Last Thursday, as I had the previous Thursday, I gathered with a group of mourning music fans for a David Bowie tribute show. In contrast to Out of the Blue’s rapidly assembled survey of our weird and wonderful local acts, however, Holy Holy’s stop at The Wilbur featured some key players who actually had a hand in much of Bowie’s iconic discography.
Ok, one last 2015 blog post, and then the greener pastures of 2016 await (although they’ve been less green and pasture-like than grey and bleak thus far). Anyway, as I mentioned in my year-end post last week, this was the third year I’ve covered one of the Bosstones’ annual Hometown Throwdown shows, and they continue to be a really fascinating subject on a number of levels.
I’m way behind on blogging because, despite my early predictions, December did not turn out to be a slow month. Anyway, here’s an orphaned photo set from a Sunday night show at the end of November with bummer North Carolina indie pop band Elvis Depressedly (fronted by Mat Cothran of Coma Cinema) and locals Brittle Brian and Cooper Knights. Read the rest of this entry →
Danish heavy metal lifer King Diamond descended upon Boston’s Orpheum with his eponymous band last week for a show that promised a front-to-back performance of their 1987 favorite Abigail, along with a sampling of other career highlights. Read the rest of this entry →
Brooklyn-based and Boston-beloved singer/songwriter Mitski stopped by Northeastern’s central Starbucks location/performance space earlier this month for a solo set of her disarmingly beautiful songs. I’d been impressed by her full-band opening sets in the past, for the likes of Speedy Ortiz and Hundred Waters, but she proved just as effective with a spare guitar-and-voice setup. Philly’s Cayetana and locals Littlefoot (in full-band incarnation this time) also played. In keeping with the venue’s tradition, we did not make it through the show without one of the bands making a Starbucks joke. Photos below. Read the rest of this entry →
If we’ve met, you’re probably aware of my feelings on Deafheaven. The California-based black/post/gaze/whatever-metal band have been one of my favorite working acts since the release of their 2013 breakthrough Sunbather, and I talk about this frequently. They released their third record, New Bermuda, in October and hit the road this month with Swedish metal crew Tribulation and heavy Japanese post-rockers Envy. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Read the rest of this entry →
Every concert shoot is challenging in one way or another, but there are some that really do try one’s patience to an abnormal degree. The Boston date on Garbage’s “20 Years Queer” tour – celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut record – was one such instance, but also a valuable reminder that making due with circumstances you’re not thrilled about comes with the territory. Read the rest of this entry →
Ok, slightly behind on blog posting. But I’ll catch up. Here we have an excellent Friday night show from precisely a month ago, centering on Ghost Box Orchestra’s EP release and support from Major Stars, Boom Said Thunder and 28 Degrees Taurus. Read the rest of this entry →