Didn’t get to experience the sheer awesomeness that was BDCwire and RadioBDC’s Live on the Square on Sunday in Somerville’s Union Square? Fret not, my friends. This whirlwind video takes you through all the bands and action in record time.
Sam Potrykus calls from the road, where he is touring with local noise punk heroes Guerilla Toss. The band had played another packed show at a house in Baltimore the night before, and Potrykus, typically in very positive spirits, still seems giddy from the experience. "The place they played has been really good to Boston bands like Speedy Ortiz and Grass Is Green," he says. "We're cool with them because we hook a lot of the same bands up who tour through here when they hit Boston." More
Daylight savings time is perhaps the greatest holiday of the year because it provides more inspiration for late-night rocking. No longer will you suffer from cabin fever and continue having to live life as a shut-in square. Embrace the daylight, open up to the world, and rock! More
Jamaica Plain party animals Free Pizza knows how to do three things: rock, eat pizza slices, and party. It is no surprise then, that the band has chosen to inspire us with a playlist full of songs to "make your personal dance party more euphoric." Sometimes dancing by yourself can be a bit lonely, but luckily Free Pizza has the prescription for the perfect aural lubrication. More
A record store that primarily carries heaps of experimental and noise music LPs and CDs seems like the least logical business to bankroll in 2014. However, for the past five years, Angela Sawyer’s 150-square-foot Cambridge shop Weirdo Records has remained an integral music hub in Boston, entertaining audiophiles and folks curious enough to browse through the store’s 10,000-record catalog. More
Tradition more often than not tends to bite Boston in the ass, but some traditions end up putting a spotlight on some of the best stuff that happens here on a daily basis. For 35 years, the Rock 'n' Roll Rumble has taken bands that have strong ties to the Boston music scene and helps them gain greater exposure. It's basically a rite of passage: Previous Rumble competitors include legendary names like The Dresden Dolls, Mission of Burma, the Lemonheads, Big D and the Kids Table, and Eli "Paperboy" Reed. And most of them didn't even win! This year's lineup was announced last night, letting us know who to keep an eye on. More
For bands around the country, right around now is when the fun starts. With South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, just weeks away and better weather around the corner, young artists are starting to hit the open road. That is, except for one big series of obstacles: Young bands are broke, gas is expensive, and vans aren't all that cheap. Transporting a bunch of musicians and equipment will never be a bargain, but thanks to Beverly-based rental company Greenvans, it can at least be suited to accommodate a touring band's needs. More
Their name is an obvious nod to a late soul legend whose spirit lives on after death; their music is proof. Local quintet The Curtis Mayflower, which consists of session players who have worked and toured with the likes of Levon Helm, Booker T Jones, and Jim Carroll, is only about a year old, but has already released a live EP, and more recently, a debut full-length, "Everything Beautiful is Under Attack." The album's deep-fried grit stacks up nicely next to classics many years its senior, channeling vocal styles akin to Joe Cocker and Steve Winwood, but with the modern day crispness of MOFRO or Gov't Mule. It is an undeniable display of talent, but also a surprisingly cohesive work - especially for a debut album. Organ lines and rhythm guitar set a pace that goes from the stripped-down "Last Kiss" to the jet-fueled "Ben the Destroyer," all while giving the limelight to the signature vocals of Craig Rawding.