Located in the same Inman Square complex as the Pino Bros tattoo empire, Traktor7 is known to grizzled old bastards like OTD as one of the last outposts in Boston of firebrand dont-give-a-fuck punk rock n roll. (They're also the most download-friendly label in town.) We imagine the "kids" "today" cocking their head slightly and wondering what the hell all the racket is about.
Anyone who’s listened to Dinosaur Jr.’s latter-day albums (or was around to see the pre-Dino hardcore group Deep Wound) knows that alt-rock guitar hero J Mascis is also a pretty decent drummer. Following last year’s Dinosaur reunion tour, he got back behind the kit with WITCH, his new band with long-time pal Dave Sweetapple and Kyle Thomas and Asa Irons from the Vermont-based, Devendra Banhart–collaborating avant-folkies Feathers.
No, the big guns of MassMetal aren't on board -- no Killswitch Engage, no Shadows Fall, no Unearth -- but the 8th annual NEMHF, at the Palladium in Worcester April 28-30, has all the stuff we've come to expect: US debut of some weird Europowermetal we haven't heard of yet, old hardcore bands (or new hardcore bands that sound just like the old hardcore bands), plenty of deathy metalcore for the kids, and at least one band we thought we'd never see again yanked from our garage-thrash days
The T-shirts sported by the audience at the Middle East last night read like the crash course in Rock Music that your older, cooler brother gives you when you're fourteen: Melvins, Misfits, G.G. Allin, Motorhead, Venom, uh . . . The Cosby Show. Okay, well, metal is rapidly becoming assimilated by popular indie culture, so it wasn't surprising to see some of the tight-pants, silly-T-shirt set in attendance.