With one week until SXSW, and a snowstorm ready to hit New England, I had Austin on the brain this afternoon, so we dedicated today's BOSTON ACCENTS to a handful of bands headed to Texas this month. For each band's full SXSW lineup and itinerary, click on the links to their respective homepages and/or profiles.
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.
Bittersweet show today on BOSTON ACCENTS as one of my favorite performers is set to get into his Prius with his ladyfriend and permanently head down to Nashville. It was a pleasure to have folk singer/guitarist CALEB GROH here in the WFNX studio with me, drinking whiskey, talking shop and playing tunes.
Good times hanging in the WFNX studio today with Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain of veteran Boston rock band ALOUD, who play T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge tomorrow night with Lifestyle and the Daily Pravda. The duo performed a stripped down set on the show today, unveiling two new songs, "After the Plague" and "Don't Let It Get You Down," and selected a majority of the show's playlist.
Last month fiery Georgia art-rock trio CUSSES had their music video for “Don’t Give In” added to MTV rotation, a result of winning an MTVu Freshman Fan poll. It’s a sign of things to come for the no-wave/post-punk band outta Savannah, whose 2012 self-titled debut is a romper-ride of sinister sounds.
:: Here's today's BOSTON ACCENTS playlist, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, back in action after the three-day weekend. As always, you can listen online via WFNX.com, every day at 5pm EST.
BAD RABBITS “Fall In Love” -- We AVA'd this one earlier today, and added it into regular rotation on WFNX. American Love is our May 14.
Re-file this one into Awesome Everything Alert. Boston's BAD RABBITS -- and we say they're ours because it feels like they'll rightfully be everyone's very soon -- last week dropped a second single for new LP American Love, picking up right where "We Can Roll" left off. The Valentine's-Day-appropriate "Fall In Love" is another slow-burning banger ballad, another top-shelf strike of modern R&B that's primed for global recognition.
Last week, legendary bassist PETER HOOK dropped by the WFNX studio in Boston on February 7 to discuss his new book, "Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division," a few hours before his appearance at Brookline Booksmith. Naturally, having interviewed Hooky several times in the past, our conversation quickly shifted to his ongoing feud with New Order (figured we'd get it out of the way right at the top), as well the legacy of Ian Curtis, his former bands' enduring stature in music, and Joy Division's iconic 1979 debut record, Unknown Pleasures
Here's the playlist of the Valentine's Day edition of BOSTON ACCENTS on WFNX, a nice mix of new and old. But we had to lead it off with the Atlantics' 1980 classic "Lonelyhearts," which includes the timess lyric: “Take a crowbar to your heart and pry it loose...” Amen.
THE ATLANTICS “Lonelyhearts”
Back in the Monday swing after a few days away, courtesy of a blizzard and Peter Hook, not in that order, today BOSTON ACCENTS welcomed the fine young lads of CAMDEN to the WFNX studio. The band debuted two new tracks, which will be posted online tomorrow, and it was even Jim's 25th birthday. We opened with "Roadrunner" by the Modern Lovers, to support Joyce Linehan's excellent cause in making it the Official Song of Massachusetts
The show. It must go on.
The blizzard named Nemo wasn't very emo this past weekend, forcing the postponement of WFNX's NOTHING FEELS GOOD pre-Valentine's Day soiree at Radio in Somerville. Thankfully, we've been able to keep a majority of the show intact and offer it up tonight, in a make-up date moment of serendipity, with a reduced cover and even more feelings than before.
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."
THE LIGHTS OUT “Gottagetouttahere” -- In honor of the Superdome last night! As heard on Jersey Shore a few months back...
THE BOZO NIGHTMARE “Content & Satisfied” -- From The Moon And The Stars EP, playing Jacques Cabaret this Friday, February 8 with Death Walz '76 and Evan Greer.
THE MILLIGRAMS “You Don’t Need To Think” -- Off the Castin Spellz EP from October.
Are you an alligator? Cuz we're a mama-papa coming for you. Since the Patriots shit the bed two weeks ago, there wasn't any good reason to get excited for this weekend... until now. WFNX goes all-in on the Thin White Duke for our first ever SUPER BOWIE WEEKEND, a two-day broadcasting affair with more hits than Ray Lewis.
THE MIGS “Pretty Ricky” -- New video today from the New Hampshire garage rock band.
The Migs - Pretty Ricky from Michael Bucuzzo on Vimeo.
YANKEE POWER “Adopted Love Doll”
THE DOCTORS FOX “Autobiography of a Beached Whale” -- Playing the Milky Way tomorrow night; we caught up with these genre-bending cats last year in the Phoenix