As long as the city remains his church, ANTHONY GONZALEZ of M83 will always have success in places like Boston. Tonight, the French electronic pop mastermind hits the House of Blues for another sold out show, a few months after Daniel Brockman caught up with him back in November, his first time in the big room.
The fine lads in GENTLEMEN HALL have been granted a stay of execution by rock radio. We had so much fun partying with last month's Local Exposure artists a few weeks ago in Allston, that WFNX has hooked up a free show with Boston-based pop-rock sextet tomorrow night at the Hard Rock Cafe. Consider it another homecoming -- the band spend most of April on the road for their Spring Fling tour, and are now back in Boston ready to take on the summer.
Wanna go for a Ride? Tonight on Boston Accents we had the honor and privilege of world-premiering the new NOFUCKINGWHERE compilation – 11 Boston bands reconstructing Ride’s classic 1990 shoegaze album, Nowhere. Huge thanks to compilation curator Jay Breitling of the Clicky Clicky music blog and William Scales of Soccer Mom for not only putting this together, but for also hanging out in the studio.
Boston has always been a town for anglophiles, and tonight, our city takes its love affair with UK rock and roll to another level as WFNX's Boston Accents world-premieres Nofuckingwhere, a 11-band tribute to RIDE'S landmark 1990 album, Nowhere. We'll play the whole thing in its entirety starting at 8pm, two days before its official release date of May 1, and if you're beyond Boston's 101.
Ahoy! Back after a week away at Coachella, doing Boston Accents live via satellite. Or something. But it’s good to be back in the saddle, and tonight we had Keith Pierce and Jess Collins of MELLOW BRAVO hanging out in the studio, playing some tracks off their new record – release party is Friday, May 4 at the Middle East Downstairs – as well as picking some other sweet jams fit for radio airplay.
At a mass gathering like the COACHELLA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL, there's pretty much 90,000 people all standing around in a field taking pictures of random things with their camera phones. It's pretty much like Pulp's 1996 single "Sorted For E's & Wizz," except swag out the drugs in favor of iPhones.
Fanfarlo's bassist gets big air at the WFNX House
Band of Skulls
Lindsay Lohan didn't stop by the WFNX Sapporo House at Coachella yesterday, but pretty much everyone else did. And we'd like to give a special shout-out to FANFARLO -- whom we'd have ranked as the least likely band to strip to their skivvies and jump in our pool, although that's exactly what they did.
While the Phoenix crew stormed the Polo Grounds yesterday afternoon, our Sapporo-swilling siblings at WFNX stayed behind and hung out with Patrick from the Black Keys, the Arctic Monkeys, and Other Lives. We're blearily trying to piece together the rest of what happened last night, but we're posting the interviews from these three before beginning a marathon Saturday that's bringing 12 bands to the WFNX house.
M83's Anthony Gonzalez
This is where we'll be uploading WFNX's interviews with M83's Anthony Gonzalez, the Vaccines, and AWOLNATION, and live tracks by Casey from the Dear Hunter and Kasabian. We'll update as the audio and video rolls in.
Also: as you can see, Liz Pelly broke our brains by introducing us to Cinemagram, which we've adopted as our own now that Instagram is Facegram.
Pretty kickass week for Boston rock. Got a slew of new jams and we’re recapping the preliminary round week of the 2012 Rock and Roll Rumble. Though regarded more as a music festival showcasing our city’s rock scene more than its traditional billing as a Battle of the Bands, respect goes out to the nightly winners: Cask Mouse, Bow Thayer & the Perfect Trainwreck, Motherboar and wild card winners Thick Shakes (set to perform Semifinal Night 1 on Thursday, April 12) and the Rationales, Garvy J, Ghosts of Jupiter plus wild-card winner #2, TBA later tonight (playing the Semis Night 2 on Friday, April 13).
We have our Local Exposure artist for April: GENTLEMEN HALL. Props to the Boston electronic pop sextet for coming up to the WFNX studios to hang, talk ragtime, and play a semi-stripped down mini-session live on air. GHall world premiered two new tracks – “Makes Me Feel Alive” and “Golden Age” – and we also debuted their new Flam Clap remix, which you can download as the Boston Phoenix Mp3 of the Week this Thursday.
Just before their sold-out gig at the Paradise the other night, BAND OF SKULLS dropped by the WFNX studios to rip through a couple of songs, sans-amplification. These versions of "Sweet Sour" and "Bruises"? Still more evidence that they can rip your head off -- with or without a Marshall stack.
DOWNLOAD: Band of Skulls, Sweet Sour (Live on WFNX) [mp3]
After two weeks down in Austin for SXSW it feels good to be back in the pilot’s seat of Boston Accents, navigating 120 minutes through the clear skies of our region’s finest rock, electronic, and pop music. And we now have a new co-pilot: Foxwoods Resort Casino – anything but ordinary! I do love me some Foxwoods, and heading down there on Christmas Eve, the night before my birthday, has been a tradition among me and my friends the past couple of years.
Tonight’s BOSTON ACCENTS playlist, which is posted mad late and shit because I wanted to race over to Great Scott and witness the Dirty Dishes continue their rise to riches, fame, and glory. The show was split in halfsies, with the rock and roll dropping in Hour 1 -– including a Spring Preview segment and some nasty technical difficulties, apologies -– and the more electronic sounds filling most of the second hour.
A bit rock heavy tonight on the ol’ Accents, as I supposed I have our Phoenix Presents gig down in Allston on the mind. In fact, I’m writing this right now, as Young Adults perform live at Great Scott, so forgive any typos or bullshit that this playlist might contain. So it goes, so it goes. Here’s what we heard a few hours ago via the WFNX airwaves…