'The Roaring 20s' Show Preview

By: Shamus Hill

This upcoming Monday, December 30th, is set to be an incredible one as Chase Murphy will be headlining ‘The Roaring 20s’ at the Brighton Music Hall alongside both Swooli and Packy Marciano. Each of these Massachusetts-born artists are in possession of sensational discographies, so the Graduation Music staff thought that it’d only be right to select a few tracks that fans should familiarize themselves with prior to Monday night. If you consider yourself a fan of the local music scene, then this event is definitely a must-see, with each of these talents being some of the most reputable that our area has to offer.


Chase Murphy – “Miami Vices”

Featured on his latest project, Long Winters, “Miami Vices” is one of our favorite Chase releases to-date. While the majority of his songs make use of a pop-infused sound, this project allowed the Brookline native to experiment more with the Hip-Hop side of his artistry, which ultimately resulted in a project that his highly-pleasurable to listen to.

Swooli – “Millennial 20s”

Swooli’s “Millennial 20s” dropped towards the end of this past September, and is an excellent preview of what fans will see this Monday, as the music video literally shows Swooli performing with natural grace. He relays an infectious energy throughout each of his songs, and this feeling will only be amplified once he touches the stage at the Brighton Music Hall.

Packy Marciano – “Perfect”

More than 2 years since it’s release, Packy Marciano’s “Perfect” is quite literally that, perfect. He’s released a handful of tracks since Side Effects dropped, however this one will always be the first I think of when it comes to Packy. He’s consistently been one of the most electric performers that Massachusetts has to offer, so if you’ve yet to see this Brockton native on stage then there’s no better time than now.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO ‘THE ROARING 20s’ FEATURING CHASE MURPHY, SWOOLI, AND PACKY MARCIANO

Michael Christmas Announces ‘Role Model’ National Tour

By: Seamus Fay

Since the long-awaited release of Michael Christmas’ third album, Role Model, fans have been flocking towards the Boston native, praising him for the honesty and quality of his latest full-length effort. All of this success arrives deservedly so for Christmas, and in order to celebrate, he’s taking this stellar album on the road with a national tour.

Beginning September 5th in Columbia, Missouri and lasting all the way until November 2nd in Miami, Florida, this tour also features fellow Boston native Vintage Lee as well as the supporting act Matt & Kim. Select dates will include appearances from Sylvan LaCue and none other than the legend himself, OG Swaggerdick.

That being said, cop tickets here and if you haven’t already, listen to Role Model here!

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Leo The Kind – “Pieces of a Puzzle” [Live Version]

By: Seamus Fay

I’ve heard the name Leo The Kind before, but not until now can I say that I truly understood the range of his talent that he possesses so effortlessly. Surrounded by a beautiful, mountainous atmosphere and nothing but the calmed sounds of his own music, Leo is here to show us all just how special of an artist he is with a live performance of his song “Pieces of a Puzzle”. And in all of its synth-led glory, this is certainly not something to sleep on.

Shot by Lord Felix, Shelby Smilezs, and Moses Besong, the environment in which the video is shot plays to its sound with perfect chemistry. “Pieces of a Puzzle” has a naturally infectious sound, capturing a similar feeling to that of the fresh air and naturally illustrative scenes that we see in this performance. From the visuals to the music itself, Leo The Kind crafted together an absolute masterpiece, and for that, he deserves nothing but praise. Boston has yet another source of bountiful talent, and he goes by the name Leo.

Watch “Pieces of a Puzzle” at the link below:

Vintage Lee Announces First Headlining Show 2/8

By: Seamus Fay

At this point, it goes without saying that Vintage Lee is one of Roxbury’s most promising young stars. Between the widespread success of her debut mixtape, P.I.M.P., her single “Hennythings Possible” landing a spot on the NBA 2K18 soundtrack, and the numerous noteworthy singles that have continued to fuel her wave throughout the past few months, Lee cannot miss right now. Her hometown has embraced this talent with open arms, and today, she’s back on our pages with the announcement of her debut headlining show, “Pimp Paradise”.

Set for February 8th at the Middle East Upstairs, this show will feature additional performances from Valley and HighKeyRandom with the SuperSmashBroz and Fleeaveli on the ones and twos. This is a huge moment not only for Lee’s career but also for Roxbury, as it shows the fact that the city’s local scene refuses to be ignored right now. Venues in Boston may not quite see the vision yet, but when this show sells out, it will be sure to help to open their eyes in investing in local talents and the local fanbase.

And trust me, with the direction that she’s headed, in a year you’ll be wondering how you ever got the chance to see Vintage Lee for only $10. Be sure not to miss this hometown hero’s headlining show and peep the flyer below.

Artwork via @Gregisonfire 

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