Concert will take place at Royale at279 Tremont Street in Boston. (The New England Medical station on the MBTA's Orange Line.) This is a 21+ event. Tickets are available for $25.00, and can be purchased at Ticketmaster. Doors at 8:30pm.
All proceeds from TargetCancer’s initiatives support rare cancer research.
TICKETS & INFORMATION - TargetCancer’s 2nd annual fundraiser unfolds this Thursday night at Boston's Royale. Founded in 2009 by Cambridge resident Paul Poth, TargetCancer promotes the development of lifesaving treatment protocols for uncommon cancers. Through fundraising, outreach, and advocacy, TargetCancer supports cancer patients while also funding research initiatives at the forefront of cancer treatment — efforts that treat the individual as well as the disease. Performances this year include Grant-Lee Phillips, Dean and Britta, and Will Dailey & The Rivals.
The benefit concert will take place at Royale, located at 279 Tremont Street in Boston. Tickets are available for $25.00, and can be purchased at Ticketmaster. Doors for the concert open at 8:30pm. In addition to the concert performances, this night also features a cocktail reception and silent auction, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the cocktail reception, silent auction, and concert are $100, and are available at www.targetcancer.info. The fundraiser is sponsored by the law firms of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, and Choate Hall and Stewart.
Background - In February 2010, TargetCancer launched 'The Right Track: Tunes To TargetCancer,’ a series of concerts, events, and music download opportunities. The Right Track features exclusive unreleased music from Weezer, Ween, The Donnas, Cowboy Junkies, Dean & Britta, Buffalo Tom, State Radio, Sondre Lerche and others. Tracks continue to be added to these exclusive pay-what-you-wish downloads. For more information or to purchase tracks, visit: www.righttracktunes.org
w/ never before seen images Live at SxSW 2011 Austin, TX - 03/18/11 by 5342 Studios
In close conversation, I've - more than once, credited Aloud of being the most professional of New England acts. (This is the type of theoretical conversations that music blog hipsters embark on when accompanied by like-minded companions over drinks.) Why Aloud? All decisions are made by the band mindful of long term personal & professional objectives. At the center of it all are a pair of talented human beings willing to push all their chips in the middle of the table for their art. And there's a ton of hard work that never seems to end. It's the kind of dynamic that is impossible for a music critic, indeed any music lover, not to respect.
All that become even more clear over the last twelve months, a time period which saw lead vocalists/guitarists and newlywed songwriters Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain craft the album, Exile, their best material to date, tour the country on a shoestring budget and push creative boundaries.
The four-piece is rounded out by bassist Charles Murphy and drummer Mike Tucker. While it seems most other bands simply got louder this year. Aloud produced better songs that allowed them to make connections with fans. And they packed up their apartment for storage - let the lease elapse and took this show on the road, touring 42 states this year. It's been a time of rapid change for many the last year - but in some ways this duo have stayed their path and their focus on what matters most to them - making music that people can fall in love with.
Today we debut, "The Cash and the Pearls" for you. It's a fiery Exile session song that did not land on the album - primarily since it has stronger roots in the raucous and urgent live sets that predated this time. In this way, the band has come full circle with their fans and we love being the ones bringing it to you. "The Cash and the Pearls" is accompanying b-side “So Long” — recorded by the band's bassist Charles Murphy and mastered by Jeff Lipton (Arcade Fire, Wild Flag, Bon Iver, Spoon).
November 2: Boston, Massachusetts — O'Brien's (residency) November 9: Boston, Massachusetts — O'Brien's (residency) November 16: Boston, Massachusetts — O'Brien's (residency) November 30: Boston, Massachusetts — O'Brien's (residency) December 2: Portland, Maine — Empire
SWIRLING GHOSTS & SCORCHING COVERS - During this season when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest, join in the tradition of great Boston-area bands who pay tribute to notable artists who have met an untimely demise, a contentious break-up, or are too stinkin’ famous to play at P.A.s Lounge. Or maybe you’re feeling particularly ghoulish and just want to polish your fangs and go out disco dancing. Whether it’s devotional or demonic forces that summon this weekend, we’ve got something for you.
