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Tufts Alums Get the Band Back Together

Last month, the band Papas Fritas, made up of Tufts alums Tony and Samantha Goddess, A95, Shivika Asthana, A95, and Keith Gendel, A94, reunited for a quick tour of Europe. The band was formed in 1992 while the members were students at the Medford/Somerville campus. Papas Fritas toured nationally and internationally following the members’ graduation from Tufts and released four albums over the years 1995-2003. After warming up with a couple of shows around Boston, the band jetted abroad for the last weeks of May to play five shows in France, Belgium and Spain.

Tufts E-News covered Tony Goddess’s success back in 2003 with this article

Check out the group’s website for tour dates, an extended biography and album reviews

Lastly, here are a couple of tracks from their 2000 album Buildings and Grounds

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Ezra Furman’s ‘Mysterious Power’

Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, an indie rock band featuring several Tufts grads, will release their new album, “Mysterious Power,” on April 5. The first single, featured below, is “Hard Time in a Terrible Land.”

According to the band, the song “examines how the ravages of unemployment, poverty and other crises we face in these challenging times threaten to bankrupt us spiritually as well, compromising our faith in the future.”

The new album is the band’s first for Red Parlor Records, which is distributed in the U.S. by ADA, a part of the Warner Music Group.

After playing at the annual SXSW Music showcase in Austin, Texas, last month, they embarked on a nationwide tour. The Harpoons will make a hometown stop on April 7 at Great Scott in nearby Allston, Mass.

Lead man Furman, bassist Job Mukkada and drummer Adam Abrutyn graduated from Tufts in 2008.

You can get updates from the band on Facebook.

We also profiled the band for E-News in April 2008.

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Midnight (at Tufts)

Midnight is “a booking group dedicated to bringing up-and-coming, local, and/or independent music to the Tufts community.”

They state on their website:

Our goal: create a social space around great music of all genres, and put on as many shows each semester as our meager budget will allow. ALL FOR FREE.”

Past concerts sponsored by Midnight include Tony Castles, Sonnymoon and Rodeo Church.

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Refining Their Craft

Tufts acoustic folk group The Dirty River String Band performed at the Crafts House on Dec. 11, showcasing not only their vocal skills, but a wide range of instrumental diversity, from guitars to fiddles and even the banjo.

Check out this video of the group covering popular English folk rock band Mumford and Sons’ “Little Lion Man.”

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