Metal fans mourn a legend today as early this morning former Sabbath frontman and solo artist Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer. Dio's wife Wendy announced the sad news in a message on the rocker's official site. Less than 24 hours earlier, Wendy Dio posted a tweet saying Ronnie James was "still hanging in there
FRIDAY 05.14 | PACHANGA @ OM
Pachanga is really just another way of saying "big crazy
party" (among other less savory things, according to Urban Dictionary). For
now, let's just say it's the best Latin party in Cambridge. Expect salsa, reggae, merengue,
and whatever gets the room moving.
Broken Social Scene
Friday, May 14
Danzig + Gorgeous
Frankenstein (Doyle from the Misfits) + Seventh Void | June 21 at the House of
Blues, Boston |
$25 | On sale Friday at 10 am
50 Cent | June 24 at the
House of Blues, Boston
| $39.50 + $55 | On sale Friday at 10 am
Maxwell | July 13 at Bank of
America Pavilion, Boston
| $41-$96 | On sale Friday at 10 am
Perhaps you've heard about the new comic book HENRY AND GLENN FOREVER. If not, we'll quote the publisher:
Henry and Glenn are very good 'friends.'
They are also 'room mates.' Daryl and John live next door. They are
satanists.” What follows is ultra-metal violence and cryfest diary
entries, cringing self-doubt and mega-hilarious emo-meltdowns.
Click here for more Caribou photos from last week's show
All signs surrounding Caribou's sold-out Middle East gig hinted that
summer may finally be upon us: a humidity-free week that gave way to a
comfortable Thursday evening, a blissful opening set from Toro Y Moi,
and a back catalogue that exudes imagery of pleasant days ahead.
The intra-office opinion gap on SLEIGH BELLS is already nearing fistfight levels of acrimony -- half of us are in love with the singer, and the other half wants to punch that half in the face with this nonsense, already. How many more videos are we going to post under the pretext of "documentation," while really just giving us an excuse to get up close and personal with that cute singer? Fuck you: as many as we damn well please.
This summer, Wilco will curate their first-ever Solid Sound Festival, which, unlike a lot of these high-profile summer music festivals, will actually take place in Massachusetts. Granted, Mass MoCA (in North Adams) is still a couple of hours away from Boston, but that's a lot closer than, say, Manchester, Tennessee.
The MIT MEDIA LAB is best known for shocking the world with next-level innovations like e-ink and the $100 laptop. But now it's teamed up with the American Repertory Theater, a former Poet Laureate, and an international team of creatives to produce an "Opera of the Future" based on a storyboard that will be familiar to anyone who read last week's cover story on RAY KURZWEIL: a 60-year-old man yearns for immortality, figures out how to download himself into an internet-like network called The System, and then "his entire house comes to life around his family and friends."
AMANDA PALMER swore us to secrecy last month, but now that the cat's coming out of the bag (when the ART reveals its fall schedule tomorrow morning), we can tell you that Amanda has signed on to star as the Emcee in an American Repertory Theatre production of CABARET to be staged in September at Club Oberon in Harvard Square, the same place she kicked off her ill-fated Evelyn Evelyn tour just weeks ago
THURSDAY 05.06 | THROWED
FEAT. ALL LEATHER @ Middle
This very special installment of Central Square's
biggest, baddest 18+ dance frenzy features Dim Mak terrors All Leather - with ex-members of the Locust and
Some Girls - as well as local
beat force Herra Terra. All that plus the regular damages from DJs E-Marce and
at Pitchfork’s Saturday-night South By Southwest showcase last March, I
coaxed SLEIGH BELLS’ Alexis Krauss to crowd surf during their
M.I.A.-ish punk anthem “Crown on the Ground” (video here). She hit the crowd and briefly fell into my arms.
When we think of the House of Blues, we don't normally think of a cheap night out on the town. But for five nights a week throughout the month of May, the HOB is
offering free local music in its Front Room (the part generally reserved for
dining). I'm not exactly sure what can be attributed to this rare fit of generosity, but I'm not complaining -- and when you see what's on the roster, neither will you.
The Dead Weather
On sale Friday, May 7
Dead Meadow | June 9 at the Middle East downstairs, Cambridge | $12 | On sale
Friday at 10 am
Adam Lambert | June 24 at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT
| $40-$65 | On sale Friday at 9 am
The Dead Weather | July 14 at House of Blues, Boston | $29 | On sale
Friday at 10 am
R.A. the Rugged Man said it best: Every Major Record Label Sucks Dick. Major props to New York Mag writer Erika Ramirez for writing today about the latest bullshit going: signed artists pretending that they're unsigned to boost their indie cred (link and excerpt below). Sure - it's nothing new, and we've suspected it with many cats throughout the years, but it's always nice when someone does a bit of research to make a point.
We were praying for Rihanna + Loretta Lynn + The Gossip, but we'll take what they're giving: the Boston stop of the revamped Lilith Fair has been announced, and although DARKBUSTER presumably still won't be there, we will.
The big names: KELLY CLARKSON and TEGAN AND SARA. The biggish names? CAT POWER and local gal CARLY SIMON, who presumably will either get each other through their notoriously awful stage fright .