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PGB Success! $1500 Raised for Japan Relief at the Playground Boston Benefit for the Victims of the Crisis in Japan at The Rosebud, 6/10

Posted by Bryan on Jul 05, 2011 »   Media, News, Photos, Reviews

Cocked 'n' Loaded kicked things off right at our benefit show up at The Rosebud - Photo Credit: Tim Bugbee

Cocked 'n' Loaded kicked things off right at our benefit show up at The Rosebud - Photo Credit: Tim Bugbee

 

On a night where the Bruins were caught up in a dogfight with Vancouver in contention for the Stanley Cup, and countless other great shows with amazing lineups were happening all over town, The Rosebud was packed to the rafters for Playground Boston’s Japan Benefit show. A thunderous lineup of local hard rock royalty, coupled with a mind-blowing raffle featuring thousands in prizes, ensured that local music aficionados came out in droves to rock out for a very noble cause.

This entire year has been rife with natural disasters throughout the world. Since the Tohoku earthquake triggered a tsunami that ravaged the shores of Eastern Japan, there have been countless other earthquakes and floods all over the planet, not to mention a rash of deadly tornadoes that have savaged people closer to home. Every one of these disasters requires humankind to band together to provide assistance for the afflicted. But with new disasters happening seemingly every week, it can be easy to overlook the fact that even after an immediate outpouring of donations, the initial efforts are only the beginning of a long, arduous, and extremely expensive return to normal life for the victimized regions. The recent plight of the Japanese has been called the most expensive natural disaster of all time, and even after millions  in aid they still have quite a ways to go to get back to the way things were.

Our raffle table, featuring the lovely Slammin' Sammy of BLOWW (© Tim Bugbee / Retna LTD)

Our raffle table, featuring the lovely Slammin' Sammy of BLOWW (© Tim Bugbee / Retna LTD)

Though $1500 may not seem like a large amount in the grand scheme of things, we instead look at it as an incredible exercise in generosity from a collection of people who might not have been in a position to donate such a sum to the people on the other side of the planet who really need it. We salute each and every person involved in this effort, from the bands, to the volunteers, to the venue, to the sponsors… but most of all to you, the fans, who made it possible for us to present The Japan Society with our contribution and do our part for our fellow man.

 

And it just so happened in raising these funds we had ourselves an incredible show! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of how things went…

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PGB Presents: A Benefit For The Victims Of The Crisis In Japan, Friday 6/10 @ The Rosebud

Posted by Bryan on Jun 08, 2011 »   Audio, Media, News, Previews

Japan Benefit Flyer Rosebud 6/10

Flyer courtesy of Alexander von Wieding

Playground Boston Presents:
A Benefit for the Victims of the Crisis in Japan

 

Friday, June 10th
The Rosebud Bar

381 Summer St – Davis Square
Doors at 8pm / $5 / 21+

 

Gozu

Black Thai

Phantom Glue

Cocked ‘N Loaded

 

In addition to four AMAZING local bands, PGB has also set up a raffle, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity (more info below). We can’t even BEGIN to thank our sponsors enough, check out this list of prizes!!

 

RAFFLE LIST

2x $150 Gift Cards to Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing
(Thanks, Rueben & Bill!)

3x $80 Gift Cards to Secret Society Ink
(Thanks Gemma!)

1x $50 Gift Cards to Stingray Body Art
(Thanks, Scott & Adam!)

1 Pair of tickets to Dinosaur Jr. with Henry Rollins, OFF! @ The Paradise, 6/22
(Courtesy of Live Nation. Also, holy shit!)

1 Pair of tickets to Matisyahu with Sub Swara @ The Paradise, 6/25
(Courtesy of Live Nation)

3x Narragansett Prize Packages
(each package contains a case of beer, 4 pint glasses, a t-shirt, and A TIE!)

Born Of Fire Records Prize Package
(Lots of good stuff from our favorite metalheads)

Phantom Glue / Gozu / Black Thai / Cocked n Loaded Prize Package
(Show some love to the bands playing the event!)

10×15 Photo Print of Ronnie James Dio, courtesy of Tinnitus Photography
(Seriously – check out this picture! http://tinyurl.com/rjdiopic)

Framed Prints of Chris Harrell (Acaro) and Duncan Wilder Johnson (Bring The Knife)
(Courtesy of Nicole Tammaro Photography)

Assorted Vinyl from Sony Records
(Courtesy of Stache Media)

$100 gift certificate – Belmont Music
(Go eat at Angelato’s across the street after spending this. Trust us.)

$25 gift card – The Gaff
(Owned by Midatlantic‘s Mike Coen!)

$25 gift card – Coda
(Thanks Mike!)

