The JD McPHERSON show at T.T. The Bear's last night was likely one of the most fun things happening in the city at the time... of course, the bar for awesomeness was set pretty low. Yesterday was Tuesday, and hardly anything cool ever happens on Tuesday. But this would’ve been pretty fucking rad even by weekend standards.
Yesterday, the Boston Globe ran a story about how legendary Route 2 nightclub Faces will host one "last hurrah" before facing the wrecking ball in a few weeks, a demolition that arrives many long overdue years after the Cambridge eyesore has become a sort-of dilapidated landmark and source of nightlife intrigue for those under 35 who long for the lost glory days of disco.
Boston/NYC/NJ psych-folk trio QUILT have a new cassingle tape out on California's Burger Records, a label that has previously released material by Thee Oh Sees, Hunx and his Punx, Mmoss, and more. The tape features Quilt's digitally-released singles "Penobska Oakwalk" and "Cowboys in the Void", plus this new one, "Children of Light."
Now that this week's Monkey Issue has hit the streets, here’s a bonus banana courtesy of DARLING PET MUNKEE, a primate project from Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling's Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola and Cathy Capozzi of Axemunkee. In an extensive explication on Epstein’s blog, you can learn all about how the band name originated from a print ad for a mail-order squirrel monkey, which they also used as the album cover for the debut song.
Das Racist are at the Middle East on September 28
On Sale Now
Murs + Tabi
Bonney + Ski Beatz & the Senseis + McKenzie Eddy + Sean O'Connel + Da$h |
October 18 at Brighton
Music Hall, Allston | $15 |
On sale at now @ ticketmaster.com
Friday, August 5
Bob Dylan &
His Band | August 21 at the House of Blues, Boston | $76.
There's a devil inside Jinsen Liu, and for once we're not talking about Jagermeister. The 28 DEGREES TAURUS guitarist/vocalist, kickstarter of the DEEP HEAVEN NOW parties, and man banned from most clubs around Boston today posted his band's Satantic EP, Ecstatic Black Static, available for free download via Bandcamp
A few hours after their set at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday
afternoon, Providence's Brown Bird took some time to chat with the the Phoenix about their weekend at the festival. They also played a stripped-down version of "Fingers to the Bone" from their upcoming full-length Salt for Salt due out October 18.
Perhaps I'm still sun-drunk from the throwback sound of Pokey LaFarge this past weekend at Newport, but I'm jonesin' quite hard this Tuesday for a raw slice of singer/songwriter JD McPHERSON, who tonight hits T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge. With a sound perhaps more fitting for a rogue performance behind the venue in a back alley off Green Street, the Oklahoma-by-way-of-Chicago vintage rock rhythm and bluesman has been drawing some heavy Little Richard comparisons lately, as well as every four-star name-drop in rockabilly, roots, and old-school rock and roll.
Easily two of the best tracks off two of the best hip-hop albums of the summer - in Boston or anywhere else. Be sure to check Slaine's A World With No Skies 2.0, and Grey Sky Appeal's self-titled debut. I've listened to both over and over for the past few weeks and, aside from the suicidal fantasies they've both induced, I've got nothing but positive reviews.
Of course, the best thing about covering the NEWPORT FOLK FEST is that fancy-pants press pass they give you, which comes down to one thing: access. And by access we mean the Media Tent, where a fun little circle-jerk emerged right away among Boston-based music writers, bloggers, tweeters, photogs, radio weirdos, and rando others.
Day 2 of Newport Folk Fest was intense. We blasted out more than 40 tweets, twitpics, and instagrams yesterday alone, and here's a quick recap of the sights that accompanied the sounds. Above, JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE set down a spirited set of Nashville-flavored Americana-folk, the son of Steve no doubt ready to impress after bailing on last year's fest after a freak hand injury (check our phlip video of "They Killed John Henry").
Having to work in the morning didn’t stop people from coming out to Great Scott last night to see CRAFT SPELLS and GARDENS AND VILLA, a West Coast duo -- Seattle and Santa Barbara, respectively -- currently on tour across the country together. But despite the far-away origins of the touring package, the night began with some local flavor.
Hey! Put on WFNX right now, we got Haverhill's THE NEW HIGHWAY HYMNAL live in the studio, acting as our gritty rock and roll house band for the morning show. Download their recent Phoenix Mp3 of the Week, catch them at Deep Heaven Now IV this weekend in Somerville, and keep it posted to OTD for a recording of this morning's rock and roll performance.