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My Top Ten Shows of 2014

Wow, how am I going to choose only ten shows – out of 177 – as my top shows of last year? So many of the shows I attended were terrific so narrowing the list to ten is not easy.

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‘In Spite of the Devil’ Spuyten Duyvil Soared

Spuyten Duyvil is a section of Bronx County, New York; it is also the name of a New York-based American roots band that roared into an Extended Play session at Alternate Root TV recently.

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil

I was excited to see this band because their music seemed to be right up my favorite alley. I felt the energy that emanates from one of their publicity photos, and their live show supported that feeling.

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Alternative Roots Music at Extended Play Session on Thursday, July 24

There is another Extended Play session at Alternate Root TV on Thursday, July 24th. Spuyten Duyvil, an alternative roots band from New York, will be gracing the stage in Norwood.

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil

The band has this to say:  “Hailing from the Hudson Valley, Spuyten Duyvil’s (pronounced “SPITE-en DIE-vil”) soaring vocals, traditional jug-band energy, slide guitar and Chicago-style blues harp propel the listener on a barn-burning romp through the last 100 years of American Roots music. “They are the hottest new band in folk music … and one of the best”, says legendary WXPN Folk DJ, Gene Shay. According to WFMT-Chicago’s Rich Warren, listening to this joyous band for the first time is like “throwing a cherry bomb into a lake”. It wakes you up.”

The Alternate Root is pleased to host a special night of filming featuring Spuyten Duyvil on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Doors are at 6PM and you can be included (for a $25 donation) by contacting us via e-mail through

Located just 25 minutes from downtown Boston and free parking! How can you go wrong with that???

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