UPDATE: The club will stay open another week, promising a few send-off parties, and the extension starts Sunday night with DJ Coralcola and the Mmmmaven crew. Much nicer way to go out.
THE ENORMOUS ROOM, a staple of the forward-thinking nightclub scene in Cambridge's Central Square, will throw its last party this Saturday when DJ Evaredy works the turntables.
WFNX's monthlong welcome-back celebration kicked off Saturday night at an Undisclosed Location -- a/k/a LANSDOWNE PUB -- for a free show with THE JOY FORMIDABLE, who were playing the final gig on this leg of their tour -- after which they take a quick break and join the FOO FIGHTERS as opening act.
Way back in December of yesteryear, I threw a tongue-in-cheek post On the Download
poking fun at the perpetual snowball of hype in which JAMES BLAKE was
trapped. Then his debut LP dropped, and while I showered it in nothing
but praise, I couldn't really find anything there that could justify giving it more the rating I did
Sure, we've been listening to it on NPR for a week. But now I can stream the new RYAN ADAMS record without leaving thephoenix.com -- a win for me, at least; feel free to play along if you want.
My guess is that everyone who hasn't been thoroughly alienated by Adams' long, oversharing string of hit-and-miss albums, EPs, web-only metal albums, and youtube-cover bullshit is by now following him directly on Facebook.
You might have noticed that there's a battle going on over rap battle formats. In one corner, there's the traditional shit, in which MCs face off over instrumentals and are expected to spit legit freestyles in the spirit of the dozens. In the other corner, there's what you might call the "new" battling - popularized by Grind Time among others - in which rappers know who they're battling ahead of time, get to write and memorize their rhymes, and spit a capella.
the departure of Tyondai Braxton has effected BATTLES' sound in the
least, that's news to me. Admittedly, I haven't spent enough time with
their newish LP, Gloss Drop, to really make a statement regarding its validity in comparison to Mirrored,
which was on some other shit entirely. But when placed alongside
material from the debut in a live setting, as it was last night at
Royale, their new stuff holds its own.
Every summer the Boston Phoenix music team comes up with the 50 best new bands across our great land's 50 states. The penthouse polities -- New York, California, Massachusetts -- are easy as pie, with a wealth of bands to draw and debate over several heated hours until you can't tell the difference -- or choose not to, anymore -- between Beach Fossils and Beach House.
Here's tonight's Boston Accents playlist. Not shown: my rant about the stupid two-week club rule, me stumbling like fuck over the name of the new Wheat song, and me dancing around the WFNX studio like an idiot to Conservative Man. Hang out with me next week, Sunday night from 8 to 10pm streaming live on wfnx.com or at 101.
A few years ago I wrote a piece for our city’s tortured tabloid daily that asked if Boys Like Girls were the commonwealth’s “biggest” band. Despite a limited presence in Boston proper and the nightclubs people like me use to gauge popularity around here, they seemed to be cracking two prime, wholly traditional, markets: Top 40 radio and teens in the suburbs.