The 2019 Lollapalooza lineup is out!

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The 2019 Lollapalooza lineup came out today and I kind of like it, but then again, Lollapalooza weekend is one of my favorite things despite the lineup because there is always someone to see or something to do. The festival is an almost overwhelming 4 days again an some stand outs for me are Ariana Grande (probably the only way I’d ever see her live), Childish Gambino, Tenacious D, and the pretty cool Tame Impala.

As for the undercard, some interesting bands are Mitski, Slash, San Holo, Japanese Breakfast, Diesel…which is Shaquille O’Neal doing a DJ set, the very fun Boy Pablo, Men I Trust, Shaed, and lots more to be discovered! After skipping the last couple of years, I’m really missing the whole Lolla weekend experience including the fun, free after parties as well as Chicago in general (I could seriously write a ton of things that are great about this weekend…the music, the food, the beer, etc). As of right now, I don’t think it’s possible, but who knows?

Lollapalooza takes place at Grant Park in downtown Chicago from 8/1-8/4 and 4 day passes are currently on sale here.

The Woodstock 50 lineup is here!

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The much hyped Woodstock 50 lineup is finally out and overall, it’s not too bad. There are actually a few bands that I would love to see including Miley Cyrus (yes, really!), Santana, Portugal the Man, Soccer Mommy, Jay Z, Courtney Barnett, Earl Sweatshirt, Cherry Glazerr, and The Zombies, who absolutely killed it when I saw them at Austin Psych Fest in 2014!! But uhh…eff Imagine Dragons and their giant drum.

I’m really giving some serious thought to going, but it’s suddenly becoming tough to decide on which festivals to go to this year.

Woodstock 50 takes place at Watkins Glen, NY on August 16, 17, and 18th. Tickets go on sale on 4/22/19.

Review: Sir Babygirl, Sunspeaker at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH 3-06-2019

I left work a little early in order to take a nap and get ready for the 45 minutes or so drive to Portsmouth for the first show of this Sir Babygirl/Sunspeaker mini tour. I luckily hit no traffic on the way and found a free parking spot right across the street from 3S Artspace. I always say it everytime I go there, but they have the nicest, friendliest staff of any venue. Sunspeaker were already playing to a very small crowd when I got there.

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Sunspeaker

I didn’t know much about Brooklyn’s Sunspeaker, as there isn’t much information out there about them. They played dreamy synth pop that even included some crazy flute playing that got everyone dancing. This was a really fun set and I can’t wait to hear more!

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Sir Babygirl

From the moment Kelsie Hogue aka Sir Babygirl, took to the stage with only a guitar, laptop, and a whole buttload of 90’s pop song loops that included Ashlee Simpson and Norah Jones, it was obvious that this was going to be a fun set! Playing mostly songs from her latest album Crush on Me, the small crowd was really into it. People were dancing nonstop and Hogue seemed to have fun bantering with the audience, at one point, even goofing on her tour manager.

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At one point, she did a really good cover of Jojo’sToo Little Too Late“, which got huge cheers. I ended the night at Gilley’s for a hot dog and poutine, which was much needed and definitely hit the spot. This was a really fun, danceable, and very intimate show (there really should have been a much larger crowd). Sunspeaker was a great opener and Sir Babygirl killed her set! I’d recommend seeing either of these bands if you get the chance.

Sir Babygirl’s latest album, Crush on Me is out now on Father/Daughter Records and on Bandcamp.

Sunspeaker 2019 Tour Dates:

5/13/19 – The Bowery Electric – New York, NY
6/12/19 – Alphaville – Brooklyn, NY

Sir Babygirl 2019 Tour Dates:

4/20/19 – The Stood at Purchase College – Purchase, NY
6/25/19 – The Rooftop, Elsewhere – Brooklyn, NY

Brian Jonestown Massacre: Cannot Be Saved

Ahhhhhhh!!!! New Brian Jonestown Massacre!! The new self titled album comes out on March 15th and can be pre-ordered from A Recordings

Music Monday: HOLYGRAM – “Modern Cults”

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I’m bringing back Music Monday (and releasing this week’s version a little early).

This week’s Music Monday is 50 minutes of atmospheric dark wave sounds from HOLYGRAM, who formed in 2015 in Cologne, Germany. Starting out with an intro appropriately named “Into The Void” that goes straight into “Modern Cults”, the tone for the rest of the album is set (and that setting is dark and synthesized).

My favorite song on the album is the 4th track, “Signals”, which has a little bit of a straightforward gothic sound to it.

Going into the 5th song, “Dead Channel Skies”, it breaks down just after the halfway point into a cool calmness before things get chaotic again towards the end.

Each track blends into one another without you even realizing it, which creates a pretty seamless listening experience. If you like bands like The Soft Moon and The Jesus and Mary Chain, then you’re going to like HOLYGRAM a lot.

Modern Cults can be downloaded from the band’s Bandcamp page and for those who like vinyl, it is available through Cleopatra Records.

If you’re in the Boston area, HOLYGRAM are opening for VNV Nation at Royale tonight.