There's quite a crowd represented this year, from Judas Priest to PJ Harvey, Nick Cave to The Beatles, Michael Jackson to Spinal Tap. Punk rock and prog rock; heavy metal hair bands and indie rock legends. Plus one recently departed soul, Amy Winehouse. Go forth and conjure some spirits.
HWY 9 as The Doors, Van Railin' as Van Halen, Supernaut as Black Sabbath at O’Brien’s Pub| $8, 21+, 8:00 doors
Hear Now Live presents Halloween with Modernist, The Bottom Dollars, Self Proclaimed Rock Stars, and the Zombie Rock All Stars at Precinct
Ferry Corsten | Halloween – Dutch Trance DJ Legend @ the Royale | $15-30, 21+, 9pm doors | Tickets
Halloween Party with Alejandro and the Flame as Lady Gaga (All-Male Lady Gaga cover band), the Dahkness (as the Darkness) at Milky Way | $9, 21+, 9pm doors Info
Halloween Tribute Night with Preacher Roe as Guided By Voices, The Difference Engine as Kraftwerk, and A Bit Much and School for Robots as Ween and Television at Ralph’s (148 Grove St., Worcester) – bit of a drive, but what a line-up! | $7, 21+, 9pm doors | Facebook event
Members of Mean Creek and Girlfriends as the Ramones, Dan Web and the Spiders, Get Laid and more at Starlab (32 Prospect Street -Union Square, Somerville)
Friday October 28
The 9th-Annual Pill Halloween Show with Spirit Kid as The Beatles, Lindsey Starr as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Endless Wave as Ride, Dirty Bombs as Kasabian at Great Scott | $10, 21+, 8pm doors | Facebook event
Hear Now Live presents Halloween Hangover with Ryan Jackson Troika as King Crimson, OTP as The Misfits, plus Ellis Ashbrook and Baby Made Rebel at Precinct| $10, 8pm doors | Facebook event
Halloween 1 with Bikini Whale (mems. Varsity Drag, Full Body Anchor, more) as The B-52s, Louder My Dear as INXS, Gondoliers as Mötley Böö (Mötley Crüe tribute), and Neon Angels as The Runaways at Radio | $5, 21+, 8pm doors | Facebook event
Full on Fiends | Halloween at the Royale– Costume Ball with $5,000 in cash and prizes for best costumes (costumes required) | $15-20, 21+, 10pm doors | Tickets
The Annual Halloween Extravaganza with The Lights Out as Michael Jackson, Sidewalk Driver as Spinal Tap, BrownBoot as the Beatles (playing Revolver), Muy Cansado as Prince at Church | $10, 18+, 8pm doors | Facebook event| Tickets
Uke Springsteen as Uke2, Full Time Dreamers as Cobra Kai (‘80s hair metal tribute) at Midway Cafe | 8pm doors |
Mass Death as Megadeth, 4 Point Restraints as Sex Pistols, A Bit Much as Television at P.A.’s Lounge | $10, 21+, 8:30pm doors | Facebook event
Halloween 2 with Whores At the Door as The Pixies, Parlour Bells as Jane's Addiction, OldJack as Stereophonics, Limbless Lovers as Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Dahkness as The Darkness at Radio | $5, 21+, 8pm doors | Facebook event
Freaks | Halloween at the Royale – Costume Ball with $5,000 in cash and prizes for best costumes (costumes required) | $20-25, 21+, 10pm doors | Tickets
The Magic Room Halloween Costume Party with Nebulust, DJ Dark & Stormy, Gentlemen Hall, Herra Terra, and Casey Desmond | $5, 21+, 8:30 doors | Facebook event Because at The Magic Room, it’s Halloween all the time. Also because there’s FREE Narragansett beer for an hour. “Free Beer” is the Boston clubber’s siren call.
