PHOTO GALLERY: SKINNY PIGEONS PA’S LOUNGE 4-17-2014

Skinny Pigeons Live at PA’s Lounge – Photos by KC Hoye – Edited by Sarah Sparks

Help us Make Moves and Step into the Studio with ‘Yonder Blue’!

“I met the guitarist of this band, The Move out of San Diego when he was a young musician in Boston. I likely booked his first show in Boston. Now, he has moved on to bigger and better things and needs the scene here and every where to help support his new project…” – DAve Crespo

The Moves are independently recording, producing and releasing their debut album: Yonder Blue.  Join us & breathe life into our music!

 

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CHURCH OF BOSTON: Party with THE ALCHEMYSTICS, Crooked Coast and Get Your Copy of the Eight Feet Tall Release

I wish there were three of me! There are sooooo many good shows popping off tomorrow night, but this is one you’ve got to catch if you’re down near Fenway.

The Alchemystics
Eight Feet Tall (CD Release)
Crooked Coast

4-19-2014 – Church of Boston *Doors open at 9PM *
Free parking behind club – 21+ Event

THE ALCHEMISTICS - Formed in 2003, the Alchemystics fuse reggae and hip-hop to form a beat-laden mold of world conscious groove music. Powered by deep rhythms, meditative vocals, and old-school harmonies, the band has shared the stage with reggae luminaries such as Stephen Marley, Sister Carol, and Burning Spear. In addition to their musical pursuits, each bandmember is heavily involved in local youth activism and various social initiatives.

EIGHT FEET TALL - We are dropping our 2nd album in 4 months & we’re proud of it. Coming fresh off our 7 track release “The Mask,” we plan to release a 10 track disk titled “Digital Rewind.”

CROOKED COAST - With a hard-hitting fusion of rock, dance beats, guitar hooks, harmony and fine songwriting, the Crooked Coast celebrate this vitality of the warmer days and respect the ones lost out in the cold, dark sea.

 

Broadcast Hearts at McGann’s!

Broadcast Hearts Rock and Roll from ConnecticutBroadcast Hearts is a three-piece, pop-rock band from Trumbull, Connecticut. Formed in 2009, the group comprises Avery Bazan (lead vocals, piano), Ted Ferik (drums), and Justin Molfese (backing vocals, bass guitar, backing synth).

On Friday night, June 27th, they’ll be performing at McGann’s Irish Pub in Boston. They’ll be in good company with friends from Houseguests, Chariot Brigade, Detonator and Job Creators.

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PLAYING CATCH UP: Videos I Should Have Uploaded AGES AGO!!!

The Shills - Move a Mountain – Release Date: 7/20/2012

Upcoming Show: May 2 – Studio 52 – 52 Everett Street Allston – 8:00PM
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Ryan Jackson Troika – Sink Piles – Release Date: 2/21/2013


Upcoming Shows: May 4 – Harvard Square – 3:00PM – Mayfair Festival
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Thought Transfer at The Cantab Lounge on 4/18!

Thought Transfer is a rock duo from Cambridge MA featuring Bob Katsiaficas on guitar & lead vocals and Shaina Mikee Keiths on drums.

Bob & Shaina Precinct 2They released their first full length record ‘Light My Way’ in April 2013 receiving extensive radio play on over 100+ college stations across the country while also receiving some glowing reviews (“Aside from crafting fantastic grunge influenced songs, Katsiaficas creates, on Light My Way, the rock song equivalent of a film score. His sense of darkness, menace, speed, and urgency fills these songs with rippling personality. His Thought Transfer band just might shove grunge back into the mainstream.” – Bill Copeland Music News). The duo is currently in the studio (Zippah Recording in Brighton MA) recording & mixing songs for their sophomore record due out later this year but they plan on releasing a few songs from the record beforehand.

