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The Spooks Haunting Making Time’s Ruby Lounge at Voyeur Oct. 22

Dave P’s Making Time parties have been consistently delivering free-wheeling if not drunken sloppy concerts/dance parties of joy for over 10 years now, and his brand only seems to be picking up speed. Tonight he is upping the ante at the Making Time hotspot Voyeur by putting two different concerts on for us lucky folks in attendance with the upstairs hosting indie rock wunderkinds Surfer Blood and Brooklyn’s delightfully nostalgic pop act The Drums (and I also heard Surfer Blood’s buddies The Dewars will be joining the lineup), while downstairs local natives The Spooks will be raging a party of their own. The Deli has been preaching the gospel of The Spooks’ surfer boy garage rock for a while now, and for good reason. Their songs are fairly traditional, energetic rock and roll tunes covered in fuzz and sung with a Devendra Banhart-esque quiver. I hope these guys take full advantage of the free Sparks to fuel their performance to the next level (hopefully without us having to see what their drummer had for dinner). Either way, this Making Time is one those that should not be missed. Voyeur, 1221 St. James St., 9pm, $15, 21+ - Adam G.
 
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Rocketboys' Wellwisher Release Party @ The Ghost Room 10/29

It is revealed to us by mysterious forces that the six-piece indie pop band The Rocketboys will celebrate the upcoming (Nov. 2) release of their EP Wellwisher one week from today, 10/29, at The Ghost Room, accompanied by Dignan and The Eastern Sea.

Track list: 1) A Narrow Space 2) Southern Light 3) Brothers 4) On the Other Side

(photo by Sean Berry)

 

 

 

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The Autumn Hollow Band CD Release Saturday @ Rosebud

Saturday, 10/23 at the Rosebud, The Autumn Hollow Band (Band of the Month nominees) release their new album, "Love Letters and Ransom Notes."  The band's heartfelt americana should warm the room despite the numerous autumnal attractions the band has planned.  Attendees of the show can bob for apples and eat donuts from strings ("It has the potential to get weirdly competitive," the band says, and there are already challenges thrown on the Facebook event page), and there will be a carved pumpkin contest.  They've also apparently arranged for one-night-only "Love Letter" and "Ransom Note" drink specials, named for the album.  And if all that wasn't attractive enough, the first fifty Narragansetts are free, and your cover cash also enters you to win one of any number of raffle prizes.  One amazing party set to a lovely soundtrack.  Also performing are The Points North, Coyote Kolb, and Big East.  Get there 'round 8pm to get that 'Gansett and sign up for the games.

- The Deli Staff

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CMJ Marathon Runner Alex's day #2: Matthew Dear + out of town bands

Day two down. My musical journey started at Santos Party house with California based Evan Voytas and Tamaryn  - read the report on our West Coast branch here. I then decided to change gears and check out Worcester natives, DOM - check out my review on The Deli's New England site here.

I decided to head over to the PureVolume House – CMJ's artists' lounge behind the old CBGB’s – to catch the second half of NYC-based Matthew Dear’s set. Dear has been around for quite some time, but I have never really listened to his electro-dance heavy music before - I figured this was the right place to give it a try. While at first his music sounded like a cheesy spin off of Depeche Mode, it’s actually deeper, and cooler than that. There are textures to his music, lots of melting movement and energetic transitions – there’s that Brian Eno sense of mechanical prescence. You can tell Dear’s been doing this for awhile, trying new things, testing the waters. After Dear finished his set, the San Diego-based surf rock punks Wavves made a surprise appearance - read the review on our LA site here.

 

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CMJ Live show review: Wavves

I caught San Diego-based surf rock punks Wavves' surprise appearance at CMJ's Pure Volume House. These guys are really getting big, so I don’t need to really delve into it. Overall, they were loud (although they were bitching that it could be louder), and sounded good (although they were bitching that they could’ve sounded better). The group is talented, and ear-splittingly noisy, in a very bearable way. Not so bearable, was their childish brattiness. But, what can I say? Boys will be boys. - Read Alex Vann's full CMJ report here.

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