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

by Bryan on Jun.02, 2011, under 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

by Bryan on May.31, 2011, under 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

by Bryan on May.12, 2011, under 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

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).



If you’re into bluegrass, then you probably already know that Della Mae was genetically engineered in a laboratory below the Appalachian Mountains. Imbued with gunslinger solo chops and buttermilk harmonies, the fierce five were originally grown for political assassinations, jewel heists and the like. Realizing that their talents were better suited for pickin’ an’ a-singin’ than robbin’ an’ a-killin’, the girls enraged their engineers and delighted music fans everywhere by forming a bluegrass supergroup… Okay, so I embellished a little, but you get the idea: Della Mae ain’t nuttin to fuck with.

Although they’ve played countless tour gigs, festivals and award shows, Della Mae blazed some new trails for themselves at the Winter Campfire show. For starters, it was their first gig with singer/guitarist Celia Woodsmith. And whereas most bands might hope that their newest member can remember their songs well enough to get through that first show, Della Mae solved this concern by learning an entirely new batch of songs for the gig.

Celia Woodsmith - Photo Credit: Stephen Ide

Celia Woodsmith - Photo Credit: Stephen Ide

It would appear that the band intends for Woodsmith to be much more than just “the new guitar player.” Standing center stage and singing lead on nearly every song (some of which were identified as songs that she had written), Woodsmith quickly established herself as a major cornerstone of the new-look Della Mae. It seems like a good fit. A soul-ar flare burst from her sunny voice as she regaled the house with tails of Big Old Women From San Anton’ (“why you been gone so long?”) and Bottles of Whiskey (“and a bag of shame”). Her disposition was as bright as her melodies; a solemn country waltz called “I Built This Heart” was the only number not sung with a smile.

During each chorus, the voices of Jenni Lyn Gardner and Grace Van’t Hof (who has since left the band to pursue other projects) flanked Woodsmith in a smooth formation that would be the envy of migratory geese. Between harmonies, Gardner (mandolin) and Van’t Hof (banjo) traded Derby-speed solos with reigning National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker while Amanda Jean Kowalski drove the pace on her standup bass.

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Photo Credit: Ricky Chapman

Della Mae’s debut full-length is due out in July, but judging from how studio-ready they sounded in mid-February, I’m guessing that most of the time between will be spent deciding which cowboy boots to wear in the press photos.



Della Mae

Club Passim


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

by Tim B. on May.03, 2011, under 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).




 


Chris Brokaw of Come - Photo Credit: Tim Bugbee

Chris Brokaw of Come - Photo Credit: Tim Bugbee

Sticking with early material, (aside from the scintillating “Cimmaron”  when Michael David Curry joined in with violin,) the set list didn’t vary too much from last year’s show, except that it was a bit shorter. While I would have loved to hear even more of their second record, the sublimely brooding “German Song” and “String” were played, with the latter featuring the kind of guitar work that should be held up as an example nonpareil in regards to a two-guitar attack. Breathtaking stuff indeed, and the venue was filled with people gasping at their luck to hear it once again. I don’t expect to see Come play again in the near future, but I’m extremely grateful that I was able to see them again at the height of their prodigious powers not just once but thrice.



DISCLAIMER: Depending on your place of employment, these pictures might be considered to be Not Safe For Work. If you’re worried about it, just wait until you get home to check them out… but make sure to give them a look because this spectacle is not to be missed!




Thanks to Tim Bugbee for the amazing photos, and the review as well! See more of his work at Tinnitus Photography!


TraniWreck is produced by Truth Serum Productions. You can catch their next show on May 19th, see their website for details! 


Come

TraniWreck

Club Oberon

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PGB Pick: Roadsaw CD Release with Gozu, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck, Murcielago @ Middle East Upstairs, Saturday 4/16

by Bryan on Apr.16, 2011, under Media, News, Previews, Video

Roadsaw CD Release with Gozu, Bow Thayer & The Perfect Train Wreck, Murcielago


No rest for the weary! The day after the Rock & Roll Rumble Semi-Finals conclude, Cambridge is set to be shattered by the release party for the latest album by longtime Boston heavy hitters Roadsaw. They’ve put together a great lineup to help them celebrate, featuring sets by PGB Favorites Gozu, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck, and Murcielago. It all goes down this Saturday, April 16th, at the Middle East Upstairs.

Check out this new video from Roadsaw for “So Low Down,” the first single off of their upcoming self-titled album. The video was directed by Mike Gill of Circumvision, who has added another well-crafted film to an already impressive resume! As for this vid, you might have seen a few of these actors performing in very different capacities on stage at several clubs around town. Recognize the bar? This type of thing happens all the time down there. Honest.




Saturday, April 16th – Middle East Upstairs
Doors at 8pm / $10 / 18+


Roadsaw

Gozu

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck

Murcielago


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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.



