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Concert Review: Minami Deutsch, Kikagaku Moyo, November 19, Horseshoe Tavern

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There’s always something special about seeing a band at the top of their game playing live – the interaction between band members with the ability to lock into a groove and jam at an almost telepathic level can make for an impressive show. And on Tuesday night at the Horseshoe, a packed house was treated to not one but two such performances courtesy of two acts from Japan – Minami Deutsch and Kikagaku Moyo. First up was Minami Deutsch, whose name translates …

Song Of The Day: Johnny Marr – Armatopia

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Johnny Marr clearly won Twitter this week. When a fan inquired as to whether a Smiths reunion was going to happen, Marr shot back with a brilliant response: “Nigel Farage on guitar.” Classic. A couple days later and I’m still laughing. And while it looks like a Smiths reunion is most definitely not in the cards, Marr is still putting out great music under his own name. Check out the video for his latest single “Armatopia”, released earlier this year:

Concert Review: The Mavericks, October 30, Danforth Music Hall

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The intro music a band chooses to play before they take to the stage can really tell you a lot. Not only does it get the crowd a little more hyped up, but it can also help to set the tone for the evening and maybe even give you a hint of what’s to come for the night. In The Mavericks’ case, their choice to take to the stage to the strains of “Galop Infernal” (aka the Can-Can song) was …

Concert Review: Beyond Creation, October 20, The Garrison

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There must be something in the water in Quebec. From Gorguts and Cryptopsy to Kataklysm and Despised Icon, and even stretching back to Voivod, the French Canadians have proven themselves to have a definite penchant for technical metal. Continuing on in that tradition is Montreal’s Beyond Creation. The band is currently on tour in support of their latest release Algorythm, a proggy collection of tech-metal jams which vocalist/guitarist Simon Girard announced the band would be playing this evening in its …