Alert the Common People and break that old Pink Glove out of the closet, as nine days after the 15th anniversary of their Britpop masterpiece “Different Class,” Pulp have announced a reunion. The band will play a handful of European festival dates in 2011, and anglophiles here stateside can only hope the words Coachella, Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza eventually pop up in the itinerary.
Florence and the Machine, "Dog Days Are Over" (WFNX Ames Acoustic Session) from WFNX on Vimeo.
Yo La Tengo's new tour sounds quite amazing:
We’re going to split our performance into two sets. At the beginning of the night, we’ll bring a Wheel of . . . Fortune? Fate? What ARE those carnival things called? . . . on stage, and spin it. Whatever comes up, that’s what the first 45 minutes will be. Here are the possibilities:
When culture changes, as it always does, there are always those that get pegged as the last of a dying breed. In the case of the '70s style rock star, the case can be made that there are few holding up a bic lighter to the myth of the eternal rocker more powerfully than Dave Wyndorf.
His band, Monster Magnet, may have formed in the late '80s, long after the heydey of both '70s super-rock and '80s glam-hair-metal, but that didn’t stop him and his fellow Magnets from attempting to steamroll over fey indie culture with a sleek turbocharged vehicle made out of long hair, monstrous riffs and dripping sardonic lyrical bluster.
Social Distortion is the ultimate punk rock survivor story. Death, drugs, jail, break-ups, and extended hiatuses ruined SoCal bands like The Germs and Adolescents, but somehow those same trials have made Social D stronger, evident not only in the tightness of Monday’s House of Blues show, but in the approach the group, in particular Mike Ness, has decided to take.
As Boston’s electronic solo projects continue to emerge from bedrooms and DJ booths and onto a rock-club stage near you, the sonic scope of these artists continues to expand. Jimmy Rossi’s Avoxblue has raised the bar with “Dreaming Thru Your Eyes,” a crystal dagger of an underground synth-pop journey with both the ocean-floor depth of a full band and the pop personality often lacking in experimental machine music.
On sale Thursday, November 4
OK Go |
December 5 at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston
| $20 | On sale at noon via ticketmaster.com
On sale Friday, November 5
Amanda Palmer + Tristan Allen | December
12 at the Berklee Performance Center,
Boston | $10 |
On sale at 10 am via ticketmaster.com
Tokyo Police Club + Two Door Cinema Club | January 19 at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $16.
"That's from before your time," Juliana Hatfield tells me Monday night outside Great Scott, moments after she and Evan Dando wrap up their soundcheck for the first of two acoustic shows at the Allston rock club. She's referring to the Real Kids, the Boston garage rock band from the '70s and early '80s, a sudden topic of conversation since she and Dando will cover "Common At Noon" on both nights and dedicating the song to the late Billy Ruane.
Apparently, this was Shirley Manson's character in that Terminator show from a few years ago.
It's not the Belly reunion that the Village Voice is calling for, but Shirley Manson of Garbage has announced that her band is currently recording an LP. A tour will follow.
In discussing this reunion, Stereogum says "It seems like Garbage never comes up on either critical or nostalgia lists of ’90s alt rock bands."
Yeah yeah, we know, you partied hard most of last week and the weekend, as Halloween pretty much began on Tuesday around Boston. And you did spend most of yesterday on the couch gorging on stale candy corn and leftover Mike-and-Ikes, waiting for the AMC premiere of "The Walking Dead." Tomorrow is Dia de los Muertos for a reason.
So 100 years ago, in the 80's, when I was an undergrad at UMass, my classmates Edward Maglott and Michael Lewy and I made this movie, Slim Chance. It's predictably terrible, except for Billy Ruane. Edward pulled out Billy's section, as well as a piece with Skeggie [Kendall], and here it is. Sarah Eaton is also in it.
Last night's Boston Accents loval music show was divided into two parts: the first hour featuring Halloween-appropriate songs, and the last 60 minutes dedicated to the late Billy Ruane, playing an hour of his favorite New England-based performers past and present. Host Dave Duncan also took calls from Aly Spaltro (Lady Lamb The Beekeeper), Sean Slade
(Fort Apache) and Mike Gill (Murder Mile & videographer), who shared their Ruane stories and memories live on air.
Here's a photo of the flyer, taken at Saturday's services in Cambridge, for the Billy Ruane Memorial Birthday Bash to be held at the Middle East on Nov. 17, exactly one week after what would have been his 53rd birthday. While the band lineup is still TBA, we'll admit that it would be cool to hear Varsity Drag perform their 2006 tribute song, "Billy Ruane