Reviewing the live show of a band you're a big fan of can be a tricky proposition. On one hand it helps to be familiar with the material, but as a fan you're likely to fill in some of the performance holes with the caulk of fond memory. On the opposite end of the spectrum, reviewing a band you have no tolerance for can be tough as well.
Bad news this morning for cold, lonely streetpoles, the wall at Hootenanny in Harvard Square, and those three "community" bulletin boards in Allston -- the Middle East is shifting to a digital flyer promotion system, meaning the Central Square nightclub doesn't want you to spend all day at Staples printing out 11x17 cardstock flyers for your upcoming shows and plastering them around town like a drunken bassist handing out his digits at last call.
Everyone’s pairing Yuletide joy with indie-rock riffage this holiday season, from the Target compilation featuring jingle-ball lovers Best Coast and Wavves to the Organ Beats’ charity single to benefit the MSPCA, “This Christmas.” But local indie-pop dudes the HUSH NOW may be tops when it comes to seasonally appropriate jingles.
Shaq might be the most likable guy in Boston, but I won't deny that I was miffed by his announcement that he's co-conducting a Boston Pops holiday concert next Monday. I think it's funny and Shaq-worthy and all, but I was kind of hoping that he'd do a hip-hop show of some sort before picking up the baton.
As it turns out, I'm not the only one asking him to grab a mic, as there's already a campaign to get him on stage with Wu-Tang next week at the Wilbur Theatre (there's another show on January 3, by the way).
On sale Thursday, December 16
White Rabbits | February 24 at the Paradise Rock
Club, Boston |
$15 | On sale Thursday at noon via ticketmaster.com
Get Up Kids | March 6 at the
Paradise Rock Club, Boston
| $20 | On sale Thursday at noon via ticketmaster.com
On sale Friday, December 17
Bright Eyes | March 10 at the
House of Blues, Boston
| $25-$35 | On sale Friday at 10 am via livenation.
Ahh the holidays: the most wonderful time of the year to drink, dance, be merry, eat artificially colored cookies, barf red and green behind a dumpster in Allston, and be taken into police custody while wearing a Santa suit. And all that fun starts at a Boston-area holiday show or party, many of which, as you'll see below, promise to be "spectacular."
Fifteen years ago, Better Than Ezra took over the modern rock airwaves with “Good,” a number one song that still defines them to most people with its bouncy beat and annoying “oh-wah-ah” refrain.
“Well, not everybody thinks that,” says bassist Tom Drummond before the band’s show at the Paradise last week. “’Cause we’re sold out tonight, we sold out last night, we’re sold out tomorrow [Philadelphia] and in New York, so…”
A few weeks ago in Shakedown we told you about how Boston party-starters Hot Pink Delorean were headed to Florida to shoot scenes for their new "Club Crashers" music video. Well, here it is, courtesy of the good folks at Karmaloop.
While we wonder why the trio doesn't have the same profile in their native Boston that they do in other, more dance-minded cities (guess the answer is obvious), we can say this: this "Club Crashers" video is fairly true-to-life.
All Asia Cafe, Cambridge's home to such performances as Ryanhood tearing shit up back in 2004 (as pictured above), we hardly knew ya.
Well, we kinda did, actually, but it was via the view from Mass Ave as we walked back and forth from Middlesex to Sandman Square. Still, always sad to lose a live music venue, as according to this article from MIT's The Tech newspaper, All Asia will fall victim to a proposed University Park expansion that will swallow up a row of buildings, also including the Cambridgeport Saloon
"The First Annual Charity for Youth Concert"
The Milky Way
284 Amory St.
All proceeds will support Roxbury Youthworks and Sociedad Latina
The Armchairs - Creamsicle Challenge from Fractal Circus on Vimeo.
In late August this past summer, I woke to find Philadelphia freak-pop band The Armchairs asleep in my living room. We became fast friends and I shot a quick video where they explained their recent album release and the ensuing creamsicle challenge.
Back in April, the Phoenix teamed up with Great Scott to start shooting and recording live performances at the Allston Rock Club, and not just drunkenly between picklebacks with a shaky Flipcam. Among the first of these sessions was with Queens-based indie-pop kids Freelance Whales, who roll back into town tonight at the Middle East in Cambridge.
Pity that the Boston Music Awards nominations were announced late last month, just before the release of this track from Lowell electro-punk quartet BEARSTRONAUT — they could’ve been a contender. Even more so because they seem to have ditched the punk half of the genre niche on this almost six-minute-long excursion through dance-floor euphoria, where they trade attitude and the imperfections of jittery rock angles for a washy synth sheen.
As everyone knows by now, Richard Ashcroft’s stadium-dreaming ‘90s Britpop band the Verve were successfully sued by the Rolling Stones over their biggest hit, “Bittersweet Symphony,” which lifted a bit too much of the Stones’ 1965 orchestral composition “The Last Time.” The Verve lost millions over the shifting songwriting credits, even though Mad Richard himself penned the lyrics.