‘Our Life’ is the first single released and is already getting spins around town including a spin on Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood on 100.7 WZLX. The song was inspired by the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT and the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Continue reading

2014 No Contracts Needed Rompetition Now Accepting Entries

2014 No Contracts Needed RompetitionFull Scene Ahead is now accepting submissions for the Seventh Annual No Contracts Needed Rompetition. This regional, industry personel judged battle of the bands will straddle four states with nine opening round shows.

The winner of the final round will take home the DIY band dream prize and the honor of standing alongside the likes of the_Stampede, Leaders Led, Sylvana Joyce & The Moment, L-SKI, Traces David and Ubiquitous

The 2014 winningest Rompetition band will receive…

  • A single recorded at Mystic Valley Studios
  • CD Duplication package from Wonderdrug Records
  • Single Release Show at The Old School Game Show at The Davis Square Theatre
  • A run of 30 custom band shirts duplicated at Union Screen Printing
  • Live music video from Emvision Productions
  • Graphics Package from Full Scene Ahead
  • Social Media Package from KC Hoye of FSA
  • Show at SXSW 2015 thanks to ChanneL 3 and FSA
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PHOTOS: Ryan Jackson Troika + Deathhand and Xenia Rubinos at Great Scott

Ryan Jackson Troika + Xenia Rubinos + Deathhand

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Music and Dug McCormack Art at Middle East Corner

This bird has three arms buy itGet your ass to Middle East Corner on Monday, April 14, 2014 for a helluva night of local music and art AMAZINGNESS brought to you by Out of the Blue Art Gallery.

The show runs from 7pm to 9pm, it’s free admission and by-golly are you guaranteed to have a good time checking out these great artists.

Dug McCormack ART
2013 Works

Music By…

Psychic Dog

Jared Daley

Andy Mac

Fiesta Melon – Frenetics

Fiesta Melon

Fiesta Melon

Fiesta Melon releases “Frenetics” and the crowd goes fucking wild

I’ve been following Fiesta Melon for a minute, seeing them live a few times and even getting the chance to mix them at McGann’s Irish Pub not once but twice.  A testament to my love of this band can be seen with a very brief review of their performance at The Rosebud in Summer 2012…

“If you find yourself asking ‘Did that bassist just wink at me?’ you’re probably at a Fiesta Melon show. You may have been at the same one I was last Friday night at the Rosebud Bar in Davis Sq.

The uncontrollable urge to urge to smile and wink back are completely normal, if you’re a little turned on just go with it. Even one such as I, a self proclaimed “refrigerator on the dance floor” found my toes a-tappin, there may even have been some booty shaking. All of this brought on by the raucous brand of indie rock that Keith and Co. blasted at the Rosebud crowd. The guys in Fiesta Melon share a companionable rapport that translates seamlessly to the stage. I know I’ll be front and center for the next show, maybe even shaking my booty.” – KC Hoye – UNregular Radio Blog

Fiesta Melon

Keith Valcourt – Bass, Vocals

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Surprise! A Ticket Giveaway! Sponsored by: The Inebriations

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Your proud ticket giveaway sponsors The Inebriations

The Inebriations are so excited about Wednesday’s show at McGann’s they want to free up your money so you can spend more at the bar!

The first two people to mention “bar tab” on the Facebook event page will get a free pair of tickets to the show.  Also appearing Boompa, Damn Tall Buildings and March McGann’s residents Flux Forteana.

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Brought to you by The Inebriations. American music fueled by wanderlust and whiskey.

Bedford Davis to Play McGann’s Irish Pub on March 28

Bedford Davis and Animals

Via Ethan Mallove

Bedford Davis is the product of two art school dropouts. The project began in 2002 as a duo comprised of Ethan Armstrong (bass and vocals) and Cheryl Lynne (keyboards and vocals).

The pair met while studying jazz vibraphone at New England Conservatory in Boston. Given a love of unique yet accessible music, and despite moderate to severe personality disorders, they had an idea of assembling a band to perform the songs in 2010. Dan Garrity, a veteran of the Boston punk scene (formerly the drummer in Moki), was recruited to round out the trio.

