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The Fleeting Ends Don’t Have Split Ends at M Room June 10

The lamenting, textured indie rockers The Fleeting Ends are performing tonight at the M Room. Apparently battle of the bands are still relevant/hip/in existence(?), and these guys recently won one which has been getting them some more airtime on local stations. They are also hitting the local festival circuit this summer making stops at Philly Folk Fest and Bethlehem Musikfest (hehe - headliners include Lynyrd Skynyrd and Styx). Their songs wallow in jagged guitars and yearning vocals that reach wavering tenor notes and brooding baritones the likes of The Smiths. They float comfortably in the sea of retro that is consuming the Philly scene. We’ll see how that goes. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Adam G.

 

 

   

Mongrel Mix Mixin' It Up at North Star Bar June 10



Mongrel Mix strive to be a separate beast as they fuse Blues, Rock, Latin, Jazz, and Funk with Afro-Cuban rhythms. You’ll find tracks that take you on journeys through music history with their own twist as you can be dancing to Talking Heads influenced funk one moment and contemplating Springsteen-ish working man folk the next. Their influences maybe “either old or dead”, but Mongrel Mix are working hard to keep their memories alive. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

   

NYC Artists on the rise: Baby Alpaca, live at Pianos, June 10

Baby Alpaca arrive as yet-another Brooklyn based band attempting to make some kind of mark on the musical landscape. They are introduced by way of their first single “Vodka Lemonade.” “Let’s live our Marilyn dreams and dance away,” and “waste away in the sun,” is how the lyrics go. The vocals are deep and reverbed and the overall feel is lazy, lolling, relaxed and hazy. Musically, there is a 1950’s feel present, but by way of David Lynch’s filter. It is post punk, psychedelic, folk and a crooner feel to it as well. Like a male Nicole Atkins who’s chosen to sit on the sidelines and watch the world drift by in front of them. “This was our dream but it didn’t mean a thing ‘cause now you’re gone” is the cause to become “sunken in the vodka lemonade.” Heartbreak can do that to you. “Let’s live our heroin dreams, dance with coke fiends.” It’s like a gothic reply to MGMT’s “Time To Pretend.” “True Heart” continues the slow crooning aspects and again one wouldn’t be off base thinking of Ms. Atkins and the more eerily side of her catalogue (“Neptune City” “The Way It Is”). Vocalist Chris Kittrell modifies this style somewhat on “Driving To See You” which wouldn’t be out of place on, say a Cowboy Junkies album. The instrumental accompaniment is understated and sparse. Mostly consisting of a tambourine, single drum thump, mysterious organ line and a zither-like device. It all adds up to something quite unique. - Dave Cromwell

   

Other Music Festival Day 3: Mohanty/Mallon Duet, Jazz Rehab, Chambers and more

Jazz RehabBurlington's Other Music Festival moves into day 3, which seems to be a more jazz focused night. Anthony Coleman will be making another appearance, collaborating with Chambers. Representing Burlington are long time residential jazz improv group, Jazz Rehab, and the fiery saxophone and xylophone free jazz attack of the Mohanty/Mallon Duet. Other performers include Toilet Phone, Dr. Thing, and a colab between Steve Goldberg and R. Bill Gangon. Everything kicks of at 8pm at North End Studios.

--The Deli Staff

   

Mixtape:1993 - 6/12 - Rosebud Diner, Somerville, MA

1993: Kurt Cobain and Bradley Nowell were still with us. The Alt-Rock Seattle scene was finally making it to national radio. Music videos were reaching awesome heights. When I was a teenager I jumped up to record "Possum Kingdom" by the Toadies (came out in 1994 though, but you'll get my point) on the radio on to a blank tape and cut my leg with a pair of scissors I was using to cut out pictures of famous people to paste on my wall and needed to receive eight stitches. It is the biggest scar on my body and it reminds me of that time when I was desperate for the angsty awesome of 90's rock. 1993 was the year music changed from the poppy-WTF 80's cheese into something solid, new and powerful. The kids of the 90's were lucky to have had such a creative bunch of kick-ass musicians on the radio and on a radio who didn't entirely care about corporate sponsors.

This Saturday a group of Boston bands are getting together at the Rosebud Diner in Somerville to celebrate the fateful year. Promising to play songs by: Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Counting Crows, Nirvana, Belly, REM, Cracker, Morphine, James, New Order and The Breeders. 

The following Boston Bands will be there:

The Luxury
The Rationales

Exile in Somerville (members of Apple Betty, Kingsley Flood, Dark Martini & the Dirty Olives, The So-So's)
St Helena

381 Summer St  Somerville, MA- Rosebud Diner

--Meghan Chiampa