$25 gift card – Canary Square
(Also, thanks Mike!)

2x $25 gift cards – Tasty Burger
(Seriously, try their lime mint slushy – it will change your life)
(Also, this)

$25 gift card – Bukowski’s Inman Square
(Just TRY not to walk out of there with a buzz)

$25 gift card – Eat At Jumbo’s
(We hear their wings are incredible!)

(We’re still accepting donations for the raffle! If interested, please contact bryan@playgroundboston.com)

 

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PGB Pick: Cruisin’ with Mellow Bravo, Viva Viva, and The Organ Beats! Friday, 6/3

Posted by Bryan on Jun 02, 2011 »   Media, News, Previews, Video

What a great lineup! We LOVE Mellow Bravo… We LOVE The Organ Beats…  We LOVE Viva Viva… and WE LOVE BOATS!  This would be an incredible show at any venue… but what if said venue was a rolling, rollicking, rambunctious, ridiculous cruise ship on the Boston Harbor?! That’s right, it’s concert cruise season again, expect to hear a lot from us regarding both the Rock On! and Rock & Blues Cruise series. This one right here though, presented by Rock On! Concerts, might just be the cream of the crop.

Three of the best local bands out there, an ocean sunset, incredible views of the Boston city skyline – sure these cruises tend to be a bit on the expensive side when compared to a regular show, but they end up being so much fun they’re well worth the price of admission, especially with bands like these aboard the boat! We finally have some nice weather, don’t waste it indoors – you never know when another 3 months of rain is going to hit… (aaaaand I jinxed it. starting to cloud up already. sorry guys)

 

Get your advance tickets HERE!

 



 


Mellow Bravo

The Organ Beats

Viva Viva

Rock On! Concert Cruises


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Photo Gallery: Rock The Village! Allston Music & Style Fashion Show with The Few & The Force – Brighton Music Hall, 5/19

Posted by Bryan on May 31, 2011 »   Audio, Media, News, Photos, Video

The Force guitarist The Skill, showing off The Goods - Photo Credit: JustBill

The Force guitarist The Skill, showing off The Goods - Photo Credit: JustBill

 

Allston's finest fashion models, fully equipped with some of Allston's finest fashions - Photo Credit: JustBill

Allston's finest fashion models, fully equipped with some of Allston's finest fashions - Photo Credit: JustBill

 

The Few's bassist Ryan Martin, rocking his custom-made Becker Bass better than anyone else could because, well, he's the guy who made it. - Photo Credit: JustBill

The Few's bassist Ryan Martin, rocking his custom-made Becker Bass better than anyone else could because, well, he's the guy who made it. - Photo Credit: JustBill

 

 

The Force – “Insomniac Dreams” – Technology Is Pain
PGB Track of the Week #42 – April 2010

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The Few – “Start A Revolution” – Headstock
Upcoming Full Length due out late summer 2011

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The 8th Annual Rock The Village Music & Style Show blew the roof off of the Brighton Music Hall thanks to some funked-out local bands and some fierce local styles. The night featured the latest fashions from Allston merchants like Stingray Body Art, Orchard Skate Shop, Green Side Up Gallery, Buffalo Exchange, and more! The fashion show itself was sandwiched between incredible sets by The Force and The Few, with pop-rockers Bonfire Bandit opening up the night.

Check out these amazing photos from fellow Allstonian JustBill, and for a little bonus we’ve included video from The Few’s set, featuring their brand new song “Push You Down!”

 

 

 

The Force

The Few

Allston Village Main Streets


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New Video: Acaro – Becoming The Process

Posted by Bryan on May 12, 2011 »   Media, News, Previews, Video

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Local metal monsters Acaro have been busy lately – a brand new new video here, a brand new website… and a brand new full-length album due out this summer! Check out the official video for “Becoming The Process,” give a listen to another track from the new album over at their Bandcamp page, and if you like what you hear they’re offering pre-orders of The Disease Of Fear as well!

Our staff writer Pete reviewed an Acaro show a few months back – click here to read it!

Aaaand now we’ll shut up so you can check out this badass video.



Acaro‘s next local show is May 26th at O’Briens with Untombed. The show is presented by metallions Born Of Fire, so along with the mind-shattering metal on stage you can expect old-school horror movies, great DJs between sets, and a laundry list of some of the meanest motherfuckers in Allston in attendance! (This is a good thing, trust us.) This particular edition of BOF is also a birthday celebration, so you can look forward to a little BBQ action as well. The best part? It’s only 7 bucks!

If you think these guys sound good in the can, wait ’til you see what they do live! And if you think they look scary in this here video… let’s just say your sanity might not make it through the night. (Also a good thing. Seriously.)


