It’s time to paint a giant spoked “B” in front of the “Austin” city-limits sign.
Joining the massive influx of Boston peeps, bands, and music geeks headed down to SXSW next week, the Boston Phoenix, WFNX, Allston rock club Great Scott, and Boston-based promotions company Pirate have teamed up to present “FIRST CONTACT,” a free day party at Klub Krucial in downtown Austin this Wednesday, March 16 (noon to 6 pm).
Can you feel the magic in the air? We're one week away from the launch of our FIRST CONTACT series, a collabo collabo between the Boston Phoenix, Great Scott, WFNX, and Pirate Promotion. Going to Austin for SXSW? If so, RSVP to our EventBrite, and show the love via Facebook. But remember, this party is FREE to all who are wandering up and down 6th Street in Texas' finest city. Rock.
Fuck yeah -- Allston punk trio YOUNG ADULTS, who launched their debut video just last week and anchored our Class of 2011 feature back in January, have been added to our Austin party next Wednesday, March 16.
First Contact, presented by the Phoenix, WFNX, Great Scott and Pirate Promotion, now features: DOM, HOORAY FOR EARTH, EUGENE MIRMAN, GIRLFRIENDS, YOUNG ADULTS, THE GOOD NATURED, THE SEEDY SEEDS and FUNERAL PARTY
We had so much fun at SXSW last year that we're going back again. And this time we're going even harder in the paint -- and throwing a party of our own. If you're headed down to Austin, join us on Wednesday, March 16 from noon to 6 pm at Klub Krucial, 612 East 6th Street (next door to the legendary Austin concert hall Emo's).
High School Musicals: Amanda Palmer (left, in 1992), Kelsi Nielsen
In one of the spring's most face-melting developments, AMANDA PALMER announced earlier this month that she was returning to Lexington High to collaborate with her old high-school drama teacher and 20 current students on a production based on Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea.Palmer's drama teacher, Steven Bogart, told Palmer's publicist that this isn't really much of a stretch since, as a senior, Amanda wrote a play based on the music of the Legendary Pink Dots called Asylum. Apparently it was quite the hit: the "theatrical post-modern form of the piece challenged the
Massachusetts High School Drama Guild to rewrite their criteria for
judging the state drama festival," Bogart says.
Palmer, for her part, credits Lexington High's drama program -- in which students wrote their own plays from scratch over the course of two months -- with turning her into an artist: "This is the way I grew up understanding theater,"
Palmer says in the press release. "We created magic out of nothing. I always hated the
boring stock plays and musicals, they seemed lifeless. Bogart always
encouraged us to use our brains and hearts to dig deep and find
something meaningful and original to put on the stage."
At around this point in the press release, we suddenly felt like we were reading an abstract of the High School Musical script, and we were suddenly reminded how much Kelsi in HSM#1 reminded us of Amanda (only with Brian Vig's signature bowler thrown in). And wait, don't we have Amanda's high-school yearbook photo floating around here somewhere? Ah, yes: thus, the images above -- that's Palmer's 1992 Lexington High yearbook photo. Wait for it, we've got more after the jump . . .including bonus-round photos of then-Lexington-High senior EUGENE MIRMAN!
There were no Fiji mermaids or dog-faced boys to be found at the
“Cabinet of Wonders” show at the Brattle Theatre last Thursday, but the
odd variety-show format ensured that its shelves were well-stocked with
First, the night’s host — Hastings-born, Dylan-inspired
singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding — tore into a few earwormy
numbers off his new album, Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead