Miracle Legion Takes Final Bow

by Brian Slattery | Apr 21, 2017 7:53 am

“Country Boy,” the first song off Miracle Legion’s latest and probably last release, Annulment, starts with a single note from an electric guitar. It was recorded live in July 2016 at Codfish Hollow, a stage in Maquoketa, Ia., where Miracle Legion was on tour.

On the studio version of “Country Boy” — released in 1987 — that single note from the guitar is followed by a note from a harmonica and then a third note from a piano. Together they count off what the rhythm of the song would be. On the live 2016 recording, the only thing that follows that note for the rest of the measure is silence. The rhythm doesn’t need to be counted off anymore. It’s the guitarist, Ray Neal, who sets the pace, who decides how fast the song goes. Both band and longtime fans know where the beat is anyway.

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30 In 30 Club Celebrates Friendship And Foam

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 2, 2017 4:10 pm

Karen Ponzio Photo Early in the evening on Wednesday, Outer Space owner Steve Rodgers broke the sound of glasses hitting the bar and people chatting with an exclamation.

“Hey everyone, time for a group photo! Bring your glasses!”

He directed the crowd to the stage, where eager patrons took pictures. The subjects smiled, laughed, made gestures behind each other’s heads, hugged, and generally had a blast as friends often do when they’re sharing something they love. In this case — the hosting of the Outer Space’s monthly 30 in 30 club — the something they loved was beer.

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Musicians Talk About The Government

by Karen Ponzio | Feb 27, 2017 8:42 am

Karen Ponzio Photo Best Video’s performance space on Saturday night was packed with performers, friends and family of performers, and audience members of all ages, settling in for a three-hour show — of protest music. The place was “the right size and the right vibe,” explained the night’s organizer, Nancy Tatsapaugh, after thanking everyone for coming.

The show, titled “Should We Talk About the Government,” was a fundraiser, but Tatsapaugh also hoped it would be a “group therapy session,” as she put it to the Independent in an interview before the show. It was a chance for people to come together and “try to be there for each other,” since “we can’t get enough of that right now.”

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No Line North Escapes This Mad World

by Karen Ponzio | Feb 17, 2017 9:12 am

Karen Ponzio Photo During a set at Best Video by the group No Line North on Thursday night, the 1963 comedy adventure film It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World played behind the band without sound except for the band’s music.

“It seemed appropriate,” Jon Schlesinger, lead singer and guitarist for the New Haven-based band, said in a soft, slightly joking tone. It suited the mood perfectly as a week filled with stories of spy ships and secret international dealings came to a close.

The performance space in the video store had an enthusiastic audience for the double bill of No Line North — which has a new album coming out next month — and area songwriter Bop Tweedie.

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