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Hear Now Live Presents: Ellis Ashbrook, Miss Fairchild, The Doctors Fox, The Rex Complex -- Friday, April 22 at Johnny D's

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On Friday, April 22, Hear Now Live presents The Rex Complex, The Doctors Fox, Miss Fairchild and Ellis Ashbrook live at Johnny D's in Somerville.

9pm The Rex Complex - Originally from Boston, but now residing in Brooklyn, this band is a frantic, loud, energetic experimental outfit that has garnered comparisons to Dirty Projectors.
10pm The Doctors Fox - The Doctors Fox are a Boston band with a hodgepodge of influences, from bluegrass to funk to rock and jazz, among other things. Yet, with all these influences comes a diverse eclectic sound that keeps the audience on their toes.
11pm Miss Fairchild - This 8-piece Boston based band has a unique soundscape that's part funk, part soul, and part 1980's Prince (before he became The Artist Formally Known As…)
12am Ellis Ashbrook - Also originally from Boston, but now Brooklyn-based, this psych/jam/funk band creates a wall of sound that's as fun as it is mind-blowing.

Friday, April 22, 9pm, 21+
Johnny D's
17 Holland St. Somerville (across from Davis T-stop)

--Chrissy Prisco

Hot Tracks Benefit 4/15 w/Leatherbag, Danny Malone, David Wingo + more...

Matt Smith's Austin recording studio Hot Tracks has been forced to relocate, and to help cover costs a superb lineup of local bands (and fans/friends/colleagues of Hot Tracks) are putting on a big, badass show at Club De Ville; in addition to helping out a good local biz, this is a phenomenal way to catch 10 killer local bands in one night. All proceeds go toward the relocation. Friday, 4/15, bands inside and out, including David Wingo (above), Leatherbag, Danny Malone, The Eastern Sea, Wiretree, and many more...full lineup (times TBD): 

Corrina, Corrina
Danny Malone
David Wingo (of Ola Podrida)
The Eastern Sea
The Gary
The Great Nostalgic
My Education
The Pons


Roman à clef Open for Cloud Nothings at JB’s April 6

New Philly starry-eyed pop group Roman à clef are performing an opening set at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band, featuring Ryan Neymeyer and Anne Fredrickson of A Sunny Day In Glasgow, bring along wispy indie sensibilities from their other group to make moody, hazy twee music. They only currently have one demo posted (which you can check out below), but “The Prisoner” shows promise for this fledgling offspring and hopefully this show opening for Cloud Nothings is a sign of more to come. Hope to see you there! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.


Saturday at The Doug Fir: Departing Canada to Visit Portlandia! The Rural Alberta Advantage


I caught The Rural Alberta Advantage a couple years back at Backspace, and they genuinely captured my heart, channeling the homespun air that their name evokes. Hints of Jeff Mangum hide in the back of Nils Edenloff's voice, not to be left alone by the sweet cooing of instrument-hopping Amy Cole. A booming cavern of sounds at times (think Arcade Fire, if they only had 3 members, but still sounded like they had at least 6), and a not more than a calm sing-song at others, The RAA lends an open field of sounds to their live performance. Their newest release, Departing, takes the next step away from Hometowns (doesn't that seem perfect?) and blooms with a brighter energy while still hanging on to that storytelling swell that makes The RAA what they are. You'll dance and sing along to "Stamp" as much as you'll quietly take in the subtle call-and-response of "Goodnight". Playing the Doug Fir this time around with another one of my favorites, Aan, and a newer obsession, Lord Huron, the night is sure to be a deep breath of swelling notes. Peep their video on This Week's Menu, go to the Doug Fir on Saturday. You'll be a calmer and happier person for it. -Mike Harper



The Synth Sircus Experimenting at Lickety Split April 6

The keyboard experiment that is The Synth Sircus will be finding out if they can make the folks dance (or at least nod their head in approval) in the second floor South Street bar Lickety Split. Originally started by Agent Moosehead’s John Briley and Andy “of the Future” Schwartz as a call for other keyboardists and musicians to join them on stage and jam, the project has taken on a life of its own with rotating members from the local music community, and they even have been laying down some mind-fucking dance tracks of down-tempo futuristic soundscapes. Joining them on the bill will be Synth Sircus contributor and dark, sludgy garage rock songstress Avataria. The show is free so you’ll have more cash for social lubrication. Lickety Split, 401 South St., 8pm, Free, 21+ - Alexis V.

Synth Sircus & Funtown On Stage PARTY!


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