Music Park: Bent Knee @ Black Cat — 6/8/17

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Bent Knee perform at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston, Massachusetts, on Aug. 16, 2015. (Photo by Larnel Jones)

It’s 12:36 in the morning and I have to be up at 6:30 tomorrow for work. Normally, this review would wait! Thanks to Bent Knee, that isn’t going to happen, and I am not mad about that at all. The reality is, I have never been more excited to write a review for a band than I am tonight.

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Music Park: Zola Jesus @ Moogfest — 5/19/17

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Zola Jesus performs at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, North Carolina, during Moogfest 2017 on May 19.

Touring sporadically in recent months, Nika Roza Danilova, better known as Zola Jesus, dropped by Moogfest 2017 recently to perform a haunting set at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, North Carolina. Intense and introspective as ever, Zola Jesus performed some new songs in the outdoor venue as she weaved her body into her music.

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Music Park: Brian Wilson @ Lincoln Theatre — 5/3/17

Brian Wilson 01 Brian Wilson sings at the Lincoln Theatre on May 3, 2017.

Brian Wilson was surely feeling wistful when he sat down at his piano Wednesday night and opened his sold-out concert at the Lincoln Theatre with “Heroes and Villains.”

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Music Park: Rostam @ 9:30 Club — 5/2/17

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Rostam (Photo by Tara Ziemba)

Rostam Batmanglij has a sometimes lengthy songwriting process. The former member of Vampire Weekend can sometimes work up a concept and then revisit it and revise it months and months later.

In the case of “Gwan,” his most recent single, Rostam drew it up as sheet music some time ago before sitting down to refine it. Now it’s one of his favorite songs to play live. And play it live he did to an attentive gathering at 9:30 Club on May 2.

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