Columbus, Ohio trio TIMES NEW VIKING started making distortion-heavy, home-recorded noise pop in 2005, later releasing records with Siltbreeze, Matador, Wichita, and, last month, Merge. Their new album, Dancer Equired!, is their first studio recording -- it loses much of the gritty, lo-fi hiss previously pinned as the band’s defining quality (Editor's note: we gave it 2.
With all the global news of the past few weeks -- from birthers to bin Laden to the Royal Dreading, to borrow a quip from Morrissey -- it’s easy to forget that the southern part of our fair country is in shambles. The destruction created by tornadoes last month is still being felt in the southern region of the US.
As previously noted in our Spring Preview issue, which highlighted new Boston parties from Vary Lumar, Death Ray Vision, and Big Digits, as well as this week's Editor's Picks: What in the name of IG-88 is a band named after a Star Trek reference doing releasing an album on Star Wars Day? On today, May the Fourth, maybe the Force will be with THE BYNARS, who drop a debut album tonight at Great Scott with Death Star dance parties in mind.
Ripped right from the pages of 8 Days A Week: It’s a poorly kept secret that the best DEATH SET shows are in the tightest of venues and spaces, but after the Aussie-bred, Brooklyn-settled electro-punk’s XXXChange-produced latest lightning bolt of a record, Michel Poiccard (Jean-Paul Belmondo’s character in Breathless), Great Scott is as intimate as it’s going to get for one of the hyper-craziest live bands around.
Bunch of rad shows this week, and so we have a bunch of wet hot American phlipcam action for a gross, muggy day here in Boston. The clip up top features CRAFT SPELLS, which dropped their feel-good summertime jam "After The Moment" early in their set last night at the WZBC Spring Concert at Great Scott in Allston Dance City.
I'm rolling downhard Lazy Avenue and re-posting my blurb from 8 Days A Week, an excuse to hype tonight's show in Allston RC and post these two videos, which have been on a constant loop pretty much since getting back from SXSW a few months ago. One hell of a show, this one.
Just when we were about to anoint Foster the People’s "Pumped Up Kicks" as the official Summer Jam 2k11, along comes CRAFT SPELLS with their tropical indie love letter "After the Moment."
This morning the cool, classy cats in MYSTERY ROAR released a smooth new single, "Overboard," available for the name-yo'-price download over on Bandcamp. The release also features a break-down remix of their dope jam "Fantasies," courtesy of Tuck Digz, who can be found around town drumming like a beast for Cambridge sky-gaze trio Endless Wave.
It's easy to hate on PATRICK STUMP. We speak from experience here, having been subjected not only to years of FALL OUT BOY but also because we accidentally caught his first solo gig ever at SXSW last year, where he insisted on playing all the instruments at the same time and . . . bombed.
This time around, we're awarding points for effort, variety, and swell behavior.
Oh sure, there was the beginning of a Rumble going on last night in Cambridge, but somewhere along the way I found the time to catch two phenomenal post-punk performances around town -- noisy San Francisco trio WEEKEND opened for Wire at the Middle East (next door to TTs Rumble'ing) and a reunited PROTOKOLL threw down in Allston, the second of a two-night stand (and shout!) at Great Scott that saw the once-promising Boston band play their first shows in four years.
There’s already a bunch of songs written about
Alzheimer’s disease, but they’ve all been generally forgettable. Perhaps the
catchiest ditty of dementia is now the FATAL FLAW’s new single, “Narrow Hours,” which
singer/guitarist Joel Reader penned about the residents of a local
assisted-living community for Alzheimer’s patients, and especially a healthy
elderly man who visits his sick wife each day despite her increasing memory
It was damn near 2am and the Great Scott stage was coated in darkness, but ENDLESS WAVE put on one hell of a show Saturday night at their album release party for Notes From The Compound. Earlier sets by the December Sound and Eksi Ekso pushed the night back to the brink of curfew, but Boston's skygazing trio rewarded those who stuck around with a post-gaze wall of noise and fury.
We said tweeted on Friday that we'd post some video of the 02.17 Boston Phoenix vs Ryan's Smashing Life gig once we finally sobered up, and by the power of vodka here we are a week later. Thanks to everyone who came out to Great Scott, the RSL crew, and the bands that performed: DIRTY BOMBS (who still really need a press photo), THE CINNAMON FUZZ (who know how to party) and BEARSTRONAUT, the dance-mad headliner that was captured above in groggy Phlipcam glory by recent Phoenix acquisition Sooz.
Boston's new indie-pop darlings NAKED ON ROLLER SKATES celebrated the release of the band's debut EP on Saturday, February 12 at Great Scott. Thanks to merch cohort, Erica Truncale, there was even a pair of old school roller skates in attendance. Naked On Roller Skates is Leesa Coyne (vocals, guitar), Kelly Davidson (bass), Travis Richter (lead guitar) and Randall Creasi (drums).
Thursday night On The Download jumps off the digital page and into the nightclubs at the first-ever Boston Phoenix vs Ryan's Smashing Life throwdown at Great Scott. We're rolling with the Allston Dance City theme, partying with one of our favorite Boston-based music blogs while showcasing three local acts set to blow up in the 2k11: BEARSTRONAUT, THE CINNAMON FUZZ and DIRTY BOMBS
Check out this IMDB description for the 1954 western flick Destry, skillfully penned by Dan Navarro: “In the old West, a small frontier town is being controlled by ruthless mob boss Decker and his cronies. After the local sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Decker arranges to have the town drunk appointed sheriff, thinking he will be ineffectual.