The lineup for next Wednesday's Billy Ruane Memorial Birthday Bash has been finalized, and it's incredible -- more than 30 performers and presenters will come together on Nov. 17 across two venues in Central Square. Seeing how the Middle East's live music chapter was launched by Ruane after his party at T.
The NowhereNauts play a Girls Rock Camp benefit show. Click here for more photos from the show.
When I walk into Symposium Books, Sofie Kapur is in the middle of an
acoustic version of the Dandy Warhols' "We Used to Be Friends." And
she's killing it. There are only about six people scattered about the
folding chairs before her, but she might as well be singing to a packed
Big night in Central Square last evening. Let's go straight to the video.
MOUNTAIN MAN, a trio of three young women who met at Bennington and were recently named our pick for best new band from Vermont, were up first. Mountain Man have two different modes: when they're accompanied by guitar, they're tapped into a vein of spooky Americana that can be haunting, beautiful, and transfixing.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d read this quote from You Say Party! We
Say Die! siren Becky Ninkovic and assume she’s candyflipping her face
off as her band speeds across the Pacific Northwest to their next tour
knew there was this energy of love kind of taking over everything,
coming out of a hard time of too much touring and just being really
worn down,” Ninkovic says regarding the conception of the band’s
junior-year effort, XXXX (Paper Bag Records, 2009).
In case the past 60 years of kids being in bands haven’t made it clear, parents just don’t understand. Especially the dickface dad we meet in the first few lines of “The Beating of a Lifetime” — a sparkly new jam off the new Work/Sleep EP from synth-toting post-punkers the Appreciation Post. “Beating” is a stirring “enough is enough” anthem for nonplussed youth outside Route 495, a fittingly posi backlash against the doldrums of the dull life — as well as the crumb-bums who claim to be over Moogs.
That oddly-lit photo seems somehow appropriate for the authors of this week's mp3 of the week. THE LIGHTS OUT is their name (disclosure: one of them works here), and their earnest rock (think Thermals, Hold Steady, Ted Leo, etc.) seems well-suited to the darker corners of town like these places, or T. T.
It turns out we're not the only people who wished, at some point during a show by the Dents or the Downbeat 5, that Jen D'Angora would someday get a shot at a solo career outside of garage-punk. Her new band/moniker, under the flag of JENNY DEE AND THE DEELINQUENTS, is a stroke of genius: if you didn't know her other bands you'd likely make comparisons to the wave of British female singers (Adele, Winehouse) who've taken up the mantle of '60s soul.
One of last year's more underrated albums was House With No Home from a Portland (Oregon) collective called Horse Feathers. They stopped by T. T.'s on a night when a million things were going on, and despite coming off a "rough night" (their words) in New York, and despite the Thermals show at the Middle East booming audibly in the background somewhere, they still delivered a quite pleasant set.