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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler at First Unitarian Church, Glenn Tilbrook at Tin Angel, Reagan Youth at Underground Arts and more…

Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler
Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler | photo courtesy of the artist
Locals Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler open for Nico Muhly and Richard Reed Parry at the First Unitarian Church tonight.  The harp / guitar / synth duo released its debut full-length Slant of Light last Tuesday, an LP that was recorded during the city-stopping snowstorm of last winter.  Lattimore and Zeigler have been performing live together for a few years now, but this release expands on the droning, exploratory, freeform pieces they have played in the past to include subtler, more introspective works as well.  Listen to “The White Balloon” below and get information for the show here. Continue reading →
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Glenn Tilbrook went to Wawa, then played an awesome set at World Cafe Live

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

The last time I saw a band from my youth, it was Go-Go’s in June at The Keswick Theater. I think that will be the closest I ever come to seeing a county fair rock show; no new songs, inviting kids onstage to do the “Cool Jerk” with them, they even did a Kiss cover for crying out loud. I prayed that Glenn Tilbrook‘s performance at World Café Live would be more than an 80s nostalgia trip and, thank goodness, it was.

While Mr. Tilbrook’s last release of note was with his old band Squeeze, re-recording Squeeze songs (Spot the Difference, released in 2010), only a handful of these were played and the show focused on solo material. He played a bit from all three of his solo works and had about three brand new songs from an album he stated he put the finishing touches on earlier that day (he also said that the album was due to come out in May of this year, then June, July…well you get the idea).

His voice was immaculate, his under-rated guitar playing impeccable and his banter I can only describe as very chippy chappy happy Brit. He seemed to be having a great time as did drummer Simon Hanson. They played a new ditty called “Kevin and Dave” as a duet. They joked that the song was about Kevin Bacon and David Lynch; however, it was a slice-of-British-life song with lyrics reminiscent of those Tilbrook’s cohort Chris Difford might pen: two guys who hang out at a Wetherspoon’s type pub, dazzling everyone at karaoke and being small town bigshots. It was definitely the best of the new songs.

A riot would have ensued if no Squeeze songs were played: Tilbrook threw in “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Goodbye Girl” during the main set and the encore was all Squeeze. I was surprised that he played “Someone Else’s Bell,” a deep cut from East Side Story, but not surprised at all that “Tempted” from the same album made an appearance. While Tilbrook played to a nostalgic crowd, the solo material was just as well received. His show demonstrated that if you still have the gift, keep using it rather than dwelling on the past.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Glenn Tilbrook at World Cafe Live, Funky Blues Finale w/ James Cotton and David Dye at TLA, mewithoutYou at Musikfest Cafe

Squeeze80s British power pop sensation (and former Squeeze frontman) Glenn Tilbrook is playing at World Cafe Live tonight. Tilbrook has been touring the UK and U.S. in support of his upcoming solo release, expected to be out later this year. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s all ages event here. Watch as Tilbrook and his crew arrive to the states in his 2013 tour video below, and prepare for the show by listening to Tilbrook’s 2001 acoustic version of “Tempted” below.

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