Screen-Shot-2014-02-20-at-9.53.46-AMBedford Davis’s melodic songs employ abstract lyrics with alternating themes of humor and despair (sometimes simultaneously). The chord changes are often unpredictable. It’s Not That Kind of Party – the band’s first release – has a reverb-laden production style reminiscent of early Beach Boys. There are also elements of The Shins, Weezer, and Beck. As a recent reviewer from YourBand.info wrote, “The lyrics of the songs brush between insanity and brilliance. The music is complexly simple. This music makes me want to eat pop rocks and soda.”

The group has played numerous shows in the Boston and NYC metro areas. You can catch them this Friday at McGann’s Irish Pub alongside Sounds From the Basement, Sentry, Fifth Freedom and Palm Spring Life. Buy your presale tickets here.

Damn Tall Buildings to Release New Album

Via Max Capistran

1185668_10151661824662496_1319573926_nDamn Tall Buildings is currently building hype leading up to the release of their debut album, ‘Cure-All’.  The album release party will be held on April 26th, the location will be announced via the Damn Tall Buildings website.  Also playing, Joe’s Truck Stop, another Boston-based bluegrass and roots band, tickets go on sale March 28th.

1381544_580344345355387_162828726_nWhile their instrumentation is that of bluegrass, they are not bound to it. With lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves, their songs about love and ramblin’ help to forget the everyday troubles and slip away into their up-tempo hobo-anthems.  With members from all around the United States, Damn Tall Buildings is a truthful combination of four-different people branding their influences into a single sound.

“If you think you don’t like Bluegrass, Damn Tall Buildings can probably change your mind. A room full of ambling event attendees were instantly energized by the barnstorming quartet who combined the virtuoso playing of Jordan Alleman (Banjo), Avery ‘Montana’ Ballotta (Fiddle), Max Capistran (Guitar), and Sasha Dubyk (Upright Bass) with three-part vocal harmonies. Songs started and ended in a wallop of notes with a hint of the furious-but-fun energy of punk, accompanied by the spontaneous stomping of the audience’s feet. It is hard to believe that Damn Tall Buildings is only a handful of months old, but their musical synergy was unmistakable and the music was performed with a playfulness that requires both competence and confidence.” (http://unraveledartists.com).

Damn Tall Buildings is also proud to announce their upcoming show with Inebriations , Flux Forteana, and Boompa at McGann’s Irish Pub on March 26th.  For a full listing of upcoming shows and ticket sales visit the Damn Tall Buildings website. 

 

Courage and the Bear 3-19-2014 at PA’s Lounge

3-19 at PA's Lounge Courage and the BearVia David Ramsay

Courage and the Bear is a new arrival in Boston’s folk/americana scene, representing a unique blend of pop-rock sensibility with traditional folk instruments like accordion and harmonica.

The band was founded in January of 2013, when established Worcester area singer-songwriter Mike Lachance partnered up with music school grad David Ramsay. Their initial demos were enough to entice violinist/orchestra director Meg Dagon and percussionist/Music Ed. Masters student Rob McCarthy to join the ensemble soon thereafter.

Courage and the Bear can be heard every other week at the Nu Cafe in Worcester, where they are currently in residence. They just released their first EP, which is available to stream for free online. The band is busy working on their debut full length album.

Courage and the BearCourage will be playing out and about in the Boston area in March and April (PA’s Lounge, The Midway Cafe, Toad, etc) after gaining momentum as the winner of a February Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge. Come check them out this Wednesday, 3/19 at PA’s Lounge in Somerville as part of an action-packed FSA line-up!

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Full Scene Ahead Anniversary Show with Skinny Pigeons and More!

Full Scene Ahead One Year AnniversaryNathaniel Miller (Bennington, VT)

On March 29th at T.T. the Bear’s Place, Boston based rock band Skinny Pigeons will open for Parachuter at the Full Scene Ahead Anniversary Show.

For a band as young as Skinny Pigeons to do this, you know they have to have big chops and a bigger sound. Skinny Pigeons comes through. Hailing from the Berklee College of Music, all three members are trained shredders. Their hooky and heavy EP Flu was released in January, and it’s the perfect introduction to their sound and skills.

