didn't take too long into Sunday's show at Royale for me to realize that
all of the features/reviews/profiles pinning Ariel Pink as an eccentric
weren't just construed in the name of dramatic licence. I mean, I'm no
doctor, but even before his Haunted Graffiti ensemble began playing, it
wasn't too difficult to deduce that Pink is likely suffering some degree
of chemical imbalance.
Last time Los Angeles’ psychedelic freak-pop showcase Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti came to town, fights broke out mid-show between unruly fans and the venue’s security, sending the message boards into a nutty day-after fury over what exactly went down on the dance floor in front of the stage. We casually looked into it, but figured it was just another story of rock n’ roll going off the rails and got immediately distracted by something else.
Leithauser sounds exactly the same live as he does on wax. Gritty and
histrionic. That's not what surprised me most about The Walkmen's show
at Royale last night. Rather, it was the stuff between the songs that
really caught my attention. With a voice like his, you may expect
grandiose between song banter, perhaps lamenting the one that got away
or the days toiled away on the road.
DETAILS: M.I.A. plays Royale Boston on Mon + Tues, October 4 + 5
In September 2004, Diplo still had to explain who M.I.A. was -- no one had heard her music yet, and he described her as a dancehall artist of Sri Lankan descent. Later that month, on back to back nights, "Galang" was played in Boston for the first time: Diplo spun it during a Hollertronix set at the opening of Middlesex Lounge, and down Mass Ave, Nick Catchdubs played it at Enormous Room.
Things I did not expect to hear at the Superchunk show: a heartfelt tribute to Buffalo Tom. Sure enough, though, Mac McCaughan was up there talking about how back in the 90s, Superchunk had aspired to a "Buffalo Tom-like intensity." With all due respect to the (underrated) BuffTom, I'd say they surpassed that particular yardstick long ago.
I debated for at least seven minutes this afternoon whether or not to post this ghetto-assed phlipcam video of last night's Does It Offend You Yeah? show at Royale. I captured two other songs -- DIOYY's Vin Diesel-approved nu-rave electro freak-out "We Are Rockstars" and the second track from headliner Kele -- but both were even shittier sounding than this one (no doubt a result of Royale's booming sound system, of which my hand-help Flip is no match).
This past Friday the 13th turned out to be a bad moon rising at Royale for Deerhunter.
The first thing working against the Atlanta indie band was that this was an early show at the recently-opened Theater District nightclub, which borrows from Avalon's old business model of having a concert just after dinner and clearing out the room for a late-night dance party that draws an etirely different crowd.
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Royale is becoming the home base for free mega-parties.
While we're still a tad hungover from Passion Pit's romp on Tremont Street a few weeks ago (and in massive debt after taking out all those damn credit cards), you can bet we'll be tipping back a few Amstel Lights this Wednesday, Aug 4 when the Amsterdam Live series gives us a free party featuring previously-in-hiding NYC dance-rock dudes The Rapture
Note: Sleigh Bells performs Thursday July 22 at Royale with Die Antwoord. Check the accompanying feature on the South African rap sensation here.
Let's face it: Sleigh Bells are heavy. Heavy heavy heavy. Oh sure, they sugar-coat it for all the kids out there who don't normally listen to metal and whatnot.
For the last two days, we've given away pairs of tickets to see PASSION PIT live at Royale (presented by Bowery Boston and American Express) - and a shout-out to Sean Stewart, who won yesterday's contest with some sweet anagrams (like "pop it's a sin"). Today, we've got a pair of tickets plus a meet and greet with the band to give to a fan.
So, you may recall that yesterday we asked you to guess how many words wound up in our big interview with Michael Angelakos. Surely most of you just copied+pasted the text into a Word document and found out that way, but whatever. Anyway, today we'd like you to get a little more creative. Go to our page on Facebook and post your favorite Passion Pit anagram (anagrams, for those who don't know, are words or phrases that are created by re-arranging the letters from a different word or phrase).
This Saturday, Bowery Boston and Zync team up to bring a sneak-attack show starring PASSION PIT at the new Royale (a relatively small place to see these guys nowadays). Tickets are going fast. We have a pair waiting for the first person who can guess the word count of that epic interview we did with Michael Angelakos last year and post it on our Facebook site
FRIDAY 05.28 | CHUCKIE @ Royale
Don't worry, it's not the Chuckie who climbs out of your
toybox in the middle of the night and chews your face off. It's Chuckie the lovable Dutch DJ who's been causing outbreaks of jawdrop
wherever he spins. Catch the rising star before he takes the party back to the Hague.