When SILVERSUN PICKUPS came through town with Muse over the weekend, they stopped by to record an AMES HOTEL ACOUSTIC SESSION to a small parlor-full of WFNX fans. For this one, we moved out of the corner suite seen in our Tegan and Sara shoot, and moved on up to the second-floor Woodward bar to give the band more room to stretch out.
Our sister station WFNX scored an exclusive living-room-style acoustic show with TEGAN AND SARA, who stopped by the Ames Hotel in Boston on Saturday before their Orpheum Theater gig. The sisters played for an audience of about 20 listeners (and us) -- but fear not, if you weren't among the winners, we've got video right here.
The lead up to the recent Miracle On Tremont show at the Orpheum found us chasing pop stars around Boston, blindsiding them with stupid questions and cornering ‘em for their precious insights. Two of our hometown Passion bros dropped truth on “homo-erotic frat boy” fans, Phoenix chalked their success up to a serious list of studio snafus and the drummer in Spoon regurgitated PR dribble about a “dirty” new album.
The end of the year is often regarded (among writerly types, anyway) as a time for looking back. But it's also a time when we look forward to what lies ahead of us. And one of the surest bets for 2010? That'd be Transference, the forthcoming record from SPOON, who've been pretty reliable in the past. We don't have video of any of the new songs they performed at WFNX's Miracle on Tremont Street concert at the Orpheum last week, but instead, we've got old favorite "The Way We Get By."
These guys again? Well, what can we say - it's been a hell of a year for PASSION PIT, and not to brag or anything, but we kind of saw it coming. Okay, fine, it wasn't exactly a difficult prediction to make: they won "Best New Act" in our Best Music Poll last year (earning themselves a spot in that year's concert), they became a blog sensation, and they packed venues around town all before their full-length debut, the delightful Manners, had even leaked in full.
It is still 2009 for a few weeks, and so WFNX continues in its quest to get some thoughts on the best music of this decade from every band who passes through town, much like they did with Metric and Sonic Youth. And with Miracle on Tremont Street - possibly the biggest WFNX show since, what, Green Day at the Hatch Shell? - happening last week, they had a golden opportunity to speak to two bands who've had huge years.
If there's a more shocking Boston radio story this year than the death of WBCN, it's this: legendary 'BCN program director OEDIPUS returning to the airwaves to deliver his long-running Christmas show . . . on fomerly-arch-rival station WFNX. Oedipus's Christmas-Eve broadcasts had been a staple on WBCN for three decades.
jaysvoboda http://twitvid.com/85325 - Phoenix. Holy shit. 05 Dec 2009 from API kelseyrkennedy Spoon just made me ridiculously happy. Like, I can't even begin to put it into words. 05 Dec 2009 from txt codydesjardins Passion Pit/Phoenix/Spoon...the concert was simply incredible, yay for good local radio stations.
Just before taking the stage at the House of Blues on Friday, METRIC ran over to the Hard Rock in Boston to perform a quick unplugged set for an intimate, fans-only unplugged set. The surprise of the bunch was an acoustic rendition of their version of the Strokes' "The End Has No End."
You may already be getting sick of reading the obligatory Top Albums of the Decade list that every music editor, blogger, and social networker has been ordered to shove down your throat. Pitchfork's got 200. Paste's got 50, and so does NPR.
If these lists have anything in common, it's that they leave us wanting to throw in our own two cents.
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.
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:
Ida Maria, "Oh My God" (live at the Paradise)
Two nights ago, Ida Maria and Glasvegas, two of the more buzzed-about acts these days, packed the Paradise Rock Club. Ida Maria was probably the more impressive of the two; though she was both charismatic and energetic, her onstage antics didn't overshadow her voice, which was strong enough to carry stretches of the performance completely on its own. Glasvegas, on the other hand, sounded good, but after their first handful of songs it all started blending together in a sea of reverb and strobe lights.
Before the show, both bands stopped by to visit with our friends at WFNX at their studio at One Financial Center to perform acoustically. After the jump, we've got video of both bands acoustic at FNX and electric at the Paradise; you can decide for yourself which you prefer.