Tonight - An All Boston Music Event!

RSL Presents: It is with great pleasure that we present a seriously OUTSTANDING live music lineup tonight at Great Scott in Allston. First band goes on at 9pm!


Meet the Bands:

Review of The Beatings' "Holding On to Hand Grenades" album:

Punk Rock Quartet The Beatings seems to be following in the footsteps of fellow Massachusetts band the Pixies. In addition to their obvious sonic similarities, both bands feature a female bassist who chimes in on vocals from time to time. The Beatings even sought out the Pixies' former engineer, Paul Q. Kolderie, to produce their latest, "Holding on to Hand Grenades."

The Beatings often sound like a throwback to a lot of pre-'90s college alt-rock, with the high volume assault of Husker Du and even the monotone growl of Joy Division's Ian Curtis, but they're equally reminiscent of the more recent sounds coming from Chapel Hill, N.C.'s Merge Records. Along with the controlled Superchunk-ness of "Burn Down the Jungle," the Beatings' more melodic singing (such as the jubilant male/female vocals at the end of "Stockholm Syndrome Relapse") recall last year's darlings, the Arcade Fire.

But rather than being held back by such similarities, the Beatings push beyond them. Nestled between two brief transitional instrumentals is the album's most striking song, "Pennsyltuckey," in which Erin Dalbec's husky coo and restrained bass lines grow into a catchy, rambunctious rocker. That vibrant energy and carefree post-punk zeal move the Beatings well past their more prominent influences. — Catherine Lewis of The Washington Post

Ryan Says: I am tremendously proud to present this show with The Beatings.
This is a special night for me both as the organizer and a fan of this great band.

The Beatings: Web / Myspace / Midriff Records

Meet the Bands:

Take Note: Vivian Darkbloom are clearly a band on the rise. Expect one hell of a tight stage performance from this 21st Century garage band. And, be prepared for some pretty wild guitar solos; Frontman Rob Morris (center above) jams out on his customized guitar fitted with a Wii video game controller which he uses to personify his creativity up on stage. The band is currently working on new material. Side Note: I love the merchandise - buttons that say "I (heart) VD" - sweet! Check this out: The Ascension of Vivian Darkbloom.

Vivian Darkboom:

Meet the Bands:

One of the most promising bands in the city is Hundred Years War. With a gritty, tangible sound this band has earned the reputation as a great live band. This group was a worthy pick for opener for the amazing Delta Spirit who played Boston just recently. (For those who didn't attend, it was a stellar night!) The band is working on new material - let's hope it gets here soon. Find out why this band is developing a large local following... Don't miss them tonight!

Hundred Years War: Web / Myspace

Meet the Bands:
The Sunsets Quick

You May Know Them By Another Name: The Sunsets Quick are an indie-rock quartet from Boston, Massachusetts. Since forming in the winter of 2007 (under the name Drugs Delaney), they've played all over Boston at venues like Great Scott, T.T. The Bear's, and the Abbey Lounge, drawing comparisons to bands like the Strokes, Modest Mouse, and the Pixies. Their songs have been heard on the Band in Boston podcast multiple times and they also recorded a live set in their Flophouse Session series. Their self-titled debut album is set for release next month!

The Sunsets Quick are playing a special unplugged set tonight at Great Scott. Added Extra: It's singer Matt Roselli's birthday. Not one to miss!

The Sunsets Quick:

The Music Begins Tonight at 9pm
1222 Commonwealth Ave
(corner of Harvard & Commonwealth)

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