tongue-in-cheek ribbing has been flung about recently surrounding
chillwave, mostly by way of those who spotted the glossed-over fad as
being just that during its time in the RSS-powered sun. As someone who
was riding the wave pretty hard around this time last year and totally
enjoyed Neon Indian that one time I saw them, I'll keep the quips to a minimum.
That's the word on the street, and that's what it felt like when we caught an impressive FOSTER THE PEOPLE at the Windish Agency's SXSW showcase last month at Emo's (ignore that buzzing -- we were apparently getting electrocuted while trying to shoot video for you). "Pumped Up Kicks" is already all over WFNX like cleaning guy Pat D on free Bruins tickets, tonight's show at Brighton Music Hall with ROYAL BANGS and GROUPLOVE is way the fuck sold out, and we really need a true summer jam to make up for all that "California Gurls" bullshit last year.
To celebrate their Brighton Music Hall debut Friday night with Obits and Reports, the fine gentlemen of Boston sludge-rock quartet BLACK HELICOPTER have passed along a free download of their rare and out-of-print 2003 debut, That Specific Function (released by Jonah Jenkins off his Traktor7 label).
Nearly a year after Ayad from Passion Pit told me to check out THE JOY FORMIDABLE, the first band he signed to his NYC-based Black Bell boutique record label, I finally had a chance to see the Welsh noise-rock trio in live action last night at Allston's Brighton Music Hall. The Joy Formidable are, quite simply, a sonic tornado, as evidenced here in this nearly-8-minute-long phlipcam clip of current single "Whirring."
Carrie Brownstein last night brought WILD FLAG, her new supergroup of ‘90s indie icons, to a sold-out Brighton Music Hall, marking the young quartet’s biggest show to date. “We’ve been trying to play mostly to spaces that hold 80 to 150 people,” Brownstein told the crowd.
Apparently just fine with the Allston club packed-out with a head count nearing 350, the former Sleater-Kinney front-woman shredded and kicked her way through an hour-long set with former SK drummer Janet Weiss, Rebecca Cole of the Minders on keyboard, and Mary Timony, formerly of Helium, on guitar.