The Dismemberment Plan, the phenomenal D.C. post-punk band who were one of the best live bands of their era and also released one of the best albums of the 90s (no joke), will be reuniting next year for a brief tour, one that will take them to Boston for the first time since their breakup in 2003. Barsuk will also reissue Emergency & I on vinyl in January - some of the songs off of that haven't aged too well, but at the same time, this song alone would be worth the price of admission.
Last night the ravishing Marina and the Diamonds kicked off a stacked fall lineup of shows at the freshly renovated Paradise Rock Club. Any traces of dinge have been lifted and in its place, a chic glow that gives off similar vibes to the dearly departed Avalon. It even had a new shoe smell. And Marotta's observations regarding the layout are pretty spot on, with the biggest improvement being the removal of the long hallway entrance.
Click here for the full gallery of Paradise renovation photos (by Derek Kouyoumjian)
Joey McIntyre, we’ve got good news: the Paradise has moved that “big frickin’ pole,” just for you.
Well, sort of. Technically, it’s the stage that’s moved — 15 feet towards Commonwealth Avenue — as part of a two-month, $400,000 renovation of the legendary live music club, to be completed this weekend.
We here at the Phoenix have been tracking the progress of Corin Tucker's first post-Sleater-Kinney solo album very closely. Now we have our first actual taste of 1,000 Years, her forthcoming Kill Rock Stars release. It's called "Riley" "Doubt," and while it's definitely not the return of Sleater-Kinney, it still succeeds on its own merits.
Guided by Voices fans, commence your Pollard-style high kicking now: that "classic" GBV lineup reunion show we told you about a few weeks ago? It's now turned into a full-blown tour, per an announcement on Robert Pollard's site, thus sparing us a dangerous beer surplus at venues across America. Blitzen Trapper opens the Boston date, November 5th at the Paradise.
We may have mentioned this once or twice, but we love Beach House here at the Phoenix HQ. Their album Teen Dream has been in our lives for kind of a while now, and it's still just spectacular. Our bro-in-arms Nick Curran was at their recent sold-out show at the (very dark) Paradise and shot this video of them doing "10 Mile Stereo."
Every since our readers voted YES, GIANTESS as "Best New Band" in this summer's 2009 Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll, those dudes have been en fuego. Next Passion Pit? Pshaw. They've just jumped on as the openers for LA ROUX's upcoming, sold-out US tour -- which kicks off here next weekend at the Paradise -- and are dropping remixes at a furious pace.
20 MORE PHOTOS: Julian Casablancas at the Paradise
Lucky us: Boston was on the short-list of JULIAN CASABLANCAS's solo-tour schedule. If you missed Daniel Brockman's interview with him in these pages last week, we grilled him again up in the WFNX studios prior to his Paradise Rock Club gig on Friday night.
It dawned on me this morning in the shower - as I was scrubbing off last night - that I've been listening to Wu-Tang for almost 20 years. That might not seem like a big deal to Sting and Aerosmith fans, but in hip-hop that's virtually unmatched longevity.
Raekwon's Paradise performance was hardly one of the most memorable Wu spectacles I've witnessed.
Holy. Shit. Thanks to MIKE GILL for lugging the camera to Jesus Lizard's reunion gig last night at the Dise. If you had questions about David Yow's ability to bring the mayhem, this should answer it. The difference between then and now? Now it takes him an extra 0.03 seconds to dive 20 feet into the audience.
Phoenix, "1901" (live at the Paradise)
More to come on Phoenix's blowout at the Paradise last night. Until then, we have a ton of video of these guys, starting with their last song of the night, "1901," which is fast becoming their big hit. After the jump, enjoy another song from the Paradise, and another version of "1901," this one from their visit with the Sandbox at the WFNX studios at One Financial Center recorded just this morning.
And as a bonus corporate synergy reminder, if you listen to WFNX's Sandbox morning show, you could potentially win tickets to see these guys in NYC (with Passion Pit opening, no less). Details to be found here.
Oh, and by the way, you can vote for "1901" as Best Song in our Best Music Poll right now:
Philly rap foursome CHIDDY BANG -- who've made a name for themselves in their hometown for rhyming over such hipster staples as Radiohead's "Nude," Kid Cudi's "Day and Night" and MGMT's "Kids" -- have dropped a new track based on the hook from (multiple Best Music Poll nominees) PASSION PIT's "Better Things." We don't expect to hear it on JAM'N, but it's nice to know that someone outside Boston still thinks there's cred to be had by bumping these dudes.
In his review of World Inferno Friendship Society's recent performance at the Paradise, Barry Thompson had this to say:
Their roster may fluctuate, but not their knack
for eliciting language-defying quantities of jubilation.
VIDEO: Of Montreal, "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse," live at the Paradise Rock Club (video by OTD)
Georgia popsters Of Montreal have been playing a handful of new songs on their current US tour. We had three people taking video of them over two nights when they stopped by the Paradise earlier this week, and so, of course, nobody got any new stuff. But that's okay, as it's still always a pleasure to hear Kevin Barnes and company operate.
Although, I still can't help but notice one thing: I was not there, but in the videos and the photos, a few things are apparent. First, they've got a bunch of people augmenting the stage show by dancing around in animal costumes. Second, they project video on a large screen behind them. Third, at some point, they dump confetti - or is that actually a pile of feathers? - on everyone. Where have we seen these things done before? There are worse sources to pay homage to, I suppose.
More video follows after the jump, with "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" and "Beware Our Nubile Miscreants."
I've been teaching a course at Tufts University
on the Jewish roots -- cultural, not religious -- of punk rock. As you might
guess, it's an elective. On Wednesday evenings, my students and I examine
topics ranging from comic books to Zionism to the Holocaust and explore how
they relate to PUNK magazine, D.I.