So this seems like it was quite the thing: ascendant indie rockers Dirty Projectors and the still-awesome Bjork got together at the Housing Works Bookstore in NYC for a benefit show organized by Stereogum writer and Housing Works board member Brandon Stousoy. They performed together on song cycle DP frontman/mastermind Dave Longstreth composed specifically for the evening.
Here's the Mother's Day mix you won't find on iTunes. We defy you to
come up with musical tributes to Mumsy that are more horrible than
these 10 tracks.
1) "Diary of an Unborn Child," Lil' MarkieIf you'll pardon our mixed metaphor,
this is the granddaddy of disturbing mom odes.
We'll have much more on last night's epic Mastodon show very soon. For now, enjoy video of them doing what probably now qualifies as their "big hit" from our vantage point on the third balcony at House of Blues.
For those of you who can't get tickets, or can't manage a carpool to Lexington High School, the play A Needle That Sings In Her Heart, Amanda Palmer's collabo with the drama department at her alma mater based on Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, will be broadcast live on teh internets on Saturday night via Palmer's UStream channel, beginning Saturday at 7:30 pm.
You may have noticed, had you checked our Editors' Picks section, that there are quite a few things going on this evening. After the jump, some visual aids for help in your decision-making process.
If you were the house videographer for a Boston-based streetwear company, Monday was your Christmas: at one point down in Chelsea, someone joked that "behind-the-scenes" videographers at the shoot for Wale's single "Chillin'" outnumbered actual crew members by about 5 to 1.
If May is the month in which you typically hunt down your hot summer jam — and you’re not big on Auto-Tune — a quartet of Boston University students (just a few weeks shy of graduation) who call themselves You Can Be a Wesley may have the answer. “Creatures,” the set-ending song the foursome played at T.
Over the past few years, former Providence residents MEM1 (Laura and Mark Cetelia) have traveled extensively in Europe and beyond, doing residencies in Norway and at the venerable electronic music studio STEIM in the Netherlands. During that time, they also found time to record a new album, +1, that features collaborations with an impressive collections of musicians including Frank Bretschneider, Steve Roden, and Jan Jelinek.
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ON SALE MAY 6
George Wein's Folk Festival 50 Day 1: Pete Seeger; The
Decemberists; Fleet Foxes; Gillian Welch; The Avett Brothers; Billy Bragg; Iron
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If you follow hip-hop the way stalkers follow blondes, then it might seem that the mania surrounding Detroit producer J Dilla has consumed the nation since his 2006 passing. Last month in Boston, we saw a Termanology tribute to the departed beat savant.
"This show's going to be 97% gay guys... and, like, 3% fat chicks", said the guy next to me to his friends. We were all waiting in an eternal line on Lansdowne Street, and as everyone around me started passing the booze amongst themselves, the "real talk" began, I suppose. Of course, the dude couldn't have been more wrong, or it least it seemed that way from where I was standing during the show itself, once the House of Blues finally opened their doors and let us all in. Ostensibly a free show, quizzically brought to us by The Grammys and T-Mobile, it was an odd pairing of two of pop's current leading ladies, and it really was astounding how well it all worked out. FULL REVIEW, PHOTOS, AND VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP
22 PHOTOS: KELLY CLARKSON + LADY GAGA | House of Blues, Boston | May 4
Allow me to do my best imitation of David Thorpe and present these "Beefs in Brief"...
Jay v. Jeff: Per the Chicago Tribune, Jay Bennett is suing Jeff Tweedy for back royalties from Wilco, saying, among other things, that Bennett was not compensated for his appearance in I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Before I found full-time fortune at the Phoenix, I was a part-time music writer for the Boston Herald. And with the exception of the several times I saw 311, I legitimately enjoyed my assignments - especially interviews with contrarian hotheads like Immortal Technique and Sage Francis, who I prodded to shred conservative ideals that were often touted on the nearby editorial page.
Last night, indie rock luminaries like Bon Iver, Feist, the National, Dirty Projectors, and David Byrne gathered at Radio City Music Hall to perform, among other things, music from the recent Dark Was the Night compilation, which benefits the Red Hot Organization.
Last night was also Pete Seeger's 90th birthday, so Sharon Jones, who, along with the Dap Kings, were set to close out the night, invited the whole crew up on stage to do "This Land Is Your Land."