summer, when the much buzzed about triple-bill of Beach Fossils,
Javelin, and Warpaint rolled through Great Scott, the preeminent feeling
was that all three of the night's bands were about to blow up. Of the
three, it currently seems as if WARPAINT are most dead set on making that
premonition true. Since the aforementioned August show, they have
released a critically exalted debut LP
and have made two more stops in our fair city, including a nearly
sold-out Paradise gig this past Tuesday.
Over the past decade, the Beatings’ ELDRIDGE RODRIGUEZ has been one of the more prolific and distinguished voices in Boston rock, releasing 10 studio albums (six with band, four solo) that range from deconstructionist pop to noisy post-punk. On his latest effort, You Are Released (Midriff Records), Rodriguez further channels his inner Scott Walker for an experimental romp through themes of isolation, nature, and mortality, enlisting Wheat and Sarah Borges to fill out the record’s myriad sounds, moods, and vibes.
Nearly a year after Ayad from Passion Pit told me to check out THE JOY FORMIDABLE, the first band he signed to his NYC-based Black Bell boutique record label, I finally had a chance to see the Welsh noise-rock trio in live action last night at Allston's Brighton Music Hall. The Joy Formidable are, quite simply, a sonic tornado, as evidenced here in this nearly-8-minute-long phlipcam clip of current single "Whirring."
"Consequence Magazine Launch Party" | The
third volume is celebrated with readings and a panel discussion | Brookline
Booksmith, 279 Harvard St,
Brookline | April 1 @ 7 pm | brooklinebooksmith.com
Colleen Green +
Freeals + You And Your Pointy Ears | ZuZu, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge
| April 4 @ 10 pm | zuzubar.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Thursday, March 31
& The Nocturnals | August 20 at the Bank of America Pavilion, Boston | $20-$40 | On sale
at 10 am via livenation.com
Friday, April 1
Morgan | July 2 at MGM Grand at
Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT | $40-$60 | On sale at 9 am via ticketmaster.
Time to barricade Fort Adams State Park, because the hip, the cool, and the disaffected will be descending on the annual NEWPORT FOLK FEST this summer. In what's a pretty impressive overall lineup, the two-day July 30 and 31 folk fest under the Rhode Island sun will this year feature the Decemberists (those bastards that ruined indie rock, remember), Tegan & Sara (two ladies often saddled with saving it), Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, and a host of other notable acts, revealed last night at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, including Gogol Bordello, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Gillian Welch, Mavis Staples, Freelance Whales, Delta Spirit, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, What Cheer? Brigade, Felice Brothers, and our very own David Wax Museum, which got NPR all flustered after last year's performance.
DJ Deadeye makes no apologies for saluting traditional East Coast boom bap. In fact it's quite the opposite sentiment, as, along with ST. da Squad affiliates like Termanology, the Lawrence-bred vinyl sensei and beatmaker has ushered unapologetic, lyric-heavy hip-hop back into the forefront. His seven-years-in-the-making debut, Substance Abuse, is a throwback of sorts in that Deadeye took the time and energy to unite more than 30 MCs and a dozen co-producers for a stew of thoughtful, thematic blacktop bangers.
Someone still cares about this, right? I mean, the last time I saw the BOUNCING SOULS I was like 15, it was 1996 at ABC No Rio in New York City and I was both breaking edge and thinking Choking Victim were the best band since Operation Ivy. In other words, it was a long fucking time ago (MTV was still on the air! What a battlecry!).
As video game music has become more mainstream, or at least more popular thanks to outlets like OverClocked Remix, I think it's safe to say that, as a genre, geek beat is closer to hip-hop than anything else - and that's before cats like Dan the Automator started doing full soundtracks.
Whereas a lot of critics loathe the simplicity in gamer funk, I've always dug them.
Because compact discs are just so '90s, the brains behind the upcoming third installment of the DEEP HEAVEN NOW festival have released a 25-track compilation to hype the April 15 & 16 psych-a-thon. Posted to Bandcamp as a free to download by organizer Jinsen Liu, it's a solid rep of the entire two-day fest, featuring new tracks from Asteroid #4 and The Sky Drops, as well as an unreleased 28 Degrees Taurus joint -- but hot damn we're still all about that Sunshine Factory band, and "My Sugar Cane" remains their standout effort.
So, where were YOU last night? If you were anywhere other than tuning in to WFNX's BOSTON ACCENTS local-rock radio program, feel free to play catch-up with Dave Duncan's ace playlist below. And don't forget: Boston Accents airs every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m., found at 101.7 on the FM dial and streaming online at wfnx.
I am horrified. I had no idea when I wrote my pair of posts about Wild Flag and tUnE-yArDs at SXSW last week that both bands (both!) had been prominently featured in NPR's coverage of the event. To make up for that oversaturation, here's a band that's received criminally little coverage but that were my favorite personal discovery of the week.
There was something remarkably calming watching RICHARD ASHCROFT own the stage last night at the Villa Victoria Center For The Arts. The enigmatic and sometimes volatile British frontman first broke away from the weighty arena-standards of the Verve with 2000’s Alone With Everybody, and that sentiment perhaps best sums up last night’s engaging performance from one of Britpop’s more mercurial icons and poignant voices.
Fuck yeah, there needs to be more music videos filmed at O'Brien's Pub in Allston. Let's ready up a Pickleback everytime we recognize a regular at the nearby Model Cafe, and collectively marvel at how even the annoying pole in front of the O'Brien's stage has magically disappeared (movie magik!) in this rad new clip from ROADSAW