Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Music - I Saw Across The Sound

Someone You Should Know!
New Album this week from The Points North
By Nikhil Gupta

The perfect 'Autumn Album'

What Century Is This? A year and nine months after their founding, The Points North release their debut full-length LP, I Saw Across the Sound, on Grinding Tapes Records. The album comes out tomorrow (the band will also showcase the new songs live at JP’s First Church on Eliot St. the same night) and the RSL got a sneak peek. These songs sit comfortably between 21st century alt-folk songs and your favorite sea shanty from colonial times. Don’t miss these 12 tracks, whatever century you might be in!

The Points North - Recycling Song
Sneak Peak from "I Saw Across the Sound"

The New LP: Part of what makes music by The Points North so captivating is its haunting combination of minimalism and beautiful layering. This trio knows how to choose its instruments for maximum effect—and that includes the voices of Chris Alspach and Regina Peterson. With drummer Dylan Clark, they’ve produced an album that captures New England’s landscape and seaways perfectly. As in the LP’s lead-off song, “Stone Walls,” our region’s locales speak to listeners about foliaged days and dark woods. The combined harmonies here and in “Cape Tyron” remind us that we all experience the seasons of this colorful, cold, and coastal northeastern corner of the country together.

Careful Compositions: The small and intimate histories that unfurl throughout “Recycling Song” turn trash into a heartbreakingly beautiful story. “Used paper towel rolls” and “orange peels” end up in the most important places. The delicate percussion that drives the chorus of dual voices in this song pulls together all three members of the band, so that they stand in careful relationship to one another. This is how The Points North understand our personal lives as well as our relationship to nature, and that is why each song on this album feels like both a private disclosure and a universal reflection. The RSL promises that you will want to be present when these songs are unveiled.

[click for full-sized/detailed version]

CD RELEASE: Don’t miss the LP release party for I Saw Across the Sound at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St. on Thursday, Oct 1st. These songs are sure to stay with you for a long time!

The Points North

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

... And the Ever Expanding Universe

New Music!
songs from The Most Serene Republic
By Nikhil Gupta

the new album is available now.

NEW MUSIC FROM ONTARIO: This summer, The Most Serene Republic released their 3rd LP, …And The Ever Expanding Universe, and we’ve fallen in love with the Milton, Ontario band’s melodious wall of sound all over again.

SUPERSATURATED SOUND: Like many of their label-mates on the Toronto-based Arts & Crafts record label (they were the first band unassociated with Broken Social Scene to be signed) The Most Serene Republic ties together multiple instruments, voices, harmonies, and movements within a single song. Sometimes these parts are pieced together with delicate precision, and at other times they erupt with the force of a sledgehammer. At their best, TMSR create songs that accumulate sounds until they are supersaturated, leaving the listener to feel overwhelmed in the very best way. Check out the single “Heavens from Purgatory” to see what we mean.

The Most Serene Republic

TMSR are: Adrian Jewett (vocals, trombone), Ryan Lenssen (piano, backup vocals), Nick Greaves (guitar, EBow, banjo), Emma Ditchburn (guitar, vocals), Sean Woolven (guitar, backup vocals), Simon Lukasewich (bass, violin), Adam Balsam (drums)

NEW APPROACHES: On the new album, TMSR build to great heights - moment that fans have grown to love, but they’ve also found a way to experiment and branch out in new directions. Take, “Heavens to Purgatory” for instance; this track shows the band alternating between male and female vocal leads until Adrian Jewett and Emma Ditchburn finally come together in the heavily-syncopated chorus. Like most songs on the album, “Don’t Hold Back, Feel A Little Longer” has various movements within itself (think of …And the Ever Expanding Universe as the work of a 7-person, less guitar driven Dirty Projectors), but here TMSR begins playing with electronic music in the style of recent releases from Passion Pit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Metric.

