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Concert Review: Birdtalker at The Great Scott in Allston, MA

Had the chance to attend the Birdtalker show last week at The Great Scott in Allston, Massachusetts. The Great Scott was neat a venue. When you walked in it looked like you were walking into a bar, but looking further back there was a open space and a stage. It was my first time at the Great Scott, and once I walked in I knew that the concert would be  an intimate experience later in the evening.

When waiting for the concert to start, I saw some of the Birdtalker band members milling around. The bassist,  Jesse Baker, sat next to us at the bar for a few minutes.

Birdtalker started the night with the upbeat hit “Graveclothes”. They played many of the songs off the new Album release “One”, but also played older songs from the first EP “Just This”. Dani Green shared that she wrote “Autodomesticated Animal” when she was very angry about how women are viewed and treated. Throughout the night, Dani shared how grateful and overwhelmed she and the band were by people knowing their music and singing along, all the way up in Massachusetts. Each member seemed like a genuinely good person and like they were having fun together, which made it a very cool experience.

The band finished off their time on stage with another upbeat hit, “Free Like a Broken Heart”. The crowd cheered for the encore, and as a fan of Birdtalker I feel like we got more than we asked for. The band came out looking like they were headed for the merch table but asked for the fans to clear some space in the middle of the floor. Everyone stood in a circle around them. They then belted the powerful song “Want” with no instruments and just vocals, just like the studio version. My favorite lyrics “Count the beggar man’s life precious as my own/ Offer my back for my brother’s load/ I want to have eyes of love” were even more powerful when I could see Zach Green singing them. The intimate experience that I expected when I walked into the Great Scott was more than I could imagine. The powerful lyrics, the small crowd, small venue..it all just seemed right.

Dispatch release first album since 2012, America, Location 12

Dispatch has released their first album since 2012 with America, Location 12. The band members have recently been working on solo projects, with both Chadwick Stokes Urmston (stage name Chadwick Stokes), and Brad Corrigan releasing solo projects over the last few years.

America, Location 12 is a great album for summertime with the positive vibes and just general upbeat tracks that Dispatch has made themselves famous for. Some of our favorite tracks include, “Only the Wild Ones”, “Painted Yellow Lines”, and “Midnight Lorry.”

I had the privilege of attending one of their release shows in Providence this past weekend. Dispatch performed an intimate set of four songs, three songs from the new album and one of their old hits.

Here is a link to the new album on Spotify:

 

 

Two New Singles by Judah & The Lion

Nashville based indie-folk band Judah & The Lion have released two new singles this week, Stockholm and Take It All Back 2.0. The band also released a music video to Take It All Back 2.0, showing live footage of performances and background shots of the band.

Stockholm has a similar sound to Mumford and Sons, with a powerful chorus and a rhythmic beat.

Take It All Back 2.0 is a different adaptation of the original track, which was featured on the album Folk Hop N’ Roll, released earlier this year. The new version has a faster paced strumming on the banjo, and enhanced vocals. This is definitely seems like a song that would be incredible live.

Judah & The Lion are only gaining more popularity. Their music is fun, upbeat, and high energy. I have not attended one of their concerts yet, but it is something that is definitely on my bucket list.

 

New Album: ‘Cleopatra’ by The Lumineers

The Lumineers have come out with there anticipated second studio album, ‘Cleopatra’. The Lumineers are a folk band from Denver that grew to success with hits such as ‘Hey Ho’, and ‘Stubborn Love’.

‘Cleopatra’ consists of some songs with a sound that you would expect from The Lumineers, but they also show uniqueness and range in other tracks. If you were a fan of there first album, then you would likely enjoy Cleopatra as well.

My two favorite tracks from this album are Ophelia and Angela. Ophelia was the first single on the album, and is a very catchy tune, with a great piano melody in the background. The beginning of the song Angela actually has a similar melody to the beginning of the song The Only Exception by Paramore. Angela is a great tune, especially when the lead singer, Wesley Schultz, hits the high notes in the chorus.