Although the MACROTONES aren't niche snobs who get aggravated with the “world music” label often thrust upon them, vague pigeonholes hardly do justice to this Charlestown 10-piece, which romances any number of micro-scenes on a regular basis. Originally formed three years ago as an Afro-funk collective built to break authentic grooves à la Antibalas, they've evolved into a hybrid fit for freaking fans of jazz, boom-bap, roots reggae, and acid-worthy jam bands.
Boston rock trio STATIC OF THE GODS have built a reputation on electronic guitar pop that bakes warmly in a haze of shoegaze and post-rock. If their sound were a color, it’d be a bright-but-dense green — a vivid dream-pop forest of tall, lush melodies and weightless sonic oxygen. The first 100 or so seconds of “Hauntings,” off the upcoming Midnight Fires EP, sways through those trees with an early-’90s Seattle breeze before heartbreak gives way to a gentle avalanche of ache and subtle power pop.
After their wild ride through last month’s Rock And Roll Rumble at T.T. The Bear’s, we’re familiar with the underdog tale of OLDJACK and how Dan Nicklin’s crew overwhelmed the festivities with an assault of awesome, wild-carding their way into the final round. So what comes next for these blue-eyed soul rockers? OldJack are back May 14 at the cozy Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, helping friends The Rationales celebrate the release of new album The Distance In Between
Not everybody had the dexterity required to crawl out of the 3516 basement unscathed. But not only did HAVE NOTS survive their first show on Halloween 2006 at the fabled jubilant purgatory of punk in Jamaica Plain (where an apparently nice, mellow Christian family moved in after the landlord rebuilt the joint), they’ve since mastered the craft of state-smashin’ ska punk.
Upon first hearing KAL MARKS, it’s easy to think he’s some train-hopping troubadour from a far-away, land-locked region of the country. But the layered-and-looped strains of rickety plugged-in folk and blues on his original bedroom recordings were actually the creation of a twentysomething Allston dude who frequently plays local DIY spaces.
There’s a hypnotic, almost dream-like quality to the sounds coming out of VARY LUMAR’s collective dome: equal bits alt-rock and electronics, all intertwined in creating an emotive whirlwind of vibes that feel like edgy, psychedelic improvisations. Here on “Hysteriatype,” the standout track from new album The Jig Is Up, the Lumar four slow their moody roll just a touch, soundtracking the delicate descent of a Percocet-fed melody tripping down a progressive-rock rabbit hole.
Have you ever danced with El Diablo on the corner of an eight ball? Driven through a bean field wearing nothing but a boombox made of magic? If not, then the new four-track Latin-dicked BSTRD Boots 12-inch from Flavorheard subsidiary the WHISKEY BARONS is your chance to surf South American mountaintops in a flamingo-pink Delorean.
Douchebag. Love it or hate it — there is no better word to describe some people. Douchebags come in unlimited varieties — political, sports, work, and more. But the one that truly stands out these days is the social-media douchebag. It’s the guy who comes up and asks, “Are you following me?” Now, whenever you deal with one of those people, there’s a new theme song, courtesy of BROWNBOOT’S “I Can't Wait (To Get Away).
Over the past decade, the Beatings’ ELDRIDGE RODRIGUEZ has been one of the more prolific and distinguished voices in Boston rock, releasing 10 studio albums (six with band, four solo) that range from deconstructionist pop to noisy post-punk. On his latest effort, You Are Released (Midriff Records), Rodriguez further channels his inner Scott Walker for an experimental romp through themes of isolation, nature, and mortality, enlisting Wheat and Sarah Borges to fill out the record’s myriad sounds, moods, and vibes.
The STERNS parted ways a few years ago, but their power-pop traces are found all over town: guitarist Alex Stern plays in New Collisions, guitarist Emeen Zarookian took center stage with Spirit Kid, and true man-about-town Andy Sadoway drums in Girlfriends. Now, the Sterns have returned (minus one busy Spirit Kid) with their first new batch of songs in three years.
There’s already a bunch of songs written about
Alzheimer’s disease, but they’ve all been generally forgettable. Perhaps the
catchiest ditty of dementia is now the FATAL FLAW’s new single, “Narrow Hours,” which
singer/guitarist Joel Reader penned about the residents of a local
assisted-living community for Alzheimer’s patients, and especially a healthy
elderly man who visits his sick wife each day despite her increasing memory
When HERRA TERRA were nominated for a Boston Music Award last year, they were cast in the Metal/Hardcore category. But the Worcester quartet carry more of a mind for the dance floor than the mosh pit. Quiet Geist — their 2010 release on Athens, Georgia, label the Mylene Sheath, home to Boston acts Caspian, Eksi Ekso, and Junius — was a blitzkrieg of modern beats and glossy, ultra-produced electronic rock wizardry.
“What we need is more guitars,” tweeted Mike Rodriguez of As Built PR on February 13. A week later, the Boston-based marketing and promotions company unveiled SOFT PYRAMIDS’ debut EP, a detached-cool rock and roll afterparty racket that recalls a late-’70s Lower East Side punk attitude with nary and electronic device in sight (or sound).
If this is truly the year Boston’s early-‘90s indie scene strikes back, it wouldn’t be complete without a new Damon & Naomi track to get lost in while commuting through the city. Joining Sebadoh’s reissue parade and Buffalo Tom’s new album (both with Paradise gigs, March 24 and April 8, respectively) former Galaxie 500 duo DAMON & NAOMI return with their first new material since 2007’s exercise in beautiful misery, Within These Walls.