Halloween Spooktactular with Missing Ships as Amy Winehouse, Carlisle Sound as The Kinks, Desperate Kingdom as PJ Harvey, Ad Frank as Nick Cave and the Ad Seeds at Church | $10, 18+, 7pm doors | Facebook event | Tickets
Members of Cocked N' Loaded, Death Ray Vision, Panzerbastard as Turbonegro, Whitey as George Thorogood and The Destroyers, DJ Fitness Freak at O’Brien’s Pub | $6, 18+, 9pm doors | Tickets
Costume Party at Radio with Silence of the Lambs screening, spooky cocktails, bobbing for apples, tarot readings, and more.
Hurray for the Afterlife Halloween Show at T.T. the Bear's Place with Dave Crespo’s After Party, Danny Ross, and The Somerville Symphony Orkestar
Monday, October 31
Pragnus Gray as Bob Dylan, Gondoliers as Mötley Crüe, Leagues as Dead Milkmen, System Of A Down, Ms Dominica K at O’Brien’s Pub | 18+, 9pm doors | Facebook event
SCARY GOOD - Forget the fact that The Hush Now released one of New England's best albums this year (probably one of the three best records produced this year in Boston) let's focus on what they REALLY do best; make the best holiday music of any band going. We've seen them do it, time and again this is the band making the best indie pop Christmas and Halloween songs each year. (Last year's X-Mas and Halloween tracks were the best!)
It's that time of year again, and the guys from The Hush Now have not let us down. This is the brand new Halloween spook song, "The Legend of Dudley Town." If you dig it (and how could you not) you can download it HERE.
NEW FROM SLOW RUNNER - We love sharing the works of our favorite bands, so it's a given that if Slow Runner (a RSL Best of 2011 Artist + handpicked to play The Outlaw Roadshow at this year's CMJ) does something cool - we will be there to tell you about it. And today, on the verge of their upcoming European Tour they definitely have.
STRANGE DAYS - This new music video for "Strange Days" is the creation of the talented Chris March - who is also a Ryan's Smashing Life photographer! The results of bringing this band and visionary together are amazing. If you want to know more about SLOW RUNNER's NEW ALBUM or CHRIS MARCH's PHOTOGRAPHY let your mouses do the clickin'. Here is the new video for that album's title track.
directed by Chris March
European Tour Dates
Wed/November-9-11 Oxford Thu/November-10-11 Leeds, UK Fri/November-11-11 Glasgow Sun/November-13-11 Manchester Mon/November-14-11 Dublin Tue/November-15-11 Rehearsal Wed/November-16-11 Rehearsal Thu/November-17-11 London, UK Mon/November-21-11 Kiel, Germany Tue/November-22-11 Coppenhagen, Denmark Wed/November-23-11 Stockholm, Sweden Fri/November-25-11 Helsinki, Finland Sun/November-27-11 Oslo, Norway Mon/November-28-11 Lund, Sweden Wed/November-30-11 Rostock, Germany Thu/December-1-11 Hamburg, Germany Fri/December-2-11 Bielefeld, Germany Sat/December-3-11 Hannover, Germany Tue/December-6-11 Luxembourg Mon/December-12-11 Stuttgart, Germany Tue/December-13-11 Munich, Germany Wed/December-14-11 Heidelberg, Germany Fri/December-16-11 Bremen, Germany Sun/December-18-11 Groningen, Netherlands Tue/December-20-11 Dresden, Germany
One of the Eight Best Live Acts in America today, Fitz and the Tantrums are simply amazing. Head over to the website and pick up this mp3 download. Then you might just want to pick up the Chris Seefried-produced record, Pickin' Up The Pieces and then catch the band on their new string of tour dates. You will be damn glad you did. Images (click the photo for the full package) were taken at this year's SxSW Music Festival in Austin.
