So hey Boston, here’s that large-scale music festival we’ve all been talking about... oh, pretty much for forever now: Newly-minted Crash Line Productions is teaming up with Bowery Presents for BOSTON CALLING, a two-day, 18-band music festival on City Hall Plaza this Memorial Day weekend. Let’s get right into the lineup, because it’s an indie rock monster:
It is a well known fact that the invention of recorded sound hasquickly altered human perception; we hear a tune and tap our toes, oblivious to the fact that a vast work of audio collage, piecing different sounds captured at different times and places, obliterates our sense of place and space. Meaning that when a band of well-meaning Danes like EFTERKLANG embark on a project like the recording of their new album Piramida [4AD], wherein they traipsed off to an abandoned Arctic Circle mining town to capture the sound of despair and seclusion, it doesn't take long for your ears, upon hearing the resulting songs, to notice that something different is afoot.
Bittersweet show today on BOSTON ACCENTS as one of my favorite performers is set to get into his Prius with his ladyfriend and permanently head down to Nashville. It was a pleasure to have folk singer/guitarist CALEB GROH here in the WFNX studio with me, drinking whiskey, talking shop and playing tunes.
RAD NEWS: Jamaica Plain is getting a new record shop. Guerilla Toss member/local show booker Peter Negroponte and Nick Williams (of Cave Bears and One Kind Favor Records, and also a former employee of Feeding Tube Records in Western Mass) have secured a space on South Street for DEEP THOUGHTS JP. Based on the experiences of these two dudes within the experimental and underground music communities in Boston as well as nationally and internationally, this shop is likely to totally rule.
Another week, another awesome melody from BRIAN E. KING. Just when the initial love affair with his latest pop masterpiece project PARKS started to fade (just a touch), he got back into our collective headspaces with "Marianne," a track he co-wrote with CORIN ASHLEY and which appears on the former Pill's fantastic new record, New Lion Terrances
Good times hanging in the WFNX studio today with Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain of veteran Boston rock band ALOUD, who play T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge tomorrow night with Lifestyle and the Daily Pravda. The duo performed a stripped down set on the show today, unveiling two new songs, "After the Plague" and "Don't Let It Get You Down," and selected a majority of the show's playlist.
Oh, Massachusetts, you just have to go mess with an awesome thing. Two state reps on the South Shore have opposed the crusade to name THE MODERN LOVERS' "Roadrunner" the official rock song of Massachusetts by filing their own pick: Aerosmith's "Dream On."
Wake up, people. It's time to drive faster to the State House.
Last week, we reviewed the excellent new Arbutus Records compilation of Sean Nicholas Savage covers, Taste of Savage: His Pupils Sing His Music. On Saturday night, Savage stopped in Boston to play an intimate set at Aviary Gallery with Olden Yolk, Jesus Vio, and The Spookfish. Savage played to a totally packed gallery, with just a tiny keyboard and his voice, performing songs from across his discography as well as a few new ones.
Last month fiery Georgia art-rock trio CUSSES had their music video for “Don’t Give In” added to MTV rotation, a result of winning an MTVu Freshman Fan poll. It’s a sign of things to come for the no-wave/post-punk band outta Savannah, whose 2012 self-titled debut is a romper-ride of sinister sounds.
Few metal bands -- or groups in any genre -- boasting two-decade-plus careers can rival ENSLAVED'S reputation for consistently dazzling experimentation. Since their formation in 1991, they’ve grown from skuzzy second-wave black metal to intricate, hi-def prog metal, as represented by last year’s excellent RIITIIR (Nuclear Blast).
Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Legends of Summer" Tour is at Fenway on August 10
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Malki | March 7 at the Sinclair | $20 | boweryboston.com
Constellations | March 18 at Great Scott | $10 | boweryboston.com
March 28 at Paradise Rock Club | $15 | ticketmaster.
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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “Metroland” [BMG/100% Records]
OMD’s 2010 comeback record History of Modern, the Wirral Peninsula new-wave band's first in 14 years, was hailed as a return to form for the ’80s electronic-pop crooners.
It is supposed to snow again tomorrow (eff...) but if there is any show worth braving the storm for it's this one, Sunday night at TT the Bear's. Beach Fossils are on a quick tour in support of their excellent new post-punk-inspired full-length, Clash The Truth. They play a record release show on Saturday night in Manhattan and then are driving up to Boston the next day to play a Phoenix-presented show with dream-pop locals Orca Orca and Burglary Years
photo by Danny KrugBefore becoming a house band of sorts within Brooklyn's underground pop community, the dudes in Celestial Shore spent a few years living in Boston, playing jazz at Berklee and living in a big freezing warehouse in Allston. In technical terms, the members of this band are all brilliantly talented musicians, and they have the experimental art-first mindset to match it.
If you've been following this music blog at all for the past month or so, you know we are Waxahatchee superfans here at The Phoenix. Earlier this month, we followed Waxahatchee a/k/a former PS Eliot singer/guitarist Katie Crutchfield around on tour for a week, documenting her stops at a few different towns around New England (in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, etc.