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on tour: Matt Pond PA with Laura Stevenson

Fantastic indie double-bill! 

Now New York-based, Matt Pond PA formed in 1988 in Pennsylvania by Matt Pond and has featured various musicians and collaborators through the years. The songs are soothing and beautifully arranged. Matt Pond PA released its 11th album The State of Gold in June. 

I particularly enjoy Laura Stevenson’s quirky energetic songwriting. Brooklyn-based Laura Stevenson started playing guitar and writing songs when she went off to college. She was in Bomb the Music Industry! and also had her band Laura Stevenson & The Cans. Her grandfather Harry Simeone was a pianist and composer with works included “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”. Her grandmother Margaret McCravy was a singer for jazz bandleader Benny Goodman. Stevenson will release her new album Cocksure on October 30, 2015.

tour dates: 

Oct 14 Rock & Roll Hotel Washington, DC

Oct 15 Cat’s Cradle Back Room Carrboro, NC

Oct 16 The Masquerade – Purgatory Atlanta, GA

Oct 17 1904 Music Hall Jacksonville, FL

Oct 18 New World Brewery Tampa, FL

Oct 19 The Social Orlando, FL

Oct 21 Big Mama’s Lounge @ HOB New Orleans

Oct 22 Rudyard’s Pub Houston, TX

Oct 23 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill Dallas, TX

Oct 24 North Door Austin, TX

Oct 26 The Rebel Lounge Phoenix, AZ

Oct 28 The Casbah San Diego, CA

Oct 29 Echo Los Angeles, CA

Oct 30 SLO Brewing Company San Luis Obispo, CA

Oct 31 Harlow’s Sacramento, CA

Nov 01 The Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA

Nov 03 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA

Nov 04 Dante’s Portland, OR

Nov 06 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT

Nov 07 Hi-Dive Denver, CO

Nov 09 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA

Nov 10 Turf Club St Paul, MN

Nov 12 Subterranean Chicago, IL

Nov 13 The High Watt Nashville, TN

Nov 14 Musica Akron, OH

Nov 16 The Southgate House Revival Newport, KY

Nov 17 Rumba Cafe Columbus, OH

Nov 18 The Foundry Philadelphia, PA

Nov 19 The Middle East – Downstairs Cambridge, MA

Nov 20 BSP Kingston Kingston, NY

Nov 21 Marlin Room @ Webster Hall New York, NY


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My musical weekend

Friday night:

Frank Turner
Royale Boston
Friday, September 7

–British folk/punk singer


Saturday Night:

Laura Stevenson and the Cans
TT the Bear’s Place
Saturday, September 8

–American singer/songwriter
–quirky folk-pop


thank you to Kerry Lavin at CQ Presents.

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Laura Stevenson and the Cans: music review

Music runs deep in Laura Stevenson’s gene pool—her grandfather, pianist Harry Simeone composed “The Little Drummer Boy,” and “Do You See What I Hear?” while his wife and Stevenson’s grandmother Margaret McCravy sang with jazz band leader Benny Goodman. Stevenson started playing guitar and writing songs when she went off to college. She formed the group Laura Stevenson and the Cans with former members of Bomb the Music Industry! including drummer John DeDomenici, guitarist Jeff Rosenstock and trombonist Matt Keegan. She also brought in bassist/omnichordist Mike Campbell [Latterman] and accordion player Alex Billig [The Best Thing Ever]. The result is quirky folk-pop. Stevenson’s precious, deep and slightly raspy voice works well with the unusual instrumentation. “The Healthy Ones,” is a chipper song about an epidemic where the accordion provides an uncommon rhythm and Stevenson sweetly sings: “You will bury them all in the ground.” Horns give “Barnacles” an instinctively jazzy vibe. Some songs on Sit Resist are folk-pop and some like “Montauk Monster” edge toward Americana. The varied elements throughout Sit Resist will draw you in and you’ll hear nuances in the layers throughout every listen. It’s refreshing.

my picks:
“The Healthy Ones”
“Master of Art”
“Red Clay Roots”

Album: Sit Resist
Label: Don Giovanni Records
Release date: April 26, 2011
PR: Riot Act Media

Laura Stevenson and the Cans official website [free download available for limited time]

purchase at Amazon: Sit Resist

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