Repo: The Genetic Opera screens April 18 at the Coolidge
Two weekends ago, I went to the Coolidge to see the midnight screening of Repo: The Genetic Opera,
the 2008 rock musical set in a decadent, surgery-obsessed dystopia. I
should have known something was amiss right away when, before the movie
started, a dude dressed in what appeared to be a conductor’s outfit
stood up and commenced screaming film quotes until the audience gave
him a satisfactory callback response.
The advantage of dubbing something an “experiment” is that — no matter what the outcome — you’ve achieved your goal. That’s not a swipe at the Institute of Contemporary Art, which has hosted a number of successful — and daring — avant-garde “Experiment” shindigs at its Waterfront home base. I’m just saying that my not having had the best time since senior prom doesn’t mean the throwdown wasn’t interesting, or even worthwhile.
Connor Oberst, "Nikorette" Oberst and his new band have a new album out next month and a new documentary out next week.
"Asher Roth's Day Off"College-rap sensation offers new mixtape. OTD described Asher Roth to me as "white people’s answer to the 'Because I Got High' guy"
Double Dagger, "The Lie/The Truth"
Eminem has a new video from a song from his new album, The Relapse, his first since 2004. And oh boy, is it horrible. We were prepared to discuss all of the dated references, but the rest of the internet already beat us to it. Simply put, there was a time when Eminem was actually hitting moving targets; now he's aiming for the same barrel of fish as the Jay Lenos and Jeff Foxworthys of the world.
In the '90s, Bill's Bar appointed itself the "Bastard Child of Lansdowne
Street" -- but, thankfully, it lived long enough to see its bitchier, glammier,
big-sister clubs meet the wrecking ball. And while we've been unable to confirm anything related to the imminent closing of Bill's, tonight's show appears to be the joint's last stand -- or at the very least, damn near it.
Bostonians beware: on May 31st, we are about to be under attack from legions of dirty hippies (and ex-hippies who have cleaned up their acts and gotten real jobs). It's true: in addition to Dave Matthews this year, Fenway Park will also play host to the first show of the hotly-anticipated reunion tour of legendary Vermont jam band Phish. Tickets, for those of you into that sort of thing, go on sale April 18 (next Saturday). Good thing the show is on a Sunday, otherwise we would be terrified. Press release after the jump:
1. Motherboar, "Grillin' and Killin' " Yeah, I fucking came to party!2. Slayer, "Angel of Death" Specifically the line, "The way that I want you to DIE!"3. Sam Black Church, "New God Science" I
dare you to show me a better-crafted metal/hardcore tune. It's all
there: the sick intro, the super-stompy verse riff, the
sing-along-and-simultaneously-point-your-finger chorus, the ripping
good metal breakdown in the bridge.
It's lame to scold so-called enlightened rap fans for neglecting to support their favorite artists. But while it already sucks that heads shamelessly steal music, it's even worse that so many stay home when legends swing through town.
Don't sweat it though - I was at Harpers Ferry with a camera last week to catch West Coast freestyle femme Medusa and Brother J of X-Clan
I wrote this profile of the Boston-based afro-funk-and-so-much-more 11-piece The Macrotones a few months back, and have been checking for them since. As such, The Phoenix is excited to premier the sweet ass video for the band's track "Book It!" Directed by Brandin Tumeinski and shot in Allston, we bet you likey.
1. Smokey Robinson could've spent as much time writing the Imperials' induction speech as he spent writing his introductions for this year's American Idol contestants.
2. First of all, we fucks with Wanda Jackson, the original 50-foot woman . . .
. . . and we also fucks with Rosanne Cash, who might be the most graceful rock and roll storyteller still writing -- speaking strictly about her writing about music and musicians.
New Hampshire's WILD LIGHT are playing Great Scott this coming Wednesday, and you might want to check that show out -- because the next time you see 'em, they'll be playing arenas . . . opening for the Killers. The band announced today that they've been tapped to open the Killers' midwestern headlining jaunt, kicking off with some bazonkers show at a Las Vegas casino.
In discussing French-English Marxist drone-electro-pop groop Stereolab back in 2008, Phoenix music editor Michael Brodeur described their music as enjoyable, yet easy to take for granted. We'll see if that holds true now that the band has announced an indefinite hiatus via its Web site (via Pitchfork). Recently, Emperor Tomato Ketchup was named as the 51st-best indie rock album of all time by Amazon, right between the Go-Betweens and Television Personalities. We're not going to try to argue the ranking specifically, but that is a great album, still our favorite of theirs.
Stereolab has canceled the remaining shows on their current tour, but they still plan to release Chemical Chords 2, the sequel to last year's album.
After the jump, "The Noise of Carpet":
Last month we got an offer to
interview Darryl McDaniels, who’s much better known as the latter half of the
beyond legendary rap group Run-DMC. Sure, every other news outlet in town got
the call as well, but we like to think we made the most of it.
While the focus
of our interview was Run-DMC’s April 4 induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame, that milestone covered a mere fraction of the talk.
Without a doubt, the most fun we've ever had shooting video? No
contest: CONVERGE, at the end of March, kicking off a short small-venue
tour before hitting the studio to record their next album, throwing
down at the International Community Church in Allston. We stopped trying to come up with words for them a
long time ago, which is why we're so psyched to present this
audio/visual record: just fucking look at it, for fuck's sake. Above, they rip through a ten-year-old epic, "The Saddest Day" -- but wait for the part where they sneak in the riff from the new Metallica record. Two more insane clips and links to new songs after the jump . . .