Tastemakers from all walks of the Boston music scene give the low-down on which bands, records, and spots are on the way up.
Definitely … Rain or The Arcitype. I picked these producers not only because I have worked with them heavy over the last two years, but because they play their own instruments (it’s very hard to make hip-hop with no samples still sound relevant), and also because they have made hip-hop music relevant locally—not only for people who are die hard fans of the culture, but also for people who gave up on the genre and have moved on to indie rock or folk—
people who might be saying, “Shit, I don’t listen to rap anymore but … fuck, I love whatever this is.” That’s the sign of a great artist to me.
FAVORITE PRODUCER: DURKIN also making waves on the interwebs right now! Durkin has been one of my favorite producers for sometime. His remixes of Bone Thugs, A$AP Rocky, and Frank Ocean have over 100K hits on soundcloud. He’s been releasing tracks that have a unique sound, he’s definitely in his own lane right now.
He recently had a chance to play a live set on RINSE.FM! Check that out!!
FAVORITE FRESHMAN: Will Martin, my production partner on several tracks recently and a proper DJ/Producer talent on the rise in Boston. He has a residency called Gallery where you can see him play.
FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN:
I like to go see André Obin play. He is talented and passionate for sure.
FAVORITE NEW RELEASE: Fat History Month‘s Bad History Month.
I don’t really want to tarnish this with words, so just go listen: and then buy it, so you can listen to it forever, wherever you go.
FAVORITE FRESHMAN: Not to confuse them with actual freshman…..JK.
With the two tracks [they have] and the shows they’ve been putting on, Vundabar has shown they have a lot of potential.
I would describe their sound as pretty straightforward rock, but at times they have punk, pop, and jazz influences.
The knockdowndragout brawl that my band from 1994 had with the band Oasis…
We were playing with Oasis at the notorious Allston rock club “Local 186” (formerly Bunnratty’s & currently The Wonder Bar). The short story … Liam Gallagher is a dick.
Speedy Ortiz. Even though they’re based in Western Mass, they’re in Boston and NYC and elsewhere multiple times a month, always hustling, always making new fans, always sounding so good.
MOST UNIQUE STYLE: Swid from Razors In The Night. He’s either naked, or in a thong.
Can’t tell if I trust him yet. I heard he sleeps with his own penis in his mouth somehow.
FAVORITE NEW RELEASE: Moe Pope & Rain: Let The Right Ones In.
This album makes me proud to live in Boston. The perfect symbiosis of beats and rhymes, incredible collaborations and a timeless sound that embodies the city’s many scenes. Something any true music fan will love.
The first day we opened our doors at Studio 52 & watching all the bands moving in for the first time. They were excited, as were we.
Pile all day.