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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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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

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Photo Gallery: Rock & Roll Rumble Semi-Final Round, Night 2! Black Thai, OldJack, Walter Sickert & The Army Of Broken Toys, John Powhida International Airport @ TTs, Friday 4/15

Posted by Bryan on Apr 19, 2011 »   Audio, Media, News, Photos

Black Thai, tearing faces off of the masses without impunity at the 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble at TT's - Photo Credit: Seth Drury

Black Thai, tearing faces off of the masses without impunity at the 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble at TT's - Photo Credit: Seth Drury


OldJack

OldJack took Wild Card honors thanks to an unforgettable performance of their blues-tinged soulful ballads - Photo Credit: Seth Drury


Walter Sickert & The Army Of Broken Toys

Walter Sickert & The Army Of Broken Toys brought the theatrics, the costumes, and a wide array of instrumentation, but it wasn't enough to advance in the Rumble against such a tough field. Photo Credit: Seth Drury


John Powhida International Airport

John Powhida International Airport did it again with their patented garage-tinged pop rock, winning the night and advancing to the final round of the Rumble next Friday 4/22. Photo Credit: Seth Drury


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

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OldJack – “Chorus Line” – Gone Before You Know

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Congrats to John Powhida International Airport for taking the second night of the 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble Semi-Finals! Congrats are also in order to PGB Favorites OldJack for wrapping up the wild card with a soul-drenched performance people will be talking about for years!

John Powhida International Airport and OldJack will be performing next Friday, 4/22, at the Rumble Finals alongside Thursday’s semi-final winner Spirit Kid and special guests The Shods.

For more information and the latest happenings, and all things RUMBLE, make sure to head over to the Rock & Roll Rumble Facebook Page!

Click here to check out all our Rumble Galleries, from the preliminary round to the finals!

Thanks to Seth Drury for the great photos! See more of his work exclusively at Playgroundboston.com!


Black Thai

OldJack

Walter Sickert & The Army Of Broken Toys

John Powhida International Airport


TT’s

Rock & Roll Rumble

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Photo Gallery: Rock & Roll Rumble Preliminary Round, Night 6! Cradle To The Grave, The Year Million, Black Thai, Sidewalk Driver @ TTs, 4/7!

Posted by Bryan on Apr 15, 2011 »   Audio, Downloads, Giveaways, Media, News, Photos

Rock & Roll Rumble Preliminary Round Night #6 Victors Sidwalk Driver. These guys BLEED confetti. - Photo Credit: Seth Drury

Rock & Roll Rumble Preliminary Round Night #6 Victors Sidwalk Driver. These guys BLEED confetti. - Photo Credit: Seth Drury


Sidewalk Driver – “Tornado” – For All The Boys And Girls
(FREE Download of Sidewalk Driver’s For All The
Boys And Girls
for a limited time only, click here!)

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Congrats to Sidewalk Driver for their victory on the third night of the Preliminary Round of the 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble! Ripping solos, more glitter and confetti than a teenage birthday party, and one of the most commanding and captivating voices in the city propelled the band to the winner’s circle over one of the toughest lineups in the entire competition! We’re happy to report Black Thai made the cut as the second Wild Card thanks to a furious, thunderous, clamorous, beardulous set that left the capacity crowd stunned and speechless! Both bands advance to the Semi-Finals happening this Thursday and Friday back at TT’s.

Wild Card winners Black Thai have more beard in their band than the rest of the Rumble bands combined. - Photo Credit: Seth Drury

Wild Card winners Black Thai have more beard in their band than the rest of the Rumble bands combined. - Photo Credit: Seth Drury

This will wrap up our coverage of the Rumble Preliminary round, stay tuned next week for some sweet Semi-Final action! For more information and the latest happenings, and all things RUMBLE, make sure to head over to the Rock & Roll Rumble Facebook Page!

Thanks to Seth Drury and Nicole Tammaro for these amazing photos! Click the links to check out more of their work!

You’d be hard pressed to find a photographer in this town who consistently gets better shots of Sidewalk Driver than our staff magician Seth Drury. Click here to take a look at one of the amazing Sidewalk Driver galleries we’ve featured in the past!



