Dropkick Murphys have announced dates for their annual St. Patrick's Day marathon: they claim they won't be adding shows after these sell out, though they've said that before. Still, do you wanna risk it? To begin with, they've booked Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19, with two shows on Saturday.
Bono at J.J. Foley's, courtesy of the wonderful Heather Murphy
It's not every night that you wander into a financial district watering hole and wind up having a drink with Bono. It's even more surreal when he asks you to get up on a table-top and introduce him to a crowd for whom he needs absolutely no introduction whatsoever.
Sorry, we overuse that headline when talking about Diplo. This is a good record and you can buy it today. It may have gotten lost in all the unreleasedDiploremixes floating around that dude actually has a legit album on the shelf. He also has a track on the upcoming Beck remix album which you can listen to here
[Tonight's guest post comes from the desktop of OTD's esteemed colleague Jon Garelick]:
At the ripe young age of 59, the veteran Detroit singer Bettye LaVette is this year's new face in R&B. She made her first record when she was 16, had a few near misses, and (as she told the Phoenix recently), assumed she'd "die in obscurity" until she hooked up with producer Joe Henry for an album on Epitaph's Anti- imprint, I've Got My Own Hell To Raise
1. For a band who started out as one-man acoustic act, Against Me! have come a long way to headline the Fat Tour with the likes of Smoke or Fire and the Soviettes. Inspired by the political will of Crass, Tom Gabel spits out lyrics in a raunchy growl, taking shots at Condoleezza Rice, the mainstream music biz, and, since they’re from Gainesville, Miami .
Quick, who's more popular: M. Ward or M. McCaughan? Despite our adoration of all things Superchunk, we'd have guessed Ward as the people's choice in '06. But checkbooks don't lie, and Merge's online holiday signed-poster auction -- still in progress, so this could change -- has Portastatic comfortably in the lead.
Fast-food punk is our favorite kind. And Tommy and the Terrors got that shit on lock. Check "Pay You Tuesday," which sounds like Wimpy J Wellington fronting Minor Threat, or their pepper-saucy "Avoid the Noid," which . . . is probably about Dominos? Might just be random Danzig-'83 homage? But we can't really tell? Which is par for the course, since it wasn't until the internet came around that we knew what any of Earth A.
If Angus Young, Dee Dee Ramone, Nigel Tufnel, and some 18th-century fop in a powdered wig had an orgy and somehow conceived, their spawn might look and sound something like local rock royalty the UPPER CRUST. Lord Bendover and his band were recently out in LA, selling out clubs and hobnobbing with an assemblage of punk patricians -- they appeared on Dicky Barrett's radio show and rubbed elbows with former Sex Pistol Steve Jones and Tenacious D's Kyle Gass.
Next to Scissorfight, the unrooooooliest mammoths in stoner-sludgedom to rumble the bowels of the stonerati round here be MOTHERBOAR, who led a Turbonegro-meets-Lord of the Flies grabass bacchanal up at Hellgate last summer (if you missed it, for fuck's sake, go read the post). There is too much rock tonight, but if you're in Allston, drop by the Reel Bar, where these guys will get the outlaw stamp of approval from Iann Robinson on the ones and twos.
1. As anyone who’s lusted for Frank Kozik’s devil dolls or got really baked and stared at an old Fillmore West concert poster for 16 hours can tell you, visual art and rock music have been inextricably tied since the 1960s. So it’s no surprise that smart music chain Newbury Comics is entering the rock-art collectors’ market in a big way.
It's been only a few months since Boston's best country-punk all-star band put out their third full-length, Think Farms, but Frank Smith are already about halfway done with its follow-up, which they're recording with Ethan Dussault at New Alliance Studios. They've offered the Phoenix and our fair readers an exclusive sneak peek at one of the unmastered tracks, "Black and Blue," a song that finds new banjo player Brett Saiia taking the lead.
'Twas a Tuesday, and it started out with Gabe Plays Drums, which consisted of a guy named Gabe playing drums . . . along to his mp3 player . . . with a playlist of songs ranging from Beyonce to Radiohead? And ending with guest singer Marty from Uncle Monsterface assisting in a rendition of the Buckaroo Bonzai theme song?!
Kim Fowley gives you the thumbs up: cool. Kim Fowley slides his other hand up your thigh: priceless.
Not only does her MySpace page open with a crazed R&B track from one of our all-time Crypt Records Back from the Grave-style faves -- the gospel-singing prizefighter Dave "Bunker Hill" Walker's "Girl Can't Dance," with an uncredited Link Wray on guitar -- (sidebar: BUNKER HILL HAS A MYSPACE PAGE?!), but GORILLA GOT ME host Sara J's also got the Hollywood Brats album in her profile.
That terrible grunting and groaning you heard last week was the sound of everyone and their mother jumping on the Lady Sovereign bandwagon, and why not? Grime's been kinda dull since the Roll Deep album flopped, Run the Road 2 is a dud, and here comes white teen supermidget, ink not yet dry on her Def Jam deal, to save the continent.
1. Ex-Belle & Sebastian cutie Isobel Campbell teams up with polar opposite Mark Lanegan for a duets album of sea chanteys and ballads. At first listen, not quite as in tune as you'd like: he's a little too haggard, and she's a little too scared. Stream the whole record here, or just our one-spin faves: