“I miss big shows for sure, but I love the feel of a full house in a small room.”
J RODDY WALSTON: “I’M ACTUALLY CREATING A LIMITED SUPPLY OF THAT EXPERIENCE”
"There will be some way for people to hear what I’m doing, maybe I’ll put it on the internet or something, but I just want to make art and not necessarily a bunch of products."
STICK TO THE PLAN: HALLELUJAH THE HILLS WENT THROUGH HELL BUT RETURNED FOR SEVENTH LP
"If a title is strong, unusual or funny, it’s because those are the type of things that will drive me to write a song for that title.”
TENNIS ELBOW: SINNET GETS PERSONAL ON LATEST SYNTH-POP SWING-ALONG
"Did you notice that instead of bricks there are little tennis courts in the background? How clever."
MUSIC NOTES: BOSTON’S SXSW PICKS, PLUS SLAINE HOSTS LISTENING PARTY TO BENEFIT RECOVERY NONPROFITS
“We are planning on touring to and from Austin and hitting some of the surrounding areas. We’ll be driving in our minivan, which we hope doesn’t fall apart.”
THIS IS REALLY A LOVE STORY
Every line I enter into my computer about the Hub is also part of a love story, because like a parent in the 1950s (or today, I guess) attempting to rationalize smacking their kids, I truly love the objects of my animosity. Oftentimes, it hurts me more than it hurts Boston to level such relentless criticism.
FOTOBOM: JON SPENCER AND THE HITMAKERS, BODEGA @ GREAT SCOTT
Jon Spencer has been slogging it out on the front line of the trashy garage war for so long he’s got foxholes named after him. As the primary or co-leader of vaunted groups like Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Pussy Galore, Boss Hog, Heavy Trash and now the HITmakers, his resume is unassailable. ...
FOTOBOM: STEVE GUNN, MEG BAIRD & MARY LATTIMORE @ GREAT SCOTT
Over the last ten or so years, Steve Gunn has managed something that eludes most musicians. As he’s slowly transformed his craft from open string Fahey worship to a more tightly-crafted, song-oriented approach that is more akin to 60s troubadours like Fred Neil or a less ornate Tim Buckley, ...
DIG THIS: NEKO CASE, STEVE GUNN, JON SPENCER
Neko Case @ Royale
Neko last hit town for two shows in early summer as support for Ray LaMontagne, but now the New England-transplant has scheduled her own proper headlining tour, and will get a bit more room ...
FOTOBOM: RYLEY WALKER, MUTE DUO @ GREAT SCOTT
There are a few ways of getting your name into the music press headlines, with some methods a whole lot better ...