Over the course of a 25-year career as a band you're going to draw a pretty broad spectrum of ages to your shows, especially if you've been churning out the type of eternally young and bummed fury that DEFTONES have perfected. The crowd at the House of Blues on Tuesday night was a mix of the young and the young at heart, if not necessarily the young at hair.
I take great pride in the fact that I used to hang out at the same Durham, North Carolina record store that John Darnielle of THE MOUNTAIN GOATS used to frequent from time to time. He's an icon in my home state, and steadily becominging an icon all over. His band's 14th record, Transcendental Youth, was released October 2, and charats the evolution of a group of Seattle-based characters over its 12 tracks.
Catching up with ex-Pantera, current Down frontman PHIL ANSELMO several weeks back for the second-annual Phoenix Metal Issue was anything but predictable. First, he decided to change my name to “Mike Chris,” and then simply to “Chris.” He had determined that we needed to “shorten that shit up.” Then I made the questionable decision to chide him about the merch section on the website of his boutique record label, Housecore Records, which had been woefully lacking in updating its available stock.
In many ways, Saul Hudson, aka SLASH, has had a blessed life, especially since his early 20s, when his joining LA glam upstarts Hollywood Rose, after toiling in bands with names like Tidus Sloan and Road Crew, led to the formation of Guns N' Roses, which in turn led to a rolled out red carpet of lavish rock and roll debauchery the likes of which may never be seen again.
As long as the city remains his church, ANTHONY GONZALEZ of M83 will always have success in places like Boston. Tonight, the French electronic pop mastermind hits the House of Blues for another sold out show, a few months after Daniel Brockman caught up with him back in November, his first time in the big room.
For the Anglophile rock fan there's always something slightly depressing about seeing one of your favorite UK bands play in Boston at a venue that's slightly too big for them. It's like watching your little brother running around the yard in hand-me-downs. You can see how they're supposed to grow into them, but for now the sleeves are way too floppy.
Despite forming back in 2004, California's YOUNG THE GIANT seemed to have come out of nowhere over the past year. Of course, that's heavily indebted to their breakout self-titled debut album, which dropped in October 2010 and has been all over the world since. We caught up with frontman SAMEER GADHIA a few weeks ago by phone, getting us all worked up for Young The Giant's gig tonight at the House of Blues with fellow indie risers Grouplove.
JACK'S MANNEQUIN isn’t just a brand name or a band moniker, it has become a person in Orange County, California’s Andrew McMahon. From his 2005 diagnosis of and battle with leukemia McMahon became more than just a catchy vocalist with some really delicate prose. He became a fighter, and his war with cancer became a backdrop to some pretty intense albums.
A thunderous rock anthem like "Dancing With Her Friends" was just born to fill up a big room, and tonight SIDEWALK DRIVER gets that chance as the colorful Boston glam n' glitter crew open for the B-52's at the House of Blues. It'll be the first of two times a rising Boston act graduates to play the big stage, as next Friday Mean Creek joins the WFNX Miracle on Lansdowne Street party.