This past Tuesday, in the midst of the messy snowstorm, our friends over at On a Friday presented a show at Great Scott featuring New York's GROOMS. We weren't there or anything, but judging from these videos (shot by one Addison A. Post), it sounds like the 90s revival is continuing apace. More below.
Just in from Michael Potvin -- a/k/a the parental half of #1 DAD AND DJ FRED MERTZ:
das racist and royal bangs can't make it in this stupid weather, so there will not be a show at great scott tonight. we're working on putting the bands that can make it onto another show tomorrow night but its all up in the air.
We can't haz Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell? Sadface.
A big boo-hiss for NEON INDIAN,
who announced today that they're cancelling their scheduled appearance
at GREAT SCOTT tomorrow night -- which was to have been one of the
bigger cards for this week's electronic-music festival TOGETHER BOSTON.
Instead, tomorrow night they'll be appearing on JIMMY FALLON. We're
trying to figure out what to call this -- a reverse McCain?
Scott gig has been re-scheduled for March 9, and all tickets will be
honored at the later date. That said, we highly recommend showing up at
Great Scott tomorrow night anyway, since the opening bands -- Portland,
Oregon's SOUTHERN BELLE and Boston's own MYSTERY ROAR
-- will be playing. After the jump: Mystery
Roar plays the Together Festival national anthem.
Allston got lucky Saturday night ... really lucky. Girls played their fourth show of their first US tour to a tightly packed and utterly appreciative Great Scott. From the instant frontman Christopher Owens stepped on stage to plug in his Rickenbacker, the crowd never took their eyes off the San Francisco quartet.
This weekend, our bowling buddies HALLELUJAH THE HILLS kick off a month-long jaunt in support of their critically-acclaimed -- and Phoenix-beloved -- album Colonial Drones. They also dropped us single #2, "Flight of the Paper Pilots," to slide to you on the sly. Which we're totally stoked about, since it's our fave from the album: a live standout, it's an irresistably upbeat tune that invariably climaxes with the front row shouting along with the closing coda, "I'm gonna die!" HtH make their way back to town November 21 at Great Scott (full tour dates below).
VIDEO: Mayer Hawthorne live at Great Scott
CAVE-IN's don't-call-it-a-comeback continues next week with a pair of West Coast free gigs sponsored by Toyota -- but this morning the band announced it'll be playing non-auto-bailout gigs in New York, Boston, Providence, and Philadelphia, with support by Trap Them and Narrows.
We've also received word that the band will be releasing a DVD of its July reunion show at Great Scott in Boston
You will likely not be surprised to learn of our abiding love for local indie quartet HOORAY FOR EARTH, who we've been fans of since we first heard about them back around 2006. Actually, that's not true; we've been fans since they were still called Raymond. They're just a band whose music demands to be heard by more people.
Three years between releases is nothing if you're, I dunno, Nine Inch Nails, but in indie rock it's a couple of generations. It's been that long since WHEAT released their quietly ambitious disc Hope and Adams -- and more than a decade after Medeiros made them cryptic, out-of-nowhere local faves. But this week they're back with a new one, White Ink, Black Ink; they're celebrating the release of the disc August 1 at Great Scott
In case you missed our ecstatic raves about Micachu and the Shapes at South By Southwest, we'll refresh your memory with some video (above), and clickthrough to our music editor's piece from this week's fishwrap.
See them tonight at Great Scott with Anni Rossi. [Details]
READ: Boston Phoenix music Michael Brodeur editor explains why you need to see Micachu and the Shapes
PASSION PIT | May 15 at the Pill @ Great Scott, Allston
The first we ever heard of PASSION PIT was from Brenda O'Keefe, then Great Scott's in-house publicist, who ran around telling anyone who would listen that she'd just heard the greatest new band in the universe. So perhaps no surprise that Great Scott eventually became, as much as anywhere, Passion Pit's home base -- or that GS was the place the band chose to grace with the obligatory semi-secret hometown show before heading out on the road to become big stars. The Pill host (and Herald columnist) Michael Marrotta made like they were the opening band on a Tuesday, but even an actual opening-band-on-Tuesday mistake (um . . . someone forgot to plug in the bass?) couldn't mask some geniune holy-shit anticipation -- how un-Allston-hipster-like is that?
AFTER THE JUMP: lots more video from Friday night's show.
According to their Twitter account, PASSION PIT will be playing Great Scott tomorrow night, returning to their old stomping grounds, The Pill, before they start touring behind their ultra-hyped debut Manners (out Tuesday), which you can now hear in its entirety on MySpace. Line starts . . .now?
NOTE: We ended up taking this post down this morning because it turns out we weren't supposed to spill the beans about the EP. Oops. In any case, it's too late now so with HH's permission we're putting it back up. Also, Steve Brodksy emailed us to correct the producer credits -- so if you're one of the metal sites that linked to the old post, please note the clarification below.
1. HANDS AND KNEES, “YOU GOT POP, YOU GOT STYLE” (mp3)
2. THE EVERYDAY VISUALS, “HEAL ME”
3. GROWLERS, “ALL BUT THE BONES”
4. PASSION PIT, “LITTLE SECRETS”
5. SARAH BORGES AND THE BROKEN SINGLES, “NO ONE WILL EVER LOVE YOU”
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Hands and Knees play Great Scott on April 30.