HOLYGRAM 2018 Tour Dates:

Nov 25 – Royale, Boston, MA
Nov 27 – Théâtre Corona, Montreal, QC
Nov 28 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
Nov 30 -St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI
Dec 01 – Metro, Chicago, IL
Dec 02 – Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Dec 04 – Oriental Theater, Denver, CO
Dec 05 – Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 07 – Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA
Dec 08 – Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
Dec 09 – The Imperial, Vancouver, BC
Dec 12 – The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Dec 13 – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
Dec 14 – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
Dec 15 – Backstage Bar & Billiards, Las Vegas, NV

Website: http://holygram.band/
Bandcamp: https://holygram.bandcamp.com/album/modern-cults
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/holygram.official/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holygram_band
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUQkLDY0qnSy6hZcPrL0Ug/

Review: Nothing, The Swirlies, Big Bite at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA 10-7-2018

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It was a dark and drizzly night where I kept flip flopping on whether or not to go out, but decided to go to this show anyway, because I knew I’d regret it if I missed it. I got to the Sinclair in Harvard Square pretty fast, where I bought a ticket at the door for what was a nearly sold out show. Once inside, I started with a Wormtown Be Hoppy which is always a good choice, just as Big Bite went on stage (I had missed smut but heard they were a really good opener).

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Big Bite

I didn’t know much about Seattle’s Big Bite before this show, but instantly became a fan. They tore through a set of grungy sounding post rock that had a big sound to it.

I wandered around a bit and had another Be Hoppy as I waited for The Swirlies, who were up next.

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The Swirlies

It’s funny, I’ve never seen The Swirlies despite having listened to them for a very long time. With a perfect mix of indie rock and shoegaze, they were so much better than I expected. It seemed like a lot of the crowd was there just for them, since it cleared out a bit after their set. I was glad to finally get to see them live and they were a perfect opener for Nothing.

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Nothing

I staked out a good spot on the upper level and had a much better view of the stage for headliners Nothing. The crowd went crazy as the band came out and started with the relatively mellow “Zero Day”. As the night progressed with “Curse of the Sun” and “Us/We/Are”, I caught myself saying “damn!” out loud a lot as Nothing continued to blow me away with each song. Nothing has that dreamy 90’s shoegaze sound and at times delved into a little harder territory.

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Nothing

Towards the end of the night, singer Domenic Palermo gave his guitar to a guy in the audience and sat down on the edge of the stage where an adoring crowd surrounded him. It was a pretty cool thing. I can’t even express how happy I was that I ended up going to this show. It was definitely one of the best shows I’ve seen all year, and probably longer than that. I ended with my Harvard Square post-show usual of a Big Tasty over at Tasty Burger and was soon on the train back home.

Nothing Setlist

Nothing setlist

Nothing 2018 Tour Dates:

12/08/18 : Stereo – Glasgow (UK)
12/09/18 : The Cluny – Newcastle (UK)
12/10/18 : Hare and Hounds – Birmingham (UK)
12/11/18 : Joiners – Southampton(UK)

Review: Tune-Yards, Algiers at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH 9-18-2018

This was one of those few shows that I bought a ticket in advance because I really wanted to see Tune-Yards, who for some reason, I kept missing at festivals. I got to Portsmouth fast, but had missed my exit and realized that Siri is still completely useless and she could not find directions to 3S Artspace. I got there eventually, but couldn’t find any street parking, so I parked in the fairly expensive lot across the street.

I’ve said this before and it still holds true, but 3S has the friendliest staff I’ve ever encountered at a venue. Algiers was already about halfway into their set by the time I walked into the main room.

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I didn’t know much about Atlanta’s Algiers before this show, but they totally blew me away with a pretty high energy stage presence. It was a very intense and rocking set of music that seemed to range from a bit of psychedelic to soul to straight on rock (psychsoulrock?). I quickly became a fan!

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Merrill Garbus and the rest of Tune-Yards took to the stage to much cheering and applause by the pretty large (at least for 3S) crowd. They started out with “Honesty” and hardly stopped for the rest of the show. I was pretty amazed at how seemless the looping was.

Although it was understandably heavy on new songs from their latest album “I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life“, there were a few older ones thrown in like “Gangsta” and “Powa“.

They ended with “Look At Your Hands” as the encore and it was a pretty good finish to an awesome set. I was a little disappointed they didn’t play “Bizness“, the song that made me like Tune-Yards in the first place, but that’s ok, it was still a fun time!

Despite some initial problems with finding the venue and parking, I had a great time. Both Algiers and Tune-Yards sounded amazing and the crowd was really cool and really friendly. I grabbed some Wendys for the ride home since Gilleys was closed, and called it a night.

Setlist

Algiers 2018/2019 Tour Dates:
Nov 9 – Fonda Theatre – Hollywood, CA, US

Nov 10 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA, US

Nov 11 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA, US

Nov 14 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR, US

Nov 16 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA, US

Nov 17 – Venue – Vancouver, BC, Canada

Nov 19 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL, US

Nov 20 – Elsewhere – Brooklyn, NY, US

Nov 21 – Elsewhere – Brooklyn, NY, US

Jan 12, 2019 – Rockaway Beach 2019 – Bognor Regis, UK

Tune-Yards 2018 Tour Dates:
Oct 18 – The Mayan Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 19 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA
Oct 20 – Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Oct 22 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
Oct 23 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
Oct 26 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
Oct 27 – Park West – Chicago, IL
Oct 28 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Oct 30 – MASS MoCA – North Adams, MA
Oct 31 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
Nov 01 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Nov 02 – Knockdown Center – New York, NY