Mark your calendars -- the Phoenix will be well-represented at the next Rock Shop session, an informative monthly series from the Middle East and Pirate Promotion that drops knowledge on everything from how to own SXSW to getting your band on the radio. The next panel discussion is Monday, Sept. 13, as “Meet The Press” rounds up a fine group of surly writer- and editor- types who have no doubt been clamoring to share publicity secrets to all the 508 area code bands planning to attend.
Over the weekend, Boston's wicked smart indie-folk band Hallelujah the Hills released a new video for “Put The Gurus In Charge,” one of the finer tracks included on last year’s Colonial Drones album (Mistra). But while it’s helping erase this damning case of the Mundaze, unfortunately it does remind us of how much we miss Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More
Hey so on Friday we tweeted (@BostonMusicBlog) that local trio Night Fruit were giving away a free demo download of their upcoming Triangles EP.
Well, a funny thing happened over the weekend -- we never stopped listening to it. From the slow rumble-growl of opener “Sea Blood” -- our MP3 of the Week on July 22, ahem -- to the holy shit it’s the ghost of early Sunny Day Real Estate vibe in closing jam “Lover,” this teaser collection no doubt has us amped up for a proper release from the trio made up of Amanda Dellevigne and Jonathan Gill formerly of Hot Box (RIP) and Luke Sullivan of Left Hand Does (still going strong!).
In a strange, and yet undeniably innovative, marketing maneuver, the
people over at Google have teamed up with indie giants Arcade Fire in an
attempt to get the young folks interested in Chrome. And it just might
be working.Up until now, Chrome has gone largely under-utilized
and mostly ignored by Google's many users, myself included.
Did you get your local rock fix last night? If not, here's a playlist recap of "Boston Accents," WFNX's New England-flavored rock show with host Dave Duncan. Note the first few tracks reveal the opening acts for next month's Disorientation 2010 series at the Lansdowne Pub. Rock on. (Above photo by Jess Hodge.
Kanye West has kicked off his campaign to release a new song every Friday between now and Christmas with his much-anticipated collaboration with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (possibly the first of many). The song is called "Monster," and it also features verses from Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj. Vernon is barely recognizable at first listen, but his heavily distorted vocals bookend the track (that is him, right?).
In this week's Phoenix I reviewed the fantastic new Thieving Irons album This Midnight Hum, and last night followed it up with some grainy Phlipcam video action live from the Ryan's Smashing Life showcase gig at the Middle East in Cambridge. Here performing "Wave's Gonna Break," Thieving Irons is the new folk-fed project from former Pela guitarist Nate Martinez (with a huge assist from Temperamental Studios' Mike Brown, the bearded fella shown seated in the clip).
MAKE IT NEW WITH DJ BLOODY MARY @ Middlesex Lounge
Berlin-based techno diva Bloody Mary claims that her album Black Pearlwas inspired by Charles Baudelaire. Whether that's like an indie band citing Oscar Wilde as an influence remains to be seen, but either way, this self-professed decadence seems suited for the fleurs du mal of Make It New’s dance floor.
From The Upcoming Mr. Green & DJ Critical Hype vs. Wu-Tang Project
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UPDATE: As of 2:08pm Thursday, Kingsley Flood is back on top! Folks, this is going to be a dogfight!
Damn that Jody Gnant!
After a few days straight chillaxin atop Amazon’s Roots Rock download chart, Boston Americana-rock beacons Kingsley Flood’s album Dust Windows was finally bumped to the silver medal slot this morning
Go for the Bones, stay for the Wesley!
Went over to Great Scott in Allston Rock City last night to catch a bit of groovy pop Sam Champion wunderkind Sean Bones -- "Michael, it's more dub than reggae!" -- but ended up giving most of my increasingly-limited stage attention to friendly All-Bright neighborhood indie kids You Can Be A Wesley (full disclosure: YCBAW bassist P.
“Let’s tear this city down/And start all over” suggests the yearning chorus to Stereo Telescope’s daydreaming blip-pop gem “Geography.” Given that the annual student invasion is set to commence this weekend, the Brighton-based electronic-pop duo might be onto something. With their glistening dual-vocal synth-pop, Nikki Dessingue (Campaign for Real Time) and Kurt Schneider (This Car Up) have already scored gigs with Delorean and Dragonette.
On sale Thursday, August 26
Bad Books [Feat. Kevin Devine + Manchester Orchestra] | October 22 at T.T. the Bear's
| $13 | On sale at 1 pm via ticketweb.com
On sale Friday, August 27
Black Label Society + Clutch + Children of Bodom | October 19 at the House of Blues, Boston | $39.
Friday night’s ambitious performance of British composer Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic at the Institute of Contemporary Art was a brilliantly set against the ICA’s waterfront location. Performed by a lean delegation from the Boston Based Callithumpian Consort — five musicians, including violin, cello, flute, bass flute, synthesizer; instruments likely chosen because of their fluid-like capacities — Bryar’s minimalist composition called into play the stately beauty of the Titanic disaster.