We try to keep the horn-tooting to a minimum around here, but we'd be remiss if we didn't give a heads-up about Boston Phoenix music editor and WFNX local-music host MICHAEL MAROTTA's foray into the record business. Operated out of his bedroom, VANYA RECORDS was launched to put out a limited-edition 7-inch by local synth-pop heroes BEARSTRONAUT
Chiddy Bang are at the House of Blues on November 9
Postponed Show Alert
Tribes | December
7 at Great Scott [postponed from September 29] | $10 | On sale @ ticketweb.com
Cancelled Show Alert
Marketa Irglova |
December 1 at Brighton
Music Hall | refunds at
point of purchase
EDITOR'S NOTE: It was no accident that, the night before Nevermind came out -- September 23, 1991 -- Nirvana chose to play Boston. (It ranks second only to James Brown at the Garden in our list of the 40 Greatest Concerts in Boston History
As my car pulled out of the concrete cyclone that is Logan Airport around dinnertime Tuesday, PETER HOOK set the tone of the evening not more than 15 minutes after our meet-up. "Oh, that's a bit worrisome," he dryly offers after we approach the Sumner Tunnel (named for William H. Sumner, the son of Governor Increase Sumner -- not Bernard, my friend).
There’s 12 seconds of washed-out riffage in “(A) Natural History,” the new single from Boston alt-rock quartet SOCCER MOM, before it hits rock and roll overdrive and never looks back. The first track off debut EP You Are Not Going to Heaven, “(A)NH” has already dropped the jaws of early-’90s college rock revival enthusiasts, and co-vocalist William Scales' Thurston Moore impression fits perfectly over the sludgy, noisy, chain-link fence guitarwork.
Photo by Mary Lou Lord, via Facebook.
How does MARY LOU LORD know what KURT COBAIN smelled like? If you're asking that question, you're obviously not a Nirvana superfan. For an introduction to the story of how Mary Lou met Kurt, check out this excerpt from Everett True's NIRVANA: THE BIOGRAPHY, which picks up the story exactly 20 years ago today.
The reason the other night's VIVIAN GIRLS show was lousy with Phoenix music writers? That would be LIZ PELLY's one-woman campaign to get everyone in the office (and perhaps the world?) to listen to the WIDOWSPEAK album. (Now we're paying it forward: stream the whole thing below, and see if you can guess which song they wrote about driving to their last Boston gig).
Three vibrant Boston bands emerged Thursday night at Church during the release party for the HELICOPRIA, a developing prog-rock band formed at Berklee that last week dropped their self-titled debut album. The audience, the bands, the sound, and the spirit, were all young -- most of the crowd looked college-aged.
Been a good week for Lady Miss CARMEN O'CONNOR of Bodega Girls; yesterday she was named one of our city's most stylish Bostonians by the Boston Globe (very well deserved, but where was Brigid Nastasia?!) and today she surfaces in the colorful new video for GENTLEMEN HALL's smooth electro-pop jam "Close To Me."
It’s been a crazy few weeks for Joy Division/New Order bassist PETER HOOK. First New Order decides to reunite without him, the two parties trade barbs in the media/on the Internet, and now Hook hits the States to perform Joy Division’s classic 1980 swan song Closer — the next logical chapter after impressing audiences during last year’s Unknown Pleasures tour
Just got word from RANDI MILLMAN, who after 17 years is stepping down as booking agent of T.T. The Bear's Place, the Central Square music venue that is hope to the Rock and Roll Rumble, live music seven nights a week and the Saturday night Heroes new wave party. In a letter to friends and colleagues, she wrote this morning:
Here's the playlist from tonight's show, kicking off with a bit of a dance party tip before cruising through new jams from War Presidents, Water Moccasins, the Bynars, New Highway Hymnal, Vanzetti and a few we debuted last week, like hott jams from Viva Viva and Township. Hang with us next Sunday at 8pm only on WFNX.
The contradictions reconciled so expertly by audio auteur AUGUST DARNELL (aka KID CREOLE) ensure that his stuff has weathered the years supremely
well: skeletal (bass and drums to the fore) yet strangely lush, melodramatic
yet blasé, drenched in a sort of bygone sophistication yet edgy and clearly
up-to-the-minute – regardless of whatever minute it is at this moment.
the inevitable drop in temperatures, this week's Fall Preview includes
a concert schedule that promises to keep things hot n' heavy all season
long. To accompany our selection of 24 sweat-inducing gigs, we've
assembled a sprawling Spotify playlist -- and it might actually be the
most eclectic mixtape ever made.
Karlynn Holland, Black Forest
In the Phoenix's first annual METAL ISSUE, we introduced you to "WE STILL SEE THE BLACK," a survey of heavy metal-themed art that opens with a reception tonight at the New Art Center in Newton. (Here's a slideshow of works that'll be included.) For a quick introduction to a few of the artists, read the preview piece that we ran then