In this week's Phoenix we hype 11 local bands you should know in 2011.
While the feature includes tasty tidbits like each band's bio, next show around town, and individual live video links, we decided to save a handful of mp3s for our beloved On The Download readership.
Below are downloadable tracks from five of our selections -- Banditas, Stereo Telescope, Doomstar!, RIBS, and cover darlings Night Fruit, photographed above by Kelly Davidson -- so load these hott jams onto your iPod and welcome the new sound of the New Year.
Toro Y Moi
Steve-O | March 19 at the Wilbur Theatre,
Boston | $25-$35
| On sale Friday at noon via ticketmaster.com
| February 26 at the Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH
| $24.75-$59.75 | On sale Saturday at 10 am via ticketmaster.com
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals | March 25 at the House of
Blues, Boston |
The holidays are over, the memory of New Year’s Eve exists only in hazy party photos, and now Boston is left with a winter wasteland of dirty slush, towering snowbanks and freezing cold-floor mornings spent trying to extract yourself from the maternal-cocoon shelter of your Star Wars bedsheets. But springtime is a state of mind, and the warm sunshine-pop glide of MOUNT PERU'S “Summer Jinx” is already giving us daydreams of care-free beach trips and flip-flops and lost weekends on the Cape -- a top-down joyride number that shows off the sunnier side of alt-Americana Mount Peru.
The English Beat peppered their two-hour-plus show with
comments about the ’80s at Johnny D’s Tuesday night, but you wouldn’t call what
they had to say about Margaret Thatcher nostalgic, exactly, though references to
Boston’s late Channel nightclub were. And it was a Channel crowd — both age-wise and in
alcohol consumption (a friend said that a waitress had commented, “It’s like
New Year’s Eve in here”).
What the world needs now is Jarvis Cocker, and 2011 is already shaping up as quite the comeback year for the lanky Britpop legend and his Sheffield Sex City bandmates, Pulp.
Rumors of a Coachella appearance in April are rampant on the internets (or maybe just in my head), and Pulp have already committed to a couple of Euro festival dates (Spain's Primavera Sound on May 27 and Wireless Fest in London's Hyde Park on July 3).
A few hours ago a simple tweet from Amanda Palmer suggested the once-unimaginable: the female half of the Dresden Dolls went and got married, to British author and boyfriend Neil Gaiman. The couple apparently tied the knot last night in Northern California.
"Hey guess what we did last night (and this time it's legal)," read Palmer's cutline to the ceremonial tweet, posted this afternoon alongside the above, uncredited twitpic'd photo.
Oh shit, it's Golden Girls, and they have a snazzy new video for "Girl World," off an EP of the same name, released on New Year's Day.
They're from Worcester, you know. They probably know Dom.
Check this out. A few hours before taking the stage at the Wilbur Theatre to support Wu Tang Clan, Boston's own Bad Rabbits posted this video to their tumblr, a tripped-the-fuck-out cover of Deftones' hypnotic 2010 single "Sextape." They're also giving away the song as a free downoad, which you can also snag down below.
Happy New Year! Last night I joined host Dave Duncan in the studio for "Boston Accents," WFNX's local music program that airs every Sunday night from 8 to 10 pm. Things we learned: Don't ever label Mean Creek "country-core," as I once did in a national publication; the full run of One Happy Island's split 7-inch with UK trio Standard Faire is currently locked away in some storage room at Heathrow Airport, a victim of the ongoing winter storms terrorizing London; and lastly, there will be a big-ass feature in Thursday's Phoenix on 11 new-ish local bands set to break out in 2011.