Say you got this big job interview one day, and that morning some random film crew crashed your apartment and recorded every move you made: from waking up late, to showering, to getting dressed, to mindlessly eating breakfast in your still-wrinkled Urban Renewal-bought suit, to walking (confidently!) out the front door and into the world.
More than a decade later, we finally have something to wipe that gross-ass Marilyn Manson taste out of our collective Eurythmics fan-mouths. In advance of their gig together this Friday at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, sinister bass/drums/vocals stomp-rock duo DO NOT FORSAKE ME OH MY DARLING teamed up with Glenn Di Benedetto of noir-popsters PARLOUR BELLS to cover the 1983 new wave classic "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)."
Another week, another awesome music video coming out of Boston. But this one from KINGSLEY "Fiddle Me This" FLOOD has bears in it -- criminally-minded, very feisty, non-hibernating bears! -- and they're all running amok in Garment District, Central Square, and a host of other locales around Cambridge towne.
Some of you know D-Tension as the Bay State's resident comic rapper, an author of such mirthful gems as "Soccer Mom" and "I'm So Old."
Others know him as an accomplished underground producer who cut seminal heat for the likes of Slug, Encore, Termanology, and Vinnie Paz.
Perhaps you just know him as the old dude in the big t-shirt at the club who drinks way too much and makes young women uncomfortable.
Has the constant connection to iTunes and Facebook got you feeling a little stagnant? SPOTIFY could be a temporary answer to widespread Internet boredom (we'll get into Google+ another time). That, or it's yet another annoying version of the same thing that you’re going to have to sign up for because all your friends are doing it.
Portugal. The Man are at the 'Dise on October 22
On Sale Now
T-Mills | August
26 at the Brighton
Music Hall, Allston | $10-$12 |
On sale at ticketmaster.com
Mason Jennings + The Pines |
September 23 at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $18-$20 | On sale at ticketmaster.com
VNV Nation +
Straftanz | December 4 at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $20-$25 | On
sale at ticketmaster.
Holy hell what a dance party lined up tonight at Great Scott, the Allston venue that's been stacking its dance party deck lately by promoting pansexual drag night Don't Ask Don't Tell from sister club O'Brien's and giving a home to the Common Ground's recently orphaned Videodrome Discotheque. While the dreamy electronic sounds of TEENGIRL FANTASY and Thunderdome-approved dark EBM-techno of GATEKEEPER are enough to strobe up a drab Wednesday in July, the always-on-point Make It New crew of Middlesex Lounge are also presenting us a taste of Denver's PICTUREPLANE
The following 6,000-plus words are the unedited transcript of my interview conducted with BEN DEILY of VARSITY DRAG and his wife and bassist, LISA. While originally intended to preview Varsity Drag’s upcoming show at Church on Saturday for Cellars By Starlight, the two-hour conversation not only covers the history and current state of Varsity Drag, but also the creation and early days of the Lemonheads, Deily’s relationship with Evan Dando and his departure from the band just as they were about to make it big.
It's an age-old story -- a Galactic Empire crumbles, and so soon does the economy of a universe. I mean, it was great and everything that the Rebel Alliance blew up the second Death Star (big ups to iCarly's biological father, Nien Nunb), but after all that action, how does a Jedi go back to being just a regular ol' dude trying to get by? And how does he or she pay those bills? We all be the droids N-Star's looking for, amirite?!
A humid Sunday night didn't keep the Allston basement kids from coming out to see their buddies CAMDEN, DIRTY VIRGINS, and HORSE THIEF at Great Scott last night, playing a venue selling drinks that cost more than at the liquor store, but with a sound that no Allston basement will ever match. Surfy drone rock band MOUNTAIN DOOM were scheduled as well, but they got kicked out before the show even started for drinking 40s in front of the venue.
This afternoon our pals over at Sleepover Shows posted a few videos from our fund raiser back in May, an effort that helped raise some coin for the southern communities decimated by tornados. Together, The Phoenix along with SOS and fellow music blog Ryan's Smashing Life downed more than our fair share of Great Scott picklebacks as THE WANDAS, LARCENIST, and OLD JACK provided a bluesy, Boston-flavored alt-country soundtrack for charity, with all proceeds from the door benefitting the Red Cross.
Anyone who caught the HEAVY METAL KINGS show at Brighton Music Hall a few months back would agree it was a headbanger's ball, something like an hour-plus of hardcore bliss wrapped in a blumpkin from your favorite starlet. It was probably the first time in two years that I've hugged the stage for an entire set.
indie-kids BEAR HANDS have toured with Passion Pit, so I can only
imagine that when they booked last night's gig with Awolnation, the
overwhelming sentiment was "shit, what a drag."
maybe not. It could be that I was the only one at the Paradise last
night that thought that the vibe of headliner Awolnation's show was like walking into the
party scene of a bro-tastic teen movie circa 1997.
If you're not tired of awesome videos yet, you really need to check out the new Tom Vek video for his song "Aroused," off the album Leisure Seizure which came out in early June. The video was released yesterday by Nowness.com and directed by Saam Farahmand. If you haven't been feeling very sensual lately, let this get you in the mood to make it with that special someone you've been stalking all week/month/year/your whole life.
This past Monday, as I walked over to Brighton Avenue, I was bombarded with bummed out kids looking for tickets to the KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS show. I shook my head and apologized, but I can’t feel bad for people who didn’t get tickets in time, even when I’m one of them. Everyone was hyper from drinking free Slurpees all day so the normally purse-lipped contemplative indie rock crowd was on their feet and rowdy.