Boston is blessed this weekend, or at least it is if you're into
checking hip-hop legends backed by dope live bands. At Church, Masta
Ace & Edo G (along with four other acts) are rocking with the
legendary Dub Station. Out in Allston - at Harpers Ferry - Slick Rick
is kicking with Bad Rabbits (formerly Eclectic Collective).
Lady Gaga, America's most popular provider of music-like sound-products.
On sale Thursday, November 12
Psychostick + Say Your Last Words + The Guns Next Door | Tuesday, December 9, at the Middle East downstairs,
Cambridge | $10
| On sale Thursday, November 12 at 10 am | http://www.ticketmaster.
We attempted to make this happen back when MILEY CYRUS's backing band was half of Letters to Cleo, but Kay Hanley wouldn't take the bait. Better late than never. And now that Miley's band is 3/4 of American Hi-Fi, we've got STACY JONES -- Cyrus's current musical director, former Letters to Cleo and Veruca Salt drummer, and American Hi-Fi frontdude -- covering Miley's megahit "The Climb," in the green room at WFNX this morning.
I could probably come up with a bunch of reasons why tonight's show at T.T.'s -- featuring the cochlea-clawing Big Bear, Michigan title-holders Child Bite, partytime splatter-psych upstarts Horsehands and Local Band We'd Most Like To Donate Robes To, Ice Dragon -- is the show for you, but they'd all be pure speculation, and it's much easier just to ask Big Bear's Joel Roston.
The Inevitable (2009 - 2011)
After a hysterical and seemingly non-sensical fit thrown by Tyler, second-in-command Joe Perry wasted no time replacing the famously flamboyant front man with Beetlejuice of Howard Stern show fame. "He's pretty much the only one out there who can match the intensity that our fans have come to expect from Steven," drummer Joey Kramer told the Boston Herald after the selection was announced.
For security reasons, I can't tell you which local rapper was recently the victim of a shooting. But here's what I can tell you: he's in stable condition - laid up in the hospital - and he needs some help getting back on his feet. Naturally, other active members of the Boston music community are coming to the rescue as best they can.
Allston got lucky Saturday night ... really lucky. Girls played their fourth show of their first US tour to a tightly packed and utterly appreciative Great Scott. From the instant frontman Christopher Owens stepped on stage to plug in his Rickenbacker, the crowd never took their eyes off the San Francisco quartet.
A bit of heartbreaking news from Brooklyn over the weekend. After a party in a converted noodle factory building in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, inhumanly talented drummer Gerhardt "Jerry" Fuchs and a friend found themselves trapped five floors up in an old elevator. In an attempt to escape (reported here), Fuchs and friend tried leaping to the available entry of the fifth floor.
If you want to destroy your sweater .
Stacy Jones spent the first 15 years of his rock life, much of it in Boston, grinding out power-pop in the years before emo made it a staple of Top 40 radio. He got his start as the drummer in Letters to Cleo, left that band to join grunge-era stars Veruca Salt, then pulled a Dave Grohl and traded his kit for a guitar as the frontman of his own band, AMERICAN HI-FI, scoring a debut hit with their pop-metal homage “Flavor of the Weak.
'arry and the 'otters (from the original British)
Grant Hart + The Lights Out | Wednesday, December 16 at the Middle East
| $9 | On sale Thursday at 10 am | http://www.ticketmaster.com
Molina & Johnson + Drew O'Doherty | Saturday, January 31 at the Middle East downstairs,
Cambridge | $10
| On sale Thursday at 10 am | http://www.
Photo: David Brusie
On her new Kill Rock Stars release, Know Better Learn Faster, Thao Nguyen starts the song "Easy" with this line, spoken matter-of-factly: "Sad people dance too." That sentiment is also fitting for Nguyen's work in general. Her songs both deal with heartbreak and longing, but often to the strains of her catchy choruses and choppy, funky, and melodic guitar playing.