I think it goes without saying that Edan is not just one of the most talented cats in hip-hop, but in all of music. His track and performance records speak for themselves; show me someone else who gets love from DITC and ATP.
So I felt it worthy of a blog post when I heard that he's in Boston tonight, and not just in his DJ capacity, like when I caught him for an interview at Good Life a year ago.
Soul music powerhouse Solomon Burke’s life was filled with great performances — from tent revival meetings to sweltering nights in southern roadhouses to concerts at the Apollo, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Bonnaroo, and even a Ku Klux Klan rally.
But one of the most memorable, at least for the few in attendance, was in 1994 at the Original House of Blues in Cambridge, where Burke — after two sold-out nights playing a catalog of hits reaching back to 1961 — donned the raiment he wore as bishop of the House of God for All People church and sang gospel to an audience of roughly 30 sitting rapt at his feet as he perched on the lip of the stage.
The Sword, the imaginative Texas-based metal band that was slated to hit Royale on Oct. 17, has cancelled the rest of their North American tour after the sudden departure of drummer Trivett Wingo. The Warp Riders quartet is working to reschedule their dozen cancelled dates, as well as a string of shows in Europe.
In honor of Columbus Day, we're discovering new ways to post the weekly Boston Accents playlist. Gone are the clunky links written out at the end of Dave Duncan's helpful informational blurbs -- we've now hyperlinked the band names. Rock on to progress, kids, and listen to WFNX's local music program every Sunday night from 8 to 10 p.
Over the summer the Sheila Divine announced a reunition, enlisting Kickstarter to help raise $5,000 to record a new album. In less than two months, their fans and supporters almost tripled that goal.
“The Sheila Divine Returns” campaign officially closed yesterday with 310 backers coughing up $13,001.
Straight up: Viva Viva is this city’s best live rock n’ roll band. We stayed up way past our bedtime last night -- early this morning?!?! -- to catch some sweaty garage rock fun at the Fort Point Recordings showcase at the Middle East. It was crazytown.
If you missed it, then shame on your game. Here's what we said about Viva Viva and last night's show in our fall music preview last month: The legend of Viva Viva has grown exponentially on the shoulders of explosive live performances.
Leithauser sounds exactly the same live as he does on wax. Gritty and
histrionic. That's not what surprised me most about The Walkmen's show
at Royale last night. Rather, it was the stuff between the songs that
really caught my attention. With a voice like his, you may expect
grandiose between song banter, perhaps lamenting the one that got away
or the days toiled away on the road.
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Boston Phoenix Feature on M-Dot
M-Dot wins Best Hip-Hop Act in 2010 Best Music Poll
Run-MPC Release Party TONIGHT!!! (Friday)
Featuring Krumb Snatcha, Boycott Blues, & Nabo Rawk
Live from our newsroom, here is an exclusive look at Phoenix staff writer Chris Faraone barking out LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" on Def Jam Rapstar for PlayStation 3. Bring the ruckus, Fara1.
Gorillaz got it right last night. With my only prior conception of
their live show being a couple of reports from early summer festival stops
and an appearance at the 2006 Grammy's,
I was rather trepidacious heading into their Agganis tour stop. Sure,
the performance with Madonna was cool at the time. But with a movie being released next week where Steve-O will undoubtedly get kicked in the balls in 3-D, technological wonderment doesn't pack nearly the same punch as it did four years ago.
Although electronic music is all the rage, with more “-waves” than Cape Cod, Boston has always been a town built on noisy, fuzzy, deliberately sloppy guitar-fueled alt-rock. Allston’s YOU CAN BE A WESLEY (full disclosure: bassist P. Nick Curran is a Phoenix contributor) are the next to emerge from the city’s underground, built on the strength of Saara Untracht-Oakner’s seductively searing morning-after vocal howl and a gritty sound nodding back to the alternative nation of the early ’90s.
On sale Thursday, October 7
Dashboard Confessional | December 11 at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $33 | On sale at 1 pm via ticketmaster.com
On sale Saturday, October 9
Sam Adams | November 27 at the
House of Blues, Boston
| $25-$35 | On sale at 10 am via livenation.com
Weezer's "Memories" Tour | December 14 [Blue Album] and 15 [Pinkerton] at the Orpheum Theatre,
Boston | $18.
Oh, Chapterhouse. Last night’s sonic explosion at the Middle East was without a doubt the loudest show I’ve seen all year, and hearing “Pearl” performed live sure was some Bucket List shit for any die-hard shoegaze fan who was too young to experience the UK band in their early ‘90s heyday. Pardon the euphoric sing-a-long at the end of the clip, courtesy of Karina DeCosta and Jinsen Liu of 28 Degrees Taurus, who opened the show and ran amok around the Cambridge club pretty much the whole night.
At last month’s Rock Shop, a bunch of music writers got tipsy and talked to a bunch of music players. Afterwards, everybody hung around and exchanged CDs, business cards and ideas, and at one point we were all kicked out of the Middle East because, well, if music writers and music players know one thing, it’s how to shut down a bar.