Cradle To The Grave

The Year Million

Black Thai

Sidewalk Driver


TT’s

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Photo Gallery: Rock & Roll Rumble Preliminary Round, Night 5! Tired Old Bones, Stereo Telescope, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, Keep Me Conscious @ TTs, 4/8

Posted by Bryan on Apr 15, 2011 »   Audio, Media, News, Photos

Rock & Roll Rumble Preliminary Round Night #5 Victors Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling - Photo Credit: Seth Drury

Rock & Roll Rumble Preliminary Round Night #5 Victors Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling - Photo Credit: Seth Drury


Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling – “First We Take Manhattan”
The New Number 2

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Congrats to Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling for their victory on the fifth night of the Preliminary Round of the 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble! We don’t usually post covers on PGB, we prefer to keep things original, but DNFMOMD’s Leonard Cohen cover up there is so ethereally awesome we just couldn’t resist! We’ll be bringing you live concert shots of all of the Rumble bands all week – for more information and the latest happenings, and all things RUMBLE, make sure to head over to the Rock & Roll Rumble Facebook Page!

Thanks to Seth Drury and Pete Legasey for the excellent photos! Both guys are PGB staffers, click the links to check out more of their work!


Tired Old Bones

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Stereo Telescope

Keep Me Conscious


TT’s

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Video: Planetoid – Step Away From The Controls!

Posted by Bryan on Apr 11, 2011 »   Media, News, Video

Planetoid - Photo Credit: Seth Drury

Planetoid - Photo Credit: Seth Drury


The almighty Planetoid have released an official music video for “Step Away From The Controls”, the first single off of their latest release, The Abraxas Tactics Phase 1: The Kiss Of The Magnetar. We wouldn’t DREAM of trying to explain the events that occur in this video, so we’ll let the galactic overlords themselves take care of it…


Earth, 1971. A mysterious transmission of unknown origin is decrypted, foreshadowing the arrival Planetoid. Deemed to be too dangerous by the terrestrial powers that be, the footage is locked away, never to be heard or seen again…

…Fast-forward 40 years into the future. The intergalactic alien overlords of Planetoid have resurfaced to launch their insidious new plan: The Abraxas Tactics. The details of this multi-phased sonic assault are unclear, but one thing remains certain: All who stand opposed will be destroyed.




Planetoid

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Best of PGB: Boston’s Best Live Concert Photography, Volume 3

Posted by Bryan on Mar 16, 2011 »   Media, News, Photos

EVERYONE'S Excited about the latest PGB Greatest Hits Photo Album! (Photo Credit: Seth Drury)

EVERYONE'S Excited about the latest PGB Greatest Hits Photo Album! (Photo Credit: Seth Drury)


It’s that time again! (granted, we don’t actually have a set timeframe for releasing these, it just kinda seemed like the right thing to say.) We’re happy to bring you our latest edition of the BEST OF PGB! We here at Playground Boston think we have some of the best live concert photographers in Boston on our site, and we think this gallery right here does a great job of proving just that! So without further ado, here it is, your 3rd edition of the our Top Photo Picks!




We’d like to thank our contributing photographers for working such incredible magic with their cameras! Without their hard work, we wouldn’t be able to bring you such amazing photo galleries week after week. Take a minute and check out their websites to see more of their work, here’s the roll call of contributors to this collection:


Grace Potter & The Nocturnals live at the Life Is Good Festival - Photo Credit: Scott Gacek

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals live at the Life Is Good Festival - Photo Credit: Scott Gacek

Tim Bugbee – Tinnitus Photography

JustBill – JustBill.Net

Nicole Tammaro – Nicole Tammaro Photography

Mick Murray – In Your Face Photo

Steve Wollkind – Steve Wollkind Photography

Scott Gacek – Scott Gacek Photography

Michael Patrick Hennessy – MPH Photo

Seth Drury – PGB Staff Photographer

Pete Legasey – PGB Staff Photographer

Rebecca MacPherson – Double Exposed Bands

Samantha Yanofsky – SLY Photography

Meaghan Casey – Meaghan Casey Photography



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Pete’s First 11 of ’11: 2011 Show Reviews: Hallelujiah The Hills @ TTs, 1/18

Posted by Pete on Feb 25, 2011 »   Live Shows, Media, News, Reviews, Video

 

Hallelujah The Hills - Photo Credit: Seth Drury

Hallelujah The Hills - Photo Credit: Seth Drury

 

Whoa! WHOA, Greater Boston Area! You have seriously got to stop rocking so much! These shows are piling up faster than I can write about them. Since things are only about to get crazier with a slew of legit legends (Wanda Jackson, Motorhead, Jonathan Richman, The Pogues etc.) about to hit town in the next month, I figured now might be my best chance to tell you about some of the awesome shit that’s already gone down this year. And so, all this week, we will be taking a look back at the first 11 shows I’ve hit in 2011.

