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Buffalo 8 to distribute OFF!'s 'Free LSD' Movie

Film distributor Buffalo 8 has acquired the rights to distribute OFF!'s film Free LSD, the movie that accompanies the album Free LSD. The cats of the movie includes OFF!'s Keith Morris, Dimitri Coats and Autry Fulbright II, along with the late Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro, Jack Black, James Duval, Dana Gould, Barry Del Sherman, Chelsea Debo and Chloe Dykstra. The film centers around an alternate reality Keith Morris, who works as sex shop owner and falls for a younger woman. His romantic escapades lead him to an unconventional erectile dysfunction doctor and an experimental drug. The drug’s side effects transport him to a parallel universe where he is not only OFF!’s singer but also the target of a relentless AI species bent on preventing the band from creating a consciousness-altering album.As you likely know, OFF! is ending this year after a few goodbye shows this summer.

Buffalo Tom and others lead ‘A Very FUNdraising XMAS’ in Somerville

<p>We’re fully aware we have yet to cross Halloween on the calendar, but suddenly we’re in the holiday spirit with eyes cast ahead. And that’s because this lovely fundraiser show was announced for December 16 at The Burren in Somerville — and if we waited until then to cover it and spread the word, chances are it’ll be very sold out. The night is dubbed A Very FUNdraising XMAS, and is designed to raise money for the National Network of […]</p>
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DS Album Review: L. A. Edwards – “Out Of The Heart Of Darkness”

L. A. Edwards for all intents and purposes is a band of brothers as well as the name of lead singer and main writer in the band. Led by Luke Andrew Edwards, the band which was originally intended to be a solo project has morphed into a family affair with his older brother Jay and […]

L. A. Edwards – Out Of The Heart Of Darkness

L. A. Edwards for all intents and purposes is a band of brothers as well as the name of lead singer and main writer in the band. Led by Luke Andrew Edwards, the band which was originally intended to be a solo project has morphed into a family affair with his older brother Jay and younger brother Jerry both having joined Luke as full-time members. Having been born and raised in southern California, and subsequently transplanted to Nashville, LA’s first two LP’s (2018’s True Blue and 2020’s Blessings From Home) were very Laurel-Canyon-meets-East-Nashville in their sound, easy going and tranquil country/folk-rock which was reminiscent of both Jackson Browne as well as the band Dawes in its style as well as sound.

With Out Of The Heart Of Darkness, LA Edwards’ new release out January 6th on Bitchin’ Music Group, the band has put together a very different kind of album with a distinctly more diverse and harder-edged sound. The album was recorded largely at Luke’s Seatle, WA home studio during the first half of 2022. Work on the album was temporarily put on hold while the band did some extensive touring with both Lucero and then The White Buffalo. Returning to the studio in September, the 3 brothers along with studio engineer, Hunter Rath finished up the recordings for the album. Lookng for a harder, more auster sound to compliment the voluminous material, the band brought in Grammy Award winner, Tom Lord-Alge to work on post production and mixing.

The Brothers Edwards

The album opens up with a short snippet of a young boy describing, as near as I can tell a near-death drowning experience. It is certainly a soundbite that might have come directly from Joseph Conrad’s epic novel from which I have to imagine Edwards co-opted the album’s moniker. Following this “Prelude” we get the album’s first actual song, a track called “Little Boy Blue,” which kicks off with a singular guitar riff, reminiscent of the opening of “Life In A Northern Town” from early the 80’s English folk-rock band Dream Acadamy. But before you have a chance to nestle into this gentle flow, you’re hit with a Springstonian power strum and there’s no looking back as the band pushes forward with what turns out to be a churning rock song replete with a majestic harmony-laden chorus which is just perfect.

The first single off of the album was released in early December and the first thing you will notice is that “Let It Out” is no soft country rocker. Right from the get-go of Luke’s 2,3,4,1,2,3 countdown, it becomes obvious that the Edwards boys are here to rock with this one. A jaunty, almost punkish number with top-heavy guitar backdrop, this song immediately brought some early Deer Tick to mind as I listened to the rhythmic guitar clapping along with LA’s huskier than in the past voice. The band got quite a marketing bonus when this one was picked up and included in the “The Dream Is Not Me,” episode in this year’s hottest TV show, Yellowstone.

The rocking continues a couple of songs later on the album with “Time To Go” which starts off with a distorted guitar line followed by what I’m sure will be an anthemic sing-along chorus before it builds and builds itself into a screeching guitar wall of sound, all while the words “is it now time to go?” is quietly harmonized in the background.

