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.
Much <3 to Boston electro-pop duo STEREO TELESCOPE for coming by the WFNX studio today to perform an acoustic set, pick some tunes, and hype up Saturday's Electric Xmas party at Brighton Music Hall in Allston. We also gave away five pairs of passes via our social media sites and text alerts, so congrats to all the winners.
After four kickass years of publishing Boston music news, show promos, and song reviews (among, you know, a billion other things), the good folk of BOSTON BAND CRUSH decided to call it a day this morning (read the full announcements here). Co-founder ASHLEY WILLARD and editor RICHARD BOUCHARD joined me in the WFNX studio to discuss the blog, its four years on the daily beat all over Boston, and all sorts of other verbal ragtime.
We've been waiting for a new BAD RABBITS jam for what feels like forever, and now, roughly five weeks before hitting Brighton Music Hall for a New Year's Eve bash with Herra Terra and friends, the Boston band has finally dropped its new single. And it's heavy. I'll spin on WFNX it at 5pm later today to kick off Boston Accents, we bet it'll sound killer on the radio.
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.
On Monday morning, Vancouver garage rock duo JAPANDROIDS released their new music video for 2012's undisputed call-to-arms anthem "The House That Heaven Built," and the tour-diary footage has a few recognizable parts filmed in Boston: the van cruising through either the Ted Williams or Tip O'Neill tunnel, the deep stage and long brick wall of Brighton Music Hall, and a girl passed out on Brighton Avenue either after or during the band's sold-out June 26 show at the Allston venue.
Earlier today, JAPANDROIDS finally released a video for their 2012 Song Of The Year nominee, "The House That Heaven Built," and it's a fun little black-and-white journey with the band on tour across America, felating bottles of Jack Daniel's, tearing up ridiculously packed music venues from coast to coast, shotgunning beers, packing up the van, and shooting at some molotov cocktails in the woods.
Photo by Jessica Lehrman from Rolling Stone
It takes a lot of sheer exuberance to effectively write and perform pop music-- and luckily for her, when I caught up with 20-year-old UK ingenue CHARLI XCX, on the eve of a tour that brings her tonight to Brighton Music Hall in Allston, she had exuberance to spare.
A smarmy, explosive mix of James Brown and the Crocodiles, King Khan himself leads the nine-piece, horn-filled KING KHAN & THE SHRINES with psychedelic costumed antics, tight musicianship, and potential nudity. And he does it all with the charming smile of a close friend and an undeniable magnetism usually saved for voodoo leaders.
The job of an AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER is intense. So when former US Navy air traffic controller Dave Munro sings on “The Work,” “Trying to be perfect but I’m not/In this line of work that’s how you’ve got to be/So many details that we need to oversee/Climbing and then descending rapidly,” he’s giving you insight to his heart’s weary cockpit.
GENTLEMEN HALL are on a nonstop grind. After 2011 saw the Berklee-bred synth-pop sextet perform at the Billboard Music Awards, secure two Boston Music Awards (including Pop Rock Artist of the Year), and tour the country from here to there, the new year has been all about hustle. The band re-released the When We All Disappear EP for free download last month, kicked off their 13-date Spring Fling tour this week, and are letting the remixers have their way with their already vibrant, glistening brand of electro-pop.
As we first reported back in December when we sat down with CHRIS BROKAW before his gig at the Plough & Stars in Cambridge, '90s slowcore veterans CODEINE today announced a world tour to coincide with their reunion and album reissues. They hit the Brighton Music Hall on Saturday, June 30, in the middle of a 19-date run that includes mostly club shows with a sprinkling of festival dates (notably, All Tomorrow's Parties in Japan and the UK, and Primavera Sound in Spain).
In this week’s Phoenix, Michael Christopher talks to Brandon Welchez of San Diego noise-pop duo CROCODILES, who bring a fuzzy haze of rock and roll fury to the Brighton Music Hall in Allston tonight.
Hey, want to go? We're giving away a pair of passes, courtesy of our friends over at Fenway Recording Sessions.
This weekend brings a two-night stand at the Brighton Music Hall for post-punk godfathers MISSION OF BURMA, who have somehow morphed into a band that’s equal parts internationally renowned throwbacks and prolific Boston underdogs. For this week's Cellars By Starlight column in the Phoenix, I recently sat down with guitarist Roger Miller at his home in Somerville to talk about the evolution of the band in both worlds, and the unorthodox path his career has taken since he first landed a record deal in 1969.