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June 16, 2022

Thursdays with J.R. – Boss Rush

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

Welcome to the “Vagabond Inn,” our dirty little hotel room for this evening.  This just happens to be the name of this week’s track.  Husband and Wife duo Boss Rush hail from Alabama but for this track/video we spend the night in a hotel room jamming out with the duo.  The room feels familiar as the group sets up their instruments and begin to lead us along the fuzzy trail of guitar and drum rock.  Love the vocals, clean and powerful.  There is bass on the track but no player in the video.  It really makes the verses sing as the second one adds chorus washed guitar before the fuzz blast returns in the chorus.  The song comes down in the bridge with a droning up beat rhythm that glides into a syncopated beat on the toms.  The chorus washed guitar returns as we rush back to the final chorus.  Nice, tight rock and roll.  The song and video end with the hotel room phone ringing.  I wanted to pick up the line, I want to hear more.  Great song Boss Rush.  Already stuck in my head.

June 16, 2022

The B-Side: Mike Legere

It’s easy for a song to kick it’s way into our hearts with a big hook, punk energy, singular uniqueness or avant-garde weirdness, but let’s not forget the sublime and sneaky ones that creep in and take up residence without knocking the door off the hinges. “Dawson City” by Mike Legere is such a creeper, the kind of song on first listen you think “this is pretty good” and by the third listen you realize “no, this is perfection.” Hitting the same melancholic sweet spot as the Connells classic “74-75” (one of our all time favorite songs), Legere rides the line between disillusionment and hope in a way that feels so natural it feels less like lyrics and more like your own inner thoughts.

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