The Fenway Recordings Sessions series continues this Thursday, September 5th with DIRTY BEACHES, aka Alex Zhang Hungtai. Started as a one-man band in Montreal in 2005, DIRTY BEACHES uses a combination of drone instrumentals, film scores, and elements of popular music like blues, rockabilly, soul, R&B, and hip hop to create a unique sound. His music has received praise from some of the industry’s most influential voices, including multiple features from Pitchfork, Stereogum, Spinner, and The Wall Street Journal. His latest project is Drifters/Love Is The Devil. Get tickets to his show at Church HERE.

Just added to the Fenway Recordings Sessions fall line up is Australian American singer-songwriter and musician, BETTY WHO. Her debut single, “Somebody Loves You,” was premiered by pop music blogger and, at-the-time, official Grammy blogger Arjan Writes last November.  The song garnered immediate praise, spreading quickly online and being featured by other well-known outlets including Socialite Life, Pop On And On, and Popservations. A music video, directed by Evan Savitt, was released on January 22, 2013, and an official remix by acclaimed indie pop producer FM Attack was released on March 11, 2013. Betty Who’s debut EP, titled “The Movement,” premiered on Billboard on April 9, 2013, one week prior to its April 16 official release date. “Idolator” described the EP as “A spine-tinglingly euphoric 80’s pop nugget,” indie pop blog All Things Go claimed she was “charting new musical territory,” and the famous UK outlet Popjustice called it “the best proper EP so far of 2013.” Get tickets to the show HERE and check out a full list of upcoming Fenway Recordings Sessions shows on our Facebook.

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The Fenway Recordings Sessions is happy to announce a new show added to our lineup: BOY with support from Greg Holden. This show will be on October 8 at Brighton Music Hall. Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show.

BOY – a contagious confection that has spread across the internet like wildfire. The Hamburg-based duo gets your toes tapping, mind playing, feet moving, emotions travelling, head thinking, hips jerking.  The BOY phenomenon began this summer with their first single ‘Little Numbers’. Now, having conquered their native Germany and Switzerland, they are shipping their sharp brand of pop to the rest of Europe. These two girls want to make music that brings a smile to your face; music “about hopes and dreams and aspirations. We want to make music that’s positive and hopeful,” explains Valeska,. “There is more to music than heartbreak and loss,” agrees Sonja.

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The Fenway Recording Sessions continues this August with Gauntlet Hair at Church on Saturday, August 3rd. This year, the band released their sophomore album, “Stills,” which streamed in full before it’s official release via Pitchfork Advance. Listen to their stand out track “Top Bunk” and grab your tickets to the show now, before they’re gone.

The following Friday, August 9th, the White Buffalo also plays at Church. With their new album, “Shadows, Greys, and Evil Ways,” set for release on September 10th, White Buffalo will be touring the US throughout August and early September. Recently, the band’s track “The American Dream” was included in the soundtrack for the blockbuster flick, ‘The Lone Ranger’. Listen to the track in the album sampler.

Then, on August 21st, the Fenway Recordings Sessions welcomes Geographer and GRMLN at Church. After being selected one of three ‘Undiscovered Bands You Need To Hear Now’ by SPIN Magazine and garnering considerable word-of-mouth praise from their energetic live shows, the Geographer signed to San Francisco-based label Tricycle Records. Check out the session they did earlier this year with Audiotree and grab your tickets now. GRMLN will open the show.

To kick off our fall lineup, Dirty Beaches takes the stage at Church on September 5th. Dirty Beaches’ album “Drifters/Love is the Devil” was awarded a Best New Music certificate by Pitchfork. Stream the album on BandCamp and pick up your tickets to the show here

On September 13th we have a Sessions doubleheader! The Rosebuds play their own version of Sade’s “Love Deluxe” at The Red Room @ Cafe 939. Pick up your tickets here. On the same night, Lightning Dust takes the stage at Church. Amber Webber and Josh Wells of Lightning Dust recently released their third album “Fantasy” on June 25th. Jagjaguwar described it as “…skeletal synth pop, modern R&B beats…” Their track, Diamonds can be listened to for free here.

Just added to the fall lineup, Jenny Hval takes the stage at The Red Room @ Cafe 939 on Wednesday, September 25th. The Norwegian experimental singer/songwriter has received raving reviews, including a 9/10 from Pop Matters on her recent release “Innocence is Kinky.” Check out her track “Mephisto In The Water” on Soundcloud and pick up your tickets to the show here.

On October 16th, Foy Vance also plays The Red Room @ Cafe 939. The Irish singer/songwriter has toured with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Michael Kiwanuka, Marcus Foster, Snow Patrol, and Ed Sheeran, and takes to the road this fall to support his latest release. Listen to the title track of his latest album “Joy of Nothing” here and grab your tickets now.

Later into the fall, Disappears and Weekend play Church on Wednesday, October 23rd. On Aug 26, Disappears will releasing their new album “Era” which features the track “Power.” Weekend also takes the stage that night. Their new album “Jinx” was given three and a half stars in Rolling Stone and was recently featured on NPR‘s “First Listen,” which you can check out here. Opening the show is Nothing, a four piece punk band from Philadelphia. Check out their video for “Downward Years To Come,” which premiered via Stereogum and get your tickets to the show here.

San Fermin takes the stage on October 26th at The Red Room @ Cafe 939. Self-described as a “pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical composition” San Fermin is the project of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. Listen to “Sonsick,” the first track off of their self-titled album, due out this September via Downtown Records.

