rap can be a awful experience. In fact, it frequently is. For this
writer at least, the risk is rarely worth the award. Best case scenario?
You get impeccable CD renditions. And worst case, well, let's not go
more so than with any other genre, hip-hop's transcendence is often
birthed in the personal experiences of the beholder.
going to lie, I was expecting IDENTITY FESTIVAL to be a wankfest of the
utmost proportion. And for all intents and purposes, it was, with neon
and brostep ruing the day. But considering the worst that could've
happened when you unleash a cavalcade of geeked-up 20-somethings
onto an amphitheater housing three stages of aggressive electronic music
and a clearly overwhelmed security staff? At least my mother wasn't
calling me on Sunday to ask if the festival I spent my Saturday at was the
one on the news at Great Woods where all the kids overdosed on Twisted
Teas and rave pills.
We were praying for Rihanna + Loretta Lynn + The Gossip, but we'll take what they're giving: the Boston stop of the revamped Lilith Fair has been announced, and although DARKBUSTER presumably still won't be there, we will.
The big names: KELLY CLARKSON and TEGAN AND SARA. The biggish names? CAT POWER and local gal CARLY SIMON, who presumably will either get each other through their notoriously awful stage fright .
Vanna at Vans Warped Tour 2009 | Comcast Center | Photo by Bryan Mastergeorge
If punk fans leap at any excuse to be pissed off, then the Boston stop on the 15th annual Warped Tour was a total godsend. The multitudes of Warpedgoers converging on the Comcast Center last Tuesday start the morning off by sitting in two-hour traffic jams on 495, only to spend the rest of the day wading through muddy lawns and getting their mascara hosed off by torrential downpours -- and they've each paid $35 for the privilege.
Still, while the rain was relentless, so were the fans; they weren't sitting this sold-out show out, no matter how bitchy Mother Nature got. The tangle of soaking-wet black-and-neon-clad teens, tweens, and twenty-somethings (trailed by the occasional hoodie-and-goodie-bag-carrying pack-mule/chaperone) spent the next eight hours anxiously shoving their way through the herd to catch a glimpse of their favorite bands on this 70-act tour.
More photos here.
Some time in the late 90s, Trent Reznor holed himself up in a house
near the ocean to write some music. But while he did use that time to
start to piece together some of the songs that would become Nine Inch
Nails's 1999 double-album The Fragile, Reznor - who at the time was struggling with various addictions and other personal problems - really retreated to that house because he wanted to kill himself.
A public works crew is reportedly on its way to Quincy to clean up the wet spot left by the entire neighborhood spontaneously orgasming at the news that Aerosmith have invited Dropkick Murphys to be their "special guests" at the Comcast Center (nee the Tweeter Center, nee Great Woods) in Mansfield on June 16.