THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND with special guest BRYAN MURPHY of The Shills
Wednesday 6/14 - Boston Music Award nominated "Best Residency"
THE DENNIS BRENNAN BAND (w/ DUKE LEVINE, KEVIN BARRY, JESSE WILLIAMS, & BILLY BEARD)
with special guest: BRYAN MURPHY (The Shills)
$10 advance / $12 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:15 show (Dennis Brennan Band @ 9:15 and 11:00 / Guest at 10:30)
The Dennis Brennan Band featuring Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Jesse Williams and Billy Beard hit the carpets tonight doing two sets of classic Brennan featuring songs from the new CD Into This World and well curated covers. Joining them tonight will be the singer songwriter and guitarist of the powerful rock band The Shills, Bryan Murphy
Tonights guest: BRYAN MURPHY
You wouldnt know it from his lyrics, but Bryan Murphy was an angry kid. As frontman for Boston-based rock band The Shills, he writes appealing songs around inventive, guitar-based hooks. Its a far cry from his middle school hardcore band or the experimental performances of his college days at Eastman School of Music in upstate New York, where he was apt to scream at audiences or play his trumpet through heavy distortion.
I wanted to make anti-music, the Foxborough native explains. I wanted to make music that pissed people off. I really wanted to have people pull their hair out and run at us and shake us and tell us to stop.
Ten years later, Murphys weirdness is muted, though not completely erased. There is a certain eccentricity to The Shills, who are not afraid to take songs in unexpected directions. But at their heart they are a pop band. Murphy is a fervent admirer of Queen and cites Freddie Mercury as a primary influence on his singing. The Shills four membersMurphy on guitar and lead vocals, James Zaner on drums, Dave Sicilian on bass, and Ryan Jackson on guitarplay with clean, expert precision, and Murphy possesses an elastic falsetto that at times climbs into virtuosic realms.
MORE ON DENNIS BRENNAN.... To the uninitiated, Brennan could be considered Boston's own Leonard Cohen or Elvis Costello. His songwriting is respected by critics and musicians alike. Not only adept with the pen, Dennis Brennan is a highly accomplished performer and is known for his ability to span musical genres, styles, and era's with ease. His emotive and passionate voice is comfortable tackling classic country and R& B as well classic jazz, rock and blues. But it's really Brennan's originals that have set him apart. The Chicago Sun Times described him as "A rootsy, hard-edged rocker with the barroom soul of the pre-Woodstock Graham Parker and the unsparing insight of a working class poet." It's a fitting description if ever there was one. To the initiated faithful who attend every show, Dennis and his band (which includes guitarists Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Lyle Brewer, and Ian Kennedy on any given night along with the rhythm section of Billy Beard and Richard Gates) have etched so many indelible magical moments on the local collective conscious that they return each week to see what will happen next. . Do not miss your chance to see him... every Wednesday night right in your own back yard. The Dennis Brennan Band performs two sets every Wednesday night starting at 9:15 (8:30 doors). Ticket price may vary from week to week.
The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|