About five hours into the show Friday night at the Cambridge YMCA, MC and resident Whitehaus scribe Brian S. Ellis once again climbs on stage in a pool-shark three-piece suit to introduce the Needy Visions. “We knew we had to get the greatest band that Weymouth, Massachusetts, has ever produced. And we did research.
St. Vincent (photo by Sarah Cass)
CLUBS + CONCERTS
Aimee Mann | June 18 at Boarding House Park, Lowell | $29 advance/$35 day of show | On Sale Thursday, March 19 | http://www.lowellsummermusic.org
Joan Baez: 50th Anniversary Tour | June 30 at Boarding House Park, Lowell $35 advance/$40 day of show | On Sale Thursday, March 19 | http://www.
1. "Eat It," "Weird Al" Yankovic
2. "You're Pretty When I'm Drunk," Bloodhound Gang
3. "Big Balls," AC/DC
4. "Used to Love Her," Guns N' Roses
5. "The Chicken Dance"Full Tilt play their CD release show at the Middle East downstairs on Friday, March 20.
If you're still vertical after a day of drinking with House of Pain, the Dropkick Murphys, and/or Gaslight Anthem, the thing to do would be to pour yourself into ESTATE for Karmaloop's St. Patrick's Day throwdown with A-TRAK -- who, when he isn't plotting world domination with his label Fool's Gold (home to Kid Sister, Kid Cudi, Congorock, and Boston's own Sammy Bananas), or jet-setting on the decks with Kanye West, still somehow finds time to make kick-ass records.
If you couldn't score tix to House of Pain's UFC-sponsored reunion gig at the Roxy tonight, you can still jump around with the group this afternoon over at CONCEPTS in Harvard Square, where HOP will be unveiling -- and signing -- their St. Paddy's Day special-edition Campus 80 Addidas Originals ("Fine Malt Lyrics"!) and matching basketball jerseys .
With less than a month to go until Boston native the Juan Maclean drops his new DFA disc The Future Will Come, he's dropping a new remix EP today -- despite the fake first name, his real Irish last name couldn't help it. To celebrate, he's also letting loose a freebie extra bonus round remix for all you blog types.
I’m writing this South by Southwest intro from a poolside table at my mother’s crib in Florida. I came here to chill before diving into the hedonistic abyss known as SXSW, but wound up chasing painkillers with Bud bottles and banging on my laptop for three days.
All photos: Carina Mastrocola
Britney Spears + Pussycat Dolls | TD Banknorth Garden | March 16, 2009
more photos from last night's BRITNEY SPEARS blowout at the Garden
after the jump, along with the best of the night's YouTube clips.
Our Sandbox bretheren are waking early to get shitfaced bright and early this morning, so we expect them to be good and lacquered by the time we meet up with them around dinner time for Round 2 of WFNX's St. Paddy's Day mayhem. The only way in is to win tix on FNX, so head over to their website and harass them for list spots. We'll see you at the bar, or check back later this week for video.
Well, first of all, some girl shaved her head to get in.
Which is nothing compared to the mayhem that greeted anyone trying to get the 7:10 train home out of North Station. Holy christ, dudes. We've seen some insanely anxious fans before, but never have we seen a concert audience shut down a major metropolitan transportation hub.
One of the things that keeps us watching American Idol is that it's one of the few places -- besides random teenagers' blogs -- where you can hear people fucking with the real American songbook, the one that reaches from cheesy Heart ballads to weird Leonard Cohen songs that suddenly become bigger hits than when Jeff Buckley covered 'em.
MORE PHOTOS: Dropkick Murphys | House of Blue, Boston, MA | March 12, 2009
To judge by their merchandising, their popularity, and the position
they occupy in Boston's civic identity, the Dropkicks are in essence
the city's fifth major professional sports team -- with the added bonus
that they always win. They are greeted with a hero's welcome even before they present
themselves publicly. At the House of Blues, services commence with a
traditional Irish hymn (piped in) and a kilted bagpipe player (live)
and then, with room to spare and Celtic church-window tapestries
unfurled behind them, they arrive onstage blaring a three-chord
fanfare. The crowd tight enough in front for a rolling, stadium-like
pogo. Crowd surfers helpfully chuted off to the sides and delivered
back into the throng -- not summarily kicked to the curb. Good form. (Video after the jump.)
If you see an
older white Cambridge intellectual correcting someone who says “breakdancing”
instead of “breaking,” or explaining how the term “hip-hop” dates back to the
1940s, chances are he or she attended “Expect the Unexpected” last Tuesday, an
evening of boom-bap flair and Jody Adams flavor at the celeb chef’s heavily
propped Charles Hotel high-grubbery, Rialto.
1. Taxpayer, “We Have Arrived” (mp3)
2. Eli “Paperboy” Reed, “I’m Gonna Break Every Heart I Can”
3. Winterpills, “Take Away the Words”
4. Fly Upright Kite, “Across the Ocean”
5. Chester French, “My Party”
Grand designs: Taxpayer do some sound planning. By Matt Parish.
Eli "Paperboy" Reed signs to Virgin