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Alberta is the music of david boone. MMMMM is the title of his newest release.
“This record is really just the explosion of one thought, and each song is just some of the shrapnel.”
If this record came from an explosion, then the body it came from must be Frankenstein’s monster. Written on a salvation army piano, a couch modded guitar, and recorded in a garage built studio, it is hardly a record that screams slick, rather an album that is relentless in its exploration of color and attitude. Each song really does seem to float out somewhere on its own, but by the time all 11 tracks are through, the familiarity that at one time bound all together is obvious. Boone’s approach in the studio mirrors his approach outside of it. Four weeks after MMMMM was done, he sold all of his things, outfitted an old work van worthy enough to catch some rest in, and took off. Playing anywhere and everywhere, the 29 year old Detroit native — who called Chicago & Seattle each home for a spell, has been on the road since, and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
The League of Erics are the yin and yang of Chicagoland acoustic music. Singer/songwriters Eric Stafford Dinse (Led Astray, Jeff Brown and the New Black) and Eric Peter Schwartz have created a unique, entertaining blend of styles. Dinse's dark, bluesy storytelling (reminiscent of Nick Cave or Tom Waits) and Schwartz's pop-tinged folk-rock (melding influences like Bryan Adams and the Indigo Girls) come together in lively performances that run the emotional gamut.
Maya Keytar is a songwriter from Chicago, by way of small-town Iowa. Her ongoing mission is to give the KEYTAR the respect it deserves as a serious musical instrument.