Just when you thought Bono's ego couldn't get any bigger, we bring you: U23D. Opens January 23 at the IMAX theater at New England Aquarium. But we bet you a black iPod that Hannah Montana in 3D trounces those dudes at the box office.
1. Vampire Weekend is officially going for adds, and coming to the MFA on February 9. We hope to bring you some video of the latter. In the meantime, here's the video for "A Punk," which we'll begin unsuccessfully lobbying our local alternative radio station to play:
2. On lesser note, REM has begun the countdown to their next studio album, Accelerate, which will show up on .
By now you've likely heard that the old-media version of In Rainbows limped into the top spot on the Billboard album charts, with a paltry 122,000 copies sold -- less than half of what Hail to the Thief did in its opening week (in 2003, back when 300,000 pieces wouldn't even get you the #2 slot), and an even smaller fraction of the number of copies that were estimated to have been downloaded when the band unleashed its online pay-what-thou-wilt model.
DOWNLOAD: Carla Bruni, "At Last The Secret Is Out" (mp3)
Several years back, Carla Bruni, a beautiful and talented Italian model turned French chanteuse, enjoyed her Keren Ann moment: that kind of modest moment in the sun that beautiful, quite-talented French singers have become accostomed to.
Belated big-ups to the Karmaloop dudes for doing a holiday party the way holiday parties need to get done: grab the biggest club-rap phenomenon of the year, bring her to town for her Boston debut, and allow her to play her Kanyeezy-approved underground hit not once but twice.
If you were a punk (before we were a punk) then you might have been at this 1982 punk rock fashion show -- held at Axis, then known as Spit -- which was captured on camera by the folks at KinoDV. Yes, we know the song is not contemporary to the video: but trust us, this is the real deal.
VIDEO: Punk Rock Fashion at Spit, 1982
. . . finally. For fuck's sake. Plus more alerts from the newly-announced Paradise schedule. . .
Justice with Busy P & FancyMarch 15 at Paradise Rock ClubOn sale Jan 12 at noon
Jose GonzalezMarch 13 at Paradise Rock ClubOn sale Jan 15 at noon
Dropkick MurphysMarch 16-17 at Paradise Rock Club
DOWNLOAD: The Patrons, "Don't Need Your Lovin' Anymore" (mp3)
Since releasing their 2006 debut All That Is Tied (Raggmopp), local alt-country dudes THE PATRONS have gotten . . . drunker. At least that's the first impression after a quick spin through their new Smoke After Smoke (Confab). The Patrons have an ecumenical approach to country-rock: from Gram Parsons (natch) to Doug Sahm, the Band, the Stones (cf.
DOWNLOAD: Andre Obin, "Premonition" (mp3)
First things first: there's still an ampersand connecting Matters & Dunaway. Last year the storied Boston micro-electro duo unveiled a macro-sized album on which they sounded like space-rock visionaries. But M&D's ANDRE OBIN has spent the past few months working his way back to techno on a batch of solo tracks that will be released next year on Ghostly International's new Moodgadget imprint.