The JD McPHERSON show at T.T. The Bear's last night was likely one of the most fun things happening in the city at the time... of course, the bar for awesomeness was set pretty low. Yesterday was Tuesday, and hardly anything cool ever happens on Tuesday. But this would’ve been pretty fucking rad even by weekend standards.
Last week we were invited to 40 South Street, where Sleepover Shows was shooting BANDITAS for an intimate, three-song session in the two-room Jamaica Plain vintage shop. Check out this week's OUT column on the performance and just what are Sleepover Shows, which was nominated for Best Music Blog in this year's Best of 2011 poll, and check out some hand-held behind-the-scenes phlipcam action above.
In this week's Phoenix we hype 11 local bands you should know in 2011.
While the feature includes tasty tidbits like each band's bio, next show around town, and individual live video links, we decided to save a handful of mp3s for our beloved On The Download readership.
Below are downloadable tracks from five of our selections -- Banditas, Stereo Telescope, Doomstar!, RIBS, and cover darlings Night Fruit, photographed above by Kelly Davidson -- so load these hott jams onto your iPod and welcome the new sound of the New Year.
Hey, it's Banditas! After making the rounds last night along the usual Central Square dance party spots -- Vigil @ Middlesex, Release @ Enormous Room, Penguin Club @ ZuZu -- a friend suggested we sashay up Mass Ave like fancy young things hankerin for some live music and check out the lo-fi Americana twang of Banditas.