25 MORE PHOTOS: Jonas Brothers and Jordin Sparks at Boston Garden.
It might be much more
romantic if it were impossible for pop stars to be manufactured, if there were
not a formula that could be plotted out, in advance, for turning three teenaged
brothers with a failed major-label debut into one of the biggest pop groups on
the planet. That is not the world we live in. I've got a nine-year-old
daughter, so I have to listen to this
stuff. But I also appreciate the JONAS BROTHERS as the best available evidence
that the traditional major labels are complete morons with no idea how to
market music. Disney, on the other hand, has this market down to a science, and
has been perfecting it for years. The Jonas Brothers get away with
things that no mere major-label superstar could dream of getting away with: for
instance, they stuck an ad for an asprin manufacturer into the set. Not product
placement, mind you. The band left the stage momentarily, a commercial came on
the video monitors touting the manufacturer's contributions to Nick Jonas's
favorite (and worthy) cause, and then the band came back on. The Jonas Brothers
put on a three-hour concert that is programmed like a cable television network.
There were nearly a dozen other sponsors whose commercials ran before the band
took the stage, and nearly every single one of them featured a taped
endorsement by the band. Including a series of spots in which Nick, Joe, and
Kevin cavorted backstage with that creepy Burger King statue. More after the jump.
As the video above indicates, the Beastie Boys are taking a bit of a hiatus while Adam "MCA" Yauch undergoes treatment for a cancerous tumor on one of his salivary glands. According to the band, the tumor is considered treatable as it was caught early and is localized. They also say it will not affect Yauch's vocal chords.
More from Faraone on this weekend's Rock the Bells coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy these photos after the jump from Derek Green.
Thom Yorke, who unveiled a new song just last week for that Marc Mulcahy tribute, also debuted a new song just yesterday during a solo set at the Latitude Fest in the UK (during which he reportedly also played songs from Eraser and In Rainbows), which he prefaced by suggesting it might be a good time for people to "go for a piss."
Our pick for Florida's best new artist, Yo Majesty's DOMINIQUE YOUNG UNIQUE, will be pushing "HOT GIRL" as a back-to-school single in September. But it's just too heated for us hang onto until then, so we're dropping it now. Just 17 years old, but with 5 years of experience under her belt already, Dominique busted out of Tampa's projects and has been spitting nu-skool electro jawns that have folks hyping her as a gnarlier Santigold.
According to their Twitter account, it looks like the Jonas Brothers are hitting the Brockton Rox's field for a little pickup baseball this afternoon.
Photos and play-by-play coming soon from night one of their two-night Boston Garden run.
Here's what Joe had to say yesterday:
Last summer we introduced you to a sleazy new Boston supergroup who'd barely played live, when we made the BODEGA GIRLS debut single, "She's Into Black Guys," our Mp3 of the Week.
On Sunday, that song'll be their introduction to a national audience when it appears in a new episode of Entourage. SPOILER ALERT: They've told us to expect it "right around when E invites Sloan to the premiere."
From Billboard comes the news:
Later this year, MTV plans to launch a groundbreaking initiative called
the Rock Band Network that will enable any artist-unsigned emerging
act, indie cult fave or major-label superstar-to submit songs for
possible inclusion in the game.
The Rock Band Network recently started a closed beta
trial, which MTV expects to expand to a public beta test in August.
In case you missed our ecstatic raves about Micachu and the Shapes at South By Southwest, we'll refresh your memory with some video (above), and clickthrough to our music editor's piece from this week's fishwrap.
See them tonight at Great Scott with Anni Rossi. [Details]
READ: Boston Phoenix music Michael Brodeur editor explains why you need to see Micachu and the Shapes
Photo credit: Michelle
Photo above was taken this afternoon over at 1265 Boylston St, site of the old WBCN studios.
In other way-back-machine news, here's a link to Bruce Springsteen's first-ever radio performance, recorded live on air at WBCN in January of 1973, intro'd by then-BCN jockstress Maxanne Sartori.
As you might remember, we ran a BIG FEATURE on the Boston Reggae scene a few months ago - complete with a Boston Reggae Timeline and a Schedule of Summer Reggae Shows. There was a massive response to the story; I got at least 30 emails from people telling me how excited they were to see reggae get some shine (I also got a few from people telling me what an asshole I am for trying to write about reggae, but that's another story).
ALL PHOTOS: Rev. Aaron for RETURN TO THE PIT
Yes, we're talking about that Nicholas Cage. And yes, you heard right: his son Weston Coppola Cage is in a black-metal band. By all reports, they're not bad.
Thanks to Rev. Aaron from Return to the Pit, we've got these snaps of last night's gig by Weston's band EYES OF NOCTUM
Elgin James at Sundance in June, 2009. Photo via movieline.com.
Last month Elgin Nathan James workshopped two Hollywood scripts
at Sundance. On Monday, he was in jail, indicted by the Feds on
extortion charges that carry up to 20 years in prison. Late last night
we heard through the grapevine that he was out on bail. Such is the life of Boston's most notorious
hardcore frontman turned gang leader turned filmaker. The story gets
even weirder after the jump.
Photo courtesy In Your Face Photography
Leave it to goths to turn a birthday party into a funeral. At “Xmortis
V,” the monthly fetish night’s fifth anniversary celebration, thoughts
of ManRay (which closed in July 2005) are never far. My buddies and I
just can’t help reminiscing about our dearly departed old stomping
grounds, Xmortis’s first home.
Grizzly Bear | October 8 at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston | $26.50 | On sale now | http://www.livenation.com
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Datarock | September 14
at the Paradise, Boston | $13-$15 | On sale Thursday, July 16,
at noon |
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