And anyway, the ticket was free, thanks to my buddy Nick. After definitely not smoking a joint in my car in a spot that left me with a parking ticket that I definitely paid, we froze our fannies off for the short walk to the Paradise. This was my first visit to the newly refurbished ‘Dise and, I’ve got to say, it was a little disheartening to see that the makeover did not include the removal of those huge, obstructive pillars in the middle of the room (easily the worst feature of the venue). They did, however install some industrial strength cooling fans in the ceiling, which struck me as a great idea until I stood under them. They make it feel like you’re standing on a tarmac at Chicago O’Hare. Nick was optimistic that we could maneuver towards the stage and out of their path once the music started and “the hippies start hippie-ing about.” But alas, there was no accessible spot that offered shelter from the storm. Oh well, maybe I’ll be a little more grateful for the “breeze” when I go there for a show in the summertime.

Michael Glabicki photo by Andy Argyrakis

Michael Glabicki - Photo Credit: Andy Argyrakis

What’s that? Oh right! The band! I figured I wouldn’t recognize any songs other than the big hit, but they were generous enough to include some spirited covers of “Cinnamon Girl” and “Suspicious Minds.” I later found out that two of the songs that got the biggest crowd response were closer “Ecstacy” and “Back To The Earth,” both off When I Woke. Both numbers included an epic (as in “long”) build-up – as you can imagine (I mean, they’re something of a jam band. Epic build-ups are pretty much their raison d’être right?)

Any hardcore fan reading this will likely roll their eyes, but “Send Me” was the highlight for me. Nostalgia aside, it was a notable moment for being the first time I’ve ever really felt somewhat mindblown by a hand-drum solo. Looking like he just got back from the gym in a sleeveless tee and baggy shorts, drummer Preach Freedom stepped out from behind the kit and floored the crowd with all manner of polyrhythmic pummeling.

But the main thing I learned about the eclectic Pittsburghers that night is that Michael Glabicki may be the Michael Jordan of soulful-singin’, acoustic-strummin’ white boys with knitted hats (that must have been a HUGE hit a few days earlier when they played for the snowboarders up at Sugarloaf)



Rusted Root

The Paradise


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Video: Planetoid – Step Away From The Controls!

by Bryan on Apr.11, 2011, under 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.




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PGB Pick: Boston Rules, OK? – Saturday 4/9 @ Middle East Downstairs

by Bryan on Apr.07, 2011, under Audio, Media, News, Previews, Video

Boston Rules OK Festival at the Middle East Downstairs. 2 shows, including an All Ages Matiness. Featuring Death Before Dishonor, Ashers, Razors In The Night, and more!Punk’s not dead – it’s still kicking and screaming in this city! This Saturday marks the third annual Boston Rules, OK? Festival, celebrating some of the best underground punk, oi, ska, and hardcore the area has to offer! This year’s edition has tapped some bands from surrounding states in addition to the locals, making this a regional event featuring the cream of the crop of the brutal northeastern scene!

Boston Rules, OK has been jumping from venue to venue over the years, this time bringing the rock to the Middle East Downstairs. They’ll be featuring an All Ages show for all you young punks and a nighttime 18+ event for the rest of us drunks. Both shows feature flat-out ridiculous lineups, and you can catch each one for just $15 ($13 in advance) – or get an all-day pass for $25… yeah, that works out to less than 2 bucks a band, not gonna get much better than that!


Check out this video from daytime show co-headliners Ashers (featuring members of The Unseen, Bad Ash, Crash & Burn, and Deadly Sins!) – it’s easily one of the most brutal things you can find on Youtube!




Razors In The Night frontman Troy Schoeller - Photo Credit: Nicole Tammaro

Razors In The Night frontman Troy Schoeller - Photo Credit: Nicole Tammaro

Revved up yet? Yeah, us too. Ready to jump in the pit and crack some skulls? Yeah, us too. Both shows are guaranteed to be among the most high-energy events of 2011, no question. Lace your boots up, throw on the most obscure 80′s band shirt you can find, and get ready to throw down! Keep in mind that past Boston Rules festivals have sold out, so it might not be a bad idea to head over to the Middle East website and pick up your tickets in advance!


While we’re at it, here’s one of our favorites from night show headliners Razors In The Night. This song is actually available for free download over at their Bandcamp site, make sure to snatch it up!


Razors In The Night – “Carry On!” – Carry On
(Download this song FREE at the RITN Bandcamp!)

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SHOW SCHEDULES


Saturday, April 9th – Middle East Downstairs
Doors at 12:30pm / $15 / ALL AGES

1:00 – Word for Word

1:35 – The Bonus Army

2:10 – Bulldog Courage

2:45 – Watchfire

3:20 – Ashers

4:05 – For the Worse

4:50 – Death Before Dishonor

 

 

Saturday, April 9th – Middle East Downstairs
Doors at 7:30pm / $15 / 18+

8:00 – Choke Up!

8:35 – Taxi Driver

9:10 – Yellow Stitches

9:45 – Ska-Prest

10:25 – Combat Crisis

11:15 – Bloodshot Hooligans

12:05 – Razors in the Night

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