Our number two unsexiest man of the year is back, and instead of douching it up on beach so we can mock him like a good pseudo-celebrity, Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has attempted to make music so laughably bad that we'll be shocked if even DJ Pauly D touches this mess. Just under a minute of his creatively titled first rap single "The Situation" has leaked online so far, but it has already cemented itself as the heir apparent to Kevin Federline's dance-floor-clearing 2006 flop "PopoZão."
New Yorker corrections are almost as rare as World Cup Finals goals -- and at least as over-analyzed. The one they ran this past week, however, may be a first: it would appear that the New Yorker found itself in the middle of an ugly, decade-plus-long rock and roll feud.
It began innocently enough: critic Sasha Frere-Jones penned a long-overdue profile of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM's JAMES MURPHY (sorry kids, it's behind the paywall).
release today announced that mutual disgust in BP has brought together two of TRL's most avowed enemies: the
Backstreet Boys and "popular hard rock band" Korn who, fueled by chubby
teens with calling cards and bad taste, once battled over that number one spot on the MTV countdown like
it was a friggin' Moonman or something.
THE STROKES went on hiatus four years ago after First Impressions of Earth and each member did his own thing for a while. But now they're back: they'll be playing festivals like Lollapalooza and the Isle of Wight, and they are currently recording a new studio album scheduled to be released in September. Julian Casablancas has been pretty upfront in interviews about the fact that the band are only really doing this for some cash (which hardly makes them unique among recent reunions - Frank Black and Stephen Malkmus both said similar things about their bands' respective reunions).
Today is the day we announce the winners of our annual BEST MUSIC POLL, and if you've seen a copy of this week's paper or checked the site you already know that the big winners in Boston were indie/Americana quartet MEAN CREEK. Great call by you voters. P. Nick Curran (who wrote that big feature on them) also got them into his living room for an intimate performance, which we will have more video of later.
On sale Friday, June 11
Nas + Damian Marley | July 28
at the House of Blues, Boston
| $39.50-$49.50 | On sale at 10 am
Kiss | August 7 at Comcast Center,
$28-$132.50 | On sale at 10 am
Dragonette + Shy Child |
August 12 at the Middle East downstairs, Cambridge
| $12 | On sale at 10 am
Autolux + This Will Destroy
You | August 27 at Middle East downstairs, Cambridge | $12 | On sale at 10 am
The countdown to the Phoenix's annual, reader-voted BEST MUSIC POLL is just about over. To find out who won, check online and in the fishwrap tomorrow morning: this year's Best New Act will be staring back at you from newsboxes all over the city.
This evening at 5 pm, we continue our BEST MUSIC WEEK series of free, outdoor concerts in Downtown Crossing -- with $3 Bud and a wine bar for the adults.
It's been a rough year for local-music dinosaurs. The ever-irrelevant Boston Music Awards locked out the public and fulfilled their mission of becoming an event that only 250 industry types vote on or care about. And the Rumble, along with WBCN, has been shelved by its corporate overlords.
So when we huddled up to start thinking about the 2010 BEST MUSIC POLL -- Boston's only democratic expression of musical awesomeness -- we decided to try something new and simple.
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We first told you about ENDLESS WAVE earlier this year in our “5 for ’10” round-up, back when the songs that make up their new City Walls EP (Fort Point Records) were just demos with a dream. A few months in front of the knobs and a bit more sonic breathing room have done wonders for the trio’s potent shoeblazing style, and “Ocean Drive” — with its crashing crests of vocal delay, streaky cirrus-cloud solos, and freaky hybridization of Pale Saints and Pavement — makes one spiffy ambassador for their promising debut.
TUESDAY 06.08 | NU LIFE SHOWCASE @ ZuZuIf you haven’t hit up one of ZuZu’s Queer Tuesday parties, consider this very special Pride installment of Nu Life as the dopest primer possible. The whole crew’s here: JustinCredible, D’Hana, Leah V, Rizzla, and V-Nice. Plus a bonus birthday set by BRDR for his BF — all together now: “Awwww .
On sale Thursday, June 3
Mouse + Morning Teleportation | July 26 at the House of Blues, Boston | $37 + $45 | On
sale Thursday at 10 am
On sale Friday, June 4
Schreifels | June 28 at the Middle East upstairs, Cambridge | $10 | On sale Friday at 10 am
All Stars | June 29 at the Wilbur Theatre, Boston
| $41-$47 | On sale Friday at noon
"Leave Me Alone" Lisa Bello - Official Music Video from Vassili Shields on Vimeo.
One of my Phoenix editors made a good point the other day: Where the hell are all the Celtics theme songs? Isn't that what rappers are for? Just a few days later the almighty Cambridge N.B.S. crew came through with an absolute banger. Right-click and save-as below to bump this track in your car through the finals.