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Review - The Doctors Fox - 6/19 Lizard Lounge

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The Doctors Fox performance at the Lizard Lounge on June 19th showcased the band’s extraordinary talent as they played tracks from their debut album, Plural Non-Possessive, their as-yet-titled sophomore album and a sampling of soul covers with guest vocalist and Soul City alum Dave Hanft. From the opener “Dunga of my Dreams,” a playful back and forth between Americana and jazz, the band fluidly shifted from one influence to another without losing their hallmark feel. David Ladon’s playful vocals weave with melodic guitars and violin, soulful bass and gritty drums.

Ladon has a solid vocal range and excellent control. His lyrics, while socio-politically bent, never lose their sense of fun, from “Beached Whale” which features Ladon singing in the persona of said mammal to “Don Juan,” a song about a player who gets played that tackles the subject with playful Schadenfreude rather than heavy-handed morality and caution. Ryan Aylward’s violin lends an unexpected layer to the music, sometimes melding with Daniel Harris’s and Jon Dashkoff’s dynamic guitars and sometimes playing complimentary tones against guitars or bass, as in the ska and jazz-inspired “Olympic Sculpture Park.” Josh Kiggans’ drumming is near flawless, striking an expert balance between percussive grit and sharp, clean accentuation in every song.

Dave Hanft’s guest vocals with the band showcased the fusion of two talented musical forces. His voice on Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” and Sam & Dave’s “Hold On” was strong, emotional and raw without being affected or sloppy. Likewise, the cover songs allowed the Doctors Fox to show their skills, with Harris, Dashkoff and Aylward filling in horn sections with creative arrangements of guitars and violin while Ladon’s bass and Kiggans’ drums drove the infectious grooves that bound the musical camps. Catch their next local show at Church on July 23rd.

--Meghan Guidry


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Farewell, Christopher Pappas!

I can't remember the first time I saw Chris Pappas sing or the first time I saw The Everyday Visuals. I think I know. I think it was at the Lizard Lounge while I was working there. I remember they sang “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys which is one of my favorite songs. I think it is #2 on my ultimate list. Chris Pappas is an extra-ordinary, once-in-a-life-time local musician. He's kind, humble and talented as hell. I’ve seen him perform in the Lizard Lounge basement, in the attic of a bookstore in Western Mass with Forest Fires and in the courtyard of Kendall Square. He never fails to impress.

I recently saw him conduct an orchestra at the Middle East Downstairs. It was one of the most thrilling musical experiences I’ve had in Boston. He even composed a concerto for feedback guitar. I’ve never heard the crowd at the Middle East be dead silent. Pappas is a treasure, he’s a diamond in the rough, the rough isn’t that bad but, he’s definitely a very sparkly musician. Sadly, Pappas will be leaving us in Boston in July for LA to work on his band The Everyday Visuals and get some fresh air (metaphorically). You can catch him at the Middle East downstairs this Friday with Oranjuly (kick-ass CD release, remember?), The Luxury and Spirit Kid.

Good-bye and Bon Voyage, Chris Pappas, come back soon! You are one of my favorite local musicians.

--Meghan Chiampa

 
 
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Audrey Ryan and The Points North @ Club Passim 6/24

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The Points North and Audrey Ryan will be preforming this Thursday at Passim. The Points North have been Down Under and back the past few months, Audrey Ryan's been around but is about to leave for Maine for the summer. This is a very special show featuring two very unique folk-rock bands. The Points North have been our band of the month and and favorite of the Deli. Their music is mystic and magical and the epitome of ol' New England folk. Audrey Ryan is one of the most creative folk artists in the area, a one-girl-band of sorts. Catch them tomorrow at Passim.

Club Passim 26 Church St. Suite 300 Cambridge, MA

--The Deli Staff

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5/19 was Day 1 of Joe’s Jazz and Blues Festival for the city of Somerville

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The sun was blazing down on the hill of Powderhouse Park but the music was decidedly chill. Townies and Tufts kids lounged in the shade around the temporary stage that hosted the opening day festivities of Joe’s Blues and jazz festival for Somerville.

Rising star Brendan Hogan played some trouble-in-mindful original folk-styled tunes from his new release, Long Night Coming, early in the afternoon. A few jam bands and jazz outfits later, Peter Parcek woke up the park with some authoritative, hot electric blues. Parcek didn’t try to hard to work the sparse and scattered crowd but, backed by bassist Marc Hickox and drummer Steve Scully, he dominated an electric guitar. Sounding particularly good on the recent Dylan tune, Beyond Here Lies Nothing, the band also pleased with the title track from their latest release, “The Mathematics of Love.” I was glad to discover these guys who have been around for a while.

After Parcek’s crew, the Ben Powell Quartet kept things moving with some Grapelli-esque jazz-fiddle and the Camelia Latin Jazz Quartet finally get the languid sun-baked crowed to its feet for some dancing. Salsa resolved itself into stomps and sways when Boston native, “The Undaunted” Professor Harp took the stage with his band and blew some Chicago style jump blues to close out the day.

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While the event was as small and laid-back as a festival can be, it made me remember that Powerhouse Park existed, reanimating its virtues, and introduced me to some pretty solid bands in the company of my neighbors.

Events continue throughout the week and indoor venues around town.

--Jason Rabin


--Photos by Allison Stroh

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3rd Deli Showcase at the House of Blues - Boston - Front Room 7/1

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The Deli - New England will be holding our 3rd showcase at the House of Blues - Front Room on July 1st. We'll be featuring three of Massachusetts' finest. Vostok 4, a unique pop-rock band with the elastic creativity and sound of the Talking Heads. Ghost Quartet's new album is currently our featured album of the month, they hail from Western Mass. Trip-rockers, Those Wolves Actually Happened sound like Modest Mouse in outer space. Most importantly, this show is FREE! So you have no reason not to come. Take the train to Fenway. There is no Red Sox game, so if you are driving you can find parking, I'm sure.

See you there.

July 1st - House of Blues - Front Room - 15 Landsdowne St. Boston, MA - FREE - 21+

--The Deli Staff

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