The past couple of years have been kinda rough for New Hampshire music. Bands are leaving town, venues are closing, and college kids won’t listen to anything that doesn’t have a bass drop in it. But 2013 just might be the year things start looking up. Believe it or not, New Hampshire has a vibrant music scene, however decentralized and rural it may be, and bands are finally starting to poke their heads out and show themselves.
MAGIC MAN have been shrouded in mystery the past few years. First surfacing out of Providence in 2010 as a duo parked behind laptops, debut LP Real Life Color shared much DNA with the likes of MGMT and Passion Pit, especially the single, "Monster," which found a home on WFNX's Boston Accents. After relative silence since, they’re now reborn as a full five-piece synthpop band in bubbly new electronic pop single “Paris,” a warm, engaging track that suggests an identity all their own.
Next up in our recent string of awesome "Phoenix Presents" shows is this Sunday at the Middlesex with Emily Reo, Arvid Noe, and Ava Luna. Details above. Download songs by all artists on the bill, below. Emily Reo is new to Allston, but has been playing music for years. Her enlightened dream-pop is a staple amongst the socially-conscious arts collective FMLY; her ethereal voice and enveloping electronics are especially mesmerizing live.
After a few weeks of show spotlights, this week’s Playlist is a bi-polar look at opposite ends of the Boston rock spectrum. Leading off is a new track from Central Massachusetts’ post-electroni-core quartet HERRA TERRA, whose “Portals” off their new Hyperborean EP is a comet-trail of synth-song. While there are record release parties set for Worcester (March 22 at Ralph's with Animal Talk, RIBS, and Coralcola) and Providence (March 30 at Fete Lounge with Lovelife, Ravi Shavi, and the Kolour Kolt) we're holding on tightly for a Boston date to be announced shortly.
It’s been just more than two years since YOUNG ADULTS released their noisy blitz-punk debut LP Black Hole. Since then, bassist Danny O’Neill (ex-Protokoll) joined the band and guitarist Chris Villon relocated to Northampton, but they remain one of Boston’s most viciously sludgy live acts, and finally return with new material.
We first heard from Boston electronic duo CASE & POINT early last year when they bootlegged everyone from the xx to Doctor P and caught the attention of Swedish dance duo Icona Pop with their big-room banger remix -of-summer anthem “I Love It.”
Now producers Casey Vadum and TJ Jordan have created Room Service Vol.
Show spotlight! Saturday night at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, Irish-born-and-Boston-bred soul crooner and two-time defending Boston Music Awards “Male Vocalist of the Year” Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters celebrate the national release of new record Everything’s Up For Grabs, and to mark the occasion, the Phoenix teamed up with Q Division records for an EP starring the show’s flavor-charged lineup.
Want the official soundtrack to CLASS OF 2013? Grab the entire compilation right now at the Phoenix's Bandcamp page and take home the 13 bands that we feel are going to have a pretty good year ahead, around our town and beyond. And tune in to WFNX.com Thursday, January 24 at 5pm EST as Boston Accents welcomes all the bands and artists featured here for one shit show radio party.
Our inaugural playlist of 2013 is hellbent for fuzz, kicking off with a ferocious track from indie veterans GUILLERMO SEXO. “Echo Out My Call” is a buzzed-out call-to-arms, and the first serving off the band’s new EP Bring Down Your Arms, out digitally this week. Rueben Bettsak of GSexo will be a guest on Boston Accents today, January 17, debuting his band's new songs and selecting other faves from around town (5pm EST, wfnx.
Ho ho whoa! Our second-annual Phoenix Holiday EP is another seasonal serving of Christmas songs that will help you forget Pomplamoose ever existed. After famously fending off "Jerks" for much of her breakout 2012, former Tufts University student STEPHIE COPLAN and her merry band of PEDESTRIANS demand “No Assholes on Christmas” this year, and two cuts from acts on the bill for the Boston Band Crush Holiday Spectacular Friday at Brighton Music Hall, THE FIELD EFFECT (this week's What's F'N Next band) and EMILY PEAL turn in two distinct bell-jingling covers.
Guitars roar mighty in this week’s playlist, kicking off with a slow rumble from the prowling post-punk sounds of THE MILLING GOWNS, whose “Zenith” is our black-clad selection off their new EP, Something Dangerous Loves Me, which gets the release party treatment Friday night at Radio on a growling bill with Plumerai and Velah.
It’s good to be home for the holidays — just ask MEAN CREEK, who after several weeks of crossing the country with Counting Crows are crashing Allston this Saturday with a homecoming gig at Great Scott, and “Young & Wild,” the first single off October’s Youth Companion record, is the perfect soundtrack to kick off the holidaze season.
We’re “Halfway to Hell” on a nonstop rock-and-roll train passing through the mean streets of nowhere, and VIVA VIVA is behind the wheel, steering us to the Middle East Tuesday night, November 27 for the Prince Children’s Education Fund benefit show. This latest cut from Boston’s most badass rock band is the closing track off recent EP Dead In Yr Tracks, another gritty romp through Boston’s darker rock underbelly.
We’re riding reckless on the high seas of Boston pop, stretching our line out west to Los Angeles and reeling in a familiar fish. Former B.O.S.T.O.N.I.A.N. BLEU returns to his adopted hometown Saturday night at Great Scott, wrapping up an East Coast tour with Air Traffic Controller -- who will be live in the WFNX studio on Friday for Boston Accents.
If one record-release party is enough to get our attention, a double record-release party is enough to get its own Playlist. This Friday, November 9, at the Middle East in Cambridge the smooth dance-able rock of trio MUY CANSADO and the bouncy alt-rock of NAKED ON ROLLER SKATES team up to drop buckets of new jams on Cambridge