“Time To Go” is then followed by a somewhat mellower “Hi Rite Now!”, a country ditty that laments the appreciation for greener pastures so to speak. And even though compared to the previous track, “Hi…” seems to be mellower, it certainly is no power ballad by any stretch of the imagination.

“Peace Be With You” is the second to last song on the album and it starts off with a hard electric guitar strum leading into Luke’s beautiful vocals which remind me of my favorite (and unfortunately unknown outside of his native city of Little Rock) singers, Adam Faucett. And if you’re lucky enough to know Adam’s work, you will know that a comparison to him and his otherworldly voice is the utmost praise to which you can bestow on another singer.

All in all, L.A.Edwards, as one might expect from an album named after the book which spawned the movie “Apocalypse Now” takes on quite a journey with Out Of The Heart Of Darkness. The album is filled with human emotions which are all over the map and to perfectly augment these disparate emotions Luke, Jerry and Jay provide us with a musical and instrumental landscape which fits like a glove to the rollercoaster ride of feelings portrayed in this collection. While the songs by no means fit into any one easy, concise pigeon hole, they do work veritably seamlessly with one another. Be it Jay’s spooky keyboard work on “Already Gone” to the stoner protest of “Hi Rite Now!” to the beer-soaked barroom rock and roll of “Let It Out”, the songs on OOTHOD run the gamut yet fit together like distinctly shaped pieces of an intricate jigsaw puzzle.

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DS Album Review: The Windowsill’s pop-punk prowess shines on “Focus”

Dutch pop-punks The Windowsill have long held a special place in my heart as one of the true heavy hitters of modern “Ramonescore” style pop-punk. Since releasing their last record Make Your Own Kind of Music in 2017, the band shifted focus to their equally amazing side project Giant Eagles, through which they released one […]

Dutch pop-punks The Windowsill have long held a special place in my heart as one of the true heavy hitters of modern “Ramonescore” style pop-punk. Since releasing their last record Make Your Own Kind of Music in 2017, the band shifted focus to their equally amazing side project Giant Eagles, through which they released one of my favorite albums of 2020: Second Landing. But now the focus is back on the Windowsill and their new album Focus (pun very much so intended).

Focus had me hooked from the start with “Can’t Stop Love”. I’m a sucker for albums with well sequenced tracklists, and it’s hard to imagine they could have picked a more perfect opening track than this one. This quick shot of head-nodding, foot-tapping pop-punk was the perfect companion to the energy drink I was sipping the morning I decided to give this album its first listen.

Equally strong is the track that immediately follows: “Poor Buffalo”. This song keeps the momentum going, providing the first heavy dose of the Screeching Weasel-esque “nursery rhyme” style guitar leads that are a beloved hallmark of genre. And plenty subsequent doses of this melodic ear candy are delivered throughout the remainder of Focus.

I could continue to provide a track-by-track breakdown, but that would get boring and I’d undoubtedly run out of words to use. What I will say is that all 12 songs on this record are great, and equally deserving of being individually recognized. But if I had to pick favorites (in addition to the two tracks I already highlighted), I’d probably go with “The Dreams You Used to Sell”, “It’s Killing Me”, “Love You Better”, and “These Tears Are For Real”. I’m sure if you ask me a week from now what my favorite songs are, I’ll have a completely different answer for you.

Focus is an incredible album; one of the very best I’ve heard this year, pop-punk or otherwise. I thought I had my Top 10 Albums of 2022 locked in, but I thought wrong. The Windowsill showed up in the 11th hour and stole a spot on my list with ease. If you aren’t listening to this record, you’re fucking up big time.

Official Review Score: Focus receives Dying Scene’s maximum 5-Star Safety Rating

Focus is available on CD/digital here. For my fellow record collectors, vinyl should be coming in May, 2023.

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DS Exclusive: Check out Albany ska-punk band Girth Control’s music video for their brand new single “Brain Freeze”

Albany, NY ska-punk band Girth Control‘s brand new record Life’s Too Short For Girth Control is due out this Friday, March 1st on Insidious Industries. The trio describes it as their “magnum opus, a 25-song punk rock epic where the hooks keep coming, the jokes never quit, and the sincerity sneaks up on you”. We’re […]

Albany, NY ska-punk band Girth Control‘s brand new record Life’s Too Short For Girth Control is due out this Friday, March 1st on Insidious Industries. The trio describes it as their “magnum opus, a 25-song punk rock epic where the hooks keep coming, the jokes never quit, and the sincerity sneaks up on you”. We’re excited to get in on the action with our exclusive premiere of the album’s newest single “Brain Freeze”!

