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.
There are freak accidents, and then there’s the case of JONATHAN TOUBIN. In December 2011, the acclaimed New York City DJ was asleep at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon, when around 11 a.m. a taxi cab crashed through the wall and landed on top of him. He awoke from a drug-induced coma a month later with a cracked skull, hearing loss, and significant bodily injuries that included severed tendons, punctured liver, and fractured ribs.
MMOSS “Okay” [Trouble In Mind Records] The acclaimed New Hampshire psych-folk crew are back with a sophomore record, Only Children, and it continues their aural mind-melt séance with “Okay,” a backyard fire pit of droning ambiance. Their home-field record release party is November 30 at the Press Room in Portsmouth, but they’re at Great Scott on December 17 with Paperhead and M Reverdy Rhodes.
We’re “Halfway to Hell” on a nonstop rock-and-roll train passing through the mean streets of nowhere, and VIVA VIVA is behind the wheel, steering us to the Middle East Tuesday night, November 27 for the Prince Children’s Education Fund benefit show. This latest cut from Boston’s most badass rock band is the closing track off recent EP Dead In Yr Tracks, another gritty romp through Boston’s darker rock underbelly.
We’re riding reckless on the high seas of Boston pop, stretching our line out west to Los Angeles and reeling in a familiar fish. Former B.O.S.T.O.N.I.A.N. BLEU returns to his adopted hometown Saturday night at Great Scott, wrapping up an East Coast tour with Air Traffic Controller -- who will be live in the WFNX studio on Friday for Boston Accents.
UPDATE: Speedy Ortiz can't make it out from NoHo due to the snow outside, so Varsity Drag are filling in. Gonna shake up my WFNX playlist @ 5pm and add "Billy Ruane." Listen in at WFNX.com.
Very fitting that on a day where My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields announced a follow-up his 1991 shoegaze classic Loveless, there will be lots of beautiful sonic sludge thrown around within the friendly walls of Great Scott.
While waiting for HUNDRED WATERS to begin their set at Hotscotch Festival earlier this month I could already tell the audience was edgy. The shows had been starting late all night, and a lot of people were trying to decide if they should stick around or run to some of the bigger acts that were starting. The people who stayed, however, got to experience something truly special.
Although basement rock is more often than not characterized by reckless powerchords, there are times when attention to detail goes a long way. Allston’s latest duo, TRACH, take this to heart, especially in the tight construction of “Heavy Arms.” Sure, there is plenty of ferociousness in some of the guitar parts, but the contrast of rash and composed gives a different level of sophistication to the song as a whole.
If Boston needs a rock and roll ass kicking, WHITE DYNOMITE are primed to be the boot, the foot, and the toes. October 6 at Great Scott is set up for a balls-out rock and roll frontman battle of fairly epic proportions, as Proper Gent Around Town Keith Pierce of MELLOW BRAVO goes head-to-head, drink-to-drink, and fist-to-fist with Allston's unofficial ringleader, White Dynomite's David Unger.
New York-based concert promoter THE BOWERY PRESENTS has expanded its Boston bandwidth with the hiring of CQ Presents talent buyers CARL LAVIN, pictured above, and JOSH SMITH.
The move aligns two additional venues under the Bowery's regional network: Allston’s 240-capacity Great Scott and 330-capacity T.
Not that we need any additional incentive to hang out with Mr. Emeen Zarookian, but after watching this grainy new SPIRIT KID video for the melody makers' cover of the Kinks' "Did You See His Name?" we're all but certain to drop by Great Scott in Allston tonight. The lead 'Kid, performing solo and opening things up, shares the stage with Via Audio and the Daredevil Christopher Wright.
To celebrate next week's three-night BOSTON ACCENTS FUNERAL PARTY at Great Scott (July 23 + 24 + 25; advance tickets here) we whipped up this exclusive 12-song soundtrack featuring all of the performing artists in the order of their appearance. As a unit, it's one sonic motherfucker and a great indication of our thriving and eclectic music scene and community, highlighted by a brand new track from indie darlings MEAN CREEK (an unreleased stomper off their upcoming Youth Companion full-length) as well as recent cuts from EARTHQUAKE PARTY, VIVA VIVA, GENTLEMEN HALL, BEARSTRONAUT, RIBS, MELLOW BRAVO, FAT CREEPS, BLACK LIGHT DINNER PARTY, and DIRTY VIRGINS
Welcome to State of the Union, your weekly recap of 50 Bands, 50 States happenings, both locally and nationally.In this space every Monday we'll tell you what 50 States bands are in town, releasing new music, or just doing something noteworthy. Photo above by Nick Coultas.
Tonight at Great Scott, our Arizona pick STEPHEN STEINBRINK will be bringing his brand of melancholy experimentation to our fair city, and of course, it will knock your tube socks right the fuck off
Don’t call their ska sound a “revival,” and child, don’t you dare call them a super group. But if you did, then we suppose you wouldn’t be totally wrong. Made up of members of the Sterns, Void Union, and Have Nots, these zany POMPS hit the stage at Great Scott tonight for their first-ever headlining club gig, and the suddenly skanky Allston venue’s checkered dance floor will never have felt so appropriate.