Hey friends of WMFO!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the 2014 WMFO Donations Drive and made it such a smashing success. We made our goal of $5000 and we couldn’t have done it without your help!
This Saturday, November 21st, BUST magazine is hosting their first annual Holiday Craftacular in Boston, at the Boston Center for the Arts. I had the pleasure of talking to one of the women who has been working to bring the Craftacular to Boston.
This event has existed in New York City for 9 years, and will return to Brooklyn again this year. However, this is the first time that the Craftacular has come to bean town. More than 100 vendors will gather to sell their products, which makes it a one-stop holiday shopping experience. It is not just a NYC event dropped into a new city–it will be thoroughly Boston! The vendors will be Bostonians and New Englanders, selling products that are unique to this area. The women at BUST wanted to expand the event into our area because it’s such an accessible city, and because so many of them have personal connections here. It’s been in the works for years, and this year their dream is finally becoming a reality!
Two exciting and new events are coming to the Craftacular this year:
The first is the Cat Café, which is exactly as awesome as it sounds. BUST partnered with Broken Tail rescue, an organization that works with rescue animals throughout Massachusetts and New England. You can visit the café to get something warm, have a seat, and most importantly, cuddle with some adorable rescue cats.
There will also be an Ugly Sweater Selfie Booth with some incredible Christmas and Hanukkah sweaters.
The Craftacular is not just a fun place to get holiday shopping done, it is also a great way to support an independent publication like BUST. Melissa described it as a “light in the dark” and a “home space in the media” for women who are looking for something fresh to read about.
Saturday! 11am-6pm! Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts!
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Michael Fitzpatrick, frontman for Fitz & The Tantrums, describes his band’s music as “soul-influenced indie pop”. Some listeners may hear motown, and some may hear straight-up alternative rock. For a band that has, since their start in 2008, opened for acts from pop-rock heroes Maroon 5 to soul-popstar Bruno Mars to ska legends The Specials, this is a narrow designation. If I had to explain their music, I’d say that it sounds like James Brown with modern pop sensibilities, but even that wouldn’t fully do it. After seeing them live at the House of Blues in Boston on November 16th, I won’t be trying to explain their music to anyone anymore. I’ll only tell them to go see the damn show.
The show started with the opener, Big Data, coming onstage to play for the largely under-30 sold-out crowd. They began by playing an automated voice, announcing itself as the NSA, telling us to post everything that we see tonight to our social media accounts. The motif of governmental monitoring (implicit in their name) carried on throughout their half-hour set, including them playing a cover of Hall & Oates’ classic “Private Eyes” (which left most of the crowd confused, as it was before their time). Many people knew their hit single “Dangerous”, which they closed with before Fitz & The Tantrums took the stage.
They swaggered onstage and got everyone clapping immediately as they took their instruments, lights flashing amongst a background of a flashing heart, as is shown on their most recent album, More Than Just A Dream. The beats were loud and the energy was unmatched. The stage presence of Fitzpatrick perfectly complemented the charisma of singer Noelle Scaggs, who snapped and smiled her way around the stage in between her verses.
The set included almost the entirety of More Than Just A Dream, with a few cuts from Pickin’ Up The Pieces, their first album, which were not received quite as well (with the notable exceptions of “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” and “MoneyGrabber”). The choruses were the big selling points for the crowd, as everyone bounced and sang along no matter if they knew the verses or not. The energy from the band (who finished the night covered in sweat) was palpable and contagious; they didn’t need to encourage anyone from the crowd of 2,300 to dance or sing along to their music.
Their cover of Eurythmic’s classic “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” was a pleasant surprise and went along with their sound quite nicely, as they added their own kick to it. A bigger surprise came during saxophonist James King’s solo in the middle of “L.O.V.”, when he played the riff to Jason Derulo’s current hit “Talk Dirty To Me”, which sent the crowd into hysterics (whether it was excitement or laughter, I’m not sure). “Fool’s Gold”, one of the singles from More Than Just A Dream was the best-received track before the encore; the hook is irresistible and even more so live.
The encore began with their biggest hit to date, “MoneyGrabber”. They jammed on the song, getting the crowd into it, for much longer than it usually clocks in, and finished it with confetti cannons pumping confetti into the crowd, giving a smaller venue the feel of an arena show. The show ended with “The Walker”, which sent everyone home happy. None were spared of an excellent night, and it was clear that Fitz & The Tantrums are one of the hardest-working bands on the scene right now. It’s no surprise that their popularity has skyrocketed.
The Graveyard Shift airs at 4 am on Saturdays and showcases metal bands from Massachusetts; from nu metal to black metal with no discrimination. You can contact the show with submissions, requests, questions, or for any other reason at email@example.com, facebook.com/graveyardshiftradio, or @graveyrdshiftma on Twitter. This weekly column will keep you posted on the latest news related to local metal bands and shows. For more updates, visit the show’s website at graveyardshiftma.wordpress.com.
* The Keep Safe Boston 2014 compilation was released last week, which features 50 songs from 50 different local bands including progressive metal band Protean Collective. They contributed their song “Caldera.” You can read more details about the organization and compilation here, and you can download the album and name your price—whatever you pay goes to support Planned Parenthood—over on Bandcamp.
