Au Revoir Simone
Fujiya and Miyagi
Peter Bjorn and Johnwith Fujiya and Miyagi, and Au Revoir SimoneMay 4 at the Paradise, BostonPhotos: Carina Mastrocola
[Check back next week for exclusive Peter Bjorn and John live mp3s]
Newburyport indie-folk vet (and ex-Phoenix tourblogger) Dylan Metrano has cobbled together yet another fantastic cast for the latest Tiger Saw disc, Tigers on Fire. Check the liner notes to figure out which parts Casey Dienel, Jason Anderson, and the Ponies in the Surf folks played. As Metrano tells Jeff Breeze in this week's fishwrap, their last album was about getting kids to sing along, and this one's about making people dance: "our basement soul record," as he puts it.
It's possible a few of you haven't seen the latest video from UK indie sensations the Cribs, in which the band performs its new single "Men's Needs" while trying to ignore the naked girl stumbling around the set, knocking over their gear and hacking off bandmates' limbs with an axe.
Airhorns to Stereogum for leaking the new Buffalo Tom single -- album and tour coming in July, tickets go on sale Thursday for the Boston show -- thereby completing our Tuesday 90s Boston Alt-rock trifecta: the Dinosaur Jr album is officially out today, and we just got Joan "Dambuilders" Wasser's solo record in the mail.
Up front, we've never been big huge Brand New fans or anything, but were pretty overwhelmingly won over by Jesse Lacey's solo set last Tuesday, which kids were trying to bribe us to get into and whatnot. Their last album established them as the Long Island emo band it was okay to like, sort of. And since Sharon's a huge fan, and so is Rick, so we went along for the ride.
WATCH THE TRAILER: Silver Jew, Sunday and Monday at the Independent Film Festival of Boston
Though it's not reviewed in our roundup of the Independent Film Festival of Boston, we'd like to draw your attention to Silver Jew, which is not your typical rockumentary or even your typical earnest indie-band profile.
VIDEO: U.V. Protection, "Animals"
Thanks again to everyone who sent along videos for Best Music Poll. We tried to get them up on the ballot page, but the ballot page wasn't having it. So we're gonna try rolling them out OTD-style. If we're lucky, clicking above will get you the awesome video for UV Protection's "Animals," which reminds us of something by Numbers, although it turns out UV Pro have never heard Numbers.
DOWNLOAD: Wheat, "Move = Move" (mp3)
By some freak occurrence in the musical time-warp that existed during the change of millenniums, one of Boston's most beloved abstractionist indie-pop bands ended up sharing a label with John Mayer and tours with Liz Phair. Unlike the Flaming Lips, with whom they shared a producer, WHEAT never found a way to fit in -- for that matter and to their credit, they never really tried.
Man, we downloaded this album so long ago we forgot it wasn't out already. Apparently James Murphy's impressario instincts have kicked in -- he's been telling every interviewer in the world to tell you that if you're ever going to buy Sound of Silver to please buy the album this week so they can get on the Billboard charts.
Dean Wareham and Britta PhillipsMarch 9 at the Museum of Fine ArtsPhotos: Christopher Kontoes
Allston's Alexander Chen, a/k/a BOY IN STATIC, put out his debut album Newborn on the label run by the Notwist dudes, and spent a chunk of last year touring as the opening act for 13&God. He's finally set a May 29 release date for the follow-up, Violet, on Mush Records, and the first single, "Where It Ends," is now available for your downloading, with an accompanying video making the rounds at YouTube.
DOWNLOAD: The Sterns, "Supreme Girl" (mp3)Boston takes its power pop seriously. So in a town where no Kinks or XTC reference goes unnoticed, it’s telling that THE STERNS have quickly become the power-pop band to beat. Their Sinners Stick Together has won a dedicated following, and on March 13 it’ll begin getting a national push in conjunction with the Sterns' journey to South by Southwest.
Bonus track: the singular say-what? facial expression of M. Ward . . .
Bright EyesFebruary 28 at Somerville TheatrePhotos by Joe Harrington
It's been a while since we've laughed this hard at someone's music video before we've even seen it, but when Mike Gill called us up to tell us he'd directed a new Piebald video where the band rolls around town ghostriding their whip, we had coffee coming out our nose. Perhaps we shouldn't have been so shocked that Piebald listens to hyphy .
Since leaving our fair city for the cold-hearted Rotten Apple, Cami has been blogging her face off for her new employers, the New Times/Village Voice Media empire. We don't want to get her in trouble with her new boss (same as her old boss), but for our money she's the best thing going down there. And as Boston indie-rockers are finding out, we didn't lose our favorite OTD correspondent, we've gained a couch to crash on in Brooklyn.