Thursday, May 26th – O’Briens
BBQ at 7pm / $7 / 21+


Acaro

Untombed


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Pete’s First 11 of ‘11: 2011 Show Reviews – Della Mae @ Club Passim, 2/13

Posted by Pete on May 11, 2011 »   Audio, Live Shows, News, Reviews, Video

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Della Mae: proving you don't need straw hats and beards to kick ass at bluegrass. Photo Credit: Austin Nevins and Amanda Kowalski


If Pete could write about each and every show he sees without jeopardizing his employment status or mental health, he would totally do it. Fortunately for him, he knows better. Fortunately for us, he is just obsessive and irresponsible enough to try it anyway. Ever the enablers, we are posting recaps of each of the first eleven shows that Petey hit in 2011.

To see the rest of Pete’s First 11 of ‘11, click here!


Shows one-through-ten were riddled with tags like indie rock, power pop, synth pop, pop punk, shoegaze-y punk, Americana and, yes, metalcore. By now, I figured it was time to include a genre that would at least be recognizable by name to the half-dozen 60-something Jewish relatives that comprise my core readership (Shalom, gang!).

So, for outing #11 of 2011, I went to the Winter Campfire Festival at Club Passim to see Boston-based bluegrass up-and-comers Della Mae (I guess if I really wanted to get some props at the next bar mitzvah I could have gone to Fiddler On The Roof. Oh well).

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Show Review & Photo Gallery: Come Reunion at TraniWrock – Club Oberon 4/14

Posted by Tim B. on May 03, 2011 »   Live Shows, Media, News, Photos, Reviews, Video

Come's Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw, performing live with TraniWreck at Club Oberon. Photo Credit: Tim Bugbee

Come's Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw, performing live with TraniWreck at Club Oberon. Photo Credit: Tim Bugbee


Now in its seventh year, TraniWreck, the brainchild of Aliza Shapiro (aka Heywood Wakefield) combines many facets of LBGT culture and entertainment for an experience that is ribald, kitschy, and just plain fun. In their own words, ”TraniWreck is the legendary, award-winning, cabaret variety show featuring genderbending irreverence: Drag, Burlesque, Aerials and Performance Art. Since 2004, TraniWreck has been the home of brilliantly revealing costumes, inconceivably long nails, facial hair of astronomic proportions, gold lamé, debauchery and more attitude than a $13 cocktail” – and that’s 100% accurate. TraniWreck’s “TraniWrock” event at Club Oberon alternated between freewheeling cabaret, stand-up comedy, campy skits, and daring aerial maneuvering – the show was packed with excitement! The evening also included Teenbeat’s Cotton Candy (label honcho and ex-Unrest founder Mark Robinson, and ex-Blast Off Country Style singer Evelyn Hurley) to provide some mutated jingles to cover costume changeovers.


Aerial acrobatics abound at Club Oberon during TraniWreck's TraniWrock performance. Photo Credit: Tim Bugbee

Aerial acrobatics abound at Club Oberon during TraniWreck's TraniWrock performance. Photo Credit: Tim Bugbee

Once the parade of glitter, latex, fishnet and lycra was over, it was time for the return of Come. For those not in the know, Come was an amazingly powerful band during their reign in the ’90s, and for my money, hands-down the best Boston band I’ve ever heard! They did a two-date world tour last year (a warmup gig at TT’s the week before Matador’s 21st ‘Lost Weekend‘ anniversary blowout in Vegas), and tonight would be the first of another two-parter (they played in Brooklyn on Saturday, along with Eleventh Dream Day). The bristling, spiky, blues-soaked dual guitar attack of Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw remained intact, and original rhythm section Sean O’Brien and Arthur Johnson just crackled with power and precision. I can’t really think of another band that can meld two distinct guitar sounds so well; certainly they are up there in the pantheon of greats like Television, Thin White Rope, and The Church (though sounding wildly different from any of those).



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PGB Track Of The Week #83: The Acre – Hemingway ||| CD Release Party Friday 4/29 @ TTs

Posted by Bryan on Apr 28, 2011 »   Audio, Media, News, Previews, Track of the Week

acreThe Acre

“Hemingway”

Cerca Trova

© 2011 Self-Released


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The Acre


acreflyWhat a mind-blowing build on this song! Make sure to let the whole thing play out, it’s well worth the time! The Acre are releasing Cerca Trova tomorrow night, Friday 4/29, at TT The Bear’s. They’ve put together a great lineup for the celebration too – you’ve seen us wax poetic countless times about how friggin’ awesome a Kingsley Flood live show is, if you still haven’t caught them yet this is a perfect opportunity! Pearl & The Beard blew us away when we caught them at CMJ, click here to check out our mini-review! KF and P&TB will both be releasing new material this evening as well – The ‘Flood’s got a new single, and The ‘Beard’s got a brand new album to promote as well! Rounding out the bill are Bandit Kings and Ugly Purple Sweater, should be a great night of music all around!