OCT 26 Dallas, TX House of Blues OCT 27 Houston, TX House of Blues OCT 28 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Festival OCT 29 Atlanta, GA Center Stage OCT 30 Orlando, FL The Social NOV 1 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room NOV 2 St. Petersburg, FL The State Theatre NOV 3 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club NOV 4 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle NOV 5 Richmond, VA
The National NOV 7 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's Theatre NOV 8 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club NOV 10 New York, NY Terminal 5 NOV 11 Boston, MA House of Blues NOV 12 Philadelphia, PA TLA NOV 13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
NOV 15 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom NOV 16 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall NOV 18 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall NOV 19 Chicago, IL Metro
A PRIMER ON THE 'DEER TICK SOUND' - To paraphrase the lyrics of the new song, “The Bump,” Deer Tick is a full grown band, but they act like kids. Reactions can be mixed. When I play Deer Tick for someone for the first time, it’s either met with a bobbing head and a grin or a cross look followed by “I can’t take his voice.” As a familiar, I’m the first to admit John McCauley is more of a growler than a singer, but that’s really part of his charm. His whiskey-soaked howl is the perfect vehicle to deliver his lyrics about heartache and decadence.
What started as a pet project for McCauley, Deer Tick has ended up becoming musical force of nature.
THE NEW ALBUM - The band’s fresh new release, Divine Providence, explodes from the first bars of “The Bump,” a foot-stomping call-and-answer which embraces every flaw that encapsulates McCauley and his idea of rock and roll. McCauley shouts it out, as fair warning “I can take a tree and tear it from its roots. If you see me, I suggest you move.”
With songs like “Funny Word” and “Let’s All Go to the Bar” the Replacements comparison is obvious, but more importantly, it’s earned. It’s less ripping off The ‘Mats and more carrying on a tradition that seems to have been lost in the last couple of decades. It’s music that holds a groove, walking the line of controlled chaos with a swagger that could get your girlfriend knocked up on principle.
THE BAND IS TRYING NEW THINGS - There’s a distinct shifting of gears when drummer Dennis Ryan takes over lead vocals on “Clownin’ Around,” a track more reminiscent of previous Tick albums. The song is kept afloat by a steady acoustic strum and lyrics of poetic desperation. “I let my houseguests rest in my crawlspace / Don’t let anyone tell you that I’m a bad host / I take cover behind my white face paint while I battle my bitter father’s ghost.”
Guitarist Ian O’Neil also takes his turn on lead vocals on the tracks “Walkin’ Out the Door” (which oddly offers moments eerily similar to the Scooby Doo TV theme) and “Now It’s Your Turn,” an easy, piano-driven tune. They serve to add texture to the album as a whole and a complexity to the band that was previously absent.
McCAULEY IS IMPORTANT TO MUSIC - Make no mistake though, this is John McCauley’s band and this album is his middle finger to anyone who has ever tried to pin him down with a label. Forget “indie-folk-Americana.” He’s a man comfortable with who he is and the music he produces, as he states in “Electric;” “I don’t want to lose my sights / I don’t want to fight my fights on a big screen TV / I don’t want to burn your money.”
With songs like “Main Street” and “Miss K,” the band should garner a wider audience, but it’s pretty clear these boys are making music because they enjoy it, and anything else is just gravy.
In an era of hollow pop and brooding singer-songwriters, the pure kinetic energy of Deer Tick is a breath of fresh air, and by fresh air, I mean smoky barroom air that fills your lungs as you bounce and scream along with each song.
MOVEMENTS LOCKED IN TIME - The HONK! phenomenon was born 6 years ago in Davis Square spurred on by a need of a certain species of street band to congregate and celebrate their social activist side. This year some 30 street-activist marching bands from across the nation (including six from Boston) performed for free before a rapt multi-generational audience. Once again, we were there...
