Want to warm up on this cold, dreary, wet winter day? Then scoot over to Bandcamp and score Mean Creek's new Hemophiliac EP for the nice-price of FREE, or whatever you want to chip in and donate.
We've been blasting it here at Phoenix HQ all day and it's certainly worth a few of your hard-earned badger bucks, a sweet rock n roll teaser-pleaser to hype next Saturday's massive EP release party with Taxpayer, Girlfriends and Dirty Dishes at the newly christened Brighton Music Hall
Pardon the Monday holiday -- and day-after mourning from Patriots Nation -- but here's a tardy recap of Sunday night's Boston Accents" local rock radio show on WFNX (101.7 FM and wfnx.com). Host Dave Duncan was joined in the studio by The Lights Out, who released their new album Primetime on New Year's Eve at Church.
Sad news to start a Friday, or any day: Trish Keenan of influential UK experimental electronic pop act Broadcast has died, according to a statement released by Warp Records. News circulated yesterday that Keenan had been hospitalized since Christmas with pneumonia after contracting the H1N1 virus in Australia where she and her band were on tour.
Here's the Old E doing two crowd-pleasin' tunes, "Dead Vulture Hurricane" and "Between Wind and Water" at that Allston apartment mentioned in the story we ran this week.
READ: "Down in the folk trenches with the Old Edison"
"Between Wind and Water"
We're fairly certain none of them actually live there (except maybe Liam?).
THURSDAY 01.13 | THROWED @ Middle East downstairs
Is Throwed Boston’s biggest dance party? Several hundred screaming-mad, scantily clad, college-aged electro kids can’t be wrong, right? Despite Facebook groups like “Enough with the Throwed Pictures,” E-Marce’s party was promoted from Tuesdays to Thursdays.
Sometime this year, we’ll get a fresh new studio album from HALLELUJAH THE HILLS. Until then, there’s this internet-only live cut of “Nightingale Lightning,” which they recorded last summer on Woody Guthrie’s birthday at a gig in Toronto while on tour with Titus Andronicus. The show has a special place in the hearts of the folksy rock band after they were detained by the border patrol for more than three hours and their van was torn to shreds, en route back to the States.
After a successful run with last year's Celtics anthem "Who Are We?" - well, successful for the song, at least - Cambridge heavyweights N.B.S. return with "Pats Music" just in time for the NFL playoffs. I don't know a damn thing about football, but I can tell you that this shit hits extremely hard.
Say what you want about latching onto sports teams, but it's clearly one of the best ways for Boston hip-hop artists to gain exposure outside of the regional and underground scenes.
On sale Thursday, January 13
The Pretty Reckless | March 3 at the Brighton Music Hall, Allston | $13 | On sale at noon via ticketmaster.com
Of Montreal | May 1 at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston
| $26.50 | On sale at noon via ticketmaster.com
On sale Friday, January 14
"Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert" | March 4 at Symphony Hall, Boston | $34-$199 | On sale at 10 am via
Finally, the lineup for the 2011 Coachella Music & Arts Festival way out in Lakerville, California, has been announced!
Rumors spread last night that the official lineup would be revealed sometime today, and it looks like organizers wanted to get word out before the snowstorm hit Boston. Nevermind whispers of the Rolling Stones, the Strokes or Pulp; this year's slate looks delish, if not decidedly Central Square-ish.
Have we posted enough already about our Class of 2011: Boston's 11 Best New Bands feature? No? Good! Because in the next few week On The Download HQ will track each selection's first show of the New Year. Keeping you in the loop, that's how we roll.
Up first is MMOSS, and while yeah sure, there's supposed to be a John Holmes load of snow dumped on our fair city this evening, that alone shouldn't stop New Hampshire's finest from rocking out the Mid Easy in Central Square (which is, snowstorm or not, within walking distance for like the 65% of Boston people who go to shows, anyway).
Despite the creamy Brit-step center, today’s new Britney Spears single is some white-hot shit. With the help of hit-making co-producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, “Hold It Against Me” is a lyric-punning electro club banger that at times sounds like a monster Designer Drugs remix. It’s got all the elements of a 2011 club hit, with razor-sharp electro rips, waves of magnetic vocal trance and yes, even that wobble-copter dubstep breakdown.
Legendary UK synthpop act Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, commonly known as OMD, announced a North American tour this afternoon, the band's first with their original lineup since a 1988 stadium tour with Depeche Mode. Among the 16 dates is a stop at the Paradise Rock Club on Monday, March 7. Our club sources say tickets are priced at $20 and will go on sale Saturday, Jan.
Were you awake this morning at the ungodly hour of 9am?
I was, and honestly, I don't know how you people do it. But with a little help from the amphetamine juice called 5 Hour Energy Boost, a few fruitty bottles of Powerade Zero and my Little Jetta That Could ambitiously motoring up Route 1A all the way to Lynn, I dropped by the WFNX radio studio this morning to be a guest on the Breakfast Show with Fletcher and Henry Santoro
Here's a recap of last night's Boston Accents playlist, where host Dave Duncan highlights the best in new and tested New England-born rock n' roll. Tune in to Boston Accents every Sunday night from 8 to 10 pm, 101.7 on the old FM dial and streaming live at wfnx.com. Yes, this was a very-straight forward and no-nonsense intro.
Well shit, we really waited until the last minute to post this item, eh? Sorry about that. Since there's no more time to waste, we'll just rip the deets off the Facebook invite and post them below. Headliner Acaro, by the way, is the band of singer Chris Harrell, who last showed up in this here blog back in October fronting that Misfits cover band at Great Scott's Born of Fire party