Boston Radio’s 92.9 announced plans today for their 18th annual EarthFest concert in celebration of Earth Day. The free one day festival will take place at Boston’s Hatch Memorial Shell on Saturday, May 21 with music from OK Go, Ed Kowalczyk (of Live), Sponge and Atomic Tom.
Presented by Whole Foods Market, the free festival is a celebration for the Earth, showcasing national and local music acts, environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations.
Additionally, one local band will be selected to open the festival, you can find out the details on that here.
For all the details on EarthFest hit up their website here.
In 2009, the Boston Phoenix compiled a list of the “Best New Bands In America,” 50 bands from 50 states. Our local boys, the unpredictable double-drummed and double-titled Magic Magic, hailed victorious in Massachusetts, while the Midwest madcap indie-rock outfit Sleeping in the Aviary was tagged as the band from Wisconsin not to miss. You may have seen other recipients of this high honor on stages around the city, but with both Magic Magic and Sleeping in the Aviary making the rounds on cd release tours, Thursday evening (March 24th) is certain to bring fresh material, frenzied talent, and unbridled ridiculousness in the best possible way.
With support from local ensemble The Bleeders (Mems of Miss Geo and the Metrics/The Observatory), come to check out the best Midwest band you’ve never heard, to celebrate Magic Magic’s triumphant return to home turf, or if only to witness a show that’s guaranteed to be one hell of a party.
18+ show, $10 cover, and tickets are on sale now! If you buy tickets in advance, you’ll get 20% off food at the Middle East the night of the show. Purchase tickets here.
Hope to see you there!
For those of you not in Massachusetts you can check out Sleeping in the Aviary on one of their East Coast Tour dates:
Mar. 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
Mar. 24 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Mar. 25 – Troy, NY @ Troy Bike Rescue, 51 3rd St Space
Mar. 26- Brooklyn, NY @ 538 Johnson St.
Mar. 27 – NY, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery
Mar. 29 – NY, NY @ Cake Shop
Mar. 30 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
Mar. 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Ox
Apr. 1 – Washington D.C. @ Velvet Lounge
Apr. 4 – Charlottesville, VA @ Tea Bazaar
Apr. 5 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Apr. 6 – Salem, NC @Elliott’s Revue
Apr. 7 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Reservoir Bar
Apr. 8 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox
By: Roger Scales
Originally opening its doors in 1977, the Paradise Rock Club has been treating locals to amazing music for over thirty years. In case you don’t believe me based on that one sentence, U2 performed their first show in the U.S. at the Paradise. Who else is on the list of legends to play at the Paradise? How about AC/DC, REM, The Police, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, INXS (swoon), Cheap Trick, Phish, Chris Isaak, Rage Against the Machine, The Pixies, Elvis Costello, and Tom Waits.
Of course, there have been some amazing new bands in the limelight at “the dise.” The Paradise has hosted Kings of Leon, Stereophonics, Dresden Dolls, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Liz Phair, Ray Lamontagne, and a whole slew of bands you’ve seen reviewed on your favorite site (that would be TWRY, of course), including Young the Giant, The Subways, Crash Kings, Of Montreal, and Mew, to name a few. Every night of the week, the Dise offers up great acts, both up-and-coming and well-known national acts.
So when a Boston institution like the Paradise closes its doors—even temporarily—you can feel the pain like an arrow in the heart. It’s a dark world in which to exist. However, the updates and renovations to the Paradise were well worth the suffering of Bostonians and Allstonians (non-locals, the Paradise actually lives in the little area just outside of Boston called Allston, which primarily houses students from Boston University and a few Boston College kids).
What’s changed in the place, you ask? Where the bottom floor of the club used to be a bit tight during a sold-out show, the Dise knocked down the separating wall between the club/stage and the merch area and added another bar. The whole floor is opened up and way more comfortable, even during a sold-out show. The upstairs area of the club was basically a ring around the venue with additional standing room and two bars. You stand up and around the sound boards and can get a pretty decent overhead look of the stage, without that crammed in feeling you used to feel on the floor. The top level hasn’t changed, but remains a bit of a respite from the occasional shoving on the main floor (depending on the band, crowd, etc.).
I was lucky enough to score a pass to see Young the Giant at the Paradise on the night the club re-opened their doors to the public. The show was completely sold out and never once did I get that stuffy, panicky, shoved-into-a-sardine-can feeling you often get at these small live music clubs with too many people. The floor was open, the lines to the bars seemed to run smoothly with the addition of the bar where the merch area once lived.
If you’re in the Boston area or are visiting our lovely city sometime, definitely show your support for live music and small local venues by heading over to the Paradise. You’ll have a fantastic time, trust me!
Boston’s own A Loss For Words have announced a five-week trek that kicks off on May 23rd in Portland, ME and wraps in the band’s hometown of Boston, MA on July 2nd. Before hitting the road the band will be playing a CD release show in Worcester, MA on May 14th along with Transit, The Wonder Years, Lions Lions and Teamwork Challenges, and will be giving away a FREE 5-song CD upon entry.