LOS ANGELES - Erica's soft, breathy, haunting vocals are at the forefront of a sonic landscape in the vein of MGMT, the Smiths, and the Cardigans. Blondfire's songs have been featured in an iTunes Original EP and as the Free-Single-Of-The-Week in addition to appearing in films such as Monster-In-Law, Bangkok Dangerous and I Think I Love My Wife. They're also the first unsigned band to reach #1 on the iTunes Alternative chart.
Blondfire is the Brazilian/American duo of Bruce and Erica Driscoll.
Their album, Win The Game (out Nov 1) is self-produced. The lead sing (above), Where The Kids Are, was mixed by Wally Gagel (of Muse, Folk Implosion and Gorillaz fame.) Definitely One to Watch on the road ahead.
22 Oct: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt 24 Oct: Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree 26 Oct: New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks 27 Oct: Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds Downstairs 28 Oct: Dallas, TX @ The Loft 29 Oct: Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa 31 Oct: Pheonix, AZ @ Rhythm Room 01 Nov: San Diego, CA @ Casbah 02 Nov: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour 03 Nov: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour 04 Nov: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall 05 Nov: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall 07 Nov: Arcata, CA @ Humboldt State University 09 Nov: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir 10 Nov: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir 11 Nov: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s 12 Nov: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Caberet
New EP (3 Songs) Debuting tomorrow at The Outlaw Roadshow - OldJack are the best at what they do - and that's exactly why they were selected to play our free underground, outlaw show at CMJ on Friday in New York (Free, No Badges needed and Free Pizza!) The EP was recorded at Mad Oaks with BMA Producer of the year Benny Grotto (he's actually nominated again!) who helped OldJack craft three magical songs to commemorate a massively successful 2011 - the results have already spoken for themselves. This week, OldJack were nominated for a Boston Music Award of their own: Live Act of the Year.
New Music Of Note - Ian "Darkness" McCarthy - lead vocals, bass, synths (ex-Conservative Man), Jason "Shinobi" Dunn - lead vocals, guitars, synths (The Luxury), Nick "Word" Post - lead vocals, guitars (ex-Televandals) and Ryan "Robo" Magnasco - drums, backing vocals (ex-Televandals)are Dirty Bombs.
Back on Feb 17th (that seems like forever ago, doesn't it?) Dirty Bombs played a hugely popular live set at the Ryan's Smashing Life / Boston Phoenix live showcase at Great Scott. Thanks to the camera work of RSL Photo Editor, 5342 Studios - you are getting these photos of one of the region's freshest new sounds. That show got them some attention and more is to come.
RSL Streaming Photo Album DIRTY BOMBS at GREAT SCOTT - Feb 17, 2011
Boston folks can find out for themselves on Nov 11 as Dirty Bombs unleash their new EP, "Alpha Transmission" at The Pill. [RSVP on Facebook] For those who just can't wait, here the new streaming single from the record, three weeks in advance - that's how we do.
Viral Videois a periodic series we run celebrating music and moving images. Today we re-introduce you to our favorite activist brass band, What Cheer? Brigade who have been kicking ass here in New England for years - the last two of which has seen them play before thousands at the Newport Folk Festival. Who hasn't wanted to tell their boss to kiss off and start over? Seriously?! Maybe some of you have even done it - but none of you have brought your own band to the show... Totally Viral Video material!
Best New Sound of 2011 - Mississippi's Young Buffalo (Fat Possum) should be on your radar. After a year of making big-time noise and earning fans across the country, they finally got themselves on a big-time national tour, only to have the headliner cancel on them. Undaunted, the band have motored on and in doing so are achieving all new heights. If you get a chance to see this act in a small room this year, do it. It could be the last time they play intimate shows - that's my prediction.
Bonus: Head over to the band's website now to download their cover of Broken Social Scene's "Anthem for a 17-yr-old Girl."
The Black Keys (2010 Artists of the Year) are back! Well, sort of. Dan Auerbach (guitar & vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums) are rock's tightest drum but they also know something it seems about promotional activities. Starting yesterday afternoon, people began chirping about the used car commercial the pair had launch to tease their new album Il Camino out in December. We, of course, hopped on board to give this a test ride.
