The thing about THE NATIONAL is that each of their albums has been the kind of thing that's taken me a few listens to get a real handle on and more listens still to really start to love. I mean that as a compliment: Alligator was one of the best albums of the last decade. But this particular tendency makes it difficult to form snap opinions of their new songs in isolation (especially when they debut via NBC's streaming video player and its inherent poor audio quality).
OMG, dudes, it's a week before DROPKICK MURPHYS begin their annual St. Patrick's Day hometown stand. And, this being an Olympic year, it's also the release of another Live on St. Patrick's Day CD/DVD, on the band's Warner Bros-distributed label Born & Bred. And, this being an early-Easter year, it's also about a week and a half before Opening Day.
sale Friday, March 12
Caribou | May 6 at the Middle East downstairs,
Cambridge | $15 |
On sale Friday at 10 am
Bunbury | May 8 at the House of
Blues, Boston | $25-$35
| On sale Friday at 10 am
Pavement | September 18 at Agganis Arena, Boston | Ticket price
TBA | On sale Friday at 10 am
Gerry Barad, COO, Live Nation Global Touring
It's hardly been a month since the mammoth Ticketmaster/Live Nation
merger plowed through the US Department of Justice -- they got through
the anti-trust proceedings with just a few nicks and bruises, like
giving away their ticketing technology to competing promoters -- so the
timing couldn't be better for a visit to Berklee College of Music from Gerry Barad.
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The good thing about the new SHE & HIM video for "In the Sun" -- the teaser track from the all-star duo's forthcoming Volume Two (due March 23 on Merge) -- is th at it's all Zooey Deschanel, all the time, and M. Ward gets exiled to cutaways in which he fiddles with his blackberry.
The even-better thing about the new video? Zooey being paraded ar's ound a darkened high-school in dance routines reminiscent of American Idol group karaoke, Glee showstoppers, and Britney in her Catholic-schoolgirl phase.
MGMT's 2008 debut album Oracular Spectacular was quite good. But an unfortunate by-product of that album's polished catchiness was that the band generally and the song "Kids" in particular were basically inescapable for, like, two and a half years. So you'll forgive some of us if we're looking forward to finally hearing something new from these guys, something that might boot "Kids" from being constantly stuck in our heads for at least a little while.
Just two days ago I delivered my usual Boston hip-hop spiel to an intern at the Phoenix. She wants to collaborate on a Web package highlighting young promising Hub rap talent, and asked for my thoughts on why so few area MCs had really blown the fuck up, or something like that.
Artist's rendition of "No Tomorrow"
THURSDAY 03.04 | EVOLUTION @ Good
Life | Evolution presents a veritable pile-up of local legends
as house-hoisting residents Bruno, Eli Wilkie, Brendan Wesley, Joseph
Colbourne, Coatti Mondi, and John Barera welcome learned luminaries Caseroc and
Alex from Queens.
On sale Friday at 10 am
Lupe Fiasco | April 7 at the House of Blues, Boston | $32.50-$42.50
Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace
| April 8
at the Wang Theatre, Boston | $50
Enrique Bunbury |
May 8 at the House of Blues, Boston | $25-$35
As Tall As Lions | May 9 at the Middle East downstairs, Cambridge
The following article will appear in tomorrow's Boston Phoenix, which went to print late yesterday, before GURU released this statement to AllHipHop.com. As reported, he is doing well. Furthermore, though, he is no longer in a coma. We're all pushing for a big recovery here; hopefully this woke some hip-hop fans up to how we need to respect the architects while they're still here with us.
Cave-In came roaring back louder than ever last year, but that doesn't mean frontman STEPHEN BRODSKY is done foraging for eclectic new solo strategies. His new Here’s to the Future (a limited release on Hydra Head) pushes the psychedelic possibilities of acoustic-guitar jangle, layering lo-fi melodies with detuned, string-buckling chords and overdriven buzz.
Pavement, beloved indie rock band and fantasy sports enthusiasts, have reunited after about ten years or so. Now, as expected, they've begun announcing US dates that don't involve festivals or the Central Park Summer Stage (via Pitchfork). And these dates, unsurprisingly, will bring them here to Boston for a September 18th show at the Agganis Arena (which is kind of crazy when you think about it, but I guess that's the these things go).