WU LYF are at Brighton Music Hall on April 28
March 29 at Brighton
Music Hall | $20 | On sale
Of Montreal + Lonely Dear +
Kishi Bashi | April 1 at the Paradise Rock Club | $25 | On sale @ ticketmaster.com
Thursday, December 15
[Editor's Note: This is the first in a new series that chronicles lifelong Boston musician and writer John Von Bittrich's January relocation to Portland, Oregon, where he'll compare scenes and cultures and show us how the other half lives.]
I was born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton on a snowy January day in 1983.
When it comes to Lansdowne, WFNX is letting the locals run with the big dogs. First it was Earthquake Party playing with Surfer Blood at Disorientation Night 2 a few weeks ago, then this past Friday it was Mean Creek taking the big stage at the House of Blues for the second Miracle holiday show alongside Matt & Kim and Mutemath (it was M-M-M good, k?).
A somber start to Boston Accents tonight, as we pour one out for DUSTIN HENGST of DAMONE, who passed away last week at the age of 39. The talented drummer was hospitalized for a few weeks with liver problems, and had been battling illness most of his life. The details and band reaction are in my On The Download post from Friday, but here we'll celebrate the music of Damone, which released three awesome records between 2002 and 2008, toured the world, and made a mark on Boston rock.
Years ago, while still ensconced in my former life as a music industry stooge (and proudly so), I was in a meeting with legendary polka bandleader Jimmy Sturr. Sturr’s got more Grammies than Whitney Houston and Madonna combined, by the way. Bluegrass music was cresting its post-O, Brother wave of popularity and interest, and there was some marketing-driven discussion about the differences and similarities between bluegrass and polka.
Our fearless leader Brad Mindich is out in San Francisco with Metallica as the band celebrates its 30th anniversary with a string of once-in-a-lifetime gigs at the Fillmore. Here's his photos and report from last night:
If you're a Metallica fan these four shows at the Fillmore were everything you could have hoped for from the masters of metal.
Chris Faraone (@Fara1) and Ariel Shearer (@arielshearer) were on the scene early Saturday morning as Boston Police -- many with black tape covering badge numbers -- arrested around 40 protesters and cleared Dewey Square. Here are photos and tweets from the eviction.
View the story "OccupyBoston evicted, 40 arrested" on Storify]
Caught about 90 minutes of RYAN ADAMS's solo set at the Orpheum last night -- and um, not in the mood to be all rock-criticky and whatnot, but it was pretty awesome. Played "Oh My Sweet Carolina" twice (because the bros were loud-talking in the lobby the first time), did a fancy version of "Sylvia Plath" at the piano, played some of the Heartbreaker-y songs off the new record, and then went back to the piano for this: a version of GALAXIE 500's "Blue Thunder" that he worked up at soundcheck
DAMONE drummer DUSTIN HENGST has passed away at the age of 39. He had been hospitalized in his home state of Texas for the past three weeks dealing with health issues.
"His liver just shut down and couldn't function anymore," Michael Vazquez told the Phoenix earlier today. "He stopped breathing last night."
Last night in the Back Bay, rising roots sextet KINGSLEY FLOOD kicked off our new live music series at Converse, which brings in the Phoenix's Mp3 of the Week acts to the second floor of the lifestyle apparel's 348 Newbury Street shop.
The ridiculous rain outside seemed all too appropriate for launching a series with a band that features "flood" in their moniker, but undeterred, the Kingsleys belted out a 30-minute urban Americana set that served as a warm-up for their three-night record-release party stand at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, which runs tonight through Saturday
From the growing GHouse collective come two new artists poised to break out in 2012. BADKNIGHT, a Boston-based lullaby-pop duo of Emily Lenae and Devin McKnight, released debut record It’s Alright just last month, and standout track “Rewind” is an ethereal, acoustic drifter that positions Lenae as the weekday-daydream answer to Harriet Wheeler’s Sundays.
That’s Branford Marsalis (center) with jazz guitar genius David Gilmore and David’s dad, Marvin — owner of the Western Front, music-enthusiast, and all-around man-about-town. The occasion was the latest in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lecture Series at the MFA, also known as “Evenings with Creative Minds.
Los Campesinos! are at the Paradise on January 18
Take Care |
January 12 at the Brighton Music Hall | $10 | On sale @ ticketmaster.com
January 21 at the Paradise Rock Club | $15 | On sale @ ticketmaster.com
Todd Snider |
March 9 at the Paradise Rock Club | $20 | On sale @ ticketmaster.
Water cooler talk on the music tip started off this morning about another round of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees being announced and whether Axl Rose would make nice with Slash at the April ceremony. That quickly fell by the wayside when news broke that THE AFGHAN WHIGS were set to reform next year for two confirmed dates, at both of the 2012 All Tomorrow's Parties' "I'll Be Your Mirror" events; in London, May 27, and Asbury Park, NJ, on September 22.
Well, wouldn't you know it, KARMIN aren't wasting their time
over there in Hollywoodland: not long after arrival, their first music video debuted on VEVO this morning. The single, which samples Black Sheep's 1991 hip-hop hit "The Choice Is Yours," hit
airwaves October 20.
Since they left Boston, where they were nominated as Best New Act in last month's Boston Music Awards, the rising pop duo has scooped up an AMA (New
Media Honor), landed a spot on Jingle Ball's tour circuit, and announced an album release date for January.