While Boston anxiously awaits the official release of Bon Savants’ follow-up to 2006’s Post Rock Defends The Nation, the relatively quiet math-rock-minded indie band went stealth and posted a wordy new music video to YouTube last night. “Tidal Waves” is a teaser track to their upcoming homonymous sophomore album, which hopefully will get a proper release sometime before Christmas.
Canadian pop singer Lights invited a few of her fans into her world Saturday night at the Middle East Upstairs. In a venue too small for all the sweaty guys (of which there were a surprising number) and gals, Lights lit up the stage, drank wine, and chatted directly with her listeners.
The Tune-Yards at the MFA Courtyard from Boston Phoenix on Vimeo.
Following up on the Drug Rug video post from earlier today, Phoenix videographer P. Nick Curran also grabbed some footage of opening act Tune-Yards. The brainchild of Oakland-based performer Merrill Garbus, Tune-Yards proves a whole lot of rhythmic goodness can be done with just the calculated aid of a loop pedal, some tactful tribal drumming and the layered harmonies from an incredible voice. People were really feeling this last Wednesday at the MFA.
More photos by Scott M. Lacey.
Last night, while his band was playing a song from their still-not-technically-out-yet album The Suburbs, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler looked up and must have seen a fairly large number of fans walking through the aisles away from the stage. “Bathroom break?” he asked between verses.
New England Product, WFNX 101.7 FM's weekly Sunday night local music show, is no more. Starting Aug. 8, FNX will launch the freshly-minted Boston Accents, which shifts to a friendlier time slot of 8 to 10 p.m. while keeping most of the main ingredients intact -- most notably host Dave Duncan and a shitload of music bred right here in New England.
Drug Rug w/The Tune-Yards at the MFA Courtyard from Boston Phoenix on Vimeo.
Drug Rug had a Kings of Leon moment last week mid-way through their set at the Museum of Fine Arts' outdoor courtyard.
“I just realized a bird crapped on my guitar,” quipped Sarah Cronin between songs, sometime around dusk.
The What Cheer? Brigade is a twenty piece art-punk brass band from Providence, Rhode Island. I’ve said it several times already, but they made the Newport Folk Festival exciting. I spent much of Sunday afternoon tracking them down one by one to get profile shots. Here are nineteen pictures of twenty people responsible for making the Folk Fest a party.
We here at the Phoenix have been tracking the progress of Corin Tucker's first post-Sleater-Kinney solo album very closely. Now we have our first actual taste of 1,000 Years, her forthcoming Kill Rock Stars release. It's called "Riley" "Doubt," and while it's definitely not the return of Sleater-Kinney, it still succeeds on its own merits.
Quick peek at Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings earlier today at the Newport Folk Festival’s Fort Stage. Best performance all weekend? That’s the talk inside the media tent…
The What Cheer? Brigade, pictured in part above, pretty much made the festival for me. They ended the day by leading a parade through the festival grounds with Elvis Perkins at the head. Totally epic. More on them later.
We stayed at a friends house close to the festival ground. What probably would have been a thirty minute walk turned into an hour long car ride due to traffic in downtown Newport and we missed Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ the Newport Folk Festival 2010 from Boston Phoenix on Vimeo.
Quick peek at Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings earlier today at the Newport Folk Festival’s Fort Stage, recorded by Phoenix videographer Pat Howley. Best performance all weekend? That’s the talk inside the media tent…
Phoenix videographer team Addison Post and P. Nick Curran caught Providence’s What Cheer? Brigade out on the Quad stage lawn, providing intermission entertainment between April Smith & The Great Picture Show and Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three. This might have been the tenth What Cheer performance at Newport Folk Fest, proving that while anyone can roll up and bang out a set here by the water, it takes a brass street machine to play all weekend long.
Taking a breather fro the sounds of the 51st annual Newport Folk Festival, here’s a quick roundup of @BostonMusicBlog’s various Twipics from Sunday. Let’s roll ghetto style before the official photos and slideshows get posted later on…
Down below check out sneak peeks at Punch Brothers, Sharon Jones, April Smith and the Great Picture Show, What Cheer? Brigade — posing for Phoenix cameras and in glorious brass intermission action on the Quad lawn — and Pokey Lafarge and the South City Three.
Asking Los Angeles indie-folk band Dawes the tough questions, like the difference between east and west coast festivals, what’s up with the new Laurel Canyon scene and why was Kirsten Dunst at their show at Great Scott a few months ago (that’s so LA). After chatting with the Phoenix in the Fort Adams quad, Dawes threw down one of the best shows of Day 1 at Newport Folk Fest, all while looking sharp.
Music editor Michael Marotta interviews AA Bondy at day one of the Newport Folk Festival.