The Dandy Warhols snuck into town on Thursday, dropping by WFNX for a quickie acoustic-duo set. Here they are playing "Bohemian Like You," an oldie-but-goodie from their breakout record, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia.
Trust us: at $10, these are gonna go quick. So if you want to head to Lexington High on May 7, 8, and 9 for With the Needle That Sings In Her Heart, Amanda Palmer's high-school musical based on Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, we suggest you get them now.
If you're in need of a late pass, Amanda posted a looooong update on the state of the play the other day -- including the news that Neil Gaiman had stopped by to check out pre-production
High School Musicals: Amanda Palmer (left, in 1992), Kelsi Nielsen
In one of the spring's most face-melting developments, AMANDA PALMER announced earlier this month that she was returning to Lexington High to collaborate with her old high-school drama teacher and 20 current students on a production based on Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea.Palmer's drama teacher, Steven Bogart, told Palmer's publicist that this isn't really much of a stretch since, as a senior, Amanda wrote a play based on the music of the Legendary Pink Dots called Asylum. Apparently it was quite the hit: the "theatrical post-modern form of the piece challenged the
Massachusetts High School Drama Guild to rewrite their criteria for
judging the state drama festival," Bogart says.
Palmer, for her part, credits Lexington High's drama program -- in which students wrote their own plays from scratch over the course of two months -- with turning her into an artist: "This is the way I grew up understanding theater,"
Palmer says in the press release. "We created magic out of nothing. I always hated the
boring stock plays and musicals, they seemed lifeless. Bogart always
encouraged us to use our brains and hearts to dig deep and find
something meaningful and original to put on the stage."
At around this point in the press release, we suddenly felt like we were reading an abstract of the High School Musical script, and we were suddenly reminded how much Kelsi in HSM#1 reminded us of Amanda (only with Brian Vig's signature bowler thrown in). And wait, don't we have Amanda's high-school yearbook photo floating around here somewhere? Ah, yes: thus, the images above -- that's Palmer's 1992 Lexington High yearbook photo. Wait for it, we've got more after the jump . . .including bonus-round photos of then-Lexington-High senior EUGENE MIRMAN!
St. Vincent has a new album, Actor, coming out next month. The video for the sort-of title track (and best song) "Actor Out of Work," works within the theme established by the album and song's title, as Clark holds auditions for thespians whom she sits across from while they try to make themselves cry.
Last summer, Grizzly Bear played a show on a night off from their stint opening for Radiohead at the Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts. Opening up for them? NYC's Violens, whom we shot some video of, which we'd been saving for a special occasion. With them set to play tonight at Great Scott along with Amazing Baby, now seemed as good a time as any.
We cannot claim to have watched the whole thing as of now, but last night's South Park somehow involved Kanye West coming out as a gay fish and singing a ichthyological version of "Heartless" to celebrate said fact. You can watch the entire episode here.
Of course, Kanye West being notoriously thin-skinned and prone to somewhat unintentionally hilarious outbursts over all slights both real and perceived, many people were just as excited about Yeezy's response as they were about the episode itself.
I've been teaching a course at Tufts University
on the Jewish roots -- cultural, not religious -- of punk rock. As you might
guess, it's an elective. On Wednesday evenings, my students and I examine
topics ranging from comic books to Zionism to the Holocaust and explore how
they relate to PUNK magazine, D.I.
Bitte Orca, the highly anticipated new album from Brooklyn experimental collective Dirty Projectors, hit the internet today. It's already been pulled from most outlets, though, so we can't even offer any coy suggestions of where you might find it. We haven't even formed much by way of coherent thoughts on the matter; it will take a few listens before we really wrap our heads around Dave Longstreth's intricate arrangements.
Man Man has a new album out this very week entitled Rabbit Habits, and if its title track is more straightforward than we've come to expect from
Philadelphia gypsy-punk experimentalists, they've balanced it out with a video about werewolf romance, featuring appearances by SNL cast member Fred Armisen, rising comedic star (and Michael Cera's girlfriend) Charlene Yi, and all-around awesome dude Martin Starr, who is suddenly Mr.
If there was one thing I didn’t expect to see displayed on stage this windy Saturday, it was big smiles. Spastic dances? Yes. Twitchy guitar palpitations? Check. Darkly intoned exhortations over a punishing rhythm section? Sure. But when you think Six Finger Satellite, musicians grinning ear-to-ear in musical exultation is not an image that comes to mind.
It’s a record-release party of epic proportions this Sunday at Great Scott. Local sound artist BRENDAN MURRAY follows up last year’s acclaimed long-form drone fest, Commonwealth, with an untitled album of shorter, more delicate pieces. Brooklynite Daniel Lopatin (a/k/a ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER) has a beautiful new vinyl record of drifting, kraut-synth inspired works called Betrayed in the Octagon
1) Harry and Unger @ Model Cafe2) Jim Healey @ O'Brien's Pub3) Jesse Sherman @ Great Scott4) Wally Furlong @ Common Ground5) Eliza Seastone @ SilhouetteGozu play the WBCN Rock n' Roll Rumble on April 11 at the Middle East upstairs.