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Boston* Does Bowie II: The city responds to a legend’s death with musical tributes

 

On Monday we reacted to news of David Bowie's death with a collection of covers done over the years by Boston bands and artists, from the proud glam template of the Daily Pravda and Sidewalk Driver to re-boots by Niki Luparelli and the Gold Diggers, Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, and Lifestyle.

In the days since, naturally, a whole new crop of covers have emerged (*in addition to a graffiti mural in Cambridge's Central Square, shown up top as the featured image). Some bands, like Dirty Bangs and Beach Toys, went into their practice spaces and rocked out in the name of Bowie, while others, like Sarah Blacker and Feints' Amy Douglas, took a more personal approach, opening up their mourning for personal renditions of the icon's sound. The Deep North took a song they recorded years ago, and in the wake of Bowie's death, offered it up to the gods (and their social media feeds).

Below is a sampling of fresh Bowie sounds to emerge from Boston this week. If we missed anything, email us at editorial@vanyaland.com.

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The Dazies, “Rebel Rebel”

“I was the ripe age of 14 when I first heard this song and from the first notes, I was sold,” writes Mikey Holland, whose Dazies residency at the Plough & Stars runs through January. “I was so immersed in punk rock I had no real idea of how far the branches and roots of ‪#‎DavidBowie‬ extended. I had no idea that living on my record player where multiple examples of his long lasting influence. I was schooled and hosed off in minutes. That’s great art, that’s beautiful art and that’s art that will live on and on and on. From The Dazies to you, sir. Rest easy heart emoticon.”

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