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By the time Trevor Powers a/k/a YOUTH LAGOON released his September debut album, The Year of Hibernation, there was already a substantial amount of hype
surrounding the dude's lo-fi bedroom project. The 22-year-old
was the Idaho pick for our 50 Bands 50 States feature in July, for one,
and that was back when only a pair of his hazy, cassette-quality tracks
weekend marked the opening of the Pre-Vinylite Society's hand-painted
sign art exhibit in the Extension Gallery above Orchard Skate Shop in
Allston. And if you're familiar with the gallery's previous shows, you know they're good for some pretty amazing feats of art-ness
We recently ran a feature on COLUMBIA HOUSE, tracking its 40-plus year reign as king of mail-order record clubs, and its painfully slow demise in the 21st century climate. The record club's promotional tactics were as revolutionary as they were calculating, and the article suggests that Columbia House taught the youth of America how to "steal" music, long before BiTtorrent and Mediafire became everyday jargon.
Anti-nuclear power demonstration; 1974 Kendall Square, Cambridge
the inevitable drop in temperatures, this week's Fall Preview includes
a concert schedule that promises to keep things hot n' heavy all season
long. To accompany our selection of 24 sweat-inducing gigs, we've
assembled a sprawling Spotify playlist -- and it might actually be the
most eclectic mixtape ever made.
now you've probably seen or heard that this week's Phoenix is the Metal Issue -- and
it should come as a pleasant surprise for any genre loyalist to learn
that our staff hand-picked a badass painting by the prolific Ken Kelly
as the issue's cover art (above). Though this dude has crafted iconic images of
everyone from Conan the Barbarian to Tarzan to Vampirella, his most
recognizable work is a pair of album covers he painted of KISS for
1976's Destroyer and 1977's Love Gun
Be sure to check this week's OUT column -- On a hot summer night at the Middle East, Dream Hits surf a garage-pop lullaby -- but here's some visual evidence of DREAM HITS and WAR PRESIDENTS last Thursday, July 21 in Cambridge.
From the OUT:
Following a lively opening set of Americana-infused indie rock from South Shore five-piece War Presidents, Dream Hits breezed through their show with the infectiously simple "Bummer" and the sweet melodrama of "Meat," a song that sounded so warm and familiar that even the most intoxicated coeds were bouncing and swaying in all the right places.