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Music Moves The Savage Beasts

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 19, 2018 7:47 am

Karen PonzioDaddy Long Legs raised his guitar in the air midway through his band’s opening set. “New Haven, Connecticut, clap your goddamn hands,” he shouted “Come on, we are all so happy to be back here with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages. They’re gonna rip it up. You know that’s right.”

He knew. I knew it. Everyone at Cafe Nine on Friday night knew it. In fact, the ripping up had already begun.

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Nick Di Maria Tapes Shelter

by Brian Slattery | Mar 6, 2018 8:37 am

Z. Rubin PhotoThe organ on “Black Rock” starts off spacey, an ascending line that drifts off into the air. There’s an effects-driven squiggle of sound. The bass thumps its way in, and the drums follow suit. Soon they’re on their way, driving fast down some neon-lined musical highway. A trumpet comes in with the melody, but you almost wouldn’t know it’s a trumpet. Effects have changed the instrument into something else, something that hearkens back to the synthesizer experiments of the 1970s but feels like now, too.

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Tal National Tears It Up Again

by Brian Slattery | Feb 28, 2018 8:56 am

Brian Slattery PhotoIt was getting late, but the crowd at Cafe Nine was as dense as it had been a couple hours ago, still dancing and sweating to Tal National.

“One more?” guitarist Almeida shouted into the microphone. By then the audience could only respond with shouting.

Almeida beamed. “Don’t worry,” he said. “In Niger, we play for five hours.”

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Xylouris White Brings A Feast To State Street

by Karen Ponzio | Feb 27, 2018 1:10 pm

Karen PonzioDrummer Jim White spoke into the mic for the first time right before his band’s third song, “The Feast,” to explain that it was written about a baptism celebration in the village of his band mate, George Xylouris, that he was invited to. Both spoke only briefly about the tradition, as the focus of this Monday evening at Cafe Nine was the celebration of a another type of blessing: music, its creation, and the sharing of it with others.

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