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
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.
GENTLEMEN HALL are on a nonstop grind. After 2011 saw the Berklee-bred synth-pop sextet perform at the Billboard Music Awards, secure two Boston Music Awards (including Pop Rock Artist of the Year), and tour the country from here to there, the new year has been all about hustle. The band re-released the When We All Disappear EP for free download last month, kicked off their 13-date Spring Fling tour this week, and are letting the remixers have their way with their already vibrant, glistening brand of electro-pop.
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.
The lads of GENTLEMEN HALL continue to blow up. At November's Boston Music Awards the rising electronic pop sextet took home Best Pop/Rock Act and Best Video (for "Close To Me," featuring Carmen from Bodega Girls), then last month dropped glitzy New Year's Eve balls in New York City with Atomic Tom and McAlister Drive .
Say what you will about the 2011 BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS: Rob Zombie hasn't been nominated in several years. That's progress. We're still getting shitfaced and maybe even livestreaming the afterparty in our hotel room, but for those of you who didn't make it to the Liberty Hotel, missed our live broadcast on WFNX 101.7 FM's "Boston Accents," and also your Twitter is broke or something, here's the official winners list: