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2014 New England Music Awards Nominations

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A couple of weeks ago the nominations were announced for the 3rd annual New England Music Awards (NEMA) and it just so happens quite a few M&T Favorites were recognized. Here is the list of said acts, including their respective nominated categories. Please go support your local musicians by voting. Voting closes this Friday, January 31.


Deer Tick (Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year)
Kingsley Flood (Band of the Year, Album of the Year)
The Mallett Brothers Band (Band of the Year, Album of the Year)
Sarah Blacker (Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year)
Dwight & Nicole (Best in State: Vermont)
Jesse Dee (Male Performer of the Year)
Will Dailey (Male Performer of the Year)
Darlingside (Indie/Pop Act of the Year)
Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons (American/Roots Act of the Year)
Coke Weed (Indie/Pop Act of the Year)
Moe Pope (Hip Hop Act of the Year)
Low Anthem (Best in State: Rhode Island)
Tan Vampires (Best in State: New Hampshire)
Tall Heights (Best in State: Massachusetts)
You Won’t (Best in State: Massachusetts)
Hayley Jane & The Primates (American/Roots Act of the Year)


Livestream Will Dailey “Behind the Album” TONIGHT!

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Last month we featured the livestream of a unique prodcution by M&T favorites Dwight & Nicole at Redstar Union in Kendall Square. Tonight, the state-of-the-art, multimedia, live performance studio’s Behind the Album series returns with Will Dailey.

Once again we have been granted the broadcast rights to livestream the production for M&T readers! So COME JOIN US AT 8 PM!


“10 months ago, Will Dailey messaged his fans with a mission statement and a promise of new material born of a newfound independence from his label. Since then, and with tremendous fan support by way of a successful PledgeMusic campaign, he hit the studio and recorded the songs that would become his eagerly anticipated new album, National Throat.”


Tonight, as part of Redstar Union’s Behind The Album series, Dailey will unveil National Throat to the world via a cover-to-cover live performance of the record and an intimate conversation with renowned 30-year Boston Globe music critic, Steve Morse.

A new twist on tonight’s edition of Behind The Album includes fan participation in the interview segment of the evening. Those viewing online can submit questions by tweeting with the hashtag #BehindTheAlbum or by posting on Will Dailey’s official Facebook page. Questions will be selected by social media moderator Tom O’Keefe @BostonTweet.

The Church of The Silent Comedy @ Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA 12/10/13

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Jeremiah Zimmerman of The Silent Comedy

Loyal readers of Maimed & Tamed, allow us to introduce our new west coast M&T correspondent, Pete Rappaport. An LA transplant by way of Boston, Pete considers himself a combination of William Miller meets Rob Gordon because as he puts it, “From a young age I used mixtapes to express my emotions to girls because let’s face it, I was one giant wuss and musicians could tell girls what I thought about them better than I could.” I think we’re all going to like this guy.

Tuesday night Pete attended The Silent Comedy show at Troubadour in LA and this is his account.


Last night the Troubadour welcomed San Diego based The Silent Comedy onto their legendary stage.  Two brothers, and sons of a preacher, Jeremiah & Josh Zimmerman, along with cousin Chad Lee, and long-time friend, Justin Buchanan took to the stage at Los Angeles’ historic music venue.  This quartet of revivalist influenced musicians defies any preconceived vision I ever had of people from this walk of life.  They drink, sing about god and family, and pour every ounce of their blood into putting on a mesmerizing show for their fans.

Watching them on stage last night made me realize that it doesn’t really matter what kind of music you appreciate, everyone can find something to enjoy in The Silent Comedy’s performances.  Playing music ranging from Americana, Folk, and Rock n’ Roll that will make you want to bang your non-existent long hair covered head, they leave no fan feeling disconnected. This all while incorporating lyrics that stem from their personal experiences in life, working in the Southern California bar scene, and even more so, their experiences attending revival meetings.   I’m no man of the church, but if I were and had this band playing in my local church I’d be sure to never miss a Sunday morning visit (sorry, they don’t actually play in your local churches).  Tuesday night’s show featured songs off their new EP “Friends Divide” (see set list below).

In my years of writing and photographing I’ve often discussed the ability for a band to connect with its audience and depending on the venue, that band can succeed or fail miserably.  Sometimes I think it’s the venue that makes the band special, and other times I think it’s the band playing the venue that makes it special.  Troubadour is hands down my favorite venue in Los Angeles and last night I think it was a combination of the lyrics and energy coming from The Silent Comedy on stage, and the environment of Troubadour that left me relatively speechless as I drove home.

