Last night kicked off the first of four METALLICA shows -- open only to members of the band's fan club selected in a lottery -- at San Francisco's Fillmore to celebrate the Bay Area metal gods' 30th anniversary.
Performing one of the sickest sets of their career, hooking back up with estranged bassist Jason Newsted, welcoming members of Saxon, Diamond Head, and Apocolyptica (and even the tech crew and a fan) to join in on songs showed precisely why the group can do a universally-panned shitfest with Lou Reed and still come out looking cool.
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From the extended family circle of the Boston Phoenix comes the latest video from YOU CAN BE A WESLEY. "Giants" premiered this week on NME.com and for good reason: it was produced by Wesley bassist and Phoenix contributor P.
Earlier this year Moons took us for a post-rock spin around "Jupiter Drive" and as we close out 2k11 it appears M.O.O.N. is ready to lift us far beyond any sonic galaxy.
A solo electronic project from Boston's Stephen Gilarde, M.O.O.N. independently dropped the aptly-titled MOON EP on November 27 (Soundcloud /// Bandcamp).
A few weeks ago I got you hip to "Gold Chain," the latest neon smash single from BLACK LIGHT DINNER PARTY. Shortly after the NYC/Boston production quartet dropped this, only their third release since January 2010, they also unveiled the music video, which features a cameo by stars porn legend RON JEREMY
Ahoy! Missed y’all, as it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been in the FNX studio, thanks to the Boston Music Awards and Flashback Weekend. But we’re in the closing stretch of 2k11, so we’re looking at some of the better tracks released this year, as well as tucking some new jams in before the gates of time close forever.
Stumbled upon this today, and it's pretty awesome. Compassionpit.com is motivational chat room, where you can "get it off your chest without it biting you in the ass." Users interact anonymously, dealing with "life's issues," sharing gripes, concerns, and problemos, dropping all sorts of It gets better's for troubled folk young and old around the world.
My love for noisy post-punk duo The Human Tail has been well-documented -- no seriously, blast the 2010 Tape EP right now, it's fantastical -- so I'm pleased to see fine gent Robbie Lordi back in action with SQUALL, a just-as-noisy trio that's cleaned up the Human Tail's penchant for ferocity and hooked it up on Match.
We’ve been hip to New Hampshire indie sextet TAN VAMPIRES for a while now, recently adding the frolicking pop of standout single "Digital Rot" into rotation on Boston Accents, so we're excited to see Tallboy Productions add a bit of hop to our hipness.
Tonight at Church in the Fens, the band we named New Hampshire's nest new act in our 2010 50 Bands 50 States summer fling joins two of our city's best hip-hop acts, Best Music Poll winner MOE POPE (Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist), joined tonight by QUILLS, and the always-hustling rhyme-spitters GREY SKY APPEAL, who Chris Faraone shined some Starlight on back in August.
A thunderous rock anthem like "Dancing With Her Friends" was just born to fill up a big room, and tonight SIDEWALK DRIVER gets that chance as the colorful Boston glam n' glitter crew open for the B-52's at the House of Blues. It'll be the first of two times a rising Boston act graduates to play the big stage, as next Friday Mean Creek joins the WFNX Miracle on Lansdowne Street party.
Around this time last year, a music community came together for the Di Guardia family. United by the memory of baby Emilia Marie, who passed away a few short weeks after birth, the first CALLING ALL ANGELS benefit brought good spirits and teary-eyed memories to T.T. The Bear's in Cambridge. It also brought the music, as Casey Desmond, Gem Club, Spirit Kid, Sidewalk Driver and a handful of others filled a sunny Cambridge afternoon with the goal of raising money for the Beth Israel Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
“Uptown’s gonna go downtown tonight!” It’s equally a plea, a promise, and warning from vocalist Naseem Khuri on “Black Boots,” the latest master folk-ing racket from Americana sextet KINGSLEY FLOOD. It’s also appropriate for the launch of the Phoenix’s new partnership with Converse, which will bring Boston artists featured in this space to 348 Newbury St for live in-store performances.
A jazz supergroup of sorts made its debut at Scullers this week. The Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas quintet, calling itself Soundprints, rolled into town for sets Tuesday and last night. Advance word was that this was a Wayne Shorter-devoted project, which Douglas confirmed from the stage Wednesday night. His own 1997 album Stargazer was a Shorter dedication, and this band’s name itself is an allusion to Shorter’s “Footprints.