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  • June 22, 2009
    By Carly Carioli

    What you missed this weekend:


    PHOTOS: No Doubt at Comcast Center


    PHOTOS: Paramore at Comcast Center

    FLASHBACK: our exclusive live acoustic Paramore session:


    PHOTOS: Matt and Kim at House of Blues


    PHOTOS: Major Lazer at House of Blues


    PHOTOS: Dirty Projectors at Somerville Theater

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  • June 19, 2009
    By Shaula Clark

    1. Mobile, "See Right Through Me"
    Although this record came out long after The Good North had broken up, turns out I'd been trying to rip them off my entire career. Exactly the type of hard-charging, soaring anthem my own songs sound like in my head...only none of them are nearly as good as this. One of my favorite vocalists of the past five years.

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  • June 19, 2009
    By Chris Faraone


    Indie-minded folks can only resent corporate sponsorship for so long. Especially those of us who flock to such roving blowouts as Bacardi B-Live, which delivered Thunderheist, Matt & Kim, A-Trak, Steve Porter, Major Lazer, and a smorgasbord of freebees to the House of Blues last night.

    I’m guessing that for many folks, the B-Live party was incentive to retreat away from knee-jerk anti-everything postures.



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  • June 19, 2009
    By Ryan Stewart

    Generally speaking, I don't really like writing about things that primarily exist in streaming form. I can't really deal with a song unless I can download it and listen to it at my leisure. Sure, nothing only exists in streaming form anymore; the entire world knows about Hype Machine. But still. 

    I'm going to break from that, though, to discuss four new songs Modest Mouse released as part of Record Store Day and Vinyl Saturday promotions, some of which will be appearing on an upcoming EP called No One's First and You're Next (even though a lot of people have already written about and discussed them at length). I find Modest Mouse to be extremely fascinating. They caught my attention back in 1998 on the strength of The Lonesome Crowded West, in which they sounded like a band who was only interested in recreating the most eccentric moments in indie rock, or, at the very least, what my definition of indie rock was back in those days. It's an ugly, dissonant record in which they repeat the same lyrical and musical motifs so frequently that a friend of mine came up with a companion drinking game ("one shot each time they wail on a harmonic, an extra shot if this is combined with needless whammy bar!"). In short, it wasn't the kind of thing that would lead one to think that six years later this band would have a mainstream radio hit and then top the Billboard charts three years after that. Head Mouse Isaac Brock has muted his natural weirdness along the way - not really to the point of unrecognizability, but definitely not to the new material's benefit. Their most recent album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, was not bad, but it's not great, either. Perhaps that's unreasonable to expect. I doubt "the old Modest Mouse" is coming back, but I keep coming back for more all the same.

    So how does the new stuff fare I break it down track by track after the jump.

     

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  • June 19, 2009
    By Ryan Stewart

    Yesterday, Beck Hansen announced via his official site that he was going to begin working on a series of full-album covers, recorded in a day with little-to-no pre-planning, with the results being posted on his site. The first installment of this series launched today with Beck and friends (including his brother-in-law) taking on The Velvet Underground and Nico

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  • June 18, 2009
    By Ryan Stewart

    Dan Deacon may not be returning our calls these days, but that didn't prevent us from checking out - and enjoying - his recent experiment at the ICA. Video by Pat Howley above.

    Read: Screaming from the gallery: Dan Deacon at the ICA. By Matt Parish.

    Photos of the experiment by Alex Slater and David F. Nicholson.

  • June 18, 2009
    By Chris Faraone

    My editor and I recently had a chat about how indie-rock bands and underground rappers approach guerilla marketing in drastically different ways. Mostly, we discussed how hip- hop artists turn the sidewalk outside every venue into Times Square circa 1985, and how their rock- and- roll contemporaries — on the opposite end of the promotion spectrum —fancy themselves too cool to work street corners passing out promos.

     

    Basically I’m saying that I have way more rap discs to write about than I have time (or space). So until the Phoenix brass determines that Bay State boom bap is more important than my other assignments regarding drastic budget cuts and such, I can best prop local heroes in occasional round-ups like this one. Here’s some of the finest Beantown product that’s been pushed on me (literally and virtually) in the past month; and since we stand by our picks, we went through the trouble of providing a smorgasbord of tracks and links for your interactive pleasure.  

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  • June 18, 2009
    By Ryan Stewart


    Phoenix, "1901" (live at the Paradise)

    More to come on Phoenix's blowout at the Paradise last night. Until then, we have a ton of video of these guys, starting with their last song of the night, "1901," which is fast becoming their big hit. After the jump, enjoy another song from the Paradise, and another version of "1901," this one from their visit with the Sandbox at the WFNX studios at One Financial Center recorded just this morning. 

    And as a bonus corporate synergy reminder, if you listen to WFNX's Sandbox morning show, you could potentially win tickets to see these guys in NYC (with Passion Pit opening, no less). Details to be found here.

    Oh, and by the way, you can vote for "1901" as Best Song in our Best Music Poll right now:

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