How the hell can you be knee-deep in mud and choking on dust at the same time? Bonnaroo is full of miracles, I tells ya.
There is some irony in being soaked and dehydrated at the same time, but I’m too sleepy to know what it is.
We rolled in around 8 pm Thursday, the first night of the festival, just in time to be greeted by a flash flood from the Tennessee sky.
ThePhoenix.com's ROB TURBOVSKY filed these dispatches as he sped towards Bonaroo, from whence he'll be filing updates and Twitters and such all weekend. Stay here for more.
You’ve probably heard of Elvis Costello. He’s a punk/New Wave/singer-songwriter
deity. He puts out albums frequently enough to make Neil Young look lazy.
Trust me, I know: One day, some crucial gland inside of me will cough a final puff of its stuff into my bloodstream and I’ll arrive at a visceral understanding of why the prospect of paying to hear Linda Eder sing the songs of Judy Garland (as she did last night at Symphony Hall) shouldn’t make my each of cells puke in unison.
We will have more on last night's Deer Tick/Jenny Lewis show at the House of Blues last night. Mostly pertaining to the former, if we're being totally honest here. Lewis wasn't bad, just didn't really do it for me. But Deer Tick certainly did not disappoint. Above, we've got "Little White Lies," another track from the forthcoming Born On Flag Day, which they were selling on vinyl at the show.
Hey, we know that guy. Photo by Caitlin E. Curran.
This week's mp3? Hot Protestants, the latest musical project from the guys who brought you Age Rings, which includes former Phoenix staffer Will Spitz. Think Pixies/Nirvana-ish pop. After you download their mp3 below, you can go download their entire EP for free on their site (including in audiophile-friendly formats!) and catch their first area show at Great Scott this weekend with Hooray for Earth offshoot DPony and Zambri.
1. D'hana, Rizzla, Lone Wolf, "Kiki Micromix Vol 1" [download link]
2. Kingdom, "Exclusive Mix for Lower End Spasm" [download link]
3. Funkmaster Flex, "New Year's Eve 1993 (Hot97 radio rip)" [download link]
4. Colbourne, "Flying Embers" [download link]
5. "Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit are The Very Best" [download link]
Black Moth Super Rainbow
ON SALE JUNE 10
Bob Mould | October 7
at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $20 | On sale Wednesday, June 10, at noon | http://www.livenation.com
ON SALE JUNE 11
Brand New | July 12
at the Middle East downstairs, Cambridge | $29 | On sale Thursday, June 11, at 1 pm | http://www.
Back in April, we profiled Deer Tick, the brainchild of John J. McCauley III, a native Rhode Islander with some serious Hank Williams hero-worship and a knack for hard living. At the time, he spoke of his band's forthcoming album, Born on Flag Day, saying "Anybody who liked War Elephant [Deer Tick's outstanding 2007 album] is going to like this [new] one a lot.
The elusive Mr. Auto-Tune
We know, we know -- it doesn't seem quite fair that we listed Auto-Tune as one of the choices on the ballot for our annual Best Music Poll -- after all, he's got far more hits than Chris Martin, the guy from Kings of Leon, or any of the other nominees in the "Best Male Vocalist" category
I'll be polite, here: the Decemberists - who play the Bank of America Pavilion this evening - inspire strong opinions. Some people love their shimmering, whimsical songs with all their literary references and find Colin Meloy a charming raconteur. Some people, as memorably summed up in a Voice piece by Chris Ott, find them affected and too pretentious and precious for their own good.
This is a test post. Do I know how to use this shit? Early reports indicate I do not. If I can learn this and how to change a flat tire, I'll be all set.
You wouldn't think it's possible, right? A whole entire Alice in Chains press release, to announce the band's return to major-label recording, and not a single word about the dead junkie singer? You'd have to thread that needle tightly, no? Why, yes. Yes you would. From the inbox:
ALICE IN CHAINS SIGN WITH EMI