The first local music compilation album is almost finished. We have been spending the last few weeks recording with some of the area’s best local musicians in our multi-million dollar recording studio (umm… maybe not multi-million.. maybe .0001% of a million). Each artist has selected one of their songs and we recorded them- solo- just them- one person, alone with a guitar and their voice (except for Derek and Eric who performed as a duo, but we figured that was OK because their names rhyme). This album will surely be the best release you will hear- ever.

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Supporting the local arts helps support a community. Music is a thing that brings people together- music is always playing around you, it is what moves us. If you are in a mall, or on hold, or in a bar, or even at the Doctors office; Music is playing. We as humans all to often forget that music doesn’t need to be done by celebrity bands or musicians to be good. The music made right in your back yard is some of the best around- I guarantee it. Those bands and musicians need your support. You can help in SO many ways and some for free that you can do right from the safety of your smart phone while you are pooping. Here is a list of ten things you can do:

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By Rachel Vogelzang
I got my start playing open mics here in Concord. If it weren't for the loving, caring, occasionally overly-friendly crowd of musicians who cheered me on, I don't know if I would be where I'm at today. Which is running between one and three open mics a week, offering new performers a chance to shine, and coming up with passive-aggressive lists about the few things I dislike about my totally kickass job.

I love my job, don't get me wrong. I get to hear new talent, hang out with old friends, and be a smartass on the microphone. I've only been doing the hosting thing for a little over a year now, so I'm no expert. However, I have pulled together a few things you can do if you really want to piss off the person who is assisting you in your 15 to 20 minutes of late night local music fame.

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Do you think you know a lot about the local music scene? Take our short little quiz to see how you fair in points! Make sure to comment at the end of this article your score to see how you stack up against your friends.

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18th Annual New England Homebrewers Jamboree

What are you doing September 5 - September 7 2014? I am heading up to Tamworth, New Hampshire for the 18th Annual New England Homebrewers Jamboree. This festival features some of the best regionally brewed beer you can find. You get to taste, camp and get pretty snookered. Along with all of that, you get to hear the top band bands in the state play their tunes. Like peanut butter and jelly- music and beer go together perfectly. PLUS- there is camping!!!! Camping and music go together well like umm… beer and music. On top of all that, this is an event that cares. All the proceeds from the Jamboree benefit Make-A-Wish New Hampshire.

We here at like to try and review as many bands as we can. Sometimes that is hard since we cannot make every single show to give each band a fair review. We wanted to make it down to see a new band to town last night at Pencuches but We just couldn’t get out of the house (by this we mean, too drunk after mowing the lawn to drive) So we sent an IM on Facebook to Mark, the drummer of Ghost Dinner Band, to see what that band was all about. Below is an exact transcript of our conversation. Nothing was taken out and names were not changed.

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I hate Rachel Vogelzang. She has destroyed my afternoon. She is recording a new album and has a pledge drive going on over at to support her album (it's like Kickstarter but better). So, why does this make me want to rip out a clump of her hair, set it on fire and toss it at her? Let me explain, I don’t hate her - I passionately despise her and want to stab her in her freckling face because I LOVE the items she has up for exclusives. I can’t decide which one I want to buy. I made the decision that I would spend about 20 bucks to help her meet her goal, but, there are just too many great things to choose from! F*%^ you Rachel Vogelzang!!!!!

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Were you at Market Days this past weekend? I was. Were you there for the performance by the Rippin’ E Brakes in Bicentennial Square? I was. Were you blown away by the music? I was. Did Lucas Gallo and Eric Reingold make you cry because they pointed at you and snickered? Uummm no? uumm no- me either. OK- moving on. I have seen The Rippin’ E Brakes a number of times. I have always enjoyed their music but this show seriously blew my mind more than any of their past performances. I could not figure out what happened to this band. They were tight as hell and the music coming out of the speakers was spectacular.

Pat and The Hats started off as a three piece band. Then they added a backup singer, then another guitar, and now- a second backup singer Hannah Rose. Since we have already written so much about the other members of the band, we decided to attack their newest member Hannah with a stick. Since we couldn’t find a stick, we decided to attack her with questions. We sat down with her at Market Days in Concord this past weekend. We asked her our famous 5 questions- We asked for her number too- She said “42”. I think she didn’t understand what we were asking orrrrrrrrrr, maybe, she understood perfectly. In any event, she did answer our 5 questions- Her answers and direct personal cell phone number are below!

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