Back in September, dozens of bands got together to perform at the 2013 New England Americana Festival in Harvard Square. It was a superb two days of music. I filmed many of the outdoor performances. First up is Sarah Blacker performing “Shiver” from her new album Precious Little Things.
Marc Pinansky rocks and rolls. He rocks as the frontman for Boston rock band Township. Rolling is Marc’s singer/songwriter side which you can experience every Sunday night at Precinct in Union Square. (Update: This no longer happens at Precinct. Alas!)
Below are concert videos I shot of Marc at Precinct on Sunday, March 25. You can also watch the videos on Sooz TV at YouTube.
Marc Pinansky – “Soft Parts”
Marc Pinansky – “Stone”
Marc Pinansky – “The Thunder Song”
Marc Pinansky – “Golden Light” (Township)
Soozapalooza, an annual party I host featuring some of my favorite bands is almost here. This year the v3 installment is happening on my 39th birthday this Friday, January 20th at TT The Bear’s Place in Central Square, Cambridge. The night features three of my favorite bands: Good Night, States (from Pittsburgh), The Phil Aiken Army and Somerville Symphony Orkestar. After the bands, it’s karaoke time with The People’s Karaoke.
Listen to music by the bands and say you’ll be there by RSVPing on the Facebook event page for Soozapalooza 3. You can buy a ticket in advance for ten bucks or pay $12 at the door. Doors open at 8pm and it’s an 18+ show.
Good Night, States
If you follow me on Twitter and/or we’re friends on Facebook, then you already know how much I LOVE Pittsburgh’s Good Night, States. L-O-V-E. They performed at the first Soozapalooza in 2010 and I’m more than just a little excited that they’re back this year. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The music below is from the band’s earlier releases. They’ll be performing music from their new, not-yet-released album at Soozapalooza.
The Phil Aiken Army
Phil Aiken released his first EP recently with The Phil Aiken Army and a full-length album is in the works. If you want to hear supercharged pop songs with an all-star cast of players, you definitely need to be at Soozapalooza on Friday to see The Phil Aiken Army. Oh, snap — more A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Somerville Symphony Orkestar
There’s no better way to start a party than with the all-original Eastern European punk funk band from the Slavic heart of Greater Boston — also known as Somerville Symphony Orkestar. The band describes it better than I could: The SSO spectacle is a carnivalized punk show that turns its audiences into equal parts mosh-pit and horah. Complex six-piece arrangements reign in the chaos only to explode in shuddering “fun-gasm” after “fun-gasm.”
Don’t be surprised if Penelope the elephant makes an appearance during Somerville Symphony Orkestar’s performance.
[tweetmeme] Kay Hanley (Letters To Cleo) is back in town and played a show at the Lizard Lounge on Thursday, January 7th. Towards the end of her show, Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls) joined Kay to sing their cover of “Makin’ Whoopee.” You can watch the video below or on the Sooz TV channel at YouTube.
Session Americana returned to the Lizard Lounge in December for a month of Tuesday shows. Gathering around a small table with ambient mics, they play a mix of originals and covers. These videos are two of their popular covers: “The Shape I’m In” by The Band and “Dig A Little Deeper In The Well” by Flatt & Scruggs.
Session Americana covers “The Shape I’m In” by The Band
Session Americana covers “Dig A Little Deeper In The Well” by Flatt Scruggs
Sloan brought their epic power pop rock and roll to TT The Bear’s in Cambridge, MA on December 3, 2009. It was the first time I had seen them since 1996 or 1997. Crazy, yet true! They were as awesome live as I remembered them all those years ago. They’ve got a new EP out called “Hit & Run” that you can buy on iTunes. And why wouldn’t you? It’s awesome and only $3.99. Bargain! Check it out and buy it. Special thanks to the pesky drunk couple who I somehow inspired to move away from the front of the stage so people around me could enjoy the show without the two of them falling over on us. ;)
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The two Sloan videos below can also be viewed as a playlist on Sooz TV at YouTube.
Live music video for “Take It Upon Yourself” by Sloan
Live music video for “Believe in Me” by Sloan
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[tweetmeme] Cassavettes celebrated the release of their second full-length album, “Shake Down The Sun”, downstairs at The Middle East on November 6, 2009. Here are videos for the songs “Ordinary Girls” and “Lights On” that I filmed that night. The entire album is spectacular but “Lights On” is definitely my favorite song on the new album. Buy “Shake Down The Sun” at iTunes.
[tweetmeme] I was an instant fan of Avi & Celia the first time I saw them at the Lizard Lounge a few years ago, sitting in with the always amazing Session Americana. Since then I’ve seen them a few times playing their duo show of sexy, soulful, rock and roll. They’ve stepped things up and are now playing with a full band with a new name: Hey Mama.
The Rock Out Boston Club that Annie Burns and I co-host is meeting up tonight (Tuesday, October 20th) at Cambridge Common at 8pm for drinks and then we’ll head downstairs to the Lizard Lounge for Hey Mama who are playing a Tuesday residency throughout October. Tickets are $7 at the door. It’s a small, cozy club (105 capacity) so getting there early to join us for drinks first is definitely a good idea.
Cambridge Common and the Lizard Lounge are at 1667 Mass Ave, a short walk down Mass Ave from either Harvard Square or Porter Square. Get there early enough and there’s parking behind the restaurant. The 77 and 96 bus will also get you there, too.
If you can’t make it tonight, join The Rock Out Boston Club’s fan page on Facebook and we’ll alert you when the next rock and roll outing happens in November.
[Aloud at Arlington Regent Theater, April 2009, photo by Annie Burns]
I go out to see a lot of live music and it’s always more fun to share it with other people. Annie Burns and I started up a new group called The Rock Out Boston Club on Facebook. The first concert outing is for Aloud at TT The Bear’s Place on Tuesday, May 12th in Central Square. We’re meeting up for drinks and appetizers at nearby ZuZu at 8 and then the band goes on at 9pm.
My hope is that people who might not go out to see live rock shows all that often will join us. And since Aloud goes on first at 9, it won’t be a late night if you can’t stay past the first band on a school night. There are approximately 393,038 great bands in Boston. You can go out any night of the week and see what this town has to offer.
Everyone who joins us will get a free CD from Aloud with live and unreleased songs on it.