Around 15 years ago I started going to local rock shows in and around Boston. At that time, the rock bands I saw play at halls and clubs around Massachusetts were made up of almost all guys. And yet today, all of my favorite rock bands from in and around Boston have at least one female member, if not more. I love seeing women in rock bands.
Editor's note: this is the first column in a new series from Chris Keene, singer/guitarist of Boston rock band Mean Creek. Follow them: @MeanCreek
In Martin Scorsese's 2005 BOB DYLAN documentary, No Direction Home Bob Neuwirth explains that in the underground folk scene of the 1960s, when someone was curious about whether an artist was worth checking out or not, they would ask, “Does he/she have something to say?” That’s how they judged an artist.
We're still dusting off the collective bangover from last night's shit-show WFNX Holiday Party, so while shake off the cocktail cobwebs, here's a collection of videos captured by the irresplacable Mick Murray. It was loud as all fuck last night at the Lansdowne Pub, so the sound isn't perfect, but you get the idea.
Look out honey cuz I'm using technology! We're pulling this throwback classic out of the Phoenix Phlipcam vaults in nervous anticipation of THE SCROOGES -- the only all-Santa Stooges cover band, maybe in the world! -- decking our halls tomorrow night at the Lansdowne Pub for the WFNX Holiday party. Dave Unger and his merry band of musical misfits have been doing the Scrooges every December since 2001, and this appearance with us will be one of the street-walking Santas only gigs this year.
Ho-ho-WHOA! Come rock out with the Phoenix and WFNX.com at our first-annual MISTLETOE, MUSIC & MISFITS HOLIDAY PARTY -- Tuesday, December 18 at Lansdowne Pub.
We've decked the halls with rock and roll, so join us as we welcome live performances by MEAN CREEK, our city's rising indie rock heroes whose latest record Youth Companion was just named "Album of the Year" in the 2012 Boston Music Awards, and THE STOOGES, the world's only all-Santa Stooges cover band, ripping through Iggy's suitcase of hits and other '70s garage rock classics.
MEAN CREEK'S upcoming full-length album Youth Companion is one of the more anticipated records coming out of Boston this fall, but we still have a few weeks before the release party (October 11 at Brighton Music Hall in Allston) and official drop date (October 16 off Old Flame Records). So in the meantime, the day after the 'Creek announced another coast-to-coast tour with the Counting Crows to round out 2012, frontman and guitarist CHRIS KEENE offered up this collection of stripped-down solo compositions to hold us over.
Last week during the second night of the Boston Accents Funeral Party at Great Scott, indie darlings MEAN CREEK performed a rare cover, a rousing take on the Replacements' 1985 classic, "Left Of The Dial." We were all so crunked in the moment that we didn't capture any footage of it (we did plan ahead enough to assign a photographer to shoot the party), but last night the band busted it out for a second time at the Paradise Rock Club.
Remember that time at SXSW last year when ADAM DURITZ of COUNTING CROWS was dancing around like a madman to MEAN CREEK'S crazed outdoor performance at the Rusty Spurs and even tweeted that our hometown crew were "KILLIN IT RIGHT NOW!!!"?
We'll nearly a year has gone by and the frontman of the '90s hit-making rock band has stepped up his game: Boston's beloved 'Creek will now fly with the 'Crows for 14 national dates that start in Seattle, cross the country heading back to the northeast, and end on a high note in Nashville.
OK, so check it, I got the lowdown: Jenelle (or Chelsea, or maybe it was Kailyn, no wait Leah) was having a wicked huge fight with Brent or Keifer or Bobby or whatever because he was a really bad dad even though he said he'd, like, be there when the baby arrived (editor's note: evs city, bro, u ain't no man), and then there was this court case and she went on probation and couldn't smoke w33d and faced rehab but took part in the Mom Walk at the mall anyway and her friends were, like, super supportive and all "your a good mom, Jenelle (or Chelsea or Kailyn or Leah)" and she really wanted to just get her education and finish school despite being mad preggers and provide a good life to her babychild (is Sunbeam a sweet middle name? Editor's note 2: yes, yes it is), and maybe she could even move out the trailer one day, but Corey or Robby just wants to play video games and wear his old-ass hoodie and text his friends and sit there with his jaw hanging slightly open and it's sooo frustrating and well -- ahhhhhhhhhh *shotgun blast to the face*