Review: King Buffalo, Sundrifter, Lucid Lynx at the Middle East Cambridge, MA 4-26-19

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I ventured out on this extremely stormy night to the Middle East Upstairs for a pretty cool psych/metal show. Driving to Alewife was pretty treacherous due to the heavy rain, but I actually got there quicker than expected. Caught the red line to Central Square and was at the Middle East before I knew it. Lucid Lynx were already on stage playing to a very packed room. It has been a while since I’ve been to a show at the Middle East Upstairs and I had forgotten how small that room gets when it’s filled.

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Playing to a nearly full room, Boston’s own Lucid Lynx were holding the crowd’s attention with their awesome psych rock sounds. I have seen these guys a few times now and they never disappoint. This was a great way to start the night.

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I was listening to Sundrifter, who are also from Boston, earlier in the day at work and became instantly hooked (including getting a coworker into them), so I was really looking forward to seeing them live. With heavy guitars and lots of reverby vocals by singer Craig Paura, this was a perfect sound to cause some in the audience to start a mosh pit in the middle of the room, while others that were fortunate enough to be blessed with long hair, started head banging. This was a great set and Sundrifter has easily become or of my new favorite local bands.

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I wasn’t all that familiar with King Buffalo who are from Rochester, NY, but I was excited to see them after giving their latest album Longing To Be The Mountain a listen. Playing what can only be described as atmospheric psychedelic rock, which at times, exploded with heavy guitar riffs, they had the still packed room slowly nodding their heads in time to the music.

I haven’t been to a show with this much psych goodness in a while, and I was overdue. This was a really amazing night of music and all three bands were great! I ended the night with a very delicious chicken shawarma at Aleppo Palace before hopping the T back to Alewife and heading home.

King Buffalo 2019 Tour Dates:

Jul 7 Sun – MTC Club
Koln, Germany

Jul 8 Mon – Oetinger Villa
Darmstadt, Germany

Jul 9 Tue – Hafenklang
Hamburg, Germany

Jul 10 Wed – Bomber bar
Smålandsängen, Sweden

Jul 11 Thu – Blå
Grünerløkka, Norway

Jul 13 Sat – Devilstone Festival
Anyksciai, Lithuania

Sep 25 Wed – PJ’s Lager House
Detroit, MI, United States

Sep 26 Thu – The Intersection
Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Sep 27 Fri – Empty Bottle
Chicago, IL, United States

Nov 8 Fri – Ace of Cups
Columbus, OH, United States

Nov 9 Sat – Black Circle Brewing Co.
Indianapolis, IN, United States

Nov 12 Tue – High Watt
Nashville, TN, United States

Nov 14 Thu – Three Links Deep Ellum
Dallas, TX, United States

Nov 15 Fri – Hotel Vegas
Austin, TX, United States

Nov 16 Sat – White Oak Music Hall
Houston, TX, United States

Nov 19 Tue – The Earl
Atlanta, GA, United States

Nov 20 Wed – Cat’s Cradle – Backroom
Carrboro, NC, United States

Nov 21 Thu – DC9
Washington, DC, United States

Nov 23 Sat – Bug Jar
Rochester, NY

Levitation 2019 1st Wave Lineup Announced

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My absolute favorite festival, Levitation fka Austin Psych Fest (I know, I know, I just can’t let go of the old name. It makes explaining it to coworkers a lot easier) dropped their lineup for 2019. Honestly, I hate the current format of various shows happening at different clubs instead of being at one spot at Carson Creek Ranch, which was actually really fun and super convenient.

Either way, the lineup actually kicks some serious ass with acts such as Kikagaku Moyo, Holy Wave, Deafheaven, Black Mountain, Russian Circles, Death Valley Girls, The Black Angels, Chelsea Wolfe, Allah Lahs, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr., Black Mother Super Rainbow, and A Place To Bury Strangers amongst a whole bunch of other amazing bands. I’m giving some serious thought to going because I really miss Austin and Levitation.

Tickets for Levitation 2019 are on sale now at various price points for individual shows, or $395 for a 4 day pass that gets you into select venues, or $175 for shows only at Stubbs.

Ride Release New Song “Future Love” and Announce New Album “This Is Not a Safe Place”

That Youtube link up there? Yeah, that’s a brand spanking new Ride song called “Future Love” from their new album This Is Not a Safe Place, which comes out on 8/16/19! Full of layered guitar and harmonized vocals, I’m really liking this first single. Even though I couldn’t get into their last album, 2017’s Weather Diaries, Ride have always been one of my favorite bands…like, ever! I can’t wait to hear the whole album!

