It's all here: the self-righteous celebrity outrage, the half-apologetic apology, the instant "Kanye West Is A Bitch" t-shirt. You know it's a Cultural Moment when Larry King weighs in. And you know it's time to call the emergency PR specialist when Shawne "I swear I didn't hit Tila Tequila" Merriman weighs in with a "WTF?"
You will likely not be surprised to learn of our abiding love for local indie quartet HOORAY FOR EARTH, who we've been fans of since we first heard about them back around 2006. Actually, that's not true; we've been fans since they were still called Raymond. They're just a band whose music demands to be heard by more people.
By now you've likely seen the video of the late Kurt Cobain's likeness being used as a playable avatar in Guitar Hero 5 (and playing mostly songs the real Cobain would have found appalling). Most people, including the author of that video that circulated the internet so quickly, suspected Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, was responsible for it somehow.
I would love to declare that African hip-hop is all the rage. In the past few years, I’ve been astounded by the honesty and purity of such artists as K’Naan and Emmanuel Jal, both of whom remain truer to authentic boom bap principles than does the Young, Yung, and Lil sect. But the takeover has yet to happen; for some reason, commercial rap fans would rather hear about the exploits of poverty than how to rise up out of it.
More photos here and here.
According to Pains of Being Pure at Heart keyboardist/singer Peggy Wang, one of her friends was letting the New York band’s show at the Middle East downstairs double as his bachelor party. This was news to Wang — she considers her band’s shows as perhaps “the least debaucherous thing ever.
ON SALE SEPTEMBER 11
This Condition + Set In Color | October 18 at the
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Joshua James | October 26 at Great Scott, Allston
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Kelly Clarkson, "I Do Not Hook Up" (Live at House of Blues, Boston)
PHOTOS: Kelly Clarkson at House of Blues
VIDEO + REVIEW: Kelly Clarkson at House of Blues
One thing we can tell you from KELLY CLARKSON's teaser gig at the House of Blues earlier this year: her voice does not require any airbrushing.
BUhiphopfrosh: Dude – you there?Sneakerhead69: Yeah. Kind of. Still blazed from that post-show blunt. Missed orientation this morning. BUhiphopfrosh: LOL. Me too. Fuck that shit. I like positive hip-hop and all, but I ain’t about sharing my feeling with a bunch of herbs.Sneakerhead69: That’s real.
As MC Hammer was to Twitter, so will Nick Cave be to iPhone audiobooks. Or at least that's the impression we get from reading the press release on the app-store version of Nick's new novel, The Death of Bunny Munro. We were approaching Nick's new novel cautiously, because on more than several occasions we've tried to slog our way through the paperback version of his last novel, 1989's
Apparently the only way you can get these -- unless you live in Japan -- is to win them from ROIR. Even so, these have instantly taken over the #1 spot on our list of favorite Bad Brains gear . . . which is saying something, since that spot was previously held by the Obama-knockoff t-shirt. How rad would it be to see these both on the same human?
We will have more on the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's show this past Saturday at the Middle East. Until then, please enjoy this video of the band doing the title track from its yet-to-be-released EP, Higher Than the Stars.
That oddly-lit photo seems somehow appropriate for the authors of this week's mp3 of the week. THE LIGHTS OUT is their name (disclosure: one of them works here), and their earnest rock (think Thermals, Hold Steady, Ted Leo, etc.) seems well-suited to the darker corners of town like these places, or T. T.
We love it when the New Yorker hangs with the plebes. In the current issue SFJ goes to one of those last Nine Inch Nails shows, gets a female fan to say something funny about Trent, and then gets Trent to say something nasty about Jimmy Iovine. Which for NIN reportage is about a half-step above a clip job. Still, the Trent quote is a good 'un.
About a month and a half ago, our friends at Harmonix took a break from their ceaseless promotion of The Beatles: Rock Band (our review will post next week) to announce the Rock Band Network (henceforth referred to as RBN). The RBN will enable the owners of rights to music - meaning the artists themselves, record labels, or some other legally binding third party - to convert songs into playable tracks in Rock Band for gamers to download (earning themselves a share of the revenue in the process).
Spitzer Space Telescope
The line-up of Thursday’s Grand Ole Hoot also represents the discography of the Mama Bird Recording Co., a collective label helmed by Lonesome Vince and populated by a loose family of devout Hooters. (If right now you’re picturing some sort of awesome knife-fight dance-duel thing between these guys and the Whitehaus Family Record, I’m way ahead of you.