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"This Blue Heaven" Begins Spring Residency at Rosebud Friday, March 11, with Streight Angular, Alta Mira, Yes Sir

This Blue Heaven

This Friday, March 11, marks the first installment of This Blue Heaven's spring residency at the Rosebud Bar (2nd Fridays of March/April/May).

This Blue Heaven is female-fronted power pop bursting from the heart of the Boston indie rock scene. Catchy but never canned, the quintet’s rich, melodic offerings, delivered with brazen innocence by front-woman MacKenzie Outlund, beckon you into a vibrant world of shimmering guitars, hooky synths, and driving beats. In three years together, the band has drawn comparisons to Cyndi Lauper, Death Cab For Cutie, and U2. Fans crowd clubs across New England and beyond to join the colorfully clad group in their signature handclaps and "whoa-ohs".

The group’s latest project is "Spinning and Shining," a five-song EP produced by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies) and released in August 2010.

The complete line-up for Friday's show is as follows:
9:00 - Yes Sir (members of MEandJOANCOLLINS & BirdsMakeBirds)
9:55 - Alta Mira (from Albany, NY)
10:50 - Streight Angular
11:45 - This Blue Heaven

8pm, 21+
Rosebud Bar
381 Summer St.
Somerville, MA

(poster by Tyler Littwin)

--Chrissy Prisco

Magic Magic Announces Three New Releases and Spring Tour

Magic Magic

Magic Magic has quietly released a plethora of new woozy, stoner dream pop over the past four months. The prodigious Boston five-piece has written and recorded two full-lengths and one EP respectively during this time: Whatever Happened to Monday Nights?, LP II and TV Life EP.  All releases are available digitally - stream them here. With over thirty tracks between the releases, Magic Magic will certainly have lots of new material for their upcoming March tour.
Magic Magic's latest full-length, LP II, is their third release and marked with the kind of maturity that comes from a deeper understanding of one's self and the passage from teen to the world of a twenty-something. Not quite old enough to be world weary, but just the right age to pile youthful experience, vigor and a scrappy je ne sais quois into ten tracks.
LP II strikes with jangly guitar hooks and duel drummers Dylan Gough and Mike Hadly who punctuate delicate lead vocals and beat at the smoldering, hazy layers of sound. At its quieter moments, like "In the Lounge", the album smartly pits soft, yearning pleas for mercy against a minimalist, shadowy soundscape. It's a testament to Magic Magic's knack for building immediately appealing, emotionally raw and powerful songs.
Whatever Happened to Monday Nights? was recorded at the end of last year in the confines of the a rehearsal space and a cold, unforgiving winter. Escaping a winter of record breaking Boston snow in favor of Nick Sera's balmy bass grooves and Brendan Hughes' bright guitar riffs on "Been Feelin' Alright", the album as a whole flourishes with a warm, breezy easiness. 
The newest addition to the discography is TV Life EP,  a three-track insight into the next full-length by the same name. It is currently being written and recorded in their rehearsal space. "Afterglow" is a particularly promising start with a ruckus swell of frenetic guitars and punchy vocals that melts into a slow, pounding finish. The TV Life LP is set to be released in late spring/ early summer of this year.
At the beginning of March, the five-piece will climb into their camper and start their first real tour outside of Europe. An eight-day Midwestern tour will be their brief introduction to the sprawling American highway system and new audiences in the Great Plains. Tour dates are listed below.  
Upcoming Tour Dates:
3/12: Pianos (New York, NY)
3/13: Danger Danger Gallery (Philadelphia, PA)
3/14: Marburg Collective (Cincinatti, OH)
3/15: Beauty Bar (Chicago, IL)
3/16: Upstairs Lounge (St. Louis, MO)
3/17: The Bishop (Bloomington, IN)
3/19: The Elevens (Northampton, MA)

--The Deli Staff

Invictus Picks -- Broadcaster -- "Passerby"



This weeks Invictus Pick are my buddies Broadcaster from Providence RI. You see, me and frontman Chris McTernan grew up in the same town. Did we hang out? No. Somehow, I got lumped in with the cheerleaders and he was in band. Thats how it goes, right? But one thing I think it's safe to assume is that while we were in junior high we most likely listened to similar music. I can hear Built To Spill influences with this track "Passerby" off their new EP. It was nice to run into him again, years later, when Im pretty sure I booked his band whithout realizing he was in it.  That's how I met Moe Sherzai (Bitch Brothers) too. Its never a dull moment when these guys play, I clearly remember McTernan and crew tearing up The Hotel Vernon in Kelley Sq with a badass cover of Iggy Pop's "Search and Destroy" and now my girl Rainy Logan (Eye Witness)  has taken over drumming duties. I'm definitely excited to see these guys play soon.

