Review: Warpaint, Lady Pills at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA 9-06-2017

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I was on the fence about going to this show, but ended up winning tickets from RadioBDC (1 of which went unused since nobody I know likes the same kinds of music that I do). I haven’t been to a show at the Brighton Music Hall since it was called Harpers Ferry, so I was kind of excited to check it out.

I fired up Waze for the first time in a long time, which I had apparently sent to “boy band” voice, thinking it would be funny, but after about 30 seconds, it was annoying and I regretted my decision for the next 45 minutes or so. After driving around endlessly to find to find somewhere to park in Allston, I finally found a spot pretty far away, but I’m not afraid to walk a bit and got to the Brighton Music Hall pretty quick. I was questioned about my camera at the door, which I had to prove didn’t have a detachable lens (I prefer it since it works better in the lower light of clubs, but from now on, I’ll probably stop bringing it because it’s too much of an issue with people working the doors at these places). Once inside, I went to the bar, which seemed to be out of a lot of beers on tap but I ended up getting a Blue Point Hoptical Illusion while waiting for Lady Pills to go on.

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Lady Pills

Lady Pills are a local band that were selected by Warpaint through a contest to open this show. I had missed their set at Lollapalooza this year, so I was excited to finally see them here. They played a really mellow set of indie rock and were a perfect choice as an opener.

In between sets, I decided to try the Kona Longboard Island Lager, which was just awful and had a weird smell. I also ended up buying a t-shirt and caught up with someone I knew for a bit before Warpaint went on.

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Warpaint’s pedals…if you’re into that kind of thing

Warpaint took to the stage to really loud cheers and applause. To say that this sold out audience was into them is an understatement. Kicking things off with “Krimson” and “Undertow”, the band sounded soo much better than they did at Lollapalooza last month. Maybe something was lost by the much larger stage. The highlight for me was when they went from “Love Is To Die” into “Keep It Healthy” and “Disco/Very”, ending with my personal favorite “New Song”, which I find myself humming way too much.

Despite a few minor annoyances (and one major annoyance…that being the 3 girls in front of me that seemed to be there more to socialize with each other and just in general be obnoxious to those around them), this was a pretty good night of music. I ended the night with some food at a place nearby called Habenero Mexican Grill and then made my way home. happy to have seen Warpaint again.

The Lollapalooza 2017 lineup has been announced!

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The 2017 Lollapalooza lineup is out and it’s not bad at all. For some reason, I was expecting a very subpar lineup, and to be honest, I had considered skipping this year in favor of trying out a festival that I have never been to (FYFEST? ACL? perhaps Liverpool Psych Fest? any of these are still possible if I can scrape up the funds), but in the end, I still ended going through the adrenaline rush of trying to snag and succeeding in getting a 4 day wristband. So, when the bands were announced yesterday, I was actually pretty excited.

Thursday gives us Muse, Lorde, Cage the Elephant, and Wiz Khalifa (?) as headliners with Porter Robinson, Liam Gallagher, Kaytranada, Temples, and Atlas Genius playing during the day.

Friday is stacked with goodness from The Killers, Blink 182, DJ Snake, and Run The Jewels, with Crystal Castles, Little Dragon, Cloud Nothings, and Saint Jhn. This is probably my favorite lineup of the weekend.

Saturday has Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper, The xx, Alt-J, and The Head and The Heart along with Kaskade, Warpaint (I’d love to be on that side stage thing during their set!), Highly Suspect, and Boston representing with 2 acts…indie poppers Lady Pills and rapper Michael Christmas.

Sunday wraps up the festival weekend with Arcade Fire, Justice, Big Sean, and The Shins, with Rae Sremmurd, Tove Lo, Joey Bada$$, Charli XCX, and one of my guilty pleasures, Grace Mitchell.

Of course, Lollapalooza weekend wouldn’t be complete without hitting up some daytime parties (which there was a lack of last year) as well as the nighttime parties such as Culture Collide and Floodfest, or DJ sets at the Virgin Hotels (where I’m staying at again this year because that place was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!) which are always my favorite part of Lolla weekend. It’s going to be a long 4 1/2 month wait until I’m in Chicago. Did anyone else score tickets? Going solo as I am? Let’s meet up and hang for a set or two!

The 2014 Boston Calling Festival Lineup Announced

The 2014 Boston Calling lineup was released tonight through a scavenger hunt to find 10 vinyl records hidden around Boston, which sounded like a really fun idea. I was really hoping to go this year, since other commitments kept me from attending both the spring and fall 2013 festivals. Perhaps it’s because I’m not an annoying 20-something, blonde, female, college student (an observation based on an unscientific perusal of Twitter reactions to the announcement), but this lineup is pretty meh. I mean really…Jack Johnson?

Maybe there’s just not enough diversity for me and really, the only must see band playing is Warpaint. Regardless of my thoughts about the lineup, it will most likely sell out and this really is the closest thing Boston has to a big music festival.

Boston Calling once again takes place downtown in City Hall Plaza from May 23-25 and tickets can be purchased here soon.

