It's a staple of message-board griping during Rumble season that the city's oldest and most prestigious battle of the bands is somehow rigged, though in our experience -- going back nearly a decade -- the Rumble has always been conducted in complete fairness, following a tried-and-true system by which five judges rate each evening's bands according to a meticulous point system.
Radio, Radio: You'll hear her on your speakers everywhere you go
DOWNLOAD: Kate Radio, "Drive Me Crazy" (mp3)
About ten seconds into "Drive Me Crazy," the debut offering from Waltham's Kate Radio, we were MySpace-messaging Dave Pino to find out if he was behind it. Pino, formerly of Waltham, Damone, and Seemless, was reached in the midst of writing songs with Powerman 5000 and riding every ride at Universal Studios, which is his version of heaven on earth.
The last time we tried to shoot Viva Viva, we made an ill-fated foray into infrared photography. This time, with the addition of actual lights, you may even be able to make out more than a Sasquatch-like outline. Which is good, because we love these dudes. Forget that VV grew out of two of our favorite early-00s bands -- the Lot Six and Officer May -- or that they've got this awesome Mutt-and-Jeff thing going on.
Voting has officially ended for this year's Best Music Poll: results will be announced in May, a few days before our annual BMP Concert extravaganza (bands: Death Cab, POTUSA, Amanda Palmer, Bob Mould, and two of the winners from the Poll.) To tide you over, we'll be rolling out live video of some of our fave BMP acts, taken from a couple of Best Music Poll showcase concerts.
Now that the long-awaited NKOTB reunion has been confirmed -- with new Interscope album, TV show, fall tour, and townie-girl mayhem to follow -- we suspect that some revisionist history will begin to set in, and as a matter of natural course, people will find themselves happy to like the New Kids again. Not to spoil the love-fest, but here are five cringe-worthy things you'd probably forgotten about "The Block," as they're apparently calling themselves now .
We waited until after April Fools to post this so you know it ain't a joke. To celebrate, we're hastily assembling our Nude remixes. You? Oh, right, REM and Pearl Jam just announced shows, too, if anyone cares...
RadioheadAugust 13 at the Tweeter Center, MansfieldTickets on-sale April 12
Crowded HouseAt the Somerville Theatre
If Jamie Stewart (who for all intents and purposes is Xiu Xiu) is playing with a full deck of cards, it’s not a deck you’d find on Planet Earth. So, not to judge or anything, but maybe before you go to a concert, you should at least listen to one song by that artist.