Some of Broadcaster's influences are: Silkworm, Wipers, Link Wray, Built to Spill, and Swervedriver.

Broadcaster - Passerby

-- Danielle Freudenthal

The Sound of Growing Up "Drifting" EP Release Tomorrow 3/8, Free Track!

The Sound of Growing Up
The Sound Of Growing Up
is the moniker of singer/songwriter Justin Kao. A Boston transplant via Long Island, NY, Kao moved to Boston shortly after finishing college to pursue his career in music. Having played small shows and open mics in the local area, Kao began building up a network of fans, friends, and musicians with his catchy melodies and earnest lyrics.

The band’s aptly titled debut EP, Drifting, releasing tomorrow March 8, 2011, is a sweeping range of emotions that travel from uncertainty and apathy to hope and promise.  Hints of The Beatles and the Beach Boys mingle with the power pop sensibilities of Jellyfish and Weezer, building upon Kao’s insightful lyrics to create what he affectionately calls “smart pop.”

Recorded at Barefoot Studios in Boston, the record was produced by Kao with arrangement help from band guitarist Thomas Meunier. The pair also enlisted the help of veteran studio drummer Mike Levesque (David Bowie, Susan Tedeschi, Juliana Hatfield) and engineer Nate Christy (Al Jardine, Casey Desmond). The record was mixed by Jon Castelli and mastered by Grammy Award winner Nathan Dantzler of  LA's The Hit Lab Studios.
Having since filled out the band's lineup to include Gerard Beaudoin (son of New England jazz/blues legend Gerry Beaudoin) on drums and Steve Tagarelis on bass, The Sound Of Growing Up looks to continue captivating fans with their unique brand of insightful smart pop.

The Sound of Growing Up will be playing at  TT The Bear's on Thursday, March 17.

"Drifting" Tracklist:
01.  The Kite
02.  Swing
03.  Drifting
04.  I Have No Reason
05.  The Kite (Acoustic Demo) 

Click here to download "Drifting," the third track on the EP.

--The Deli Staff

March 10: Daniel Harris, School for Robots, This Buildings On Fire...@ The Savant Project w/ special guests: comedian Michael Levine, and live video art by Steve Grisé

Daniel Harris

In 1971, Paul and Linda McCartney released "Ram," a collection of visually-drenched aural musings. On Thursday March 10th, The Savant Project in Mission Hill will feature an evening of melodic and ocular cacophony borne of this inspiration. Boston's own Daniel Harris and School For Robots will splatter the audience rainbow, hand-in-hand with visual artist Steve Grisé and comic Michael Levine.

Harris' performances rise towards a free-form cohesion, a la Sufjan Stevens meets Daniel Lanois, featuring a full band: Josh Kiggans, David Ladon and Ryan Aylward, all from The Doctors Fox (where Harris himself plays a supporting role). Prepare for a rock-pop-ambient-loop-filled trip into Harris's aorta.

School for Robots plays rock music for people. Their sound ranges from bizarre, twisted pop melodies to scorching '70s hell-riffs. Drawing from such eclectic influences as AC/DC, McCartney, and Zappa, fans most often compare the sound to modern groups licking the rock envelope like Ween and Queens of the Stone Age. But whatever they're hearing, School for Robots is forcing them to have a good time.

Steven Grisé's dreamlike, often nostalgic, style of live video art has accompanied both Massachusetts musicians and international acts including Streight Angular, Casey Desmond, Prefuse 73, Don Preston and Bunk Gardner (Mothers of Invention). His work is based on methods varying from generating live feedback loops to sampling films and his own animated loops controlled via midi.

The evening will also feature special guest host, comedian Michael Levine, up from Austin, Texas. This Buildings On Fire..., a one-man acoustic folk act has also been added to the bill.

Thursday, March 10
8pm, FREE
The Savant Project
1625 Tremont St., Boston (Mission Hill)

--The Deli Staff


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