Quick hit before we clear out for the weekend -- listen in to WFNX.com all-day Saturday and Sunday as we run through all our 2012 selections in the Boston Phoenix's annual new-band spotlight, 50 Bands 50 States. From Massachusetts (Speedy Ortiz) to California (Fidlar), from Texas (Pure X) to Minnesota (Polica), we're adding 50 new jams into our library to run all weekend long.
Take 2 – so for, what, the first time ever (?), Boston Accents is on the air in back-to-back days, and this evening we welcomed Holden Lewis from PRETTY & NICE into the WFNX.com studio, chatting about their new self-released EP and record release party tonight at Store 54 in Allston. Check out today's Cellars by Starlight column on the band by Perry Eaton in today's Phoenix, and show details + the full playlist are below.
Hey y'all, miss me? Well I sure as fuck missed you guys, and am thrilled to be back hosting BOSTON ACCENTS on the relaunched WFNX.com. Today's show was a big one -- it kickstarts a new era of programming, where we devote 60 minutes each day to new music from around New England, so join me here in the Phoenix newsroom every day from 5 to 6pm on the WFNX stream as we bounce around Massachusetts and ever so slightly beyond, bringing you the best in rock, pop and electronic music.
Hey WFNX listeners and party people,
Hurricane Sandy might be able to wreak havoc on our party, but it can’t crush the spirit of our re-launch. We’ve decided to postpone tomorrow night’s event at the Lansdowne Pub in Boston, but you can still be a part of the long-awaited WFNX resurrection -- join us online at wfnx.
We are now just eight days away from the Halloween re-launch of WFNX, and we're celebrating tonight with a Boston Accents-flavored dance party just over the Green Monster at the Lansdowne Pub. I'll be spinning the dance party before and between the live acts, GENTLEMEN HALL and CASEY DESMOND, adding some hometown dance hits (Color Channel, Bearstronaut, Seer Group) into my modern indie and electro-pop playlist that's heard every Friday night at the pill.
If there were two acts that embodied the 2012 sound of BOSTON ACCENTS before it was yanked off the FM dial in July, it'd be GENTLEMEN HALL and CASEY DESMOND. Both electronic-pop-leaning artists have paved new ground in a traditionally rock and roll town, and both hit the stage tomorrow night at the Lansdowne Pub for Night 2 of our WFNX Disorientation series, the next party leading up to the station's re-birth online this coming Halloween.
Remember that time we all got together at Great Scott for the Boston Accents funeral parties back in June? That was a good time, though bittersweet. We concluded three nights of live shows -- a dozen Boston bands in all -- with a raucous performance by GENTLEMEN HALL, one of the many mainstays of the not just the local show on WFNX but the regular rotation as well.
By now, you've heard the news: WFNX is relaunching this Halloween as an online radio station, and we're throwing a series of Disorientation 2012 parties leading up to the sonic resurrection. It kicks off a week from tonight with a FREE SHOW at the Lansdowne Pub (not too far from WFNX's new home base inside the Boston Phoenix newsroom), featuring New Jersey guitar rock dudes THE STATIC JACKS, Boston indie heartthrobs CAMDEN (dubbed "Boston's answer to the Strokes" by Boston Magazine), and the latest addition to the WFNX team, Phoenix assistant music editor LIZ PELLY
Night 1 of the BOSTON ACCENTS FUNERAL PARTY is in the books, and we're nursing one motherfucker of a hangover over here on Brookline Avenue. We left all sorts of shit at Great Scott last night -- our iPhones, our pride, Justin Lally of Earthquake Party -- but the good news is we're back in the saddle for Night 2 later this evening.
So yeah, this is all kicking off tonight: WFNX BOSTON ACCENTS FUNERAL PARTY Night 1 featuring live performances by VIVA VIVA, RIBS, FAT CREEPS, and EARTHQUAKE PARTY. I'm feeling all kinds of frisky this afternoon, so I'll bring my laptop and spin some all-Boston tunes between bands, most likely the stuff I'd normally play on Sunday nights during my show.
It was an emotional day in the WFNX studios in Lynn, as Neal Robert closed out the final day of broadcasing for a legendary station at its 101.7 FM frequency yesterday. The fact that the station will continue to stream online -- at wfnx.com/player, and on mobile devices in various formats -- is a consolation.
Like Protokoll back in the mid-2000s, we're always moving forward here at the Phoenix. So after the dust settles on our three-night Boston Accents Funeral Party next week, we're launching a new live music series at the W HOTEL and their subterranean DESCENT nightclub.
The ELECTRIC SUMMER MUSIC SERIES kicks off Thursday, July 26 at the W with a special live performance by INTO THE ALPHA, a new experimental electronic project from Cobi Mike of Gentlemen Hall.
To celebrate next week's three-night BOSTON ACCENTS FUNERAL PARTY at Great Scott (July 23 + 24 + 25; advance tickets here) we whipped up this exclusive 12-song soundtrack featuring all of the performing artists in the order of their appearance. As a unit, it's one sonic motherfucker and a great indication of our thriving and eclectic music scene and community, highlighted by a brand new track from indie darlings MEAN CREEK (an unreleased stomper off their upcoming Youth Companion full-length) as well as recent cuts from EARTHQUAKE PARTY, VIVA VIVA, GENTLEMEN HALL, BEARSTRONAUT, RIBS, MELLOW BRAVO, FAT CREEPS, BLACK LIGHT DINNER PARTY, and DIRTY VIRGINS
Here’s last night’s playlist, the final BOSTON ACCENTS, all 107 songs -- coicidentially close to 101.7, eh? Totes unplanned -- spun from 8 pm to sometime a little past 3:30 am this morning. I had a general idea of what I wanted to spin, but things quickly went off the rails as the night became more of a party than some formal, ahem professional, radio program.