Thursday night On The Download jumps off the digital page and into the nightclubs at the first-ever Boston Phoenix vs Ryan's Smashing Life throwdown at Great Scott. We're rolling with the Allston Dance City theme, partying with one of our favorite Boston-based music blogs while showcasing three local acts set to blow up in the 2k11: BEARSTRONAUT, THE CINNAMON FUZZ and DIRTY BOMBS
Watch out -- you might get preggers just walking into the Mid East upstairs tonight, as longtime Phoenix faves VIVA VIVA are set to drop the sexy bomb on both the lovers and the haters at their very own Valentine's Day Prom. Hell, these sly cats even have a song called "Valentine," which should be played twice tonight so both parties can get off.
You'd have thought the stink over indie kids ARCADE FIRE winning Album of the Year at last night's Grammy's would have quieted down a bit, especially on a lover's morning such as this sweet and special Valentine's Day? Nope.People be like, Eminem-level of pissed off.
Have at it, angry folk: http://whoisarcadefire.tumblr.com/
So did RADIOHEAD watch Muse last night at the Grammy's, decide "fuck this, let's hit the studio," and proceed to whip up a new album in about 12 hours?
Because out of nowhere the English alt-rock luminaries announced this morning their eighth studio album, The King of Limbs, would be out digitally this weekend
It's ridiculous that anyone would read the New York Times for music coverage. Still the sad truth is that staff critic Jon Caramanica wields serious influence over the commercial hip-hop landscape, his master narratives weaving mittens for inept writers everywhere to handle trend rappers. So with another Grammy gala toasting mediocrity upon us, I thought it was a fitting time to eviscerate his write-up of last week's Stretch and Bob reunion show
I have a strong feeling that Sergei Kharitonov will get knocked out during tomorrow (Saturday) night's Strikeforce throwdown in New Jersey (airs on Showtime at 10pm). Where did that inkling come from? Well it turns out that his opponent, former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski (above), has a new anthem from Jaysaun and Freddy Madball.
Us Boston music writers need to find a new angle from which to cover Moe Pope, since that whole "most tragically slept-on act in the Hub" shit no longer applies. What we have here is an example of hustle plus skills paying off, as Moe and his crew have finally hit the forefront of the local music scene in the past few months.
TMZ with the deets today on the arrest of former SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist D'arcy Wretzky. While the whole charade -- something about letting horses roam free and failing to appear in court -- is fascinating, we just can't stop staring at that god damn mugshot.
Really D'arcy? You used to be so angelic, the second prettiest chick in the Pumpkins behind only James Iha.
Can you cover Michael Jackson and get away with it? The Stone Roses' Ian Brown did a few times, Alien Ant Farm (unfortunately) built a (thankfully short-lived) career out of it, and we won't even get into Glee. This week we can add Boston's BAD RABBITS to the list, and maybe move them to the top of it with the latest video/download in their online covers series (we posted their Deftones cover of "Sextape" last month).
It’s November 17 of last year, and the Billy Ruane memorial party is slowly creeping towards midnight. Nearly five hours deep into a marathon of performers and presenters, the Middle East downstairs suddenly jolts with energy. BUFFALO TOM has taken the stage (with Ed Valauskas filling in for bassist Chris Colbourn), and by the first few jangly alt-rock chords of set opener “Guilty Girls,” it’s evident the beloved Boston trio is back.
One of the best things to happen in 2010 was Jinsen Liu of 28 Degrees Taurus resurrecting the late-'90s Deep Heaven festivals, tacking a "Now" at the end of the moniker and creating a bi-annual two-day, two-venue event of psych and ambient rock n' roll. The third installment, the appropriately titled DEEP HEAVEN NOW 3, returns the weekend of April 15 and 16 with 27 bands across two stages in Somerville's Union Square, PAs Lounge and Precinct.
On May 22, 2001, THE STROKES released The Modern Age EP in North America, staring down a shit-stained stateside rock climate littered with Creeds, Dursts, and commercialized pop-punk. Then, with a few throwback guitar chords, well-fit jackets and a swagger generally lacking in the ‘90s, the Strokes pretty much kickstarted a new era of garage rock.
On sale Friday, February 11
Dark Star Orchestra | May 12 at the House of Blues, Boston | $23-$33 | On sale at 10 am via livenation.com
Matt Wertz | March 26 at Royale,
Boston | $15;
$13 advance | On sale at noon via ticketmaster.com
Brett Dennen | May 18 at Royale,
Boston | $22 |
On sale at noon via ticketmaster.
When one-time hardcore screamer Wes Eisold re-emerged a few years ago with Philly/NYC noir-pop electro act COLD CAVE, it caught the attention of everyone from his former insulated circles to indie dance nights (Disclosure: I booked them in Allston in November '09) to regular ol’ folks-at-home watching television, as Radio Shack used brisk stand-in-place stomper “Life Magazine” in its national commercial spots.