Photo for the Phoenix by Charlotte Zoller
For the past three years of our annual CLASS OF 2013 series we've frequently kicked around the idea of getting the bands together for one big live show blowout. The chatter for this year's sonic powwow reached the collective ears of Allston dance party machine COLOR CHANNEL and that same hood's always on-top event planning and video production crew EYE DESIGN, and before we even looked up Carl Lavin's new Bowery email address, a party was born.
The BOSTON ACCENTS Thursday fun ship special sailed the electronic seas of New England pop this afternoon as we welcomed Connecticut-based sometimes-duo/sometimes-trio CHILD ACTOR to our WFNX studio in Boston. Max Heath and Natalie Plaza dropped by before their gig with FM Belfast tonight at Great Scott in Allston, and we talked about their "super maximalist" bedroom pop, their inclusion in last month's Phoenix Class of 2013, and their upcoming SXSW and West Coast tour run.
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
Due to the cold-hearted reality of alphabetization, WESTLAND was the thirteenth and final band listed in the Phoenix's recent Class of 2013. But if you've listened to Boston Accents on WFNX at all since January, it's clear that the Massachusetts pop-rock band is at the top of our lists. Tonight Westland hits the Middle East in Cambridge for their official Intimacy Without Intricacy, a sterling EP of hook-laden pop jams that already feature two of our favorite tracks of the year in "Steady Now" and "Jack & Coke."
We've been fans of the sharp pop acumen of songwriter BRIAN E. KING for quite a wile, all the way back to when he interned here at the Phoenix and refused to listen to any music released after 1970. In the last few year's he's been making the rounds with Oranjuly -- check out the sweet-as-punch single "The Coldest Summer" -- but re-emerged late last year with his new project, PARKS
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