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The Swaggerin Growlers, Have Nots, Star Fucking Hipsters - 12.12.09 - Middle East Up

 

I caught my first punk show of the winter season this Saturday at the Middle East upstairs at one in the afternoon. Who knew you could do that? I couldn’t remember a show I’d ever been to that had started before 7 PM. Except for the time I saw Raffi, live (incidentally, one of the better performances I’ve ever seen. Even if it was only because I was a four-year-old with a funnel cake watching a Unibomber-lookalike play three chords).

The first act of the night was a Boston five-person folk-punk outfit The Swaggerin’ Growlers. The SGs came out with some real elephant-crushing energy that hardly relented during the course of their set and it wasn’t just one member of the group holding it all up. Whether it was lead vocalist Johnny Swagger contorting his body into some mean Hendrix-style lean-backs (which I’ve never, ever seen someone do at a punk show) or Fiddler/Tin Whistler/Accordionist Annie Growler getting mean on her tin whistle or even just the between-song banter, you could definitely tell that the SGs were there to have some goddamn fun up on that stage. Their fast folk-punk tunes in 4/4 time (with the exception of a 3/4 musical break where the lead singer shouted “WALTZ TIME!!!”), kept the crowd swinging and moshing through most of their set.

--Read the whole review by Dan Schneider HERE

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The Jazz Guys Final Show 12/18 @ Muddy Waters

 

The Jazz Guys are playing their final show this Friday at Muddy Waters on Main St, downtown Burlington. Part of the burgeoning indie rock scene, with a throwback style of with equal parts irony and smiles (a cover of Beyonce's "Single Girls" was floating around the interwebs earlier this year). They will also be joined by Burlington acts Missy Bly, Swale, and Kochalka.

Muddy Waters
184 Main St.
Burlington, VT 05401

--The Deli Staff

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Interview with The Points North

 

Photo by Graham Marley

Chris North Alspach, Regina Peterson and Dylan Clark make up Boston's The Points North. They just released� I Saw Across The Sound, which is self-described as "vocal harmonies, flute melodies, and bass drum thumps carry the listener through twelve New England ghost-country folk songs, and was released Oct 1st on vinyl, cassette and digital download from Grinding Tapes Recordings."

They have a few dates coming up. Jan 6th @ the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA, Jan 7th @ The Rabbit Hole in Fitchburg, MA and Jan 9th @ Mocha Maya's in Shelburne Falls, MA .

This is an interview with Chris North Alspach.

The Deli: You all were raised in central MA, and the austerity and tonality of your music seems to draw on more intimate, close-to-the-earth musical traditions. At times, one feels transported into a farmhouse living room in the winter, with a warm fire accompanying the singalong. How has New England played a role in shaping the music you make?

Chris North Alspach:
I appreciate the way you've interpreted our music and I'm glad tosay we've played a few shows in quiet farmhouses with warm firesand friends singing along. They've been very special times as wereally connect with the space. We all grew up in Central Mass. in post-agricultural communities and, after moving away, found that theaesthetic of that place really dominated our creative output. After ending a previous folk music project two years ago Regina and I worked hard learning the Irish flute and octave mandolin and solidifying ourvocal styles. It was all part of an effort to create the peaceful,cold and beautiful sounds that would convey the landscapes weexperienced as children, and the feelings they triggered. We typicallyplay rock venues whether it's a basement or a bar, and part of whatmotivates us to write and perform this style is to be a bridge betweenlisteners in those environments and the world outside.

--Read the whole interview by Bill Braun HERE

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"Wishing You a Happy Christmas" - The Hush Now

Enjoy the sights of Boston from the eyes of The Hush Now as they offer you tidings of the season in this video featuring "Wishing you a Happy Christmas". You can download the song HERE for free.

-- The Deli Staff

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Lots of shows in Burlington and Boston this weekend!

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There are some really great shows going on this weekend.

WERS 88.9FM Presents Will Dailey's Festival Holidad at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston MA tonight. Four bands will be celebrating the season with rock, pop and CD releases galore.

Here's the line up:

BRENDAN BOOGIE & THE BEST INTENTIONS
(releasing their brand new CD!)

VIOLET NINE

THE LUXURY (2009 Rumble Winners, Nominated for Best Rock Act in the 2009 BMA's)

WILL DAILEY & THE RIVALS (Winner of Songwriter of the Year at the Boston Music Awards)

Also, Avi and Celia's new project Hey Mama will be celebrating their Boston CD release at the Lizard Lounge tonight and tomorrow. Tonight they will have Qwill (I like them a lot.) supporting and tomorrow it's Mia Dyson.

Session Americana's annual holiday extravaganza is at Club Passim with special guests (of course) Melissa Ferrick, Rose Polenzani, Sarah Borges, Merrie Amsterberg, and Peter Linton. Two shows for that 7 & 10.

As for Vermont tonight, country rockers Lowell Thompson and Crown Pilot at Red Square and The Day's Weight (who kicked ass at the launch party) play Manhattan's (man, I want some of that pizza and beer right now.)

So, you guys have no excuse not to do anything this weekend.

--The Deli Staff

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