Just in case you doubted us for claiming Grizzly Bear as a Cambridge band, Ed Droste has gone on record as being a fan of our sister station WFNX. Good thing they added "Two Weeks" last week. Now, if only we could get them to play our Best Music Poll Concert this year . . . speaking of which, let this serve as a reminder that Grizzlies are up for BEST NATIONAL INDIE ACT in this year's awards.
Carolyn "Cubby" Berk, the sole permanent member of LOVERS, lived here for only a few years -- between stints in Athens, GA, and a soujourn to Portland, where she recorded her latest record, I Am The West -- but we still think of her as one of ours. Or maybe we're just still in love with the two records she made here, Starlit Sunken Ship and The Gutter and the Garden
Here at the Phoenix, we have loved boyfriend-and-girlfriend pop duo DRUG RUG and their charming, breezy songs for a long time. They're preparing to release their second full-length album, Paint the Fence Invisible, and if its first single, "Never Tell," is any indication, then they have taken some great leaps forward.
ON SALE JUNE 18
Whole Wheat Bread + SBT | July 5 at the
Middle East upstairs, Cambridge
| $10 | On sale Thursday, June 18, at 10 am | http://www.ticketmaster.com
Assembly of Dust + Emmit Nershi | September 24 at the
| $16.50 | On sale Thursday, June 18, at noon
We're giving away A BUNCH of tickets to see the BACARDI B-LIVE tour, featuring the Boston debut of the new Switch/Diplo collabo, MAJOR LAZER, plus Fool's Gold honcho and Kanye DJ A-TRAK, and Brooklyn hipster-punk duo MATT & KIM. Even our anti-hipster crusader Chris Faraone is repping the Major Lazer LP, so you know we're not shitting you.
As much as I want to hate Diplo for his success - and particularly for the number of sexually nihilistic dirtbag hotties who hump his turntables at parties - his music is just too damn inventive. He rarely bores me; as soon as Diplo senses that legionnaires are jocking his style, homeboy flips the script like an acrobatic thespian.
Maybe they really dug our slideshow from the first time Britney brought her Circus to town -- you remember, the one with her dancing in the lion cage? -- or maybe they just know how much we love that biotch. Whatever the reason, we've now got a pair of Britney tickets to give away, before you can even buy 'em.
While many of you were sweating out in Tennessee with Springsteen, Phish, and Jimmy Buffett, Blur was busy performing in earnest in front of 150 or so "friends and family," according to NME. The show marked Blur's first performance as a four-piece - Graham Coxon and all - in ten years, and was at the site of their first-ever performance more than twenty years ago.
Philly rap foursome CHIDDY BANG -- who've made a name for themselves in their hometown for rhyming over such hipster staples as Radiohead's "Nude," Kid Cudi's "Day and Night" and MGMT's "Kids" -- have dropped a new track based on the hook from (multiple Best Music Poll nominees) PASSION PIT's "Better Things." We don't expect to hear it on JAM'N, but it's nice to know that someone outside Boston still thinks there's cred to be had by bumping these dudes.