Seeing Portland artists Typhoon and Radiation City a few weeks ago was a great experience, so I figured I would keep the theme going by seeing two more bands from area. On Friday, I was lucky to see Portland-based Menomena and The Helio Sequence perform at The Sinclair in Cambridge. It was an excellent night of energetic, experimental indie rock that left me hoping to see them again live soon.
As a co-headlining tour, Menomena and The Helio Sequence have been switching off set spots. In Friday’s case, Menomena went first, opening their set with a quiet introduction with “Ghostship”. Its plodding baseline and drummer Danny Seim’s haunting background whistling (a nice touch from the recorded version) made it a good way to kick off the night. Transitioning directly into another song, or “West” perhaps (which follows on the album), would have been even better.
The genre of blues rock is too often filled with rote twelve bar jams or swaggering cock rock. Savoy Brown’s Raw Sienna is not your typical blues rock album – and, because of this, stands out like an enthusiastic thumbs up. Raw Sienna is filled to the brim with slinky piano riffs, jazzy guitar solos, punchy brass hooks, and even Classical-inspired string breaks (“Master Hare”). What distinguishes Savoy Brown on this album, however, is the chocolate voice of singer Chris Youlden, whether he is moaning in desperation on the opener “A Hard Way To Go,” or seducing his would-be lover on “Stay While The Night Is Young.”
Seattle hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction has been slowly rising in popularity over the last few years. The duo made guest appearances on fellow label mates Shabazz Palaces’ album Black Up and have been contributing steadily to a new era of Northwest hip-hop. Recognizable by their spacey off-balance beats and quick, stream-of-consciousness rapping, THEESatisfaction has an incredibly unique sound.
October 5, 2013: Royale, Boston | A photo-essay
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My Sunday was highlighted by the visit of the bands Typhoon and Radiation City to Brighton Music Hall. Being two Portland-area bands that I’ve been following for some time, it was a show I made sure to catch. And the night certainly didn’t disappoint!
At a freeform radio station like WMFO, we support all sorts of creative endeavors – large, small, and in-between. However, some stand out. Some people and organizations make headway in the creative world at astounding rates and experience astounding growth because of it. They’re cropping up more and more often of late, these meteoric rises, with companies like Netflix expanding their brand to include their own TV shows, indie bands like Young the Giant going from a Facebook page of 3000 likes and a few free songs floating around the internet to almost half a million likes on Facebook and an endlessly full tour schedule, and devices like the Kindle and iPhone making it easier to be a content creator than possibly ever before.
This ease of spread, however, comes with some pitfalls. More and more people are creating things, so competition to actually succeed is stiff and it can seem like many people are out of the running before they even begin. When there’s so much talent out there, we tend to devalue our own, even though the people who make the media that we are constantly inundated by had to start somewhere. With that in mind, what is it like to make something wildly successful from scratch, after all?
“Great,” according to Joseph Gordon-Levitt. “It feels great.”
You may know On The Town with Mikey Dee as your Wednesday night radio destination for Boston rock. But this week, on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8pm, OTTwMD will present The Best of On The Town with Mikey Dee at Radio in Somerville! The night will be full of fun and variety – the best that our local scene has to offer. Read more for the lineup…
WMFO will be DJing some events on campus during Orientation Week, so look for us at the following:
Thursday, 8/29/13: Jumbolicious Carnival, 11pm-1am, Aidekman Arts Center
Friday, 8/30/13: Food Fair, 5:15pm-7pm, Fletcher Field
WMFO Dance Party, 11:30pm-2am, Hotung Cafe, Mayer Campus Center
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X Ambassadors may not be that well-known a band – yet – but they sure are a lively one to see in concert, especially at a small venue like Brighton Music Hall. With Sam Harris, a frontman who goes wild not only for the crowd, but with the crowd, they’re an enthusiastic bunch who seem happy to be on stage and have a polished sound for a band that’s officially only a couple years old. Unconsolable, their first single about growing up in Ithaca, NY, was clean and wonderfully performed; I walked out humming it under my breath. (more…)
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…)
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