The 2014 Spring Boston Calling Lineup:

Jack Johnson
Death Cab for Cutie
Modest Mouse
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Brand New
The Head and the Heart
Tegan and Sara
Jenny Lewis
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls
The Neighborhood
Built to Spill
Kurt Vile
Walk Off The Earth
Cass McCombs
The Districts
Tigerman Woah!
Magic Man

Austin Psych Fest – Day One – 4-26-2013

After about 4 hours of sleep, I got up and made my way to the Starbucks next door for some much needed caffeine. There was a cool little Mexican place next to the Starbucks where I grabbed some lunch as well (it was really good). After eating, I made my way over to the Hampton Inn next door to catch the festival shuttle to Carson Creek Ranch. Running this shuttle was, for the most part, one of the best ideas of the weekend. There were quite a few people waiting to get on, but the majority of us made it. I ended up standing next to Josh from Flavor Crystals, a band I kept inadvertently running into from the airport, to their show at Red 7, and now. We chatted for a bit as we walked into the festival grounds, where you could hear music playing in the distance.

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Walking through the parking lot and the Reverberation Stage

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Ride into the Sun

After showing my wristband and walking in, the first thing I noticed was the Reverberation Stage, which is also the main stage and largest at the festival. Ride Into The Sun were already playing and their music was more like 60’s rock than psychedelic, at least to me, but was really good. I watched them for a bit, then moved on to get a mental map of where everything was. Walking straight across the field, there was a large tent set up near the camping area, which was called the Levitation Stage and was the only covered area for seeing bands. This was also the smallest of the three stages. Inside the tent, Gary War was playing, which was just one guy shredding on a guitar and creating a lot of loud noise to a curious crowd.

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Gary War

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Bass Drum of Death

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I went over to one of the drink tents to grab a Dos Equis beer. Unfortunately, this was the only beer being served all weekend, so that kind of sucked (and I overheard many people complaining about it). Cold beverage in hand, I went back to the Reverberation Stage and watched Bass Drum of Death for a little bit, who were kind of garage rock. From there, it was off to the Elevation Ampitheatre, which had a pretty cool location right on the Colorado River and made for a great backdrop with the river and trees behind it. The only downside was that a lot of the bands would end up getting blown out from the much louder Reverberation stage where the sound would come right down to this stage. When I got there, Tjutjuna were playing droning music and had 2 drummers on stage. They were actually pretty cool.

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Besnard Lakes

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As I wandered by the main stage again, Besnard Lakes were now playing. They sounded pretty good, so I watched them for a little bit. I grabbed another beer as I made my way back down to the Elevation stage to see Vietnam, whose 70’s rock sound was a bit different than the other bands I already saw. A couple of people decided to go swimming in the river behind the stage, and who could blame them, it was pretty hot out. After hanging out in this area for a while, I moved back to the Levitation tent, which was really packed, to check out Lumerians who had some cool visuals behind them. On my way out of the tent, I was kind of creeped out by an old guy sitting with his legs wide open, in shorts, off to the side in the back of the tent…gross.

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Up next were Tinariwen, who come from desert area of northern Mail and were one of the bands that I really wanted to see. Dressed in traditional Middle Eastern robes and playing music to match, this was one of the more interesting bands of the weekend and they definitely lived up to my expectations based on everything I’ve head about them. The fairly large crowd was really into it as well. I then went over to check out Suuns, but I wasn’t really feeling the music. I guess they were just a bit too experimental for my tastes, but there was a huge crowd packed into the tent.

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As the sun was going down, I went back to the Elevation stage to see Tamaryn, another band I had been wanting to see for a while. With pink hair that could be seen from wherever you stood, Tamaryn played their sort of mellow shoegaze with the river behind the stage making for nice scenery to go with the music.

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The night sky had taken over Carson Creek as Warpaint took to the main stage. This a band I first saw AS220’s Foo Fest in 2010 and one of my indie music crushes. I don’t know if it was because of more touring experience or the bigger stage and louder speakers or perhaps, just the atmosphere of the festival, but they sounded soo much more powerful than the last time I saw them and seemed to have a great stage presence. They ended with Emily Kokal doing a solo song on the massive stage, which was pretty amazing!

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The Soft Moon

I went over to see some of The Soft Moon‘s set who were playing in the nearby Levitation tent. They seemed to have more energy than when I saw them in Cambridge a few months ago. Lead singer/guitarist Luis Vasquez looked like he was having a good time, moving around the stage and rocking out with the guitar while playing their dark and noisy electronic music.

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The Raveonettes

Next were The Raveonettes, who I finally got to see live and they did not disappoint with their fuzzy 60’s style rock! I still need to see them in a smaller venue at some point though. I went over to the Levitation tent to check out the Silver Apples and uh…yeah…no. Were those kids songs? What the hell was that? Songs about “magic fingers”? Meh. Off to wander around for a bit until Black Rebel Motorcycle Club go on.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club finally went on at the main stage. This was my first time seeing these guys and they were great! With guitars blaring through the speakers, you could hear them pretty much anywhere you went at the ranch. Starting right off with their excellent cover of The Call’s “Let the Day Begin”, the energy level never went down. Wearing a hoodie with a leather jacket over it, singer Peter Hayes sounded good!

