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

by Pete on May.11, 2011, under 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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Pete’s First 11 of ‘11: 2011 Show Reviews – Rusted Root @ The Paradise, 2/10

by Pete on Apr.12, 2011, under Live Shows, Media, News, Reviews, Video

Rusted Root

Whether you're in college or taking some time off to snowboard, Rusted Root has you covered.

 

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!


Before this show, my tenth outing of the year (which was still young at that point), the only Rusted Root song I knew was, of course, “Send Me On My Way.” I don’t even remember liking it until my high school graduation where a few kids in my class sang it on a lovely mid-May afternoon in a field in Beverly. Actually, it wasn’t so much “lovely” as it was “cold as fuck and sleeting.” Not exactly an experience I want to relive, but what can I say? Nostalgia works in strange ways.

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Pete’s First 11 of ’11: 2011 Show Reviews – David Wax Museum @ Club Oberon, 2/3

by Pete on Mar.29, 2011, under Audio, Live Shows, Media, News, Reviews, Video

David Wax Museum - Photo Credit: Johnny Arguedas

David Wax Museum - Photo Credit: Johnny Arguedas


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!


Ever since Pete Townshend first murdered a guitar on stage (and probably before, for all I know), rock bands have constantly sought ways to add a little something extra to their concerts. By now, we pretty much assume it’s all been done, right? I mean, once you’ve seen a person in a Sharon Osbourne costume get its oversized tits cut off, spraying the audience with green fluid, what else is there to see?

And yet, here I was at Club Oberon for my ninth concert of the year and four-hundredth-or-so of my lifetime and, somehow, the David Wax Museum managed to show me a good two or three things I’ve never before seen at a show.


David Wax Museum – “That’s Not True” – Everything Is Saved
(PGB Track of the Week #72 – Feb. 2011)

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The CD Release Party for their third LP Everything Is Saved started innocently enough. Six pieces of the band’s ever-fluctuating lineup (including mainstays David Wax and Suz Slezak) took the stage, looking quite at home in front of Club Oberon’s grand, old-timey red curtain, and opened their set with a seemingly straight-forward rendition of “That’s Not True,” a mid-paced folk tune from the new album.

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Ladies Rock Camp Boston!

by Pete on Mar.24, 2011, under Interviews, Live Shows, Media, News, Reviews, Video

Ladies Rock Camp concert flyer for their showcase at TT The Bears in Cambridge, February 20th 2011The songs had never been heard on the radio… or on a podcast… or on Myspace, Bandcamp or Reverbnation. In fact, none of the songs even existed up until a day or two earlier.

But here they were, erupting through the confines of TT the Bear’s while a packed crowd hollered its appreciation. A delirious multitude of voices could even be heard singing along, knowing the lyrics to every tune like they were Ramones covers. It was the first showcase for Ladies Rock Camp Boston, an intensive, three-day program that took nearly 40 women out of their normal routines and them rock stars.

“You know how, sometimes, when you play an instrument through an amplifier that’s turned up really loud, you can physically feel it?” asked Hilken Mancini, co-founder and Program Director of the camp and its parent organization, Girls Rock Camp Boston. “It was the same feeling. I could feel the energy from the women behind me waiting for the next band to play, to see the women they had just made friends with get up and do it.”

Even after witnessing it in person, the sheer scope of what these women had just pulled off is not an easy thing to comprehend (much less believe). Nearly all of the campers who performed that night arrived at LRC on February 18 having never played an instrument, much less played in a band. With the help of more than 30 volunteers, each of the women (whose ages ranged from 19 to over 50) learned how to play a rock instrument, formed bands with fellow campers and wrote the songs that they would play on February 20 at the showcase.

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Show Review: Motörhead, Clutch, Valient Thorr @ House of Blues, 3/1

by Pete on Mar.18, 2011, under Live Shows, Media, News, Reviews, Video

Who'd win in a wrestling match - Lemmy or God? ...Trick question, Lemmy IS God - Photo Credit: Tim Bugbee

Who'd win in a wrestling match - Lemmy or God? ...Trick question, Lemmy IS God! - Photo Credit: Tim Bugbee


I like the old shit. Always have.

If there’s a touring band with more combined prostate exams than albums to its credit, I’ve probably seen them – especially if their stage show has ever included lots of fake blood or needlessly large replica aircrafts.

Motörhead doesn’t tote around their aluminum-tube fighter jet these days, and some older fans will even tell you that their performances are not as hazardous as they used to be. I guess I’ll take their word for it, but it sure seemed like a dubious thing to claim on Tuesday night as the sweaty masses rambled out onto Lansdowne Street. Motörhead had just rocked the House of Blues for the second time since it opened in 2009, and people from all walks of lowlife wore the look of someone who had just seen a great band at the top of their game.

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Pete’s First 11 of ’11: 2011 Show Reviews – RIBS & The Cinnamon Fuzz @ TTs, 1/28

by Pete on Mar.15, 2011, under Audio, Downloads, Giveaways, Live Shows, Media, News, Reviews, Video

RIBS Live - Photo Credit: Pete Legasey

RIBS Live - Photo Credit: Pete Legasey


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!


