All photos (c) Byron Smith
Panic! at the DiscoJuly 2 at Avalon, Boston
OTD ran into one of our older fishwrap colleagues at P!@TD -- clearly the old chap had been sent on assignment to figure out, on behalf of his daily tabloid, what all the fuss was about. From his expression, he was unmoved.
Doesn't is just break your heart when some out of town indie superstar comes town, borrows the Pops, and then writes in both Rolling Stone and the New York Times about how one of his favorite new bands is . . . the local jam-band laughingstock? Ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh. What's next? Aerosmith tells the Times their favorite Boston band is Jiggle the Handle?
Touch and Go's 25th anniversary party in Chicago, September 8-10, has confirmed a mini-set by Big Black -- plus a full one by Shellac -- as well as all-orig-members reuions by the Didjits, Girls Against Boys, and Scratch Acid, the band that begat the Jesus Lizard. A Jesus Lizard reunion isn't out of the question, either.
When we first met Noelle LeBlanc, she was a thriftstore tomboy in a bubble vest, polyester slacks rolled up to the knee, and the Dan Spitz/Frank Bello haircut, who was hanging out with some low-rent suburban svengali, riding her bike, and preparing to self-release an album that became the blueprint for Avril Lavigne’s debut.
DOWNLOAD: The Tenafly Vipers, "All Style, No Class" (mp3)
The weirdest part of that whole late-'90s Swedish obsession with swagger and grit was how it came to rest, oddly enough, on the North Shore, where Monster Magnet and Buckcherry magically turned townies into Backyard Babies fans. Fine by us.