Since I last updated HUB CAPPED, I finally got my first taste of Portland’s dance/EDM scene when I caught locals BEN TACTIC (pictured above) and LINCOLN UP opening a Red Bull Music Academy showcase that featured international bass heavyweights XXXY, Nguzunguzu, and Salva. I’m sad to report that, so far, I’m less than impressed with the local offerings.
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As proud Bostonians who are psyched on our local scene, it bummed us out that so many Boston-based labels, blogs, bands, and other curators couldn't afford the trip to Austin this year. We wanted to make sure they were all represented at SXSW12 in some way.
The past few weeks living in Portland have just flown by in a blur of shows, practices and days spent fighting off a terrible stomach bug and scouring Craigslist for gainful employment. I’ve refused to let that last one affect my ability to hit the town however, as it is my sworn duty to report back to my east coast counterparts on exactly what it is that is drawing so many of us these days, like moths to a flame, to the pacific northwest.
After a month on the west coast, things are really starting to happen for us here in Portland! Since my last update, I married my girlfriend and RUBY RIDGE bandmate Callan, we bought enough new gear to start playing out and recording again, and she landed a job at Concordia University.
The time of the year between late December and early January always brings back various locals who have decamped from Boston to other scenes and locales over the years. This year was no exception.
In the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I ran into friends from the area who are now based in cities all over the world, from my soon-to-be-home of Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine, to NYC, Philly, Baltimore, various parts of California -- and even Berlin! When the conversation turns to my impending move, the first question they usually ask is: “Why Portland?”
[Editor's Note: This is the first in a new series that chronicles lifelong Boston musician and writer John Von Bittrich's January relocation to Portland, Oregon, where he'll compare scenes and cultures and show us how the other half lives.]
I was born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton on a snowy January day in 1983.
When it comes to Lansdowne, WFNX is letting the locals run with the big dogs. First it was Earthquake Party playing with Surfer Blood at Disorientation Night 2 a few weeks ago, then this past Friday it was Mean Creek taking the big stage at the House of Blues for the second Miracle holiday show alongside Matt & Kim and Mutemath (it was M-M-M good, k?).
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As you may already know, the Boston Phoenix is relocating, roughly 40 yards to the north. As we clean up the far side of our offices here on Brookline Avenue, we're rummaging through some old things. Some old books not cracked open since '83 . Some dusty microfilm that confuses the interns born in '92.
We once voted this the second greatest concert ever to happen in Boston: the legendary gig played by NIRVANA on the night before Nevermind was released, at WFNX's 8th birthday party at Axis. We just celebrated this gig's 20th anniversary -- Bullet LaVolta drummer Todd Philips, who opened the gig, wrote about it for us last month -- and we just heard the tapes of the Smashing Pumpkins set a few weeks ago
UPDATE: Tickets to Thom Yorke & Atoms for Peace, April 8 at the Citi Center in Boston, go onsale March 5 at 10 am. CitiCenter says it's a "100-percent forced will-call show," which means everyone has to pick up their tickets at the venue on the night of the show.
Thom Yorke has changed the name of his non-Radiohead band from the somewhat confusing "Thom Yorke????" to "Atoms for Peace," a moniker he describes as "bleedin' obvious
VIDEO: Back home from Brooklyn, it's the Toothaches! Motion pictures and words by P. Nick Curran and Addison Post
Well past midnight on a Saturday, Rose Blakelock and Zimmy Ayer of THE TOOTHACHES descended through a busted basement bulkhead, past piles of scrap wood and discarded abike frames, into a single-lit room where several people sat Indian-style on a rotted carpet.
Digitos Grandes stepped in as last-minute replacements on our last BMP showcase, filling in for Pretty & Nice, who had to cancel due to injury. Was nice to see TD and Mac again in full sweatbox mode -- that's TD in the chain-mail bank-robber mask and the Mickey sweatshirt -- and we finally got a glimpse of DJ Wii-J Mark E.
Who're you callin' al dente?
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Like risotto, young rock bands require a lot of time and stirring before their many disparate elements meld into a satisfying and delicious glop. Unlike risotto. . . . well, there are lots of ways that young rock bands aren't like risotto.