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music news: Lloyd Cole at City Winery on November 15, 2017


lloyd cole photo by doug seymour

Hey if you have middle-aged nostalgia, there are plenty of good shows! UK native Lloyd Cole will be in Boston on November 15, 2017 for an acoustic set at City Winery for his Retrospective Tour. New venue and should be an excellent setting. I ‘m most familiar with Lloyd Cole for his solo work from the 90s– he released an eponymous album in 1990 and Don’t Get Weird on Me Babe in 1991 and Bad Vibes in 1993. Revisiting. It’s solid. Brooding, assured. Bit of glamrock/Britpop elements combined with folk style. Although I didn’t remain tapped in on The Easthampton, Mass.-based musician’s career throughout the years, he’s not stopped regularly putting out music. I really like the song “Women’s Studies” which came out on Standards in 2013.

$22-26, Wednesday, November 15, 8 p.m., City Winery Boston, 1 Canal Street,  Boston,

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show preview: Jaw Gems at House of Blues on December 31, 2016


Looking for a cool way to close out the year? This might be the perfectly chill vibe to bid farewell to 2016. Get lost in the hypnotic mellow beats of Portland, Maine-based Jaw Gems. The electronic collective of experimental producers brings beat-music to a live band setting. Jaw Gems recently released their second album, HEATWEAVER [1320 Records].

JAW GEMS w/ Lettuce featuring Antuwan Stanley (as seen with Vulfpeck)
& TAUK on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 8pm

venue info:
15 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215
(888) 693-2583


Sat. Dec. 17 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY *
Fri. Dec. 30 – State Theatre – Portland, ME **
Sat. Dec. 31 – House of Blues – Boston, MA **
Sun. Jan. 8 – The National – Richmond, VA **
Tues. Jan. 10 – The Throne Theater – Wilmington, NC **
Weds. Jan. 11 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC **
Thurs. Jan. 12 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN **
Fri. Jan. 13 – Georgia Theater – Athens, GA **
Sun. Jan. 15 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC **
Tues. Jan. 17 – Republic – New Orleans, LA **
Weds. Jan. 18 – Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL **
Thurs. Jan. 19 – Jannus Landing – St. Petersburg, FL **
Weds. Feb. 1 – Low End Theory – Los Angeles, CA
Fri. Feb. 3 – Gem & Jam Festival – Tucson, AZ

* w/ Break Science Live Band
** w/ Lettuce
More Dates To Be Announced Soon


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show preview: CRX at Brighton Music Hall on Sunday, November 20, 2016


Fronted by The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, CRX melds impressive guitar riffs and power pop elements for high energy songs. Valensi’s vocals sound clear, self-assured and relaxed. On creating CRX, Valensi explained: “The Strokes don’t play that often anymore, and when we do it’s awesome, but it got to the point where I needed to balance that out with a project I could take on tour whenever I wanted to. And the idea of playing clubs again was really exciting to me.”

CRX is: Nick Valensi [guitar and vocals]; bassist Jon Safley; keyboardist/vocalist Richie Follin; drummer Ralph Alexander and guitarist Darian Zahedi.

The band’s debut album New Skin [Columbia Records] – produced by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme – is out now.


CRX at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA on November 20, 2016 with Streets of Laredo.

venue info:

Brighton Music Hall

158 Brighton Ave.

Allston, Mass. 02134




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show preview: Skinny Lister at Middle East Downstairs on Monday, November 7, 2016


Need a distraction before Election Day? Go see Skinny Lister at Middle East Downstairs. Skinny Lister is a six piece British folk band based in London. Formed in 2009, the band puts on a spectacular live show with its upbeat contemplative songs [combo of originals and traditional Irish songs] and solid audience connection. It’s clear that this band loves touring and performing. Skinny Lister recently released its third album The Devil, The Heart & The Fight [Xtra Mile Recordings] on 30th September 2016. the band released Forge & Flagon in 2012 and Down on Deptford Broadway in 2014.

Skinny Lister is: Dan Heptinstall [lead vocals/guitar/stomp box]; Max Thomas [melodeon/mandolin/vox]; Lorna Thomas [vocals]; Michael Camino [double bass/vocals]; Thom Mills [drums]’ Sam Brace [guitar/ concertina/ mandolin/vocals]

venue info:

Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub

472-480 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Mass. 02139

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show preview: Fitz and the Tantrums at House of Blues Boston on November 15, 2016


Fitz and the Tantrums released a video for the infectious, upbeat single “Hand Clap.” It’s from the band’s self-titled album that came out during the summer. Of the song, Fitz said:  “I was searching for something that felt visceral and edgy. As soon as that moment happened, I was relieved. It felt like the compass — that theme of letting go and losing control — had been set. And it found its way into the rest of the album.” Fitz and the Tantrums formed in 2008. The Los Angeles indie pop band released Pickin’ Up the Pieces in 2010 and More Than Just a Dream in 2013.

