Few Boston bands can look back on as crazy a year as Ethio-pop consort DEBO BAND — two trips to Addis Ababa and Zanzibar, a scene-busting residency at the Western Front with guest stars from both coasts in several languages, and a debut EP, Flamingoh (Pink Bird Dawn), that dropped in September. A full-length is brewing, but let’s celebrate the sly perfection of Flamingoh’s closer, “Lantchi Biye,” a dusty update of the East-meets-West parlor jam made famous in Ethiopia by pioneers Mulatu Astatke and Tilahun Gessesse.
On sale Friday, November 19
Steve Connolly | January 8 at the Berklee Performance Center, Boston | On sale at 10 am via ticketmaster.com
Guthrie Govan + Jon Finn Group | January 28 at the Berklee Performance Center, Boston | $16 | On sale at 10 am via ticketmaster.com
April 12 at the House of Blues, Boston
Here's the final schedule and lineup for tonight's Billy Ruane Memorial Birthday Bash at both the Middle East and T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge. The song in the above video is "Beluga" by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, who closes up the Mid East gig before everyone joins up on stage for one last salute. Should be a hell of a night, and advance tickets to both venues are strongly encouraged.
DAY ONE: THE BEATLES' BEST-SELLER
THE BEATLES couldn’t break the iTunes Top 10 singles charts or the Top 5 albums charts – suggesting that for most people under 25, yesterday was actually business as usual on the ol' mp3-downloading front. Meaning the country continued to download club bangers at an astounding rate.
It's almost time for RADIx to drop their anticipated team effort with PUZL (gear and graphics) and Statik Selektah (beats and cuts), Say Yes!. But before that happens, Seek and Quite Nyce are heading back to Europe for a quick tour romp, and no doubt shooting more videos to coincide with their big release.
Oak Lonetree is the ultimate homegrown MC. Never perpetrating, always presenting nothing other than his weeded beer-gut self, the proud Waltham representative drops more discs, group projects, and mixtapes than Kool Keith and Lil Wayne combined.
For his last two projects, Oak teamed with Dese from The Camp for a pair of gluttonous offerings as The Dunnas
File under: Sad But Shoe.
Getting kicked in the face at a Metallica concert is probably nothing new. In fact, I'd probably yearn for a good ol' boot-snog had I been on stage trying to shield my fragile teenage pride from Lars Ulrich with nothing but giant black balloons. But this unfortunate incident, in which guitarist Kirk Hammett becomes the Master of Punters at a Nov.
Skimask. Live it, learn it, love it... then follow them down to North Carolina on their December tour -- doesn't even matter that the venues aren't listed on the flyer below, because the Boston noise-punk trio apparently doesn't just play venues, THEY PLAY CITIES. Phlipcam above from last night's show at Great Scott, when Skimask offered a mid-show sonic suckerpunch beatdown between local cats the Beat Awfuls and Atlanta girl gang the Coathangers.
didn't take too long into Sunday's show at Royale for me to realize that
all of the features/reviews/profiles pinning Ariel Pink as an eccentric
weren't just construed in the name of dramatic licence. I mean, I'm no
doctor, but even before his Haunted Graffiti ensemble began playing, it
wasn't too difficult to deduce that Pink is likely suffering some degree
of chemical imbalance.
Yeah yeah, it's been a white hot minute since we last showed the love to Boston trio Night Fruit, but there they were, in a prime Saturday night slot at PA's Lounge during night two of the Deep Heaven Now 2 festival in Somerville, just begging to be phlipcam'd. And so here they are, in all their bad lighting, performing "Lover" of this year's excellent Triangles EP.
I thought I had the cute and cuddly pink demons of Sunday's fuzzy innocence firmly wrestled away and stuffed into a black fetid hole of month-old kitty litter when this happy-as-shit musical gem crashed into my world sometime after dark. Since then, I've listened to this fucking jam about, oh, maybe a few hundred times, and still can't believe it was created by the dude who used to be in California walletchain-punk band Nerf Herder (a band whose claim to fame, in my book anyway, was having their whiny 1996 song "Sorry" included in every Journey's in-store video compilation ever created, forcing me to listen to it several times a day while selling Docs, Vans and Airwalks to upper middle-class faux-skater choads from Massapequa).
While Tom Brady was carving up the Steelers D like next week's Turducken, Dave Duncan was serving up some hot and tasty local rock on Boston Accents, WFNX's local music show that runs each Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. (find it at 101.7 on the FM dial or streaming live at wfnx.com). If you missed the entire show, either to see the Pats close out the game or to root on Mike Wallace's second-half garbage-point session that kept your fantasy football team alive in Week 10, then check out the playlist below.
Yeah yeah, there's a hundred billion things going on this weekend, but there are just about a hundred billion bands playing the second Deep Heaven Now festival, which begins tonight at PAs Lounge and Precinct in Somerville and ends in a smoldering heap of psych rock early Sunday morning. Personally, I'm geeked way the fuck out on seeing the Vandelles (a personal fave), Night Fruit, Screen Vinyl Image and the reformed and as-of-press-time-still-not-yet-cancelled December Sound, which might experience a bit of a local resurgence now that brainchild Zach Sarzana has moved back to Boston from New York (oh, they always do, don’t they?).
The lineup for next Wednesday's Billy Ruane Memorial Birthday Bash has been finalized, and it's incredible -- more than 30 performers and presenters will come together on Nov. 17 across two venues in Central Square. Seeing how the Middle East's live music chapter was launched by Ruane after his party at T.