Logan 5 and the Runners headline Tri-City Rock tonight at O'Brien's

Going out Tonight!
Saturday, 10/10/09
The Scene: O'Briens in Allston

Tonight in Boston: Local music promoters and Team Shred and annie*rock have joined forces to present Tri-City Rock, a night of energetic performances by up-and-coming rock bands from Boston, New York City & Philadelphia at Allston-Rock-City’s most intimate, loud music venue, O’Brien’s Pub. Headliners Logan 5 & The Runners have been building steady buzz in Boston, while penultimate performers Flying Machines have been building steady buzz in NYC. Details: 9pm / 21+ / just $8... The bands:

Logan 5 and the Runners

Locals Logan 5 and The Runners headline Tri-City Rock at midnight. This ‘Brit’-pop (you guessed it) five piece makes dancey rock music, with a slight back-to-the-future perspective. Influences David Bowie and Roxy Music are easy to hear in Logan Five’s glittery, retro synth sounds and sexier-than-thou, soaring vocal lines. Logan Five released their debut EP ‘Featurette’ earlier this year to rave reviews. [Previously on the RSL]

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NY's Flying Machines take the stage at 11pm. Flying Machines make super-catchy, super-tight super-pop! Lead singer William Ryan George has an impressive vocal range and a youthful energy on stage, but guitarist John Wlaysewski can easily steal the show with his flashy, yet surgically-accurate guitar licks. John possesses a shredding talent worthy of the fastest trash metal band, minus the pent-up aggression. Flying Machines are full of lighted-hearted fun, reminiscent of The ‘Help!’ era Beatles. Tri-City Rock is this poppy quartet’s second Boston appearance, following their free, FNX-hosted, Fenway show last summer. Their long-awaited debut CD is due out this fall on EMI’s M17 label.

Panic Years, from Philadelphia, make their Boston debut at 10pm. Panic Years are masters of delivering the mid-tempo alt-rock song (think Nada Surf 1996). A few well-worn guitar strums and familiar drum/bass patterns make a comfortable bed for the emotional (if not emo) vocal stylings of lead singer Ed Everett, while the occasional math-rock unison line is as welcomed as it is unexpected. Live, this band is stop-on-a-dime tight, full of alt-rock energy. Their debut self-titled EP has critics drawing comparisons to Silversun Pickups and The Pixies.

Hello Ninja

Boston band Hello Ninja open Tri-City Rock at 9pm. Hello Ninja is making modern blues-rock for the next generation. This trio lists The Who and The White Stripes as influences, but tinges of 1970s piano rock and a ballsy, country swagger are also evident. Hello Ninja comes equipped with two powerful vocalists, and their new single is especially impressive. Side A ‘All The Made Men’ showcases Cat Basile’s killer, soulful voice, while the B side ‘Back of My Mind’ gives Will Deeks the belting center stage. Hello Ninja shines especially bright in the intimate space of O’Brien’s. Come early to see them!


fontbandit said…
I caught Flying Machines' set at the Dewey Beach Music Conference last weekend. Amazing band. "On a Whim" has taken up residency on my iPod.

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