Boston rap promoter Edu Leedz has never dropped a weak mixtape - whether you're talking about projects on which he pairs local talent with visiting all-stars, or the ones on which Boston artists handle all the tracks. This one has a bit of both; cats like Qwel and Copywrite swing through, but mostly all the action comes from the likes of Amadeus, Rite Hook, Stu Cat, The Camp, and Al-J.
Tracy Morgan [second show added] | February 26 at
the Wilbur Theatre,
Boston | $49-$59
| On sale Friday at noon via ticketmaster.com
Pablo Francisco [second show added] | March 5 at the
Boston | $20-$32
| On sale Friday at noon via ticketmaster.com
Glassjaw | March 25 at the
Paradise Rock Club, Boston
| $20 | On sale Saturday at noon via ticketmaster.
Wu-Tang, while always good for an unexpected turn or two, did something absolutely unprecedented at their Boston show last week: they showed up on time. In fact, the show ended at least an hour before they usually go on.
Despite the early onset, Meth, Ghost, and every other living member besides RZA brought much ruckus, pain, and so forth.
Halloween tribute bands from Church to O'Brien's Pub rejoice! Motorhead are coming to town in March, and they're resurrecting the warm, sloshy memory of Lansdowne nightclub Avalon in the process (see the odd listing below). We can just imagine the back-room haggling over tour dates and venues as Lemmy slams his drink down and declares something about how the room will always be Avalon to him.
UPDATE: Tweets just in, from Michael Angelakos @mangelakos : The track I did for AMEX has nothing at all to do with Christmas but, hey, if you'd like it to be, happy holidays... It's also solely for American Express. I made it for their use only. Won't be on the album, which will not sound like that either, FYI.
For many years, rock and roll fans have chosen to celebrate the life of Elvis Presley not on the King's birthday, but during a week-long celebration on the anniversary of his death. It seems a shame that, just because JAMES BROWN passed on Jesus's birthday, the Hardest Working Man In Show Business should be denied a similar honor.
Since we here at the Phoenix only take our social cues from Jay-Z, we would
like to make it known that we on to the next one. So long to 2010 and
the mounds of year end lists showering praise on Kanye West (as if he
needed his ego stroked any further). In fact, we're so over 2010 that
we've already turned to our crystal ball and our go-to illegal file
sharing sites, and are prepared to go out on an asinine limb to declare Album of the Year for 2011.
Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ elf, hide yo’ cookies, hide yo’ wife. Antoine Dodson is back, this time warning us of the most cherished and sacred home invader of them all, Santa Claus.
Of course, Dodson captured our hearts and minds earlier in the year with Auto-Tune The News' "Bed Intruder" remix, which we admit might be the catchiest damn song of 2010.
We honestly have no idea what to expect when Shitaly takes the stage (couch?) tonight at Enormous Room in Central Square for the annual Winter Solstice Party, a John Flax (aka DJ Ectocooler) tradition that began a few years ago when the Vandelles sonically destroyed the Oxfam Cafe at Tufts.
But we're told Shitaly sound something like "goth-prog," and we wouldn't be surprised if we were sitting here this time next year writing about how goth-prog totally replaced witch haus as the coolest thing ever in 2k11.
So hey, how'd you spend your weekend?
Apparently if you are in a band and were near Brighton, chances are you spent the day Saturday holed up at the crash pad of You Can Be A Wesley, where the uprising indie boys and girl shot a new video for their fuzzy rock jam "Old In Florida." (Full disclosure: the video was directed by Loroto, a production duo comprised of Phoenix contributors Addison A.
In this week's Phoenix we highlighted five local solo electronic artists who are wedging their way on stages usually reserved for bands and softy acoustic singer-songwriter types: Ming Ming, Andre Obin, Coralcola, Lenkadu and Avoxblue. To enhance the coverage put to use of all the awesome shit we amassed while whipping this piece up, we figured why not dump the rest of what we have into one giant, unfocused On The Download post.
Proving to be a sexier Christmas death subject than say, Billy Martin or Frederick Law Olmsted, Boston’s jangly indie garage-pop lads Hands & Knees pay tribute to the legendary soul man who once saved Boston in their new holiday-swinging single “James Brown Died On Christmas Day.” Yesterday, they released a video for the track, and you can still snag it digitally off Bandcamp for just your grandmother’s old $2 bill (a limited edition 7-inch is available for $7).
For obvious reasons it feels appropriate to combine these two blog items. Up top are the Scrooges -- yes, Boston's finest Santa-themed Stooges cover act, ten years strong! -- performing "No Fun" last night at O'Brien's Pub in Allston, the third night of their annual holiday shit-show residency. Next Wednesday gets even better, as the final Scrooges party of 2k10 includes Phoenix drinking buddies Mellow Bravo and Double Nines.