VAMPIRE WEEKEND don't do a ton of these, but prior to headlining the Orpheum last week, they stopped by Woodward at the Ames Hotel to play a quick, mostly-unplugged set for a select few lucky WFNX listeners. Ezra had a cold, so they only did three songs: the new "White Sky" off Contra, plus "I Stand Corrected" and "A-Punk" from their debut.
Don't get us wrong: PALMDALE is the funnest thing KAY HANLEY has done since LETTERS TO CLEO. We think of her, first and foremost, as a power-pop girl, and there have been times when we've enjoyed her hired-gun material more than her serious-solo stuff. Now that she's given up writing Hits for the Kids and decided to start writing Hits for herself, we're solidly back on the team.
I won't waste more than a few minutes explaining why this is the most ridiculous song ever recorded, but I am a bit concerned to see that Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope are essentially becoming hip-hop's answer to the Tea Party. This track, "Miracles," is about how science doesn't concern the Insane Clown Posse (or their fans, I suppose), and how everything that happens in the natural world is a stroke of "magic."
Ok, let's get it out of the way first: the merch was lacking. Lacking!
When I go to see High On Fire, I expect to see, I dunno, hoodies with blue dragon-demons perched on snowy ledges and shit -- but even the stepped-up attention the band is getting due to their absolutely smoking new platter Snakes for the Divine (E1) isn't translating into an uptick in stoner fantasy merch.
We suppose he'll now be accused of staying up all night and clicking on his own video. But note that in its first day of release, Cambridge rapper SAM ADAMS collected over a million views of his new "Drive Me Crazy" video -- the latest benchmark for a kid who's already stunned the industry by debuting at #1 on the iTunes rap charts and bulldozing the Billboard charts.
Google MOTHERBOAR and you’ll get motherboards. This could be because the five-piece medley-metal juggernaut simply haven’t yet surfaced to their proper place atop the stoner-sludge dude chain. But we like to think it’s really because Google simply can’t handle their shit. We dare you to go directly to their Facebook page — where their newest album, The Beast Becomes The Servant, is freely streaming for a limited time — and listen all the way from “Croctosquatch” to “Zombie Vomit.
Thanks to YouTube -- and a recent Carrie Brownstein interview that included the words "Sleater-Kinney reunion" -- we've been thinking a lot lately about what the hell ever happened to CORIN TUCKER. Janet Weiss got QUASI back together. Carrie became a semi-famous NPR bloggist and part-time radio personality. By the time Corin put up a Facebook fan page, everyone knew a solo album was in the works.
As long rumored, that unsexy old bastard Steven Tyler and that sexy old bastard Peter Wolf will join forces at that grand old bitch of a ballpark for a night of geriatric-rock thrillery. (Will Steven bring his nurse daughter back to Fenway, like he did last week?) Oddly, the press release we just received from LiveNation press release states that we are prohibited from using the words "and" or "at" in describing the relationship between the principles in this billing.
It's not like you couldn't see this coming -- we think the hint might have been when she wrote that song called "Please Drop Me" -- but now it's official. AMANDA PALMER: is now a free woman, at least where recording contracts are concerned. To prove it, she's offering a brand-new song, recorded last week, as a free mp3 download.
The xx, the black-clad trio from London who put out 2010's best debut album (at least according to me), are not yet 21 years old, which seems impossible. They're young enough that they still have an affinity for all-ages
matinees, and popular enough that after selling out their night show at the Paradise, they added a dinner show for the kids, and sold that one out too.
Well, one thing we can tell you about smoking-hot Cambridge rapper SAM ADAMS -- unlike John Mayer, his dick is not a white supremacist. In this behind-the-scenes clip from the set of his "Driving Me Crazy" video, he gets jumped by a black girl in the bathroom and cat-fought over by blondes. It helps that the the video -- concept: the quintessential "New England college experience" -- was shot in LA.
The elusive Swedish producers-turned-indie-pop-hitmakers
Miike Snow have worked hard at translating a subdued electronic debut
album into a rousing live performance, but their sold-out appearance at
the Paradise this past Wednesday proved that the transition can be a
bumpy and confusing one.
Dubbed everything from “the thinking man’s guitar hero” to “the Semitic
Jimi Hendrix” to “one of the 100 greatest living guitarists,” Gary
Lucas has a pedigree to match his raves. Lucas was co-creator of Jeff
Buckley’s biggest hits, the driving force behind Captain Beefheart’s
Magic Band and the founder of the art-punk group Gods & Monsters.
This week, in addition to getting pummeled by
rainstorms, Boston also found itself flooded with SXSW 2010 talent, as
a slew of recent Austin vets converged upon the East Coast. Among them
were Manchester Orchestra (of neither New Hampshire nor English stock),
who headlined a sold-out show at the Paradise on Tuesday night.