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by Ryan Snyder

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ROUND TWO AT THE WHITE OAK

Frankie Beverly’s voice has been the catalyst for a more moments of joy than pain in the 35 years of Maze. For evidence, check out the crowd reaction in the band’s biggest hit “Joy & Pain” on Philly funk/soul band Maze’s Live In Los Angeles, one of the all-time underrated live records. The call and response is one of those moments of pure elation that jumps right off the track. Beverly’s cognac-soaked voice is at its best there, which is to also say that 25 years later, it’s hardly diminished. When Maze comes to the White Oak Amphitheatre this Saturday for the venue’s second event, they’ll show why they’re still one of the finest of the Quiet Storm era. These days, Maze is featuring the great Calvin Napper on drums, who coincidentally pounded the skins on local guitarist Sam Robinson’s debut album. Maze will be joined by the livers of the luxury brown themselves, Mint Condition. Tickets are $29.50 to $59.50 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

DINOSAUR, JR. PLAYS BUG FRONT TO BACK, GETS INTERVIEWED BY ROLLINS.

The vinyl revival is so 2009. All the good stuff is coming out on cassette tape these days. Take for instance Dinosaur, Jr.’s slacker opus Bug, which will be reissued for a second time, but this time it’s going to be on that sweet, sweet magnetic polymer. There’s only two places to get it, however. One being online, where 125 copies will be made available. The other being at shows, where the other 125 are sold. They’re purple, high quality tapes, so the dreaded sticky-shed will be delayed just a little longer. Lo and behold, the Amherst alt-rockers will be at the Cat’s Cradle this Monday, June 27 where, not coincidentally, they’ll be performing Bug in its entirety. Wait, there’s more! Henry Rollins himself will be on hand to interview the band before their set. Unfortunately, punk supergroup Off! won’t be opening this one, but Merge Records cofounder and Superchunk front man Mac McCaughan will be. Tickets for the show are $25 in advance and $28 at the door, and the chaos starts at 9 p.m.

“WILLIN’” TO GO OUT ON A TUESDAY?

Given Little Feat’s minor resurgence in popularity among jam fans since Phish covered their classic live album Waiting For Columbus during their Halloween show last year, it’s something of a coup that the Blind Tiger was able to reel them in for a show, if even on a Tuesday night. They played to more than 3,000 at the 2010 MerleFest, and the rest of their tour itinerary is outfitted with theaters and auditoriums, so it’s almost assured that the LA boogie rock legends’ show on June 28 will sell out. They’ll be joined by the fantastic roots-rock guitarist Roy Jay, who will open the show. Tickets are $28 in advance and $32 at the door, and the music starts at 9 p.m.

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