Sure, MATT & KIM are confirmed Brooklynites, but they're also native New Englanders -- and, as Matt told a packed crowd at the 500-capacity Lansdowne across from Fenway Park last night, "this is the only place I feel at home." Sure, he probably says that everywhere. But it's also true that he grew up going to shows in Boston, and hell, you know us -- we'll claim anyone for this town.
We've been racking our brain but have yet to find an analogue for OWL CITY, the only rock band we can recall to perform live without use of a single amplifier. (Someone only half in jest suggested that perhaps they don't travel with amps because they can't physically lift them.) In their defense, rock accoutrements are completely superfluous to OC's brand of pristine, frictionless digi-pop.
Tomorrow, the debut album from the young, supercute Toronto electropop singer-songriter LIGHTS gets an American release; last night, she was at the Middle East. Mike Awesome was on hand to get some snaps and a couple video clips, including her single "Ice" and a cover of the ol' Phil Collins standard "In The Air Tonight."
The Bravery: we had them pegged as such middle-of-the-road, missionary-position kind of dudes. I mean, you've heard the songs: were you expecting serial Killers or just a bunch of suburban strivers with a decent record collection? Sure, they've been known to get in a bar-fight or two, but even after they debuted a Misfits-y new song called "Hatefuck" at our Best Music Poll concert this summer, we didn't see them as the kind of guys who'd write a verging-on-rape-fantasy punk song with a low-budget gore video worthy of Something Weird.
CAVE-IN's don't-call-it-a-comeback continues next week with a pair of West Coast free gigs sponsored by Toyota -- but this morning the band announced it'll be playing non-auto-bailout gigs in New York, Boston, Providence, and Philadelphia, with support by Trap Them and Narrows.
We've also received word that the band will be releasing a DVD of its July reunion show at Great Scott in Boston
We're still not quite sure how it all happened. Here's the Villa Victoria
Center for Arts, a
renovated church nestled in a charming South End nook, effectively hollowed out
and packed full of the latest rave technology: audio-reactant video projections,
holographic LCD screens, multiple bars, loads of PBR, limitless Red Bull.
As you can hear Hamilton Leithauser say, the song in the video above from Friday night's Walkmen show is one they had written fairly recently. They didn't provide a title, either. We'll have more on these shows later, but after the jump, we've got video of "The Rat" and "In the New Year."
More photos here and here.
According to Pains of Being Pure at Heart keyboardist/singer Peggy Wang, one of her friends was letting the New York band’s show at the Middle East downstairs double as his bachelor party. This was news to Wang — she considers her band’s shows as perhaps “the least debaucherous thing ever.
We will have more on the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's show this past Saturday at the Middle East. Until then, please enjoy this video of the band doing the title track from its yet-to-be-released EP, Higher Than the Stars.
Thom Yorke, who unveiled a new song just last week for that Marc Mulcahy tribute, also debuted a new song just yesterday during a solo set at the Latitude Fest in the UK (during which he reportedly also played songs from Eraser and In Rainbows), which he prefaced by suggesting it might be a good time for people to "go for a piss."
Our own Chris Faraone -- aka Ol' Dirty Needle -- took time off from his burgeoning rap career to catch Jay-Z's gig at Mohegan Sun. Full report coming soon -- in the meantime, here's a clip of "My President Is Black."
Dan Deacon may not be returning our calls these days, but that didn't prevent us from checking out - and enjoying - his recent experiment at the ICA. Video by Pat Howley above.
Screaming from the gallery: Dan Deacon at the ICA. By Matt Parish.
Photos of the experiment by Alex Slater and David F. Nicholson.
Phoenix, "1901" (live at the Paradise)
More to come on Phoenix's blowout at the Paradise last night. Until then, we have a ton of video of these guys, starting with their last song of the night, "1901," which is fast becoming their big hit. After the jump, enjoy another song from the Paradise, and another version of "1901," this one from their visit with the Sandbox at the WFNX studios at One Financial Center recorded just this morning.
And as a bonus corporate synergy reminder, if you listen to WFNX's Sandbox morning show, you could potentially win tickets to see these guys in NYC (with Passion Pit opening, no less). Details to be found here.
Oh, and by the way, you can vote for "1901" as Best Song in our Best Music Poll right now:
Carolyn "Cubby" Berk, the sole permanent member of LOVERS, lived here for only a few years -- between stints in Athens, GA, and a soujourn to Portland, where she recorded her latest record, I Am The West -- but we still think of her as one of ours. Or maybe we're just still in love with the two records she made here, Starlit Sunken Ship and The Gutter and the Garden
While many of you were sweating out in Tennessee with Springsteen, Phish, and Jimmy Buffett, Blur was busy performing in earnest in front of 150 or so "friends and family," according to NME. The show marked Blur's first performance as a four-piece - Graham Coxon and all - in ten years, and was at the site of their first-ever performance more than twenty years ago.