The international brotherhood of metal was on full display once again as bands spanning three continents joined forces to bring an onslaught of extreme music to a rabid crowd. Read more
Reviewed by: Brian Cross
Metalheads and punk rockers alike united at a bar by the train tracks for a brutal night of extreme music. Four bands and a packed house? What more could you ask for?
Starting things off were local heroes Nightbitch. While the crowd immediately rolled their eyes when the band referred to traditional metal as “tradish,” they’ve got some solid musical chops nonetheless. Nightbitch deserves a lot of respect for both using a Hammond organ in their songs as well as featuring clean singing…by a vocalist who can actually sing. There’s a reason these guys have a strong following around here, and their set was most impressive. Read more
Reviewed by: Antonio Marino Jr.
New Yorker’s got a jump start on the holidays as Mindy Smith played her first show in support of her latest release, the Holiday EP Snowed In. SubCulture, New York City’s newest live music venue welcomed the native Long Islander home. Smith, who now makes Nashville her home, has released five critically acclaimed full length records in the past nine years. Read more
Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber
Chicago neo-soul artist JC Brooks, accompanied by his studio-tight backing band The Uptown Sound, brought an indie twist to classic vintage Motown at Brighton Music Hall last Thursday. Brooks, a skyscraper of a man both in stature and personality, has the charisma of James Brown, the poise of a human statue, the finesse of Otis Redding, and in his own words, the “sweat like Sam Jackson in ‘A Time to Kill.’” Despite an audience age span of roughly 30 years, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound were still able to electrify the lot of us into collective unabashed flailing, though from stage-front Brooks easily outstripped us with his sweet ‘n dirty moves. Read more
Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber
I’m not generally the kind of person that follows a band around while they tour, but I’d had Houndmouth on my radar after seeing their Wilco/Billy Bragg A.V. Undercover appearance, thus while vacationing in Arizona a couple weeks ago scooped the opportunity to see the band play Tucson’s Club Congress – a venue perhaps the size of Great Scott but with moody red lighting more apropos of The Paradise. With an audience so spare that it hardly comprised a minyan, lone female vocalist Katie joked, “I feel like we should all be on a first-name basis.” While on the brisk desert evening they put on a solid show, that performance was a mere honey drop to the Winnie-the-Pooh sized tub of energy at last Thursday’s Newport Folk Festival-sponsored jaunt on Royale’s stage. Read more
A while ago, Spotify started pushing the Pretty Reckless on me in the recommendation section. Never listened to them, and I generally disregard Spotify recommendations. I’ve had a change of tune and now welcome our new machine overlords. Spotify was right, I love this band.
I’ve worked with these kind of algorithms in my day job, so let me take a second to talk about how cool this is. I had never heard of Taylor Momsen before. The Pretty Reckless frontwoman gained fame as an actress on the teen soap Gossip Girl. I’m a long way from being a teen, and I’m not a soap opera fan (human relationships scare and confuse me). Spotify doesn’t know about past lives. It just knows who listens to which songs and how often. That’s exactly the information that you need to make a recommendation. Anything else just clouds the issue. People can become fans for all sorts of reasons, but the most rabid fan isn’t going to listen to the music a lot if it sucks. The machine ignores all of the hype and just gets to the raw results. Read more
It’s a relatively rare occurrence when folk metal bands come to New England and it’s not the dead of winter, with fans freezing their asses off. So, it was most welcome to hang around in forty-plus degree weather rather than four degrees when Finntroll dropped in with some impressive supporting acts in tow. Oh, and there were guys in chainmail, leather armor, and kilts folk dancing in the mosh pit. With that mental image, let’s get started. Read more
Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber Read more
Ghost and Skeletonwitch couldn’t sound more different, but metalheads far and wide love them both in spite of (or perhaps because of) their differences. As such, that made them a perfect pairing for a short but sweet US tour. Read more
Words + Photos: Mike Alexander
It should have all been a disaster. A 32 year old who has never been to Warped Tour, who was only able to find 14 bands I cared about seeing at all (out of a list that seemed to grow every time I looked) who hates big crowds, who has only experienced a multi-stage show once (with a whopping 2 stages), who generally hates any amount of standing for long periods of time, who burns easily in the sun, who instantly turns into a grumpy old man who hates everything at the mere presence of 5 consecutive teenagers in a row… “Man, this is going to suck” I thought to myself as we drove in and parked in the seemingly miles long parking lot. “How did I get myself into this?”
The short version is that I’m really trying to be open and experience new things, and I’ve known about Warped Tour for 2/3rds of my life and I’ve never gone. I guess I needed to see if maybe Warped Tour really is the “best day ever” that it’s promoted as. Read more