We did not ever expect to get an email from Kill Rock Stars that had anything to do with GLEE. Then again, we did not ever expect to read a blog post from Le Tigre about Kathleen Hannah writing songs for Christina Aguilera. It's been that kind of month. Don't fight it -- just roll with it.
Above: new video for "Body" from THAO WITH THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN
ZODIAC MINDWARP AND THE LOVE REACTION have been an inspiration to many generations of rock and roll stars who dress up in leather jackets and scream poems about abuse and outer space to people they want to fuck in the backseat. Alice Cooper has covered their material, Motley Crue stole their look, and Adam Lambert has done both, sort of
Not long ago, some folks from Great Scott approached us with an idea: they wanted to video some performances at the Allston rock club. So, we here at the Phoenix are pleased to debut the first of what we hope will be many LIVE AT GREAT SCOTT sessions! All video here has been shot and edited by Dustin Devlin, Matt Thompson, Fabian Perez, and Tracy Drane (who also serves as interviewer).
Was it really only a year and a half ago that MTV cancelled TRL? It seems like a lifetime since that fateful final
episode, a whimper that had critics all over sounding the death-knell for
the music video. Looks like reports of the video-as-art-form's
demise were greatly exaggerated, since 2010 is shaping up to be the year that music
videos matter again.
Mayhem - Mystery Roar from Mystery Roar on Vimeo.
VAMPIRE WEEKEND don't do a ton of these, but prior to headlining the Orpheum last week, they stopped by Woodward at the Ames Hotel to play a quick, mostly-unplugged set for a select few lucky WFNX listeners. Ezra had a cold, so they only did three songs: the new "White Sky" off Contra, plus "I Stand Corrected" and "A-Punk" from their debut.
Don't get us wrong: PALMDALE is the funnest thing KAY HANLEY has done since LETTERS TO CLEO. We think of her, first and foremost, as a power-pop girl, and there have been times when we've enjoyed her hired-gun material more than her serious-solo stuff. Now that she's given up writing Hits for the Kids and decided to start writing Hits for herself, we're solidly back on the team.
Well, one thing we can tell you about smoking-hot Cambridge rapper SAM ADAMS -- unlike John Mayer, his dick is not a white supremacist. In this behind-the-scenes clip from the set of his "Driving Me Crazy" video, he gets jumped by a black girl in the bathroom and cat-fought over by blondes. It helps that the the video -- concept: the quintessential "New England college experience" -- was shot in LA.
Okay, yes, this is about a week old, but still: it is awesome. FUCKED UP did a Bande à Part session for CBC radio in Toronto during which they unveiled their eleven-and-a-half-minute epic "Year of the Ox" with an assist from Annie-Claude Deschênes of DUCHESS SAYS
We may have mentioned this once or twice, but we love Beach House here at the Phoenix HQ. Their album Teen Dream has been in our lives for kind of a while now, and it's still just spectacular. Our bro-in-arms Nick Curran was at their recent sold-out show at the (very dark) Paradise and shot this video of them doing "10 Mile Stereo."
20 MORE PHOTOS: Hole at SXSW 2010
When we saw Courtney Love's name on the
SXSW schedule, we assumed that the first Hole shows in
a decade would bring the week's
biggest trainwreck. Amazingly: not sucky! Actually good! Instead, meltdown-of-the-week honors went to her Saturday-night opening act:
ex-Fall Out Boy singer PATRICK STUMP. Video evidence of both after the jump . . .
We had to step away from the Bean for a minute, but that didn't mean we intended to miss the mayhem when Boston's Boy hit Harpers Ferry for his first live performance since shocking the world by debuting at the top of the iTunes hip-hop charts and busting headlong into the Billboard Hot 100. Our videographer Pat Howley was stage-right for the whole thing.
Video from the Vivian Girls nearly-acoustic set we mentioned before. Please excuse the shakiness, people kept hitting my bag.
Here is a video of Thee Oh Sees playing an insane 3 am show on a pedestrian bridge in Austin. (Remember?)
Shot by Addison Post
Explode Into Colors pwnd my heart at the Kill Rock Stars showcase this afternoon. They are one small lady shredding a classy, black and white Danelectro baritone guitar and two other ladies totally owning shit on parallel sets of drums.
Having two drummers has become something of a look these days. Almost like an accessory to that nice American Apparel V-Neck everyone’s complimenting you on.