A warm, gentle breeze has been blowing in from the West, sweeping awesome L.A. artists into town like an unpredictable weather pattern blowing exotic birds in from off their usual migration path. Ok well, it’s kinda like that. It’s also the case that a growing number of the Silverlake/Echo Park area bands that I’ve regularly featured here have been (rightfully) achieving wider success and have been madly touring all over the f’ing place. Robert Francis is one of those artists; a thoughtful and personal singer-songwriter strongly steeped in folk tradition, but rocking out more since last year’s Before Nightfall. He’s been back and forth between Europe and the U.S. so much lately, it’s more likely you’ll see him in Boston – or Brussels for that matter – than in his native Los Angeles.
Month: April 2010 (Page 1 of 2)
Yowsa, what a delightful onslaught of really great bands coming through Boston right now! Though I see their Paradise show tomorrow night is sold out, I have to give a brief mention of a band I briefly profiled late last year, Frightened Rabbit.
There’s a screening tomorrow night of Searching For Elliott Smith, a documentary by Gil Reyes. I didn’t even know there was such a thing. And I’ve only found out about this just now from someone on my Indie Rock Boston meetup group… It’s part of what’s now the tail-end of Boston’s Independent Film Festival. I’m notoriously out of the loop, but thanks to this one guy, I heard about this before it was too late. Just barely.
It’s playing Mon. April 26 (that’s tomorrow) 7:30pm at the Somerville Theatre, Davis Square, Somerville. You can get tickets here. I see now that the filmmaker, Gil Reyes, will be there to answer questions after the screening. Absolutely fantastic.
I’m rather late out of the gate with this one, but there’s a cool show coming up tomorrow night at Passim with a trio of very talented people – Marti Jones (singer-songwriter; has supported Marshall Crenshaw, T-Bone Burnett) and Don Dixon (producer REM, The Smithereens) featuring Kelley Ryan (astroPuppees). They’ll be performing both solo material and collaborations from Kelley Ryan’s debut solo album Twist (which was produced by Dixon with backing vocals from Jones).
On this morning’s Expanding Awareness show, Victor will be discussing psychic self defense and the clearing of psychic space. Listen on Saturday morning at 10am on WZBC 90.3 FM (in the Boston area) or check him out online. You can also listen after the fact on the WZBC archive.
A highly anticipated evening with The Airborne Toxic Event, courtesy of Jack Daniel’s Studio No. 7, WFNX, and The Boston Phoenix. Emerging from an intensely creative time in the studio, this was a chance for the band to road test some new songs, and a wonderful opportunity for fans to get a sweet taste of things to come.
I’m going to profile one band this week, Boston’s Vivian Darkbloom. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform with The Airborne Toxic Event last week, in a special ‘invite only’ show, part of Jack Daniel’s Studio No. 7 series. I was going to do the review first, tell you how much I enjoyed these ace musicians and technology geeks from MIT and Harvard, and then give some background and highly recommend their upcoming show at the Middle East as part of my ‘Boston Bands This Week’ feature. But I had a problem. As soon as I began to wade through my 140 photos and 10 videos, I came to a realization: if you’re a Boston band and you’d like this particular reviewer to give you some blog love in a timely fashion (they’re playing the Middle East Upstairs Wednesday night) it might not be the best idea to perform on the same bill as Airborne Tox. So I’ll have this serve “double duty” – a few words about Vivian Darkbloom’s powerful set at the Royale to an appreciative audience, and a mini-profile/show preview.