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The Weekend Playlist: 11/20/14

We should note, for the love of all things good, one more time that we are giving away two tickets to see “The Last Waltz” performed live and in color this weekend at the Weinberg. But because it’s on Sunday, it will not appear in the below listings. Sad, we know. But still, check it out if you get the chance – it should be pretty awesomely awesome. As for what we actually have on tap for this weekend … well, Prophets Of The Abstract Truth will be jazzin’ things up at Ayse in a couple hours, so you won’t want to miss that. The Reunion is going to have some radical bluegrass. The funny, funny lads in Seaknuckel (not sure if they changed the spelling or if Cafe Nola’s website is just wrong) will be at Cafe Nola tomorrow night, and they rock harder than pretty much anything on earth. Cafe 611 will host a Get Funk show on Saturday, so if you are looking to get funky, that will be your chance. There is something called the Original Booze Brothers, which is kind of a great name for a band. And, of course, Jack Funk will funk-and-roll Olde Towne on Saturday night. It’s supposed to get warmer at some point, right? Let’s hope so. In the meantime (and in between time), take a look at what Frederick has going on this weekend and make a decision or three. Stay warm, friends.

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Fractal Cat: ‘Lovingkind’

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“I’m not afraid to say, ‘I love you, baby,’” Miles Gannett sings on the first song of Fractal Cat’s latest set, “Lovingkind.” No, he’s not. No, he’s really not. In fact, he’s so not afraid to say “I love you,” that it kind of feels like “Lovingkind” should come with a teddy bear and box of chocolates. Or, perhaps more accurately, a truckload of sunflowers and a few old pairs of bell-bottoms.

Why? Because from the beginning sounds of those acoustic guitar chords featured on that opening title track, it’s clear how tripped out Fractal Cat can be. Which, for the record, is a lot. A glorious amount of a lot, in fact, which translates beautifully into a whirlwind trip through psychedelia that touches on echoes of everything from experimental Beatles to the ill-fated Chicago indie-rock outfit This Is Me Smiling. As fun as it is pleasant, as expansive as it is simple, “Lovingkind” makes no apologies for being what it is.

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Video Of The Day: The Last Waltz Tribute’s ‘I Shall Be Released’

With one last effort to spread the word about our giveaway, today’s video features “The Last Waltz” tribute performing “I Shall Be Released,” just like The Band and Dylan did. Or something like that. Remember: These fabulous people will be taking the Weinberg stage Sunday afternoon and you – yes, you! – can still win two tickets to see it all go down. It promises to be better than great and you should know by now that we wouldn’t lie.

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Photo Of The Day: The Last Waltz

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Today’s photo is a press photo of Mrs. Julia Nixon, who will be in town on Sunday as part of a performance of “The Last Waltz.” Also in the photo are other people involved in recreating “The Last Waltz.” You can win tickets on this very site to see “The Last Waltz” performed in full at the Weinberg on Sunday. In conclusion, we have completed our goal of using the phrase “The Last Waltz” in every sentence in this post.

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Do You Want To Win Two Tickets To See The Last Waltz Live? Of Course You Do.

All right. So, check this out, friends, because this might be the neatest giveaway we’ve ever orchestrated: On Sunday, a group of amazing area musicians are coming to the Weinberg to perform “The Last Waltz.” According to the Weinberg’s website, among those musicians will be Bob Margolin, Big Joe Maher, Julia Nixon, Tom Principato, Ruthie Logsdon, Pete Ragusa and Mike Clem. Better yet? The show begins at 4 p.m., which means you’ll have plenty of time to get home and get ready to take on Monday.

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Video Of The Day: Joint Effort Loose, Live At The Ottobar

Check out today’s video, which features the great Joint Effort performing in Baltimore at the Ottobar. Why show this? Because Tuesdays have seemingly become Cafe 611 Days and tonight, Joint Effort will be there with Higher Education and Cutting Agency. It’s five bucks to get in the door and the show is set to begin at eight. The weather might be cold, but Cafe 611 will be hot. Yeah, who didn’t see the end of that sentence coming?

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Photo Of The Day: Ronnie Younkins

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Because if you can’t start the week off with the guy from Kix, then that week isn’t worth living. Check out Ronnie Younkins, who was the guitar player for Kix back in the day, as he performs recently at Cactus Flats. In cast you were wondering, yes, Kix was once featured on both “Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition” and “Leppardmania: A Tribute to Def Leppard.” Don’t close your eyes, friends. Don’t close your eyes. Photo by Bill Green. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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The Weekend Playlist: 11/13/14

So, how about that Polar Vortex, eh?!? And the snow (that’s snow, right?!). It’s November 13, and the year is over. That doesn’t mean the music stops, though! Notice that exclamation point. This weekend is going to be an interesting one in and around town. We have some really, super-duper, fascinatingly great shows going down and you – yes, you! – should take a few of them in. As we said earlier today, a brand new band is set to make their debut at Cafe Nola on Saturday and that band features members of Clutch and Crack The Sky. So, if you really want your mind to be blown … just sayin’. Elsewhere, the great dudes in Old Indian are going to take the stage at Guido’s, so you won’t want to miss that. Our near and dear friend Phil Kominski (featured above) is coming back to The Cellar Door (and as people who happened to be at his last Cellar Door show, here’s a word of advice: Get there early; the place gets crowded). There’s some awesomely awesome jazz going down tonight at Ayse, if you’re so inclined. If not, there’s always those Thursday night open mics that you really ought to check out every now and then. Red Sammy, who we’ve featured here a few times in the past, is coming up from Baltimore to acoustic-rock the Frederick Coffee Company. Hard Swimmin’ Fish will be at JoJo’s, so that should be a lot of fun. Ted Garber is taking his talents to the Bly Sky, despite him wanting some of us dead. Luscious Purr, who we Q&A-ed earlier today, will be at Dublin Roasters. And then, of course, Weedisweed. Come for the Backbeat. Stay for the Lucy. There’s no reason to stay indoors too much this weekend. Why? Because there’s just too many great things going on around town. Stay safe. Stay un-sick.

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A Q&A With Luscious Purr

Note: The below story was written by Andrea Dulanto. We would love to add a few links to places you might be able to find her on the Internet … but we have no idea who she is and The Internet isn’t necessarily helping. Either way, this Q&A appeared in today’s edition of 72 Hours. 

Alternative rock band Luscious Purr will play an all-ages show at Dublin Roasters in Frederick on Saturday. The band’s co-founders, Tracy Salka, an English teacher, and Melissa Yourich, a computer technician, met online in 2007.

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Video Of The Day: Fishwives Debut

Woke up this morning to find an email in the ol’ inbox from Doug at MD Tix about a show this weekend. What he forwarded along was the above video, which essentially serves as a de facto promo for a show this weekend at Cafe Nola. And who is going to be at that show? A brand new band called Fishwives. In fact, it’s their first performance. Why should you care? Because the trio features members of both Crack The Sky and Clutch. Yes, we know what you’re thinking: “Whoa, there. This is going to be incredible!” We know this because we’re thinking the same thing.  So, have a quick look at the video above and adjust your Saturday evening accordingly. Please and thank you.

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