On “Catharsis Boo,” the band takes one of its most ambitious undertaking. The song nearly spins out of control, but The Most Serene Republic finds a way to pull it all back together. (It happens when Jewett speaks a simple, quiet “Alright.”) The effect on the listener is to put you in the studio where this song is being born: it feels as if you’re present to hear a piece of chamber music played live right in front of you.

Their ensemble sound, and their classical flourishes, are very much in the forefront of this album, but producer Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Fury Animals) has helped the band find a pop sound that blends perfectly with their explosive character.

We are psyched to see The Most Serene Republic play these new songs live at the Great Scott on October 10th. Pick up the new LP and make sure you’re there too!

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Year of Living 'Shepard Fairey'

From the World of Art

SHEPARD FAIREY & THE CITY OF BOSTON - The life and works of graphic designer and modern graffiti artist Shepard Fairey and the city of Boston, MA were pretty entwined (some would say entangled) in 2009. Call him 'the gifted one' and love him for his style and vision -or- criticize him as 'a appropriator' or 'a hack'... He's certainly heard them all.

Shepard Fairey received a phone call from President Barrack Obama this year (thanking the artist for his work on the then-candidate's behalf during the election). After arriving in Boston, Fairey's distinctive artwork was everywhere - both inside and outside museum walls! Here's how the city and the man made out in 2009...

Shepard Fairey - We love him.
Many others, including friends, do not agree.

Bravo to the Folks at the ICA [ about] who really hit one out of the park through this year's Sherpard Fairey exhibit.

Your selection of Fairey for this 6-month exhibit was a calculated risk, to be sure. (This was the first ever museum survey of the artist's work.) You craftily worked a commercial sponsorship deal that made the exhibit free for the public. Cha-Ching! The ICA's hard work resulted in big-time name recognition - for both the artist and the museum. You brought all kinds of new people out the museum to see Shepard Fairy, and in doing so you made the museum a destination for "The Everyman" once again.

Of course things were aided by the critical noise around Fairey's appropriation of popular icons and bits of other artists' work.

I will be quick to tell you I personally like Fairey's style. Some of his works are visually arresting. Of great interest to me going in are his music-themed pieces, [Highly Recommended]. Other Shepard pieces are beautiful examples of social criticism. On the other extreme, we found a great bit of Fairey's collection were clearly more experimental, and far too repetitive to my tastes, in nature. This being said, But they belong in a survey, intended to embrace the full work of an artist.

And the People of Boston went to the ICA. Shepard installed his work at the ICA, but also made a few more deposits all over the city. [Locations of Shepard Fairey street art in Boston. Some have been removed.] Law Enforcement wasn't so won-over by his charms, [Fairey arrested]. In the long run, things got worked out. The Shepard Fairey exhibit was a topic of conversation in the office, and over dinner and in the bars. It's hard not to think of 2009 and Boston and not think of this artist and the ICA.

Shepard Fairey

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Remembering Mark Sandman

DATELINE: CAMBRIDGE, MA - It's hard to imagine what the Boston music scene would be like today without the influence of Mark Sandman. As a member of local legends Treat Her Right and the frontman of celebrated sonic plowmen Morphine; Sandman was a real game changer. The songs he created changed the way a lot of way listened to music. Take for example Morphine: Mark Sandman's distinctive and emotive voice was an instrument all by itself. Trapped between notes on the sax and keeped in time by bass and drum - there was never any need for guitar present. Shockingly, amid a culture of celebrating rock guitar, Morphine was ascending the golden steps.

[click for full poster]

THE MARK SANDMAN MEMORIAL CONCERT - Today, the Mark Sandman Memorial Concert in Cambridge marks the 10th anniversary of Mark's passing (also his birthday weekend), celebrating his life and his music. Featured performers at the benefit include Orchestra Morphine, Elastic Waste Band, Treat Her Right, Zili Misik, Mean Creek, Rite Hook, Faces on Film, Mariachi Internationale, Mickey Bones, and more. The concert - which will take place at the Middle East Downstairs at noon due to rain (again with the rain, Mark?) is absolutely free. Any raffles from donations or the on-site raffle and online charity auction going to the Sandman Music Project. The event will have special guest emcees, special Sandman items will be made available for sale and Harmonix Music of Cambridge will provide the brand new The Beatles: ROCKBAND on-site to check out during event.

