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MEISA Math Rock Showcase Tonight at U. New Haven

 

Looking for something to do with your Thursday night?  Need a math rock fix?  The Music and Entertainment Industry Students Association (University of New Haven chapter) is launching a math rock showcase tonight at the University of New Haven's German Club.  Even if you don't necessarily need a math rock fix (or if you don't really know exactly what math rock is), you should catch this bill.

The lineup is far-reaching and varied, and sees veterans of the game sharing the stage with fresher talent.  Giraffes? Giraffes! is a duo from Northampton, Massachusetts, and their juxtaposition of calculated twitching and expansive nigh post rock movements lifts the genre to rarely mined potential.  Like Nomads (West Warwick, RI) is a five piece that takes the traditional tapped guitar, stumbling rhythms, and stabs of dissonance, and adds warbling synths and lo-fi noodling - it's a rather psychedelic angle, and it works.  Zona Mexicana (Purchase, NY) is a fast-moving onslaught of frenetic meter and kicks, side by side with layers of in-your-face vocals - something like math punk.  Good Citizens, a duo local to Connecticut, lets the tempo push and pull while keeping an incredibly tight guitar-drum chemistry; Full of Birdy (MA and RI) shares some of the same territory, but the thorny, "mathy" sections are dense and the open parts have an almost Primus-like twang to them.  Shrk Wk might have some of the densest movements to be found on the bill, and is probably the band most likely to cause a head banging-induced concussion.

The showcase is free, by the way.  So get down there at 7:30pm and see where some of the new voices in math rock are pushing the genre.

There are a lot of bands and some are traveling far, so the line-up may change only slightly (from bottom to top):

Giraffes? Giraffes!
Zona Mexicana
Like Nomads
Good Citizens
Shrk Wk
Full of Birdy

- The Deli Staff

   

Exposure Opportunity for All Asia Bar, Cambridge Alums

Are you a New England band or musician?  Have you toured through Boston?  Then I'm willing to wager that unless you were put on an existing bill elsewhere in Boston, you've played at All Asia Bar in Cambridge's Central Square.  Marc Shulman, the owner, is famous for letting just about anyone onto his club's humble stage.  He also gives the hosting band each night more freedom to do what they want with their time than many other club owners in Boston would be comfortable even considering.

So it is in true Marc fashion that he embarks on a new project, entertainment-minded for him and exposure-minded for the musicians he's hosted:  a playlist, indeed a mighty one, featuring every band and musician that has played there (and who have recorded music, of course).  The playlist will then be played over the house speakers at both All Asia and Marc's restaurant in Taiwan.  That's right - passive exposure both at home and overseas.

So, if you've played All Asia in the past and would like selections of your music to be involved, head over to this blog posting to find the link and password to a web drop box to which you can submit some or all of your music.  Marc has also offered to dig through all music submitted to find his favorites, so if you don't have the time to pick any "single(s)," Marc will do so for you.  So here's hoping you trust his taste.

- The Deli Staff

   

The Highway

CD Name: 
Forest People
Music Link: 
http://www.myspace.com/thehighway/
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<p>Psychedelic swirling lures, introducing <em>Forest People</em> with atmospheric effects, slide guitar and nebulous, distant vocals.&nbsp; It builds softly before dropping dead into one crunchy, snarled-lip guitar lick.&nbsp; The band kicks it aside with the verse, Daniel Tortoledo's vocals immediately in the high-register, the rhythm guitar jiving like 70's funk.&nbsp; It's as hypnotizing an opener as this listener has encountered in a <em>very </em>long time.&nbsp; But The Highway, much as the name suggests, isn't content to idle in one place.&nbsp; &quot;Frozen Sun&quot; cruises away from a desert sunset and a troubled past; there's defeat in the lyrics, but it's accepted, calm, soothed by the breeze and the knowledge that tomorrow is a new day.&nbsp; The title track reminds what a spell a well thought out chord progression and back-up vocals can weave - it's a stunning, down-tempo meditation.&nbsp; &quot;Song for the World&quot; is utterly beautiful; if you're the type to let music touch you, this one will, and it's thanks to plumb ingenious song-writing:&nbsp; An entrancingly bittersweet opening gives way to one hell of a surprising French interlude (yes, both linguistically and musically); the song loops back on itself, gaining weight and fleshing out, and by the end, you might not know whether to laugh, cry, or sing along - even though they've switched languages again, this time to Spanish.&nbsp; Now, I know I'm a bit of a sap, but the raw emotionality of the record is worth noting because it's a field in which psychedelically-minded rock 'n roll rarely succeeds.&nbsp; But it's rock and roll, after all, so fear not if you just want to put your fist in the air - there's attitude in abundance, sharp and edgy soloing, inspired rhythm changes; hell, there's even a sing-along drum-and-vocal break.&nbsp; There's still some residue of the &quot;rock is dead&quot; prophesying, some grumbling that rock and roll is all, at this point, recycled goods, and that the new breed of rock is not really &quot;rock&quot; so much as indie, as experimental, as post-this or that-core.&nbsp; Buy <em>Forest People</em>.&nbsp; And then buy it for anyone you know who buys <em>that</em> sh*t.<br /> - <em>Cullen Corley</em></p>
   

