One true sign that it's autumn in Boston is when details on HOMEGROWN FEST start floating around. Homegrown Fest is an annual festival for grassroots and experimental sounds, now in its fourth year, presented by underground music power trio of BODIES OF WATER SHOWS, BOSTON HASSLE, and THE COMPASS. This year's festival is on Friday November 2nd and Saturday November 3rd at the Cambridge Elks Lodge. It's an 18+ event and each day costs $15. There's a Kickstarter.This year's preliminary line-up includes local bands like CUFFS, FAT HISTORY MONTH, ARVID NOE, REPORTS, and NO SIR I WON'T, plus national and touring acts. Here are some highlights so far:
Noisy hardcore 4-piece PISSED JEANS from Allentown, PA. Though they're maybe best-know for their records on Sub Pop, they stay true to a dedicated DIY ethos and seem to be favorites amongst the local punk community.
New York-based experimental hero and Black Dice member ERIC COPELAND, a prolific recording artist with releases out on Underwater Peoples, Mexican Summer, PPM, EAC, Escho, and Calico Corp. Copeland is much-loved by members of Animal Collective, who have released several of his records on their Paw Tracks label. Copeland also plays in the duo Terrestrial Tones with AnCo's Avey Tare.Legendary experimental musician and performance artist GARY WILSON, an out-there dude who was popular during the late 70s, then disappeared for decades and developed a cult following until returning to the music world in 2002. Check out a trailer (above) for a documentary made about him in 2005. Wilson has been cited as a major influence on musicians like Beck and labels like Sub Pop.
Everyone's favorite basement-bred Brattleboro band, HAPPY JAWBONE FAMILY BAND -- one of New England's best kept secrets. Their much-loved rickety psych-pop anthems always seem to induce good-time dance parties. This fall, they'll release a new tape with NY label NIGHT PEOPLE. Stream their excellent new tape here, and above, check out this cut from their 2011 LP OK Midnight, You Win. This year's Homegrown also features some local MA hardcore, most notably HOAX of Western Mass. Stream their explosive 2011 demo above, which fits five noisy tracks into eight minutes. Also here's a video of Hoax playing at 538 Johnson in Brooklyn:
Head to the Homegrown IV Facebook event for the rest of the line-up, or keep an eye on the Homegrown Fest website for more updates.