Show 8: RIBS & Cinamon Fuzz @ T.T.’s – 1/28


RIBS Live - Photo Credit: Pete Legasey

RIBS Live - Photo Credit: Pete Legasey

If you’re keeping score, TT the Bear’s Place has been the site of three of my last four outings. I feel compelled to state, for the record, that I do not have an irrational, superstitious dread of traveling beyond the boundaries of the Mass Ave area, nor am I stalking any of the staff at TT’s.

Now that we’re clear on that… my eighth go-round of young 2011 was the Ryan’s Smashing Life 4th Anniversary Show, which featured two local groups (RIBS and The Cinnamon Fuzz) and two gangs of New York (Bridges & Powerlines and Fan-Tan).

Coinciding with the release of their new digital 7”, The Locrian Singles, RIBS’ performance was as demonstrative of their uncongenial aesthetic as the songs themselves. A moment of complete darkness heralded the cold iron bars that open their dirge-y new hit, “Please Don’t Go.” The soul of this classic rock shmendrik was pleased to see them bucking in unison with their instruments like ZZ Top, only with more anxiety… and a functioning razor.


RIBS – “Please Don’t Go” – The Locrian Singles
(Download this album for free at RIBS’ Bandcamp!)

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Pete’s First 11 of ’11 – 2011 Show Reviews: Hello Ninja @ TTs, 1/27

by Pete on Mar.10, 2011, under Audio, Live Shows, Media, Reviews

Hello Ninja - Photo Credit: Kristen Hale

Hello Ninja - Photo Credit: Kristen Hale

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!


Hello Ninja January 27 at T.T.’s


Lucky number seven was the show where I finally got a live look at Hello Ninja, who have been one of my favorite bands in town since I heard their stuff on the radio last year. They played the side stage at TT’s as part of the kick off for Louder Now Boston, a new concert series produced by Anngelle Wood, host of the Boston Emissions show on WZLX (the bill also included Brittany Gray, M.G. Lederman and Ashpark). Between sets, Ms. Wood interviewed each of the bands in the TT’s billiard room, which was rigged like a TV studio with multiple cameras and intensely bright stage lights.


Hello Ninja – “All The Mad Men” – Singles Club Vol. 1

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Hello Ninja was celebrating the release of their E.P., Singles Club Vol. 1, which I bought and later reviewed for The Dig (you can read it here). The band is a much different creature in concert than they are on record, relying on gusto and personality in place of the studio-added mascara and jewelry that make Singles Club so attention-grabbing. They were as animated as the cramped corner next to the bar allowed them to be, particularly frontwoman Cat Basile, who emoted with every muscle in her face and gestured with every limb in her five-foot-not-much frame. In addition to the four power pop gems on their new disc, Hello Ninja also played a mash-up cover of “Paper Planes” by M.I.A. and “Straight to Hell” by The Clash (which, of course, is the song that M.I.A. ripped off – I mean, “sampled” – to get the recurring hook in “Paper Planes”).


Hello Ninja – “I Think Of Me Too” – Singles Club Vol. 1

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It’s hard to say which Hello Ninja I like better (studio or live), and it’s hard to say if they would be a “better band” if the two versions were more alike. They might pack more punch if they added a second guitarist, some back-up singers and something with keys on it… but as it is, the four of them have a good chemistry and are clearly on the same page of the garage pop manual.


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Pete’s First 11 of ’11 – 2011 Show Reviews: You Can Be A Wesley, Hooray For Earth, The Concretes @ Great Scott, 1/20

by Pete on Mar.01, 2011, under Audio, Live Shows, Media, News, Reviews

You Can Be A Wesley - Photo Credit: Tom Gilmore

You Can Be A Wesley - Photo Credit: Tom Gilmore


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!


You Can Be A Wesley, Hooray for Earth, and The Concretes – January 20 @ Great Scott


This may have been my fifth show this year, but mainly it was my umpteenth trip to Allston since they put a Kelly’s Roast Beef where Marty’s Liquors used to be and I still have yet to consume something’s flesh there. And that is some bullshit. I mean, I remember someone telling me that it’s actually pretty gross, but I think it might have been someone at Veggie Planet.

Um, anyway…


Them Wesleys again - Photo Credit: Pete Legasey

Them Wesleys again - Photo Credit: Pete Legasey

I’ve seen You Can Be A Wesley four times in the last four years, and I always leave the show thinking the same thing: “damn, they’ve gotten louder!” On record, their two newest tracks are likely enough rejoinders to the songs from their last album, 2009’s Heard Like Us. But at Great Scott, the power chords of “Talking Science” charged like wildebeests, and even the drizzly beginnings of “Old In Florida” gave way to a squall of cymbal crashes and Fender fuzz. More than half of the set was new stuff, and it’s worth noting that the songs they did perform from Heard Like Us were the more high-octane ones like “Creatures” and “Stuck in a Battle.” I couldn’t help wondering how heavy these guys plan to get, but Saara Untracht-Oakner’s voice – lilting and sunny as ever – ensures that we have at least a few years to go before we see YCBAW sharing bills with Panzerbastard at O’Brien’s… which is going to be awesome, when it happens. Trust me.


You Can Be A Wesley – “Creatures” – Heard Like Us

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

by Pete on Feb.25, 2011, under 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

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