Oh, to be a misunderstood artist.
After firing out of the gates with their exceedingly violent punk-funk debut, Liars threw a wrench in the works. They ditched their rhythm section, released a concept album about witch trials that Spin called "unlistenable", then moved to Berlin and essentially became the new This Heat
1. OTD maintained, at the beginning, that if that kid Jack White ever got himself a real band he might get famous. Instead, he got famous first, and now he's finally got himself a real band. He's needed one too, since White Stripes got slammed with a bad, two-album case of Pearl Jam-itis (the condition of being turned by your fans and critics into a classic rock band long before your time).
Found in the ladies' room at the Abbey Lounge:Ho-Ag not only rocked this girl's face off, they spread her chest!
LISTEN: Ho-Ag, "Golden All Night"
Photos by Eric Antoniou.
(today's guest OTD post is from Matt Squadcar)
First the Ameriquest Mortage signage flanking the striking curtain mural that
hung in front of the stage came down. Then, after a few random guitar chords
echoed through the Garden, the scrim disappeared, as the big screen behind them
let off a blinding flash, the Stones were back in town on the second leg of
their “Bigger Bang” tour.
You don't have to know anything about late-'90s "Black Sabbath revivalists" Roadsaw (though OTD does) to appreciate this utility-box-turned-rawk-white-board recently discovered in a practice space at New Alliance. Maybe knowing that the Curve of the Earth band once had two ass-related songs called "Fancy Pants" and "Handed You Your Ass" (scroll) might help.
Boston Globe Headlines: "Israel waits as Sharon has surgery after stroke"New York Times, Today's Headlines: "Sharon Suffers 'Extensive' Stroke and Is 'Very Grave'"Boston Phoenix: The Strokes
LISTEN: The Strokes, "Juicebox" (MP3 via RCA)
New Year's Eve: Clouds, Crash and Burn, Damn Personals at Middle East Photos by Amy Wallenberg
Coming this Friday: the first in a weekly series of ThePhoenix.com/WFNX/OTD (!) shows at Bill's Bar. Actually, we just kinda jumped on the bandwagon for some shows that FNX New England Product host Dave Douglas booked. Schedule (subject to change) as follows. We've got guest list if anyone wants to go, just hit us up in the comments section or email onthedownload at phx dot com.
The GENDERS grew up studying American rock and roll, absorbing the sound and stance of bands like the Stooges and the Velvet Underground. And in that tradition, they sing about what they know: sex, drugs, and, uh, the Arab-Israeli conflict. See, the Genders hail from Tel Aviv, a relatively peaceful city in Israel -- emphasis on "relatively" -- and days before they started recording their new Rockin' in Ramallah (AMP), a coffee shop down the street from their studio was bombed.