I exposed Sandman's music recently to a Boston neophyte, a relocate with an under-fed sense of music history, and when we got to Morphine, the results were somewhat predictable: "OMG, who is this? This is just so different - it's great. Are they from Boston?" Yes. It's Mark Sandman and the band is Morphine. He's from Boston, but he belongs to the World now. Stunned silence - and we listen a bit further. And so it goes... No matter what language he sang Sandman sang in or whether he was complaining about lost love or the weather (Morphine has the best rainy day songs ever) Sandman was all about looking at things just a little different. Today we celebrate these differences. It's been (unbelievably) a decade since Sandman's last exit (more on this, later) and the essence of his music is as much alive today as it's ever been.

The Sandman Music Project - The Sandman Music Project is a collaboration of local musicians and volunteers dedicated to helping youth develop a positive means of self-expression through creative collaborations. Located in the Armory Arts Center in Somerville, Massachusetts, The Project seeks to provide opportunities for young people to participate in music and develop creative, social, and cognitive skills. The theory is simple. Creative collaboration forms community.

MARK SANDMAN - On July 3, 1999, Sandman collapsed on stage at the Giardini del Principe in Palestrina, Latium, Italy (near Rome) while performing with Morphine. He was soon pronounced dead of a heart attack at the age of 46. Morphine immediately disbanded following his death, though the surviving members briefly toured with other musicians, creating Orchestra Morphine as a tribute to Sandman and in support of the posthumous release, "The Night."

Following Sandman's death, Hi-n-Dry (the Cambridge recording studio he founded) became a commercial record label and studio, recording and releasing the work of Boston-area artists. The label and studio are managed by Sandman's former Morphine bandmates Conway and Colley. Hi-n-Dry issued a retrospective box set of Sandman's music called Sandbox in 2004. (Highly Recommended folks! - Ryan)

Having left a permanent mark (a happy scar) on the souls of listeners, friends, and fellow musicians. We have much to be thankful for today. Remembering Mark Sandman isn't hard because his legacy is the music you are listening to today. Stop by the Middle East today and stand on Mark Sandman Square and enjoy the moment.

Friday, September 25, 2009

MOVIE TRAILER: Paranormal Activity


Not Yet in Theatres Everywhere...

FILM HYPE - PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is the hot 'new' scary movie everyone is talking about. Captured in first-person, found footage style (a la "Blair Witch Project," this one is throttling the necks of sneak peak audiences. (Skip ahead to the audience reactions!)

The film centers on the escalating haunting that has troubled a girl most of her life. The story focuses on what happens to the girl and her boyfriend are they combat this demonic situation. Here's the trailer for this horror film which was actually released independently in 2007 and is just now earning large audiences. Impressions are being made:

Fan Reactions - Chicago, IL
Early this morning - 9/25/09

Official Web / IMDB

Tonight, turn on The Lights Out

SHOW HYPE: Going Out Tonight
Record Release Edition

TT the Bears in Cambridge

One of the City's best bands releases a Record - tonight!

RED HOT - Yes we just wrote about these guys (RSL 9/15: Record Leak - The Light Out's "Red Letter Day") but we just wanted to remind you that these guys uncork the record for real tonight - playing a live set with friends at TT the Bears tonight. Come on out and get a copy of "Color Machine" - a record that reflects the band's devotion to hard work and rock!

Tonight: Township / The Lights Out / Reverse / Roman Traffic (formerly Gravehaven) - Ticketing Info

Myspace / Facebook / Web

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Echo & the Bunnymen will play Intimate Boston Show

Echo and the Bunnymen @ Great Scott in Allston
Sunday, October 18th, 2009
SOLD OUT in just minutes!

