Review: Brian Jonestown Massacre, Lucid Lynx at the Paradise in Boston, MA 9-09-2017

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I bought a ticket for this show the second they went on sale, so needless to say, it’s been a long wait, but the night has finally arrived! I decided to drive to the Paradise, since the last time the Brian Jonestown Massacre played here, it was over 3 hours and I ended up missing the train, which in turn became a pricey Uber ride back to Alewife, but soo worth it! After circling the area for a while to find a parking spot, I managed to get almost the same exact space that I had only a few days earlier when I saw Warpaint. It was about a 15-20 minute to walk to the Paradise. There was a very short line to get in and there weren’t that many people yet. I started the night with a Harpoon Wannamango, which was ok, but I expected a better flavor since it seemed a lot of people like this beer. I waited for openers Lucid Lynx to go on.

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Lucid Lynx

Lucid Lynx are a trio that met at Berklee and play psychedelic music. I had never heard of them until this show and was very pleasantly surprised. they played about 40 minutes of pure mellow psychedelic music that was just trippy enough without venturing into drone territory. I was really digging this band.

In between sets, I noticed that none of the usual people I see at these types of shows was around. It also seemed to be more of an older crowd this time around too. I ordered a Harpoon UFO White, my old standby and tried to find a good spot for Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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Brian Jonestown Massacre

As Anton Newcombe and the rest of The Brian Jonestown Massacre came to the stage, the crowd went nuts! This was the band’s last show of 2017, so you knew it was going to be a good one. Starting out with “Groove” and “Geezers” with the fired up audience getting involved by yelling the “woo!” part during “Who”, it seemed like everyone was enjoying themselves.

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Although I was pretty tired by the end of this almost 2 1/2 hour set, it’s always good to see the Brian Jonestown Massacre live. After the show, Anton Newcombe was taking pictures with a few fans outside of the Paradise, which was pretty cool. It seemed like the only thing really open was McDonalds, so I ordered some food and walked back to my car and was home pretty fast.

Review: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Veldt at The Paradise in Boston, MA 5-7-2016

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Since I was unable to see the Brian Jonestown Massacre at the cancelled Levitation 2016, I was hoping to see them locally here in Boston, but didn’t order a ticket in time and the show was sold out. Through a pretty cool set of circumstances, I was able to go after all and I appreciate that more than anything!

After a very fast ride on the Red Line to Park Street, then a change to a very slow ride on the Green Line, I finally got to The Paradise. As I walked in, North Carolina’s The Veldt had just started playing. I ordered a Hoptical Illusion beer and tried to find a spot to see the band.

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The Veldt

It was kind of hard to see 90’s soul shoegazers, The Veldt, who were opening three of the East Coast shows on this tour, and not just because of the massive crowd around the stage, but because the stage was really dark. This was a big difference from seeing them in Austin where there were all kinds of swirly visuals being projected onto the band. One thing was for sure, the sound was much cleaner and louder than when I saw them last week at Barracuda. The first half of their set seemed to consist more of their shoegaze sound and switched to a more soulful sound for the second half. I have really enjoyed seeing The Veldt twice in two weeks and hope they stick around for a while and continue to tour.

After their set, I went outside to get some air and ended up randomly chatting with a really cool couple from RI. Then in a repeat from last week in Austin, I saw Tayler from Magic Shoppe and we chatted for a bit. I have to say, the psych scene is one of the friendliest (and yes, even in the notoriously very unfriendly Boston). I went back inside and ordered another Hoptical Illusion, while waiting for The Brian Jonestown Massacre to go on.

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Brian Jonestown Massacre

The Brian Jonestown Massacre came out to very loud cheers and applause from a sold out crowd that reached across all age ranges. I’m sure by now everyone knows about the Dig! documentary and the band’s past (and for some reason, if you don’t, I highly recommend see it!). From the very first song, BJM frontman Anton Newcombe held the audiences attention for a nearly 3 hour show that didn’t fixate on any one era of the band’s music. They played an incredible mix of older songs like “Geezer” and my personal favorite “Open Heart Surgery” to some newer stuff, some of which hasn’t been released yet. The crowd sang along with “Who?”, seemingly having fun yelling “whoooo” every time that part of the song came up.

