Not even a (minor) set malfunction could put a damper on the energy coursing through the House of Blues last night. Mid-set, one corner of the gigantic, glowing, psychedelic screen behind the band slipped free of its tether and made a break for the stage floor. “Looks like we’re having a Spinal Tap moment,” vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala remarked idly, as the stage crew hustled to pull the errant screen back into place.
I will defer to Barry Thompson in describing the charm of MEandJOANCOLLINS:
[J]ust because the association [with the real Joan Collins] is incidental doesn't mean the band are so very different from the actress. Both are gracefully glam. Both have a foot planted in British pop culture. MEandJOANCOLLINS's inaugural album, Love.
Pointy-eared, ivory-tower webternet theorists and starched-collar marketing gurus love to talk about the power of social networking. And major record labels have spent millions combatting internet music piracy. But today they all should be taking a lesson from Boston hardcore heroes CONVERGE.
Two days ago, when Converge's new album Axe To Fall leaked to the internet (its official release date is October 20), the band did something that appears to be unprecedented: they publicly shamed the leaker.
In my five years of covering the hip-hop scene here, this is truly the most severe dilemma that I've ever faced. Click the group name for my recent Boston Phoenix features on these acts, and click the venue name for ticket info...
M.O.P. at the Middle East
Anti-Pop Consortium at Great Scott
Redman and Method Man, brainstorming scenes for the much-hoped for How High 2: Really F***ing High
On sale Thursday, October 8
Interrobang?! + Chotto Ghetto | Saturday, October 24 at the Middle East upstairs, Cambridge | $10 | On sale
Thursday, October 8, at 10 am | www.ticketmaster.com
Ra Ra Riot is a little more ra ra than riotous, but that's part of their charm. The six-piece act resembles a group of young band-geeks-cum-rock-stars (sort of), and it works for them. Their two female members rock a violin and a cello as if they were channeling Slash manhandling his axe, while shaggy-headed vocalist Wes Miles bops around the stage, alternately crooning into his mic and ruffling bassist Mathieu Santos’s hair with joyful abandon.
Tomorrow, the debut album from the young, supercute Toronto electropop singer-songriter LIGHTS gets an American release; last night, she was at the Middle East. Mike Awesome was on hand to get some snaps and a couple video clips, including her single "Ice" and a cover of the ol' Phil Collins standard "In The Air Tonight."
Okay, so the photo is from Friday, but still. More photos here.
On Saturday night, J Mascis and Co. took the stage with unassuming glory, and after taking their sweet time dorking around with their instruments, Mascis resolved the unformed chaos of their initial soundcheck with a plaintive little piffle of a riff.
AMANDA PALMER will join the BOSTON POPS and Keith Lockhart for the Pops annual New Years' Eve shindig at Symphony Hall this year, the Pops announced today. Tickets are $45 to $160 and go on sale tomorrow at 10 am. The Pops just wrapped up a date with Amanda's pal (and producer) Ben Folds on Friday. First Night will be the third date for Lockhart and Palmer, who previously teamed up for a pair of gigs last summer.
MISSION OF BURMA + BIG BEAR are playing for free at MIT. The announcement says "rain or shine," although there's a clause in there that mentions cancellation in the event of a torrential downpour.
SENSES FAIL are at Harpers Ferry.
EVERY TIME I DIE are at House of Blues.
BLK JKS are at T.T. the Bear's Place
The best compliment I can give the Dinosaur Jr. reunion is that I no longer find its greatness unusual. After almost five years, it's no longer a surprise that they still sound this good, the way it was when I first saw them back in 2006. Rather than being a great post-reunion band, they're just a great band, no qualifier necessary.
As you can see above, this Sunday, the day Mission of Burma plays a free show at MIT with special-guest openers Eula, the city of Boston will honor the band by declaring "Mission of Burma Day." While it is pretty cool, it should be pointed out that this city has a bizarre habit of handing these things out like they were free samples of organic cookies.
post-punkers Mission of Burma are at
it again, still going strong after their 2002 revival with their latest album, The Sound The Speed The Light, which drops October 6. As we previously reported, they'll be playing a
(free!) show at MIT this Sunday, an event for which eager local bands battled
it out by a series of displays of physical strength uploading videos of
themselves rocking out to Mission of Burma's website to score a gig opening
for the band.
The Bravery: we had them pegged as such middle-of-the-road, missionary-position kind of dudes. I mean, you've heard the songs: were you expecting serial Killers or just a bunch of suburban strivers with a decent record collection? Sure, they've been known to get in a bar-fight or two, but even after they debuted a Misfits-y new song called "Hatefuck" at our Best Music Poll concert this summer, we didn't see them as the kind of guys who'd write a verging-on-rape-fantasy punk song with a low-budget gore video worthy of Something Weird.
The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience | December 26 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
| $35-$55 | On sale Friday, October 2 at 10 am | http://www.ticketmaster.com
Fogerty | October 29 at the
Orpheum Theatre, Boston
| $35-$62.50 | On sale Saturday, October 3 at 10 am | http://www.