Fitz and the Tantrums is: Fitz (Lead Vocals); Noelle Scaggs (Co-Vocals); James King (saxophone & flute); Joseph Karnes (bass); John Wicks (drums); Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards)

venue info:

House of Blues Boston

15 Landsdowne Street

Boston MA 02115

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show preview: Jaw Gems at The Sinclair, Cambridge on Saturday, October 8, 2016





based in Portland, Maine, Jaw Gems creates dance trance beats and grooves with a soothing, hypnotic vibe. On its Facebook page the group describes its genre as drip hop / ratchet jazz. Fitting. Formed in 2009, the experimental music collective started out with vintage synthesizers, a drummer, and an electric bassist and more recently [for those EDM-philes out there] added in Roland sp404 and the Juno 106 Analog Synth. New album Heatweaver [1320 Records] out now.

Jaw Gems at The Sinclair, Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday, October 8, 2016


The Sinclair

52 Church Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

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show preview: Dick Dale at Middle East Club on Thursday, Sept 1 with Three Day Threshold


Kick off September with surf instrumental music from Dick Dale. The 79-year-old musician was born in Boston in 1937, Dick Dale grew up in Quincy. His Beirut-born father and Lebanese background influenced his music choices—drawn to Middle Eastern music and later surf instrumental. He learned to play piano at age nine and then guitar. His family moved to and he learned to surf and invented surf music in the 1950s– fast-paced, laid-back grooving guitar –that reflects the surfing experience.

Dick’s wife and manager Lana Dale writes: “Dick has a stoma bag for 10 years now, Renal Failure, Major Prostate and Bladder issues, Anemia, Fistula’s which develop from him straining and performing, Fistula’s are leakages and they are very dangerous for DD.
DD has a stoma bag, renal failure, diabetes with insulin plus
Gallstones and now recently we were just told he has Cancer again.
We are busy around the clock with Medical for him and also with Touring and Venues and Casinos and Festival Events plus me running our business and I myself Battle the disease Multiple Sclerosis and a Hurthel Tumor Rt. side Thyroid…Plus Thyroid disease and much more as i have had many Medical issues most of my life.
We believe your body follows your mind so we live life And cherish each day.
We are strong Advocates all our Lives of No Drugs, No Alcohol, No cigarettes and No red meat and have both been this way all Of our Lives! We want to see the young people survive this day and age!”

She adds: “Dick Pioneered and created the AMPS WITH LEO FENDER AND ALSO much of the equipment back in the day with Leo fender including strata-caster guitar.
AS HE WAS always called THE FATHER OF HEAVY METAL in Spain as DD is loved Dearly all over the World.
DICK WAS THE PIONEER OF IT ALL from 1955 on. THE BEACH BOYS, JAN AND DEAN, RITCHIE VALENS, BUDDY HOLLY, The Kingston Trio plus many more ALL OPENED FOR DD IN THE LATE 50S AND VERY EARLY 60S. DD taught Jimi Hendrix the slide. Jimi Idolized DD as Buddy Miles Jimi Drummer did as well and hundreds of thousands of others.”


  • Surfers’ Choice (Deltone 1962)
  • King of the Surf Guitar (Capitol 1963)
  • Checkered Flag (Capitol 1963)
  • Mr. Eliminator (Capitol 1964)
  • Summer Surf (Capitol 1964)
  • Rock out with Dick Dale and his Del-Tones: Live at Ciro’s (Capitol 1965)
  • Greatest Hits (GNP Crescendo 1975)
  • The Tigers Loose (Balboa 1983) [live album]
  • Tribal Thunder (HighTone 1993)
  • Unknown Territory (HighTone 1994)
  • Calling Up Spirits (Beggars Banquet 1996)
  • Spacial Disorientation (Dick Dale Records / The Orchard 2001)

Opening for Dick Dale is Boston alt-country/Americana band Three Day Threshold is: Zac Taylor [guitar]; PJ Aspesi [drums] Evan Gavry [lap steel and banjo]; Kier Byrnes [singer] and Johnny Stump [bass]. Three Day Threshold has performed for U.S. military in the Middle East, at a Belgian prison, at the  Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and opened for Zac Brown and The Avett Brothers.

GUITAR LEGEND DICK DALE on Thursday, Sept 1, 2016 with Three Day Threshold. Doors at 8pm. Tickets here.

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music preview: DCTV at O’Brien’s Allston on Sunday, April 17


French musician and singer Lola G met screenwriter/guitarist James Greer at a Hollywood party three years ago. They began talking about music and soon formed what would become  DCTV. Both Lola G. and James Greer are multi-instrumentalists. Lola G  sings in French on the duo’s latest album confusion moderne which is out now. The result is a combo of fuzzy garage band rock/ French pop/ 60s ephemera/ fuzzy arrangements. There’s even a cover of “L’Accord Parfait” from one of my favorite 90s bands Autour de Lucie.

should be a fabulous live show.



Check out DCTV at O’Brien’s on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

rest of the tour:

04.18 – The Fire – Philadelphia, PA
04.19 – Happy Dog – Cleveland OH
04.20 – Lager House – Detroit, MI
04.21 – Melody Inn – Indianapolis IN
04.22 – The Void – Bloomington, IN
04.23 – Tree Bar – Columbus, OH

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