Boston music news: June 8, 2007

Notes on Angeline, Girl Authority, and Shadows Fall
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 4, 2007


Angeline

As Brett Milano detailed in “Cellars by Starlight”, a couple of years back Linda Viens and Emily Grogan were playing their guitars while their kids played together. Viens had sung with Bad Saints, Boston Rock Opera, and Crown Electric Company, among others, but she’d taken five years off. Grogan was a solo artist. Last year they started a side project — ANGELINE — and went into the studio with producer Asa Brebner, who’s also their bassist. The result: the sometimes melancholic, sometimes upbeat folk-rock CD Powdered Pearls. Next Thursday, June 14, Angeline will celebrate the disc’s release at the Paradise Lounge on a female-centered bill with Chapter and Verse and EJ Labb & the Free Association. “There’s a strong female-power thing in all these bands,” says Viens. “A fierceness. We’re not playing to the male version of a chick rock band.” . . . That same night, the Aphasia Center at Boston University is sponsoring the area debut of the documentary STROKE OF GENIUS at the Brattle Theatre. It’s about Dan Mountain, an ad writer who suffered a stroke, lapsed into a coma, and after 21 days had his life-support plug pulled — whereupon he woke up. Mountain has written poetry about his experience, and singer-songwriter Marc Black (with Art Garfunkel, Steve Gadd, and others) has turned them into songs. Black — who’s the father of Apollo Sunshine drummer Jeremy Black — will play numbers from the resulting CD before the film (the evening starts at 7) and answer questions following. Tickets are $25, with proceeds to benefit the Aphasia Center. . . . PorchLight Entertainment has joined with Rounder Records to develop a TV series and special projects for GIRL AUTHORITY. . . . And the Springfield quintet SHADOWS FALL will play the Hot Topic Presents Sounds of the Underground Tour, which stops at the Palladium in Worcester on July 13. Shadows Fall will alternate with Chimera and Every Time I Die in the slot preceding headliners GWAR.

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