Caught about 90 minutes of RYAN ADAMS's solo set at the Orpheum last night -- and um, not in the mood to be all rock-criticky and whatnot, but it was pretty awesome. Played "Oh My Sweet Carolina" twice (because the bros were loud-talking in the lobby the first time), did a fancy version of "Sylvia Plath" at the piano, played some of the Heartbreaker-y songs off the new record, and then went back to the piano for this: a version of GALAXIE 500's "Blue Thunder" that he worked up at soundcheck
Sure, we've been listening to it on NPR for a week. But now I can stream the new RYAN ADAMS record without leaving thephoenix.com -- a win for me, at least; feel free to play along if you want.
My guess is that everyone who hasn't been thoroughly alienated by Adams' long, oversharing string of hit-and-miss albums, EPs, web-only metal albums, and youtube-cover bullshit is by now following him directly on Facebook.
Me attempting to review last night's LCD Soundsystem show at the Orpheum can best be likened to me reviewing pizza. Or my parents. My fanboy tendencies for James Murphy know no bounds. But I can say without bias that of the three times I've seen the band on this tour in support of This Is Happening (with the previous two coming at festivals), this was far and away the best performance.
All photos by Tim Bugbee
"Pat Metheny rolled into the Orpheum Thursday night with his Orchestrion, an assemblage of instruments all under his control. And if the results weren’t exactly awesome, they were awe-inspiring." -- Read more from Jon Garelick's review of Pat Metheny at the Orpheum.
The lead up to the recent Miracle On Tremont show at the Orpheum found us chasing pop stars around Boston, blindsiding them with stupid questions and cornering ‘em for their precious insights. Two of our hometown Passion bros dropped truth on “homo-erotic frat boy” fans, Phoenix chalked their success up to a serious list of studio snafus and the drummer in Spoon regurgitated PR dribble about a “dirty” new album.
jaysvoboda http://twitvid.com/85325 - Phoenix. Holy shit. 05 Dec 2009 from API kelseyrkennedy Spoon just made me ridiculously happy. Like, I can't even begin to put it into words. 05 Dec 2009 from txt codydesjardins Passion Pit/Phoenix/Spoon...the concert was simply incredible, yay for good local radio stations.
My favorite Jonas Brothers song -- wait, you don't have one? -- is called "One Man Show," and the main reason I like it is because, oddly enough, it kind of sounds like a third-album Hellacopters knockoff. I also interpreted the chorus ("I'm a one-man show/ I don't need no one/ I'll be fine alone") as a rare bit of in-joke introspection: the kind of song their parents would make them sing when one of the Broze was getting too full of himself, just to make 'em see how goofy it sounded.