Ezra Furman & the Boy-Friends

Ezra Furman started writing songs. Then he broke up with his longtime sweetie and formed a blistering rock and roll band (in Boston) called Ezra Furman & the Harpoons. They made albums: Banging Down the Doors (2007), Inside the Human Body (2008), Moon Face (2009) and Mysterious Power (2011). And they played some really great shows. They even became popular overseas.

Then Ezra went solo. He holed up in the attic (in Chicago where he is from) and made The Year of No Returning, released in 2012. Ezra's follow-up album, entitled Day of the Dog, will be released in September of 2013 on Bar/None Records. Right now he is one of the best songwriters around. He rocks, he connects, he haunts and he kills. These days he usually plays with his wild band, The Boy-Friends. He's one of our finest Rock 'n' Roll fools, heart open wide and fangs bared. Keep your eyes peeled, ladies and gents. He's far from finished.

Originally formed as a trio in 2007 in Regina, SK, the now expansive rock sextet Rah Rah, will release their new record, The Poet's Dead digitally on October 2, 2012 and physically on October 23, 2012 via Hidden Pony Records. Recorded in the fall of 2011, under the production guidance of indie-rock recording experts Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado, Preistess), Rah Rah have fine-tuned the band and refined their sound. Lyrically, The Poet's Dead showcases some of the finest songwriting from the band and the strongest collective step forward to date.

Known for their energetic, enthralling live shows, where constantly swapping instruments and lead vocal duties is the norm, their shows also feature a parade of balloons, confetti canons, and the constant presence of the band's white, persian robotic mascot cat.

Rah Rah was crowned "Best New Canadian Band" and "Best New Alternative Band" by iTunes Canada in 2009. The band's songs have also been featured as iTunes Single of the Week and Starbucks Pick of the Week in Canada. The band has toured incessantly behind their previous two albums, sharing tours with the likes of Minus The Bear in Canada and USA, Wintersleep in Europe and Canada, and label-mates Said The Whale.

Shannon LaBrie

On Shannon Labrie’s debut album Just Be Honest, she kicks off the proceedings by staring down her demons and admonishing her biggest fears with “Secret,” a retro-R&B influenced song laced with vibrant horns. The young songwriter comes by her fears honestly, battling a serious (and ongoing) illness at age 9 and losing her father at 14. She grew up fast, at first rebelling, then spending several years on a curious solo journey across the country studying philosophy, theology and writing songs before settling into Nashville’s thriving independent music scene.

Adept on the piano and guitar, the singer/songwriter says she was “raised on James Taylor and Lauren Hill.” Music Connection named her as one of the “Best Unsigned Artists of 2012” and she was featured alongside Brooke Waggoner, Matthew Perryman Jones and others on the Nashville Indie Spotlight, a digital sampler available exclusively on iTunes.
Just Be Honest, which was released by Zodlounge Records, debuted in the Top Ten of iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart in February 2013. Perhaps the song that has gotten the most attention is “I Remember A Boy,” backed by soulful guitar tones that hint at Daniel Lanois. The track was an American Songwriter “Daily Discovery” and Bob Lefsetz singled it out in The Lefsetz Letter, noting: “This track affected me. Made me believe like the great singer-songwriters of yore, maybe this woman has something to say. That in this crazy, mixed-up, shook-up world she can illuminate her story and people can relate.”
The title song is a lush, rich plea that would fit alongside a playlist that includes Carole King and Norah Jones. “Gettin’ Tired” reveals Shannon’s penchant for jazz, a gift from her father, who “played original, complicated and beautiful songs regardless of the fact that he was never professionally trained,” she shares. “Heartache of Love” showcases her talent on piano and reveals her more intimate side, reveling in the feelings of love and loss, while a contagious optimism shoves the dark clouds aside in “Love Somebody.”
“In my darkest moments of loss, doubt and pain, I’ve been shown what it looks like to love someone and to be loved. My closest friends didn't run, didn't give up, and didn't let me sink. They stuck with me and brought me to the other side,” recalls Labrie. “I hope my music can do the same for someone else.”

Daniel Romano is a songwriter who channels country crooning and hard luck storytelling with cinematic fidelity. While references to marquee names like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard are apparent in Romano's music, the obvious influences certainly don't demystify his talent. His take on the golden age of country music is much more than a revivalist mission; Romano works with equal parts authenticity and creativity, and his musical world is rich with archetypes and archrivals, wry observations and earnest confessions.

His current release, Come Cry With Me, carries on with his traditional country aesthetic, musical and visual. Self-produced and played, for the most part, by himself, Romano's new album continues with themes of bad choices, hard times, boozing and losing. Amidst the tales of woebegone orphans, family knots and broken hearts, there are spoken word yarns that recall Hank Williams-as-Luke The Drifter. Romano's deep rumbling baritone vocal dips serve, conversely, to lighten the mood, leaving no doubt that this artist knows how to deliver a punch line.

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Ezra Furman and the Boy-Friends, Movember Indy Kick-Off Party, People For Urban Progress 5 Year Party with Rah Rah, Shannon LaBrie, Daniel Romano

Friday, November 1 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Do317 Lounge

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