On sale Thursday, December 9
Eva Ayllon & Peru Negro |
January 30 at the Berklee Performance Center,
$25-$35 | On sale at 10 am via ticketmaster.com
Nate Wilson Group + Sun Jones |
January 15 at the Brighton
Music Hall, Allston | $10
| On sale at noon via ticketmaster.com
Mission Hill | January 28 at the
Brighton Music Hall, Allston | $10 | On sale
at noon via ticketmaster.
In case you haven't noticed, Ricky Shabazz and the Boom Bap Boys (a/k/a Director Nicolas Heller - think The Streets) have been responsible for a serious chunk of the most creative and downright dope hip-hop videos of 2010. Though I don't know Heller and his team personally, we seem to have comparable taste; this year they cut clips for the likes of Homeboy Sandman, Time Crisis, and C-Rayz Walz - just to name a few.
Before the local music community got together en masse at Sunday's Boston Music Awards, there was a sort-of pre-party for the rock scene a day earlier at T. T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge. Organized by Boston Band Crush, six acts -- as well as friends and family of the Di Guardia family -- rallied together for the Calling All Angels: Friends of Emilia benefit show, which raised money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
While some are more active than others, here's a quick rundown of Boston-area clubs, bars and venues on Twitter, with an overall focus on those that cater to live music and dance parties. If we accidentally left something out, just add it in the comments and we'll include it in the next roundup. This holiday season, no club-going child should go @-less.
Saturday night's Peter Hook Presents Unknown Pleasures show at Royale was no Joy Division gig. But few in the audience seemed to care, and a mere fraction seemed age appropriate to even have had a chance to see the real deal back in the UK more than 30 years ago. But backed by his new band the Light, Hooky on vocals and bass barreled through the entire Unknown Pleasures album and a handful of choice Joy Division cuts -- opening with "No Love Lost," ending with "Ceremony" and creating a sonic high with "Love Will Tear Us Apart.
While the 2010 Boston Music Awards was the place to be last night, Dave Duncan and the WFNX crew kept the local rock married to the airwaves with another installment of Boston Accents. Here's the playlist, featuring fresh new tracks from the Sheila Divine, Buffalo Tom, and others. Catch Boston Accents every Sunday night from 8 to 10 p.
It's the Monday morning after the 2010 Boston Music Awards, and we're still stuck on the 5th floor of the Liberty Hotel waiting for an elevator to take us back down to the lobby. As we frantically press the button ("it's lit, it's lit, here it comes! ...oh.") and debate going all parkour off the balcony down to the escalators below, here's some front-row phlipcam action of DOM performing their explosive party anthem "Living In America," about a half hour before it was named the BMA's "Song of the Year."
Cold War Kids
On sale Friday, December 3
Wakey! Wakey! | February 5 at Brighton Music Hall,
Allston | $12 | On sale at 10 am via ticketmaster.com
Bobby McFerrin | February 24 at the Berklee
Boston | $10 |
On sale at 10 am via ticketmaster.com
Cold War Kids |
March 22 at the House of Blues, Boston
| $20 | On sale at 10 am via livenation.
Last time I checked up on Mattapan native Singapore Kane, the Big Shug affiliate and underground slugger told us that – unlike most of his exalted peers in Bay State hip-hop – he's hardly content with subterranean acclaim. You can't blame him; in addition to clocking tour props in Europe with the Snowgoons and a rep among the game's top street cats, Singapore has an accessible cadence fit to tap mainstream demographics.
This just in: Elgin James, the Boston hardcore kid who was also the founder and leader of the notorious Boston street gang FSU, has landed his debut feature film in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Variety describes Little Birds -- which James wrote and directed -- as "A
friendship between two 15-year-old girls, one of whom follows the other
from the Salton Sea to Los Angeles."
Saturday night Peter Hook brings his Unknown Pleasures tour to Royale, the fourth of a nine-date stateside trek that finds him resurrecting the landmark 1979 Joy Division album in a live setting. But he arrives with a fair share of controversy. The legendary bassist for Joy Division, New Order, and a handful of other projects first performed the album in May as a one-off for the 30th anniversary of singer Ian Curtis’ suicide.
PJ Harvey is tripping out. Last night the British songstress unveiled "Written On The Forehead," a teaser track off her new album, Let England Shake (out Feb. 15 via Vagrant Records). Last time anything written on any forehead was this newsworthy, it involved a New England Patriots cheerleader and a drunken frat kid passed out at a party.
Maybe it was the all-female, interracial band in orange outfits that matched Mr. Green's crazy nuevo zoot suit, or that fly, ferocious pint-sized drummer snapping out the beats and cymbal crashes with a half-smile/half-grimace, or that great guitar lick lifted from... where? Steve Cropper? later?....