I write these words with a forced hand today, but that's a good thing as you are about to see. I was preparing a music post on Liverpool, England's post-punk legends Echo & the Bunnymen who will play Boston at the roomy House of Blues in late November. Then came yesterday's news that Fenway Studios are bringing the band to town a little early: On October 18th, Echo & The Bunnymen will make an exclusive stop on their international tour to play a rare and intimate Fenway Sessions show at favorite local hotspot Great Scott in Allston. Those tickets go on sale at 10am today - and will sell out. (This information is still so new that the show information is still not up on the band's website calendar or myspace page.) Though $35 is a steep pricetag, this one will certainly prove to be a concert to remember (certainly the smallest, most intimate Echo and the Bunnymen show of the entire 2009 tour.) Ticket purchases are limited to two per person - will call only - to avoid ticket scalping. If you have the scratch and you love great live music, this one's a no-brainer.

Echo & the Bunnymen will release their first full-length album in four years, "Fountain" on October 12th - you should be able to pick a copy up a this show.

The Fenway Recordings Sessions launched in early 2003 by Fenway Recordings founder Mark Kates to help brand the label and its artists, and offer a great Boston night for friends and intriguing new artists to play. Since then, the Fenway Sessions have brought some of the best new acts from around the world to the heart of Allston. Dozens of significant artists like Editors, The Ting Tings, MGMT, Klaxons, Diplo, Bat for Lashes, The Cribs, Hot Chip, CSS, Cold War Kids, and Grammy Award winners Wolfmother have all come through the doors of Great Scott for Fenway Sessions. Most of these were New England debuts.

Upcoming Fenway Sessions
at Great Scott in Allston

Sessions #86 - The Rifles
10.14.09 Sessions #87
Loney Dear, Asobi Seksu & Anna Ternheim
10.17.09 Sessions #88 - Digable Planets
10.18.09 Sessions #89 - Echo and the Bunnymen
10.29.09 Sessions #90 - The Temper Trap
11.05.09 Sessions #91 - The Heavy & Illinois
11.07.09 Sessions #92 - Girls
11.11.09 Sessions #93 - The Rakes

Echo & the Bunnymen
Web / Myspace

Johnny Cash - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

It's Time For a Midnight Video
Every Now End Then, It's Good To Stay Up Late.....

featuring Johnny Cash

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pearl Jam - Backspacer

Artwork by Renowned Cartoonist Tom Tomorrow

NEW MATERIAL THIS WEEK - Independently released, Pearl Jam unleashed their ninth-studio album this week. The record, titled, 'Backspacer' was produced by Brendan O'Brien. (O'Brien produced three of Pearl Jam's earlier albums; Vs., Vitalogy, No Code, and co-produced Yield and oversaw the re-mastering and remixing of their seminal debut Ten which was re-released this Spring.)

Backspacer was all penned by Eddie Vedder. The music was written collectively by Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Eddie Vedder and recorded and mixed at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and Southern Tracks in Atlanta. The first single, The Fixer is available for download now on iTunes. It's a real return to form. Here's the video:

The release of this new record comes on the heels of the re-release of the bands catalog. The new record is currently available in the US through Target stores, through Pearl Jam's own Ten Club, independent retailers, iTunes and Rock Band. Internationally, the album will be available via Universal/Island Records.

Email me your full name to (therslweblog @ to enter.
Specify "Pearl Jam - Backspacer" in your email subject.
One winner will be randomly selected!

Web / Myspace

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How I Fell In Love With Punk Rock - Duncan Wilder Johnson

Now in Print / Literature
Duncan Wilder Johnson's
How I Fell In Love With Punk Rock

"Think spoken word has to be about sensitivity and women's issues?
Think again, Duncan Wilder Johnson is a spoken word artist and he's pretty metal."
-San Francisco Weekly

NOW IN PRINT: Boston Author Duncan Wilder Johnson has a punk rock heart. Known around Boston as a hardworking apostle of rock with a heavy metal work ethic - he is a musician, a writer, a monologist, a photographer, a graphic designer, and successful show promoter. A new autobiographical book - an entry for those outside the punk rock universe, provides an insider's view on the rise of punk. And, on a more personal level, "How I Fell in Love With Punk Rock," is a coming of age story with insights on how a teen becomes influenced by this music and embarks on a continuing road to becoming a man. Entertaining, Honest and Embracing, this is insightful stuff.

