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Interview with Jeff Prystowsky from The Low Anthem

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The Low Anthem dug their heels deep into the New England folk rock music circuit with cleverly crafted musical arrangements and a well-articulated sound that vaulted them into an all-inclusive global kudos. This trio turned quartet stands at the forefront of an abundant arsenal of off-beat instruments, which they employ to resonate the musical byproducts of their inventively framed themes. On the brink of their inaugural U.S. headlining tour, Jeff conversed with us about hitting the road, new additions, the weight of kinship and a followup record. The Low Anthem will be touring New England through 17-24.

Deli: Can you talk to me about the European Tour you guys just got back from?

Jeff: Sure. European touring is really great for an American band, at least speaking from my own experience. We’ve had just a great time in Europe. We have been over there four times now and each time has been really special and we’ve had great shows. On this last tour, we played a lot of great theaters, like Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, which is one of the most beautiful theaters I’ve played in. As well as the great music hall in Belgium called AB and a great one in Amsterdam called the Paradiso, an old converted church that's now a music venue. It makes it so much easier to put on a great show when you are playing in a venue that has a certain character to it, you know? It really helps for the show and for the performance. We’ve had great tours in Europe and we will be going back again in August to play the festival season there.

Read the whole interview by Alexandra Johnson HERE

   

Interview with Margaret Glaspy

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Singer/songwriter, Margaret Glaspy came to Boston three years ago on a grant from the National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts. Since then, she’s been rocking the folk scene, regularly headlining at Club Passim, who has just given her an Iguana Music Award. As she settles into a Tuesday night residency at the Lizard Lounge for April, Glaspy talked to the Deli about the Boston scene, finding her voice as a songwriter and the power of acoustic music.

DELI: You come from California?

Margaret Glaspy: Red Bluff. It’s this tiny little town in northern California, kind of conservative and…interesting (laughs). We were definitely the weird family.

DELI: How so?

MG: It was definitely a small town vibe, lots of cattle and county fairs and rodeos and stuff…not that all that stuff isn’t great but we were kind of on a different path.

Read the whole interview by Jason Rabin HERE

   

Sodafrog

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<p>Sodafrog&rsquo;s debut release, <em>Hang the Moon </em>is a beautiful album, three years in the making. What amazed me about this album is that Tom Janovitz, the talent behind Sodafrog, plays eight instruments on the album including the Chinese erhu and all the lead vocals. It is meticulously written, produced and recorded by Janovitz himself at &ldquo;his place in Somerville&rdquo; which really adds an impressive element to the album. No, element is an understatement. The quality of the sound on this album is truly gorgeous and I am extremely impressed.&nbsp; It is obvious when an artist has put tremendous effort into their work to make it perfect and the end product glows with the labor and time that went into it. It makes an album very unique and gives it a pure personality. The songs vary in styles but root in American blues and indie folk-rock. The lyrics are balladistic and the stories are emotionally dark at times. &ldquo;Central Nonsense&rdquo; is a story about a girl who wants &ldquo;more, more, more&rdquo; the glockenspiel adds a jovial accent to the keep-on-truckin&rsquo; tempo and encouraging lyrics. It&rsquo;s borderline poppy and is catchy as hell, I woke up with it stuck in my head. &ldquo;Chances at Sea&rdquo; is my favorite track on the album, composed of dire and wintery lyrics, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t matter much anymore/the TV is still broken/you&rsquo;re running out of books/the guitar is still missing all its strings&rdquo;. The vocals are eerie and there are ghosts in the chorus. The song is beautiful and dark and sad. It is the only song on the album where Janovitz plays everything. The album is tight and the tracks are diverse. <em>Hang the Moon</em> is a shining example where hard work pays off. Sodafrog will be celebrating the release of <em>Hang the Moon</em> with a two day extravaganza at <a href="http://www.ploughandstars.com/">Plough and Stars</a> in Cambridge on Thursday April 22nd and Friday April 23rd. Sodafrog will be playing with a full band including members of Mean Creek and Molly Coddle. <em><a href="http://sodafrog.blogspot.com/">http://sodafrog.blogspot.com/</a>--Meghan Chiampa</em></p>
   

The Cush Vermont Farewell Shows at The Monkey 4/9 and 4/10

Burlington's most promising, The Cush, are playing their "final local performance for the foreseeable future" tonight at 9pm at The Monkey House as well as another "final performance" tomorrow night, same time and place. This writer is sad and maybe a little heartbroken to see The Cush saying goodbye, but I'm sure I speak for the city and state when I wish them continued success with their unique take on the dreamy alt sound. The Cush are releasing their third full-length album, Between The Leaves, April 20th (expect a review soon). Playing alongside The Cush for both dates are some of Burlington's best. Friday will be Lowell Thompson and Cave Bees. Saturday is Mark Lind and Ryan Power.

--Will Ryan

   

Jer Coons comes home - Burlington 4/8

On the road recently with Trevor Hall and John Oates (yes, Thee), Jer Coons is coming home to Vermont tonight, playing at Higher Ground in South Burlington.  Jer has been consistently touring over the last year, playing to full venues from Florida to Madison, WI.  He's picking up fans in every city he shows his shining face - and it's well-deserved. He's been working his ass off, and his show (and band) are tighter than ever.

Yeah, it's pop, but it's damn good.  No need for anyone to get embarrassed, Jer's music challenges fans of all ages and genres to just try and have a bad time.  Check out the video for his single, "Legs" here.  His last show here was sold out, so if you haven't yet - GET YO' TICKETS NOW!  It will be an early show, like most at higher Ground these days - doors open at 7 p.m.  Taylor Carson will open.