It’s been a crazy few weeks for Joy Division/New Order bassist PETER HOOK. First New Order decides to reunite without him, the two parties trade barbs in the media/on the Internet, and now Hook hits the States to perform Joy Division’s classic 1980 swan song Closer — the next logical chapter after impressing audiences during last year’s Unknown Pleasures tour
So word on the interwebs is that the new HOORAY FOR EARTH album True Loves sounds like MGMT. Or it’s simply what Congratulations should have sounded like. Or even simpler, that this new record from our dearly departed former-Boston, now-NYC band is some weird fucked up combination of all things MGMT, Passion Pit, some more MGMT, a bit more Passion Pit.
We've already written enough on last night's OFWGKTA show at the 'Dise, as the Phoenix's Luke O'Neil lamented the current state of America's youth (now with funny tweets!) and Michael C. Walsh augmented his phlipcam action with additional thoughts on the punk-show hip-hop madness on Commonwealth Avenue.
I was trying to explain to a fellow “old person” just what it is about ODD FUTURE, aka OFWGKTA, the sprawling collective of ADHD-generation horror-core/skateboard rappers that's making “the kids” around the world lose their collective pubescent shit before their show last night at the Paradise. No, no, you don't get it, I said.
Here's a friendly heads up -- SoCal horror-core sensations (haha) ODD FUTURE/OFWGKTA make their Boston debut at the Paradise Rock Club on Thursday, May 12. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon via Ticketmaster, and we're sure shit will sell out before your boss gets back from that afternoon's liquid lunch.
BUFFALO TOM loves MEAN CREEK, Mean Creek loves Buffalo Tom, and we love them both even harder than their combined love for each other. Is that even possible? Who knows. But we do know that we blew our Buffalo Tom load last month when their latest record Skins hit the interwebs and brick n' mortar shops, and hell it's been 17 minutes since our last Mean Creek love letter
It’s November 17 of last year, and the Billy Ruane memorial party is slowly creeping towards midnight. Nearly five hours deep into a marathon of performers and presenters, the Middle East downstairs suddenly jolts with energy. BUFFALO TOM has taken the stage (with Ed Valauskas filling in for bassist Chris Colbourn), and by the first few jangly alt-rock chords of set opener “Guilty Girls,” it’s evident the beloved Boston trio is back.
To hold us over until the March 8 release of new album Skins and their April 8 show at the Paradise Rock Club, BUFFALO TOM dropped a new acoustic EP, Bones, for free download today via buffalotom.com.
It includes Skins track "Arise, Watch," "C.C. & Callas" off 2007's Three Easy Pieces, and a classic jam from 1993, Big Red Letter Day's "Treehouse."
With a fresh new album on the way and 1978 classic “Damaged Goods” still firmly entrenched in post-punk dance party playlists ‘round the good green Earth, Gang of Four are coming back to show us what’s up. Well, most of them are, anyway, as the dude with the dred-head up there looks like he was probably born after the release of Entertainment! and just wrapped up siqq prax with Sevendust.
The neon sign blinked on: THE CLUB IS OPEN
And with that, a visceral bellow of approbation went up from the the well-lubricated crowd packing the sold-out Paradise on Friday night, Nov. 5. At long last, the boys were back in town.
Guided by Voices front man Robert Pollard – tall and rangy, white-haired, but looking fit for man with a noted thirst who'd just turned 53 on Halloween – ambled onstage clutching a bottle of Jose Cuervo and a half-smoked cigarette.
Kingsley Flood "Quiet Quiet Ground" from Lunar Pictures LLC on Vimeo.
It’s been a stellar run for Kingsley Flood since taking home “Best Local Roots” acts in our Best Music Poll and getting the Cellars by Starlight treatment earlier this year. Boston’s finest Americana quintet got doused with affection by NPR in August, leading to a remarkable boost in online record sales, shot a new video for “Quiet Quiet Ground” and recently got the attention of Counting Crows front man Adam Duritz, who caught their CMJ show at Arlene’s Grocery in New York last week.