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."
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PALMA VIOLETS “Best of Friends” [Rough Trade]
After making their stateside debut at the Middle East in Cambridge last week — a few hours before dropping by WFNX.com for a chat, hang out on air, and pick some tunes — it was clear we hadn’t heard the last of Palma Violets
There are more booking agent changes in the live music scene over in Central Square.
Earlier this week we reported on T.T. The Bear’s Place bringing in a local talent buyer to round out its daily calendar, and today neighboring club the Middle East went a step further, replacing Shred with a familiar face: its former booking agent KEVIN HOSKINS, who ran booking at the Cambridge club from 2004 to 2010 and has had a role in the venue since 2002.
METZ rocked the proverbial casbah at the Middle East Upstairs so hard on Wednesday night that guitarist and singer Alex Edkins’ string broke about 30 seconds into the first song. “Rock and roll!” someone in the audience shouted, and it really was. Undeterred, the Toronto-based trio plugged right back into where they left off, drilling everyone’s eardrums into their heads with relentless noise.
Early last year Boston power-pop quartet THE FATAL FLAW released one of their finest songs, "Narrow Hours," in which frontman/guitarist Joel Reader tells the story of residents of a local assisted-living community for Alzheimer’s patients, and especially, one healthy elderly man who visits his sick wife each day despite her increasing memory loss.
From the bi-weekly State of the Union updates to Boston Accents playlists to random-ass On The Download posts, we've been getting a lot of mileage out of this past summer's 50 Bands 50 States feature here on the ol' music blog. But today we're gonna throw it back even further to last year's edition, when STEPDAD were our 2011 Michigan selection, because the catchy-as-fuck electro-pop comet of a band is at the Middle East in Cambridge tonight with Rich Aucoin and Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt.
Our old friends in ZAMBRI are back in town tonight, kicking off a few dates with UK luminaries MAXIMO PARK at the Middle East in Cambridge, and to celebrate, Noel Heroux of HOORAY FOR EARTH passed along this sussed-out remix of the sisters' track "Carry." Heroux turns up the bass, gives it a mild case of the glitchness, and drops it in the middle of a dance floor seance while retaining Jessica and Cristi Jo's spiritual magneticism.
By now the whole idea behind ONE NIGHT BAND is well known -- take 40 Boston musicians, randomly pair up their hung-over asses early Saturday morning into groups of five, send them into nearby practice spaces and studios for a few grueling afternoon hours, and by the evening's showtime, eight new bands rock out a few originals and a cover.
Well shit, California hardcore punk dudes THE BRONX are back in town next month, playing a free show at the Middle East in Cambridge. It's presented by Sailor Jerry, and you gotta RSVP here to get on the list. We suggest you do so, like, now. #PARTY
Photos by Diana Burmistrovich
“We just don't give a fuck!” That age-old punk mantra couldn't be truer as THE FUCKTROTS took the stage at the Middle East Upstairs this past Monday.
Decked in leather pants and nothing else, singer James Cobb repeated the adage before launching into the raucous “Songs in G.
Aaron Spransy knows a thing or two about Midwest Manners. The Wisconsin native has been settled here in Boston for some time now, playing around town as guitarist for indie-pop melody makers the Fatal Flaw, but his own musical vision recently crystallized with SINNET. His two-mikes-and-a-laptop bedroom project — which he admits was born during more isolated and “less employed” days— has now evolved into a full-fledged band.
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No wait, hold up, one thought -- is this maybe why the always-packed weekly 18+ electro/dubstep party THROWED was snubbed by the 2011 Boston Music Awards in the Best DJ/Dance Night competition? I dunno. That's all I got.