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Monday, Mar 10, 2014
Liam Finn began his March residency at Union Pool with an excellent set that teased new material from The Nihilist.

In the cozy back room that is Union Pool’s concert space, Liam Finn began his four-Tuesday-night March residency on the 4th after a set by his special guests Zula. It only cost $10 to get in and while the space hadn’t sold out, it felt cozy inside. Finn worked with a couple different permutations of a backing band, including Eliza-Jane Barnes and bassist Ernie Brooks, to perform songs off his first two albums (I’ll Be Lightning and Fomo and an EP (Champagne in Seashells) as well as new and unreleased songs from his forthcoming album The Nihilist out on Yep Roc next month.


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Friday, Feb 28, 2014
We caught St. Vincent's sold out tour kick off show in New York City and have the photos to prove it. Check out her lengthy North American tour schedule.

New York City was abuzz for Annie Clark’s (aka St. Vincent) show at Terminal 5 given all the buzz her new album, St. Vincent has garnished. It is currently number three at Metacritic for highest scores of the year (behind a reissue and albeit early in the year). So we had to check out the sold out show with Clark and her band, Toko Yasuda on Moog & bass, Matt Johnson on drums and Daniel Mintseris on keys. Below are some thoughts shared by fans on Twitter as well as our photos.


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Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014
What ultimately sets the Motet apart are the tightly layered arrangements.

Ocean Beach loves a funky Saturday night dance party and there was a line around the block at Winston’s to attest to it. Such a lengthy line is rare to see at the venue, with many music fans taking a laissez faire approach to buying tickets these days. But the line to get into the club showed anticipation running high for this fiesta with the Motet from Colorado, who were making their first visit to San Diego in some time.


Some had caught the Motet’s smashing performance at the 2012 High Sierra Music Festival in Northern California, where the band’s “Funk Is Dead” project—covering Grateful Dead tunes with funk and afro-beat arrangements—was one of the festival’s top highlights. The word was clearly getting out. But local funkateers the Earful were also bringing in a draw of their own, as evidenced by how full the intimate club was for their opening set.


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Monday, Feb 24, 2014
The ability to blend classic influences into new sonic flavors is one of Nelson’s strongest attributes and was evident throughout the night.

Guitarist Lukas Nelson calls his band the Promise of the Real (P.O.T.R.) and the name is fitting because the group is legit. There’s a general tendency to be somewhat skeptical of children of celebrities who choose to follow in their parents footsteps. But Nelson, son of country music legend Willie Nelson, is well on his way to carving out his own niche as one of the more gifted rock ‘n’ rollers of his generation.


The band’s first two albums established Lukas as a talented songwriter and the band as a sonic force, combining various classic rock influences with a little bit of cosmic cowboy country twang. Nelson is an ace guitarist and the band is a powerful live act, which is what separates the contenders from the pretenders. Nelson has also been racking up extra credit points by collaborating with various musical elders, such as sitting in with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and company at the Los Angeles Greek Theater on Furthur’s fall 2012 tour. This followed a tour opening for John Fogerty.


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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014
Emily Kinney, Beth Greene in AMC's The Walking Dead, is also a talented singer-songwriter with two charming EPs under her belt.

Just about six months ago, I learned that Norman Reedus, the actor who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead, was also a photographer when he was the host of a Canon camera event. It wasn’t long after that I learned that one of his co-stars, Emily Kinney, who plays Beth Greene, is a singer-songwriter who also calls NYC home. Kinney, as Greene, gained exposure as a singer when she performed “The Parting Glass” on the show with Lauren Cohen, her on-screen sister Maggie. Towards the end of 2013, she released her second EP Expired Lover, the follow-up to 2011’s Blue Toothbrush—from which she pulled many of her songs for her pre-Valentine’s Day show at Rockwood Music Hall.


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