The band has an upcoming covers album titled “Motown Classics” that drops on May 11th. You can check out the premiere of the song “I Want You Back,” originally by The Jackson 5, which features guest vocals from Dan O’Connor and Alan Day of Four Year Strong over on the Alternative Press website here.
* w/ Kid Liberty
# w/ This Time Next Year
+ w/ Such Gold
May 14 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium w/ The Wonder Years, Lions Lions, Transit, Teamwork Challengers. CD release show: FREE 5 song sampler upon entry
May 23 – Portland, ME @ Big Easy *
May 24 – Albany, NY @ Bogies *
May 25 – Amityville, NY @ Broadway *
May 26 – Clifton, NJ @ Aquifer *
May 27 – Park Bensalem, PA @ Polanka *
May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar *
May 29 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx *
May 30 – High Point, NC @ Arts by Alexander *
May 31 – Summerville, SC @ Summerville American *
June 1 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit *
June 2 – Orlando, FL @ Uncle Lous *
June 3 – Pembroke Pines, FL @ The Talent Farm *
June 4 – Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum *
June 5 – Tallahasee, FL @ The Farside *
June 6 – Metairie, LA @ TBA *
June 7 – Sherman, TX @ TBA *
June 8 – San Antonio, TX @ TBA *
June 9 – Midland, TX @ The Pine Box *
Frontiers Records has just releases a teaser to the upcoming Extreme “Take Us Alive” DVD/CD. The DVD is expected to feature footage from the band’s last summer appearance at the House of Blues in Boston as well as bonus videos. Check out the teaser below:
Are youuuuu readddyyyy! The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival returns for it’s 12th year this April with a mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the event will take place on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, with an extra special pre-party sponsored by Atticus on Thursday, April 22.
Tickets for Friday only cost $40.00. Tickets for Saturday only cost $46.00. A 2-day ticket costs $80.00. All tickets go on sale February 12 at 10AM. Check out their site for details.
Currently slated to slay:
Friday April 23:
Between The Buried And Me
Death Before Dishonor
Thick As Blood
Conducting From The Grave and Howl
Saturday April 24:
Job For A Cowboy
Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza
Arsonists Get All The Girls
As we approach the anniversay of The Station Nightclub Fire on February 20th, it seems that there are finally settlements on the way for those that were impacted by the tragic events. (Including friends of ours and many people from our own little music community.) The fire took the lives of 100 music fans and left more than 230 others injured and with lifelong injuries. It’s hard to believe that the fire was seven years ago, in our hearts and heads it seemed like just yesterday.
Here’s the update on the settelments for the victims from The Providence Journal:
“The action taken by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux makes it likely now that the victims of the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history will get money from a $176-million settlement fund in a matter of months. But much remains to be done before payments are made.
Probate judges have to approve the settlements in the 100 cases of those who died in the fire and for the minors who stand to get over $10,000. Each of the plaintiffs has to sign a release, as do guardians for minors who are getting money.
Once those things are done, some defendants have 30 days to pay up; others have 90 days. The victims will get some of their money after the first settlements are paid and a second check when the rest of the money comes in.
Lagueux approved Citizens Bank — who noted that he once represented the financial institution before he became a judge — as the repository for the settlement money that is being paid by 65 defendants who have agreed to offer money to the victims in lieu of a trial. The judge also approved Citizens and Brockton, Mass., lawyer Paul A. Finn as co-trustees of a trust from which disbursements will be paid. Checks to victims will be paid to their attorneys, who will then distribute the money.
The judge praised Citizens for agreeing to hold the money without taking any fee in a fund that will be protected by FDIC insurance. “This is a win, win, win situation,” he said. He also lauded the lawyers involved in the historic mass-tort case for the hard work they have done in effectuating a settlement for 306 plaintiffs.
“I think this is a red-letter day for the Station fire case,” Lagueux said. Then, upon hearing no objection from anyone in the court, he said he would sign orders approving the settlements, the trust fund and the one-third contingency fees the plaintiffs’ lawyers will be making: $59 million of the $176 million that’s been offered to the victims.
“We’re on our way,” the judge said before leaving the bench. “This is a matter that will live ’til death do us part.”
In signing off on the settlements earmarked for each plaintiff, Lagueux approved a voluminous report prepared by a court-appointed special master, lawyer William A. Poore. Poore reviewed settlements proposed for each victim, apportioned by grid –– with the most going to those who suffered the worst burns. He pronounced the allocations fair, along with the attorneys’ fees. Lagueux agreed with his report.
Calling it a “red-letter day,” a federal judge Thursday approved settlements earmarked for more than 300 victims of the 2003 Station nightclub fire and the mechanism through which payments will be made. “
Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys have announced some tour dates in NA and Canada for November.
Opening support provided by The Flatliners for the majority of the tour, but the following acts will also be at some of the dates: Mahones, Mark Lind of the Ducky Boys, Youth Brigade and more. For exact line-ups check with the venue.