Carrie Brownstein last night brought WILD FLAG, her new supergroup of ‘90s indie icons, to a sold-out Brighton Music Hall, marking the young quartet’s biggest show to date. “We’ve been trying to play mostly to spaces that hold 80 to 150 people,” Brownstein told the crowd.
Apparently just fine with the Allston club packed-out with a head count nearing 350, the former Sleater-Kinney front-woman shredded and kicked her way through an hour-long set with former SK drummer Janet Weiss, Rebecca Cole of the Minders on keyboard, and Mary Timony, formerly of Helium, on guitar.
Fuck yeah -- Allston punk trio YOUNG ADULTS, who launched their debut video just last week and anchored our Class of 2011 feature back in January, have been added to our Austin party next Wednesday, March 16.
First Contact, presented by the Phoenix, WFNX, Great Scott and Pirate Promotion, now features: DOM, HOORAY FOR EARTH, EUGENE MIRMAN, GIRLFRIENDS, YOUNG ADULTS, THE GOOD NATURED, THE SEEDY SEEDS and FUNERAL PARTY
Editor's Note: Below is a quick-shot review of last week's Jonathan Richman show in Davis Square. He didn't play "Roadrunner," so that gives us an excuse to post it up top, video shot at New York City's Coney Island High back in 1998 for Joey Ramone's birthday party. YouTube rules.
As JONATHAN RICHMAN'S live repertoire shifts further and further away from the legend of the Modern Lovers and his cult-classic solo albums of the ‘70s and ‘80s, audiences are now seeing his most recent material finally taking life.
So this is pretty fucking sweet cure-all to those goddamn Monday blues. As you may already know from Nolan Garwon's excellent feature in this week's issue, Boston-bred DJ duo SOUL CLAP are strong proponents of sexy time. Poised to drop the next installment of DJ Kicks
alongside brothers-from-another-mother Wolf + Lamb, the foursome are
currently hopping continents in support of the highly anticipated mix
At long last, Mattapan master Singapore Kane has blessed us with another mixtape, this one even more anticipated than the last few. Kane's star has risen since he, Reks, Term, and a handful of other Mass cats commandeered the underground and started running trains on tracks with intense frequency. Be it Brick Records, Showoff promotions, East Coast flavor, or whatever it is that unites this elite bunch, they've shown and proven recently.
It was damn near 2am and the Great Scott stage was coated in darkness, but ENDLESS WAVE put on one hell of a show Saturday night at their album release party for Notes From The Compound. Earlier sets by the December Sound and Eksi Ekso pushed the night back to the brink of curfew, but Boston's skygazing trio rewarded those who stuck around with a post-gaze wall of noise and fury.
We had so much fun at SXSW last year that we're going back again. And this time we're going even harder in the paint -- and throwing a party of our own. If you're headed down to Austin, join us on Wednesday, March 16 from noon to 6 pm at Klub Krucial, 612 East 6th Street (next door to the legendary Austin concert hall Emo's).
Presented by Mike and Jay Beckwith and Mike Eleftheratos, No Life Fest
-- held at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain on Saturday and Sammy's
Patio in Revere on Sunday -- boasts a monolithic lineup pairing Boston's
best with high-profile groups from New York, Connecticut, and Rhode
Island. Saturday 3.
DESIGNER DRUGS @ Middle East
NYC duo Designer Drugs have long ruled the remix circuit, crushing dance floors with reboots of everyone from Little Boots to Mariah Carey. Now the electro-dustrial production team darken the clubs to their own lethal beat: Hardcore/Softcore is a relentless Ultra Records debut featuring brash post-banger electronix and guest drops by Annie and Cerebral Vortex.
Photo by Mark William Pearson of Neptune
Around 8:15 a.m. on December 6, LINDSAY METIVIER was walking from her home in Jamaica Plain to her job at Boomerangs when she noticed a sign in the window of florist Petal & Leaf: “For Rent.” The 25-year-old Mass Art grad always pictured herself opening a gallery, and on that morning the concept seemed particularly tangible; later that day, she called the number on the sign, and two days before Christmas, the keys to 48 South Street were hers.
“What we need is more guitars,” tweeted Mike Rodriguez of As Built PR on February 13. A week later, the Boston-based marketing and promotions company unveiled SOFT PYRAMIDS’ debut EP, a detached-cool rock and roll afterparty racket that recalls a late-’70s Lower East Side punk attitude with nary and electronic device in sight (or sound).
Marina and the Diamonds
On sale now
Diddy Dirty Money | April 21 at the House of Blues, Boston | $39.50-$49.50 | On sale now via livenation.com
On sale Friday, March 4
Josh Groban | July 26 at the TD
| $62.50-$92.50 | On sale at 11 am via ticketmaster.com
A-Trak | May 2 at Royale, Boston | $25 | On sale at noon via ticketmaster.
More on this soon, but for now I'd like to extend condolences to the friends and family of Roc Dukati, who I'm told was gunned down last night outside of the Caprice Restaurant downtown, where a release party for Cambridge rapper Millyz ended in a fight that spilled onto Tremont Street. I've done a few articles on Roc and his LIFE4LIFE fam (Smoke Bulga, Masspike Miles) over the years, and have nothing but respect for their lasting hustle in the music game.
Where have you gone, SHIRLEY MANSON?
Today iTunes released “The Hunger,” the first song off the A.R.T.’s production of Prometheus Bound and featuring vocals from the former Garbage frontwoman and ‘90s rock icon, with proceeds going to Amnesty International.
Last week we talked to System of a Down’s Serj Tankian about contribution the music to Prometheus Bound -- currently anchored at Club Oberon until April 2 -- but it’s great to have something to take home with us, especially a piece that recalls Manson’s early work with Garbage.