This Is Not a Safe Place can be ordered through Wichita Recordings.

This Is Not a Safe Place tracklist:
1 R.I.D.E.
2 Future Love
3 Repetition
4 Kill Switch
5 Clouds of Saint Marie
6 Eternal Recurrence
7 15 Minutes
8 Jump Jet
9 Dial Up
10 End Game
11 Shadows Behind the Sun
12 In This Room

Check out Ride on the socials, etc:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RideOX4/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rideox4official/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rideox4/
Website: https://www.thebandride.com/

The 2019 Lollapalooza lineup is out!

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The 2019 Lollapalooza lineup came out today and I kind of like it, but then again, Lollapalooza weekend is one of my favorite things despite the lineup because there is always someone to see or something to do. The festival is an almost overwhelming 4 days again an some stand outs for me are Ariana Grande (probably the only way I’d ever see her live), Childish Gambino, Tenacious D, and the pretty cool Tame Impala.

As for the undercard, some interesting bands are Mitski, Slash, San Holo, Japanese Breakfast, Diesel…which is Shaquille O’Neal doing a DJ set, the very fun Boy Pablo, Men I Trust, Shaed, and lots more to be discovered! After skipping the last couple of years, I’m really missing the whole Lolla weekend experience including the fun, free after parties as well as Chicago in general (I could seriously write a ton of things that are great about this weekend…the music, the food, the beer, etc). As of right now, I don’t think it’s possible, but who knows?

Lollapalooza takes place at Grant Park in downtown Chicago from 8/1-8/4 and 4 day passes are currently on sale here.

The Woodstock 50 lineup is here!

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The much hyped Woodstock 50 lineup is finally out and overall, it’s not too bad. There are actually a few bands that I would love to see including Miley Cyrus (yes, really!), Santana, Portugal the Man, Soccer Mommy, Jay Z, Courtney Barnett, Earl Sweatshirt, Cherry Glazerr, and The Zombies, who absolutely killed it when I saw them at Austin Psych Fest in 2014!! But uhh…eff Imagine Dragons and their giant drum.

I’m really giving some serious thought to going, but it’s suddenly becoming tough to decide on which festivals to go to this year.

Woodstock 50 takes place at Watkins Glen, NY on August 16, 17, and 18th. Tickets go on sale on 4/22/19.

Review: Sir Babygirl, Sunspeaker at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH 3-06-2019

I left work a little early in order to take a nap and get ready for the 45 minutes or so drive to Portsmouth for the first show of this Sir Babygirl/Sunspeaker mini tour. I luckily hit no traffic on the way and found a free parking spot right across the street from 3S Artspace. I always say it everytime I go there, but they have the nicest, friendliest staff of any venue. Sunspeaker were already playing to a very small crowd when I got there.

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I didn’t know much about Brooklyn’s Sunspeaker, as there isn’t much information out there about them. They played dreamy synth pop that even included some crazy flute playing that got everyone dancing. This was a really fun set and I can’t wait to hear more!

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From the moment Kelsie Hogue aka Sir Babygirl, took to the stage with only a guitar, laptop, and a whole buttload of 90’s pop song loops that included Ashlee Simpson and Norah Jones, it was obvious that this was going to be a fun set! Playing mostly songs from her latest album Crush on Me, the small crowd was really into it. People were dancing nonstop and Hogue seemed to have fun bantering with the audience, at one point, even goofing on her tour manager.

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At one point, she did a really good cover of Jojo’sToo Little Too Late“, which got huge cheers. I ended the night at Gilley’s for a hot dog and poutine, which was much needed and definitely hit the spot. This was a really fun, danceable, and very intimate show (there really should have been a much larger crowd). Sunspeaker was a great opener and Sir Babygirl killed her set! I’d recommend seeing either of these bands if you get the chance.

Sir Babygirl’s latest album, Crush on Me is out now on Father/Daughter Records and on Bandcamp.

Sunspeaker 2019 Tour Dates:

5/13/19 – The Bowery Electric – New York, NY
6/12/19 – Alphaville – Brooklyn, NY

Sir Babygirl 2019 Tour Dates:

4/20/19 – The Stood at Purchase College – Purchase, NY
6/25/19 – The Rooftop, Elsewhere – Brooklyn, NY

Brian Jonestown Massacre: Cannot Be Saved

Ahhhhhhh!!!! New Brian Jonestown Massacre!! The new self titled album comes out on March 15th and can be pre-ordered from A Recordings