"Straight to Hell" by Dirty Virgins from Dirty Virgins on Vimeo.
Quick hit before we clear out for the weekend -- listen in to WFNX.com all-day Saturday and Sunday as we run through all our 2012 selections in the Boston Phoenix's annual new-band spotlight, 50 Bands 50 States. From Massachusetts (Speedy Ortiz) to California (Fidlar), from Texas (Pure X) to Minnesota (Polica), we're adding 50 new jams into our library to run all weekend long.
DENT MAY is a psych-pop legend from Oxford, Mississippi. (Also, former star of the Phoenix's 50 Bands 50 States issue.) He releases records for AnCo's Paw Tracks label, most recently Do Things, his second full-length. Stream a track from that album, "Best Friend":
May lives on a ranch with friends he's known forever, the Cats Purring Dude Ranch, named after the Cats Purring Collective, a "Northern Mississippi Infotainment Cult".
While waiting for HUNDRED WATERS to begin their set at Hotscotch Festival earlier this month I could already tell the audience was edgy. The shows had been starting late all night, and a lot of people were trying to decide if they should stick around or run to some of the bigger acts that were starting. The people who stayed, however, got to experience something truly special.
Welcome to another edition of State of the Union, a weekly recap of 50 Bands 50 States happenings both locally and nationally. In this space every Monday we'll tell you what 50 States bands are in town, releasing new music, or just doing something noteworthy.
-- Iowa darling WHITE FLASHES has finally released a new 7-track album over on Bandcamp, titled White Flashes II
If there's one thing we in Boston know a lot about -- besides Tom Brady's sweet ass -- it's this whole notion of "two best friends playing weird pop songs" and the duo "making as much noise as they possibly can." New Orleans' CADDYWOMPUS might hail from the bayou (stereotype alert!) but they might as well have been raised in Allston basements with that kind of ambition
Welcome to State of the Union, your weekly recap of 50 Bands, 50 States happenings, both locally and nationally.In this space every Monday we'll tell you what 50 States bands are in town, releasing new music, or just doing something noteworthy.
- The awesome pop-punk of our Alabama pick, NIGHTMARE BOYZZZ, will be cruising through Charlie’s Kitchen in Harvard Square tonight.
Every summer the Boston Phoenix music team comes up with the 50 best new bands across our great land's 50 states. The penthouse polities -- New York, California, Massachusetts -- are easy as pie, with a wealth of bands to draw and debate over several heated hours until you can't tell the difference -- or choose not to, anymore -- between Beach Fossils and Beach House.
Felt that earthquake, or did you think the pimply-faced intern sitting across from you was blasting his shitty-ass dubstep mix again?
Yes ladies and germs, Boston just shook like it hasn't shook since the old Garden was still standing, and to celebrate -- in addition to Phoenix offices being evacuated for 15 minutes -- we're revisiting EARTHQUAKE PARTY, the fuzzy/scuzzy Allston garage rock trio that was our Massachusetts pick in July's 50 Bands 50 States feature
Holy hell what a dance party lined up tonight at Great Scott, the Allston venue that's been stacking its dance party deck lately by promoting pansexual drag night Don't Ask Don't Tell from sister club O'Brien's and giving a home to the Common Ground's recently orphaned Videodrome Discotheque. While the dreamy electronic sounds of TEENGIRL FANTASY and Thunderdome-approved dark EBM-techno of GATEKEEPER are enough to strobe up a drab Wednesday in July, the always-on-point Make It New crew of Middlesex Lounge are also presenting us a taste of Denver's PICTUREPLANE
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 week, we're rolling out our now-annual survey of the best new-ish band in each state in our great nation (The first year we did it, we also named the best band and solo artist of all time in each state, but we are presuming all such matters to be closed, so we don't want to hear about it). And even though it's not really the goal of this exercise, we still like to think of ourselves as predicting big things for the artists we anoint as the best.