PHOTO CREDIT: KELLY DAVIDSON
BAND: THE MICHAEL J. EPSTEIN MEMORIAL LIBRARY
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Michael J. Epstein is busy. A member of Boston band of yore the Motion Sick and the one-night-band Positronic Rays, he also plays uke from time to time in Neutral Uke Hotel. Now he's in two bands that need acronyms to lessen their names' full strength — the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. It is safe to say that Mr. Epstein, alongside bandmate Sophia Cacciola, has made a significant imprint on Boston's music scene. Trading hats and mustaches (or vintage glasses), each of these bands is a completely different animal. The latest, the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, gather musicians without much prior exposure to perform genre-defying music. The idea is that the sum of the inexperienced parts creates a satisfying complete group. Epstein and company are able to shift from a song about fourth-grade blues to a rendition of Nick Cave's "The Weeping Song" with ease (they might have more in common there than you'd think). During "Every Time I Visit You, It Rains," Epstein and Tanya Palit sing, "Every club we go to is passé/dancing to the horrors they call music that day." If this is your experience of late, you now have a solution. The Library are part of the big "BalletRox Springs out of the Box" music-and-dance extravaganza at Dorchester's Strand Theatre on June 18.
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