Tonight’s Concert Picks: Radiohead at Susquehanna Bank Center and Marissa Nadler at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo bu Darryl Kitchner

Since 1992 with the release of ‘Creep’ Radiohead has seeped into all of our speakers with their experimental indie rock vibrations. As they have grown and progressed, their music has taken influences in other forms, using the computer to generate a different type of sound. With the release of OK Computer, you began to hear a change in their sound, incorporating electronic synthesizers and experimenting with new ambient noises. Preceding that album, they became an international sensation, achieving an abundance of commercial success. Now, with their eighth studio album out, King of Limbs, they are still going strong and creating new, enthralling music with each and every track they make. Their music will break into your mind, intoxicating you with a hyper-frenzy of passionate sound.

They play at the Susquehanna Bank Center tonight at 7:30 PM, tickets are $52.25, all ages

The sweet, somber sounds Marissa Nadler makes with her acoustic guitar combined with her infectious voice create a hazy dream. Her music resonates feelings of mystification and intrigue, with influences such as Patti Smith and Leonard Cohen. She has released six full-length albums since 2004, most recently, The Sister that was released on May 29th. The haunting, heavy hearted, and peaceful album is a piece of work so beautiful it echoes right into your soul. It was recorded in Philly at Miner Street recording with Brian McTear. One of the opening bands is Faces On Film, a Boston group that recently recorded a session for Shaking Through, curated by Nadler.

Marissa Nadler with Faces On Film and Edison opening perform Johnny Brenda’s tonight at 9:15, tickets are $10-12, 21+


Marissa Nadler debuts new video, “The Wrecking Ball Company” (playing Johnny Brenda’s in June)

Marissa Nadler debuted a new video for the song “The Wrecking Ball Company” from her new album, The Sister. The album, out on May 29th, is being released on Nadler’s own label Box of Cedar Records and works as a companion to her 2011 self-titled release. Like Nadler’s self-titled album, The Sister was produced in Philly at Miner Street Recordings by Brian McTear. Marissa returns to town on Wednesday, June 13th at Johnny Brenda’s with Faces On Film. Nadler curated the
recent Shaking Through episode with Faces On Film that you can check out here. Below, watch the new video for Nadler’s “The Wrecking Ball Company.”


Watch the March episode of Shaking Through, featuring Faces On Film

This month’s episode of Shaking Through—the online audio and video collaboration between Weathervane Music and WXPN—features a song by Faces On Film called “Waiting For GA.” The Boston-based solo project of Mike Fiore released its sophomore album Some Weather last summer. This month’s episode was recorded in late January at Miner Street Recordings, produced by Brian McTear, engineered by Joe Bisirri, and guest curated by Marissa Nadler.

From the folks at Shaking Through:

Fiore’s first foray into music was as a teenager, playing guitar on porches in his hometown of Rochester, NY with neighborhood friends and their parents. A foundation in folk and traditional American standards laid the groundwork for his evolution as a songwriter, but realizing songwriting didn’t have to be about precise storytelling freed him to develop his music’s identity. “When you relieve yourself of the burden of telling a perfect story in an arch, you get a glimpse of the words and imagery and language that come naturally,” he says. “There’s a layer of reality that is stripped away and it’s as if a mechanism is exposed, and you can see into someone’s mind.”

That approach guided Faces on Film’s first two releases, The Troubles (2008) and Some Weather (2010), which earned Best of Boston acclaim and praise from outlets like NPR and PopMatters. Perhaps not surprisingly, the latter was inspired by a series of recurring dreams; like “Waiting for GA,” Some Weather captures more of an ethereal sense of existence without unnecessarily descriptive details. His reluctance to explicitly divulge the meaning behind his songs is central to his songwriting philosophy. “I have this weird superstition,” he explains. “If you can identify the source of something and too perfectly pinpoint it, it can go away. It loses something you had before you could describe it. There’s no more possibility as soon as you attach a description to it.”

You can listen to the track and watch the video below; visit Shaking Through’s website to see photos, interviews, and more from the session.

Shaking Through: Faces on Film from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.