Bang Camaro at Avalon
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Photos by Caitlin E. Curran
Most overheard comment when OTD first walked down Lansdowne St. last night: "Kings of Leon aren’t playing?!" Yep, KOL backed out at the last minute (minus many cool points for them) but it was truly their loss because the crowd at Best Music Poll was plentiful and apparently fueled by Red Bull - nearly seven hours after they trickled in, as the Cinematics played an ear-splittingly loud cover of a Beck track from Sea Change on the outdoor stage, Axis was packed to capacity as Silversun Pickups began their explosive set 15 minutes early, explaining that they were bored backstage and everyone was there already anyway.?xml:namespace>
Amy Winehouseat AvalonMay 7, 2007Photos: Kelly Davidson
Screamin' Jay Hawkins always maintained that "I Put a Spell on You" was the product of a plastered night in the studio, but if so he was one motherfucking miracle of a drunk. He was a frustrated opera singer, and even on "Spell" he had the elocution of a baptist -- that is, when he wasn't howling like a jive voodoo priest.
This, dudes, is going to sell out quickly. We'll have VIP tix to give away eventually, but do you really want to rely on OTD's spotty blogging schedule to get into this?
FNX/Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll Concert 2007June 6 at Avalon, Axis, Bill's Bar, and outdoors on Lansdowne StreetTickets $32.50
Chris CornellApril 19 at AvalonPhotos: Carina Mastrocola
As you can tell from the setlist, Cornell is playing shit from all phases of his career -- Temple of the Dog?! -- but that opening/closing with prime-era Soundgarden ish has us hungry for a reunion. Kim Thayil, where you at?
Elvis Costello at Avalon Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 8:00 pm Tickets are $55 On-sale Saturday, April 7, 2007 at NOON
Velvet Revolver at AvalonWednesday, May 16, 2007 at 8:00 pmTickets are $55.00On-sale Saturday, April 7, 2007 at NOON
John Mayer and Ben Folds at the TD Banknorth GardenTuesday, July 17, 2007 at 7:30 pmTickets are $49.50 and $59.50On-sale Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 10:00 am
Photos: Carina Mastrocola
The Pogues began a multi-night stand last Thursday at Avalon, in what is generally recognized as the official jump-off for St. Patrick's Day weekend, which in Boston Irish circles lasts about two weeks, give or take a month. Pogues fans have been back in force for the group's last two tours, which marked the return of their original vocalist: a tall glass of Guinness stout.
He Is Legend
Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce, Chimaira, and He Is LegendFebruary 24 at AvalonPhotos (c) Carina Mastrocola
If you flipped through those photos casually, we want you to go back and check out how focussed Dragonforce's beer-through-a-straw game is.
Gym Class Heroes
Gym Class Heroes, RX Bandits, P.O.S., and K-OSFebruary 17 at AvalonPhotos by Carina Mastrocola
Incubus and Albert Hammond Jr. January 30 at AvalonPhotos (c) Carina Mastrocola
Sez our lovely ace photographer Carina: "There were so many kids there looking to buy tickets who didn't end up making it inside because it was sold out. I've seen incubus a bunch of times in arenas so it was absolutely awesome to see them at Avalon in a much more intimate setting.
Social DistortionOctober 16 at AvalonPhotos by Nicole Tammaro
Bouncing Souls, Street Dogs, World Inferno Friendship Society, Whole Wheat BreadOctober 14 at AvalonPhotos by Carina Mastrocola
If you're working press at the BMAs, they hand you the list of winners when you walk in. Which usually makes for a serious anticlimax. But we can't front: maybe it was just that a bunch of bands we actually like won shit or played or bought us drinks, but this was the best year of the Avalon-era music awards. We know, big whoop: That and an undisclosed sum of money might someday get this event to break even mean something.
The Gossip, Erase Erata at the Middle East.
Mates of State at the Middle East.
Jose Gonzales and Zero7 at Avalon.
Justin TimberlakeSexy Back club tour August 26 at Avalon
Cry Me a RiverSenoritaMy LoveLike I Love You/Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)Until the End of TimeLovestoned/I Think She KnowsTake It From HereWhat Goes AroundLast NightRock Your BodySweet Dreams (Eurythmics)
You would think someone would tell us this beforehand, but no, we found out the same way you did -- by opening up the paper and seeing the ad. Because young Spitz didn't bother to scroll to the bottom of the LiveNation email list this week, which clearly stated that Justin Timberlake is playing Avalon on August 26.