Over the course of a 25-year career as a band you're going to draw a pretty broad spectrum of ages to your shows, especially if you've been churning out the type of eternally young and bummed fury that DEFTONES have perfected. The crowd at the House of Blues on Tuesday night was a mix of the young and the young at heart, if not necessarily the young at hair.
This scrappy iPhone video doesn't do it justice, but this new song Ava Luna played at Middlesex last night is too insanely excellent to not post. On a Phoenix-presented bill last night between locals Emily Reo and Arvid Noe, the Brooklyn band played with a different rhythm than usual. To start, Ava Luna now plays as a 5-piece; formerly, they were six.
As we told you in this week's Phoenix, Thalia Zedek will begin a weekly residency at TT The Bear's tonight, playing every Monday night in March. "Like the cool air and diffuse light surrounding the desolate, ramshackle boardwalk pictured on the cover of her new record, something dark looms in Thalia Zedek's music," wrote Jonathan Donaldson in this week's music section.
Last week I received word that my dear friend and once greatly feared Boston rock scribe JOE COUGHLIN finally had enough of this place and went to that great Buck Dharma in the sky. Having beat the shit out of cancer once before, its fraternal twin brother come back for more, and this time, Joe didn’t win the match.
Photo for the Phoenix by Charlotte Zoller
For the past three years of our annual CLASS OF 2013 series we've frequently kicked around the idea of getting the bands together for one big live show blowout. The chatter for this year's sonic powwow reached the collective ears of Allston dance party machine COLOR CHANNEL and that same hood's always on-top event planning and video production crew EYE DESIGN, and before we even looked up Carl Lavin's new Bowery email address, a party was born.
This year’s ROCK AND ROLL RUMBLE field of 24 contestants has been announced, and it’s a pretty stellar collection of bands that runs a spectrum of sound from metal to synthpop to Americana to indie rock (and pretty much everything else). You want a New England specific music fest? Here it is, right here, spread out over nine drunken nights in April at T.
Alt-J are at the Pavilion on September 13
On Sale Now
Accents presents: Andre Obin + Stereo Telescope + Avox Blue + DJ Leah V |
March 5 at Great Scott | $10 | boweryboston.com
Helen Money |
March 19 at T.T. the Bear's Place | $10 | boweryboston.com
& the Bangin' Rackettes | March 27 at T.
Last week we suggested listening to a new track by former Allston residents Celestial Shore, noting that the band includes vocals from Lorely Rodriguez a/k/a the vocalist and songwriter behind the Brooklyn-based Empress Of. Now Empress Of has a new track of their own: stream "Hat Trick" below, the first song from their forthcoming Systems EP out in April via Terrible Records.
Okay, so rushing from a show across town last night (Fred Hersch Trio at Scullers), I get to the Sinclair a good hour into the set by the REBIRTH BRASS BAND. What I see is everything I had expected, and in a good way: the crowd packed and dancing, the band and the crowd screaming together. What had I missed? Fats Domino’s “I’m Walkin’,” Professor Longhair’s “Big Chief,” the Ellington band’s “Caravan.
The BOSTON ACCENTS Thursday fun ship special sailed the electronic seas of New England pop this afternoon as we welcomed Connecticut-based sometimes-duo/sometimes-trio CHILD ACTOR to our WFNX studio in Boston. Max Heath and Natalie Plaza dropped by before their gig with FM Belfast tonight at Great Scott in Allston, and we talked about their "super maximalist" bedroom pop, their inclusion in last month's Phoenix Class of 2013, and their upcoming SXSW and West Coast tour run.
Remember those round things with the hole in the middle that played music? No, not vinyl; every serious audiophile and hipster worth their mustache tattooed index finger has a turntable these days. I’m talking compact discs -- yeah, those silver shiny things that look like Blu-rays but play music instead of, say, Sylvester Stallone’s epic 1986 masterpiece Cobra ($4.
When, almost halfway through his two-hour set at Bijou on Tuesday night, ROGER SANCHEZ tooled Ultra Nate's anthemic "Free" into his complex mix, he cycled the song's declarative "free to do what you want to do!" over and over. It was a message -- and more than a message. Given the rapid rush of his mixes, the quick changes from track to track, the hub-bub of riffs, beats, screaming noises, talk, and horns -- many different voices, pathways, destinations, and purposes -- Sanchez was demonstrating, musically, to the full floor of dancers at Bijou just what it sounds and looks like when everyone is free to do what he or she wants to do and doing it in the same life arena.
Next up in our recent string of awesome "Phoenix Presents" shows is this Sunday at the Middlesex with Emily Reo, Arvid Noe, and Ava Luna. Details above. Download songs by all artists on the bill, below. Emily Reo is new to Allston, but has been playing music for years. Her enlightened dream-pop is a staple amongst the socially-conscious arts collective FMLY; her ethereal voice and enveloping electronics are especially mesmerizing live.
Caspian are one of two Massachusetts bands on the 18-band Boston Calling lineup
The inaugural lineup for May's BOSTON CALLING — the first major indie rock/pop festival set to grace Suffolk County pretty much ever — was announced this morning, and homegrown musicians, understandably, were pissed.
Hundred Waters are bringing their gorgeous voices and floating electronics to the Paradise this weekend for two shows on Saturday and Sunday night, opening for Alt-J. (You might remember last year when we wrote about the Florida 5-piece in "50 Bands 50 States," or our interview with them at Hopscotch Fest