Have we posted enough already about our Class of 2011: Boston's 11 Best New Bands feature? No? Good! Because in the next few week On The Download HQ will track each selection's first show of the New Year. Keeping you in the loop, that's how we roll.
Up first is MMOSS, and while yeah sure, there's supposed to be a John Holmes load of snow dumped on our fair city this evening, that alone shouldn't stop New Hampshire's finest from rocking out the Mid Easy in Central Square (which is, snowstorm or not, within walking distance for like the 65% of Boston people who go to shows, anyway).
The holidays are over, the memory of New Year’s Eve exists only in hazy party photos, and now Boston is left with a winter wasteland of dirty slush, towering snowbanks and freezing cold-floor mornings spent trying to extract yourself from the maternal-cocoon shelter of your Star Wars bedsheets. But springtime is a state of mind, and the warm sunshine-pop glide of MOUNT PERU'S “Summer Jinx” is already giving us daydreams of care-free beach trips and flip-flops and lost weekends on the Cape -- a top-down joyride number that shows off the sunnier side of alt-Americana Mount Peru.
Back in April, the Phoenix teamed up with Great Scott to start shooting and recording live performances at the Allston Rock Club, and not just drunkenly between picklebacks with a shaky Flipcam. Among the first of these sessions was with Queens-based indie-pop kids Freelance Whales, who roll back into town tonight at the Middle East in Cambridge.
DANSER @ Milky Way
Remember watching Adam Ant on MTV back in the ’80s and thinking you could dance better than that choad? Danser finally gives you the chance to prove it, as the JP new-wave party tonight hosts a dance competition with a cash prize to the winner. Don’t stand, just deliver.
Here's the final schedule and lineup for tonight's Billy Ruane Memorial Birthday Bash at both the Middle East and T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge. The song in the above video is "Beluga" by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, who closes up the Mid East gig before everyone joins up on stage for one last salute. Should be a hell of a night, and advance tickets to both venues are strongly encouraged.
As Boston’s electronic solo projects continue to emerge from bedrooms and DJ booths and onto a rock-club stage near you, the sonic scope of these artists continues to expand. Jimmy Rossi’s Avoxblue has raised the bar with “Dreaming Thru Your Eyes,” a crystal dagger of an underground synth-pop journey with both the ocean-floor depth of a full band and the pop personality often lacking in experimental machine music.
Here's a photo of the flyer, taken at Saturday's services in Cambridge, for the Billy Ruane Memorial Birthday Bash to be held at the Middle East on Nov. 17, exactly one week after what would have been his 53rd birthday. While the band lineup is still TBA, we'll admit that it would be cool to hear Varsity Drag perform their 2006 tribute song, "Billy Ruane
Movers & Shakers will headline October 13’s Fallen Flower concert at the Middle East, a night to benefit for the family of Liu Kennedy.
Kennedy, 34, recently passed away after a battle with breast cancer and left behind two children. Her sister, Nita Awad, has rounded up a few locals to remember Liu and help raise some coin for the kids.
Straight up: Viva Viva is this city’s best live rock n’ roll band. We stayed up way past our bedtime last night -- early this morning?!?! -- to catch some sweaty garage rock fun at the Fort Point Recordings showcase at the Middle East. It was crazytown.
If you missed it, then shame on your game. Here's what we said about Viva Viva and last night's show in our fall music preview last month: The legend of Viva Viva has grown exponentially on the shoulders of explosive live performances.
Oh, Chapterhouse. Last night’s sonic explosion at the Middle East was without a doubt the loudest show I’ve seen all year, and hearing “Pearl” performed live sure was some Bucket List shit for any die-hard shoegaze fan who was too young to experience the UK band in their early ‘90s heyday. Pardon the euphoric sing-a-long at the end of the clip, courtesy of Karina DeCosta and Jinsen Liu of 28 Degrees Taurus, who opened the show and ran amok around the Cambridge club pretty much the whole night.
At last month’s Rock Shop, a bunch of music writers got tipsy and talked to a bunch of music players. Afterwards, everybody hung around and exchanged CDs, business cards and ideas, and at one point we were all kicked out of the Middle East because, well, if music writers and music players know one thing, it’s how to shut down a bar.
One of the key bands in the early ‘90s “Scene That Celebrates Itself,” Chapterhouse’s contribution to the infamous but short-lived shoegaze genre can be summed up neatly within the four ultra-clean minutes of acclaimed 1991 single “Pearl.” With swirling guitars, a relentlessly smooth baggy beat (lifted from a John Bonham sample) and hypnotic, dream pop vocals wistfully dipped down from the moon and enhanced by Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell on backing vocals, few songs are as striking and identifiable.
We have no idea what the haters are smoking -- it's certainly not the good shit -- because last night's Best Coast performance at the Middle East in Cambridge was pretty spot-on and nowhere near the live trainwreck some critics have reported. After raw, rocket-fueled performances by Young Adults and Male Bonding, Bethany Cosentino and her crew were a wall of mesmerizing pop noise, barrelling through her set and sounding like a young and emboldened Juliana Hatfield.
If you consistently read the Phoenix, you know we're pretty high on Best Coast, which hits the Middle East tonight with the UK's Male Bonding (Also endorsed). But be sure to roll up to the Central Square rock club early this evening for some bold local flavor provided by Young Adults. The show is a warm-up of sorts for the Allston trio's record-release party at Great Scott next month, of which we had this to say in our fall local music preview: