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Cory Branan Deserves Your Attention

I first heard Cory Branan at an AmericanaFest event last September. I had no idea who he was at the time, but thoroughly enjoyed his all-too-brief set. His style is not easy to categorize; rock, punk, even alt-country are some that come to mind, but Cory is first and foremost a songwriter.

Cory Branan Horizontal Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins

Luckily for me – and for you should you so choose – Cory is appearing at Thunder Road in Somerville on Thursday night (an early show so those of you who have tickets for other shows can do a double-header as I plan to do). Tickets are available here. This is a CD release show; officially the new album ADIOS releases the following day.

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An Homage To Johnny D’s

How can I possibly express my gratitude toward and love for Johnny D’s and do justice to it?

The venerable Davis Square institution shuttered its doors on Sunday, March 13th, after 17,238 days (47 years 2 months 13 days, as proclaimed on the final marquee) of feeding people and presenting live music.

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An Excellent Roots Rock Party Kickstarted The Weekend

The Bottle Rockets, a roots rock band currently based in St. Louis, is yet another band that did not get onto my radar during the past twenty or so years.

Bottle Rockets

Bottle Rockets

They have toured through New England over the past year but I did not have the opportunity to see them until their show this weekend at Johnny D’s. A friend whose opinions I value had an extra ticket so I jumped on it. Read the rest of this entry

An Overview of Boston-Area Music Venues

I thought this would be a good time to post some lists. One I’ve been thinking about for a while is to my ten favorite shows of the year. That’s going to be a hard list to make since I’ve seen about 125 shows so far.

In this first list, I’ll tell you about many of the venues where I’ve seen shows, and what I like as well as dislike about them. This will be in alphabetical order so as not to imply that the top of the list is my favorite venue – I’m also forcing you to read the entire post! Aha, an ulterior motive!

This list is not complete because there are venues at which I have not attended shows – Iron Horse in Northampton, The Center for the Arts in Natick, T.T. the Bear’s and The Middle East in Cambridge. I have also not included music festivals because I don’t believe anyone attends a festival because it’s held at a particular venue or outdoor space.  Read the rest of this entry

Feats Didn’t Fail Me Now!

What a fantastic show! This show was an intimate performance by Bill Payne, keyboardist with Little Feat, and Gabe Ford, drummer with Little Feat, at one of my favorite venues, Johnny D’s.

Bill Payne and Gabe Ford

Bill Payne and Gabe Ford

I had no idea what to expect – drums and keyboards are a less-than-typical duo. Sometimes (okay, most of the time) it’s good to have few expectations because you won’t be disappointed. There was nothing disappointing to this writer. Read the rest of this entry

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