Saturday, July 26, 2008

Upcoming Shows!

Tilly and The Wall
Thursday July 31, The Paradise

The Wombats
Wednesday September 10, TT the Bears

The Mars Volta
Sunday September 14, Orpheum Theatre

Girl Talk
Saturday September 20, BU Metcalf Hall

The Black Kids
Thursday October 2, The Paradise

The Fratellis
Friday October 3, Orpheum Theatre

Cold War Kids
Tuesday October 14, The Paradise

Ben Kweller
Thursday October 16, The Paradise

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer Music + Awesome Upcoming Shows

Everyone has a few bands or albums in their music collection that they listen to over and over once classes end and the temperature. Here's a couple of my picks for good summer 2008 albums:

The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest"Runnin' mad game as if your name was Scott Skiles. Or better yet Magic, or even Karl Malone.
Regardless who it is, your aim is to bone."

Tribe's second album features amazing jazz samples combined with Q-Tip's smooth flow and Phife Dawg's clever rhymes that make it a summer staple for any hip-hop-head.

Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III
"It's Tha Carter III bitch betta put your supper up!"

Alright so he's not the best rapper alive. He repeats himself a lot. He sounds like he's talking to himself instead of rapping sometimes. He's killed more
brain cells than Pacman Jones and Travis Henry combined. But somehow, Lil Wayne still came out with the best hip-hop album since Jay-Z's The Black Album. Weezy brings the same incredible metaphors that his mixtapes are chock full of: "I hate rats/ I clean them out like ajax/ got paper like a fax machine." While it might not validate Weezy's ego or the critical hype, for whatever reason I can't stop listening to Tha Carter III.

Girl Talk- Feed the Animals
With Feed the Animals, Gregg Gillis establishes why he's the premier mash-up DJ working today. A quick look at the samples he uses include Lil Mama, Metallica, T.I. and Sinead O'Connor. Gillis' amazing ability to make unlikely pairs of songs work together make Feed the Animals the best club album to come out this summer.


July 26th, Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA: Rock the Bells tour featuring A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, The Pharcyde, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Redman, Raekwon, Kidz in the Hall, Blue Scholars, MF Doom, Rakim, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, more...
Look at that lineup. I don't think I have to explain this one any further.

August 7th, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH: Gogol Bordello
Eugene Hutz is the most energetic man alive.

September 20th, Metcalf Hall in the GSU: Girl Talk
As I said before, Girl Talk is the best mash-up DJ there is right now and BU hasn't had a good concert in a long time.

October 14th, Paradise: Cold War Kids
They stole the show from Spoon at Best Music Poll last year. Now the Cold War Kids have a chance to have the spotlight all to themselves.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Frightened Rabbit Live

I'm not just saying this because I'm a sap for this band, as we all know I am, but this was the best show I've been to in 2008. I will be kind of surprised if when FR comes back to Boston, they're playing in a club as small as TT the Bear's. And just when I didn't think the show can get any better, the drummer from their opener, The Oxford Collapse, came out to play floor tom for one of their songs. A+ stache and an A+ show.