Ahhhhhhh!!!! New Brian Jonestown Massacre!! The new self titled album comes out on March 15th and can be pre-ordered from A Recordings
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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)
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.
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!
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.
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
I got to Alewife a little later than I wanted to, but soon enough, in a repeat of exactly a week ago, I was at the Middle East in Central Square for yet another show. Tonight it was Norwegian indie pop band boy pablo. I had decided to buy a ticket the night before after putting it off for whatever reason, but it sold out shortly after I purchased the ticket.
I’m guessing a lot of people, including myself first became aware of them as a suggested video on Youtube. I watched the video and fell in love with the song.
boy pablo (yes, in all of it’s lowercase splendor) were the only band playing. Although doors were at 7pm, the show didn’t start until 9:30pm and the Middle East down was completely packed for this sold out show. I ordered a Jack’s Abbey Hoponius Union and found a spot near the upper bar.
When the band came out, the crowd went absolutely crazy! I have to say, this was one of those few times you could actually tell that a band really appreciated the people who came out to see them. Flashing giant smiles and acknowledging the crowd, and hamming it up a bit, they really had the crowd behind them.
Lead singer Pablo Muñoz definitely charmed the crowd and comes off as extremely likable (to be fair, the entire band comes off that way as well). It seemed like they played just about every song they have put out, especially since most songs are pretty short.
At one point, the band did an acapella version of “Afternoon Delight” as well as covers of Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Michael Jackson as seen in the video below. They play for about an hour and 10 minutes with 2 songs during the encore, which became a huge dance party. This was one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in a long time and I did not regret buying that ticket at the last minute at all.
boy pablo 2018 tour dates:
10/28/18 – The Button Factory – Dublin, Ireland
10/29/18 – Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds, United Kingdom
10/30/18 – Club Academy – Manchester, United Kingdom
10/31/18 – Fiddlers – Bristol, United Kingdom
11/01/18 – Electric Ballroom – London, United Kingdom
11/02/18 – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris – Paris, France
11/03/18 – LA GRANDE HALLE DE LA VILLETTE – Paris, France
11/14/18 – Shibuya Tsutaya O-Nest – Shinjuku-ku, Japan
11/15/18 – Modeci – Seoul, South Korea
11/16/18 – Omni Space – Beijing, China
11/17/18 – Arkham – Shanghai, China
11/18/18 – The Wall – Taipei City, Taiwan
11/20/18 – Mom Live House – Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong
11/22/18 – Pavilion – Bishan, Singapore
11/23/18 – Kuningan City Ballroom – Jakarta, Indonesia
11/24/18 – Moonstar Studio – Bangkok, Thailand
11/25/18 – Century City Mall – Makati, Philippines
I had been wanting to see TV Girl for a long time now, but there were always conflicts when they came through the Boston area but tonight, I finally got my chance to see them live. I got to Sonia in Central Square pretty quickly for what was a very early show that started around 8:15pm.
I went to the bar and got a Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union and after chatting with the two super friendly bartenders about beer for a few minutes (including my last experience with that god awful pineapple UFO), I found a spot amongst the fairly small crowd to watch Infinity Crush.
Infinity Crush’s Caroline White played a short solo set of indie folk songs that lasted about 25 minutes. Telling stories and bantering with the audience between songs, she seemed to have won over a lot of the crowd with her humor. Also, she had her set list written on her hand which was kind of cute.
After Infinity Crush finished, I ordered another Hoponius Union and was ready to see TV Girl, who got set up and started pretty fast.
With all three members of TV Girl standing behind various synthesizers, the band tore through a set of pretty mellow indie synth pop that gave the diehard crowd exactly what they wanted. At times dreamy, others hazy, and it all came together in such a perfect way. The band seemed pretty relaxed and just going with the flow, which kept things very light hearted, including some of the speeches between songs.
This was a really fun show and I was happy to finally get to see TV Girl, although I was a little bummed they didn’t play “If You Want It”, which is my favorite song by them (and admittedly, one I seem to still find myself humming a lot). I finished out the somewhat early night by hitting up what else but Tasty Burger in Harvard Square.
I’m keeping it local for this week’s Music Monday with Boston band New Aura. I heard about New Aura completely by accident from a Facebook post about an upcoming show, and being curious when such things happen, I gave them a listen and loved what I heard.
Evoking feelings of listening to 60’s psychedelia while sitting on a California beach, opener “Deja Vu” is my favorite song on this album with its psych guitars and hazy vocals, almost bordering on surf rock. Towards the end, you have “Cut Tooth” and finishing with the instrumental “Mantra”, which has a slight Dick Dale-like sound to it. I was left wanting to hear more. Luckily, they recently released another EP called Aura Mismo. So, head over to their Bandcamp page and check it out!