Lowtone Society is poised for a third performance at the Middle East Downstairs, with a true to the roots style that will set the night on soul fire. Continue reading
This lineup has you covered no matter what your into. Whether it be original Reggae Roots, hip-hop and R&B inspired vocals, or organic dance music, heavily influenced by African rhythms and spirit; you will not be disappointed. Continue reading
Church’s upcoming New England Americana Festival transports you back to a simpler time in our country’s musical history. When all you really needed was a hollow body and a full bottle to do somethin’ somethin’. That mythic golden age of song and sauce, known only as … right about now. Catch a preview of the upcoming showcase of up-rooted Roots groups, featuring the finest of the facial-haired hoe-downers, and the goldest of the golden-voiced folk crooners, such as the Hub’s own Old Jack and Joe Fletcher. Leather boots and iron livers are highly recommended.
[Sun. 3.13.11. 69 Kilmarnock St., Boston. 617.236.7600. 7pm/21+/$8. churchofboston.com]
It’s so cool that sibling squad Ethan and Barbara Gruska formed their own kickass roots group, The Belle Brigade. It’s so cool that they’re talented and successful and will be sepia-toning up the place over at Cafe 939. Yep. So, so cool. It’s not like we’re jealous that our own brother-sister band never hit it off. Not at all. We don’t ever think about it. Besides, these two are actually, you know, hella good and know how to play real instruments. We just had an un-amped bass and a glockenspiel. Totally not as cool, right? Yeah. Not so cool. Sigh.
[Mon. 3.7.11. 939 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston. 617.747.8600. 8pm/all ages/$10. cafe939.com]
Joe Fletcher and his Wrong Reasons remind us why this resurgence of American roots music happened in the first place: There’s something about that dusty, down-home twang and bluesy sensibility that gets you right about … here. There’s also something about Joe Fletcher’s strong jawline, but where that gets you, we’re not exactly allowed to print [Go for it!—Ed.]. If you liked Deer Tick’s come-hither, “I’m sorry I drank too much last night, baby” routine, you’ll probably like Joe Fletcher. For all the wrong rea– ohhh. We get it. Smart guy. Broken hearts and busted jaws can be found at The Plough and Stars.
[Sat. 2.5.11. 912 Mass. Ave., Central Sq., Cambridge. 617.576.0032. 10:30pm/21+/$5. ploughandstars.com]
What? Seattle has a vibrant local roots scene poised on the verge of dominating national attention, too? Those dicks. Every time we get something cool, they totally swoop on in and claim that they’ve been into it, since, like, the Clinton administration. Did you know that we had humorless vegans a good six months before they did? Seriously, they were still working the sneering ovo-lacto vegetarian route all the way through ‘94. Tools. Anyhoo. It’s West Coast meets Southern rock with TheMoondoggies at T.T. the Bear’s Place. Woo. Buncha stupid coffee-sipping fixie-riding face-piercing rassa-frassa.
[Mon. 1.31.11. 10 Brookline St., Central Sq., Cambridge. 617.492.0082. 9pm/$9. ttthebears.com]