So our pals in vitaminwater, who last month helped us present "OTD's most downloaded artist" BAD RABBITS with a giant flying-V guitar at the Best Music Poll party, is back in action right downstairs from Phoenix HQ. For the entire month they've taken over the Fourth Wall Gallery at 132 Brookline Ave., creating an interactive arts and music space out of a non-traditional venue, and tonight kick off the Music Mondays series that highlights some of the radder sounds from around the city and surrounding regions.
This Wednesday, July 13, Denton, Texas's WICCANS bring their fast-but-catchy, melodic-matched-with-abrasive-vocals punk magic to O'Brien's pub in Allston. This Texas band features members of Teenage Cool Kids and Wax Museum, and we can all get amped up by downloading their album, Skullduggery, for free from Katorga Works Records.
The Internet world is flipping out today over Tennessee AnimalCollectivecore band COOLRUNNINGS' new video, and I can't stop watching it. The video for "Chorus" was done by Rafael Bonilla Jr., a visual artist from California, and his style is somewhere between Wallace and Gromit and a Primus album cover, and the video simply spreads your eyes wide and glazes them with wonder and slight confusion.
Everyone's favorite local melodic-upbeat-hardcore outfit CHOKE UP! are about to
return from a three week tour during which drummer Harley Cox turned 21
(which he notes has been "rad but not drastically different than before," except
now band mates make him do the beer runs). Other notable tour adventures
included cliff jumping at the quarries in Bloomington, IN and "hanging
hard with kids from Kalamazoo, Michigan," Cox tells us.
Maybe it was because they were especially
energized by the hefty Boston Community Choir that opened the show, and by the racially
mixed audience they drew. But the Holmes Brothers - the venerable, nearly
unclassifiable roots-music trio from Chistchurch, Virginia - chose to begin
their set in the Remis Auditorium with gospel.
To celebrate this year's 50 BANDS 50 STATES feature in the Boston Phoenix, we decided to raise the stakes. We teamed up with our Massachusetts pick, Allston garage rock trio EARTHQUAKE PARTY, to exclusively release their Live At O'Brien's EP (PHX001) through Bandcamp. Use the QR code in this week's Phoenix, or click the link below to score the goods and rock the eff out:
this would be deserving of a "SSIA" but my God, look at this video.
Yes, that video above which makes it seem like I'm about to embark on
the most extreme weekend of my life. The one that's only about
27-minutes and three screaming Juggalos shy of doubling as one of those Gathering infomercials that we here in the Phoenix office will never, ever
I rolled up to the BOZMO album release party at O’Brien’s last Monday just as the first band was going on, and already there was a crudely handwritten sign on a sheet of white paper that plainly stated “sold out!” I was pleased, and I’m sure the bands were too.
I hadn’t done any research on The Clippers before I showed up, but I was given a strong recommendation by Liz Pelly, knowing that we both have an affinity for 90s Cap’n Jazz-era emo punk.
Yeah yeah, the show isn't for another few weeks, but we're so stoked on CRAFT SPELLS' sunshine-sparkle summer jam "After The Moment," well, we couldn't just make out with it under the bleachers -- we had to preach.
And preach we will until July 31, when the recently-relocated-to-Seattle-because-it-rules-there kids of Craft Spells bring their sweet jams to Great Scott, a party the Boston Phoenix is hosting with Boston-based creative consulting company G-House.
Kaiser Chiefs are at the HoB on September 13
Dum Dum Girls + Crocodiles
+ Royal Baths | October 19 at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston | $15 | On sale now @ ticketmaster.com
Thursday, July 7
Peter Hook's The
Light performs Joy Division's Closer
| September 20 at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston
| $20 | On sale at noon @ ticketmaster.
As I rode my bike home from the BOMB THE MUSIC INDUSTRY show last Tuesday at the Middle East, I reflected upon my first month of living, eating, breathing, and going to shows in Boston. I thought about how it feels like every show I’ve been to this summer has included one of the following:
- The show was a sellout
Looks like we'll have to wait until 2012 for the new PASSION PIT record. Last night Michael Angelakos took to Facebook, engaging with fans in a status update thread that started with him "looking forward to some sort of mass abandonment" of the social networking site. More than 50 posts later, Angelakos gave some rare insight to his band's new record, Passion Pit's first since May 2009's Manners
I dropped Ecstasy exactly one time. I was 17, in a crab grass-ridden field behind an elementary school, and I believed that I had somehow trapped the universe in the carton of orange juice
we were passing around. When the OJ ran out, then, I decided the world would
soon follow, and spent the rest of god-awful trip crying pitifully.
We don't have to remind you how much we love to party with DOM. We invited them to play our SXSW party, they jumped on stage at our Best Music Poll Awards party, and then they destroyed Lansdowne Street in the middle of our Clambake. And we're kind of blown away by their upcoming Family of Love EP, which unveils five new songs you probably haven't seen 'em play live yet.