Boysetsfire made a stop at the Brighton Music Hall Thursday, May 17, during their ongoing reunion tour. They came out hard with a set consisting of their “hits” dating back to 1997’s The Day the Sun Went Out, through the scorned WindUp Records releases with spatterings of new extremely heavy material mixed in.
This Saturday, the first of the month, October officially becomes Rocktober. But before we enact a city-wide moratorium on use of the facepalm-flinging mashup, the denim-clad dudes of TOWNSHIP fill the bill and fit the bit in true definition by reducing Brighton Music Hall to a smoldering rock rubble. Brand spankin’ new disc One More Summer is a riff-laden musical love letter to youthful rebellion, parties in the woods, and the struggles of getting older, and it’s led by standout bluesy shit-fit jamboree “All Your Stufff.
Chicago's SCATTERED TREES played a great show last night at Brighton Music Hall in support of PAUL DEMPSEY. The band's U2-but-not-nearly-as-shitty-as-U2 sound sent good vibes throughout the room. The soft and charming vocals of Nate Eisland and his smokin' hot wife Alissa dipped and soared with stunning dynamics.
This past Monday, as I walked over to Brighton Avenue, I was bombarded with bummed out kids looking for tickets to the KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS show. I shook my head and apologized, but I can’t feel bad for people who didn’t get tickets in time, even when I’m one of them. Everyone was hyper from drinking free Slurpees all day so the normally purse-lipped contemplative indie rock crowd was on their feet and rowdy.
Who releases a new EP in the middle of the summer? A band as cool and airy as an indie-pop waterslide, that’s who. SPIRIT KID might be pulling opening duty for NYC weirdoes Darwin Deez Saturday night at Brighton Music Hall (158 Brighton Ave, Allston | 9pm | $12), but our local melody-makers take top billing with the release of their new Happiness extended player, which they tossed up on the ol' Bandcamp just this morning
I’ve seen GANG GANG DANCE three times, and each time brings a new, interesting experience. I first saw them when they opened of Montreal’s Skeletal Lamping tour at The Orpheum, where they flawlessly fused their sound check and guitar tuning into the first movement of their set; the second time was at Prospect Park in Brooklyn in support of TV On The Radio, where unofficial band member/spiritual muse Taka “Baby Love” Imamura was tackled by security, who must have thought he was some cracked out Brooklynite that somehow wandered on stage with a flag made of a garbage bag and a broomstick.
Yes, the word "epic" is grossly overused and has lost any and all of its merit. But there's just no other way to describe this nearly-15-minute clip from Wednesday's BEST MUSIC POLL party at Brighton Music Hall. (Plus it's Friday, two days later, and my brain is fried).
During BODEGA GIRLS' second "interlude set," they were joined by COSMO and BOBBY of DOM and performed Dom's "Living In America," followed by AMANDA PALMER for a cover of her "Map of Tasmania," and then, lastly, by BILL JANOVITZ, when the ensemble busted out a lost BUFFALO TOM b-side, "Does This Mean You're Not My Friend."
Before FREEZEPOP were awarded our office-made gold record for winning Best Album/EP in the 2001 Best Music Poll, they showed Wednesday's award party crowd at Brighton Music Hall exactly why they are one of Boston's true electronic music pioneers. Here they are performing "Special Effects," off the award-winning record Imaginary Friends Wednesday night at the BMP party, courtesy of video shot by Mick Murray.
Well, here's Wednesday's grand BMP finale.
As the Bruins rolled into the third period en route to a Game 7 Stanley Cup victory, the roof blew off the Brighton Music Hall well before Zdeno Chara lifted that 36-pound silver chalice over his head in Vancouver. In wrapping up a legendary night at the first-ever Best Music Poll awards party, PETER WOLF, DUKE LEVINE and BILLY BEARD hit the stage and joined BODEGA GIRLS and Nikki Dessingue of STEREO TELESCOPE for a blazing rendition of J.
Sick of BODEGA GIRLS yet? Well, here's something different -- a Bodega original. Not satisfied with playing only Boston Rock Songs of Yesteryear at Wednesday's BMP Party at Brighton Music Hall, our house sprinkled in some of their own tunes, and here for "School Night" they rocked large in an epic, all out, no-holds-barred jam session.
Tonight, we rage.
After weeks of planning, plotting and counting up a gazillion votes, The Phoenix is ready to throw down at tonight's Best Music Poll awards at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston. Fear not, we'll have the Bruins on the televisions as they shoot for their first Stanley Cup since 1972, and the awards should be over around whenb the 3rd period starts.
THE BLOW is a performance of extreme minimalism that leaves you reconsidering your ideas of a concert entirely. Armed with a fan, a few lights, and a microphone, Khaela Maricich started her performance Saturday night at Brighton Music Hall abruptly, and without introduction, singing a short vocal piece delicately into the microphone, eyes staring blankly at no one.
It was worth the wait — BIG FREEDIA, New Orleans’s sissy-bounce queen (she identifies as female, y’all), rocking those butts at Brighton Music Hall in a Boston debut on Memorial Day. Freedia (pronounced Freda), doesn’t rap exactly — she exhorts, she coaches, she commands. Her hooks are rapid-fire repetitions of her titles: “AZZeverywhere! AZZeverywhere! AZZeverywhere!” And a lot of incantation that sounds like “wackawackwackawacka,” or — more to the point “wobblewobblewobblewobblewobble.
We're handing out the 2011 BMP Awards -- No shit! Actual handmade craptastic trophies! Announced by people you may recognize! It all goes down at Brighton Music Hall on June 15. (Our annual Best Music Poll issue hits the stands hours later, and the results will be available for posterity at bestmusicpoll.
Maybe there is something to that age-old Boston Phoenix local band cover jinx! After defying gravity and gracing the front page of our lil' alt-weekly back in January's "Class of 2011: Boston's 11 Best New Bands" feature, NIGHT FRUIT pretty much disappeared.
Several of the other bands featured, from RIBS to Stereo Telescope to to Banditas to Doomstar to Dirty Dishes, have become must-see players on our always-blossoming local scene, but the Allston-based whatever-gaze trio apparently hit some rough waters, and singer/guitarist Amanda Dellevigne ghosted town, resurfaced in a land-locked state, and joined up with the alt-rock ladies of Vanity Theft