The dude pretty much just got back from Campout Fest out in Palmer, Mass., but booking agent extraordinaire Dan Shea has already got us all worked up over his latest underground music showcase, next month's Homegrown II.
The sequel to last summer's inaugural 35-band festival at Church, this year's Homegrown stretches roughly 40 bands across three days at the Temple in Jamaica Plain (670 Centre St.
After a decade dominated by their explorations of
Ethiopian jazz, the Either/Orchestra
have returned on Mood Music for Time Travellers
(Accurate), their first album in five years, to good ol' Amurican jazz -
meaning Latin, African, swing, free. The leadoff track, bandleader Russ
Gershon's "The (One of a Kind) Shimmy," is a classic boogaloo, with rolling
piano figures and call-and-response horns.
Hey, now this was unexpected -- the fancy party cats in Bodega Girls have offered up a smooth-ass acoustic cover of DOM's still-a-contender-for-Song-of-the-Year neon-anthem "Living In America," handling the impossible task of adding even more chill to the Worcester trio's chillwave roll. At the end of the day, great songs remain great songs, regardless of how they're performed.
Last night the ravishing Marina and the Diamonds kicked off a stacked fall lineup of shows at the freshly renovated Paradise Rock Club. Any traces of dinge have been lifted and in its place, a chic glow that gives off similar vibes to the dearly departed Avalon. It even had a new shoe smell. And Marotta's observations regarding the layout are pretty spot on, with the biggest improvement being the removal of the long hallway entrance.
Phoenix correspondent Nick Blakey comes through with the MP3 of the Week for Sept. 2, 2010, and also check out his Q&A with Six Finger Satellite in thephoenix.com's music section:
“You see what they all see/The power of the machine.” Insistent drum machines, hyperactive sequencers birthed from the loins of DAF and the Passage, and vocals grafted on from an early-’70s pre-dubbed German skin flick channeled via Vicki from Small Wonder.
Broken Lizard comedy troupe
On sale now
Red Bull Soundclash: Wale vs. Tokyo Police Club | September 20 at the House of Blues, Boston | $20 | On sale now via livenation.com
Aaron Lewis [Staind] | October 7 at the House of Blues, Boston | $25-$49.50 | On sale now via livenation.com
On sale Thursday, September 2
Well today's local music news is nothing short of shocking, a great controversy more menacing than trying to navigate through the Allston intersections of Harvard and Comm avenues during Moving Day.
Here comes Emeen Z's groovy jangle-pop trio Spirit Kid, offering up teaser track "Honestly" off their digital double-single/45 release set to drop later this month.