Brad Delp, who committed suicide earlier this year, gets a proper sendoff August 19 at the Pavilion, with a benefit show that'll feature an original-members reunion of Boston (Sib Hashian, Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan, Fran Cosmo, and Tom Scholz), plus sets by Godsmack, Delp's Beatles tribute band Beatlejuice, and guest spots from Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Extreme's Gary Cherone.
The Dresden Dolls
Cyndi Lauper (and friends)
True Colors TourJune 17 at the Bank of America Pavilion, BostonCyndi Lauper / Erasure / Debbie Harry / Rufus Wainwright / Dresden Dolls / the Gossip
DOWNLOAD: The Dead Trees, "Shelter" (mp3)
Like a less-slanted but every-bit-as-enchanting Pavement, the band formerly known as Furvis sound as if they were off enjoying their own range life on this track from their new, self-released 6 Songs EP. Well, maybe "enjoying" isn't the right word: singer Mike Cummings seems to be suffering from a crisis of faith as he addresses the big guy in the sky: "God, I think I had a little failure .
File under: biting off more than they could chew.
Today indie hearthrob M. Ward and our beloved pop tart Kelly Clarkson both cancelled trips to the Hub, frankly acknowledging that they were waaay the fuck out of their league. Refreshing, almost.
Ward, who was gonna do a big shindig with the Pops as his backing band, backed out of his late-June shows at Symphony Hall.
It appears that after 15 years, Guns N Roses fabled "Chinese Democracy" has been completed. Unlike the last ten times you heard this, a finished version of the album has leaked to the internet through a piggish UK torrent site. (Said site, which maintains extremely nerdy standards for the material uploaded there, has twice deleted the torrent, apparently because it was transcoded from a non-digital source -- the album is currently unavailable there, but is about to metastasize into the mainstream internet.
Somehow this managed to evade our scrutiny for all things Dave Pino, who in our mind is one of Boston's certifiable loony musical geniuses (see the early lineup of Waltham and the mid-period lineup of Damone for further evidence.) In this YouTube classic, Dave attempts to learn how to swing a bass around his neck -- with a touching degree of safety preparedness, not to mention an as-yet-unreleased recording of his brother, Waltham front-hunk Frank Pino, singing the theme song from the 1986 BMX-ploitation classic Rad.
So all our favorite girls sent us new videos in the past 48 hours or so. Only Avril's sucks, but M.I.A.'s video for "Boyz" and the aforementioned David Lee Roth homage by Amanda Palmer are both so awesome we kind of didn't even notice. (Plus, we're still holding out hope on those rumors of a video for the Lil Mama remix of "Girlfriend."
. . . and other on-sale info for your Tuesday Ticket Alert.
Beastie BoysAt the Bank of America PavilionMonday, August 6, 2007 at 7:30 pmTickets are $45.00**plus $5.00 venue charge and applicable feesTickets go on-sale Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 10:00 am Bouncing Souls
Kele-vision: which band would Bloc Party's singer rather be in, Oasis or the Who? Paul Driscoll gets the lowdown from BP on an album's worth of unreleased material, which BMP band they were most psyched to see, about the best Oasis drummer ever. Click to watch the video.
Mp3 of the week: Aberdeen City, "Moving In Stereo"
Aberdeen City took a break from recording demos for their new album to cut a version of a hallowed Boston classic -- the Cars' "Moving In Stereo" -- as part of a super-limited-edition CD to benefit Children's Hospital. The disc also includes covers of songs by Juliana Hatfield, Til Tuesday, and Sebadoh by Hooray for Earth, the Bon Savants, and Boy In Static, all of whom will perform tonight -- Friday, June 8 -- at the Paradise.
Bang Camaro at Avalon
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Photos by Caitlin E. Curran
Most overheard comment when OTD first walked down Lansdowne St. last night: "Kings of Leon aren’t playing?!" Yep, KOL backed out at the last minute (minus many cool points for them) but it was truly their loss because the crowd at Best Music Poll was plentiful and apparently fueled by Red Bull - nearly seven hours after they trickled in, as the Cinematics played an ear-splittingly loud cover of a Beck track from Sea Change on the outdoor stage, Axis was packed to capacity as Silversun Pickups began their explosive set 15 minutes early, explaining that they were bored backstage and everyone was there already anyway.?xml:namespace>
Lock us up and throw away the key.
We had all kinds of rock-crushes on Joan Wasser back when she was a skunk-haired siren (<-- vid shot at MidEast!) sawing away on punk-rock violin in the Dambuilders (some tracks from their maje-label disc Encendedor over here). After moving to New York some years ago, she merged easily into that city's art-pop milleu, most notably as part of Antony and the Johnsons' coterie.
John Pike, drummer for the Syracuse indie band Ra Ra Riot, was found dead in Buzzards Bay on Sunday afternoon. He was 23. Pike went missing early Saturday morning in Fairhaven, Mass., following a show on Friday night at the Living Room in Providence. Emergency workers began searching for the drummer on Sunday; Pike's body was found yesterday in seven feet of water, about 150 yards from a spot where searchers found his Blackberry on Saturday.
No, you didn't dream it: that was Bang Camaro's "Push Push (Lady Lightning)" playing when Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron-Cohen got up to accept last night at the MTV Movie Awards. To see the clip -- which includes Sacha's bitch-slap -- click the link below.
WATCH: Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen featuring Bang Camaro on the MTV Movie Awards
Just thought you'd want to know . . .