Not to be all crotchety today, but when I was younger, kids in my day carved SLAYER into their arms. It didn't even hurt. And it was classy. The shit is all this about?
UPDATE: Luke O'Neil with some good advice for the myterious Skrillex-carver over on PTSOTL, which he almost ruins by posting a pic of Richey Edwards -- "Kid, MAKE YOUR BED. Just looks sloppy."
Being a (lazy) journalist can be fun sometimes, especially when you and your writer buddies get the same press releases at the same time on a slow news day. About a half hour ago, I was mad busy thinking about tonight's Devils/Bruins game at the Garden and wasting time listening to mid-'90s NYC art-punks Stiffs Inc.
"This day and age, you better be able to put on a great live
show because it's really one of the ways you're going to make a name
for yourself." CLICK FOR MORE PHOTOS.
Last Friday at the House of Blues, Fitz & the Tantrums brought their soul-inflected indie pop to Boston. Right before the band's encore performance of their hit
"Moneygrabber," singer/songwriter Michael
told the audience that the band likes to get down
and party -- literally.
Fresh off a mini-tour of seven #Occupy sites around the country -- wonder if she's trying to out-hustle our own Chris Faraone; if so, good luck with that -- AMANDA PALMER has teamed up with Boston filmmaker MIKE GILL -- he's the guy who shot the definitive documentary of Boston cops busting up #OccupyBoston -- for a new video.
Few things are as timeless as beating an old friend with a baseball dropped in a plastic shopping bag (or, for those more difficult, out-of-reach jobs, enlisting its fabled cousin, the 8-ball in a tube sock). But possessing more impact than a carefully-swung bag o' nickels is the reason behind the beating, and LETTERDAY'S new music video for "Don't Go" conveys true the meaning of brotherhood (and summertime boy-band hallucinations).
Killer show tonight! We got into the details of the T.T. The Bear's Place renovations, played the entire Creaturos demo -- all 13 minutes, son -- and announced our ROOM PARTY next Sunday at the Liberty Hotel for the BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS. Live broadcast! Drunken interviews! Terrible-sounding in-room performances! Band pillow fights! Oh my.
Boston trash metal party dudes RAMMING SPEED today unveiled a 31-date cross-country tour of our beautiful and scenis United States of America, wrapping up bommerang-style with a New Year's Eve homecoming gig. The first ten shows of the tour, which takes Ramming Speed from New York to San Francisco, are with Oakland sludgers Saviours, and you may recall Phoenix writer Daniel Brockman blowing a record-review load over the band's Death Procession album in last week's paper.
in indie music is a motherfucker, probably more so than any other realm of
music. All it really takes in pop music is one hit, then you can slide off
comfortably, unto giant piles of cash. Hip-hop is different because
recognition is a damn near impossible task in it's own right. Nowadays, a
record contract is a pipe dream unless you're willing to compromise
your integrity via swag and a snap-back.
Say what you will about becoming a Company Man or whatever, but this is awesome news from our very own radio station. WFNX today announced tomorrow's FREEFORM FRIDAY, November 11, and its upcoming FLASHBACK WEEKEND which soundtracks your Thanksgiving weekend, November 23 to 27.
Essentially, Freeform Friday is when the station allows the DJs to play whatever the hell they want.
MOVERS & SHAKERS @ Middle East upstairs
The textured citrine sounds of Movers & Shakers’ latest record, National Harvester, are perfect for November — Americana soul drenched in road-weary tales of love, loss, and empty bottles. Recorded and produced over eight months at Starlab in Somerville, the disc ages wisely with each late-night listen.
Don’t bother looking for YALE, MASSACHUSETTS on a map — it exists solely in the boozy minds of belligerent dudes hanging out in New Haven, Connecticut. “A while back our friend was drunk, and he kept saying, ‘Yale Fucking Massachusetts,’ ” says guitarist/vocalist Roger Lussier, recalling that wild night.
NONE MORE METAL
With inspiration from Nigel, and with an assist from VH1, we've now got yet another excuse to party on the magical date of 11.11.11 -- "National Metal Day." Here at the Phoenix, we're celebrating by putting BLACK SABBATH on the cover -- although you should totally go re-read our metal issue from over the summer -- and also by teaming up with our friends at MASSCONCERTS to give away a golden ticket to 15 of this winter's raddest metal shows.
Now that the last bites of Monday's Eat Your Heart Out bash at the 'Dise have been full digested, event head-turners KINGSLEY FLOOD today announced the rest of their hearty musical menu. Over three nights at the intimate Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, the Floods will drop new EP Colder Still, the follow-up to 2010's critically-acclaimed and NPR-hyperventilation-causing debut record Dust Windows
Rise Against are @ the Tsongas Center on February 1
College Humor's Jake
and Amir Live | November 15 at the House of Blues | $18 | On sale @ livenation.com
DJ B13nd + Tonic
| November 29 at the House of Blues | $26 | On sale @ livenation.com
Friday, November 11
AT 10 AM
Uncharacteristically high temps aside, plaid shirts were out
in force last night at the Paradise in honor of the arrival of Oregon folk-rock outfit BLIND PILOT. After a solid opening
from Gregory Alan Isakov and a healthy dose of songs featuring harmonica, the Portland band took the stage and delivered a flawless 90-minute set.