The Fenway – November Music Spotlight

The Fenway – November Music Spotlight

From huge, loud touring acts to local, acoustic songwriters, there’s something musical happening in The Fenway every day of the week. We’ll keep you up to date on the latest shows and events. Here are some highlights from this month’s schedule.

November 1 – Café 939
Ryley Walker
Ryley Walker’s latest work, “Golden Sings That Have Been Sung” is a tribute to his hometown of Chicago. Recently released on the great Dead Oceans label, the much-lauded work ranges from acoustic psychedelic folk to soulful deconstructed blues ballads. Walker is back in town on his seemingly endless tour, but you may never be able to see him in such a small venue again.  


November 10 – Café 939
Ben Sollee
Learning to Bend
A multi-instrumentalist best known for his cello compositions and political activism, Ben Sollee has been known to do whole tours on his bicycle with his cello strapped to his back. He even biked over 300 miles to play his set at Bonnaroo. With the unpredictable fall weather in New England, let’s hope he’s taking his car this time around. Having played alongside Abigail Washburn, Jim James, Bela Fleck, and Daniel Martin Moore, Sollee’s non-traditional approach to his instrument is an interesting combination of folk, jazz, bluegrass, and even R&B. Catch Sollee as he stops by Café 939 for an intimate show.


November 12 – House of Blues
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with Death From Above 1979
Good to Have You Back 
The best band to be named after Marlon Brando’s cinematic bike gang, BRMC rose to great prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s with their drone-y psych rock. While the great rock band hasn’t been heard from in quite some time, they will co-headline a bill with the Canadian hard rock duo, Death From Above 1979—who also have remained out of the spotlight for some time.


November 13 – House of Blues
Good Charlotte
Punk Revival
The pop-punk band Good Charlotte reunited a year ago after a four-year hiatus and has quickly gotten back to business. Their sixth record, Youth Authority, was released this past July was produced by John Feldmann with guest appearances from Kellin Quinn of Sleeping with Sirens, and Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro. Fans should expect a great mix of old and new material as the always gracious, melodic punkers return to Beantown for a rock revival.


November 14  – Berklee Performance Center 
Ani DiFranco
Righteous Babe
From busking on the streets of Buffalo and playing coffee shops to great acclaim, Ani DiFranco has built her folk career from the bottom up. One of the first independent artists to start her own label, Righteous Babe, DiFranco became a model for artistic freedom in a time of label constraints. An outspoken activist, Ani has collaborated and recorded with musicians of many genres, from Prince to Greg Dulli. Ani’s 21st studio recording is due out next year. Stop by BPC and you may get a sneak peek.


November 15 – House of Blues
Fitz and The Tantrums  
Have a Fit…The Good Kind 
With just three records under their belts, Fitz and the Tantrums have caused quite a stir in pop culture. Their songs have appeared in video games, several television shows and even a Wells Fargo ad. Self-described as “soul-influenced indie pop,” their recently released self-titled album hit stores in June and reached #17 on the Billboard charts. While Fitz and company are usually playing the festival circuit, this fall they are playing a series of U.S. club dates.


November 17 –  House of Blues 
You Can't Imagine How Much Fun They're Having
Formed in Minneapolis way back in 1989, Atmosphere is a collaboration between rapper Slug and DJ/producer Ant. With 11 albums of storytelling rap focusing on the dark sides of female relationships, family relationships and all around depression, Atmosphere’s 11 records are far from your everyday MC rants about indulgence and money—but that’s what makes them so refreshing. Members of Atmosphere have collaborated with Blackmoon, KRS-ONE, Aesop Rock, DoseOne, X-Ecutioners, DJ Vadim, El-P, and dozens of others. Come see them as they drop some knowledge tonight at the House of Blues. After a career of intriguing and provocative album names, their recent release is entitled Fishing Blues, which, in its simplicity, may be the most intriguing yet.


November 25 – House of Blues 
Dinosaur Jr with Buffalo Tom
UMASS Amherst Reunion
At first glance it may seem odd that Buffalo Tom would open for Dinosaur Jr. But looking back, it was actually Dinosaur’s lead singer J. Mascis who helped Buffalo Tom’s career take off back in the late 80s when he helped produce their first two albums and played guitar on their self-titled record. While Buffalo Tom would become one of the most popular indie bands in the 1990s, Dinosaur Jr. would disband before they saw the height of their fame. Reforming in 2005 by popular demand, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph have been playing together ever since to the delight of a new generation of fans (and the older generation that remembers their short-lived first go-round). Expect some onstage collaborations—and wear your earplugs! J. Mascis’s guitar prowess is only surpassed by the overwhelming volume from his army of Marshall amps.


November 26 – Berklee Performance Center
Carry On You Timeless Prog-Rockers 
Besides those occasional showstoppers who play Fenway Park, The Fenway doesn’t get too many “classic rock” bands—in the traditional sense. But Kansas, the 70s prog-rock band that gave you such epic hits like “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind” will be trading in its lifespan of sold-out stadiums for a relatively small show at the Berklee Performance Center. They may have aged—and so have we—but their songs are timeless.



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