Last week, DREAMHAUS, a third-floor Allston residential dwelling that also serves as a DIY show space and community meetingplace, was burglarized in broad daylight. Many of the personal items belonging to the residents (which include the Phoenix Assistant Music Editor Liz Pelly and contributor Ali Carter, as well as musicians Emily Reo, Cameron Potter of Little Spoon, and Noah Klein of FMLY and Cuddle Formation) were stolen, and a donation page on the space's tumblr has been established "for the reimbursement of our losses, damages, and towards the future protection of our home.
CHILD ACTOR are a beats-and-vocals electro pop project by cousins Max Heath and Sedgie Ogilvy whose debut LP Victory debuted on Connecticut-based hip-hop label Fake Four this October. Though separated by geography and different musical backgrounds (Heath is in Connecticut and cut his teeth on hip-hop beats, while Ogilvy is in Allston and has played with a number of Americana outfits, including Dispatch's Chadwick Stokes), Child Actor's vision is entirely consistent.
Allston punk trio GREAT LAKES USA new album is all “tight buttholes,” awesome riffs and anger. The band has come a long way since its early days of playing Hot Water Music covers in between beers with their first full length album, Live Fast, Die Whenever, released on November 6, sans emo repeats.
“We went to our buddy Jay Maas at Getaway Studios’ temporary location and after a week of ‘tight butt-hole’ this and ‘hard T’ that, we had 10 pretty solid songs,” says bassist Pete Hoffman of the process in the band's bio.
"Young & Wild" by Mean Creek from loroto on Vimeo.
Editor's note: Anyone who reads this magazine and/or music blog knows we're huge fans of MEAN CREEK. The two-time Boston Artist of the Year in our BMP readers' polls have a new record coming out next month titled Youth Companion, and a release party set for October 11 at Brighton Music Hall.
PAT MCGRATH is a realist. The venerable owner of landmark local indie record store LOONEY TUNES could see that, despite the 33 years he had been a part of the Boston music fabric, his days on Boylston Street in the heart of the Berklee College of Music were numbered.
He also knew that he didn’t have a lot of time to plot his next move when Berklee informed him it was time to go.
A few month before CALEB GROH added some soul to today's Class of 2012 feature in the Phoenix, he met up with us in scenic and beautiful Allston to launch our pop-up video series. The good people at Folk to Folk brought Groh out to Ringer Park for a quick three-song set, and the rising singer-songwriter did not disappoint.
"Giants" by You Can Be A Wesley from loroto on Vimeo.
You can be a video? You bet you can!
From the extended family circle of the Boston Phoenix comes the latest video from YOU CAN BE A WESLEY. "Giants" premiered this week on NME.com and for good reason: it was produced by Wesley bassist and Phoenix contributor P.
So today is the last day in the office for our beloved summer music intern, SAM UEDA (the dude up there on the left). The University of New Hampshire incoming junior caught our attention back in March, when his fancy resume, cute school newspaper clips, and indie rock ambition were enough for him to reach the final hurdle in securing a glorious and exciting summer internship here at the Phoenix: the mixtape stage.
THE CLIPPERS and SNEEZE kicked off their tour in sardine-like fashion last night at Wacky Kastle, and this was, without a doubt, the most well-attended show in an Allston basement all summer. Things were rowdy enough during ARVID NOE and EARTHQUAKE PARTY!'S set, but folks got really excited to give Sneeze and The Clippers a proper send-off.
GA'AN, Skimask, and Fat History Month tore up Allston’s Problem House last night. In between fits of allergic sneezing in a dusty basement, I stood at the front of the room, next to the only light bulb, soaking up every second of it.
The set from Chicago trio Ga'an consisted of jams that swayed nimbly across a psychedelic progressive soundscape, very reminiscent of Manhattan’s electro psych band Gang Gang Dance.
Fuck yeah, there needs to be more music videos filmed at O'Brien's Pub in Allston. Let's ready up a Pickleback everytime we recognize a regular at the nearby Model Cafe, and collectively marvel at how even the annoying pole in front of the O'Brien's stage has magically disappeared (movie magik!) in this rad new clip from ROADSAW
This is a pretty big deal, Boston. Black Milk is kind of a miraculous anomaly in hip-hop, commanding respect from the lowest depths of underground notoriety to the cheesiest heights of commercial acclaim. He's the sort of double threat who cats like Kanye sweat so hard that their pants stink - an MC-producer who summons nostalgia from the best of both coasts, not to mention his own city of Detroit, which dude holds down like a crime boss.
There used to be time to let a song marinate before the video dropped (as opposed to now, when virgin exposure often commences through visuals). That goes double for a deep track that you've played a few dozen times, and imagined some vids for on your own, as is the case for me here.
"Bricks" by Time Crisis and partyboobytrap was by far one of my favorite tracks of 2010 (off one of the year's best albums).
Here's the Old E doing two crowd-pleasin' tunes, "Dead Vulture Hurricane" and "Between Wind and Water" at that Allston apartment mentioned in the story we ran this week.
READ: "Down in the folk trenches with the Old Edison"
"Between Wind and Water"
We're fairly certain none of them actually live there (except maybe Liam?).