Aziz Ansari is ready for his blurry phone photo (source)
Sunday night in Boston, comedian Aziz Ansari performed a benefit for the Boston Marathon bombing victims at The Wilbur Theater. Tickets for the show, announced only hours before they went on sale, sold out in five minutes. Ansari’s fans, hooked into social media, were ready to pounce at noon causing him to say that those in attendance Sunday frightened him a little. Ansari went on to stand still center stage encouraging everyone to take their photos of him before he started any jokes. Anyone who didn’t have a camera out proceeded to hold up their phone and snap away. Ansari remarked, “This is what I have to do now.” (more…)
We made it to the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble FINALS! Friday night at TT the Bear’s. The last night! This is it! Twin Berlin pulled ANOTHER wildcard slot. Boston punk rock legends The Dogmatics are the special guest. That’s 4 bands on a Friday night plus a photobooth to drag friends, strangers and bands into to document your excellent time. This event needs to be experienced; you shouldn’t just read about it on a blog. Plus, how else are you going to buy the Tshirt? Do your music-loving self a favor and click some links and listen to these bands. Music starts PROMPTLY at 9:30, so don’t be late. Finals usually sell out, don’t be late. Doors are at 8:30, don’t be late! Here’s who’s playing:
It’s about time time for a new trick by an old favorite. After four long years of silence, the french alternative band Phoenix is finally out with their new album Bankrupt! Fortunately the ominous title does not refer to the band’s sound. Bankrupt! is an excellent fifth addition to Phoenix’s impressive discography and a worthy follow up to their critically acclaimed 2009 Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, (affectionately nicknamed WAP by fans). The album garnered Phoenix significant international airplay and won them that year’s Grammy for Best Alternative Album. But Bankrupt! is a different animal; it both celebrates the musical style they’re known for, and travels places up and beyond.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble picks back up again tonight at TT The Bear’s. We’re all still feeling many feelings about this week’s events in Boston. Love, hate, disgust, hope…they’re churning around. One of the many things that makes Boston a unique and wonderful place to live is the positive energy that flows from adversity. The Allston Pudding blog put together a mix tape from 130 (!!!!) local bands to benefit The One Fund; TT’s hosted a benefit on Tuesday night to benefit MGH – and you can continue to donate tonight, so you haven’t missed out yet. Come hang with some people, share some amazing music. Tonight’s lineup has 3 winners plus a wildcard band. It’s going to be awesome, and you need some awesome right now. Here’s who you’ll see tonight:
“I’m sure we’ve all got stories about how vinyl changed our lives.” So opens “Solar Vinyl Compactor” the third track on Eponymously Entitled. The second release from the Bubbles in the Thinktank label, Eponymously Entitled is a record about records for record store day. It is a cleverly assembled seven-track compilation (with two bonus tracks) packed full of nostalgia and in-jokes about a music culture I never experienced.
Night 6 of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble went to The Daily Pravda!
6 nights of rock, 24 bands, tons of screaming fans….that’s what this week has been about in Boston. Now we move on to the semi-finals next week. The line up will be announced tonight, along with the wildcard bands. Wildcards have won it all in years past, don’t count them out yet. For a taste of what the Rumble is like, check out Sophia’s Rock Beat for video clips, and Daykamp Music for photos. When you tune in to WMFO, make requests for these bands! Let’s show the world what we got.
What a week for rock! Click a link, press PLAY. The 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble winners:
If you’ve been reluctant to rock on a school night, that excuse won’t hold up tonight. Night 5 of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble has arrived, and your time has come. Meet us down at TT The Bears to discover new bands, cheer for your favorites and celebrate the scene with other lovers of great music. Several DJs from WMFO were spotted last night. Nice representing, rockers! You never know who you’ll run into at these things. When you go, make sure to check out all the band merch. Bring home a little something to impress your friends. Time to get ready – get your Friday night on right. Here’s who you’ll see tonight:
The break is over and we resume the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble tonight at TT The Bears Four more bands will “battle” to win the night and move on to the semi-finals next week. If you’re just joining the Rumble fray, 3 nights of competition have passed, and 3 more are ahead of us. That means 12 more bands. See previous posts for all the bands that have played. Everyone in the Class of 2013 is fantastic – check them all out. Like other nights, a diverse mix of styles will grace the stage. Come out and enjoy the variety that the Boston music scene has to offer. Here’s who you’ll see tonight:
Wednesday is the traditional Day of Rest for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble. A well-deserved rest. The Rumble resumes on Thursday, then Friday and Saturday for the final nights of the preliminaries. We move on to the semi-finals next. More on that later. The Rumble is FAR from over! Let’s recap what’s happened so far this week – 3 winners, 16 bands in total that rock the hell out of TT The Bear’s. Check the links below to see what it was like. Big thanks to Sophia’s Rock Beat for posting the video!
Tonight! TT The Bears! If you go on Spotify and search for Rumble 2013, you can listen to playlists to get you stoked. Pick up some tunes from the bands and make your own mix. Follow the bands – you’ll want to check them out live, and they’ll be playing nearby soon. Falling in love with local music is good for you, and good for everyone. Last night Camden went home with first place. The New Highway Hymnal won the night before The bands of Night 3 are below – who will win tonight?