We are now just eight days away from the Halloween re-launch of WFNX, and we're celebrating tonight with a Boston Accents-flavored dance party just over the Green Monster at the Lansdowne Pub. I'll be spinning the dance party before and between the live acts, GENTLEMEN HALL and CASEY DESMOND, adding some hometown dance hits (Color Channel, Bearstronaut, Seer Group) into my modern indie and electro-pop playlist that's heard every Friday night at the pill.
If there were two acts that embodied the 2012 sound of BOSTON ACCENTS before it was yanked off the FM dial in July, it'd be GENTLEMEN HALL and CASEY DESMOND. Both electronic-pop-leaning artists have paved new ground in a traditionally rock and roll town, and both hit the stage tomorrow night at the Lansdowne Pub for Night 2 of our WFNX Disorientation series, the next party leading up to the station's re-birth online this coming Halloween.
Remember that time we all got together at Great Scott for the Boston Accents funeral parties back in June? That was a good time, though bittersweet. We concluded three nights of live shows -- a dozen Boston bands in all -- with a raucous performance by GENTLEMEN HALL, one of the many mainstays of the not just the local show on WFNX but the regular rotation as well.
By now, you've heard the news: WFNX is relaunching this Halloween as an online radio station, and we're throwing a series of Disorientation 2012 parties leading up to the sonic resurrection. It kicks off a week from tonight with a FREE SHOW at the Lansdowne Pub (not too far from WFNX's new home base inside the Boston Phoenix newsroom), featuring New Jersey guitar rock dudes THE STATIC JACKS, Boston indie heartthrobs CAMDEN (dubbed "Boston's answer to the Strokes" by Boston Magazine), and the latest addition to the WFNX team, Phoenix assistant music editor LIZ PELLY
Fuck the gloomy weather, let's have a dance party. Tonight at Church I'm joining together two of my favorite things -- the Boston Phoenix and my own Allston-based Vanya Records -- for a neon-baked electro-pop explosion in the Fens.
While the local flair will be in full-effect with live performances by our city's own electro queen, CASEY DESMOND, and spring-fling dance-pop quartet BEARSTRONAUT -- as well as DJ sets by Xavier of GLASS TEETH, providing some dark clouds of glossy pop, and myself, spinning the more sparkling side of my usual dance sets at the pill -- tonight we also welcome the long-awaited Boston debut of PARALLELS
"Just Like Heaven" by THE CURE is on the very short list of songs that pretty much never get stale, but every now and then it gets a refresher by a young band looking to add their own shine to the '80s modern rock classic.
Here, Boston blip-pop trio STEREO TELESCOPE run it through the synth-cycle on the eve of their tour with some lovely keyboard pixie I've never met before named CASEY DESMOND, which takes them down to Texas for SXSW and back home again on a magical keyboard carpet ride.
After seeing her sing to a national television audience this spring on NBC’s The Voice, it feels like we, as a city, are somehow still getting to know CASEY DESMOND. A veteran of the Boston music scene since her 2005 self-titled debut record, Desmond appears ready for mainstream lift-off on the strength of the glittery electro-pop she always seemed destined to sing.