UPDATE: Congrats to Mike Serra and Thomas Howard, who just won passes to tonight's show. Thanks to all who entered, and Jim Beam.
As part of the Jim Beam Live Music Series and Bowery Boston Presents, former Verve frontman RICHARD ASHCROFT hits the Villa Victoria for a very sold-out performance tonight in the South End.
The STERNS parted ways a few years ago, but their power-pop traces are found all over town: guitarist Alex Stern plays in New Collisions, guitarist Emeen Zarookian took center stage with Spirit Kid, and true man-about-town Andy Sadoway drums in Girlfriends. Now, the Sterns have returned (minus one busy Spirit Kid) with their first new batch of songs in three years.
After three songs at the Regattabar with his trio on March
16, Dan Tepfer introduced the next number as “the only tune that really swings
on the CD.” He sort of wasn’t kidding. Tepfer favors all kinds of odd and mixed
meters, and that tune, an original called “Diverge” (from Five Pedals Deep, on Sunnyside), was the only one in which drummer
Colin Stranahan played a standard-swing dotted rhythm on his ride cymbal.
While some of us had to board the SXSW Sad Plane and get back to beautiful, warm and scene Boston USA, the rest of the Phoenix crew hung back in Austin into the engaging Sunday afternoon and caught a bunch of still-raging 617ers over at the Treehouse on 6th. It was all a part of the second half of Wadzilla Mansion's two-part showcase, and well, it sucks those cats can put on shows 1,993 miles away and not in Allston due to permit bullshit.
"I've Seen Enough"
Walking into the COLD WAR KIDS show at the House of Blues last night initially felt a bit like finding
oneself privy to an awkward first date -- where neither party knows the other
particularly well (some well-meaning friends thought they might hit it off) and
they're not quite convinced the whole thing wasn't a big mistake.
Death Cab for Cutie
On Sale Friday, March 25
feat Chiddy Bang, Dev & Ninjasonik, and Pusha T | May 4 at the House
of Blues Boston | $20-$30 | On sale Friday at 10 am | ticketmaster.com
Bullet for My
Valentine | May 26 at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton, NH | $25 |
On sale Friday at 10 am | ticketmaster.
No account of punk rock at SXSW would be complete without at least something from Off! -- not to mention Bodega Girls covering Off!, if we can borrow Kates's Flipcam -- but for now these videos will have to suffice, since our Off! video is currently on a plane.
Within 10 seconds of TRASH TALK taking the Fader Fort stage, someone had managed to throw a trash can into the pit.
now for something completely different. Amid the litany of SXSW
coverage, I'm happy to report that last night SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO played
the rawest show I've seen thus far in this short year. Probably too raw
for a Monday in fact, as I sit here at my desk way too early into
this work week to have such a sore neck as a result of violent
Praise Jah for video. I almost forgot stumbling into the MSTRKRFT party at the Mohawk, I think on late Friday night closer to Saturday's a.m. curfew, ending Day 3 of SXSW's music chapter with a motherfucking hard dance party courtesy of the Toronto electro duo. Shit got so real Carl Lavin of Great Scott and Boston Band Crush's Richard Bouchard, two notably staunch rock and roll dudes, were taking it all in, eye-closed, head-bobbling, with our crew on the dance floor near the bar (obvs).
Vocals, percussion (LOTS of percussion), bass, two saxophones, an occasional ukulele and a looper. Those are the tools that Merrill Garbus and friends used to win over the crowds at her multiple SXSW appearances. "Win over" is probably an understatement. As I sat on the edge of the stage after her performance at the French Legation Museum this past Friday afternoon, people lined up in front of where Garbus was disassembing her extensive set up.
New favorite jam alert! If you heard me ramble off the highlights of my rock and roll voyage to SXSW on WFNX this morning, you might have caught me giving an indie-rock tug-job to the UK's WOLF GANG. Caught them twice in Austin, first Friday at the Fader Fort by Fiat, and Saturday afternoon, as caught here on phlipcam, at Klub Krucial (the site of our First Contact party earlier in the week).
As the Saturday slate inside the Fader Fort by Fiat wound down, buzz was building over the super-secret surprise guest. Diddy? Kanye before his late-night power station show across the highway? Eminem & Dre? Turns out it was the guy from Bon Iver playing with his high school band, Deyarmond Edison (Diddy did introduce headliner Lil' B later on and hit the stage for a few tracks).
There was a moment, standing on line outside the Mohawk in Austin Saturday afternoon, a hahhard but extravagant Day 3 of #SXSW, where I wasn't too sure I'd get inside to see UK gazers YUCK, and well, really didn't care. The place was PACKED, a result of TV On The Radio playing the venue's outside tent, the same spot I think I saw MSTRKRFT several morning hours earlier.
For the past 18 months, those of us who keep an eye on the intersection of music and technology have been extolling the coming wave of music-discovery engines. The smartest people in both music and tech are trying to write the app that will introduce you to your new favorite band -- which often means keeping track of the bands people are talking about online.