As I write, the last few patches of snow (knock on wood) fade away in my backyard, leaving room for what at this point must be a completely baffled patch of crocuses. Perhaps now Boston’s music lovers will begin to poke their heads out from their apartments in Somerville, Allston, and Brighton and blossom on the floors of The Sinclair and House of Blues as spring truly begins.

Bent Knee Drops New Single

In advance of their album Say So, out May 20th, avant-garde rock group Bent Knee has released a music video for the song “Leak Water.” Known for their bold, experimental sound, their song “Leak Water” does not disappoint. In an interview with Consequence of Sound, guitarist Ben Levin explains that the track is “written from the perspective of a little girl whose mother is pulling her through a painful morning beauty ritual.” The atonal melody and jagged rhythms make the song difficult to sing along with or tap one’s foot to, but heightens the feeling of frustration and alienation held by the singer.

 

Eat With Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and Learn About Oxfam

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s show at The Sinclair this Tuesday night might already be sold out, but you can still get inside! Non-profit Oxfam and Thao are coming together for a pre-show dinner that you can attend before staying for the show. Oxfam is a global organization that works to address the root causes of poverty, hunger, and injustice. They are working with The Sinclair’s chef to create a dinner that supports local farmers and food. Thao will be attending the dinner to talk Oxfam with the guests. In summary: food! Oxfam! Music at The Sinclair! What else do I need to say? Get your tickets here.

Boston University On Broadway Presents American Idiot On Broadway

When I think of musical theater, the first things that come to mind are The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and Les Miserables. You know, Julie Andrews singing from the top of the mountain. But the recent popular success of Hamilton on Broadway has begun to shift the paradigm of musical theater. Boston Unversity’s undergraduate theater program Boston University on Broadway is riding this wave with their production of American Idiot, a new musical with an all Green Day score. It’s a musical about the experience of a generation that is now reaching adulthood, and BU has an all-female creative leadership team in charge. Tickets are on sale now, and performances are this coming Thursday to Saturday.

Covey Track in Expedia Commercial

With so many musicians jockeying for attention in today’s oversaturated market, it can be difficult for an artist to lifted into relevance. National television exposure will hopefully boost Boston folk singer Tom Freeman’s following. Freeman, who calls his solo project Covey, now has thirty seconds of his 2014 single “Comes and Goes” backing a recent Expedia commercial. A Fleet Fox-y excerpt of lilting guitars and ooh-ing vocals accompany a brief story about leaving new places. Perhaps Expedia will help Covey travel to new musical heights.

Interview: Run River North

Album Reviews: Grey Season, Vitamin Sun

Tickets: Esperanza Spalding

Concert Review: Grey Season

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