Duncan Wilder Johnson - 7th Grade
passage from How I Fell in Love with Punk Rock

A Million Miles - As a performer of spoken word, Wilder Johnson has toured the US as well as England, Scotland, and Ireland. He’s opened for such notables as Jim Carroll (author of The Basketball Diaries), Jello Biafra (The Dead Kennedys), Lydia Lunch, Angelo Moore (from Fishbone), Steve Blush (author of American Hardcore), Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow, author of FIGHT), Eugene Mirman, Kevin Seconds, Kepi Ghouli, The Blood Brothers, Sam Black Church, Overcast, Scissorfight, and Tree.

"He dissects rock culture with infectious energy."
-The Boston Globe

Duncan Wilder Johnson
photograph by Bruce Bettis

As a musician Wilder Johnson has toured the East Coast US with his hard rock band Destruct-a-thon and filled in on some UK dates with Garrison and Sunfactor. Destruct-a-thon opened for The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Bronx, Seemless, Tree, Cracktorch, and The Freeze.

online at Thrashachusetts Books

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Allston Rock City, MA 02134

332 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 236-4930

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Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-7711

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(between Elk Grove & Honore)
Chicago, IL 60622
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Monday, September 21, 2009

(New) Adventures of The Black and White Years

New Music this Week!
A Band You Should Know

The Black and White Years

One of our favorite acts right now (notable dates at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Wireless Music Festival in London, MIDEM in Cannes, CMJ Music Marathon, and the past three South By Southwest Music Festivals) calls Austin, TX, home. The Black and White Years - made a staggeringly quick 2-year ascension and we ended up naming the eponymous debut, one of the best records of 2008. The band's hyper-energetic, jangle matches perfectly their odd sense of humor and quirky, intelligent lyrics.

Earlier this year, the Austin Music Awards recognized the band’s local accomplishments by rewarded them with five awards including trophies for Best New Band and Best Song for their single, “Power to Change,” Best Performing Band – Rock and Best Bass Player (John Aldridge.) In addition, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers) won the award for Best Producer of the Year for his work on BAWY's debut LP.

A new EP called "Nursery Myths" is available online and through a physical CD purchase (comes with a digital download). The self-produced, 5-track album was completed with the help of Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders in Austin. The Black and White Years report work is already underway to complete their sophomore album due next year.

BAWY - Write It In A Book
from their eponymous debut

Black and White Years
Web / Myspace

Blog Radio: Where Did Everybody Go?

A new collection of songs that help tell a story:
An Empty Earth, A Silent Future

Today's selection of songs are served up on a table for one. Picture yourself waking up one day and all the people in the whole world are simply gone - disappeared without a trace...
Here's your soundtrack:

The Bravery - This is Not the End
* From the Bravery album "The Sun and the Moon"

Wilco - Alone
* A demo from Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" album outtakes.

Remy Zero - Belong
* Remy Zero recorded live in Houston, TX.

The End of the World - Crowded Rooms
* From the End of the World record, "You're Making It Come Alive."

David Bowie - A Better Future
* This Bowie track first appeared on the "Heathen" (2002).

Aaron English - Like Smoke
* From the incredible album "The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon" (2007)

Explosions in the Sky - Welcome Ghosts
* From the 2007 EITS record, "All of A Sudden I Miss Everyone"

Bill Baird - Has the End of the World Already Happened?
*Bill Baird is the bassist for Austin's now-defunct Sound Team.
This song came from his solo, self-released "Sunset" album.

What is Blog Radio? This "themed" collection celebrates our musical tastes, gives me a chance to dust off some old classics and slip in some new artists who might otherwise not get proper exposure. Download these tracks and love these bands.