QRO Presents Nerd Parade, EULA, Baby Made Rebel, Hello Ninja at P.A.’s Lounge on Monday 5/17

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Allston’s Hello Ninja and local gadabouts Baby Made Rebel kick-off the festivities at Boston-based QRO Magazine’s first ever showcase this Monday at P.A.’s Lounge. Baby Made Rebel started as a solo singer/songwriter project by Lance Riley, then blossomed into a full ensemble starring bassist Slow Train Carter (of Shoney Lamar & the Equal Rights) and drummer Neil Dean. The trio mixes it up with clean 70s rock songwriting with a rough-and-raw delivery. Hello Ninja cuts their rock with a smart dose of pop. Check them out doing an old classic properly: Burt Bacharach’s “Baby It’s You” at the Middle East HERE. New Haven’s EULA will join the local cast with tart, tight art/punk-isms while Atlanta’s Nerd Parade will serve up the southern-fried, psychedelic closer on the Boston stop of their US tour. Any show where you can get a north-to-south read on the state of indie music in America is an event not be missed. More show info HERE. The party starts at 8:30pm.

P.A.’s Lounge

345 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA. 21+/$7.

--Mike Gutierrez

   

Ghost Quartet

CD Name: 
Ghost Quartet
Music Link: 
http://www.myspace.com/ghostquartet
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<p>Ghost Quartet is an anachronistic delight. Sharp, tactile, and playful, this Northfield, Massachusetts quintet (yes, you read that right&mdash;there are actually five members, none of whom are ghosts) offers up a new self-titled live EP that feels like something out of a smoke-filled 1920s nightclub. In 1975. In New Orleans. On Mars. Cacophony, chaos, and experimentation sit at the center of the five tracks on this jazz-funk treasure, transforming <em>Ghost Quartet</em> from a jazz recording into a piece of living, breathing art. Josh Powers weaves nimble bass lines with surgical precision under some seriously smooth vocals by Hilary Graves, whose Ella Fitzgerald-esque agility lends the group a winsome vibe with mass appeal&mdash;the same vibe, some might say, that lead singer Jenny Lewis offers Rilo Kiley. On &ldquo;Catch the Funk,&rdquo; guitarist Zach Holmes pays homage to 70s funk bands like Kool and the Gang and Earth Wind and Fire by digging grooves so deep, he hits rock bottom. On &ldquo;Freeloader,&rdquo; Graves shows off the band&rsquo;s goofier side as she sarcastically taunts, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t really like you much&rdquo; over tubist Kevin Smith, who haphazardly blares away. <em>Ghost Quartet </em>sparkles not only because it embraces the unexpected; what makes it so unique is that it is a rarely-seen celebration of the raw, the unpolished, and the unperfected. While other bands reach for shiny new trumpets and fancy guitar pedals, you get the sense from these five live recordings that Ghost Quartet would rather play rusted instruments they found in an antique store. There&rsquo;s something charming and wholesome about a band that sounds like it&rsquo;s having fun when it performs, and by the end of <em>Ghost Quartet</em>, there&rsquo;s no doubt that these guys (and girl) love every moment. With one foot in a speakeasy and the other in a garage, this quintet has struck a unique balance of old-timey nostalgia and youthful modernity. <em>--Stephie Coplan</em></p>