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Indie Gaming Comes to The Hall Wildcard

Indie Gaming Comes to The Hall

By Chris Dahlen If you’re a fan of pop culture, the word “indie” probably has certain positive connotations: independent films are the ones made by passionate directors who would never bow to a focus group; independent musicians are the ones who you can actually meet at their merch tables, when they try to sell you a t-shirt. Artists who work independently give up a certain amount of support for a certain creative ideal, and their audiences embrace them—when the bet pays off. First-time filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky have found the same passion and weirdness in the world of videogames, and they tell their story in a movie that’s inspiring and compelling, even as it tackles a difficult and knotty subject: games made by small teams who spend most of their time hunched in front of their computers, quietly fixing or breaking their code. Read More Read More
Behind the Scenes with Thérèse LaGamma: On Tour by Bike, Cellist and Songwriter Ben Sollee Interviews

Behind the Scenes with Thérèse LaGamma: On Tour by Bike, Cellist and Songwriter Ben Sollee

Sollee first caught our attention four years ago when he was hailed by NPR’s Morning Edition as one of the “Top Ten Great Unknown Artists” of the year.  Not long after,  All Things Considered called his debut “an inspired collection of acoustic, folk and jazz flavored songs, filled with hope and the earnest belief that the world is good.” One of the things that sets him apart from other singer songwriters of his generation is that he performs and writes much of his music on the cello.  His music incorporates a unique mix of his Appalachian roots and R&B. His vocal stylings and penchant for intricate arrangements have earned him comparisons to Sufjan Stevens. Read More Read More
Social on the Seacoast: Last Chance to see the New Woody Allen Flick at The Music Hall In Brief

Social on the Seacoast: Last Chance to see the New Woody Allen Flick at The Music Hall

A kind of magic happens when the venue perfectly fits the entertainment. I felt this on July 4 when I saw Cole Porter’s Anything Goes on Broadway in NYC, and again a few days later when I saw Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love at The Music Hall on opening night of an exclusive 3-week run in the Seacoast. And like icing on the cake, I had a smile on my face throughout both delightful experiences. Read More Read More
Behind the Scenes with Thérèse LaGamma – Why We’re Sweet on The Sweetback Sisters Interviews

Behind the Scenes with Thérèse LaGamma – Why We’re Sweet on The Sweetback Sisters

The Sweetback Sisters have a sound that carries with it hints of the past with influences ranging from Patsy Kline to Jimmie Rodgers. They’re a terrific sextet of multi-talented musicians: Emily Miller, Zara Bode, Jesse Milnes, Ross Bellenoit, Stefan Amidon, and Peter Bitenc. If you like old timey, spirited country music that is able to rock a little harder than usual, this band is sure to put you in a good mood. This year they have been on the festival circuit performing to diverse audiences at SXSW music festival and opening up shows for giants like k.d.lang. They’re heading to Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA this summer, following their performance at The Music Hall Loft on Friday July 13 at 7pm & 9pm. You don’t want to miss this self-described “renegade retro band”—and if you love yodeling as much as I do, you’re in for a treat. I recently talked with Emily Miller about the band’s background, musical roots, and creative songwriting process. Read More Read More
Tales From The Music Hall Stage—From The Farthest Forests to Billy Bragg Music

Tales From The Music Hall Stage—From The Farthest Forests to Billy Bragg

By Peter Squires On April 21st, my band, The Farthest Forests, was lucky enough to perform at The Music Hall. As local musicians, this was a distinct honor – how many of us ever get the chance to perform for hundreds of people in such a beautiful, historic setting? What’s more, we had the honor of meeting and sharing the stage with the fantastic Felice Brothers and the otherworldly O’Death, and as part of the first ever Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival, we get to say we shared a place in history with the legendary Merle Haggard and Roseanne Cash. We are extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to play a part in such a momentous occasion. Read More Read More
The Big Easy Comes to Portsmouth Friday In Brief

The Big Easy Comes to Portsmouth Friday

By Patricia Lynch, Executive Director & Lead Curator This winter when in New York hunting for artists and acts to bring to The Music Hall I got to see Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Carnegie Hall. They were celebrating 50 years in the business and I have to admit I flashed back to being a little girl in Central Illinois and being taken to my first concert by my mother to experience real New Orleans Music—Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Read More Read More
Billy Bragg Celebrates Woody Guthrie on June 30 Interviews

Billy Bragg Celebrates Woody Guthrie on June 30

By Thérèse LaGamma I’ve been listening to Billy Bragg’s music—especially his Mr. Love & Justice and Mermaid Avenue recordings—and I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear his performance at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater on Saturday, June 30 at 8pm. Arguably the U.K.’s most famous activist singer-songwriter of modern times, Billy’s first set celebrates Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday by exploring and expanding the Guthrie songbook—he was one of a handful of musicians who had access to the Guthrie archives. His second set will be pure Billy. I recently talked with the London-based star about his music, his politics, and his connection to Woody’s legacy. Read on for a fascinating conversation. Read More Read More
Inside Scoop: Jim’s Big Ego Rocks The Loft June 29! Interviews

Inside Scoop: Jim’s Big Ego Rocks The Loft June 29!

By Thérèse LaGamma I’m pumped to welcome Jim’s Big Ego (JBE) to the Loft on Friday, June 29 at 8 pm. JBE is a band that has been making a lot of noise on the Boston music scene since the mid 90’s—performing in hip clubs like T.T. The Bears and The Middle East. Their song ‘Stress’ (video after the jump) was topping the charts on WERS, Emerson radio. Jim Infantino- the bands lead singer and founding member- rocks out while managing to insert both wisdom and razor sharp humor into his songs. Jim’s Big Ego is a cross between rockers Buffalo Tom and Stu &The Negro Problem. If you are a fan of either you will LOVE this band. Their new album has just come out. I was able to catch up with the talented - and very funny - Jim Infantino prior to its release. Read More Read More

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