Looking around at Boston Calling on Saturday, I found myself in awe of how much work goes into making the festival happen. Never mind hiring the artists and determining who’ll play which slots, just erecting the two stages and everything else that has to be assembled to turn City Hall Plaza from a...Read more
Boston Calling day two was a blast yesterday! We’ll have full coverage tomorrow, but for now a few words… DOOMTREE: High energy rapping with big beats… BC might not have a hip-hop headliner this time around, but Doomtree filled the rap void nicely. STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS: Malkmus and company rocked the...Read more
Boston Calling kicked off its sixth edition of the three day, 23 artists festival last night at City Hall Plaza and it was spectacular. People were calling it “folk night,” since the line up consisted of Gregory Alan Isakov, Of Monsters and Men, who performed at the inaugural BC during May 2013, and The Avett...Read more
As always, she's brilliant....
Erik Hassle does his best Michael Jackson impersonation on his new song, "Natural Born Lovers," which is a sweet mix of R&B and synth pop. "Natural born lovers never die," he sings in a most sultry manner, making your internal temperature rise. Boy, is this a...
I was born in ’70’s and grew up in the ’80’s with a fondness for synthy pop like the Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and so many others. Practically every song on the radio relied heavily on sythesizers. It was wonderful. Even when my beloved heavy metal bands (now called hair metal)...Read more
As you can see and hear above, Father John Misty has covered Taylor Swift's "Blank Space." But where Ryan Adams said he was covering Taylor in the key of The Smiths, Father John Misty has done Taylor in the key of The Velvet Underground, singer Lou Reed...
You may recall that the Ghost song above, “From The Pinnacle To The Pit,” was a #songoftheday last week. We also gave their new album, Meliora, a gleaming review. Well, their unholy tour kicks off tonight at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD. The band will trek through North America through November 1, before...Read more
PHASES. Remember that name. Because, simply put, they’re the best new synthy pop band to come along since CHVRCHES. In fact, they’re easily as brilliant as CHVRCHES. No kidding or exaggerating. Perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise, though, being that they’re essentially a supergroup, as three of their members have previously found fame...Read more
Ellie just keeps getting better, doesn't she? Best of all, she never writes the same song twice, unlike many "pop stars." I put that in quotes because Ellie isn't exactly your typical pop star. She doesn't hire 12 writers to come spend a weekend writing...
PRESS RELEASE: September 21st, 2015 – Burbank, CA – Jenny Lewis celebrates the ten-year anniversary of her solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat, with the release of a deluxe limited edition remastered vinyl album, available for pre-order today at jennylewis.com. [EDITOR’S NOTE: At the time of this posting, 1:32PM EST, it’s not up yet,...Read more
Singer/songwriter Angéline was originally from Loire Atlantique in France but is now based out of London, which is where she earned her music degree. Although most of her songs are now in English, there’s clearly a French folk music influence to her sound. Additionally, she’d just visited Cuba — she loves Salsa dancing...Read more