While the band’s current tour is coming to an end, only making its way up and down the west coast, keep an eye out for an extended tour, or so I hope, to more cities in the future.  Prior to playing in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, they played the 91x “Wrex the Halls” concert in San Diego alongside Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Cage The Elephant, Alt-J and Arctic Monkeys.

Favorite songs from last night’s show: “Light of Day”, “Gasoline”, “The Well”

Check out the EP Here

Light of Day
God Neon
Sharks Smell Blood
Simple Thing
All Saints Day
Always Two
Blood on the Rails
The Well

All photos © 2013 Pete Rappaport

Josh Zimmerman

Josh Zimmerman

Right to Left: Chad Lee, Jeremiah Zimmerman, Josh Zimmerman, Justin Buchanan




























Troubadour & Band Logo

Right to Left: Chad Lee, Jeremiah Zimmerman, Josh Zimmerman, Justin Buchanan

Livestream Dwight & Nicole “Behind the Album” TONIGHT!

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If you have not heard of Redstar Union yet, prepare to have your mind blown. M&T favorite Dwight & Nicole will be taking the stage in the groundbreaking live performance space tonight for a private production of “Behind The Album” and M&T will have the honor of attending.

Additionally, we have been granted the broadcast rights to livestream the production right here for all M&T readers! So COME JOIN US AT 8 PM as M&T hosts its first-ever livestream.


This edition of “Behind The Album” presents the world premier of Dwight & Nicole’s forthcoming PledgeMusic-funded record, Shine On. The acclaimed roots duo will be performing a cover-to-cover preview of their new album and partaking in a live, candid interview with renowned 30-year Boston Globe music critic, Steve Morse, discussing all things life, music, inspiration and the final realization of Shine On. The entire evening will be captured with Redstar’s state-of-the-art audio and video equipment to HD media.

Grey Season Begin Kickstarter Campaign For New Album

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Grey Season is very quickly becoming one of our favorite live bands to see here in Boston. We had the pleasure of hosting them during our monthly residency at Tommy Doyle’s and were very excited to have them as an M&T Artist of the Month for our contribution to the b.good lounge soundtrack. If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch these men shred live, the best way I can describe it is that when you see Grey Season perform you immediately feel alive. It’s not folk, but it’s not bluegrass, it’s not punk but it’s not rock, it’s just a raw, emotional experience that never fails to put a smile on your face.

As the boys prepare to record their new album at the legendary Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY, we took a second to chat with the band about the Kickstarter project they have launched to fund the record. Click the button below to visit their Kickstarter page and check out the full interview to hear more about pledger rewards, what you can expect from the new release, and their opinions on celebrity mustaches.

Grey Season Kickstarter

Maimed & Tamed: Tell us a little bit about the new record, what can Grey Season fans expect from the new material that you are working on?

Grey Season: The new record will be a collection of ten songs, seven of which are originals. We’re a rock n roll band mixed with traditional folk instrumentation, so although it’s backed with high energy bass and drums and electric guitar, the songs in their basic form are melodic and filled with lyricism, and therefore lend themselves to the traditional folk genre. As for the three covers that we selected with the most exquisite of taste; it’s a tip of the hat to where we come from, and the classic American song writers that have influenced our work. We understand that some people might not see the point to the covers, but because it’s our first record we feel it’s important to acknowledge.
The vibes and colors will vary from song to song. All of our favorite records have that characteristic; when you go from a country feel, to a rock n roll feel, to a folk feel, to an indie feel,or whatever, a record is easy to listen to- as long as you retain that seam of continuity throughout. What also helps is that fact that we have five vocalists in the band, and so you can expect five different voices popping in and out at you the whole time.

All in all, this record is documentation for where we are right now as a band; our live set, with a raw sound, with our influences right on our sleeve for everyone to see.

M&T: What pledger rewards are you most excited about doling out?

GS: A lesson with a member of the band on either Skype (or in person for our local fans), and a cover video of the donor’s choice…it could be interesting and really fun to do. We want to see what sort of wretched musical territories people will want to push us into… or do we?

M&T: My favorite thing about discovering Grey Season and becoming a fan has been your live shows, how have you been able to translate that energy into the new recorded material?

GSWe’re recording at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock NY for three days. The great thing about the studio is that it’s set up to capture the live feel of a band, rather than individually tracking each instrument separately. This is why, if all goes according to plan; when you put this record on, it will be like little baby angels are laying eggs into your ears. We want to be conscious to not let technology take over our sound. It’s about us, as musicians, giving what we do to you in as pure and direct a form as possible. We started out as street performers, and it’s still at the heart of how we play together and how we are as a single unit on stage. Through busking, we developed our pocket, our stamina, and our ability to please and win over an audience. If this doesn’t come through on the record, then we’ve not done our job.

