This year’s ROCK AND ROLL RUMBLE field of 24 contestants has been announced, and it’s a pretty stellar collection of bands that runs a spectrum of sound from metal to synthpop to Americana to indie rock (and pretty much everything else). You want a New England specific music fest? Here it is, right here, spread out over nine drunken nights in April at T.
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.
The soothing jingle of Boston’s ongoing game of booking agent musical chairs has once again stopped, leaving two of the city’s more well-known clubs with familiar faces enlisted to bring bands to their respective stages.
A few weeks ago, RYAN AGATE of RTT PRESENTS was named booking agent of the 70-person O’Brien’s Pub in Allston, and today, RICHARD BOUCHARD, formerly of music blog Boston Band Crush and an independent promoter working as INDIE ROCK RANGER PRESENTS, was brought onto the team at T.
The day after a report that ManRay could resurface in Central Square, a band that would fit right in at the underground nightclub is playing across the street from its former location. San Francisco's THE SOFT MOON, with all their murky guitar-pop post-punk haze and daze, play T.T. The Bear's Place tonight alongside Montreal's MAJICAL CLOUDZ and our homegrown RIBS, who were named Best Rock Act in last month's Boston Music Awards.
Covering JOY DIVISION isn't really all that new these days, hell even Peter Hook is doing it on the reg. But there's something pretty unique when two guys and an army of loop pedals and effects take on the legendary post-punk band's 1979 classic "Disorder," and that's exactly what's been helping build some buzz for Los Angeles post-rock duo EL TEN ELEVEN
New York-based concert promoter THE BOWERY PRESENTS has expanded its Boston bandwidth with the hiring of CQ Presents talent buyers CARL LAVIN, pictured above, and JOSH SMITH.
The move aligns two additional venues under the Bowery's regional network: Allston’s 240-capacity Great Scott and 330-capacity T.
HANDS AND KNEES’ first single off upcoming LP Red Hot Minnow soothes with a swaying pipe-dream groove. The aptly titled “Dreamt” is a rousing bit of nostalgia with a doo-wop feel, tracing hazy Eric Burdon soul that goes from poised to wicked on a dime. The track is the B-side opener to the new record, released this week on Cambridge-based pRIMORDIAL sOUNDS (the label of Noah Bond and Spenser Gralla, the duo who DJ’d the BMP party described in “Out,” below).
About a month ago, I asked if the Phoenix would like me to write a blog review of a presentation by 2:54 that took place Wednesday night at T.T. the Bear’s. Had anyone known at the time that the PHX's Best Music Poll Awards would be slated for the same evening, I would not have made this offer. But I fulfilled my original obligation and duty because I am either an uncannily responsible person, or the most responsible person of all time.
Photos by Michael Marotta
Back when we caught DIIV at SXSW in March, they were called Dive and perhaps little more than a Beach Fossils side-project curiosity. But even then, watching Z. Cole Smith on the Fader Fort stage in an oversized red sports shirt and bright blond bowl cut, we couldn't help but think of Kurt Cobain on stage at the 1992 MTV Music Awards
It’s long been said that a concertgoer holding up a cellphone is the new flashing of the devil horns, which makes the cover of the LIGHTS OUT’S new record On Fire all the more symbolic of the times: an outstretched arm recording rock-and-roll magic (illegally?) while engulfed in flames, the image laid out on a Kodak print, the very entity killed off by this modern technology.
It feels like forever since Boston rock band RIBS released the one-two sonic punch of their Locrian Singles. That was January 2011, and since then, the pulsating quartet has been hard at work meticulously crafting their EP follow-up, Russian Blood.
Primed for explosion, the first single, "Kiss," was released today via the promo video above, and it's also available as a free download.
Now that the 33rd annual ROCK N ROLL RUMBLE has wrapped up its 24-band preliminary week -- and readies to take on T.T. The Bear's Place once again on Thursday for the first of two back-to-back semifinal nights -- let's compile all six of our Rumble recaps into one convenient mega-post. Here's what we saw, heard and eventually wrote, posted the day after each night (semifinals schedule after the jump).
Rumble Night #4 preliminary round winners: Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck
For a Rock N' Roll Rumble novice like myself, the event witnessed Friday night was an absolute affirmation of not just the strength of Boston music, but the supportiveness that the bands have for one another -- despite the ridiculous contrast in styles and personalities.
Rumble Night #4 preliminary round winners: Cask Mouse
The first time I had ever heard the name CASK MOUSE was via text message last January from Carl Lavin, who was at O’Brien’s Pub the night they rootsy folk act played on a bill with Jim Healey, Zip-Tie Handcuffs, and Keith Pierce of Mellow Bravo. It was one of those “You should see the crowd reaction this band is getting” messages I’ve occasionally gotten from Lavin over the past decade or so (the first one was for like Black Rebel Motorcycle around 2001).
Rumble Night #3 preliminary round winners: Ghosts of Jupiter
Back in the mid-2000s, the Rock And Roll Rumble was suffering from a sort of self-inflicted crisis. A proud, three-decade franchise of WBCN, the bands that were winning the damn thing did not mesh at all with the hard rock radio station’s format.