Airborne Toxic Event are at the HoB on May 10
WILLY MOON | February
16 at Brighton Music Hall | $13 | ticketmaster.com
PHONY PPL | February
23 at Brighton Music Hall | $12 | ticketmaster.com
BAND | February 28 at the Sinclair | $25 | boweryboston.com
DANGERMUFFIN | March
7 at T.
In the Best of 2012 issue of The Phoenix, we gave a quick shout out to Baltimore noise-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat, listing their latest LP as one of the year's most overlooked releases: "An addictive 10-song full-length from a Baltimore
noise-rock duo whose name has been circulating around the underground
music community for years.
What we're listening to in the newsroom of the Phoenix...
GOZU “Salty Thumb” [Small Stone Records]
GOZU are no stranger to Queens of the Stone Age comparisons, but now the stoner-rock crew are adding some Urge Overkill urgency to their hard-rock cocktail, and the results are nothing short of intoxicating.
In the early 1990s, while our fair city's most ambitious musicians were angling towards Boston's holy trinity of power pop, grunge, and metal, Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw teamed up for COME -- an epic fucked up amazing rock n roll band that none of us ever really figured out how to describe. I think we sort of just threw out a bunch of adjectives like "angular" and "bloozy" and mentioned the Stones and the Gun Club and Patti Smith and hoped it was enough.
INTRO: "WHEN YOU TRY TO FIND THE BOTTOM, IT'S NEVER THERE" One of my favorite parts of this job -- albeit a part that I have a lot less time for than I did 20 years ago -- is dumpster-diving through the distant archives of the Phoenix and its long-ago predecessors, Boston After Dark and the Real Paper
INTRO: "WHEN YOU TRY TO FIND THE BOTTOM, IT'S NEVER THERE"
One of my favorite parts of this job -- albeit a part that I have a lot less time for than I did 20 years ago -- is dumpster-diving through the distant archives of the Phoenix and its long-ago predecessors, Boston After Dark and the Real Paper
Want the official soundtrack to CLASS OF 2013? Grab the entire compilation right now at the Phoenix's Bandcamp page and take home the 13 bands that we feel are going to have a pretty good year ahead, around our town and beyond. And tune in to WFNX.com Thursday, January 24 at 5pm EST as Boston Accents welcomes all the bands and artists featured here for one shit show radio party.
Hola! Apologies for the sick/travel day yesterday, hope you didn't mind the Bathtub Interview re-runs. But we're back in full-frontal force this afternoon, as we teased a few Class of 2013 bands on BOSTON ACCENTS today, as well as hyped up some gigs around town and Rock Show going on at the Middle East right about now
Any rocker worth his or her salt eventually realizes the paradox of reaching total heaviosity: that even the heaviest riff requires a light touch, and moments of brutal rage become meaningless without some lightness to offset the shade. When heavier bands nowadays acknowledge this need for a dynamic approach to rock, they tend to get pegged as seventies retro, Exhibit A being Gothenburg, Sweden’s GRAVEYARD; since forming in 2006 from the ashes of Norrsken, Joachim Nilsson and Co.
Open on Sunday night because of the Monday holiday, Bijou Boston hosted Germany's MARTIN BUTTRICH for a two-hour set played to a dance floor as full of revelers as this writer has ever seen it. Even at the 2am close time, the floor was nearly full of bodies grooving and arms upraised.
The massiveness of Buttrich's sound was not expected at all.
The headline is not mine, but I've adopted it because it nails Detroit DJ LEE CURTISS' sound. I found it in a YouTube posting of Curtiss' "Haters Haterz," a track appropriately sleazy and one that he dropped at Bijou Boston on Friday night. This was a two-hour set that moved at 124 BPM, a sleazy speed indeed, a low and sumptuously toned rumble pie overtopped by a shifting meringue of frosty, sugary detail.
hip-hop has come a long, long way since I showed up here to cover the
scene 10 years ago. In that time, countless artists have seen
international acclaim, and banked a good buck on tours from here to
places like Japan and Germany. Cats like Slaine, Reks, and
Termanology are renowned as some of the genre's premier lyricists –
on either side of commercial divide – and top producers like Pete
Rock and Premier regularly collaborate with artists from New England.
Seattle rock pioneers SOUNDGARDEN are back, some decade-plus after calling it a day. Amongst the grunge legionnaires, however, Chris Cornell's crew are the only ones who have returned with the classic lineup. I caught up with guitarist Kim Thayil over the phone just as the guys were set to embark over a much anticipated tour supporting King Animal, their first proper release in 16 years (yikes!), Believe it or not, this reunion, of sorts, which lands at the Orpheum on Sunday, all started over a thoughts on the bands t-shirts and posters.
2013 marks my sixth year as a resident of Massachusetts. Over the years, I’ve been perpetually awed by how many inspired artists live, make, and play here, and equally awed by the fact that so many of them inevitably go unheard by anyone outside of this state. In addition, I feel like I constantly have friends from New York and other parts of the country/world asking, "hey .
Cold War Kids are at the Paradise on April 10
Tegan & Sara |
January 27 at Brighton
Music Hall | $42.50 | ticketmaster.com
January 31 at T.T. the Bear's Place | $9 | ticketweb.com
Lee Bains III
& the Glory Fires | February 6 at Great Scott | $9 | ticketweb.
Things got a bit raw on BOSTON ACCENTS today, but we're still grateful Reuben Bettsak of GUILLERMO SEXO dropped by the WFNX studio to premiere some new jams off his band's latest EP, Bring Down Your Arms. Here's what we spun:
GUILLERMO SEXO “Neon Lights”
ANIMAL TALK “Mama Was A Teenage Rocker” -- Playing Saturday at the Middle East for the Susan Constant record release party.