Movers & Shakers
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Movers & Shakers

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Band Rock Americana

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Jun
18
Movers & Shakers @ T.T. The Bear's Place

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Apr
08
Movers & Shakers @ afterHOURS

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Mar
25
Movers & Shakers @ The Middle East (Downstairs)

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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Mar. 25 2010
Middle East Downstairs
Cambridge, MA
w/ the Black Lips

Boston’s prodigies of all good-things Americana, performed a tight nine song set at the Middle East Downstairs on Thursday, March 25th. Movers & Shakers’ music encapsulates some of the best elements of Americana: A fusion of rock, country and blues that form a fluid, sometimes gritty, simultaneously mournful and uplifting sound that hits as comforting and familiar even when it’s brand new. Their vocals are strong, at times melancholy and always imbued with a playful twinge of country twang that lends itself to both rambling rock songs and slower, mournful ballads. The balance of alt-rock lamentations and bluesy warbles blend harmoniously to bind the songs to each other, creating a cohesive overarching feel to the music that allows the group to shift focus to different styles ingrained in their work.

The instrumental work is strong: Rambling country-rock guitar sounds break into darker crescendos as effortlessly as they spin into freestyle breakdowns that showcase elements of bluegrass and jam bands. Drum work is tight, forceful without being overpowering, a solid and deep rhythm while the use of symbols adds a layer of metallic dissonance that comes across as being a necessary punctuation to the music. These musical layers inter-weave to create songs that ring as comforting, enjoyably familiar and accessible without being a rehashing of previous styles.

Movers & Shakers have carved their name through their catchy Americana offerings, energizing songs that draw equally from rock and country, bluegrass and rambling jams that all sounds fresh without sacrificing the portmanteau essence of the genre. Indeed, stepping into their music is a homecoming of sorts, a return to the classics ingrained in our musical consciousness that simultaneously challenges the audience to experience those classics in new ways. Movers & Shakers consistently re-examine the roots of American music to create glittering songs that blend dynamic vocals, talented guitars and solid rhythms to create the unique sense that their music is not something heard but something remembered.
-THE DELI - The Deli


...The crowd was most wound up before Movers & Shakers took the stage. Working around the absurd posted rules for dancing, the crowd was way into the whole set - it was so full of energy it was hard to not be dragged in. The whole band - from the woodsy, flannelled Dan Wallace on bass, to the ever-entertaining Marc Valois on guitar, organ and vocals - rocked the entire time. Playing many tracks from their record, Larrabee, Movers and Shakers' set was textbook for how to attract new fans and keep the energy high, the songs upbeat and the crowd invested... - PERFORMER


Last night Boston’s Movers and Shakers brought their brand of Replacements-era punk meets Tom Waits grit to Great Scott to play the final show of local legends The Serious Geniuses with Bread & Roses and Lemuria. Much like their press photos imply, the PBR was a plenty and these guys showed the packed house just how tight their live show can be.

The group may have been one of the opening acts, but with the hometown crowd on their side and a recently released record full of alt-rock/country laced anthems and tales of life, the group might as well be the closer. I mean, it’s not for everyone, but the best music is never intended to reach the masses – it’s intended to hit a certain group like a bullet and last night the entire crowd fell victim to Movers & Shakers steady aim.

- Under The Gun Review


A great record has more than just well-written songs. It has more than quality production. A great record captures a moment perfectly; you can hear the emotion in every bended note and strummed chord. It seems natural, almost effortless, and just feels right.

For Movers & Shakers, Larrabee is that album. Recorded in a cabin in the woods of Maine, Larrabee meanders from Replacements-ish punk to Tom Waits' burlesque, to good old backwoods rock. It's as if the Band added a little dirt and grit to their repertoire. From start to finish, Larrabee places you side by side with the band; you’re with them as they kick back some beers before laying down a track; you’re sitting with them on the porch of the cabin, looking out into the summer night; you take that shot of whiskey with them before they decide to add some trumpet blares to give “Boom Splat” its texture.

Opening with the almost gospel-themed “Adventures in an Unrealistic Life,” the Boston-based group explores all forms of Americana: gospel, soul, rock, country, punk -- it's all here. They transport you to another place and time, while still being able to sound fresh and relevant. In an age when music can become so digitized, Movers & Shakers reminds the listener what it’s like to become part of a record, to stay active and listen for the little things. Harmonies, claps, whistles, drunken mumbling all come through in subtle elegance on Larrabee. In another time Movers & Shakers would have been the mythical musicians roaming the South and Midwest playing in dance-halls and roadhouses. They are musicians that have honed their craft and reverted back to a sound of the past.

Simple in their execution, Movers & Shakers rely on the emotions emitted through their instruments and voices. On the ballad “Find a Reason,” a simple layered guitar intro leads to the soulful verse; “I've been reading all the headlines, quick as she come along she’ll be gone with the fireflies” cuts right to your stomach and you feel the ache. This is a song (and an album) to relieve the stresses of the modern world, to find solace in friends, beer, crappy bars and hard work. By the time the full band kicks in with a pounding shuffle, the song takes you away on a train (or so the lyrics say), relieving your pain in the process.

On “Bottom of the Ocean,” a song seemed to have been stolen straight from the vaults of the Band, mandolin and all, the group creates a country-rock depression, yearning for love, yet still knowing their faults can push it away. Closing with “Take Me Home,” Movers & Shakers instill a Memphis-soul sound that would make Alex Chilton proud. Mixed with the storytelling of Blake Schwarzenbach, this closer tells the tale of those downtrodden, working-class heroes that are constantly being rehashed. But instead of purely relating their depressed tales, there is a sense of a hope and gospel glory that is ready to sweep them away. Like all of Larrabee, “Take Me Home” embodies the idea that something better will come; maybe Movers & Shakers is that something.

- punknews.org


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