyphs” and “Only One For Me” are country songs at their core, there are also cuts like “Shoe Fits” and “Surrender” that are more in the vein of Wild Cub’s melodious synth-driven rock. They have caught the attention of Paste Magazine as well as Amazon, who named “Shoe Fits” the #7 song of 2011 right alongside the likes of M83, Adele, Jay-Z and Ryan Adams.

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes are guaranteed to delight next week at CMJ so make sure to head over to Arlene’s Grocery on Thursday October 18 from 12-6pm to catch them at the Young Giant + Maimed & Tamed showcase. And while you try to contain your excitement for next week, check out Daniel Ellsworth’s intense video for “Bleeding Tongue.”

CMJ 2012 Artist Feature: Motive

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With CMJ 2012 kicking off in less than a week, we still have plenty more music to share before the Young Giant Records and Maimed & Tamed showcase at Arlene’s Grocery on Thursday October 18 from 12-6pm. Today we will be sharing a new video from Brooklyn via Seattle group Motive. “It’s Illicit” finds the band buried in dirt, eating earthworms and turned to plant zombies by a very creepy bearded man. Sounds like my kinda Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to playing the Young Giant + M&T showcase next week, Motive was recently featured in the Deli’s Best of New York issue last month and have gained some YouTube popularity when their song “Nobody Eats My Dinner” was featured in this video.