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Is The Music Disturbing Your Conversation?

Anyone who has attended a concert with me knows that one of my pet peeves when I am out hearing live music is the audience talking (followed closely by people who sing LOUDLY along with the music without being invited to join by the artist). Part of the reason why last night’s sold-out John Moreland show at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts was so fabulous was that the audience was so quiet, I could have heard a pin drop! Read the rest of this entry

Go See Girls Guns And Glory Now!

I was quite excited for the Girls Guns and Glory show at The Sinclair recently. Not only is this one of my favorite bands, but Julie Rhodes – another favorite – opened the show! How great is it to be able to see friends knock it out of the park at a wonderful venue with an alleviating audience that was large despite competing with a Patriots playoff game!

Girls Guns and Glory

Girls Guns and Glory

Julie Rhodes

Julie Rhodes

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Kingsley Flood Will Rock You

I have been a fan of Kingsley Flood since I first saw them perform at the Lowell Summer Music Series at least six years ago, and the love continues.

Another Other

Another Other

They recently released a new album – Another Other – which is their most personal album to date, and it will be featured at their upcoming show at The Sinclair on Friday, November 18th. Tickets are still available here and you need to be at the show! Both openers – Leland Sundries and Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents – are killer and you should catch them too.

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Fabulous Americana Triple-Header At The Sinclair

Two of my favorite bands to see live – Darlingside and David Wax Museum – along with an artist who was new to me, Anthony D’Amato, played a marvelous show to a sold-out crowd in March at The Sinclair. I was fortunate to be in the house that night and witness the reaction of people who had seen only one of the co-headliners when they saw the other co-headliner! Both bands got many new fans that evening.

David Wax Museum and Darlingside (a capella in the audience)

David Wax Museum and Darlingside (a capella in the audience)

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Started The New Year Right With Girls Guns & Glory

New Year’s Day for me equals Girls Guns & Glory’s tribute to Hank Williams, the great country singer and songwriter who died on that day in 1953 at the age of 29. This year marks my second time seeing this show, and I fully intend it to become an annual tradition.

Girls Guns & Glory

Girls Guns & Glory

Last year, the show was at Lizard Lounge; this year, they upgraded to The Sinclair which I think is a better venue for this show (don’t get me wrong, I love Lizard Lounge but The Sinclair is a great venue). It holds more people too!

Ward Hayden

Ward Hayden

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A Night Of Great Folk-Tinged Punk Rock! Or Was It Punk-Tinged Folk?

I first saw Kingsley Flood perform a number of years ago (perhaps five) at the Lowell Summer Music Series and thoroughly enjoyed their opening set. I am thrilled that their career has been on a steady rise since then, and was excited to attend this EP release show.

Kingsley Flood

Kingsley Flood

This year, the band released a series of EPs, the most recent of which is The Good Fight. They are based in Boston, so what better place to hold an event but The Sinclair!

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Nobody Ignored This Elephant (Revival) In The Room

Finally, I was able to see Colorado-based Elephant Revival perform a full set at a sold-out show at The Sinclair last weekend; sadly, I missed their sets at the festivals I attended last summer where they played, although I caught a few songs they performed at one of the Newport Folk Festival’s after-shows.

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival

The show was absolutely worth seeing, and the rest of the audience agreed. They did not take the stage until 10:30 pm, but hardly anybody left early due to the late hour.

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival (with Nora Jane Struthers and Parsonsfield)

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A Trifecta Of Young Singer-Songwriters Serenaded At The Sinclair

Playing to a smaller audience than they deserved, Liz Longley, Heather Maloney, and Sarah Blacker treated us to a trio of sets that showcased the talent each of them possesses.

Liz Longley

Liz Longley

Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney

Sarah Blacker

Sarah Blacker

I was familiar with the music of all three young women prior to this show, and was excited to see how their styles worked off each other.

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Heather Maloney Has A Bright Future

Each time I listen to indie folk artist Heather Maloney’s new album, Making Me Break, I decide on a new favorite song. As I write this, I believe the title song is my favorite but I know that will change.

'Making Me Break' by Heather Maloney

‘Making Me Break’ by Heather Maloney

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Indie Folk Is Alive And Well

I first saw Gregory Alan Isakov perform at the Newport Folk Festival last summer, and a friend and I have been anxiously awaiting his return to Boston so we could see him in a headlining show. Our patience was rewarded this week at the second of two sold-out shows at The Sinclair!

Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov

Sometimes when an artist wows me at a festival I am slightly disappointed when I see them in a headlining show; this could not be further from the truth with Greg! What a fabulous show (and one of the most respectful audiences I have ever witnessed at a standing venue)!

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Part of the stage tableau

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