We think the spot is cute and kinda funny - even if the van they use clearly isn't an El Camino at all... Maybe the video is intended to show how low "mainstream" really is and that "those in the know," really don't control much Could be satirical in nature, dealing with the public bait switch tactics of companies and the political system - or maybe we are just reading wayyyy too much into it. (It could be just a record about cars - but I somehow doubt it.) Here it is...
1994 EL CAMINO: 273,000 mi. 200 cubic-in. 3.3L 95hp V6 engine, 3-speed turbo autom shift, sapphire stylus, some ticks/pops, light surface noise. Working AM/FM radio, tan metalflake/woodie panels, some rust. Black vinyl seats.
Priced to sell – Grab the Keys and go!
Contact Pat or Dan at (330) 510-1206
FAKE WEBSITE - The band even setup a fake ad space online at "WannaBuyAVan.com" - all good stuff. The number provided, by the way, goes to a promotional recording of Dan trying to sell you the van at a good price. Smart guys.
HOWLIN' FOR YOU - I am convinced that nothing, however will top the Brothers campaign in which the pair invented their own fictitious movie. Created the trailer as a music video promoting the album and even created a fake IMDB page to boot. You can see all that: HERE.
One thing is for sure, if it's The Black Keys - the music is going to be solid. Also wonderful? New Album will mean a new tour! Expect dates soon. We will keep our ear to the ground for any samplings. Until then, see you in December for this one!
New Music Video:Lucky Now and a New Record:Ashes & Fire
To say Ryan Adams is a musical enigma is somewhat of an understatement. An undeniable talent, sometimes overshadowed by boorish behavior and self-indulgence, Adams has been on hiatus since leaving Lost Highway and his former band, the Cardinals, aside from his forays into black metal (Werewolph) and hard rock (Sleazy Handshake.) In the interim, he’s married former pop princess/actress Mandy Moore and claims to be living a clean life. After listening to his latest offering, Ashes & Fire, I’m inclined to believe he’s a changed man.
ASHES & FIRE - The album is a collection of mature lyrics set to subtle, yet layered arrangements, beautifully produced by the legendary Glyn Johns, who not only worked with Bob Dylan and the Who, but who also fathered Ethan Johns, the producer behind some of Adams’ most acclaimed albums. The instrumentation on A&F is sparse, mostly acoustic guitars, understated percussion and buoyed by the swirling organ and piano playing of Benmont Tench. All of this takes a back seat to the most impressive instrument, Adams’ voice, which shines on each track, pushed to the front of the mix and allowed to command some of his most poignant lyrics to date. Nothing about the performances feels forced or contrived, which for me, hasn’t always been the case on some of his later albums.
While every song is quite good, there are several standout tracks, in my opinion, including the opener, “Dirty Rain” which could be about a lover or possibly the shadowy past the singer has left behind. The lyrical patterns are reminiscent of Southern gospel, which is reinforced by Tench’s organ work, and the song becomes a hymn of redemption, the story of a man who has been baptized by the storm and rejoices in the sunshine once it has passed.
The title track “Ashes & Fire” picks up where the opener leaves off, picking up the tempo, so Adams can belt his lines out against the percussive guitar and rollicking piano. It’s the first time I’ve ever listened to one of his songs and thought he sounded joyous.
The overall tone and intent of the album can be summed up by the lead single, “Lucky Now”. Adams sings, “I don’t remember, were we wild and young? Oh that’s faded into memory. I feel like somebody I don’t know. Are we really who we used to be? Am I really who I was?” Whatever has caused this introspection, this entire album seems to be a statement of maturation andreflection.
As he states in the closing track, “I Love You, But I Don’t Know What to Say”…“I was lost. I tried to find the balance and got caught up in the cost.” It feels like Ryan’s found the balance and delivered a truly beautiful record that will rank among the best of the year.-