With one week until SXSW, and a snowstorm ready to hit New England, I had Austin on the brain this afternoon, so we dedicated today's BOSTON ACCENTS to a handful of bands headed to Texas this month. For each band's full SXSW lineup and itinerary, click on the links to their respective homepages and/or profiles.
This year’s ROCK AND ROLL RUMBLE field of 24 contestants has been announced, and it’s a pretty stellar collection of bands that runs a spectrum of sound from metal to synthpop to Americana to indie rock (and pretty much everything else). You want a New England specific music fest? Here it is, right here, spread out over nine drunken nights in April at T.
When, almost halfway through his two-hour set at Bijou on Tuesday night, ROGER SANCHEZ tooled Ultra Nate's anthemic "Free" into his complex mix, he cycled the song's declarative "free to do what you want to do!" over and over. It was a message -- and more than a message. Given the rapid rush of his mixes, the quick changes from track to track, the hub-bub of riffs, beats, screaming noises, talk, and horns -- many different voices, pathways, destinations, and purposes -- Sanchez was demonstrating, musically, to the full floor of dancers at Bijou just what it sounds and looks like when everyone is free to do what he or she wants to do and doing it in the same life arena.
Bittersweet show today on BOSTON ACCENTS as one of my favorite performers is set to get into his Prius with his ladyfriend and permanently head down to Nashville. It was a pleasure to have folk singer/guitarist CALEB GROH here in the WFNX studio with me, drinking whiskey, talking shop and playing tunes.
How does a DJ and track producer, one of whose YouTube vidclips has over 12 million views get booked into Cambridge's Phoenix Landing, where the dance floor accommodates maybe 200 fans? Yet 12 million views it is, for Berlin, Germany's Michael Vater, who DJs as PHONIQUE. The vidclip in question is "Feel What You Want."
:: Here's today's BOSTON ACCENTS playlist, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, back in action after the three-day weekend. As always, you can listen online via WFNX.com, every day at 5pm EST.
BAD RABBITS “Fall In Love” -- We AVA'd this one earlier today, and added it into regular rotation on WFNX. American Love is our May 14.
House music and techno's most senior DJs continue to deliver the strongest sets, as true to the music's roots in blues, funk, soul, and psychedelics as they are adventurous. Ali Shirazinia, who as DEBFIRE has mixed and produced, as boldly as anyone, for more than 20 years -- first as half of Deep Dish (with Sharam), and now solo -- dropped a set at Bijou Friday night both abstract and passionate.
We first heard from Boston electronic duo CASE & POINT early last year when they bootlegged everyone from the xx to Doctor P and caught the attention of Swedish dance duo Icona Pop with their big-room banger remix -of-summer anthem “I Love It.”
Now producers Casey Vadum and TJ Jordan have created Room Service Vol.
THE LIGHTS OUT “Gottagetouttahere” -- In honor of the Superdome last night! As heard on Jersey Shore a few months back...
THE BOZO NIGHTMARE “Content & Satisfied” -- From The Moon And The Stars EP, playing Jacques Cabaret this Friday, February 8 with Death Walz '76 and Evan Greer.
THE MILLIGRAMS “You Don’t Need To Think” -- Off the Castin Spellz EP from October.
It was a pretty great year of Boston music in 2012. Several bands broke out of the imaginary confines of our city and brought our sound to global audiences, from Amanda Palmer to Converge to Passion Pit to the Dropkicks. But the real sounds of Boston were cultivated around Allston and Somerville, in Cambridge and Brookline, as well as all the surrounding cities and towns, all helping to craft a soundtrack of Boston that felt unparalleled compared to recent years.
have an irrational love affair with electronic music. Most of my days
are spent perusing the scenes of cities I've never been to -- London,
Berlin, Tokyo -- attempting to stay abreast on movements that I'm not a
part of. On a national scale, I've remained cautiously optimistic in
regards to the whole EDM boom, with my (admittedly selfish) hope being
that some of these kids drawn to the arena-sized spectacle will
eventually catch on to some wayward shit and DJs that I adore will
garner bigger bookings as a result.
Editor's note: Have you seen the new BODEGA GIRLS video? Well hot damn. The clip for "Surf's Up America" has been making the rounds for a few weeks now, so instead of just re-posting it we decided to reach out to one of the producers, Loroto's P. Nick Curran (also a Phoenix contributor, and Loroto partner with Addison Post, the video's director), to break down his vision and approach and give us an inside look into the production of the video.
YET "L’Avenir" -- New track from Ryan Fleming, who posted the latest self-titled YET EP to Bandcamp in October, following up June's Optimystic EP. Fleming has no plans for live shows as he's busy traveling the country, but...
YET – "Don’t Need It All" -- ... he should as both these tracks are pretty killer, his vocals got the soul of Andrew Wood and Robert Plant.
The Afghan Whigs performing at Tipitina's in New Orleans; photo by Michael Christopher
It’s been one month since the inaugural edition of “Stalking Greg Dulli,” and holy shit have things gotten out of line in this misguided craze over THE AFGHAN WHIGS reunion tour.
The September 26 House of Blues show seemed to go off without a hitch.
Last year Allston-based metal night BORN OF FIRE joined forces with the Phoenix for one of the most successful compilations we’ve ever issued. So how do we top that? By dropping Vol.2, this free 17-track online comp that features brand new SHADOWS FALL, DOOMRIDERS covering fucking Devo, and two bands featured in this week’s second annual Metal Issue: Cellars by Starlight spotlight RULE, who release their debut EP Friday night at T.