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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Marietta, Georgia boy Ron Pope stops in at Headliners on October 1. A pop singer-songwriter, Pope is a prolific record-maker, having a list of albums that comes to eleven in seven years, which is no small feat. He's also done fairly well with televisions placements, getting songs on Fox's "So Yo Think You Can Dance," The Vampire Diaries and on a couple of British TV shows. He courted success first via ye olde Internet before moving on to a slightly more standard method: playing a lot. His second single from 2014's Calling Off The Dogs is "Nothing." He's been through town a couple of times, playing The Rud and Uncle Slayton's. Check out the video if you are not familiar with his work. Frances Cone and von Grey open. Tickets are $15.
Take a look at "Nothing" from Calling Off The Dogs:

--Paul Moffett

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The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis arrives at Whitney Hall on October 1 as a part of the Midnite Ramble series. Wynton Marsalis is, of course, deservedly famous for his work educating listeners about jazz and blues as well as music in general and has been in town several times. The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra is also top ranked among jazz orchestras. The LO PR has a rather succinct bit to say about it: "The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy. JALC believes Jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Because jazz is swinging, it dedicates that freedom to finding and maintaining common ground with others. Because jazz is rooted in the blues, it inspires us to face adversity with persistent optimism." Tickets start at $25.

Here's a video from a show at Cornell University:

--Paul Moffett

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sometimes the plugs for a band comes from the strangest of places; a few days back, I was in my dentist's office for a routine bit of teeth cleaning. The dental hygenist was chatting about spending the weekend on her houseboat once when a male friend called and said that The Paul Thorn Band was in town and he thought they should go, immediately, which she did, leaving weekend boat trip dead in the water, at least until the next day. With fans like that, you have to assume that a performer was something real going on. I expect my dental hygenist to be at Headliners Music Hall on October 2, when singer-songwriter and former boxer Paul Thorn brings both his bands, acoustic and electric, to town, supporting his latest, Too Blessed To Be Stressed, an album of songs he wrote to "make people feel good" rather than writing songs from his past. This, from a guy who wrote a song called "It's a Great Day To Whup Somebody's Ass."  Tickets are $20 Adv/$23 DoS.
Here's the official video for "Everybody Needs Somebody" from the new record:

--Paul Moffett

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<div style="padding-right:5px;">The <b>Mercury Ballroom</b> isn't going to be decked out&nbsp; tailgate fashion but it'll have a distinctively blue collar feel on October 2, when "Bro" country musician and former construction worker <b>Josh Thompson</b> drops by for a show, in support of his second album, <em>Turn It Up</em>, which recently peaked at No. 7 on the US Country charts. Like most Nashville singer/songwriters, Thompson first demonstrated that he could write, scoring the title cut of <strong>Jason Michael Carroll</strong>'s <em>Growing Up Is Getting Old</em> before signing with Columbia Records Nashville. Also like most Nashville artists, he's now on his third label, after two releases. <strong><a href="http://www.blaisestreets.com" title="Blaise Streets" target="_blank">Blaise Streets</a></strong> and <strong><a href="http://brinleyaddington.com/" title="Brinley Addington" target="_blank">Brinley Addington</a></strong> will open. Tickets are $10 / Balcony $15.<br><br><div style="\" clear:left;""="">Watch "Cold Beer With your Name On It":</div><br><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wUuLNGcACKk" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe><br></div><br>

--Paul Moffett

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Deadly serious whimsy might be the best label for the collective called Of Montreal, which rolls into Headliners October 3. Supposedly named after a failed romance with a woman "of Montreal," the band has moved from a peculiar mix of vaudeville, late-Sixties era Beatles and Kinks-style psychedelic pop to a (perhaps) equally odd mix of funk, glam, electronica and Afrobeat, with sides of folk rock and disco. They come by their eclectic tastes naturally, as the group comes from a larger collective called Elephant 6 (The Elephant 6 Recording Company), bound together by a shared admiration of Sixties pop. This also means that the bands tend to promiscuously share members, as well as exhibit a tendency to lyrical weirdness. They are on tour with Pillar Point, supporting their most recent record, Lousy With Sylvianbriar, and, presumably, their new DVD, a documentary called "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal." The Deloreans will open. Tickets are $17, adv/$20 DoS.

Watch the official video for "She AIn't Speakin' Now":

--Paul Moffett

For more info, click here.

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