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. Luckily for us, we don’t need no stinkin’ badges, and we’ll gladly take this often overlooked bonus of attracting touring acts as a result of being within 200 miles away from the Dirty Apple without actually having to be a part of its cultural cesspool.
Of the bands playing TTs tonight, we’re kinda feeling Tokyo’s long-time electronic-rock bandits Boom Boom Satellites the hardest. This “Kick It Out” teaser video skyhooked at us the other day by takeoutMarketing has us pretty intrigued, and the duo, who have been sonic-blasting Japan silly since 1990, should provide quite the opening act. The NME described the Boom Boom Satellites sound as “like The Prodigy fighting Underworld with bloody big sticks,” and what the hell we’re feeling lazy today so we’ll run with that. Rock out.