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  • Rocco DeLuca

    Thursday, September 4, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Rocco DeLuca revels in a spirited spontaneity and intimacy no doubt achieved through many an inspired home recording session among friends.


    Rocco DeLuca’s self-titled release is his second album for 429 Records and his fourth LP overall. Produced by seven-time Grammy-winner Daniel Lanois, DeLuca builds upon the brooding and haunting mood of his last solo album, 2011’s Drugs ‘N’ Hymns. DeLuca recently hosted recording sessions in his East Hollywood bedroom with a number of notable local musicians, “local folks and family,” including drummer Oliver Charles (Ben Harper), guitarist and vocalist Christian Letts (Edward Sharpe), bassist Seth-Ford Young (Edward Sharpe), violinist Odessa Jorgensen, bassist Gus Siefert (The Black Keys, Beck), vocalist Soko, and drummers Josh Collazo (Edward Sharpe) and Jonathan Wright. Whereas Drugs ‘n’ Hymns was notable for its spare, quiet intensity and attention to the darker side of things, DeLuca revels in a spirited spontaneity and intimacy no doubt achieved through many an inspired (and oftentimes unacknowledged) home recording session among friends.

    Watch DeLuca perform "Save Yourself" live here:

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  • Black Prairie / Kristin Andreassen / Frank Fairfield

    Monday, September 8, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Black Prairie / Kristin Andreassen / Frank Fairfield
    Black Prairie

    Black Prairie is an Americana band from Portland, Oregon with a dose of Led Zeppelin-inspired rock energy. Kristin Andreassen is a talented singer-songwriter best known for her catchy song "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes."


    Black Prairie is a band with its own character, momentum, and style though describing that style has become increasingly difficult. “I gave up a long time ago,” says guitarist Jon Neufeld of the Portland, Oregon-based band, which formed in 2007 when Chris Funk gathered local musicians for a chance to write music and play instruments he wasn’t utilizing in his role as guitarist in the Decemberists.

    Black Prairie’s recent material adds a dose of Led Zeppelin-inspired rock energy to its Americana roots.

    Watch a music video for Black Prairie’s “Let It Out” here:

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    Kristin Andreassen is a diverse musician who has toured three continents, playing festival stages as big as Bonnaroo, living in rooms smaller than a train car, and everything in between. The influence of traditional music is still strong Andreassen’s writing. Her catchy song “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color For Your Eyes,” which opens her solo album Kiss Me Hello, was inspired by an old-fashioned pattycake rhythm. “Crayola” won the John Lennon Song Contest Grand Prize for Children’s music, has been covered by choirs and marching bands, and remains a favorite on kids’ radio. 

    Watch Kristin Andreassen’s music video for “Crayola” here:

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    Fresno, California native Frank Fairfield is a banjo-picker, fiddle-hummer, and song-singer. Grayson Currin of Pitchfork writes, "Fairfield is worthy of your consideration, even if you’ve never heard or considered the old-time music. He plays with a rare integrity, offering up his life in a way that does exactly what folk music must do– it relates the world as the singer sees it, mixing sadness with sweetness, excitement with low-down and miserable depression. This has nothing to do with genre; hip-hop, jazz and rock all feel this way, too. Like the best of it all, Fairfield’s music seems inexorably real and entirely necessary."

  • FORQ

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Fresh off the release of its eponymous debut album, the New York/Dallas all-star quartet FORQ is embarking on its first-ever international tour.


    Fresh off the release of their eponymous debut album, the New York/Dallas quartet FORQ is embarking on their first-ever international tour.

    Made up of Lost Tribe founder Adam Rogers on guitar (Brecker Brothers, Chris Potter, Norah Jones, Paul Simon), Rudder founder Henry Hey on keyboards (Jeff “Tain” Watts, David Bowie, Empire of the Sun), Snarky Puppy founder and Grammy Award-winner Michael League on bass (Kirk Franklin, Wayne Krantz/Ari Hoenig Quartet, Lalah Hathaway), and Jason “JT” Thomas on drums (Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Marcus Miller, D’Angelo), FORQ is an all-star ensemble of sorts, but with the spirit and cohesiveness of a garage band.

    Though based in New York City, the group retains a subtle Texas accent, where League and Thomas established a fast friendship and musical rapport through almost two years of weekly gigs in legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright’s trio. Upon moving to the East Coast, League teamed up with Hey and Rogers (who are East Village neighbors, by coincidence) to form a group rooted deeply in that distinctly Southern groove, but with both the fire and inventiveness that NYC is known for. Hey and Rogers contribute all but one of the tracks on FORQ’s debut album, a mixture of fierce, playful, and soulful material. It’s the Texas-meets-Manhattan cocktail that has a created a sound rich in both musical intelligence and undeniable pocket.

    FORQ’s double-disc CD/DVD (which features full-length, in-studio video of each track) will be released on GroundUP Music in September 2014.


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