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Concert Review: Sloan, December 1, The Phoenix

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While they’ve been going strong since 1991, it’s been a while now since I last saw¬†Sloan play live – I almost feel like I’ve been taking the band for granted over the years. But Sloan have caught my attention and managed to pique my curiosity again with their solid new album 12, so I took Saturday night’s show at the Phoenix Concert Theatre as an opportunity to finally end my Sloan hiatus. And the band did not disappoint, reminding me …

Concert Review: Tengger Cavalry, November 23, Hard Luck Bar

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Tengger Cavalry are a New York based band that mixes metal with the sounds of traditional Mongolian folk music. Fronted by Nature Ganganbaigal, the band has been going since 2010 and have been making a bit of a name for themselves in recent years, even playing a show at Carnegie Hall back in 2015. The band’s current tour, which sees them splitting things up into a more “acoustic” set followed by a full on metal set, saw them taking the …

Song Of The Day: Matt Berry – Are You Being Served?

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Fans of British comedy will recognize Matt Berry’s name from his work on shows like The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and, of course, his absolutely brilliant turn as washed up actor Steven Toast on Toast Of London. But Berry is also an accomplished musician who’s released a number of albums over the years and he’s back again with another one, the recently released Television Themes (out on Acid Jazz Records). Television Themes offers up Berry’s interpretations of classic British …

Song Of The Day: Khruangbin – Christmas Time Is Here

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Let’s face it – we’re now well into November and it would seem that the holiday season is upon us. Yes, it’s that time again – the time when people are filled with good cheer, the malls are filled with people (who aren’t necessarily always in good cheer) and corporate twitter accounts are being taken over by fictional characters in an ill-advised effort to promote their recently released seasonal films. Yes, the cold, hard fact is that Christmas music will …