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York High violinist tours with Ballroom Thieves and Maine Youth Rock Orchestra

A teen violinist from York will soon hit the road with a youth orchestra as part of a tour with the folk band The Ballroom Thieves.The Ballroom Thieves and Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, a group of about 25 students ages 12-18, are joining forces on a national tour, the first of its kind.“No national touring band has ever taken a youth orchestra out on tour, so this is a first for everyone. They have joined us for a couple songs, but we’ve never done a full set and a full tour, so it

Source: York High violinist tours with Ballroom Thieves and MYRO

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Get a bead on Boston’s Barbazons, Vundabar, Palehound, others

Being up here in New Hampshire, I can’t always get down to Boston to hear new music. But local cable show Boston Chronicle dedicated its entire episode (1/22/16) tonight to Boston music. It touched on the Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in the North End, local vinyl pressing sites and mentioned bands like Vundabar and Bad Rabbits. I heard about a couple other Boston bands that deserve mention here too. They’re not necessarily new, but definitely noteworthy. I’m always hungry to hear new bands and thankful when I do, so it’s all good.


(Boston, MA, 03/20/13) Fredua Boakye lead singer of Bad Rabbits rocks out during City Councilor John R. Connolly’s kickoff campaign for Boston mayor at the Omni Parker House Hotel on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Staff Photo by Matt Stone

Palehound is the project of singer/songwriter/guitarist Ellen Kempner, a Boston native, and now Yonkers transplant. The short bio I found states she started writing songs at 10, and she’s been influenced by Elliott Smith, Kim Deal and Angel Olsen. Her album Dry Food was released in August 2015.

Listen to Palehound’s performance of “Psychospeak” at Audiotree Live:

The Barbazons
, from Cambridge/Allston, were mentioned more briefly; this may be because their garage punk style might not go down as easy for the early-evening television crowd. For about five years they were called the Fagettes and owned up to that mistake, but thankfully did not change their music, which is unapologetic clash rock. Their newest album Avec Plaisir, was out last year.


Find the Barbazons on Bandcamp.

Listen to Vundabar below:


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