Check out the music video below and pre-order the record here. They’ve got two awesome vinyl color variants to choose from, Golden Dorito and Very Classy Green, each of which is limited to 100 copies. Those who do not share my appreciation for colorful polyvinyl chloride music discs can get the digital download for $4.20 (haha weed number funny).

This premiere is brought to you in part by Punk Rock Radar. If you’d like your band’s music video to be premiered by Dying Scene and Punk Rock Radar, go here and follow these instructions. You’ll be on your way to previously unimagined levels of fame and fortune in no time!

Go to a show!

Mar 01 – Empire Underground – Albany, NY
Mar 02 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
Mar 08 – Marigold Theater – Easthampton, MA
Mar 30 – Faces Brewing Co. – Malden, MA

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DS Interview: LA Edwards on “Out Of The Heart Of Darkness,” touring with heavyweight artists, running Bitchin’ Sauce, and more!

If you’re like us, one of the positive things that came out of the Covid shutdown and the way artists had to alter the way that they connected with fans is that it gave us a chance to check out a bunch of new music that we might have slept on previously. Case in point: […]

If you’re like us, one of the positive things that came out of the Covid shutdown and the way artists had to alter the way that they connected with fans is that it gave us a chance to check out a bunch of new music that we might have slept on previously. Case in point: LA Edwards. It was a name I’d certainly heard before, but it wasn’t until an opening appearance on Lucero’s Virtual Block Party in late 2020 that I said “hey, these guys are pretty great!” There was a cool, mellow, Laurel Canyony vibe to the sound, filled with great guitars and even greater harmonies.

Now that the world has reopened and Covid is no longer a thing (lol), the band finally made their way to the Northeast, opening for Lucero on their somewhat abbreviated run late last year. While Lucero are certainly well-known for epic live performances of their own, LA Edwards did a formidable job setting a high bar. The band followed that tour with a western US run with The White Buffalo, and yesterday, they release their latest (and undoubtedly greatest) full-length album, Out Of The Heart Of Darkness. If you missed it, here’s our review. We traded emails with frontman Luke Edwards to talk about the new album, what it’s like touring with a bunch of live heavyweights, how you balance being a full-time musician and owning a wildly successful food company and more! You can listen to the new album below, then keep scrolling to check out our chat!



Dying Scene (Jay Stone): First and foremost, thanks for taking some time to answer some of our questions. You’ve bookended your touring year with runs in support of The White Buffalo and had a few festivals and a bit of an abbreviated run with Lucero in the mix earlier this year. How does 2022 stack up amongst the touring years in your career?

Luke “LA” Edwards: Thank you for having me!  It was great to be back out on the road for 22, including our first run overseas to Europe and the Uk.  22 was one of our busier years with about 4.5 months out.  We’re feeling good and road ready!

Speaking of The White Buffalo, I’ve been lucky enough to interview Jake a couple times over the years, and he has to be on the shortlist of the more intense and dynamic performers that I’ve ever had the privilege to shoot. Does knowing your playing in support of a powerhouse live act (whether it’s Jake or Lucero or Lucinda Williams, etc) motivate you and the crew because you know you have to bring your A-game every night?

Most definitely!  It’s always our goal to serve the audience, and supporting and watching such amazing artists nightly is a master class that we are very thankful for.  

Speaking of tour, you were on the road with the amazingly talented Amanda Shires when the world shut down a few years ago. What do you remember about that time, particularly trying to maneuver that first handful of shows as things were closing down? Did you have a lot of other stuff that had to get postponed or canceled the longer that shutdown lasted?

That was definitely a wild ride.  I remember we were in the Northwest and the shows kept getting thinner and thinner until we cancelled the run and headed home.  A fan in Vancouver wisely stated at our last show, “We’re going to remember this as the time before Covid”….

All musicians are making up for their last 2 years so it’s a good time to be a fan.  It’s not the most artist-friendly touring landscape with the high costs and competition of everyone being out making up for lost time.  

Okay, let’s switch gears to the new album! Congratulations on Out Of The Heart Of Darkness! I’ve been a fan of your songwriting and your sound for a while now, but I have to say that from the first listen, I think this is your best and most diverse work yet! I have to imagine this was a fun record to make. Songs like “Let It Out” and “Hi Rite Now!” and that bridge/outro on “Surrender” really seem to tap into the live energy of an LA Edwards show. Was that a focus this time out? 

