photo by Rich Gastwirt ((www.stageshooter.com))
Friday night at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Ryan Montbleau got his band back together for an incredibly memorable night of music. Montbleau was joined by the group’s original core members (James & Jason Cohen, Laurence Scudder and Matt Giannaros) as well as Lyle Brewer on guitar and Yahuba on percussion.
These 7 guys spent countless hours together over the years…touring the country in a Sprinter van and recording Montbleau’s songs while an ever-growing fan base followed their every move. It was clear that a flood of memories were hitting Montbleau up on that stage, but he decided to skip the story telling and let the music speak for itself.
For one nearly 3-hour long set, RMB favorites came one after another, much to the sold out crowd’s delight. Stand out moments included “Stretch”, “Draw the Line”, “Honeymoon Eyes”, “Grain Of Sand”, “You Crazy You” > “I Can’t Wait” and an epic “Here Et. All” encore. Songs from the new album Growing Light were sprinkled in along with a few covers…the Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody” was clearly a crowd favorite.
The room was filled with a palpable energy as fans danced alongside many familiar faces, celebrating this tight unit of a band. As the crowd roared and the guys got together for one final bow, it sank in that this is truly the closing of a chapter in Montbleau’s career…and for the RMB family too.
It was a bittersweet evening, and a fitting farewell for a great group of musicians and fans.
Ryan Montbleau Band
“Falling From the Sky”
Today the new Calexico album is officially out, and I’ve been LOVING this new single. One thing I dig about this band is the Arizona-like vibe that’s so infused into their sound. They’ll transport that vibe from their home state to Boston on June 2nd when they play the Sinclair!
JJ Grey & Mofro have a new album out called Ol Glory and this is the single… it starts out slow and really smolders by the end with horns and gritty guitar riffs:
JJ Grey & Mofro
I was extremely excited to hear new music from Death Cab for Cutie since it’s been so long! Honestly this song took a bunch of listens to grow on me…but now I really dig the darkness of it and this music video is pretty dope too:
Death Cab’s new album Kintsugi is out March 31st…Chris Walla has announced his departure from the band, so this album marks a new chapter for DCFC.
Death Cab For Cutie
“Don’t Wanna Fight”
Wow, it’s been a month since I’ve written! Apologies for neglecting the blog…musically we’ve had a GREAT start to the year. Lots of new stuff to love right now…I’ll be rolling out some of my favorite current singles over the next few days to make up for my long absence.
Alabama Shakes had a lot to live up to with their sophomore release, and this smokin hot single is a good sign that they’ve nailed it! I cannot wait to have the new album Sound & Color in my hands – it’s out April 21st.
Live, acoustic, & cover tunes… that’s the name of a morning feature we do on mvyradio and it’s a very self explanatory one! Basically we feature songs that you may recognize, done a little bit differently. A live recording, an acoustic version, or a different artist taking a crack at it. Or any combination of the three!
Today I did a few Radiohead covers:
Punch Brothers “Kid A”
Ingrid Michaleson “Creep”
Mark Ronson “Just”
Live, Acoustic & Covers – weekdays // 8:20am & 5:20pm on mvyradio
“Fool For Love”
New music coming from Lord Huron soon… Strange Trails is out April 7th and the band will tour shortly after.