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BoomBox Bring New Music to The Bowery Ballroom Tonight

February 17th, 2016

The Muscle Shoals, Ala., rock duo BoomBox formed when Zion Godchaux (guitar and vocals) and Russ Randolph (sequencers, groove boxes and turntables) met in 2004. They had each been drawn to music at a young age. Godchaux—the son of the Grateful Dead’s Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux—began playing drums when he was just two, and he took up the guitar and writing songs in his teens. Randolph, too, picked up the drums early before taking a keen interest in engineering and producing. All of this comes through in the band’s electronic rock and blues soundscapes designed to make you move. But when it comes to playing live, they don’t like to get tied down with set lists, instead letting the crowd dictate a musical direction. (“On a really good night, it’s like people are almost telling us what to play,” said Randolph.) On the heals of releasing the EP Bits & Pieces (stream it below) last month, BoomBox (above, doing “Mr. Boogie Man” for TourGigs) are out on the road, and they play The Bowery Ballroom tonight.