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This past Friday, Ruby Rose Fox made a rare solo appearance as part of the First Fridays programming at the ICA in Boston. Despite being without her band and back-up singers, Ruby did what Ruby does best: put on a beautifully-captivating vocal performance. While most of the sold-out crowd was there to mingle and catch-up with friends, as soon as Ruby started singing, many in the crowd immediately focused their attention on the singer. Bookended by two emotionally-charged renditions of "Golden Boy", her set revealed that many of her songs are much more melancholoy than her full-band sets make them sound--a fact of which she was also aware. "These songs are kind of depressing for party music", she quipped, shortly after the start of the show. Nevertheless, every time I see Ruby Rose live I'm always left wondering how it's even possible that someone's voice can sound as good as hers. This might all sound like fan-boy gushing, but go see one of her shows and try to dispute me. 

For more information about Ruby Rose Fox and her band, check out their PledgeMusic campaign to raise funds for their first full-length album. 

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)
Photo credit: @lystenboston

July 06, 2015
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TT the Bear's time in the local Boston/Cambridge music scene may be coming to an end, but there's still plenty of great shows to see before the doors close for good on July 25. Tonight, Lysten Boston presents a bill that will appeal to fans of upbeat, surf-inspired indie rock--just in time for the warm weather. Join Le Roxy Pro, Elison Jackson, Strangeways and Jack O'Brien in paying respects to a long-standing pilar of the Cambridge music community. Show starts at 8:30 PM. $10 cover, 21+ with proper ID.

For more info about the show, check out the Facebook event.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

July 02, 2015
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Active since 2011, Boston's The Life Electric play rather aggressive but always melodic rock'n'roll, with psych and disco influences. Their personal guitar sound is crafted through carefully chosen stompboxes, so we decided to ask them a few questions about their gear and creative process - check out the interview on Delicious Audio.

June 26, 2015
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A mountainous piece of shrill piano presses, thick string plucks, and violins that skitter only to soar... “Go” by Gracie and Rachel is simply beautiful. Apparently a song off a forthcoming album of the same name by the Berkeley-raised, Brooklyn-based duo, “Go” awes in its ability to make technical mastery into something moving and potentially transcendent. “It’s okay, it’s okay/To let your heart race, heart race,” goes a silky-voiced lyric, wondrous assurance sliding through. Gracie and Rachel will open for Porcelain Raft this Thursday (6.25) at TT The Bear’s Place Inc. in Cambridge, Massachussetts and will perform at Rockwood Music Hall on Monday, 6.29. In the meantime, listen to “Go,” and watch its ponderous black-and-white music video, below.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best mellow songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

June 23, 2015
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Today, Bethany, CT's (yes, I had to look it up on Google Maps too) The Foresters released their latest single, "Machines", off of their upcoming record Sun Songs. The track starts off with a guitar riff reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age, before launching into more of a dance-rock tune for the remainder of the song. "Machines" carries an intense energy thorughout its duration, compelling the listener to grab a tambourine and join in the dance party. The group have a string of dates booked throughout July (mostly in CT), but hopefully they'll consider a couple of shows further north.

For more info about the band, click here.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


June 16, 2015
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TT the Bear's days may be numbered, but the club certainly isn't planning on quietly closing its doors. Tomorrow nigt, June 16, Skyes (NY) will be treated to a warm Boston welcome from Florio and Pale Hands. This bill is full of can't-miss performances for fans of huge pop hooks and incredibly talented vocalists. I could go on and on about the bands' respective pop sensibilities, but you're probably better-off just going to the show. 8PM doors, $8 cover, 18+ (proper ID required).

For more info about the gig, presented by Lysten Boston, click here.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn) 

June 15, 2015
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