Bowery Boston & Girl Friday Present
Spirit Kid, The Luxury
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138
Doors 11:30 AM / Show 12:00 PM
This event is all ages
"Got kids? Love music? Then Rock-n-Romp is for you. Started in the Washington D.C. Rock-n-Romp is "a family friendly concert series showcasing fantastic local-area musicians and bands. Shows are held during the day in a relaxed, kid-safe environment. The volume might be low, but the music is designed for parents and kids both in mind. Kids enjoy the music, dance, or just enjoy the other activities available to them, and parents get the ever-so-rare opportunity to listen to great live music and enjoy a beer with other parents. Romps give parents who miss that aspect of their social life a chance to get out, enjoy some music that might be new to them, and expose their kids to great bands in a safe, friendly environment.
This show is all ages, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must also accompany a child to enter. Please ensure that no adult is responsible for accompanying more than three children. The child ticket is for ages 12 and younger. Opening acts subject to change without notice.
Spirit Kid is the musical moniker of songwriter Emeen Zarookian, backed by members of Boston bands Babydriver and Bent Shapes. Started in the mid-2000s as a solo project, Spirit Kid was officially formed in 2010 with the release of his debut self-titled album on the RPL Audio imprint.
The Boston based Indie-Pop band has since released a string of singles (7" and cassette) and an EP, supporting acts such as Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Zeus, Darwin Deez, and Here We Go Magic, throughout New England and down both coasts. The music has also seen several placements in film, TV, video games, and online videos.
The latest offering is a 2-song cassette and digital single entitled "Innocent Blues". Co-produced by TW Walsh (Pedro The Lion), the song boasts a Fleetwood Mac-esque 70's groove, while its B-Side "Where Did You Sleep" retains the jangly-pop and wistful harmonies that Spirit Kid is known for.
Emeen is currently hard at work co-producing album number two with Jeremy Mendicino (Pretty & Nice) which will be released Fall 2013.
Formed in 2005 in Boston, Massachusetts, The Luxury is an amalgamation of some of the area's finest rock talent and has been lauded as such, with local and national press touting the band's high-energy performances and lush recorded output - a grand, sweeping blend of UK-styled rock and pop.
The group came to be after the dissolution of lead singer/songwriter Jason Dunn's previous band, The Halogens, whose career arc led them from the small but vibrant music scene of Burlington, Vermont to Boston, a much larger stomping ground with a broader acceptance of the band's stylistic direction. Thanks to the histories and previous efforts of the band's members, The Luxury began where many bands eventually wind up - headlining the Cambridge clubs on the weekends and enjoying Boston area press and radio attention from the outset.
The band released their first recorded effort, This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, in February 2007. Recorded and produced in the very early stages of Dunn's home studio, which as of 2013 has produced well over a dozen recordings for various artists. Despite the youth of the group and Dunn's youth as an engineer, the record was a great success for any independent act, garnering airplay across the nation, landing in the CMJ top 200, and earning far-reaching praise for the band's musicianship, stratospheric melodies and harmony-laden arrangements.
In 2008, The Luxury filmed a video for the album track "Malcontent", directed by Trey Hamilton and featuring equal parts humor and shoestring budget creative tricks. In the summer of the same year, The Luxury was selected by UK megastars Coldplay to open their August performance in Boston. The band suddenly leapt from Boston's mid-sized clubs to the 20,000 seat Boston Garden for a massive performance. The band took the money from the show, purchased plane tickets and a van rental, and in September toured California under their own power.
The Luxury in 2006
The Luxury was selected to perform in 2009's Rock and Roll Rumble, in what would turn out to be the last year the 31-year old Boston tradition that took place under the banner of media giant WBCN before the station folded that summer. Previous winners of the 24-band, three-round competition have included 'Til Tuesday (1983), The Sheila Divine (2000), Bleu (2001) and The Dresden Dolls (2003). The band cruised through their preliminary round to a smashing victory, and although eliminated in the semifinals, The Luxury returned in the final round of the competition as a wildcard entry, swept the judging panel and won an enormous purse of cash and prizes, all of which were perfectly geared to support the band's next step, the July 2009 release of In The Wake Of What Won't Change.
The second album was recorded in a whirlwind tour of Boston's best studios, all included in the Rumble prize package, which enabled the band to release yet another record without the necessity of a record label. Adored by critics and fans alike, the album featured a rawer, more agressive sound that more accurately reflected the band's live energy without losing the thick harmonies and layered arrangements of the first release. Additionally, the band arranged the record to flow as two sides, harkening back to the days of the vinyl LP. The album and the multimedia-laden CD Release at the legendary Paradise Rock Club in Boston kept the band in the spotlight through the rest of '09 and into 2010.
In 2012, after a tumultuous year involving several lineup changes, the band released "Why don't You Cry Anymore (Like You Used To)?", a single/EP containing the title track, a searing live rendition of the band's first single "Seven Stories", a cover of a well-known 80's song and the lost track "Sleep Through Summer", originally recorded in 2009 for the second album. 2013 sees The Luxury with a brand-new rhythm section in Mark McGettrick (drums) and Adrian Greenbaum (bass), putting together their third full-length record and renewing their live schedule in the Northeast US.
$10 per Adult, $5 per child under 13
The Sinclair is general admission standing room only.
Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, or by phone at 800-745-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.
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