Perhaps one of the more unexpected surprises at last weeked's Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival was the stellar effort put forth by Dutch Danish electronic music producer and multi-instrumentalist TRENTEMOLLER, who livened up the Mojave tent -- the same spot that Cut Copy destroyed two days prior -- with a full-band platform of organic dance sounds, an engaging and interactive progressive house set, and a steady stream of cool, collected energy.
Industrial forbears CONTROLLED BLEEDING play their first Boston show in years this Saturday at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston. The group formed in the late ‘70s, and most consider them the first ever power electronics project from Boston despite relocating to New York a few years later. Saturday’s inspired lineup also features Xiphoid Dementia, Sharpwaist, Shame Michael Broderick, and Ghost Grass (Max Lord), four of the most important figures on the local scene and veterans in their own right.
There’s a hypnotic, almost dream-like quality to the sounds coming out of VARY LUMAR’s collective dome: equal bits alt-rock and electronics, all intertwined in creating an emotive whirlwind of vibes that feel like edgy, psychedelic improvisations. Here on “Hysteriatype,” the standout track from new album The Jig Is Up, the Lumar four slow their moody roll just a touch, soundtracking the delicate descent of a Percocet-fed melody tripping down a progressive-rock rabbit hole.
The subject line says it all, except for the neccessary WTF? While they won't be blasting this shit down at the Beacon Hill tourist trap anytime soon, you gotta hand it to the Juggalo-pimped and ICP-approved DAYTON FAMILY for turning one of television's all-time beloved theme songs into a rowdy jam about buying pure white and ripping lines (as usual, the promo video is just as awesome; all that's missing is Ass Dan).
Now this is a fucking treat. Audible Mainframe has been one of my favorite acts in hip-hop for more than five years now, from their days crushing Allston venues to the group's current Los Angeles grind. Since moving to the West Coast, MC Exposition and his crew have become staples on the Sunset Strip, where last year they were voted one of the best live bands in LA by the legendary Roxy.
Reel Big Fish
On sale today
Wiz Khalifa |
July 30 at the Bank of America Pavilion, Boston
| $20-$40 | On sale at 4 pm at livenation.com
Friday, April 22
Bedingfield | June 8 at Somerville Theatre, Somerville | $20| On sale at 10 am at ticketmaster.com
Eddie Griffin |
June 18 at the House of Blues, Boston
| $39 | On sale at 10 am at livenation.
BRIAN KING / ORANJULY: Thursday, April 28 @ T.T.'s with Oh No Oh My + Pray For Polanski
As the countdown to this year's Boston Music Poll awards continues, we're been rounding up the nominees with gigs around town each week. This week, a shit ton of our Boston Jazz (and one lone National nominee) and Boston
Electronic acts dominate around town.
These days Lyrical spends more time in his college professor role than he does rapping, but dude always manages to come back every few years with something worth banging. It's no surprise that he chose this occasion to drop - Lyrical was sporting Celtics hats when most Boston heads were ashamed to rock green fitteds.
So here it is -- the moment where a normally stoic and disaffected alt-weekly music editor completely loses his fucking SHIT interviewing Britpop kickstarters SUEDE just a few hours before their set at Coachella, the band’s first performance on U.S. soil since 1997. It’s the same old show -- it’s the killing of a fanboy, oh.
For the Boston Phoenix and WFNX crew, Coachella 2011 wasn't just about getting dusty and busty in an open polo field in the desert of Indio while salivating to Suede, Kanye, and the Strokes. Thanks to our radio station crew, we had a bunch of bands swing by our swank-ass golf course resort crib to hang out, crack open a few Sapporos, shoot the shit and play some acoustic tunes.
There was a point during Sunday night's STROKES performance at Coachella, sometime between a fuck ton of people in an open field singing the chorus of "Hard To Explain" and catching Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons grabbing WFNX's Paul Driscoll and going bat-shit bonkers, when all the Angles talk, comeback critiques, and dissertations about the current state of New York's greatest rock band of the 2000s just.
Saturday was a day of overall craziness in sweltering Indio, California, but sometime between sets by Erykah Badu and Broken Social Scene on the main Coachella stage, Paul Driscoll of FNX radio and I were able to grab a few tight minutes backstage with Will Butler of THE ARCADE FIRE.
The Canadian indie darlings and heralded Grammy-winners would later headline the big fort and give the endless sea of desert revelers a performance that kinda felt like their long-awaited public afterparty for The Suburbs taking down Album Of The Year a few months ago.
Anyone who knows me is very much aware of my love and obsession of Britpop kickstarters SUEDE. So while we await the upload of my nervous 15-minute chat last night with front man Brett Anderson, I’ll post some phlipcam action of “Trash” from their Coachella set, the legendary British rock band’s triumphant return to the states after a 14-year absence.
It's Day 3 of Coachella, and we're not surewhat hit us yesterday. Got interviews with Brett Anderson of SUEDE and Will Butler of ARCADE FIRE, had Freelance Whales, Foals, Black Joe Lewis, Foster the People, Joy Formidable, and Mumford & Sons back at the WFNX Sapporo House, and barnstormed through the polo grounds at, uh.