Curdo's Music & Stuff (54)

Rob Riccitelli of WCYY: An exit interview

Radio has certainly seen its ups and downs over the years. As radio (and the music) industry got tossed around relentlessly for the past 16-plus years like a puppy’s new squeaky toy, we’ve been pretty lucky around here that we’ve been able to hold on to some solid stations. To be able to flip the dial and still hear great people on our local airwaves. Great people who’ve become friends and co-pilots as we drive…

Braden Merrick: All these things that he’s done

When we think of success stories with local music, we tend to quickly zone in on musicians and bands – those who broke away from the stages of Maine and made a serious go of it. Rustic Overtones, 6Gig, Twisted Roots, Sparks the Rescue, Jeremiah Freed, Cruel Hand, Paranoid Social Club, Spose, Lady Lamb, Nick Curran, Samuel James, Ray Lamontagne, Coke Weed, Sydney Bullins, Brzowski & Moshe, Dave Mallett, As Fast As, Too Late The…

What's wrong with the Eagles?

In the musical journeys bringing me all around this wonderful world my friends, I always seem to find someone, somewhere with a stick up their ass about the Eagles. I never hear anyone’s full explanation, though, as to why they detest the band so much or locate people’s reasoning. Yet, folks always seem to say it with a bad taste in their mouth and a spoiled look on their face, “I hate The Eagles” or…

Neil Collins: Captain Rock

I’d like to do something right now. I shouldn’t have to do this, but for those in the dark still, I’d like to cement a firm and founded stance right here. I would like to make sure that when anyone ever talks about the local music scene and they refer to the greats, the influential, the legends and the biggest names – that they always include and place high up, Neil Collins.   Foolish people and children might…

Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Heart … and Mark Curdo rock Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass.??

I don’t usually go for many of the packaged summer tours each year. That old band you used to love now updated with three brand new guys and the original keyboard player? Sorry, I just don’t get into those offerings. That said, I’m a huge fan of Cheap Trick and Joan Jett, though, and Heart is still powerful and intact. That I can get into. I’ve seen Cheap Trick and Joan a handful of times…

Rockin’ down the highway ... eventually

I recently bought a car. I’m pretty happy. It’s a decent car with a few bells and whistles I don’t necessarily care deeply about, but it came with the whole deal so what the hell. The car's safe, gets decent mileage (for an SUV) and it looks real nice all shiny and new. There’s no empty water bottles behind the passenger’s seat anymore, no loose receipts or ketchup stains on the armrest. I have a…

Shawn Saindon and his Idol, the couch surfer!

In the late '90s. Shawn Saindon became a big part of our local music scene in various ways through various outfits. Anyone going to Asylum back in the day to dance will remember Shawn spinning music for the old Retro Nights. Original music wise, he first debuted with his own solo record in 1998. Soon after, he teamed up with Jimmy Walls for one of the biggest local bands of the early 2000s, Vacationland. That…

The Asylum: We say goodbye and we say hello

It sucks to lose great music venues. We love our live music here. Iknow many of you miss Raoul’s, Zootz, the Tree, Big Easy, StoneCoast and Slainte. Nothing good lasts forever as they say. Earlier this week the Asylum closed its doors as “The Asylum,” after 18 years of memorable entertainment. The club on the corner of Center and Free streets, previously known as Morganfields, opened its doors in 1998 boasting a wide variety of…

Brian Wilson at Merrill Auditorium; Pet Sounds, a California Girl, rogue autographs and a demo

Last December the wonderful announcement was made that music legend Brian Wilson would hit the road with a band including former longtime Beach Boy bandmate Al Jardine and short time Beach Boy (and former Rolling Stones touring member) Blondie Chaplin for a 50th anniversary tour performing the legendary Pet Sounds album. Tickets sold out as quickly as they went on sale. This was one of those rare, special shows we see once in a great…

Summer mixtapes

With the Old Port Fest behind us now, it’s official; summer time is here! Course it might drop to 42 degrees tomorrow, but it’s summer, folks! To me the best moments of summer are when you catch yourself at the start of a good time. A split second pre-acknowledgement or foreshadowing of the good times ahead. It’s a super quick jolt you get when you know you’re about to go somewhere or hang out with some friends to…
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