M&T: Are there any live performance incentives for pledgers?

GS: The highest incentive for a donation is a fully-plugged in, live show in your own home (or location of your choice), where you can invite all of your friends and have a cocktail soiree. We are also offering an incentive where we will come to your house, cook you dinner, and play a 30 minute mini show in your kitchen. 

M&T: Who has a better mustache, Tom Selleck or Hulk Hogan?
GS: Tom Selleck. Big oily mustaches don’t do it for us. Big oily men also don’t do it for us.

Rubblebucket at The Paradise 11/22/2013

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We’ve been big fans of Rubblebucket since we first saw them three years ago performing at a summer concert series in our tiny hometown of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Since then the 7-piece orchestra of awesomeness (excuse my vagueness here as I simply can’t bring myself to pigeonhole their sound into some made-up genre with 7 hyphens that wouldn’t do them justice anyways) has made their way to some of the country’s biggest festivals such as Forecastle and Bonnaroo, where they put on one of our favorite performances of Bonnaroo XI.

Though the past year has brought some amazing successes for the band, it also saw lead singer Kalmia Traver battling with ovarian cancer. If you followed the band’s social media channels over that time, you saw how courageously Kalmia fought cancer and how just a week after her last chemo session the band was back on the road. It goes without saying at this point, but this is the type of band that never gives up, whether it’s putting on the best live show they can night after night or going toe-to-toe with cancer and coming out on top.

Now Rubblebucket brings their boundless energy and feel-good live show back to The Paradise this Friday where they’ll be promoting the release of their new EP Save Charlie (check out the track “What a Fool Believes” on our November Spotify Playlist). Rubblebucket will be joined by another M&T favorite, Body Language, so we suggest you get there early for double the fun. Click the button below for tickets to Friday’s show and check out tracks from Rubblebucket and Body Language to get you in the Friday night mindset.

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Just Listen: Sweet Baboo

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Sweet Baboo is the musical moniker of Welsh artist Stephen Black, and this track comes from his 2013 LP Ships. The title is a mouthful, but you’ll find yourself singing along in no time. Check out “The Morse Code For Love is Beep Beep, Beep Beep, The Binary Code is One One” below.

7 Classic Movie Soundtracks

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Caroline's Pick

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) – Sometimes life falls perfectly in time with art. Wes Anderson’s insta-classic The Royal Tenenbaums was released during my formative first year of high school, and the timing couldn’t have been better. The movie’s artful melancholy was just what I needed to soothe my angsty soul. Beyond the film’s timely release, the soundtrack dropped just as my musical tastes had evolved past FM Radio. It was the perfect starter kit to Rock and Roll: The Clash, Nico, Paul Simon, Rolling Stones, Elliott Smith… So many big names, all of which were effortlessly woven into the Tenenbaums‘ score. The soundtrack even introduced me to orchestral music that was unique and provocative, unlike what I’d previously heard at mandatory school concerts. Hearing the first few wistful chords of Nico’s “These Days” (or watching its corresponding feature in the movie) will always tug my heartstrings just as it did back in ’02.

Jeff's Pick

Into the Wild (2007)– I have to say, this was a first for me, the first time that I sought out a movie because of its soundtrack. The allure of a folky Eddie Vedder singing about society and escape was just too strong. Well, the soundtrack did not disappoint and the movie was phenomenal. Kind of a win-win (win) situation. EV’s lush voice, acoustic guitars and mandolins, set a perfect tone for Alexander Supertramp’s release from conventional society into the wild. Key tracks include but are not limited to: “Setting Forth”, “Guaranteed”, “Society” and a tune that is on 92% of my running playlists, “Rise.” Oh yeah, “Hard Sun” was on the radio a couple of times…

Eric's Picks

Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)– The quintessential ’90s high school movie was full of quintessential ’90s songs that set the backdrop for Seth Green’s goofy antics and Ethan Embry and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s love story. From Third Eye Blind’s “Graduate” to Blink-182’s “Dammit,” the Can’t Hardly Wait soundtrack is the perfect playlist to pop into your walkman on the way to your next high school reunion.

The Big Chill (1983)– The movie was defined as much by its soundtrack as it was by the performance of the ensemble cast of Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Tom Berenger, Meg Tilly, Mary Kay Place, and JoBeth Williams. The movie opens at the funeral that reunites all of the main characters during which Williams’ character plays the Rolling Stones classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” on the church organ, and from there it’s just hit after hit. Other highlights on the classic soundtrack include Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” from the Temptations, “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night, and many more.

