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Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) is a five-piece Americana band from Connecticut that infuses a rowdy, rock-'n'-roll spirit into its bluegrass and folk influences, blowing away any preconception of what you think banjos and mandolins should sound like.
Parsonsfield—Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Max Shakun (vocals, pump organ, guitar), Harrison Goodale (bass), Erik Hischmann (drums)—has toured steadily since their debut in 2010. In 2013 they recorded their debut album Poor Old Shine (Signature Sounds Recordings), produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive). The critics were impressed, with David Vescey from the New York Times noting, "I fully expect to hear more from this band as the years go on." and the U.K.'s Maverick Magazine calling it "A blistering energetic debut." During the winter of 2013–14 the band wrote and performed an original score in the acclaimed production of The Heart of Robin Hood at Harvard's American Repertory Theater, and they will continue the production for a four-month Broadway tryout in Canada in winter 2014–15.
They weren't always called Parsonsfield (the band started out as Poor Old Shine, but changed in July 2014). The new name was born of the inspired experiences recording two albums in beautiful, rural Parsonsfield, Maine, at Great North Sound Society, Kassirer's farmhouse studio/retreat. It was there they met current drummer Hischmann, who was working as Kassirer's assistant engineer.
"We owe a lot to what happened there," said Freeman of their time at Great North. "Our sound really changed when Erik joined ... it pulled us from being a more traditional string band to something that felt much more uniquely ourselves. It made us the band we are today."
As for the name change, it was certainly unusual—and a difficult decision (they learned that, to some, their old name carried an association with an antiquated derogatory expression). But it also sparked an unexpected creative musical leap.
"It gives us more freedom to explore different genres and styles without having the burden of expectation," says Freeman of the change. "Many people thought Poor Old Shine was a reference to moonshine, and thus assumed we were an Appalachian or bluegrass band. It's an opportunity to explore our own music with greater clarity."
Surfer Blood is an indie rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida. Their 2009 debut single, "Swim", debuted through Pitchfork Media and gained critical acclaim, being placed as the 37th best track on 'Pitchfork's 100 Best Songs of 2009'. Their sound has been compared to contemporaries Weezer, Pavement, Vampire Weekend and Built to Spill. The group has four members: John Paul Pitts (lead vocals/guitar), Thomas Fekete (guitar/backing vocals), Kevin Williams (bass guitar/backing vocals) and Tyler Jerry Schwarz (drums). Their music style incorporates elements of lo-fi alternative rock as well as guitar-heavy, tuneful indie pop and power pop music. The band's debut album, 'Astro Coast', was released to generally positive reviews on January 19, 2010 through Kanine Records. The album peaked at #124 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Who, What, Where, When, Wednesdays!
Teams of 4 or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo.
It’s only $2 to participate and the winning table gets an $80 Drake Gift Card, not to mention bragging rights! So grab a brew, enjoy a whole lot of laughs and get ready to play. Please click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team! Don't be dismayed if reservations are full, we save quite a few tables for our walk-in pals.
Evening Hymns is the ever-evolving musical project of Jonas Bonnetta, a musician/artist/sawyer who lives in rural Eastern Ontario. Evening Hymns is a musical reflecting pool. The currents of his emotional poetry evoke collective memories and experiences we somehow all share. The band’s last record, Spectral Dusk (2012), covered deeply personal issues and took Evening Hymns to the next level, musically and lyrically, from their début record‚ Spirit Guides (2009). A study of loss, pain, hope and a pathway drawn out of the dark into the light, Spectral Dusk found Jonas dealing with the loss of his father three years previous. The record spilled its guts out on the floor, and yet so softly allowed the listener to reflect on their own mortality. Their new album, Quiet Energies, is less personal in nature. It’s a record made for listening with the windows rolled down like the classic road records of the 1970’s. It’s due out the summer of 2015. The album was made in his home studio, Port William Sound, a cabin outside his rustic home. Heated by an antique wood stove, and with a panoramic view of the fields surrounding, its peaceful environment inspired and bolstered the recording experience. Jonas assembled a familiar group of friends to make the album, including longtime band mates Sylvie Smith and Jon Hynes, as well as friends from Timber Timbre and The Wooden Sky.
Beat Connection is Reed Juenger, Tom Eddy & Jarred Katz joined live by Mark Hunter. Formed in 2010, Beat Connection has undergone numerous changes, finally stabilizing in its current form. The band has already shared the stage with Jungle, Toro y Moi, STRFKR, Washed Out, Holy Ghost! & ODESZA; and has garnered positive looks from Pitchfork, The Fader and The Guardian. With performances scheduled this year at ACL & CHBP, Beat Connection now looks to the future to focus on constantly bringing something new to their audience by bridging the gap between the mundane and the transcendent, the pop and the avant-garde. Expect something new at every turn.
Joseph Arthur (born September 28, 1971) is an American contemporary singer-songwriter from Akron, Ohio. He is known for his melodic compositions combined with swirling choruses. He was discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-'90s and signed to Gabriel's Real World label in 1996. Arthur's first album, Big City Secrets, was released in 1997 to critical acclaim. In 2006, Arthur's song "In the Sun" was covered by Michael Stipe (of R.E.M.) and Coldplay singer Chris Martin. Released for a Hurricane Katrina Relief program, the EP includes six versions of the cover, one of which has Arthur himself singing with Stipe. Arthur established his own record label, Lonely Astronaut Records, in 2006, and released two studio albums, Let's Just Be (2007) and Temporary People (2008) with backing band The Lonely Astronauts. Arthur subsequently returned to performing and recording as a solo artist, releasing The Graduation Ceremony in 2011 and the double album, Redemption City in 2012. Arthur is also an acclaimed painter and designer. His artwork has graced the sleeves of his entire discography; the sleeve design for his 1999 album entitled Vacancy was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.
Keep Shelly In Athens are a chillwave duo from Athens, Greece. They formed in 2010, and were quickly signed to the vinyl imprint label of independent music blog Gorilla vs. Bear, Forest Family Records. In November of that year, they released their debut 12" EP, In Love with Dusk, which quickly sold out due to much internet hype. They are currently signed to Cascine Records, who released their debut full-length album in 2013.
hi, i'm darwin. yes, that is my real name, the one my parents gave me. i play guitar. i love to write songs and i love to dance. i grew up in chapel hill, north carolina.