Snapshots: The Glorious Sons @ 9:30 Club — 1/24/20

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The Glorious Sons perform at 9:30 Club on Jan. 24, 2020. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

Not long ago, The Glorious Sons, the groundbreaking Canadian rockers, rolled through 9:30 Club to open The Struts for a very wild show! On Friday, The Glorious Sons made a triumphant return to 9:30 Club as the headliner, and Paivi Salonen got all of the pix.

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Snapshots: Black Mountain @ Black Cat — 11/13/19

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Black Mountain performs at Black Cat on Nov. 13, 2019. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/ Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Canadian psych-rockers ​Black Mountain performed at Black Cat recently during the band’s Horns Arising Tour to present new songs from Destroyer, the band’s fifth studio album. Ben Eisendrath went along to capture them in action.

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Live Review: The Wailin’ Jennys @ The Birchmere — 11/6/19

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The Wailin’ Jennys (Photo by Morten Fog)

The Wailin’ Jennys opted to start Wednesday’s show — the second of three sold-out performances at The Birchmere — singing the traditional “Long Time Traveller” a capella. Over two sets, the trio, made up of Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta, and Heather Masse, cycled through a number of instruments and styles: folk, gospel, a little country.

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Live Review: The New Pornographers @ 9:30 Club — 11/5/19

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The New Pornographers perform at the 9:30 Club on Nov. 5, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

I remember when I first discovered The New Pornographers: My roommate blasted Twin Cinema in the late morning after classes, their adventurous pop songs flirting with the saccharine and well-balanced with touches of bitterness, surreality, and unflinching honesty. The interplay of Neko Case’s, A.C. Newman’s, and Dan Bejar’s voices added textures that allowed the songs to float from gauzy to meaty in three minutes.

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Preview: The New Pornographers @ Lincoln Theatre, 11/6/19

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The New Pornographers (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)

Canadian rockers The New Pornographers released In the Morse Code of Brake Lights, the band’s eighth studio album, in September via Collected Works Records. The group’s accompany tour takes them to the 9:30 Club, for a sold-out show, and the Lincoln Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 6!

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Live Review: Bruce Cockburn @ Birchmere – 10/27/19

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Bruce Cockburn performs at The Birchmere on Oct. 27, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“The thumb drone or an alternating bass. You sort of have one or the other and Mississippi John Hurt was a great source of direction, I guess would be the way to put it, because of the beautiful and simple way he used to put the melody over the alternating bass. I mean he just played the melody of the song, and that was like nobody else I had heard, it wasn’t just licks, it was the actual melody. That sort of opened up a whole new thing and because of my interest in Jazz and other types of music that all got added in so when you take that same sort of right hand technique and apply it to a more complex musical approach you end up with something like what I do.” — Bruce Cockburn

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