Editor’s Note: All photos by Christine Hunt, and you can also find Jonathan Donaldson's Write About Love album review here.
Lots have changed since the last time I caught Belle & Sebastian, at Boston University’s Morse Auditorium back on October 21, 1998. The band lost “Belle” (singer/cellist Isobel Campbell) but added a string quintet.
If yesterday featured the spirit of CMJ in Allston, as a bunch of cool bands played across multiple venues within blocks of each other, then a taste of real-deal one-stop CMJ is provided under a single roof tonight in Cambridge. Four bands hit up T.T. The Bear’s Place in Mental Square, from all parts of the world (infantree out of Los Angeles, Australia’s Philadelphia Grand Jury, Ume from Austin and Japan’s Boom Boom Satellites), all in town tonight as a pitstop before dolling up NYC to play for kids with badges at CMJ.
Hey kids, time for another playlist rundown for Boston Accents, WFNX's weekly local music radio show hosted by Dave Duncan. And since last night's show got started off with Cambridge quartet Viva Viva (pictured above), we'll also give a flyer shout out to their Halloween show at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain later this month (scroll down down down).
Everyone is all worked up about CMJ down in the Dirty Apple later this week, but the spirit of the NYC music fest is alive and well tonight along Harvard Avenue in Allston. Three Four shows, three four venues, nine a gazillion performances, and all worth your time; here's what's on our Allston radar tonight, for those not attending the Drums at the 'Dise, Phoenix at Agganis or even the Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli at the Brattle Theatre :
If you blinked you might have missed it — French rock band Phoenix went from toiling in relative obscurity for essentially all of the 2000s to becoming Grammy-winning, arena-playing, can’t-get-that-song-out-of-your-dome (and-that’s-still-rad-even-though-you’ve-heard-it-a-gazillion-times) torch-bearers of all things top-shelf indie, circa 2010.
In this week’s Cellars by Starlight column we chatted with Dan Shea on the eve of his three-day Homegrown II festival, which goes down tonight through Sunday at the Temple in Jamaica Plain. During the reprting for the piece we also were able to get a few mintues with Temple general manager Thomas Wenzl to discuss the space, which could become a major player in the city’s underground music scene.
Live Nation’s proposed Brighton Music Hall, slated to occupy the space left by Harpers Ferry later this year, is a game-changer for Boston’s live-music scene.
The 340-person room will create a link for bands to break into Boston at the entry level, then eventually move on to Live Nation’s larger venues. As the Boston Globe reported last week, the Brighton Music Hall would be operated by the Don Law–led Opera House Ventures as a “feeder club,” creating a lineage separating Live Nation venues and the rest of the city’s clubs.
The beauty in CONSTANTS’ powerful music has always been about timing. The explosive Boston-based post-rock (for lack of a better tag) trio know when to bludgeon you with metal riffage and guttural lightning-bolt screams and also when to pull back the forceful sonic coating and pace themselves in lead-footed thunderous pummel.
Author David Sedaris
On sale Friday, October 15
Robert Randolph & the Family Band | Dec 3 at the House of Blues, Boston | $25; $22.50 advance | On sale at 10 am via livenation.com
Dropkick Murphys | March 17 and 18 at the House of Blues, Boston | $32.50 | On sale at 10 am via livenation.com
In 2010, perhaps the only proper way for a new local supergroup to announce its arrival on the Boston scene is to roll hard into the monthly Rock n’ Roll Social at the Model Café. That’s what Dirty Bombs did last night in Allston, passing out a few fresh-out-da’-oven demos to get us all excited over their debut show next week at soon-to-shutter, soon-to-be-reborn-as-a-geographically-mislabeled-music-hall, Harpers Ferry
For those of you who can't keep track, PETE WENTZ was the pretty one in arena-emo legends Fall Out Boy. But no more. Starting tomorrow (as in Thursday, October 14) he'll be the ugly one in BLACK CARDS, a new project ("band" might be pushing it) centered around French blog-house beats and the coquettish vocals of an unknown British bombshell named Bebe.
It's Sunday night, and
the smell of marijuana is thick in the orchestra pit at the Orpheum. Fans in
pig masks shout "Fuck you Les!", "Fuck you Larry!", and "Primus fucking
sucks!". Les Claypool comes on stage, accompanied by his gentleman cohorts
Larry Lalonde on guitars and Jay
Lane on drums. He hits a flatulent note on his
Carl Thompson bass, and the world explodes.
Movers & Shakers will headline October 13’s Fallen Flower concert at the Middle East, a night to benefit for the family of Liu Kennedy.
Kennedy, 34, recently passed away after a battle with breast cancer and left behind two children. Her sister, Nita Awad, has rounded up a few locals to remember Liu and help raise some coin for the kids.
UPDATE: Tickets to all shows are now $32.50, reports Live Nation this morning...
In continuing what is now a Boston-area tradition, Dropkick Murphys today announced three shows on and around St. Patrick’s Day:
Thursday, March 17 at the House of Blues
Friday, March 18 at the House of Blues
The Year Million might be comprised of a bunch of Sabres and Rangers fans, but the alt-rock quartet has burst onto the scene like Milan Lucic across the blue line ever since changing their name from Spectator earlier this year. Last night the Boston dudes hosted their CD release party at a very dimly-lit Great Scott — perhaps the ghost of HG Wells at play — and here they are performing the second track of their set, “The Salt.