Godzilla (1998)– Here’s an example of a movie that was totally outshined by its soundtrack. The 1998 film starring Matthew Broderick was supposed to be a major summer blockbuster, but instead turned into a critical flop. The soundtrack though boasted some of the most promising names in rock ‘n roll in the late ’90s, with songs from Rage Against the Machine, Green Day, Silverchair, The Wallflowers, Jamiroquai, and Ben Folds Five.

Singles (1992)– The soundtrack to this Cameron Crowe flick was a who’s who of the early ’90s grunge scene. You’ve got all the heavy hitters like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, and the Screaming Trees and not to mention some legends like Jimi Hendrix, Paul Westerberg, and the Wilson sisters (Ann and Nancy that is) mixed in as well. With the movie set against the backdrop of grunge era Seattle the soundtrack just had to be great and it certainly did not disappoint. Hell, half those bands made cameos in the movie too so what’s not to like here?

Easy Rider (1969) – Songs written by Steppenwolf, The Band, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Carole King, and more, provided the perfect soundtrack to one of the era’s defining films. Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson all turn in tremendous performances as two hippies and a drunk trekking across the Southern United States on motorcycles, while the soundtrack meshes perfectly to both the plot and the beautiful imagery throughout the film. If you haven’t seen this cult classic do yourself a favor and get to the closest Blockbuster right now…But seriously, twist up a fatty, get on your Netflix game, and hold onto your butts.

Concert Review: Sofar Sounds Boston 11/7/2013

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Over the past 5 months I have had the distinct pleasure of being part of the crew that has brought the international movement that is Sofar Sounds to Boston. If you aren’t familiar with Sofar (short for Songs From a Room), it is a series of house concerts that started in London 3 years ago and can now be found in over 40 cities across the world. The beauty of Sofar is the fact that it brings together a room full of people who are diehard music fans and have an open mind for music discovery.What makes it a sustainable venture is the power of word of mouth, as the whole concept is built on secrecy and exclusivity.

The guests of each Sofar show register to attend with knowing only the date that the concert will be held. Invited attendees are alerted to the exact location of the show just 2 days before the event itself, and have no idea who the performing artists will be until they actually show up. This creates a community of fans who are buying into a music discovery experience that makes for a totally engaged listening room environment.

My hope is that all of you M&T readers have discovered something meaningful here on this blog and I’d like to think that Sofar will become an extension of that, as it has been the most beautiful, organic, and fulfilling music discovery project that I have ever been a part of.

After kicking off our inaugural Sofar Boston show in Allston in September, we followed it up last week at a small barn in the heart of JP with an assemblage of local and regional talent. The evening featured performances by Vine celebrity and local comedian Ry Doon; the brilliantly skilled finger-picker and contemplative crooner Max García Conover; plus M&T favorites Tales of Olde and The Grownup Noise.

Although I’ve done my best to put Sofar into words, it certainly is a phenomenon that is better to be experienced rather than read about. Check out the links below to discover more about Sofar Boston and info on how you can become part of the movement.

Sofar Boston Facebook Sofar Boston Twitter

Sofar Boston 002 Photo Album

3 Shows to See in Boston This Week

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The snow may have been falling in The Hub today, but that’s no reason to sit inside and sulk. Here’s three shows to check out this week:

Thursday November 14Houndmouth, The Ballroom Thieves, and The Wheeler Brothers @ Royale

Presented by our pals over at Newport Folk Festival, this show is sure to get the crowd moving and singing along. If you’ve read M&T before you know how much we love Houndmouth, The Ballroom Thieves, and Newport Folk Festival so it should come as no surprise to see this show on our list. Add in recent NFF alum The Wheeler Brothers, and there’s no question the M&T crew will be out in force on Thursday night.

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Friday November 15The Mowgli’s, Royal Teeth, and X Ambassadors @ The Paradise

If you were smart and arrived early to Boston Calling II in September, you were lucky enough to catch a captivating opening set from New Orleans’ Royal Teeth. Still riding the wave from the release of their debut full-length Glow, Royal Teeth has joined forces with The Mowgli’s and X Ambassadors on the Random Acts of Kindness Tour which hits The Paradise this Friday.

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Sunday November 17Mono @ Brighton Music Hall

Although they’ve been playing music since the late ’90s, I fell in love with these Japanese instrumental rockers about 5 years ago while still in college. Each of their albums have a distinct sound, but what makes Mono so special is their ability to continually craft a slow-building, epic, opus with each release. The band is taking a second turn through Boston to promote their 2012 record For My Parents. 

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