Gauntlet Hair @ Church :: August 3 :: Tickets
The White Buffalo @ Church :: August 9 :: Tickets
Geographer w/ GRMLN @ Church :: August 21 :: Tickets
Dirty Beaches @ Church :: September 5 :: Tickets
The Rosebuds @ The Red Room at Cafe 939 :: September 13 :: Tickets
Lightning Dust @ Church :: September 13 :: Tickets
Jenny Hval @ The Red Room at Cafe 939 :: September 25 :: Tickets
Foy Vance @ The Red Room at Cafe 939 :: October 16 :: Tickets
Disappears / Weekend @ Church :: October 23 :: Tickets
San Fermin @ The Red Room at Cafe 939 :: October 26 :: Tickets


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THE FENWAY RECORDINGS SESSIONS is excited to announce its 200th session, and the next show in the MTV Artist to Watch Live in Boston series.  On Sunday, January 27th, TEGAN AND SARA will be at Brighton Music Hall for an extremely intimate performance leading into the release of their upcoming album, Heartthrob, which will be out two days later, Tuesday, Jan. 29th.
The MTV Artist to Watch Live in Boston series, a collaboration between MTV, The Fenway Recordings Sessions and Brighton Music Hall, is an expansion of MTV Hive’s Live from Webster Hall series which has featured artists such as The National, The Black Keys, and Florence and the Machine.  Shows in these series are filmed and streamed live online at  Tegan and Sara will be the third Boston show in the series, which began last March with Cloud Nothings and continued this past December with Alt-J.  Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10am via Ticketmaster.
The Fenway Recordings Sessions, which began in 2004, has been involved with some of the most exciting live music to come through Boston in the past 8+ years.  Artists such as Of Monsters and Men, Ellie Goulding, MGMT, Yeasayer, Echo and the Bunnymen, Diplo, Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J, The Ghost of a Saber Toothed Tiger, Editors, Cold War Kids and Dum Dum Girls have all played the series, which has spanned venues from the House of Blues to The Paradise to TT The Bears to Great Scott.  Today, most shows happen at Brighton Music Hall, but 2013 also marks the first time the series will present shows at the Middle East Upstairs and Berklee’s Cafe 939.  In recent years, the series expanded beyond the city limits to New York, where we presented DJ Sets at the ACE Hotel from members of Freelance Whales, We Are Scientists, HAIM, Amazing Baby, and VHS or Beta, among others.  The collaboration with MTV Hive on the Live in Boston series is the most recent and exciting development in The Fenway Recordings Sessions, which we look forward to continuing for many more shows.
Here’s to the next 200!
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The Fenway Recordings Sessions is set to kick off 2013 this week with ARKELLS & RDGLDGRN, who will be at Brighton Music Hall on Thursday, Jan. 10.  Arkells, who won the 2012 Juno Award for ‘Group of the Year’ in their native Canada, are touring behind last year’s release, Michigan Left.  Listen to Michigan Left and their debut album, Jackson Square, on Spotify and come see them live on Thursday!  Also on the bill are Virginia’s RDGLDGRN – which stands for Red, Gold, Green – who recently announced they’ll be releasing an EP, also called Red, Gold, Green, in the very near future and have just been added to this year’s VANS Warped Tour.  Check out the video for their fun song, “I Love Lamp,” here, and get a free download of it in exchange for your email, here.  Tickets for this show can be found at this link.

We are also excited to announce WAKE OWL as the newest addition to the winter lineup, who will play Cafe 939 on Wednesday, February 20th.  The band has garnered comparisons to such artists as Mumford & Sons and AA Bondy, and is set to release its debut EP, Wild Country January 29th on Vagrant.  Listen to “Gold,” which was recently featured on Grey’s Anatomy, and check out the Noah Hyde remix of the track, here.  Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, January 11th at 10AM.

THIS THURSDAY, JAN. 10 :: ARKELLS/RDGLDGRN @ Brighton Music Hall :: Tickets
Wednesday, Jan. 16 :: THE NEIGHBOURHOOD @ Brighton Music Hall :: Tickets
Tuesday, Jan. 22 :: PALMA VIOLETS @ The Middle East Upstairs :: Tickets
Wednesday, Jan. 31 :: BUKE & GASE @ Brighton Music Hall :: Tickets
Tuesday, Feb. 12 :: WHY? w/ Dream Tiger & Astronautalis @ Brighton Music Hall :: Tickets
Wednesday, Feb. 13 :: WILLY MASON @ Cafe 939 :: Tickets**
Wednesday, Feb. 20 :: WAKE OWL @ Cafe 939 :: Tickets on sale Friday, Jan. 11 at 10AM
Saturday, Mar. 2 :: UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA w/ Foxygen & Wampire @ Brighton Music Hall :: Tickets
Friday, Mar. 22 :: MOUNT MORIAH/BLESSED FEATHERS @ Cafe 939 :: Tickets
Thursday, Mar. 28 :: MARCUS FOSTER / SEAN ROWE @ Cafe 939 :: Tickets
Thursday, Apr. 11 :: JAMIE LIDELL @ Brighton Music Hall :: Tickets
Saturday, Apr. 27 :: IAMX @ Brighton Music Hall :: Tickets


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ALT-J is returning for their second sold out Fenway Recordings Session on Sunday December 9th at Brighton Music Hall. Tickets are sold out but luckily the whole show will be taped as part of MTV Hive’s Live in Boston series, and on 12/12/12 the performance will stream in conjunction with MTV, VH1, CMT, and Comedy Central’s “Big and Best of 2012” event. To stream the event on 12/12/12 or for more info on “Big and Best of 2012” click HERE.

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