Night 1 of the BOSTON ACCENTS FUNERAL PARTY is in the books, and we're nursing one motherfucker of a hangover over here on Brookline Avenue. We left all sorts of shit at Great Scott last night -- our iPhones, our pride, Justin Lally of Earthquake Party -- but the good news is we're back in the saddle for Night 2 later this evening.
So yeah, this is all kicking off tonight: WFNX BOSTON ACCENTS FUNERAL PARTY Night 1 featuring live performances by VIVA VIVA, RIBS, FAT CREEPS, and EARTHQUAKE PARTY. I'm feeling all kinds of frisky this afternoon, so I'll bring my laptop and spin some all-Boston tunes between bands, most likely the stuff I'd normally play on Sunday nights during my show.
a new month is upon us (and because I'm leaving for SXSW in five days,
and I can't do much other than pace and ponder where it was that I
packed up my shorts last October), I'm going to piggyback a bit off my first post from two weeks ago.
A rundown of shit-hot shows worth your precious time and effort during
what is shaping up to be a piss-cold month.
CQ, meet T.T.’s.
The Phoenix can confirm that CQ PRESENTS, the Boston-based booking agency that oversees nightly live music at Allston venues Great Scott and O’Briens Pub, has been hired to handle full-time booking of T.T. The Bear’s Place in Cambridge.
CQ talent buyers Carl Lavin and Josh Smith met this afternoon with T.
We try to keep the horn-tooting to a minimum around here, but we'd be remiss if we didn't give a heads-up about Boston Phoenix music editor and WFNX local-music host MICHAEL MAROTTA's foray into the record business. Operated out of his bedroom, VANYA RECORDS was launched to put out a limited-edition 7-inch by local synth-pop heroes BEARSTRONAUT
The reason the other night's VIVIAN GIRLS show was lousy with Phoenix music writers? That would be LIZ PELLY's one-woman campaign to get everyone in the office (and perhaps the world?) to listen to the WIDOWSPEAK album. (Now we're paying it forward: stream the whole thing below, and see if you can guess which song they wrote about driving to their last Boston gig).
Having to work in the morning didn’t stop people from coming out to Great Scott last night to see CRAFT SPELLS and GARDENS AND VILLA, a West Coast duo -- Seattle and Santa Barbara, respectively -- currently on tour across the country together. But despite the far-away origins of the touring package, the night began with some local flavor.
The wispy charm and charcoal-pop sounds of Seattle’s CRAFT SPELLS has been so embedded within our collective headspace, we here on Brookline Avenue decided to throw the "Boston Phoenix presents" tag on their Sunday night gig at Great Scott in Allston. Be sure to check out this week's feature on the 'Spells, and for added promotion treats, we reached out to Justin Vallesteros as he and tourmates GARDENS & VILLA -- also on Sunday's bill, alongside local pop distortionists DIRTY DISHES -- foundf themselves stuck in traffic en route to a D.
Saturday night at Great Scott was weird. Fun, but weird.
This sold-out all-acoustic endeavor drew people with scally caps and neck tattoos, people presumably there for the first almost-DUCKY BOYS show in a few years, "normal" looking people who I assume came to see LAURA STEVENSON, and nobody dressed like a classy hillbilly except for WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE
FANTASY was my favorite new act to emerge from 2010. In a year where
more music was slathered in lo-fi gloss than not, their brand of
retro-sheen shone the brightest. Delicately sourced vocal samples, giddy
synths, and basement bass defined 7am, their silly good debut LP.
It's not hard to imagine them sitting around a laptop, chopping and
warping their tracks until they sound worn.
Holy hell what a dance party lined up tonight at Great Scott, the Allston venue that's been stacking its dance party deck lately by promoting pansexual drag night Don't Ask Don't Tell from sister club O'Brien's and giving a home to the Common Ground's recently orphaned Videodrome Discotheque. While the dreamy electronic sounds of TEENGIRL FANTASY and Thunderdome-approved dark EBM-techno of GATEKEEPER are enough to strobe up a drab Wednesday in July, the always-on-point Make It New crew of Middlesex Lounge are also presenting us a taste of Denver's PICTUREPLANE
A humid Sunday night didn't keep the Allston basement kids from coming out to see their buddies CAMDEN, DIRTY VIRGINS, and HORSE THIEF at Great Scott last night, playing a venue selling drinks that cost more than at the liquor store, but with a sound that no Allston basement will ever match. Surfy drone rock band MOUNTAIN DOOM were scheduled as well, but they got kicked out before the show even started for drinking 40s in front of the venue.
This afternoon our pals over at Sleepover Shows posted a few videos from our fund raiser back in May, an effort that helped raise some coin for the southern communities decimated by tornados. Together, The Phoenix along with SOS and fellow music blog Ryan's Smashing Life downed more than our fair share of Great Scott picklebacks as THE WANDAS, LARCENIST, and OLD JACK provided a bluesy, Boston-flavored alt-country soundtrack for charity, with all proceeds from the door benefitting the Red Cross.
Yeah yeah, the show isn't for another few weeks, but we're so stoked on CRAFT SPELLS' sunshine-sparkle summer jam "After The Moment," well, we couldn't just make out with it under the bleachers -- we had to preach.
And preach we will until July 31, when the recently-relocated-to-Seattle-because-it-rules-there kids of Craft Spells bring their sweet jams to Great Scott, a party the Boston Phoenix is hosting with Boston-based creative consulting company G-House.