Going back to 2006 - when this website was formed, blog radio was a regular and creative outlet. We are resurrecting this series today - A new installment will be released every so often - whenever the fever hits me.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Dinosaur Jr - Over It

Dinosaur Jr

Wanted to share this video today because as much as it's great Dinosaur Jr music, it also serves as a 'slice of life' piece - letting you get to know the Amherst, MA band just a little better. Think you know your favorite bands? Send us a clip or a link and we will run it for the world to see!

Dinosaur Jr
web / myspace

Friday, September 18, 2009

The End of The Road for PELA

One of the Best calls it Quits

Billy, Eric, Tom and Nate

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I pass along the sad news that one of our favorite bands of the last decade has decided to call it quits. Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson, Tom Zovich and Nate Martinez have played together for years as the New York band Pela. I have been lucky enough to catch them 3 times in the last 2 years and did my best at every turn to share their music with our readers.

Pela at TT the Bears 2/27/08
photograph by Hunta

I didn't find 2007's Anytown Graffiti until after the calendar had turned over but as soon as I did I realized what I had found - a great American band with empathy, depth, energy and one hell of a sense of what worked before a live audience. One of my favorite nights in Boston to date was spent drinking beers and laughing with these guys - celebrating Nate's birthday at the Middle East. And what a bill that was! Static of the Gods, The Motion Sick and Shawn Fogel - seriously a genius night and each of the bands played their hearts out. They were an emotional group of guys - often not able to hold back during shows.

In An Email Sent to Us Tonight: "It is with great sadness that we write you today. Pela’s collective journey has come to an end. Over the past 2 years we’ve faced tremendous obstacles. We recorded an album twice, had a falling out/legal battle with our old label, fired 2 managers, had a big record deal fall through, and Billy had a hand injury followed by a foot injury.

We’ve worked tirelessly to get our music out of ourselves and into your ears. We worked endlessly to make the music and our live show the best we could. At the end of the day we had to start dealing with some realizations..."

"We will never be able to thank you enough for your support. For those of you that drove and flew hours just to see a show, we thank you. For those of you who wrote us and gave us the opportunity to get to know you, we thank you. For those of you who told us to keep soldiering on, we thank you. Words can’t really describe how we’re feeling about this difficult decision, but we want you to know that it’s the healthiest decision we could make.

Your lovely faces are etched into our memories. Looking at the Crowd Project videos says it all. Please keep in touch, we’ll promise to do the same."

xoxo- Nate, Billy, Tom, and Eric

It was with great confidence that we sometime ago named Pela one of the three best live acts in America (along with Heartless Bastards and Delta Spirit). The "Live Crown" was a mantle they most certainly deserved to wear. I want to thank the guys in this band - each has a heart as big as the ocean - for what they did for their listeners. You made brilliant music and will be missed. And you will always have a friend in Boston.

Pela: web / myspace

The Walkmen at the Middle East

Going Out / Weekend Edition!
by Nick Parker
Two Nights @ The Middle East

SUNSHINE: This Friday and Saturday night the Middle East welcomes New York’s excellent The Walkmen (musical excellence) for two shows. Formed in 2000 by members of Jonathan Fire*Eater and The Recoys, The Walkmen’s rise has been steady and unshakable.

This five-piece band make music with old and sometimes rickety instruments that come to life before us. Vocalist Hamilton Leithauser sings in this same drifting, lilting and low-pitched tone – it is a voice reminiscent not only of singers from the 50s, but sometimes of more contemporary performers like Matt Berninger of The National.

The Walkmen’s vintage sound, built on tube amps and spring reverbs, is warm and friendly still yet somehow distant, like listening to great music played outside in the night air.

Listening to their show in the confines of the Middle East downstairs should make for an interesting spin on the band’s style. Also appearing both nights are two highly touted indie acts: Here We Go Magic and The Dig. Having just recently seen The Dig play an incredible set in town recently [and here are the photos] all we can say is that these two nights should be amongst the best this entire season. The Middle East 8pm Doors Fri & Sat / 18+ / $15. Don’t miss out.