Thank you!  We’re very proud of the record.  I wrote most of it after our Europe tour and was feeling pretty exhausted and hungover in every way possible.  Those shows were the biggest of our career and I think that desire to rock the big rooms probably played a subconscious role in the songwriting process.  

One of the things that I was most impressed with in finally getting to see the band live on that Lucero run in the Northeast was how much of a killer guitar band you are. It feels like you did let the guitars off the proverbial leash a little more this time out, as it seems like there are some newer and different sounds and textures on this record. Is there a battle between the songwriter part of your brain that wants to serve the song best and provide atmosphere for a song to breathe in, and the guitar player side of your brain that maybe just wants to shred sometimes? 

Love that!  Yes we do love to play guitar.  My brother Jay is the real shredder, I mainly like to play slide since I don’t practice scales and speed drills enough.  On the new material Jay is playing the majority of the lead guitar, which allows me to focus a bit more on singing/dancing/falling etc.  We steered away from “solos” and went more “lead” style for the guitars, which has always been my favorite kind of playing.  I wanted the guitar to come from a more melodic/songwriting approach, similar to George Harrison/David Lindley etc., so I think it allows shredding within the fairway of the song/melody.

There are recurring themes of movement on a lot of your work but particularly on this album. Lots of references to the characters in your music traveling; sometimes they’re wandering, sometimes they’re escaping, or sometimes either returning home or, conversely, not being able to return home and having to move on. Why do you think that these are themes that resonate with you and, by extension, to your listeners?

Well we grew up in a military family so we never really settled down or had a childhood home, so that’s definitely in the DNA.  And then add becoming roving minstrels in a traveling band to the mix and you have homesick material covered.  I think a lot of people can relate to wanting to find their place.

A friend and frequent mention on the pages of Dying Scene over the years, Dave Hause, has increasingly collaborated with his younger brother Tim over the years and wrote an album called Blood Harmony that, in part, digs into that sort of cosmic sonic connection that siblings seem able to tap into that people without that family relationship can’t always. You’ve certainly played with some talented musicians not named Edwards in your time (shoutout to Alex Vo and Landon Pigg!!), but you and Jay and Jerry seem to have that “thing.” Is that a thing you’ve really explored and, if so, when did you realize that you had that sort of mutual musical language?

We grew up singing at church and listening to good harmony bands around the house, but we were mainly in crappy punk bands through high school.  We didn’t really fully dive into the harmonies till our late teens early 20s.  Once we did, we realized was uniquely our own and resonated with people on a deep, familial level.  Jay is classically trained so he has a lot of fun arranging weird, out of the box 3 part harmonies.  Aside from songwriting, it’s my favorite part of the whole deal.

I was surprised to see “The Crow” not listed on the tracklist for Out Of The Heart Of Darkness, in part because I’m a sucker for slide guitar and harmonica. What went into the decision to release that as a standalone single instead?

Well the Crow was actually recorded before “Blessings from Home” at Ten4 studio in Nashville in 2019.  We considered putting it on Blessings but it didn’t seem to fit anywhere sonically.  It’s a lot closer to the tones of the new record for sure, not really sure why we didn’t put it on there now that you mention it…maybe because it’s a few years older.

You’ve collaborated with the great Ron Blair pretty regularly at this point. On the list of surreal things that have happened in your time in the music industry, where does working with not just a Heartbreaker, but with the guy that Tom Petty himself called “always the best bass player in the room” rank?

We owe so much to Ron.  He’s our main mentor and a great sensei.  Having him enter the picture is definitely surreal and one of the most meaningful things to happen to us musically.  And he’s still the best bass player in the room!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention the success of your “day job” as co-founder of Bitchin’ Sauce which – shameless plug – is finally available in my neck of the woods and is really unlike anything else I’ve ever had. If you were able to go back and talk to high school-aged Luke, which do you think he’d be more mindblown by: your success as a touring musician with a handful of albums on his own label imprint under Universal records, or your success as co-founder of an award-winning, vegan specialty food company?

Both are very surprising, but I never thought I’d be in the food biz!

Thanks again for taking the time to answer our long-winded questions. If there’s anything else you’d like Dying Scene readers to know, feel free to do so here! Best of luck with Out Of The Heart Of Darkness, and hopefully we’ll catch you on the road again in the new year!!

See you out there, cheers Jay!!

