Jokes about washed-up NYC dance-punk band the Rapture and Blondie's 1981 new wave hit "Rapture" are already as stale as the notion of the rapture itself. So what's a music snob to do on the eve of the inevitable End Times, when true believers get higher than Phoenix staff writers and editors on the weekend? Why, grab a few bottles of white, light a few non-denominational candles, and let Boston's own SIDEWALK DRIVER sing our atheist asses to never-ending sleep, tucked gently within the fiery gates of hell.
Boston rock trio STATIC OF THE GODS have built a reputation on electronic guitar pop that bakes warmly in a haze of shoegaze and post-rock. If their sound were a color, it’d be a bright-but-dense green — a vivid dream-pop forest of tall, lush melodies and weightless sonic oxygen. The first 100 or so seconds of “Hauntings,” off the upcoming Midnight Fires EP, sways through those trees with an early-’90s Seattle breeze before heartbreak gives way to a gentle avalanche of ache and subtle power pop.
Toro Y Moi is at the 'Dise on September 16
Friday, May 20
| July 22 at the Wang Theatre, Boston
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Pilots | August 3 at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH
| $59 | On sale at 10 am @ ticketmaster.com
Maybe there is something to that age-old Boston Phoenix local band cover jinx! After defying gravity and gracing the front page of our lil' alt-weekly back in January's "Class of 2011: Boston's 11 Best New Bands" feature, NIGHT FRUIT pretty much disappeared.
Several of the other bands featured, from RIBS to Stereo Telescope to to Banditas to Doomstar to Dirty Dishes, have become must-see players on our always-blossoming local scene, but the Allston-based whatever-gaze trio apparently hit some rough waters, and singer/guitarist Amanda Dellevigne ghosted town, resurfaced in a land-locked state, and joined up with the alt-rock ladies of Vanity Theft
I Have Little Doubt That This Will Be The Biggest Viral Video This Summer
Unless They Make A Version With Some Cats Shaking Their Pussies
Perhaps We Need A Wal-Mart In Boston After All
Them Activists Need To Lighten Up
Earlier this month we gave the Cellars by Starlight treatment to DESTRY, a new-ish, locally-based indie-folk project from Michelle DeRosa (Straylight Run) and Tyler Odom (Cassino) that has quickly become a favorite around the halls of Phoenix HQ. Now less than a week after their Waiting On An Island album release party at Great Scott, the band has released a video for "Never Let You go," directed on-the-fly around Boston by photographer Chris Phelps (if you've never checked out Phelps' stunning band portraits -- including Eisley, MGMT, the Rocketboys, etc.
It has been a banner week for fans of black metal! Yesterday, Vegan Black Metal Chef blew up like Varg Vikernes' temper, getting love in the NME, dominating our WFNX Breakshow Show discussion, and continuing its rapid march toward one million hits on YouTube.
Today, in fact just moments ago, Southern metal band and staunch defenders of the MySpace-as-a-band-website model IWRESTLEDABEARONCE have announced a carefully-crafted musical shift to a more darker, more menacing sound.
Team Edu Leedz is at it again, blessing you broke bastards with hella freebies. For anyone who's unfamiliar with promoter-executive producer Leedz, he's pretty much the force behind 90 percent of rap shows in Massachusetts for the past seven years. In the process, he's helped develop the careers of countless cats who call (or have called) this place home - from Slaine and MC Exposition to Rite Hook and that dude who nailed your girl behind the dumpster at the Middle East last week.
Remember that time back in August when NPR blew its aural load all over our boys -- and gal -- in Boston's mostest favoritest don't-call-it-Americana-it's-not-2010-anymore-brah band of fiddle-playing heathens, KINGLEY FLOOD? Well ZOMGZ it's happening again. Today NPR "premiered" new single "I Don't Wanna Go Home" -- we're putting premiered in quotes since Dave Duncan played it first, last night on WFNX's Boston Accents -- as its official Song Of The Day, marking the jam's official release date.
Hungry for a Dimmu Burger? If it's the vegan kind, some evil Florida dude is cooking up the tasty black arts for you! Hell, even Varg Vikernes could sink his murderous teeth into this.
Brian Manowitz -- a name very close to Manowar, eh? -- has launched VEGAN BLACK METAL CHEF, a detailed cooking guide website where the corpse-painted young man from Orlando offers step-by-step instructions on vegan-friendly cuisine.
Music blog Hip Hop DX is reporting that AKROBATIK suffered a heart attack last night, also reporting that the Boston emcee "went into open heart surgery earlier today and is in stable condition following the procedure."
Terrible news. Deservedly, Akrobatik took home Best Rap Act in our 2009 Best Music Poll: "Even though he was facing off against such contemporaries (and longstanding Best Music Poll rivals) as Reks, Moe Pope, and Esoteric, it’s no surprise that Akrobatik smoked this category.
We've already written enough on last night's OFWGKTA show at the 'Dise, as the Phoenix's Luke O'Neil lamented the current state of America's youth (now with funny tweets!) and Michael C. Walsh augmented his phlipcam action with additional thoughts on the punk-show hip-hop madness on Commonwealth Avenue.
Dear Ric Ocasek,
We were very disappointed to learn that you did not want to talk to the Boston Phoenix about the Cars’ new album, Move Like This, and your upcoming homecoming gig May 26 at the House of Blues. We were so excited for the opportunity, we weren’t even going to bring up how hard the new single “Sad Song” reminds us of the Full House theme song.
Some accompanying video to Luke O'Neil's lament of America's youth.I
must admit that I was a tad concerned that I was out of my element
while watching the "teenagers who pretend like they're going to fight
people on their skateboard" flood into the Paradise last night. I'm in
my mid-20s, my head is too big to rock a snapback, and while I do
wear skate shoes, it's mostly for their orthopedic value.