Bettie Serveert couldn’t get to Cambridge last week, but that’s not stopping them from taking Boston out on tour with them.
Phoenix cover sensations Mean Creek have been tapped to open three midwest dates for Matador Records' Dutch indie veterans later this week, right after wrapping up a short run with Dead Confederate that hit the Middle East last night and concludes tonight at Jerky’s in Providence.
It was a busy Sunday evening around town last night, between the Come reunion at T.T.'s, Alberta Cross/Dead Confederate/Mean Creek at the Middle East and Minus the Bear doing the 'FNX Disorientation thang down at the Lansdowne Pub. If you were out and about and missed Boston Accents, our sister station's New England rock show, here's the full playlist:
UPDATE: As reported over the weekend, Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield's rumored Nov. 1 show together at Great Scott has been confirmed, and the $20 tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon. New York's the Candles, a recent touring partner of Dando's, are the opening act. To get us all in the mood, two appropriate Dando/Hatfield mp3s have become available: a remastered "My Drug Buddy," which first appeared in the 1992 Lemonheads album It's A Shame About Ray, and "Waiting For Heaven" off 2001's God Bless The Blake Babies
Before Henry Beguiristain jumped up on a pool table at Church and shouted his lyrics back at the stage through a megaphone, before the band broke out onto the floor and closed their set with an unplugged Beatles medley jamboree-like sing-a-long, and before the Exile Orchestra provided a few already well-crafted rock songs with an extra layer of slick ambience, Boston's Aloud delivered their powerful brand of harmonious psych-pop in grand fashion last night in the Fens.
If the world was a better place, Morphine's Mark Sandman would have turned 58 today. Here's a re-post of Matt Ashare's July 1999 Phoenix article on the shocking news of Sandman's sudden death in Rome, and a detailed account of the legacy he left behind. Our coverage 11 years ago also included a collection of our coverage of Morphine and Sandman over the years, and space for those who knew him to share their personal stories.
The bad news is that both Fat Beats retail shops – on Sixth Ave in Manhattan and Melrose in Los Angeles – are officially out of business. Following a calendar of coast-to-coast celebratory in-store send-offs that dovetailed with this year's Rock the Bells schedule, the racks came down, and by now contractors have probably peeled off the storied sticker collection that's tattooed from the floor to the track-lighting.
Kieran Fallon resigned today as booking agent at the Middle East’s downstairs room, just three months after replacing longtime talent buyer Kevin Hoskins at the Cambridge rock club.
The shakeup was confirmed by Middle East owner Nabil Sater late Thursday evening.
“I think Kieran wanted to go back to school,” Sater said when reached via telephone.
Nick Zinner [Yeah Yeah Yeahs]
On sale now
"The Book Revue:
Words and Music" with Nick Zinner, Kristin Hersh, and more | October 16 at John
Hancock Hall, Boston
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Bush | October 30 at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT | $30-$50 | On sale at 9 am via ticketmaster.
The second annual BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL lineup is already beyond ridiculous -- go check out the lineup -- but now we can release the details of the nightcap. On October 16 at 7:30 pm at John Hancock Hall, the Phoenix and BBF will be hosting "THE BOOK REVUE: WORDS AND MUSIC" featuring a half-dozen authors who haven't quit their day jobs.
"Matt Sharp is not walking through that door, Rachel Haden is not walking through that door . . . "
So Weezer have announced the "Memories" tour in which they will perform their self-titled "blue" album and Pinkerton front-to-back.Yippee
Throwed’s E-Marce teams up with man-about-town Texas Mike for this cleverly named Top 40/electro/party-jams night. The launch also features an ’80s theme, complete with a live Journey cover band — excuse us, tribute band. Whatever, we’re there for the $5 Cape Codders as if we were Steff in Pretty in Pink
STREIGHT ANGULAR’s “Are You Ever Satisfied” is a musical journey through relationship psychology. The lovers’ exchange of “Are you ever satisfied/No I’m never satisfied” reaches hypnotic levels over a Pixies-esque alt-rock groove before frontman Al Polk crashes the spoken lyrical volley with a heavy, baritone-fed chorus.
As you may or may not know, we here at OtD have been following the post-Sleater-Kinney moves made by Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, and Corin Tucker. Weiss and Brownstein now have formed a new band, and it may be the most intriguing new project from anyone affiliated with Sleater-Kinney thus far as it involves another one of our favorites, Mary Timony of Helium (as documented in this vintage On the Download post from the blog's infancy).
Earlier this month the solid dudes in The Lights Out abruptly released an EP of new material called Rock Pony, and celebrated accordingly with your standard EP-release party down at the Middle East in Cambridge. Designed as a tasty rock n' roll stop-gap between albums -- a follow-up to last year's "Color Machine" is in the works, but these jams were just itching for release -- the four-song EP is catching some well-deserved attention for reasons beyond the music: the Rock Pony cover art.
Part of the fun in our annual "50 Bands in 50 States" feature is unearthing new, up-and-coming acts in those pesky landlocked states that may not have hit our collective coastal pulse. Nebraska, perhaps the grandest fly-over state of them all, is the proud home of Laura Burhenn's the Mynabirds, who hit T.