The Walkmen
Web / Myspace

What's Your Major? 2 Nites at Church

WHAT'S YOUR MAJOR?... A Return To Classes, the Putting on of Autumn Sweaters, the Sharpening of #2 Pencils.... For many this is just a return to fall normalcy in a city teaming with part-time college student citizenry, but this weekend (beginning tonight) there is a place to be entertained. On a pair of "What's Your Major?" rock nights prepared to entertain theatrically and comically as much as musically, 10 bands (5 on Friday and the other half on Saturday) will entertain audiences at Church of Boston.

Most college student audiences will not be able to attend since the themed party since only 21+ will be allowed inside. ($10 each night, $15 for both) It's a calculated risk but one that should work based strictly on the level of talent involved and the thriving nature of the Boston music scene these days.

What's Your Major? is another theme dance (picture it as a comedy rock ball) orchestrated by Boston Band Crush, who recently held One Night Band (a random, rock lottery-inspired night of music last month at the Middle East) - with those same minds behind this one expect good things from this one.

What's Your Major? lineup


What's Your Major? lineup


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Live Photos :: Boston's One Night Band

Photographic Evidence
by Marc Beaulieu

Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA – August 29, 2009

Success! The folks from Boston Band Crush recently threw one hell of a charity and music event asking bands to rock out with people they had never played a note with prior. We were there with a camera...

Wilder performed in "The Champagne of bands"
One Night Band picks its bands randomly.
images by Marc Beaulieu

What's One Night Band? 40 Boston-area rockers added their name to a hat and those names were picked in random order to form new, one-night bands. The bands had just day to ready themselves for what was to ensue: The challenge: musicians were tasked to learn and perform 3 original songs and one cover with their new found band mates. A Huge Success. The biggest winners of the event were Zumix, a youth music education center located in East Boston who were given all the proceeds. Bravo!

RSL Streaming Photo Album
One Night Band (8-29-09)


Johnson on guitar for “The It Kitties!”


The It Kitties!
Martin Rex
(Broken River Prophet)
Izzy Maxwell
(Death of the Cool/Count Zero)
John Powhida
(John Powhida International Airport/The Rudds)
C.D. Di Guardia
(Emeen Z. Band)
Jen Johnson
(Static of the Gods)

The Champagne of Bands
Cullen Corley
(Electric Laser People/Kuuluuko)
Brendan Boogie
(Brendan Boogie and the Best Intentions)
Duncan Wilder-Johnson
Tad McKitterick
(Sidewalk Driver)
Bo Barringer

Awesome Chariot
Abe Lateiner
(Hands and Knees)
Joel Reader
(The Fatal Flaw)
Ad Frank
(Ad Frank and the Fast Easy Women)
Michael Potvin
(DJ Fred Mertz & #1 Dad/Campaign for Real-Time)

The Monster Trucks UK
Doug Fuller
(The Silver Lining)
Matt King
(The Lights Out)
Caleb Epps
Andy Santospago
(The Vinyl Skyway/solo)
Ernie Kim
(Tristan da Cunha)

The Pink Meninos
Darron Burke
Justin Day
(The Luxury)
Adam Ritchie
(The Lights Out)
Tony Savarino
(Black Fortress of Opium)
Sarah Guild
(The New Collisions)

The Peppermint Patties
Rich Adkins
(The In-Out)
Julie Two Times
(The New Alibis, Vagiant)
Jason Dunn
(The Luxury)
Joe DeGeorge
(Harry and the Potters)
Chris Mulvey
(Muy Cansado)

Milk of Amnesia
Travis Richter
(The Motion Sick)
Jimmy Zavadoski
(Party Wolf, SnowLeopards, Damn Personals)
Kerri-Ann Richard
(Apple Betty)
Magen Tracy
(St. Helena)

Battle Toadz
Matt Graber
(Sarah RabDAU & Self Employed Assassins, Mascara)
Nick Balkin
(Kingsley Flood, Logan 5 and the Runners)
Ben Weiser
(The Diamond Mines)
Eldridge Rodriguez
(The Beatings/solo)

