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We'll have photos and review of Paramore's sold-out House of Blues show tomorrow. For now, here's their one quiet moment: the gentle folk song from Brand New Eyes, performed pretty much the way it appears on the album.
Also, if anyone has video of @YELYAHWiLLiAMS covering Chaka Khan, get at us.
Not even a (minor) set malfunction could put a damper on the energy coursing through the House of Blues last night. Mid-set, one corner of the gigantic, glowing, psychedelic screen behind the band slipped free of its tether and made a break for the stage floor. “Looks like we’re having a Spinal Tap moment,” vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala remarked idly, as the stage crew hustled to pull the errant screen back into place.
Photo by Nellie SweetA swarm of KMFDM fans in
shin-swallowing boots, leather bondage kilts, and fishnets stream by as
my friend Andy and I loiter in the House of Blues lobby, killing time
until Andy’s concert buddies show up. When they do, the girls come
bearing gossip: they were at KMFDM's afterparty in NYC last night, and they report that the band mentioned being nervous about playing Boston.It’s
unsettling news, but not too surprising. After all, we’re standing on
the grave of Axis, the site of a disastrous 2003 KMFDM show. That night
six years ago, the band members were all sick as dogs, and even though
they put on a more-than-decent show, the Axis audience
was legendarily awful. KMFDM hasn’t played Boston proper since (they
did swing by the Middle East for their 20th anniversary tour) and
skipped Massachusetts completely on their Hau Ruck tour.Tonight's
crowd is the expected mix of grizzled old-school rivetheads and folks
like me who first jumped on KMFDM’s industrial wave of destruction as
high schoolers in the mid-'90s. Less expected is the horde of
dewy-faced young things. I suspect more than a few of them were lured
here by the openers, the Aussie electro-industrial duo Angelspit.
We'll have more on last night's Animal Collective performance at the HoBo coming soon, but to tide you over, please enjoy this extended version of "Guy's Eyes" from Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Last week, recent Metal Blade signees Gwar brought their show to the House of Blues. Our editor, Lance Gould, caught up with them for a brief interview which managed to cover a wide range of topics.
To get yourself excited for this Thursday's Animal Collective show at the HoB-Bo, you can listen to a stream of their recent set at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. over at NPR. Also their big box set is out now.
MORE PHOTOS: Dropkick Murphys | House of Blue, Boston, MA | March 12, 2009
To judge by their merchandising, their popularity, and the position
they occupy in Boston's civic identity, the Dropkicks are in essence
the city's fifth major professional sports team -- with the added bonus
that they always win. They are greeted with a hero's welcome even before they present
themselves publicly. At the House of Blues, services commence with a
traditional Irish hymn (piped in) and a kilted bagpipe player (live)
and then, with room to spare and Celtic church-window tapestries
unfurled behind them, they arrive onstage blaring a three-chord
fanfare. The crowd tight enough in front for a rolling, stadium-like
pogo. Crowd surfers helpfully chuted off to the sides and delivered
back into the throng -- not summarily kicked to the curb. Good form. (Video after the jump.)