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


Hallelujah the Hills – January 18 @ T.T. The Bear’s Place

My fourth show of 2011 was also my first of what would end up being several hundred visits to T.T. the Bear’s over the next four weeks (if they’re trying to corner the market on dudes who are too broke to buy drinks, they are making some ingenious booking decisions). I only got there in time to see Hallelujah The Hills, but the show also featured routines from fellow Boston band Nowhere Lights and New Yorkers The Capstan Shafts.

Any indie rockers worth their eyeglass frames must boast some degree of “pop sensibilities,” so I guess it’s unavoidable that much of the props directed at Hallelujah The Hills are for their lyrical couplets and exquisitely choreographed music videos. And while finding ways to slip words like “documentarian” or “filibuster” into pop songs without sapping their catchiness is a neat party trick, let us not forget that HTH’s tunes can stand on their own, even when you’re too drunk or ign’ant to appreciate Ryan Walsh’s sparkling word play. They’re as hookish as they are bookish, and they have a great sense of when and where to let those cellos, trumpets, moogs and melodicas make their mark on a song. Being so multitudinous allows them to give a lot of different looks (I mean, “hears?”), and makes for quite a sight as the seven of them clamor about during their rowdier displays.


Hallelujah The Hills – “Blank Passport”


‘Jah Hills have reportedly raised enough money through donations and pre-sales to record their upcoming full length without label support. I’m not sure if this means they have raised enough to release said album upon completion, but if not, I’m sure they will let you hang out and listen to it if you ask politely. What? You’re just waiting for them to make another dance video? …whatever, bro.


hthflyerMark your calendars! Hallelujah The Hills will be releasing a brand new 7″ at Great Scott on Saturday, March 26th with Parts & Labor and Tallahassee!


Hallelujah The Hills

TT’s

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Video: Muy Cansado, St Helena, This Blue Heaven @ Middle East Upstairs, 2/19

Posted by Bryan on Feb 23, 2011 »   Media, News, Video

Muy Cansado - Photo Credit: Seth Drury

Muy Cansado - Photo Credit: Seth Drury


We were VERY happy to see that regular PGB contributor JustBill of hitandrunboston.com was able to capture some of our favorite as-yet unreleased songs by PGB Favorites Muy Cansado on video at their gig this past weekend with St Helena, This Blue Heaven, and Leo Blais at The Middle East.  Check out “Predisposed,” and just TRY to keep that bassline from getting stuck in your head for the rest of the night. Go on, we dare you.


Muy Cansado – “Predisposed” – Unreleased!


And here’s another new one from Muy Cansado. We can’t wait to hear these tracks in the can, we’re glad we can at least rock out to them on video until the band finishes recording them. They’re heading into Q Division in just a few weeks to track their next EP, we’ll be rabidly awaiting its completion! Muy Cansado’s been bringing out at least one brand new song each show for about a year and a half now – these two videos are definitely ones to watch for on that next album.


Muy Cansado – “Seemingly Endless” – Unreleased!


We were also happy to see that JustBill was able to capture some vids of the other bands on the bill as well. Check out this song from former Track of the Week honorees St Helena, one of our favorites off of their brand new album Modern Tan, hot off the presses as of last month!


St Helena – “California” – Modern Tan


And one more for you – “This Time” was that sweet reggae-ish track you may remember from This Blue Heaven‘s debut album quicksandglass. They just released an official music video for “Slow Dance Slow” off their latest EP Spinning and Shining, head on over to their website to check it out! Our apologies to Leo Blais, who also appeared on this evening’s bill but unfortunately has no videos here- we’ll get you next time!


This Blue Heaven – “This Time” – quicksandglass


Check out more of JustBill’s Boston rock videos at hitandrunboston.com!


Muy Cansado

St Helena

This Blue Heaven

The Middle East


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