Friday, April 29th - TT The Bear’s
Doors at 8 / $10 / 18+


The Acre

Kingsley Flood

Pearl & The Beard

Bandit Kings

Ugly Purple Sweater


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Photo Gallery: 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble FINALS – Rumble Victors John Powhida International Airport with OldJack, Spirit Kid, and Special Guests The Shods @ TTs 4/22

Posted by Bryan on Apr 26, 2011 »   Audio, Media, News, Photos, Reviews

John Powhida International Airport took the overall victory in the 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble by dominating each and every round from the prelims to the finals. Photo Credit: Seth Drury

John Powhida International Airport took the overall victory in the 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble by dominating each and every round from the prelims to the finals. Photo Credit: Seth Drury


OldJack was PGB's pick to win the Rumble Finals, but unfortunately this was not our night to judge... Photo Credit: Seth Drury

OldJack was PGB's pick to win the Rumble Finals, but unfortunately this was not our night to judge... Photo Credit: Seth Drury


Spirit Kid's pop hooks wouldn't be considered 'badass' by any stretch of the imagination, but we think this is a pretty badass picture of frontman Emeen Zarookian. Photo Credit: Seth Drury

Spirit Kid's pop hooks wouldn't be considered 'badass' by any stretch of the imagination, but we think this is a pretty badass picture of frontman Emeen Zarookian. Photo Credit: Seth Drury


The crowd showed some serious love for 1999 Rumble Finalists The Shods, the special guest band for this year's Rumble Finals. Photo Credit: Seth Drury

The crowd showed some serious love for 1999 Rumble Finalists The Shods, the special guest band for this year's Rumble Finals. Photo Credit: Seth Drury



And the winner is… John Powhida International Airport! J-Po took the 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble crown in the face of some serious competition thanks to innovative, tongue-in-cheek songwriting, and some serious chops laid down by each and every band member on the stage! These guys left the crowd in stitches – laughing uproariously and cheering wildly – every mind in TT’s a little more blown than it was when they entered the club.


John Powhida International Airport – “Dirty Birdy and the Funny Bunny” –
John Powhida Cut Way Down

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We gotta give some serious love to OldJack and Spirit Kid for leaving it all on the stage and giving J-Po & crew a real run for their money! Throughout the entire Rumble OldJack left the crowd breathless, and the Finals were no exception.  Us PGBers were shocked that the judges did not rule in favor of them, it’s a true testament to the quality of music in this city that a band this talented and inspirational finished a competition such as this as a runner-up. Spirit Kid put on a hell of a performance as well – they were perhaps the tightest band on the night, dangerously catchy poppitude indeed! Alas, preparation and hookiness alone are not the keys to victory – no matter how many butts they got shaking in the crowd they were unable to sway the judges in their favor.


OldJack – “Chorus Line” – Gone Before You Know

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We here at PGB would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Rumble Organizer Anngelle Wood for resurrecting such an amazing Boston music tradition out of the ashes of longtime Rumble sponsor WBCN‘s demise. Many thought after the much-loved alternative radio giant crumbled in the shadow of corporate reorganizing that the Rumble, a 30+ year tradition celebrating the best in local Boston bands, would fall by the wayside. Indeed, in 2010 we had no Rumble, further confirming popular opinion that the 31st rendition of this competition back in 2009 would be the last. However, thanks to the hard work chipped in by former ‘BCN DJ Anngelle Wood and her crack team of rumblers it was reborn, moved to beloved Cambridge den of sin TT The Bear’s, and achieved smashing success on each of the 9 nights! So a big congrats to J-Po, a big thanks to Anngelle, and here’s hoping for our Rumble to carry on for years to come!


Spirit Kid – “Honestly” – Honestly / Wrong Kind Of Money (Single)
(Download this album FREE at Spirit Kid’s Bandcamp!)

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For more information on the 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble check out WZLX.com, or head on over to the Rumble Facebook page!

Thanks to Seth Drury for cataloging the finals, as well few other nights, with some amazing live concert photography! Check out the PGB archives for more of Seth’s work!


Check out the rest of our PGB Rumble Galleries right here – photos of each night of each round by our ridiculously talented photographer team!


John Powhida International Airport

OldJack

Spirit Kid

The Shods


TT’s

Rock & Roll Rumble

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