CQ, meet T.T.’s.
The Phoenix can confirm that CQ PRESENTS, the Boston-based booking agency that oversees nightly live music at Allston venues Great Scott and O’Briens Pub, has been hired to handle full-time booking of T.T. The Bear’s Place in Cambridge.
CQ talent buyers Carl Lavin and Josh Smith met this afternoon with T.
There’s 12 seconds of washed-out riffage in “(A) Natural History,” the new single from Boston alt-rock quartet SOCCER MOM, before it hits rock and roll overdrive and never looks back. The first track off debut EP You Are Not Going to Heaven, “(A)NH” has already dropped the jaws of early-’90s college rock revival enthusiasts, and co-vocalist William Scales' Thurston Moore impression fits perfectly over the sludgy, noisy, chain-link fence guitarwork.
Now that we’re lodged into the whole noisy, fuzzed-out, nervous frontman college-rock revival, in which reverb-heavy bands are surfing the detached-cool waves of Pavement and Dinosaur Jr., how long before we re-embrace the gritty sonic assault of full-blown grunge? GREY VALLEY GHOST might be one step ahead in their worn-out Doc Martens — the first single from the Georgia-born/Boston-based alternative rock trio screams with a hellacious fury last heard sometime around 1994.
Perhaps I'm still sun-drunk from the throwback sound of Pokey LaFarge this past weekend at Newport, but I'm jonesin' quite hard this Tuesday for a raw slice of singer/songwriter JD McPHERSON, who tonight hits T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge. With a sound perhaps more fitting for a rogue performance behind the venue in a back alley off Green Street, the Oklahoma-by-way-of-Chicago vintage rock rhythm and bluesman has been drawing some heavy Little Richard comparisons lately, as well as every four-star name-drop in rockabilly, roots, and old-school rock and roll.
The strip of Interstate 495 that slices Haverhill in half is much like any other commuter stretch in eastern Massachusetts — tree-lined, suffocating, and a default motor speedway for angry locals. But take a musical ride with THE NEW HIGHWAY HYMNAL through their hometown and envision something else entirely: desert landscapes, sun-faded asphalt, and relaxed views into endless, hazy mountains.
Perhaps you noticed the shitstorm that rained down after the Phoenix revealed that Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents had withdrawn from the semi-finals of the Rock And Roll Rumble. Perhaps you noticed Jenny Dee herself accusing us of getting our facts wrong, and her fans following suit. For the record: the fact remains that JD&D blew off the Rumble for a one-off gig in Gloucester.
Some observations, rants, and ramblings, as the 32nd annual Rock and Roll Rumble preliminary week heads into a much-needed day off.
-- Off the top, if you view the Rumble as a competition, you’re approaching it the wrong way. This is, at its root, a Boston music festival, where two-dozen bands get to take over a club for an entire week and play for new faces, different crowds, and not just a room full of friends.
Perhaps the most famous ribs in Boston last year were the ones Jacoby Ellsbury fractured, ribs that forced the Red Sox outfielder to sit out most of the 2010 season. Now that the Fenway heartthrob is all healed up, 2011’s ribs to watch are of the rock-n-roll variety. One of the louder members of our Class of 2011, RIBS the band are poised for a breakthrough.
Sometime this year, we’ll get a fresh new studio album from HALLELUJAH THE HILLS. Until then, there’s this internet-only live cut of “Nightingale Lightning,” which they recorded last summer on Woody Guthrie’s birthday at a gig in Toronto while on tour with Titus Andronicus. The show has a special place in the hearts of the folksy rock band after they were detained by the border patrol for more than three hours and their van was torn to shreds, en route back to the States.
Before the local music community got together en masse at Sunday's Boston Music Awards, there was a sort-of pre-party for the rock scene a day earlier at T. T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge. Organized by Boston Band Crush, six acts -- as well as friends and family of the Di Guardia family -- rallied together for the Calling All Angels: Friends of Emilia benefit show, which raised money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
STEREO TELESCOPE are feeling the love.
Last week, the year-old Brighton-based electro-pop duo received a nomination for Best Electronic Act in the 2010 Boston Music Awards (a beat-fest grudge match with Bodega Girls, Mystery Roar, Coralcola and Southern Belle), then over the weekend at Great Scott they repped our city proud alongside white-hot Brooklyn cats Class Actress and Small Black.
Here's the final schedule and lineup for tonight's Billy Ruane Memorial Birthday Bash at both the Middle East and T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge. The song in the above video is "Beluga" by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, who closes up the Mid East gig before everyone joins up on stage for one last salute. Should be a hell of a night, and advance tickets to both venues are strongly encouraged.
There’s something about Woven Bones’ static garage sound — sharing that fossilized Jesus & Mary Chain DNA with the likes of modern noise-polluters A Place To Bury Strangers, the Vandelles and Screen Vinyl Image — that always makes me close my eyes real tight and envision armies of skeletons dancing disjointedly across graveyards.
If yesterday featured the spirit of CMJ in Allston, as a bunch of cool bands played across multiple venues within blocks of each other, then a taste of real-deal one-stop CMJ is provided under a single roof tonight in Cambridge. Four bands hit up T.T. The Bear’s Place in Mental Square, from all parts of the world (infantree out of Los Angeles, Australia’s Philadelphia Grand Jury, Ume from Austin and Japan’s Boom Boom Satellites), all in town tonight as a pitstop before dolling up NYC to play for kids with badges at CMJ.
Phoenix contributors P. Nick Curran and Addison Post recently spent a night with this week's Cellars by Starlight subjects Night Fruit, and in case you missed that on our music page, we decided to post it here to On The Download.
Night Fruit kick off a fantabulous bill this Saturday at T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge, alongside Film School, The Depreciation Guild, and fellow Bostonians Static of the Gods.