VIDEO: Mayer Hawthorne live at Great Scott
I'll be polite, here: the Decemberists - who play the Bank of America Pavilion this evening - inspire strong opinions. Some people love their shimmering, whimsical songs with all their literary references and find Colin Meloy a charming raconteur. Some people, as memorably summed up in a Voice piece by Chris Ott, find them affected and too pretentious and precious for their own good.
We'll have more on this show later, including photos and a review, but for now we'd really like to give you a taste of last night's TV on the Radio/Dirty Projectors extravaganza at the HoBo. Above is the fast-becoming-legendary DPs-do-Mary-J-Blige song "Stillness is the Move," which probably on its own sold a couple dozen tickets to that Somerville Theatre show coming up later this month.
Right now E3, the biggest of the many annual gaming news conventions and expos, is happening out in Los Angeles. And while we tend to find such affairs increasingly tiresome, this year's edition - which has already yielded one bit of very good news - brings us a much-needed update on one of the few upcoming games that matters, The Beatles Rock Band, from our good friends at Harmonix