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Let's get this out of the way, right at the top: lists that rank musicians and artists are, for the most part, fairly useless. But as part of this week's massive Year in Review coverage in the Boston Phoenix, we also decided to rank the Top 10 Boston Accents songs of 2011, an eclectic mix of rock and pop that properly reflects the WFNX local music program's playlist over the past 12 months.
Holiday parties are a hell of a drug. Apologies for the tardiness of this week's playlist, but to make it up to America, I'll be back in the WFNX studio this Sunday, Christmas Day, to not only bust out a festive Boston Accents at 8pm, but to also crash the airwaves a few hours earlier to throw down a birthday playlist.
The night before they dropped comeback EP Ready at the Middle East in Cambridge, Boston rock dudes LETTERDAY swung by the Converse store at 348 Newbury St Friday night for an acoustic session. The band stripped down their normally anthemic sound to fit neatly within the second-floor of the Back Bay retail hub, giving the crowd a solid half-hour set of new material and old, some even dating back to their all-ages suburban shows of several years ago.
Real talk: I was born on Christmas Day.
As a result, here are a few things you should know about me: I can easily rattle off a few dozen of others who were as well (like Ricky Henderson, Annie Lennox, Humphrey Bogart, Shane McGowan, Isaac Newton, Dido, Jesus H. Christ); I'm really tired of hearing about being a "Christmas Baby" everytime I flash my Massachusetts driver's license; and I'll quickly cut the living shit outta you if you ever ask if I "get gypped" out of presents.
After a year of reflection, now comes the resurrection for Boston pop-rock darlings LETTERDAY. Back from extended hiatus with a fine-tuned lineup, a sharper perspective, and a fresh batch of songs from this already well-oiled rock and roll machine, Letterday last month announced their comeback with “Don’t Go,” the first single off towering new record Ready.
The holiday music on the radio sucks, we got over the Waitresses back in high school, and we’re still having jingle-rock nightmares over last year’s televised Pomplamoose torture. So here’s the 2011 Boston Phoenix Holiday EP, featuring a few of the finest holiday songs to emerge this month from the Boston rock scene, available for free download via our Bandcamp
When it comes to Lansdowne, WFNX is letting the locals run with the big dogs. First it was Earthquake Party playing with Surfer Blood at Disorientation Night 2 a few weeks ago, then this past Friday it was Mean Creek taking the big stage at the House of Blues for the second Miracle holiday show alongside Matt & Kim and Mutemath (it was M-M-M good, k?).
A somber start to Boston Accents tonight, as we pour one out for DUSTIN HENGST of DAMONE, who passed away last week at the age of 39. The talented drummer was hospitalized for a few weeks with liver problems, and had been battling illness most of his life. The details and band reaction are in my On The Download post from Friday, but here we'll celebrate the music of Damone, which released three awesome records between 2002 and 2008, toured the world, and made a mark on Boston rock.
DAMONE drummer DUSTIN HENGST has passed away at the age of 39. He had been hospitalized in his home state of Texas for the past three weeks dealing with health issues.
"His liver just shut down and couldn't function anymore," Michael Vazquez told the Phoenix earlier today. "He stopped breathing last night.
Last night in the Back Bay, rising roots sextet KINGSLEY FLOOD kicked off our new live music series at Converse, which brings in the Phoenix's Mp3 of the Week acts to the second floor of the lifestyle apparel's 348 Newbury Street shop.
The ridiculous rain outside seemed all too appropriate for launching a series with a band that features "flood" in their moniker, but undeterred, the Kingsleys belted out a 30-minute urban Americana set that served as a warm-up for their three-night record-release party stand at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, which runs tonight through Saturday