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Boston, Massachusetts
Seaport Hotel benefits
  • Complimentary Internet
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • 3 Restaurants and Bars
  • One of Boston's Best Gyms
  • Free Bicycles to Explore
  • Free Electric Car Charging
  • MBTA "T" stop on campus
  • Heated indoor pool
31 - Jan
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Where:Atwood's Tavern, 877 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, 02141
Conventional wisdom has guided bands in the computer age towards isolationism; find ones turf, stake a claim, and interpret peer success as a call to arms. Void Union has propelled itself out of cyberspaces din with a counterintuitive mission statement: Preserve the Jamaican music of the 1960s, collaborate with Skas originators, and actively recruit guest players from the ensembles that have proven equal to the task of reinventing the genre. Some of those musicians include Derrick Morgan, The Skatalites, Lynval Golding (The Specials), King Django, Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Chris Rhodes (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Spring Heeled Jack),and David Hillyard (The Slackers, Hepcat), all of whom feature on the Void Unions recordings. Void Unions sophomore full-length, Higher Guns, is the result of combining the groups collective ethos with a savvy navigation of the current recording industry. The original concept of fielding an augmented lineup to record a live instrumental full-length was derailed by the individual members touring commitments with Westbound Train, The Toasters, Dave Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7 and other modern contenders. In response, the band adapted by working both on their own and with a bevy of guest vocalists in world-class studios, green rooms, bedrooms, and at least one jumbo jet. It is an engaging document that carefully balances a commitment to Jamaican authenticity with a reluctance to revert to genre cliché. King Django and Westbound Trains Obi Fernandez guide Aiming from a pulsating early-reggae rhythm into anthemic drunken catharsis. Angelo Moore infuses a relaxed bluebeat homage with his own demonic sense of tragi-comedy on Fly-A-Me-Away. Void Unions own formidable writing staff shows their range with the somber nocturne Revenge Ska, and the politico noir of Tea Party Girl. The core members close out the record with a spaghetti-western guitar instrumental, and a lone echo-drenched voice screaming the motto that has brought them to the brink
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