Ryan Adams - Austin City Limits 2002

RA @ Austin City Limits:
September 29th, 2002

Ryan Adams - Intro
Ryan Adams - Nuclear
Ryan Adams - Firecracker
Ryan Adams - Wharf Rat into Answering Bell
Ryan Adams - Touch Feel and Lose
Ryan Adams - La Cienga Just Smiled

Ryan Adams - To Be Young
Ryan Adams - Shakedown on 9th Street
Ryan Adams - New York New York
Ryan Adams - Brown Sugar
Ryan Adams - Nobody Girl

new website

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Stage Photography :: Buffalo Killers and The Nate Wilson Group

Photographic Evidence
by Sean Hafferty

T.T. The Bear's Place - Cambridge - 9/9/2009

Zach Gabbard of Buffalo Killers at TT the Bears
images by Sean Hafferty

RSL Streaming Photo Album
Buffalo Killers at T.T. the Bear's (9-9-09)

Andrew Gabbard and drummer Joe Sebaali

Buffalo Killers
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images by Sean Hafferty

RSL Streaming Photo Album
Nate Wilson Group at T.T. the Bear's (9-9-09)

The Nate Wilson Group
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VIRAL VIDEO: What We Should Learn from Burning Man

Art in the Sand: Lessons Learned of Desert Life

Changing up our way a thinking this week to accommodate this really excellent video post... Generally speaking, Viral Video is a perfect meshing of music and video. With today's video clip from Time we look at alternative culture through the eyes of video.

Burning Man is a City of 40,000 people that rises out of the dessert sand and dust each year. Reinventing itself and correcting its own errors and improving each season. Today, TIME VIDEO takes us for an insider's view on the reasons why Burning Man has triumphed. (City Leaders in traditional US cities, please take note.) Highly Recommended Viewing.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Lights Out - 'Red Letter Day'

Color Machine from The Lights Out is out Fri, Sept 25th

DOWNLOAD THE HOTNESS - Today we are elated to share with you a brand-new, previously unreleased track from The Lights Out's forthcoming LP Color Machine (this one will be released during a Boston music bash at TT the Bears on Friday, September 25th. We will be there.)

ONE HELL OF A 2009 - Already a celebrated name among those who like to rock, The Lights Out put on one of the single best performances of the entire Rock n Roll Rumble this year - thoroughly impressing both new fans and the competition. The group didn't strop there - they showed very strongly everywhere they went.


What's most exciting, any TLO fan will relay, is how the group's sound is growing and evolving while still reflecting their (epic) rock work ethic - reflecting the intense focus on challenging themselves to improve. Short story long? They were always very good - and now they have found ways to get more creative, and just plain better.

Besides their musical abilities, the Band's most valuable tool is their sense of fun which is reflected in each live show. Hugely contagious, the positive energy from the band is reflected in their audiences. Ready to believe? With this in mind, we share the first new song from The Lights Out's future....

"Red Letter Day came together at Matty’s house. We were laughing at internet hijinx, drinking beer and trying to write when I went to do the thing you have to do often when you drink a lot of beer. When I came back into the room, Matt had this kind of bouncy, happy riff a la Killer Queen going on. Then the melody kind of came to me, and the idea for the “whoa” part in the verses. A couple rehearsals later, we were all working on it and Matt put forth what became the concept for the song, namely the juxtaposition of a happy sounding tune with lyrics about ending it all. The title comes from the relief the guy feels to finally come to the decision to do it already. A red letter day is a day for celebration, but personally, I have my doubts our boy is really as happy as he wants us to believe," - singer Rishava Green. "Check out the harmonized whistling at the end of the track, courtesy of our very own Jesse James!"

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Live Photos :: Counting Crows and Michael Franti in Boston

Photographic Evidence
by Marc Beaulieu

Bank of America Pavillion Boston – August 31, 2009

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Michael Franti and Counting Crows
Live at the Pavilion (8-31-09)

Adam Duritz
Counting Crows
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