At this point I was pretty tired and ready to call it a night, but first I went over to the tent to see Acid Mothers Temple for a couple of songs, because I had always wanted to see them.

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Acid Mothers Temple

Acid Mothers Temple played weird, chaotic and droning music. I thought I’d be more into them, but maybe I was just beat, so I started to make my way back to the shuttle during their set. I walked by the main stage just as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club were finishing up, hoping to catch the shuttle back to my hotel before the crowds got there. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I arrived to a very long line of people who were waiting. This actually turned out to be a good chance to meet some people. There was the crazy dude who doesn’t hold back from Tuscon, a couple from Denver, and 2 girls from Vancouver. There is nothing like an event to bring people together and give you all something in common to talk/bitch about. At least we kept each other entertained while waiting for close to an hour and a half for the shuttle. Some people were resorting to thumbing a ride back. I really hope next year that the Psych Fest runs more shuttles.

The night ended with me bypassing the Waffle House next to the hotel and grabbing some junk food at 7-11, where there was a lady laying in the parking lot and an ambulance was just arriving. I’m not sure what happened there, but this was definitely a long, crazy, and eventful day. I’m wondering how I’m going to make it through this weekend, but it was a great first day.

The S. S. Coachella Music Cruise and Lineup Have Been Announced!

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After a tease about something coming today, Coachella announced their S.S. Coachella music cruise featuring the recently reunited Pulp as the headliners, with Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells, and James Murphy doing a DJ set. Some of the other bands playing are the Black Lips, !!!, and most importantly, 2 of my not-so-secret band crushes…the excellent Warpaint as well as the excellent Grimes!

Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, there will be 2 trips, one to the Bahamas that runs from 12/16/12-12/19/12 and one to Jamaica from 12/19/12-12/23/12. Although tickets are fairly pricey at $500 – $700 per person for the cheapest option if you have 3 other people who want to share a room with you, and depending on if you want to go to the Bahamas or Jamaica. I would guess the average is going to be closer to $750-$1200 per person for a 2 person room if you want a window.

There is a payment plan where you can pay off the trip in 4 installments. Also, factor in the airfare from wherever you live to Florida too. As for me, since I recently got a passport, I’d love to go, but can’t seem to find anyone who would actually be interested in doing this trip, and that makes me a sad panda.

Rooms go on sale this Saturday at 1pm EST/10am PDT. Check the S. S. Coachella website for the latest information as well as lineup additions. You can also follow them on Twitter @ssoachella

Warpaint To Go On Tour!

My not-so-secret band crush (oh hai there Jenny!), Warpaint, have announced a new tour that kicks off a week from today, starting in Singapore and traveling across Australia, Europe, and the U.S. Although I missed their set at Lollapalooza last summer, I did catch them at AS220’s Foo Fest in Providence, RI and was very pleasantly surprised. The video above shows Warpaint’s awesomeness live.

England’s PVT and the Family Band open the U.S. shows.

Tour dates:

01-29 Singapore, Singapore – Laneway Festival
01-31 Auckland, New Zealand – Auckland Laneway Festival
02-04 Brisbane, Australia – Brisbane Laneway Festival
02-05 Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne Laneway Festival
02-06 Sydney, Australia – Sydney Laneway Festival
02-08 Sydney, Australia – Oxford Art Factory
02-09 Melbourne, Australia – Northcote Social Club
02-10 Melbourne, Australia – Northcote Social Club
02-11 Adelaide, Australia – Adelaide Laneway Festival
02-12 Perth, Australia – Perth Laneway Festival
02-21 London, England – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
03-16 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
03-17 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
03-18 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
03-19 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret
03-20 Seattle, WA – Neumos
03-23 Minneapolis, MI – Varsity Theater
03-24 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
03-25 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
03-26 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar
03-27 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa
03-29 Boston, MA – Paradise
03-30 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
03-31 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
04-01 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
04-02 Washington, DC – Black Cat
04-03 Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade and Tavern
04-05 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
04-07 New Orleans, LA – Republic
04-08 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
04-09 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
04-11 Dallas, TX – The Loft
04-15 Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
05-11 Cambridge, England – Junction
05-13 Oxford, England – O2 Academy
05-14 Manchester, England – Gorilla
05-15 Dublin, Ireland – Tripod
05-17 Bristol, England – O2 Academy
05-18 Birmingham, England – HMV Institute, The Library
05-19 Leeds, England – Met Students’ Union
05-20 Lancaster, England – Library
05-23 Newcastle, England – O2 Academy
05-24 Sheffield, England – Leadmill
05-26 Paris, France – Bataclan
08-09 Oslo, Norway – Øyafestivalen 2011 at Middelalderparken