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Record Review: Eponymously Entitled is a musical love letter 0

Posted: April 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog

Eponymously Entitled

“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.

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On To Rumble Semi-Finals 0

Posted: April 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags:

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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:

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Friday Night Rumble 0

Posted: April 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags:

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:

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble Night 4 0

Posted: April 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags:

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:

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Hump Day wrap-up of the Rumble 0

Posted: April 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog

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!

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble Night 3 0

Posted: April 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags:

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?

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble Night 2 0

Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: , , , ,
The Deep North will be playing tonight at the Rumble.  Photo by Melissa Robin.

The Deep North will be playing tonight at the Rumble. Photo by Melissa Robin.

The New Highway Hymnal won Night 1 of the Rumble last night. Congratulations to all the bands! See yesterday’s post for their information. Tonight it continues! TT The Bear’s is the place to see the next batch of Rumble contenders. Check the TT’s calendar for all the other bands playing this week. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble only comes but once a year. Luckily, you have several days to celebrate!  Check out tonight’s line-up below.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble Day 1 0

Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog

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Tonight kicks off the first of 6 nights of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble! Have you heard about this? As simply as I can put it – it’s a week-long local music fest disguised as a contest that will get you interested, engaged and screaming your lungs out for some of the finest bands that rock the city of Boston. Several bands have played live here on WMFO and we couldn’t be happier for their chance to rock the Rumble. Check out excellent previews in the Big Media here, here and here.

We’re not going to delve into a lot of detail, because it’s starting in a few short hours! Here’s a GREAT excuse to wake up tomorrow exhausted, voiceless and exhilarated…and then do it again on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It happens at TT the Bear’s. Go early for the reception (starts at 8pm) and make a full evening of it. Every Rumble night you’ll see bands with their A game. Below is a quick and dirty overview and hopefully the push you need to get out the door.

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Live in Boston | Sigur Rós 0

Posted: April 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Reviews | Tags: ,

The stage is hidden by a white scrim on all four sides – the audience is restless. We’ve been waiting for almost an hour, expecting opening acts which never materialized.

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Finally the lights go out – except for the ones onstage. The curtain becomes a screen, dizzying abstract shapes floating around as the music starts. Sigur Rós’ frontman, Jónsi Birgisson, begins with Yfirborð, immediately crashing his bow down on the guitar in his signature style. The curtain is still up, but now things are taking a distinctly different turn – the shapes are still barely intelligible, but there is the unmistakable feeling that we are witnessing art as they move, synchronized with the music. Circles and close-ups of iron filings and things moving in liquid mingle with definite human movement in a bizarre and beautiful dance.

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Don’t Pity the Fool 0

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: , ,

April 1st may have passed and but there are always fools afoot. Here are some local music recommendations for those who want to get in April’s foolish spirit.

1. Mod Gun
Last year, Mod Gun released their album “Fools”. Gritty, unique punk rock with lyrics you actually want to listen to. This band has everything going for it. Download their releases from Bandcamp. While you’re there, check out their song Clover – perfect for your spring rock collection. Catch them live at O’Brien’s in Allston on April 17 or May 24th.

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