Concert

Lisa O'Neill

Wednesday / October 29, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Lisa O'Neill

Lisa O’Neill started writing songs and music at an early age in her native Ballyhaise, a village in Ireland’s County Cavan. She moved to Dublin at age 18 to study music full time. Early on, she was welcomed into the folk and traditional scene in pubs and venues around the city, where her singular voice, witty lyrics, and observations on modern Irish life gained her popularity and set her apart as a unique talent.

Her independently released debut album, aptly titled Has an Album, was launched in August 2009 and sold out throughout the country, displaying her popularity not just in Dublin but nationwide. Her second album, Same Cloth or Not, showcases her unrushed, naturalistic, straight-talking approach. O’Neill is like a musical version of Flannery O’Connor.

Watch a video preview for O’Neill’s new album:

GIZMO / Common Thread

Friday / September 12, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
GIZMO
Alissia Benveniste

Most musicians wait a lifetime to share stages with their musical heroes. Hoping to accomplish such a feat while still racking up college credits would be considered nothing more than a pipe dream. But having performed with such esteemed artists as Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, and Victor Wooten as well as serving as music director for such acclaimed artists as Bilal and Lalah Hathaway, it’s safe to say that 23-year-old bassist Kenneth “GIZMO” Rodgers has been living that dream for quite some time now.

Drawing on a vast array of musical influences spanning the realms of jazz, pop, funk, rock, Latin, and hip-hop, GIZMO is already creating an impressive sonic landscape.

Common Thread is a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the globe, brought together by a passion for good vibes, inspiring one another, and building musicianship amongst each other. Common Thread was founded in 2013 by bassist Alissia Benveniste, guitarist Maddie Rice, and drummer Amber Baker.

Watch GIZMO’s music video for “White Walls” here:

Watch Common Thread perform "For the One Time" at Berklee here:

Goli / Rabbit Rabbit / The Wrong Shapes

Saturday / August 2, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Goli
Rabbit Rabbit

A duo of misfit classical musicians with an appetite for world music that has cut its teeth in rock bands, world-folk ensembles, symphony orchestras and the occasional free improv outlet, Goli is madly in love with tango and Bartok. It wrestles with universal subjects while playing the cello and marimba.

Rabbit Rabbit is the song-spinning duo of Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi. Collectively, this husband and wife team are founding members of the iconic bands Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava, and have played with Tom Waits, Mike Patton, Skeleton Key, Madeleine Peyroux, Tracy Chapman, John Vanderslice, St. Vincent, Carla Bozulich, Pretty Lights and The Tiger Lillies. Between them they have written music for the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, InkBoat, the Joe Goode Performance Group, and Team Meat. But Rabbit Rabbit dares to peel back these influences, revealing an intimate and dramatic music all its own. Drawing on a love of art song, folk song, industrial music, improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry, and rendered on a motley assortment of acoustic instruments, its songs are raw and beautiful, sparse and rich, lighthearted and full of pathos.

Rachel and Bo Barringer are The Wrong Shapes, a darkly intriguing male/female cello/guitar/vocal duo combining acoustic and electronic sounds with minimal, compelling songwriting. Bo also plays in Future Carnivores and has, in the past, fronted MEandJOANCOLLINS and The Collisions. Rachel also plays cello in The Grownup Noise and Juventas New Music Ensemble.

Admission: 
FREE

Night Lights / Public / Cordelia and the Buffalo / Animal Flag

Tuesday / July 29, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Night Lights

With members from Mexico, Texas, Japan, California, and Norway, Night Lights brings together an eclectic assortment of indie, rock, and soul influenced sounds to make people dance and feel feelings. The Boston-based band met in 2012 and has since discovered a balance between profound lyrics, hook-heavy melodies, danceable music, and intriguing harmonic progressions. Their songs touch on existentialism and the confrontation of the self, hoping to discover a truth grounded in music, community, and conversation. With warped soundscapes, intricate riffs, melodic bass lines, colorful rhythmic creations, and captivating melodies and other-worldly vocal effects, it all comes together to take you on an unparalleled audio adventure.

Animal Flag is the musical project of songwriter Matthew Politoski. Starting in 2011, the band has self-released two full length albums, four EPs, and toured on both East and West coasts. Being based in the Northeast, it has acquired loyal home based followings in Boston and New York with packed and energetic live shows. The band also has a growing fan bases in places like Nashville, Philadelphia, Florida, and Georgia from relentless East Coast touring. In 2013 Animal Flag played at the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim.

Rock/Metal Night

Friday / July 25, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Rock/Metal Night

Buried Electric has been renewed, re-amped, and reborn. This is Boston heavy metal, music for fans of such bands as Motionless In White, Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, Avenged Sevenfold and Suicide Silence.

Chirality has taken on the power and edginess of modern rock with an intense melodic focus. Now with a self-titled EP released and a tour under its belt, Chirality continues to write new music and perform in the Boston area.

Slumberjack blends a variety of rock and metal influences ranging from Soundgarden to Pantera; Slumberjack created a raw and unique style that combined heavy riff-based songwriting and soaring, gritty rock vocals, while utilizing the full range of 8-string guitars in a new and refreshing format.

Admission: 
FREE

Grey Season

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

Grey Season electrifies living room music, perching harmonies atop a sound that envelopes folk in rock 'n' roll. The variety show that is a Grey Season performance may include the occasional five-part harmony,  blues rooted guitar solos and lyricism, and memorable melodies driven by the nostalgic plucking of bouzoukis and banjos. Grey Season is a band that calls upon a collective musical memory while pushing forward with the power of song and the hearts of a growing audience.

"[Grey Season's] songs on life, love, heartache, and hope are so wonderfully constructed they could leave an impression on even the coldest of souls," wrote Under The Gun Review

Admission: 
Free

Damn Tall Buildings

Wednesday / September 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

Damn Tall Buildings is an all-acoustic bluegrass and blues band from Boston. While its instrumentation is bluegrass, it's not bound to it. With lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves, its songs about love and ramblin’ help the everyday troubles slip away into up-tempo hobo anthems. With members from all around the United States, Damn Tall Buildings is a truthful combination of four people uniting their influences into a single sound.

Admission: 
Free

Shea Rose

Wednesday / August 13, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

This concert has been canceled due to weather. A Boston native, singer-songwriter Shea Rose graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011. Winner of both the 2012 Pop/R&B Artist of the Year and 2011 R&B/Soul/Urban/Contemporary Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards, Rose was dubbed “artist most likely to make an impact on the national stage” by the Boston Globe

Admission: 
Free

Animal Flag

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

Animal Flag is the longtime project of songwriter Matt Politoski. With recorded works that range from heartbreaking solo acoustic tunes and full fledged folk-rock anthems to lush electronic pop songs, Animal Flag doesn't lack variety. While you can clearly hear influences of Sufjan Stevens and Bright Eyes, Politoski has a voice and presence all his own.

Admission: 
Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Wednesday / July 9, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

Kel Do Nascimento is a Brazilian singer-songwriter born and raised in São Paulo who moved to Boston in 2011 to propel her music career. Kel started her band at Berklee College of Music. While finishing her studies at Berklee, Kel has been performing around Boston and New York and is working on her debut album, incorporating elements ranging from neo soul, jazz, and pop to Brazilian music. While at Berklee she performed original songs at the Latin America VIVE Music Festival, The BIRN, The Red Room - Café 939, and the Outside the Box Festival as well being featured on Berklee’s YouTube cmhannel with her song “Busca.”  She also had the opportunity of sharing the stage with great Brazilian artists such as Marcos Valle and Guinga. 

Admission: 
Free

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