As January fades into February, not too much changes, when you think about it.
SERIOUSLY, THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THE YEAR ARE ON PAR WITH THE GRAPES OF WRATH IN TERMS OF DESPAIR (AND JUST AS GRAY). ONE HAS TO SNORT PIXY STIX JUST TO REMAIN INDIFFERENT.
The following artists don’t snort Pixy Stix, because Pixy Stix are gross.
The Goat Rodeo Sessions (@therealyoyoma) @ House of Blues: I’ve always felt like I’ve known Yo-Yo Ma a lot more than I actually do (probably due to this poster, which I’ve seen in every school library since I was 5), so if I ever decide to put on his classical renditions, it always sounds oddly familiar. His latest project, the Goat Rodeo Sessions, is a collaboration with fellow string virtuosos Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile. The result is a welcoming, casual atmosphere that’s new, but not foreign. I also have the strangest urge to read something--….CURSE YOU, MA!
Augustana (@Augustana), Graffiti 6 (@graffiti6) @ Paradise: As there certainly isn’t a shortage of bands who A) Sound like Train but aren’t Train, and B) Use Garnier Fructis Style Surf Hair like its going out of business, Augustana stands out with their big hit that pays an ode to our fair city (Spoiler Alert: It’s Boston. Sorry, Cambridge). The following video finds the band playing in the ocean, which looks like way fun, until you realize its super impractical and precarious.
Thurston Moore (@demoedthoughts) @ Somerville Theatre: Though our friend Thurston has most recently garnered press in the wake of his divorce with long-term wife, and Sonic Youth bandmate, Kim Gordon (biggest indie breakup of all time?), Moore should instead be talked about as one of the remaining giants of this alterna-rock nation of ours. I don’t think it’s going too far to revere Moore higher than Kurt Cobain, because what Sonic Youth’s done for rock music is still being subconsciously felt by a new generation. Man’s a modern legend, let’s start recognizing that.
Color Channel (colorchannel.bandcamp.com), Streight Angular (@streightangular), The Kakas, Steady Madness (steadymadness.bandcamp.com) @ Great Scott: With such a plethora of colorful band names, it’s hard to pick a winner. Color Channel and Streight Angular are neck-and-neck, The Kakas not too far behind. But Steady Madness is perhaps the most accurate, as the band steadily lurches forward before spiraling into rock oblivion on “Judas.” Madness may have won the name-game, but all these groups deserve a listen. Like, now.
(KAKAS, Y U NO ON THE INTERNETS?)