* Sorrowseed vocalist Lilith Astaroth appears in the new sci-fi/action/horror film, Gilgamesh, which involves a failed military expedition, Communist takeover, gods fighting on earth, and apocalypse. First, view the trailer here, then see how you can attend the movie’s premier at Showcase Cinema De Lux at Legacy Place in Dedham this Thursday at 7:30 pm.
* Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon released a new set of prints on his website for purchase. He really is a fantastic artist.
* Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach rants about celebrity nonsense and terrible music over at Gunshy Assassin.
* Hivesmasher and Unearth talk about the worst bandmate habits over at Metal Injection.
* Spruce up your Christmas tree with this new Godsmack ornament.
* Not to be outdone, Lich King also has a Christmas ornament out, and you can grab one as part of a number of different Do-Over EP pre-order bundles. The EP will be released on December 25, which will now be known as “Lichmas.” The band posted a preview of the EP on YouTube.
* In a metal band? Sciomancy is looking for acts to play with them at Allaboutrecords in Taunton on November 28.
* Years Since the Storm announced a hiatus as they regroup for 2015.
* Grue posted a video of their entire set from their show at Church last month.
* Centerlink unveiled a new band logo. Check it out here.
* WHO IS DEFEATER SUBTWEETING?
* Buried Electric, Livver, The Summoned, Macedonia, Forevers’ Fallen Grace, and Lunglust are all in various stages of recording, mixing, and mastering music soon to be released…
Three brand new songs for you:
Technical death metal band Parasitic Extirpation released “Spiraling” featuring guest vocals from Brian Forgue (Syphilic/Gutrot) off their upcoming Putrid Crown EP. While the EP’s release date has been pushed back, you can still pre-order it from the band’s online store. It will be the first release since 2010’s Casketless and the first to feature the band’s revamped lineup, which includes Mallika Sundaramurthy (Abnormality) on vocals, Jim Fitzpatrick (Boarcorpse) on drums, Damon Psarris (Boarcorpse) on bass, and original guitarists Blue Spinazola and Chris Kessaris. Check out the song below.
Instrumental band Chronologist released a brand new single, “Sky Garden,” which you can listen to below and download for free (!) at their Bandcamp page. To celebrate, the band headlined at The Middle East last Saturday.
And finally, metalcore stalwarts All That Remains sent fans on a scavenger hunt last Friday night for a new song off their upcoming 2015 album. You can check out “No Knock” on YouTube. Brace yourself for lots of Phil Labonte cussing. Also, if you hated A War You Cannot Win (just like Labonte apparently does), then you are in luck, as they head back towards a heavier sound.
Thursday, November 20
Cambridge Elks Lodge: La Armada, Opposition Rising, Disaster Strikes, Neighborhood Shit, Reason To Fight
The Sinclair: Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour with Deafheaven and The New Highway Hymnal
Ralph’s Rock Diner: Local musicians perform cover sets from Napalm Death, Megadeth, and Cathedral
Friday, November 21
Dublin’s Sports Bar & Grill (New Bedford): Kowalski, Weld Square, The Roman Numeral Three, The Fateful Hour, Sciomancy
Sammy’s Patio: Stormbringer (Deep Purple Tribute), Mamá Ladilla, Forever’s Fallen Grace, Chin Strap, Goat Felch, The Humanikins
Palldium: Eternal Enemies Tour feat. Emmure, The Acacia Strain, Sylar, Fit For a King, Kublai Khan, A Fathom Farewell, Handsome Bastards, Hitlist, Murdoc, Widow Sunday, Great American Ghost
Westfield State University: Thunderforge with Lowpoints, Your Way Out, Like Changing Seasons, Values, and The Days Ahead
Saturday, November 22
Palladium: The Black Mass 2014 feat. Black Veil Brides, Falling in Reverse, Set it Off, and Drama Club
Ralph’s Rock Diner: October 31, PanzerBastard, Seax, Roadhorse
Midway Café: Crown of Malice, Silver Beast, Marianne Toilet and the Runs, and OK Potato
13th Floor Music Lounge (Florence): Problem with Dragons, The Humanoids, The Uncomfortables, Set, and Dead Empires
Sammy’s Patio: “Thankskilling 3” with Epicenter, Heavy Necker, Alterius, My Missing Half, and Sonic Pulse
Sunday, November 23
TT the Bear’s Place: InAeona with 28 Degrees Taurus, The Modern Voice, Shutup
The Graveyard Shift’s playlist for November 15, 2014
1. Shadows Fall – The Light That Blinds (The War Within)
2. Parasitic Extirpation – Spiraling (Putrid Crown EP)
3. All That Remains – No Knock (2015 album TBA)
4. Chronologist – Sky Garden (Sky Garden)
5. **Stoner Hit of the Night** Cortez – Johnny (Cortez)
6. Protean Collective – Caldera (The Red and the Grey/Keep Safe Boston Compilation)
7. Carved in Stone – Rise of a Kingdom
8. Seeds of Negligence – Death March (2014 EP)
9. The Fateful Hour – Behold This Is Guilt (An Everlasting Silence)
10. Halfhearted Comeback – He Was My Son and Today Was His Birthday
11. Forevers’ Fallen Grace – Bane of Harmony (Firebound Manifesto)