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Debo Band (Boston Phoenix, 1.26.10)

February 5, 2010

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Last spring, Danny Mekonnen and Jonah Rapino led Boston's fledgling Ethiopian pop group Debo Band straight to Addis Ababa. They played a local festival, made friends with nightclub owners, and found an Ethiopian Airlines deal for a free trip down the coast to Tanzania. There, they hung out with expatriated Black Panthers, took giraffe safaris, and met organizers from one of the biggest music festivals in Africa, Zanzibar's Sauti za Busara. "It was totally far-fetched," says Rapino. "When we got to Tanzania, we still had enough equipment to have shows, so we went for it. We played with hip-hoppers and some '70s free-form thought poets in front of orphans — out in the jungle on the worst PA ever, with a horse wandering around."

The Residents (Boston Phoenix 2.1.10)

February 5, 2010

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This time, there's way more being left to chance. Fox says the band instructed their booking agent to get them gigs wherever he could; the result was a mixed bag of rock clubs large and small, with a few theaters thrown in. "I wouldn't say they're exactly looking forward to some of these venues," he admits. And of course, there are risks to letting the magic just happen every night. "Some nights it's going to be a fantastic show — and some nights it won't be at all." Here's hoping this Wednesday's appearance at the Middle East falls into that former category. But rest assured, even a terrible Residents show can be inspiring. Some of their greatest moments are also their worst. (Just listen to their migraine-inducing cover of "Satisfaction.") They've always been at their best as careless saboteurs, and this time around, that may be precisely what we're getting.