We already loved Dominique Young Unique before catching her in person. Her track "Show My Ass" was enough to land her on our 50 Bands 50 States list, and on our inventory of the hottest hip-hop acts to catch at SXSW. But holy tits were we in for a surprise at Spill last night, where Unique, despite being a booty shake catalyst from Tampa, headlined a bill of eclectic Canadian acts.
On sale now
Charlie Sheen LIVE:
My Violent Torpedo of Truth |
April 12 @ Agganis Arena, Boston
| $47.50-$87.50 | ticketmaster.com
On sale soon
May 2 at the Brighton
Music Hall, Allston | $14
| On sale Thursday at noon | ticketmaster.com
The worst kept secret at South By Southwest Interactve was that Dave Grohl was coming to hijack the closing party last night (Tuesday) at Stubb's to promote the new Foo documentary Back and Forth. Going to SXSW to see the Foo Fighters is sort of like going to France and eating at McDonalds. You may not be doing it right.
So, strapped with added brainpower from getting our SXSWi cherry popped, we hit the streets.
So far on this tour, every space we’ve visited has been a house. Sunday, we encountered a typical roadblock for these sorts of DIY environments, but it didn’t ruin our experience in North Carolina.Over the eight-hour drive from Fredericksburg to Asheville, all of the QUILT-curated mixtapes continued to ‘kill it.
True story: Several years ago, I lived in a tiny shithole studio apartment on Brighton Avenue in Allston Rock City, sort-of above where old Herrel's Cafe used to be, and Heavyset Joe of LARKIN BRIGADE lived down the hall. Over the course of two years, the only interaction we ever had was him complimenting my Merc Harrington jacket, but I always appreciated him and his punk and skinhead friends not beating the shit out of my indie rock hipster crew (who probably deserved an ass-whuppin' or two).
Wednesday marked the 14th anniversary of the passing of Christopher
Wallace. You may have come to this realization through the litany of
Biggie quotables and youtube vids filling your news feed, or maybe a
token memoriam post from your go-to music blog, even if they don't touch
hip-hop on the other 364 days of the year.
Touring on a DIY circuit makes the music world seem small and interconnected. By coincidence, QUILT happened to be booked, through a friend of a friend, on the same house show in Fredericksburg, VA as Sore Eros, Pop 1280, and Cult of Youth – all of whom are playing a house show I helped coordinate at SXSW.
After a Chinatown bus ride on Friday morning (spent reading horoscopes, eating adzuki sprouts, talking Boston DIY), QUILT guitarist/vocalist Anna Rochinski and I shuffled equipment, merch, and bags from Manhattan to Brooklyn to meet up with their new drummer John Andrews and guitarist/vocalist Shane Butler, down the block from Shane’s apartment.
After going broke at SXSW last year, I made a deal with myself to not go back unless I found a ride and presented a show. In my two years of attending the festival, my only major investment has been flying. (I don’t buy a badge, and go to mostly DIY shows in parking lots, backyards, kitchens, bridges, glass blowing shops
Let's get serious for a minute before this bash begins, and admit that we all check some SXSW acts for no reason other than their badass, if not hilarious names. Because of sweet handles, I wound up at a Tittsworth dance party two years ago, and I'll be hitting at least one Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. show next week.
It’s time to paint a giant spoked “B” in front of the “Austin” city-limits sign.
Joining the massive influx of Boston peeps, bands, and music geeks headed down to SXSW next week, the Boston Phoenix, WFNX, Allston rock club Great Scott, and Boston-based promotions company Pirate have teamed up to present “FIRST CONTACT,” a free day party at Klub Krucial in downtown Austin this Wednesday, March 16 (noon to 6 pm).
When HERRA TERRA were nominated for a Boston Music Award last year, they were cast in the Metal/Hardcore category. But the Worcester quartet carry more of a mind for the dance floor than the mosh pit. Quiet Geist — their 2010 release on Athens, Georgia, label the Mylene Sheath, home to Boston acts Caspian, Eksi Ekso, and Junius — was a blitzkrieg of modern beats and glossy, ultra-produced electronic rock wizardry.
For a second we can stop bitching about how local rap cats never get to rock shows with major touring acts. For one, the homey Wispers is opening for Yelawolf at the Paradise this Friday. But before that, Lowell wit rapper D-Tension and Boston-schooled rhyme polemicist Elemental Zazen are propping Murs at Royale this Thursday.
On sale Thursday, March 10
Talib Kweli |
April 26 at Paradise Rock Club, Boston
| $22.50 | On sale Thursday at noon | ticketmaster.com
Neil Young |
April 19-20 at the Wang Theatre, Boston
| $55-$250 | On sale Thursday at noon | citicenter.org
Junip | May
22 at Brighton Music Hall, Allston | $15 | On sale
Thursday at noon | ticketmaster.
Can you feel the magic in the air? We're one week away from the launch of our FIRST CONTACT series, a collabo collabo between the Boston Phoenix, Great Scott, WFNX, and Pirate Promotion. Going to Austin for SXSW? If so, RSVP to our EventBrite, and show the love via Facebook. But remember, this party is FREE to all who are wandering up and down 6th Street in Texas' finest city. Rock.