DOWNLOAD: Club D'Elf, "Halloween" (mp3)
Not the Misfits song, but instead a setting of the Harry Behn kids' poem, in a musical setting that comes from an odd source: Club D'elf drummer Erik Kerr's mom, who used to sing this tune to him in his romper-room days. With Kerr providing a rare vocal, Mike Rivard's postjazz supergroup vamps it up into a shmooove R&B tune, then assaults the melody with spook-city organ, ominous electronic noise, and a DJ scratching in B-movie horror dialogue.
DOWNLOAD: ESOTERIC, "INCREDIBLE HULK RAP" (mp3)
A round of applause for Esoteric, one half of Boston indie rap's longest-running tag team: while the rest of the country is still busy trying to Superman that 'ho, Eso's bringing people "to their knees like a fake preacher" with soul honks, bongos, and left-leaning hooks to the body politic.
DOWNLOAD: Sleepyhead, "Whoville" (mp3)
Before Low and Bedhead made playing really slow an act of indie virtue (and virtuosity), there was Sleepyhead: a not egregiously sleepy band, but one whose noisy, shambolic-yet-deliberate pop felt identifiably post–Sonic Youth. Their nine-year run ended in '99; co-leaders Chris O'Rourke and Rachel McNally got married, procreated, and moved from NYC to Boston.
DOWNLOAD: The Outlets, "Third Floor" (mp3)
The practice of reunited punk bands re-recording their early hits rarely yeilds anything worth listening to, but the Outlets are a special case: like a bunch of Boston bands in the early ’80s, their studio recordings rarely matched their live prowess.
50 Cent will be eating crow -- and keeping his mouth shut, if he stands by his wager -- now that Yeezy put the squeeze on the biggest Billboard sales week in forever. (Music industry please take note: rap music is your last hope). The idea that Fiddy will suddenly disappear from the cluuuurb, however, is silly.
DOWNLOAD: Magic People, "Laundry Night" (mp3)
On its face, the latest bit from avant-psychpunx Magic People is a wobbly, passive-aggressive love song to the girl whom ringleader John Manson bumps into at the washing machine every week. But like many Magic People songs, it moves quickly from the mundane into a vast, scary, existential crisis: Manson could’ve called this one "Judgment Night" if the title weren’t already taken.
DOWNLOAD: Pet Genius, "Mother Fucker" (mp3)
Since the break-up (hiatus, whatever) of Cave-In, Steve Brodsky has continued his stylistically promiscuous ways, discarding solo bands and concepts like cheap dates. One week we’d see him playing open-tuned blues covers, the next falsetto-y psych rock.
DOWNLOAD: Cheater Pint, "Control Freak" (mp3)
As their name suggests, CHEATER PINT is a bar band — but a bar band in a great Boston tradition that stretches from the Charms and the Dents back to the Lyres and the Real Kids. Call it garage punk if you must, or find some new synonym for the kind of ragged power pop that boasts too many hooks and too much heart for a gang who couldn't give a shit about playing sober.
Sort of like that episode of his brother's TV show, only with waaaay lower-end sponsors. If anyone goes to this, email us. We'll post comments . . . anonymously, of course.
Coheed and Cambria
As I Lay Dying
Warped Tour 2007Tweeter Center, MansfieldAugust 9, 2007All photos: Carina Mastrocola
DOWNLOAD: Drug Rug, "Tiny People" (mp3)WATCH: Drug Rug at YouTubeFRIEND: myspace.com/drugrugdude
Along with Mean Creek and Hats and Glasses, Drug Rug are among our favorite newish local bands led by a boyfriend-girlfriend team making beautiful music together, as Pepé Le Pew would say.
The Beastie Boys at Bank of America PavilionAugust 6All photos: Caitlin E. Curran
On the heels of their largely instrumental Sunday night set at the Opera House, the Beastie Boys turned the motherfuckin’ party out last night at the Pavilion. Dudes were ageless, bounding around the stage trading rhymes and instruments like a hip-hop swap meet for the full duration of their hour-and-a-half, career-spanning set.