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

Review: Dead Meadow, Dyr Faser, Lucid Lynx at Sonia in Cambridge, MA 3-28-2018

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I ended up leaving much later than planned, but soon I was in Central Square for this crazy psychedelic show. This was my first time seeing a show at Sonia, which was formerly known as TT the Bear’s (R.I.P.). The first thing I noticed was that Sonia is a lot brighter than TT’s and seemed to be much larger with the stage on the opposite side of the room. There really wasn’t a bad view from anywhere in the club, but if I had one complaint, it would be that the beer selection was a bit lacking.

Unfortunately, I had missed most of Lucid Lynx’s set, which was a bummer because I really liked these guys when I saw them open for Brian Jonestown Massacre last year. So, I waited for Bostons’s own Dyr Faser to go on.

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I think this was the first time I have seen Dyr Faser in its current form which consists of Eric Boomhower and Amelia May. The music seemed a little more mellow, almost ethereal at times, but the reverb-y goodness is still there. Sharing vocals through most of their set, the duo had an almost ethereal sound that completely filled the room.

After the set, I decided to try a Harpoon Pineapple UFO which was a huge mistake that I’m still trying to get over. Probably one of the worst beers I’ve ever had…just no! no! no! Dead Meadow were up next. 

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The first time I saw Dead Meadow was in, where else, Austin, and they put on an amazing show. Tonight was no different as the band played for close to 2 hours. The visuals provided by Mad Alchemy, gave me flashbacks to the Earthless show from only a week or two prior and were equally stunning. Standing off to one side of the stage, I had a great view of the band, who started out with “Greensky Greenlake”. Bassist Steve Kille, who was jumping around the stage looked to be having a fun time playing. It felt like a pretty long set and that’s not a band thing.

For an encore singer Jason Londono came out for an encore and sang solo for the song “One More Toll Taker”.

Overall it was a great night of music. It’s always exciting to check out a new venue and Sonia was pretty cool.

Review: Brian Jonestown Massacre, Lucid Lynx at the Paradise in Boston, MA 9-09-2017

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I bought a ticket for this show the second they went on sale, so needless to say, it’s been a long wait, but the night has finally arrived! I decided to drive to the Paradise, since the last time the Brian Jonestown Massacre played here, it was over 3 hours and I ended up missing the train, which in turn became a pricey Uber ride back to Alewife, but soo worth it! After circling the area for a while to find a parking spot, I managed to get almost the same exact space that I had only a few days earlier when I saw Warpaint. It was about a 15-20 minute to walk to the Paradise. There was a very short line to get in and there weren’t that many people yet. I started the night with a Harpoon Wannamango, which was ok, but I expected a better flavor since it seemed a lot of people like this beer. I waited for openers Lucid Lynx to go on.

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Lucid Lynx are a trio that met at Berklee and play psychedelic music. I had never heard of them until this show and was very pleasantly surprised. they played about 40 minutes of pure mellow psychedelic music that was just trippy enough without venturing into drone territory. I was really digging this band.

In between sets, I noticed that none of the usual people I see at these types of shows was around. It also seemed to be more of an older crowd this time around too. I ordered a Harpoon UFO White, my old standby and tried to find a good spot for Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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As Anton Newcombe and the rest of The Brian Jonestown Massacre came to the stage, the crowd went nuts! This was the band’s last show of 2017, so you knew it was going to be a good one. Starting out with “Groove” and “Geezers” with the fired up audience getting involved by yelling the “woo!” part during “Who”, it seemed like everyone was enjoying themselves.

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Although I was pretty tired by the end of this almost 2 1/2 hour set, it’s always good to see the Brian Jonestown Massacre live. After the show, Anton Newcombe was taking pictures with a few fans outside of the Paradise, which was pretty cool. It seemed like the only thing really open was McDonalds, so I ordered some food and walked back to my car and was home pretty fast.