At their fourth annual pre-Thanksgiving dance party at Boston's Royale, Madrid's much beloved DJ duo CHUS + CEBALLOS once again laid down their laws of rhythm and noise. The sound that they invented a decade ago -- "Iberican," they call it; a blend of Spanish dance pop and Nuyorican beats -- has shifted its levels.
CONVERGE's latest record, All We Love We Leave Behind, was released last month to near universal acclaim (including props from me in the Phoenix). It’d be easy enough to go all Chris Farley Show about each track on the album, “Remember that part on ‘Coral Blue’... that was awesome,” but picking vocalist and artist JACOB BANNON's brain on running Deathwish, the demise of Hydrahead, corporate sponsorship of tours, Self Defense Family’s tumblr and his favorite Cro-Mags record was far more tempting.
General protocol around these parts goes a little something like this: We make contact with an artist’s publicist and set up an interview about a month in advance of them visiting Boston, then we interview said artist, and get the finished product to you guys via paper/internet within enough time to build anticipation for their show.
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.
Those in the market for an even crunchier version of Iron & Wine have found it in WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS, whose voice sounds like dripping water put to music. The assembled crowd at Royale last Friday evening was likely no greater in number than 100 and fit comfortably on the platform abutting the stage, with several folks sipping beers at their own tables.
Last Saturday at Royale, EXITMUSIC and PHANTOGRAM put on an explosive performance of light and sound. Sometimes, there was more light than sound, but it didn't stop the faces of fans from lighting up with happiness.
Exitmusic kept the evening slow and thoughtful, with moments of intense emotion that blew your hair back like that Maxell tape commercial