 

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Scene Stand Three On the Way!

Via Andrew Broder – Fleming Entertainment

For the third year in a row, Full Scene Ahead, Fleming Entertainment, and Seismic Entertainment are teaming up to bring you Scene Stand 3 on April 4 at Church Boston.

Scene Stand is an annual spring concert that showcases some of the best, rising bands in the Boston area. Held the last two years at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, the show is relocating this year to Church Boston in the Fenway neighborhood.

Church provides an intimate yet spacious atmosphere, a top quality sound system, and a friendly bar environment. Returning to Scene Stand is the presentation of two separate stages to provide non-stop music for five hours. There will be four full bands on the main stage, with four acoustic acts playing on top of pool tables in between bands. That’s right, EIGHT ACTS in FIVE HOURS.

There’s not a lot of events where you can find eight acts for the admission of a regular show. Performing on the main stage will be Ladymob, Leaders Led, Sunshine Riot, and Night Mayor, while the acoustic stage will see Kaplan Hasanoglu, Alec Hutson, Andrew Lightning and the Storm, and Mike Baker.

“Scene Stand continues to be one of my favorite shows to attend each year,” said Andrew Brodeur of Fleming Entertainment,

“Everything from the energy of the bands performing to the excitement of the crowd in being able to see continuous music all night really provides an amazing atmosphere. Dave Crespo(FSA), Alex Bromberg(Seismic Ent.), and the participating bands have busted their asses each year to help make Scene Stand a reality, and it really is a great glimpse into the hardworking layout of the Boston music scene.”

Come down yourself to see what Scene Stand is all about and enjoy some of the best bands the Boston music scene has to offer.

Thousand Days at McGann’s Irish Pub!

Via Bob Katsiaficas

Cambridge MA alt rock veterans Thousand Days are back with a vengeance in 2014!

Bob & PardisComing off an extremely successful release of their EP “Radiate” in 2012, the band is set to release their new EP “Turkana Boy” in June of 2014. According to guitarist Bob Katsiaficas, “It is by far the best stuff we have ever done”.

The new EP was recorded at Zippah Recording in Brighton MA with producer Brian Charles (Sheila Divine, The Field Effect). With a nod to the alternative rock of the 90’s, their sound is a perfect blend of alt rock, pop punk & straight up rock ‘n’ roll. A new video is also in the works for April which will be shot by director James McCarron (Dead Cats Dead Rats, Thought Transfer).

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The New Studio View with Gipsy Pixel

via KC “The Management” Hoye
All Photos Courtesy of Gipsy Pixel
Gipsy Pixel live in studio

photo courtesy of Gipsy Pixel

Local music in Boston is a rich cottage industry, chock full of up and coming professionals looking for their niche.

One such company is Gipsy Pixel. Formed in July of 2013 out of a partnership between Chris DeSanty and Eran Shaysh, GP is a “traveling video collective” that produces, shoots, and edits in studio videos with independent musicians. They’ve thrown down with three artists in the last six months including Boston local phenoms Blue Ribbons at Q Division Studios.

Chris and Eran started working together after Eran (founder and producer at The Big Old Big One) put up a post on Facebook about looking for a director for in-studio shoots. Both of them are musicians (drummers in fact) and both have a solid understanding of studio dynamic and shooting musicians. Gipsy Pixel 10

We were looking for a fun collaborative way to work with bands and studios/engineers to produce a great package of new material and video content. Cross-promoting Gipsy Pixel, studio and artist. It seemed like a no-brainer to us. Plus getting bands with serious live energy and synergy to track a live studio record in front of some select fans. It’s an honest approach to recording where you really capture the true essence of the artist, and it’s a great treat for the fans who not only get to check out a show and catch a behind-the-scenes look at the recording and film shooting-but they’re forever a part of that album release. So that’s special for everyone involved.” – Chris DeSanty – Gipsy Pixel

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