Posts Tagged music

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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Domestic Dubstep

CJ Saraceno, A11, is the author behind Domestic Dubstep, a blog about dubstep. Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music which NPR describes as “marked by a shuffling rhythm called 2-step with a heavy emphasis on bass and sub-bass…” and “better suited for head-bobbing than dancing.”

Saraceno writes of his blog:

Before the nation experiences this trend, I would like to set up a sort of base-camp where people can come together and document the phase in their dubstep relationship right before reaching the tipping point. Let’s share the moments when dubstep was most prevalent in our lives, the honeymoon period, which is distinguished by listeners’ attempts to live normal lives while integrating dubstep into their day to day activities.”

Here’s a video which integrates dubstep with making brunch:

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Flannery Brothers Benefit Concert

The Flannery Brothers, a children’s music group, will be performing a benefit concert Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium to benefit the Tufts Educational Day Care Center (TEDCC). Band member Dan Flannery (A’13) is a graduate teaching assistant at the TEDCC and a master’s student in the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Development.

The event description reads:

The Flannery Brothers are known for their engaging, refreshing, easy-going, “jam session in our living room” style. With influences ranging from Jonathan Richman and The Beach Boys to Harry Nilsson and the Muppets, the band is dedicated to creating musical experiences that are honest, organic, fun, and respectful of kids and their families.

Here’s a YouTube video of the group performing:

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Mir Roka

Paul Vidich E11 invented this instrument, called the Mir Roka, as part of his course in musical instrument design and manufacture, taught by Paul Lehrman.

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