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DS News: Less Than Jake announce Welcome to Rockview Tour w/ Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Toasters & more

Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have announced a US tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1997 album Hello Rockview. The Welcome to Rockview Tour runs from early July through the end of August and features support from Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Toasters, Spring Heeled Jack and the Venomous Pinks, among others. LTJ will […]

Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have announced a US tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1997 album Hello Rockview. The Welcome to Rockview Tour runs from early July through the end of August and features support from Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Toasters, Spring Heeled Jack and the Venomous Pinks, among others. LTJ will be playing Hello Rockview in its entirety every night.

General admission tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, March 23rd. VIP packages are available right now. Check out the tour dates below and go here for tickets.

Before the Welcome to Rockview Tour kicks off, Less Than Jake will be touring Europe and the UK. More info on that here.

Tour dates:

7/6 Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl *!
7/7 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom *!
7/8 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall *!
7/9 Detroit, MI @ St Andrews *!
7/11 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues Cleveland *!
7/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre *!
7/13 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *#
7/14 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA *#
7/15 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *#
7/16 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents *#
7/18 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live *^
7/19 Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27 *^
7/20 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *^
7/21 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *^
7/22 Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues Orlando *^
8/11 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall $^
8/12 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave $^
8/13 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre $^
8/15 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre $^
8/16 Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre $^
8/18 Denver, CO @ The Summit $^
8/19 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot $^
8/21 Seattle, WA @ Showbox $~
8/22 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall $~
8/24 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall $~
8/25 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex $~
8/26 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory OC $~
8/27 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre $~
8/29 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre $~
8/30 Austin, TX @ Mohawk $~

* = with Voodoo Glow Skulls
! = with Pink Spiders
# = with Spring Heeled Jack
^ = with Devon Kay & The Solutions
$ = with The Toasters
~ = with Venomous Pinks

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DS News: Mad Caddies sign to SBÄM Records, releasing new album this summer

SoCal ska-punk veterans the Mad Caddies have signed to SBÄM Records, with plans to release a new full-length album this summer. This marks the end of the band’s 25+ year run with Fat Wreck Chords. All seven Mad Caddies LPs were released through the label, starting with 1997’s Quality Soft Core on the Honest Don’s […]

SoCal ska-punk veterans the Mad Caddies have signed to SBÄM Records, with plans to release a new full-length album this summer. This marks the end of the band’s 25+ year run with Fat Wreck Chords. All seven Mad Caddies LPs were released through the label, starting with 1997’s Quality Soft Core on the Honest Don’s imprint.

This will also be the band’s first album featuring a lineup that was completely overhauled in 2022. New additions include drummer Sean Sellers (Good Riddance, Pulley, etc.) and Authority Zero guitarist Brandon Landelius, among others. Frontman Chuck Robertson is the last man standing from the band’s original lineup.

Stay tuned for more details on the new Mad Caddies record, and keep an eye out for the lead single coming soon. The band will be touring extensively throughout 2023; dates can be found below.

Tour Dates:

May 5, 2023 Wakehouse – Fresno/Reedley, CA
May 6, 2023 Great Change Brewery – Bakersfield, CA
May 7, 2023 The Ritz – San Jose, CA
May 9, 2023 Cornerstone – Berkley, CA
May 10, 2023 Slo Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
May 11, 2023 Ventura Music Hall – Ventura, CA
May 12, 2023 Lake Cachuma – Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez
May 13, 2023 Punk in Drublic Fest – San Diego, CA
May 14, 2023 Transplants Brewing – Palmdale, CA
June 6, 2023 Rumrunners – London, ON
June 7, 2023 Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON
June 8, 2023 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
June 9, 2023 Festival Au Lac – Granby, QC
June 10, 2023 Red Bridge Festival – Point Rouge, QC
June 11, 2023 L’Anti Bar & Spectacles – Quebec City, QC
June 12, 2023 Bronson Centre Theatre – Ottowa, ON
June 14, 2023 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
June 15, 2023 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
June 16, 2023 The Brooklyn Monarch – Brooklyn, NY
June 17, 2023 Spotlight at the Paramount – Huntington,NY
June 18, 2023 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
June 20, 2023 The Bunker – Virginia Beach, VA
June 21, 2023 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
June 22, 2023 Cafe DaVinci , Deland, FL
June 23, 2023 Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL
June 24, 2023 Terra Fermata – Stuart, FL
June 25, 2023 Melbourne, FL – Debauchery w/Supervillians
June 27, 2023 The Cobra – Nashville, TN
June 28, 2023 Headliners – Louisville, KY

  1. Stoked

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DS News: MxPx playing free Christmas live stream show tonight

MxPx has a well established reputation as one of the most festive bands in punk. This year the Bremerton pop-punk veterans will be celebrating Christmas with a free live stream show tonight, December 23rd, at 6:30pm PST (that’s 9:30pm for my fellow east coasters). You can watch a recording of the stream below. It’s also […]

MxPx has a well established reputation as one of the most festive bands in punk. This year the Bremerton pop-punk veterans will be celebrating Christmas with a free live stream show tonight, December 23rd, at 6:30pm PST (that’s 9:30pm for my fellow east coasters).

