No sooner had PHOENIX wandered off the red carpet, they were handed a Grammy during the pre-televised portion of the ceremony. Click above to see the red carpet video from MySpace music.
Also: Megadeth lost to Judas Priest. Bummer. If you're looking for an extra-awesome Grammys Twitter fix, check out our newly-released celebrity music feed, where you will get instant updates like these quips:
Pretty & Nice - Capsules from Julian Furtak on Vimeo.
This past week, star pupils PRETTY AND NICE and rookies-of-the-year candidates MYSTERY ROAR played at the Middle East upstairs. Our friend Julian Furtak of the local blog On a Friday was there to capture moving (and still) pictures.
For every Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, and Britney Spears -- that is, for every 15 year old who submitted to the studio system, allowed herself to be made-up and songwritten into superstardom -- there's 10,000 who did all of that and still didn't make it. Before she was old enough to drive, Waltham's NOELLE LEBLANC was hanging out in basements with a local producer and singing other people's songs.
This week in the fishwrap, you can read Brodeur's take on five local new-ish bands to keep an eye on. And that's all well and good, but maybe some of you are reluctant to trek all the way to a show without knowing a little more about what you're going to hear when you're there. So, for you auditory learners out there, here are all five bands captured in digital form:
One of our favorite AMANDA PALMER yarns is EVELYN EVELYN, a duo with her singer-songwriter pal JASON WEBLEY, in which they pretend to be a pair of conjoined twins. Besides being adorable in a Geek Love kind of way, they also do some impressive collaborative accordion -- see the video above, a live performance of their signature tune "Elephant Elephant."
Amy Winehouse managed to keep her bedraggled self out of the
tabloids for an admirable run, but sooner or later water finds its
level. Britain's favorite crack-addled songbird has stepped in it
again, pleading guilty Wednesday to the assault of a theater manager this past December
Every since our readers voted YES, GIANTESS as "Best New Band" in this summer's 2009 Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll, those dudes have been en fuego. Next Passion Pit? Pshaw. They've just jumped on as the openers for LA ROUX's upcoming, sold-out US tour -- which kicks off here next weekend at the Paradise -- and are dropping remixes at a furious pace.
PASSION PIT REMIX LADY GAGA + BEYONCE's "TELEPHONE." For those of you who think that Passion Pit is a passing college fad, well, this probably won't change your outlook. But it's another brick in the wall for those of us who are anticipating a full-on top-40 pop assault from the Pit. We're teasing, but only a little bit, because we have some undivulgable inside dope about who is shopping for Michael Angelakos's beats these days.
Next Friday will see the release of Fountain of Tears, the latest full-length installment of fabulously bent garage prog from Boston’s own MASCARA. Chris Mascara tells us that Fountain pays track-by-track tribute to a host of trailblazing iconoclasts and tragic heroes, from murdered poet Federico García Lorca to undersung soul singer Jackie Wilson.
On sale Friday, January 22
Dashboard Confessional | April 8 at the House of Blues, Boston | $23.75-$33.75 | On sale at 11 am
Elvis Costello And The Sugarcanes | April 20 at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston | $35-$49.50 | On sale at 10 am
Badfish: A Tribute To Sublime | April 24 at the House of Blues, Boston | $18.
Last week, Joanna Newsom announced her new album, Have One On Me, via a cryptic webcomic on the Drag City site. And so on Monday, she previewed some of that new material at a show in Australia. It sounds more accessible than most of Ys to me, but not necessarily in a bad way. More new songs down below (hat tip to Stereogum), titles unknown at this time.
The lineup for this year's installment of the Coachella music and arts festival was announced today. The headliners: Jay-Z on Friday, Muse on Saturday, and the Gorillaz on Sunday. Reunited favorites Faith No More and Pavement play on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, while chart-toppers Vampire Weekend show up on Friday.
Somone's finally gonna make an honest woman out of AMANDA PALMER. And, according to a blog post the two co-signed on his blog yesterday, that someone is goth comix superstar NEIL GAIMAN. "Dear The World,"it said, "we are going to get married, signed, Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman."
Today, Palmer elaborated a little on Twitter: "morning.
Great news for fans of Merrimack Valley post-hardcore. PIEBALD's first three albums - that'd be 1997's When Life Hands You Lemons, 1999's If It Weren't for Venetian Blinds, It'd Be Curtains for Us All (the best one), and 2002's We Are the Only Friends that We Have - are getting reissued courtesy of Rise Records, home of .
On Tuesday, longtime OtD favorite M.I.A. tweeted the above video with the message "THERES SPACE FOR OL DAT I SEE." As it turns out, the song is called "Space Oddyssey" and will be on the next M.I.A. album (the one with the Verizon customer service people on it). The song, according to reports, is a repsonse to a New York Times travel piece calling Sri Lanka the number one "place to go" in 2010 - something she wasn't too happy about.