Just a few weekends ago, while running back and forth and all over in between the Starlabfest BBQ and Deep Heaven Now's two stages at P.A.'s Lounge and Precinct, we marveled at the vibrancy of Union Square in Somerville. This October, it'll gain even more action within the city's music scene, as the recently shuttered Club Choices on Somerville Avenue re-opens under new ownership as RADIO, a restaurant and live music venue headed up by Rosebud bartender JOSH BANVILLE and booked by Boston Band Crush's ASHLEY WILLARD
So today is the last day in the office for our beloved summer music intern, SAM UEDA (the dude up there on the left). The University of New Hampshire incoming junior caught our attention back in March, when his fancy resume, cute school newspaper clips, and indie rock ambition were enough for him to reach the final hurdle in securing a glorious and exciting summer internship here at the Phoenix: the mixtape stage.
Chicago's SCATTERED TREES played a great show last night at Brighton Music Hall in support of PAUL DEMPSEY. The band's U2-but-not-nearly-as-shitty-as-U2 sound sent good vibes throughout the room. The soft and charming vocals of Nate Eisland and his smokin' hot wife Alissa dipped and soared with stunning dynamics.
Our list of the Top 100 Britpop Anthems of the '90s is now on the streets, in the cloud, and on the airwaves. If you can't pick up an issue, we've given you the entire list online. What's that? You don't agree with it? We would've never guessed. And we defintely wouldn't want you to go voting every song on the list up or down and completely re-arranging the thing
On a calm late-summer Tuesday night at T.T. The Bear’s, local lovlies THE FAGETTES, PAJAMA PEOPLE and their friends got noisy, but not quite noisy enough to drown out the wamp-wamps and wub-wubs of Throwed directly underneath the stage. The floor of TT’s was literally rumbling with dubstep, and the front doors were flooded with Throwed's VIP line overflowing far down Brookline Street into the crowd of smelly, jean jacket-clad patrons of TT’s.
Bush are at the House of Blues on October 15
ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
@ 9 am
Crooked Fingers +
Strand Of Oaks | November 6 at the T.T. the Bear's Place, Allston | $12 |
On sale @ ticketweb.com
@ 10 am
Joe Jonas + Jay
Sean | September 6 at the House of Blues, Boston | $39.50-$55 | On sale @ livenation.
Because I hate haircuts and wear black t-shirts a lot of the time, people assume I know a lot about metal. In truth, my favorite metal bands are Dethklok and Children of Bodom. Calling myself a metal expert would be practically equivalent to somebody declaring themselves an authority on punk when they’re mostly just really into Green Day.
Our August 5th issue's OUT column covered the Yes.Oui.Si's first Future Funk Fest with local psych-pop bands THE CRATERS and PLUTO MOONS, plus the debut of New England Conservatory-trained ambient trio PROTOZONE. The festival's next installment will be even more badass, expanding the fest to three nights, from August 24-25.
On Sunday night, local garage rock trio DOOMSTAR! played its last show ever at the Middlesex Lounge. Fans and friends filled the room with unbridled enthusiasm, dancing, jumping and shouting along with every song -- a testament to the energy that Doomstar! has continously pumped into Boston's DIY show spaces, and music community in general.
Batman. Who knew JACK'S MANNEQUIN had such a dedicated following? If the crowd
at Friday night's GUSTER show, for which the SoCal band was the second opener, was any testament, it's
safe to say that Something Corporate's Andrew McMahon's side-project has
evolved into an entity all its own.
china is the gift of choice for a 20th anniversary. But considering
that Lollapalooza debuted in 1991 with a lineup that featured Jane's
Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, and Ice-T, the only thing Perry Farrell
& Co. should've been doing with china for the music fest's big 2-0
is breaking it over unsuspecting festivalgoers' heads.
Sad news out of California this morning as JANI LANE, pale-faced former vocalist of WARRANT, was found dead last night in a Comfort Inn. He was 47. No cause of death has been reported yet, but Lane struggled with the usual poisons and addictions that forever chased many of the late-'80s glam metal stars.
There’s a certain carefree alt-rock swing to SLOWDIM’S “Wishing Well (Reverb Mix)” that suggests it could have been a lost sonic relic off the 1993 No Alternative compilation, tucked somewhere in the track listing among fuzzy contributions by Matthew Sweet, Buffalo Tom, and the Verlaines. Instead, the reverb mix of “Wishing Well” is the standout selection off February’s Spirals EP, Slowdim’s debut record that merges intelligent, ambient indie-pop with the noisy makeup of its members’ other affiliations (This Car Up, 28 Degrees Taurus).
As promised in this week's Cellars by Starlight column, here is a free 4-track download of MORNIN' OLD SPORT live at our August 2 pop-up show, recorded by Emma Dessau. Also check out the Boston Phoenix Bandcamp for free downloads of Earthquake Party (live at O'Brien's) and the New Highway Hymnal (live at WFNX).