Say what you will about this year's Best Music Poll, the hippie kids sure love them some Matisyahu, who plays the Pavilion tonight. BMP is always an occasion for some of us older dudes -- you know, us early-30s geezers -- to sit around telling the interns about the good old days. So here goes.
It's probably the most famous WFNX show ever: depending on who's telling the story, it was either the night Nevermind came out or the night before -- Google isn't much help here -- and the band that was about to break punk or whatever was playing a gig at Axis for the station that had been the first (there still weren't that many) to play "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
There are those nights that you go see see a friend’s band and you tell yourself: this headliner that I’ve never heard of has about 30 seconds to absolutely blow me away or I’m going home. That's what happened last night. An hour later I was standing in line to pick up MuteMath’s disc.
Mashed in prog-rock somewhere between the Police and Radiohead (yes I know that Radiohead sucks, but think of Angels and Airwaves but not as cheesy), this was quite possibly the best show I’ve seen this year.
In this week's Phoenix, I offer a pretty critical assessment
of Samiyah Diaz, the woman who would replace state senator Dianne
Wilkerson. Which is why, when I bumped into Diaz at last night's LG
forum at Suffolk Law School, I felt a bit awkward. Plenty of local
politicians bristle at even gentle criticism, and my story really
Cambridge beat scholar, party scientist, Boston bouncer, remixer of M.I.A., and ragga maniac DJ C is the busiest man in Boston these days: he’s prepping a half-dozen releases on two continents including 7-inches, 12-inches, CDs, and digi-only downloads with guests ranging from Kid606 to Ghislain.
If you've got to have bands play in the sun -- and that's how it goes at the Best Music Poll -- then OK Go are a great fit. Upbeat tempos. Creative, thought-provoking lyrics. You know: good times. They were infectuous, and the audience (a mix of young and old) seemed to be catching their fever.
There's already a ton of good commentary on last night's gov
debate at the Kennedy School--I recommend the postings at Blue Mass
Group and .08 Acres, as well as this write-up by the Globe's Lisa
Wangsness, who nails the weirdness of Christy Mihos's presentation.
That said, in the spirit of Dan Payne and Wayne Woodlief, I'd like to
offer everyone but Kerry Healey some unsolicited suggestions for the next
time they rumble, heavy on the superficial but with an occasional bit of substance.
The above is from the Enormous Room on Tuesday night, where Mission of Burma's Peter Prescott and Roger Miller manned the decks during the local release party for Burma's new The Obliterati. What did they play? Well, the entire album, for starters, and then some stuff you wouldn't expect.
Top: Blackpool Lights. Below: Pink Spiders. Photos: Mike Johnson.
The Blackpool Lights, Pink Spiders, the Adored May 17 at Great Scott, Allston
For those of us still longing for a Get Up Kids reunion tour, at least there's comfort in knowing that we can see three times as much Get-Up-spinoff now. Reggie and the Full Effect and the New Amsterdams were in full swing by the time TGUK split.
With the Perceptionists -- who just took home Best Boston Rap Act in our annual readers poll [hollerz] -- Mr. Lifproved he could rap about football as well as he raps about genocide. But football really isn’t his specialty, and he doesn’t pretend otherwise on his comeback album, Mo’ Mega, due out next month on Def Jux.
Vintage Boston street-punk is alive and well . . . in Belgium, of all places, where the I Scream label has been snapping up local faves from Slapshot and the Ducky Boys to Darkbuster and blue-collar hardcore dudes the Blue Bloods. Name-dropped by Rancid, they've come back from a lengthy self-imposed hiatus to see their 2004 album Death of a Salesman get a belated US release, and they're playing their first show in over a year on Friday at Bill's Bar as part of the New England Product/ThePhoenix.
Would I be pissed off if I paid $90 to park by Fenway and the game got canceled? Absolutely. Does this mean city council president Michael Flaherty's plan to have parking lots give vouchers for canceled games is a good idea? Not a chance.
Think about it: parking rates are obscenely high for Sox games, and traffic in the Fenway is nightmarish.
Teo Leyasmeyer died today. [Update: memorial plans below]
For all of us who knew him, Teo was one of the great unsung heroes of Boston: he was perhaps best known as the booking agent behind the old House of Blues in Harvard Square -- not coincidentally, the only House of Blues in the country that ever really lived up to its name.