Fontaines D.C. is a force at the Rock and Roll Hotel on May 11, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Fontaines D.C., the Dublin-based (the D.C. in the name reflects Dublin City) band melds poetry and punk — a sense of immediacy with hooks that are hard to shake. Grian Chatten, frontman of the group, sang/spoke in what can feel like a conversation and a call to arms in the same breath at the Rock and Roll Hotel recently.
Snow Patrol brings hope to The Anthem on April 26, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Five, six, seven, even 20 years seems like a long time between albums — but over the past few years, bands have been making albums that defy what the industry would say are the prime years to make follow up records. And some of my favorite records lately have been from bands who haven’t put out a record in stretches of time and then deliver some of their best. Case in point: the Northern Ireland band Snow Patrol, who appeared at The Anthem on Friday.
Mitski amazes a sold-out Rams Head Live on April 19, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Sometimes the process of making art involves balancing the spectacle and the personal. How much do you reveal and how much do you allow yourself to retain? Continue Reading
Better Oblivion Community Center rocks the Black Cat on April 3, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Songwriting partnerships are sort of like a stew — some combinations taste great by themselves but not necessarily together, but then there are pairs that seem to take those individual flavors and create something that you couldn’t conceive of not having existed before. A sold-out crowd at Black Cat sampled such a stew in Better Oblivion Community Center recently. Continue Reading
Jawbreaker shakes The Anthem on March 28, 2019 (Photo by David LaMason)
Memory is a strange thing. Some things seem made to be remembered one day and forgotten the next but others, like the smells and tastes of childhood, or, in this case, hearing songs played live, are burned into those synapses so clearly that it can become a little disorienting. This is where I found myself on Thursday night at The Anthem experiencing Jawbreaker for the first time in, what, 20… no, 24 years later.
Aurora dazzles at the Lincoln Theater on March 10, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Aurora Aksnes, better known as simply Aurora, seems to come from another world. But the expressive Norwegian singer landed at the Lincoln Theatre for a very earthbound headlining tour recently.
Talos performs at the Lincoln Theatre on March 10, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Eoin French, the man behind the Talos, is onto something. Eoin, who studied music in the City of Cork in Ireland where he grew up, created fascinating pieces of music that ebbed and flowed, seemingly built layer upon layer of emotional energy at the Lincoln Theatre recently. Continue Reading