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.
If there's one thing we in Boston know a lot about -- besides Tom Brady's sweet ass -- it's this whole notion of "two best friends playing weird pop songs" and the duo "making as much noise as they possibly can." New Orleans' CADDYWOMPUS might hail from the bayou (stereotype alert!) but they might as well have been raised in Allston basements with that kind of ambition
The summer days are dwindling down faster than Red Sox playoff hopes, but there’s still time for one last sonic road trip out of the suffocating city. THE FIELD EFFECT want to take us on that trip to the seaside towns up north via “Ogunquit, ME,” a hard-charging college-radio guitar-pop joyride that’s light on the workday sludge and heavy on the top-down daydream polish.
In some parallel universe, the cultural British Empire of the '90s lived on and consumed the world. In this world, Jarvis Cocker took the first steps on Mars, Damon Albarn is a Labor MP who passes musician’s health bills through Parliament, and Morrissey himself is King of England. The shoegaze resistance (referred to by the people as the “Bloody Valentines”), however, has gained a strong foothold, and is currently running a war of attrition against the state.
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Tuesday night’s UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA show at T.T. the Bear’s Place in Cambridge had everything a good, dank club show should have: Rockin’ tunes, sound problems and sticky floors.
The low-fi vibe and psychedelic sheen that stretches across the Portland band's eponymous 2011 full-length was faithfully recreated and expanded upon by guitarist and singer Ruban Neilson, bassist Jake Portrait, and newish drummer Gregory Rogove after some early technical issues.
I have a bet going on with my music editor regarding tomorrow night’s show at T.T. The Bear’s Place featuring GARY JULES. Five dollars is on the line here, folks.
That being said, it should be a pretty wonderful show. Since 1998’s Greetings from the Side through 2006’s self-titled release, Jules has made quite a name for himself among the folk artists currently working in the United States.
From the very first riff of RIBS’s rumbling new single “Kiss,” it doesn’t take long for the sonic seismograph to start tracing a zigzag across your headspace. The quartet’s first release since the one-two suckerpunch of last January’s atmospheric Locrian Singles, “Kiss” is a pure growler, a sledgehammer of a tune that wedges its way into your ears and sprawls across four eerie minutes, eventually striking a low-down choral groove that only serves to momentarily stop the song’s pounding ritual.
Nestled snuggly last night at T. T. The Bear's between the warm, cozy beats of local trio STEREO TELESCOPE and bi-coastal duo JAVELIN was a brash spectacle that few may have ever witnessed. Behold, above, the living, breathing female keyboard stand courtesy of Providence electronic-pop act AMIL BYLECKIE BAND
Nearly a year ago I was at SXSW in Austin, stumbled over to the Fader Fort one night excited to witness that evening’s secret guest (long story short: I was hoping for Diddy, but I got Justin Vernon’s high school band or something like that). But all was not lost -- as I was standing around near the front of the stage, I was suddenly blown away by SPOEK MATHAMBO, a South African hip-hop artist who was skillfully and brazenly re-inventing JOY DIVISION’S “She’s Lost Control” right before my eyes and ears.
Goth may be a solitary lifestyle, but in order to properly compile The Boston Phoenix's 100 Gothic Rock Songs of All Time, we made sure to enlist the expertise of three of our city's underground nightlife luminaries: CHRIS EWEN, JAMES CUDDYER, and PATRICK FITZGERALD. We convened here at the Phoenix, had some dinner, and hashed out the Top 100 over several hours of debate and pizza (not very goth).