Normally, I'm not much of a third wave ska fan. I find the entire Moon Ska catalogue sleep-inducing (that being said, neither am I one of these I'm-ashamed-to-admit-I-ever-listened-to-ska-in-high-school-music-fans.) But Westbound Train are an entirely different animal. A typical record of theirs boasts knowledge of more influences than your average Boston Phoenix record review.
NOT PICTURED: Amanda, alternating between "sound, no sound, and something more painful than no sound."
As if this theatrical engagement needed any more drama. Our spies ducked back into the Zero Arrow Theatre this weekend and caught a doozy of a performance by the Dresden Dolls -- one that had some seasoned theatregoers wondering whether the strain of eight performances of The Onion Cellar per week is doing real damage to Amanda Palmer's voice.
Jesus Christ: Gary Cherone, dude.
That's what we like about you guys: when we suggest a write-in campaign to get Gary Cherone added to the Van Halen roster for the purposes of Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction, you guys respond. And, when you respond, the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame responds back. Adding insult to injury, the response from the Hall president was: "Gary who?"
How To Play Gay-tar: CLOUDS show off their manly fingerings.
Zozobra's Caleb Scofield: silent but deadly.
Is Cave-In dead? Well . . . maybe. More after the jump, including exclusive new mp3s from guitarist Adam McGrath's new band Clouds and bassist Caleb Scofield's new band Zozobra.
This week Jeff Breeze -- you know him from WMBR's legendary local-music show Pipeline! -- surveys guitarists Brodsky and McGrath, and while neither will say "it's over," they're certainly not making any noises about getting back together anytime soon.
Well, no shit that the office rock crits have been obsessing over MTV's new I'm From Rolling Stone for months now. I mean, you see how dipshit we get over crap like American Idol. Now that someone was desperate enough to gamble on a reality show about rock criticism -- that yawn you hear is the rest of the world not giving a fuck -- we're totally gonna enjoy it while it lasts.
Google shows its solidarity with the KISS Army.
Somewhere, you can bet Gene Simmons is blood-capsule-spitting mad again this year, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum again declined to grant KISS entry onto its rolls. We're hoping for another Army protest. As psyched as we are that Grandmaster Flash made it in with the Furious Five, someone explain to us how R.
Perhaps responding to our plea a week back when we linked to the YouTube vid of James Brown's historic Boston Garden performance recorded on the night Dr. King was murdered, WGBH has launched a "netcast" that examines the concert and the events leading up to the broadcast -- as well as the political wrangling that went on behind the scenes.
Well, shit, if J and Lou could bury the hatchet for a Dino Jr reunion, you knew it was only a matter of time for the "classic" Sebadoh lineup. And with their magnum opus III getting the reish treatment, no better time than the present. (Personally, we're a little more partial to Bakesale, and "Skull" had damn well better be on the set list, motherfuckers.