As if the weather outside wasn't enough to make you already miss the summer, George Wein today announced the dates for his 2011 Newport folk and jazz festivals.
Folkies will descend on Newport, R.I. from July 29 to 31, and the jazz weekend follows suit from August 5 - 7. More info, including early lineup and ticket on-sales, is on the way.
Good Life halloween from jeff gilbride on Vimeo.
It apparently took just seven hours to transform The Good Life into a full-scale haunted house. The Financial District bar and lounge is home to some of the better Halloween dance parties and live shows in Boston this week and weekend -- with nary a cover set in sight! -- so it was fitting that the place went balls out to create an ultra-spooky atmosphere for all the boys and ghouls.
There’s something about Woven Bones’ static garage sound — sharing that fossilized Jesus & Mary Chain DNA with the likes of modern noise-polluters A Place To Bury Strangers, the Vandelles and Screen Vinyl Image — that always makes me close my eyes real tight and envision armies of skeletons dancing disjointedly across graveyards.
Editor's Note: Not much in the way of photo or video evidence of Friday and Saturday's Black Crowes shows. Apparently security was so tight at the House of Blues over the weekend, the staff were even telling fans up front to stop texting, let alone attempt to take a pic, because it distracted the band. So hey, instead of running a press shot, we'll tip our cap to YouTube user: neosurfer08, who snagged some great video of a Crowes show last month down in Cougartown USA, Orlando, Florida.
One thing about hip-hop tragedies is that heads do one hell of a job in the memorial department. In the event of Eyedea's demise, I would expect nothing less from the good folks at Rhymesayers; more than any other influential rap label that I know of, the Minnesota clan really is like a family. After all; they did help raise one of the greatest battle cats to ever spit.
Here's the playlist from last night's "Boston Accents" local music show on WFNX, and to jaz up this here post, we've included the new video from Guillermo Sexo. (We all know what media darlings the Lights Out look like anyway.) The scenes for "Neon Lights" were shot among Allston's most scenic properties, and eagle-eyes can even catch an exterior glance of the old Denby Road practice space (RIP).
I first saw Sky Larkin, a female-fronted British power-trio of outstanding merit, three years ago at Pianos in New York City, and figured they’d make their way up here to New England eventually. Lo and behold, on Sunday they play their first Boston show at Great Scott in Allston.
Here are the few oddities: 1) They’re not headlining, WTF [Editor’s note: Don’t sleep on Blood Red Shoes, kids]; b) They’re from the UK, FTW; and 7) singer Katie Harkin plays guitar like J.
If you're anything like me, then you canceled plans to ski and shop in Aspen this weekend in order to stick around the Bean and check two of the freshest shows to peel through here in recent memory (though last Friday, with simultaneous sets from Reks, Eternia, Scribblenauts, and Freddie Gibbs, was dope, if not overwhelming).
The first wave of capital-P punk that hit the British Isles from 1976 and on was mostly composed of reformed pub rockers (The Clash) and glam rockers (Sex Pistols) -- young people who had a tutelage of barre chords and 4/4 chops to hang their newly aggressive ‘tude on when they assaulted the genteel and unaware public in the infamous year when two sevens clashed.
Since crashing the grunge party in the early ‘90s as one-half of the enduring rawk duo Local H, Scott Lucas has been shredding his vocals and cranking out the guitar riffs for people that like a healthy dose of distortion and self-deprecating bravado. Local H's just released Awesome Mix Tape #1 provides eight examples of what happens when that band puts their spin on eight songs by others, like Concrete Blonde’s ode to an alcoholic lover, “Joey,” and a cover of “Wolf Like Me” that snarls more than the TV on the Radio original.
Boston, like most cities gripped by cruel winters and at times crueler inhabitants, is fully appreciated only when abandoned. Jamaica Plain’s THE POINTS NORTH found redemption in our olde towne upon returning from a two-month tour in Australia, penning “We Have Opened Up” as a sing-along love letter to the folks walking the cobblestones and the blanketing snows that come between them.
On sale Friday, October 22
Crystal Castles |
March 19 at the House of Blues, Boston
| $25-$35 | On sale at 10 am via livenation.com
Matisyahu | December 6 at the Paradise
Rock Club, Boston
| $30 | On sale at noon via ticketmaster.com
Patton Oswalt | January 22 at
the Wilbur Theatre,
$24-$29 | On sale at noon via ticketmaster.
With Massive Attack across town displaying their usual flair for the tense dramatic at Orpheum Theatre, last night’s Matthew Dear show at Great Scott was a lesson in indie electronica.
Combining a young showman’s attitude and a seasoned crooner’s timing, the Ghostly International co-founder and avant-pop chameleon proved he’s a bit more charismatic as frontman of a full electronic band than he is as a DJ buried behind laptops and a mixer.
The above extreme-stage-right video of Phoenix pretty much perfectly encapsulates Monday's show: loud and dramatic and heavily favoring tracks off Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Based on my shaky recollection, they played every track off their yesteryear breakout, a handful of choice cuts from previous efforts (including "Rally" and "Everything Is Everything"), and an encore where they emerged on top of the soundboard, midfloor, to kickdown a mini acoustic set before returning to the stage to run through the requisite "1901" closer.