once in a long while, MTV will do something so great that I temporarily
forget that it has essentially become a 24/7 showcase for my two least
favorite types of people, pregnant teenagers and cheesin' juice heads.
But this bit of greatness arrives in the form of a special "Live in NYC"
performance with everyone's favorite angsty Ohioans, THE NATIONAL
UPDATE: The previous headline on this post mistakenly suggested that Dropkick Murphys were performing at the Wisconsin labor rallies on Friday. They are not. The band will be performing a long-scheduled show on Friday following a Milwaukee Admirals/Chicago Wolves game. Sorry for the confusion. SEND PIZZA
ALOUD may be the hardest workin' band in Boston... you know, that's never actually in Boston. Tonight Henry Beguiristain, Jen de la Osa, & Co. kick off the second leg of their massive Exile tour with a show at the Double Door in Chicago, the first of 29 cross-country dates through the end of March that includes a pitstop at SXSW.
What's the only thing worse than sitting through a METRIC concert outside in freezing temperatures? Getting punched in the ballbag during the intermission performance.
As discussed earlier this morning on the FNX Breakfast show, some poor fan at the Heritage Classic up in Calgary over the weekend was rocking the eff out to "Help I'm Alive" when his buddy busted up his unprotected groin area.
Decline in music sales even worse than previously reported. Turns out, people were forgetting to adjust for inflation. "According to the new chart, music sales are down 64% from their peak, not 45% as shown previously. " (via HypeBot)
Fresh off a tough week -- getting pwned at the Grammys by Berklee poster gal Esperanza Spaulding; that Scotty Pippin reality check at the all-star game -- Justin Bieber has reportedly cut his hair to make a video with Rascall Flats. Not sure which part of this should frighten Beliebers more: the fact that he's shorn his trademark locks or the part about hanging around with those ultra-skeevy Rascall Flatts dudes.
Hey, happy Thursday -- a brand new track from THE CARS was posted on YouTube earlier today. "Blue Tip" is a smooth, blippy little synthpop number, but uhh... on the first few listens, that first vocal verse kinda sounds like the theme song to Full House. Hey, whatever happened to personality, the milkman, the paperboy, and evening TV?
From our Editor's Picks: "Winter Rock Formal" with Gene Dante & Future Starlets + Parlour Bells + Highly Personal Trash + DJ Dave Duncan
Feb 18 @ Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock St.
Time to break out the taffeta or dust off your favorite powder-blue tux: the WINTER ROCK FORMAL is going to be a tacky nostalgia fest straight out of teen comedies and after-school specials.
We’re stretching it out a bit this week, swapping our usual indie rock, hip-hop, and electro-pop singles for an all of the above 43-minute mix from Boston veteran DJ KNIFE. The Good Life resident hip-hop/pop mix-master dropped “Strange Brew” on an unsuspecting interweb last month, and with spring right around the corner it’s time to start planning those extended weekend road trip soundtracks.
Boston's new indie-pop darlings NAKED ON ROLLER SKATES celebrated the release of the band's debut EP on Saturday, February 12 at Great Scott. Thanks to merch cohort, Erica Truncale, there was even a pair of old school roller skates in attendance. Naked On Roller Skates is Leesa Coyne (vocals, guitar), Kelly Davidson (bass), Travis Richter (lead guitar) and Randall Creasi (drums).
No, not the Cambridge venue, the actual Middle East.
Earlier this month Celtic/bluegrass bandits THREE DAY THRESHOLD traveled half-way around the world to perform live for US troops stationed in Djibouti, Qatar, Kuwait, and other base locations within the Air Force Central Command Area of Responsibility.
Looks like the city finally caught up to WADZILLA MANSION in Allston, the site of several incredible basement shows over the past few months. Here's word from Wadzilla HQ, posted online twenty minutes ago (Video of Comanche shot earlier this month by the Phoenix's Janssen McCormick):
Dear wonderful people,
Bands today, they stay together for too damn long.
Not THE HUMAN TAIL, the Boston duo that’s calling it a day after just dropping the ferocious seven-track Tape EP and cassette last fall. One of the dudes -- that’s like half the band right there -- is moving to Los Angeles, which we’re willing to forgive only because he’s not going to Brooklyn like the rest of the lameasses who leave our city.
It's not so easy nowadays to play the J.D. Salinger card in today's everything-is-revealed music world, and the latest artist to cave in to the overwhelming pressure to stop being a doof and get in the van is reclusive NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL main man JEFF MANGUM.
A few weeks ago, he announced a couple of solo shows as part of this fall's Portishead-curated All Tomorrow's Parties event, I'll Be Your Mirror (9/30-10/2 in Asbury Park, NJ) but any level-headed NMH-head Boston-ite would have known to hold back the impulse to get out the old credit card, as clearly a tour would be imminent as soon as ATP became moderately sold out, which it did very quickly.
Queens of the Stone Age
On sale Friday, February 18
Atmosphere | April 23 at the
House of Blues, Boston
| $20-$30 | On sale at 10 am via livenation.com
Chelsea Handler | May 10 at
Agganis Arena, Boston
| $53-$73 | On sale at 10 am via ticketmaster.com
Blue October | May 13 at the House of Blues, Boston | $25-$35 | On sale at 10 am via livenation.