Because we're just as fed up with the recent crop of Woodstock nostalgia as you are, we suggest reading the piece this week where Ed Ward trains his bullshit detector on the original 3 days of peace, love, and whatever it was.
The story my students told was reported not from
a helicopter passing overhead but from the (muddy) ground.
The New York Times Magazine's cover feature on Harmonix's new The Beatles: Rock Band isn't even on newsstands yet and already there are 50 commenters arguing about whether or not video games are good for rock and roll, bad for rock and roll, or making people completely indifferent to rock and roll. You know: the standard argument that erupts anytime someone starts mouthing off about Rock Band.
From left: some dude, A. Post, K. Hanley
We knew Kay Hanley had been part of Arianna Huffington's entourage on Norman Lear's jet -- because she wrote about it for us -- but now she's showing up on the Huffington Post as well. Huffpost today reprints a post that originally appeared on Hanley's blog, in which she knits together her experience as a rock singer and as the mother of ailing children to illuminate the debate -- or, more precisely, the lack thereof -- on healthcare as it has played out in congressional town halls recently.
All we really know is that Gang Starr Foundation legend Big Shug will be rocking with a jazz band at Wally's Cafe this Sunday (8/16) night at 9pm. The set should be interesting, as Shug has been showcasing his vocal range quite a bit lately, lacing hooks for cats including Termanology and even recording his own r&b album, Living Room, with producer Moss and Christina Aguilera engineer Charles Roane (check this recent Phoenix feature on Shug for more).
DMX and Snoop might forever be the rappers most affiliated with canines, but around here there's no denying that Esoteric is the rapper most likely to use the word "dog." His own pet Logan regularly drops cameos on Eso's Pterovision updates; the two recently shot an interview for animal planet; and the Labrador will soon appear on the cover of the long-awaited Saving Seamus Ryan
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DOWNLOAD: Mean Creek, "Face of the Earth" [mp3]
Every time we start waxing poetic about MEAN CREEK, we get sidetracked by how good-looking they are. Seriously, it's distracting. It's not our fault we'd rather look at them than write about them. It's their fucking fault. And until someone coins a phrase more apt or more cute than "folk-rock" to describe the broad swath of Americana they take in on their upcoming The Sky (Or The Underground) -- out now digitally, and being released on something called "CD" on September 1 -- we'll just shut up and let you listen to the first single, "Face of the Earth."
DOWNLOAD: Airborne Toxic Event Best Music Poll interview [mp3]
We apologize in advance: the reason you can only stream three songs of Airborne's set has nothing to do with the band's own wishes -- we just hit the "stop" button about a half hour early. Audience recordings? Get at us. But they're three pretty great songs, so you should listen to them -- or listen to them again if you were among the 40,000 people joining us at Best Music Poll 2009 at the beginning of the month.
ThePhoenix.com's Nick Curran (of You Can Be a Wesley) and Addison Post snuck their way into the ICA's "Experiment Redux" on July 31 and managed to scam interviews with Z-Trip and Shepard Fairey, the latter of whom gets grilled on what he'd think if someone stuck, say, a big golden mustache on one of his ICA pieces. With highlights from their DJ sets. You can read the full piece over here, and watch the full interviews after the jump.
We're only going to say this once: no, those are not snakes, and no, this interview did not take place on a plane. It's just one of those optical illusions.
Above, WFNX's Julie Kramer grills the Bravery on whether or not ladybugs are lucky, what's so cool about Tre Cool, and what's up with the spooky church in upstate New York where they're recording their new album.
It's a sight seen more and more these days: a band plays a song from an album yet to be officially released, yet they receive a huge ovation when they introduce it, as though everyone in the audience has already heard it before. The Arctic Monkeys' new Josh Homme-produced album Humbug leaked a couple of weeks ago, so it's not surprising to hear that, based on their reaction, a large chunk of the crowd at their recent Paradise show was probably already somewhat familiar with "Cornerstone."
In his two landmark books of hip-hop oral history, Check the Technique and Rakim Told Me, BRIAN COLEMAN brought to life the creative process behind rap's legendary albums. (He also just turned us on to French metal gods Gojira -- good shit!) Tonight at Enormous Room, the former WZBC DJ will be "coming out of hibernation and semi-retirement" as a guest of the city's smartest dance night, the "Beat Research" weekly hosted by DJ Flack and Wayne Marshall.
Photo: Lucy Sherman
The Arctic Monkeys' manager had the right idea picking such an intimate venue for the band's Boston show on Wednesday - it's just too bad the band didn't follow through on it. While the Paradise Rock Club was packed with fans who were getting down and sweaty to the music, the band stayed stiffer than a Jack and Coke on stage.