One of the leading voices of Boston's music scene is blogger Ryan Spaulding of Ryan's Smashing Life. Always on the precipice of what's hot like a crystal ball for music, Ryan's Smashing Life is a go-to source for local music lovers. This Friday, May 18, Bostonians can catch three acts handpicked by Ryan himself at The Red Room @ Cafe 939 in what's sure to be a can't-miss show featuring singer-songwriter folk, Americana, Southern rock, blues, country, and pop. Starting at 8:00 p.m., Ryan's Smashing Life presents Runaway Dorothy, Gus + Scout, and Beautiful Small Machines.
How'd this dream team come together? "After attending the Outlaw Roadshow booked by Ryan and Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows at SXSW 2012, I extended an offer for Ryan to book one or more of his band into the Red Room for a showcase," explains Venue Manager/Talent Buyer Jackie Indrisano. "Simultaneously, I received an email from Berklee President Roger H. Brown regarding his son Lucas' friends Gus + Scout, who were gaining tons of noteriety not only for their lineage but for their amazing talent and songs. Ryan and I agreed this would be a perfect bill - a dream bill - if all three bands could perform at the Red Room on the same night. It'll be one for the books."
Here's some info about the artists:
RUNAWAY DOROTHY - It took a journey of 500 miles to unite the members of Runaway Dorothy. All hailing from the South, Dave, Brett, Evan and Sammy did not come together as Runaway Dorothy until mutual friends and good fortune brought the foursome together in New York City’s outer borough of Brooklyn. It wasn’t until Runaway Dorothy's Dave Parnell met North Carolina’s own Ryan Adams of Whiskeytown by chance, that he garnered the confidence to pursue his own music. The band has stirrings of Americana, Southern Rock and Country in their veins. Coming off an epic 12-show run this year at SxSW including a spot on Ryan's showcase with Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, Runaway Dorothy are set to release their sophomore album tilted THE WAIT in June.
GUS + SCOUT - Prepare to have your expectations for this night exceeded. Gus + Scout make beautiful, soaring vocals and blues-influenced folk rock. Members Gus Wenner (son of Rolling Stone founder Jan Wenner) and Scout Willis (daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis) have known one another since childhood but only started playing music together about a year ago while attending Brown University. That time has been well-spent as the sounds you will hear from up on the stage are some of the most beautiful and arresting we have heard in 2012. This will be their very first time together before an audience here in Boston.
BEAUTIFUL AND SMALL MACHINES - One of the big finds so far in 2012, the new MIA cover for "Paper Planes" by Beautiful Small Machines has taken the world by storm. The song has been on the front page for Hype Machine for the last two months. Clearly, there is something going on here. Caught somewhere between the 70's, 80's and deep space, the electro-pop duo of Bree Sharp and Don DiLego learned about comedy from Adult Swim and heartache from Philp K. Dick.
Check out those videos! I for one can't wait to see these acts live. Hope to see you there!