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CALLIOPE MUSICALS – SATURDAY, 4/23 @ 5:00PM

Carrie Fussell and Matt Roth started Calliope Musicals in 2009, after seeing an Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes show that inspired them to form a similarly folksy, boy/girl, call-and-response pop band themselves. Their early work was sweet and acoustic, yet underdeveloped. Fussell always possessed a powerful voice and compelling stage presence, but it took a while for the band to capitalize on the energy stores they were apparently hiding. The addition of a vibraphonist, a drummer, a new bassist, an additional guitarist and a confetti rocket to its touring lineup, transformed Calliope Musicals into a full-blown psychedelic pop carnival. And now it’s been captured on record: freEP (yes, a free EP) is an immersive, mostly-live sampler ahead of the group’s full-length debut, due Spring 2016. NPR.org

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