You can watch a recording of the stream below. It’s also available on the band’s Facebook page, along with all their other socials, where they’ll be taking song requests from the chat. Everyone please request “Something More” (that’s my favorite MxPx song ?).

If you’re looking for a way-too-late Christmas gift for the MxPx fan in your life, you can’t go wrong with the new colored vinyl reissues of Life in General, Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo, and The Ever Passing Moment.

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DS Photo Gallery: Lucero and L.A. Edwards return to Boston’s Paradise Rock Club (10/23/22)

This show was initially slated to take place a few days prior (Thursday the 20th, if you must know) but due to…reasons…the band was forced to cancel a few shows in Hamden, CT, and Buffalo, NY, and Titusville, PA, but thankfully the Boston show was able to be slid from a Thursday to a Sunday […]

This show was initially slated to take place a few days prior (Thursday the 20th, if you must know) but due to…reasons…the band was forced to cancel a few shows in Hamden, CT, and Buffalo, NY, and Titusville, PA, but thankfully the Boston show was able to be slid from a Thursday to a Sunday evening, which means instead of being yours truly’s first Lucero show in five days, it was his first Lucero show in eight days. Talk about first-world problems.

ANYWAY…the rescheduled show marked Lucero’s first trip to Boston proper in just over a calendar year, and it took place back at Paradise Rock Club, the legendary 900-ish capacity venue that’s become a bit of a regular stop on the Memphis five-piece’s fall tours. Due in part to the show being moved to a new date (which, in turn, happened to be a cool and drizzly Sunday night), the show was perhaps a little more sparsely attended than it otherwise would have been, but that just gave the attendees more room to dance and get rowdy as the band ripped through a two-hour, twenty-four song barn-burner of a set.


The band kicked things off with the trio of “For The Lonely Ones,” “Chain Link Fence” and “Sweet Little Thing” as has been as close to a script as you’re going to get at a freewheeling Lucero show. From there, at least a cursory level of attention was paid to a “setlist,” although a look at the printed game plan (see the slideshow below) and a look at the list of songs they actually played reveals numerous deviations from the course. It’s a Lucero show, after all – you can’t go off the rails if there were never rails to begin with!


The band ended up playing a pretty representative sample of tracks from across their near quarter-century career. Four tracks from the upcoming twelfth studio album Should’ve Learned By Now (lead single “One Last Fuck You,” “Nothing’s Alright,” “Buy A Little Time,” and “Macon If We Make It,” the latter of which sounds like the closest thing to a crossover hit that we’ve heard from them in some time) were spread out between such classics as “Watch It Burn” and “Smoke” and “Texas & Tennessee” and, of course, “The War.” Crowd requests are a normal part of a Lucero show and they would have spent four hours playing all the suggestions lobbed at them on this night, but some surprise yesses included “Darken My Door” and “Pull Me Close, Don’t Let Go” and “Little Silver Heart” and “No Roses No More,” the latter of which dates back to the earliest days of Lucero’s career but has become a massive, dual-guitar shred-fest of a song that could easily serve as a cathartic show closer on any given night.


L.A. Edwards once again served as formidable openers on this particular night. It marked the band’s first appearance in Boston, although it wasn’t the band’s frontman and namesake’s first time in town, as he regaled the crowd with a story of a night spent at the very same venue years prior working as a guitar tech for the one-and-only Lucinda Williams…only to have one of her guitars wind up stolen on that very night. (Don’t worry, he tracked it down on Comm. Ave after a few nervous moments. A particular high note on this night found the three Edwards brothers (Jay, Jerry and Luke from left to right in the picture here) gathered around a solitary mic to kick off a soulful rendition of the Townes Van Zandt classic “If I Needed You” before returning to their respective instruments and joining guitarist Landon Pigg to close things out.


The Lucero/L.A. Edwards fall tour runs through the rest of this week, winding down Sunday night in Bloomingon, Illinois. Check the full bitchin’ rundown here, and check out our photo slideshows below!

Lucero Slideshow


L.A. Edwards Slideshow

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