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Evan Dando

They even had Evan Dando of The Lemonheads come out and play a mini set, which was something Newcombe teased earlier. After Dando left the stage, the band came back out and kept playing as the night got later and later. The crowd thinned out a little bit, but by a lot less than you would normally see at a show. This was probably due to the fact that the show went until almost 1am, long after the T stops running, but nobody wanted to miss any part of it. They could have played till 5am for all I care because it was incredible and worth missing the last train! They ended the night with an awesome, high energy jam that fired up the crowd.

I didn’t even care that I had missed the last train (thanks MBTA for cutting late night service), because this night was soo worth it! After wandering down Comm Ave. for a bit to find some food, I ended up at Otto Pizza, where I got a couple of slices to go. I requested an Uber to get me back to my car at Alewife and made my way home. This was an absolutely amazing night of music and will probably go down as one of my favorite shows of the year.

Review: Ride, The Besnard Lakes at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston 10-03-2015

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This was a show I needed to go to for many reasons, one being a rough week at work, but it was also a good excuse to catch up with some friends from Providence and have some drinks. We met up at Limoo, which is located across the street from the Paradise. We chose this place based on the Yelp reviews were really good, but our experience there was pretty bad. This is one of the few times Yelp has failed me. Once we finished our food, we made our away across the street to the Paradise, where we were some of the first people inside. I started with a Goose Island Autumn Ale, which was really good and waited for The Besnard Lakes to go on.

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The Besnard Lakes

The Besnard Lakes, who I have previously seen at Austin Psych Fest, totally killed it with a mix of shoegaze and psych music. It looked a little cramped on the stage between 5 members of the band, their instruments, and Ride’s equipment already set up behind them.

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I went to the bar and ordered a Goose Island 312, which I’m pretty sure was from an old batch because it tasted terrible and nothing like the one I had at Lollapalooza a couple of months ago. I trashed it and went back to the Autumn Ale. There seemed to be a lot of time to kill in between the sets and the club was totally packed by the time Ride came out.

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Ride

Ride are my favorite band of the early 90’s shoegaze era. Of the 3 major players (My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride), they were the ones I was hoping would reunite. There was a cool musical build up as Ride took to the stage and the crowd cheered very loudly. The band started by playing “Leave Them All Behind” and classics such as “Seagull” and “Vapour Trail”. They ended the main set with some long, crazy noise feedback during “Drive Blind”. The band came back for a two song encore where they finished up with “Today” and “Chelsea Girl”. The set was awesome and Marc Gardener and Andy Bell sounded great! I was kind of bummed that they didn’t play my favorite song which is “Nowhere”. Perhaps another time. Also, I expected the show to be a lot louder than it actually was, maybe that’s because the My Bloody Valentine show last year was just so incredibly loud.

While waiting near the stage after the show, one of the people breaking down the stage asked if I wanted the drumsticks, so yeah, of course I took them! These will go awesome in a frame with Ride’s vinyl re-release of the “Nowhere” album that I have already pre-ordered.

On our way out, the doorman for the Paradise Lounge part of the club asked if we wanted stay for the after party and that the bands would be there hanging out. How could you say no to that? We hung out there for a while, then the bands started to filter in and people got excited. I ended up getting my one of the drumsticks signed by Mark Gardener and it was the highlight of my year to actually meet him. I was unsuccessful in meeting the rest of the band and getting them all to sign them though.

We finally parted ways, and it was a long wait for the T, but I ended up chatting with a couple of people that were at the show as well. This was an amazing night of friends, music, and just a great time seeing one of my favorite bands ever. I hope Ride stay together and will definitely catch them again at some point in the future.